• What is GDPR and how does it affect UK Data Protection law?

    “We will be members of the EU in 2018 and therefore it would be expected and quite normal for us to opt into the GDPR and then look later at how best we might be able to help British business with data protection while maintaining high levels of protection for members of the public.” Karen Bradly MP, Secretary of State 24/10/2016

  • My current kit list

    Some of the tools I use at Shaping Cloud for getting things done faster, simpler, or in just a more enjoyable way. These are things we use because we want to - I'm not being paid or incentivised to promote them - but would be interested to see what people think and if you have any suggestions! We're always changing the way we do things but here are the current flavours of the month...

  • Future Decoded: The Future Is Now Pt 1

    Last week I attended Future Decoded,  Microsoft’s flagship event in the UK, which in their words “explores the social, economic and technological impact of the digital revolution shaping all of our lives”; with Stephen Hawking set to be the headline speaker it was an event I was really looking forward to.

  • On becoming an expert in your own culture

    The news we woke up to this morning may have come as a bit of a surprise to a lot of people. Peter Cheese, Chief Executive of the CIPD opened this year's annual CIPD conference with a reflection on the recent political turn of events - both in the UK and the US, and talked about the need for a regaining of trust, not only political trust, but trust in business as well.

  • Need a break? Jog on!

    I've worked in numerous places over the years and one of the main things that workplaces seem to have in common, is that most of the people, most of the time, don't take a proper lunch break.

  • Marginal Gains – What the Azure UK Data Centres mean for UK PLC

    Last month Microsoft announced a new data centre region in the UK. Whilst much of the focus was on what this means for central government departments, Shaping Cloud developer George Harnwell looks at what the proximity of these new "Hyperscale" facilities means for companies who rely on speed for their competitive advantage.