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The Connected Business provides comment, news and analysis from across the FT on IT and how it is affecting affecting the world of business

Algorithms add ‘fair play’ to software

An Imperial College team is combining intelligent systems with principles from political science to create a sense of equality in computing

Inside Tech

Maija Palmer
Would Nato countries really respond to cyber attacks with bombs?
Focus on financial services

Upstarts target banks’ lunch

Technology is a double-edged sword for traditional institutions

computer hacker

Cyber criminals eye financial markets

Experts warn that commodities and futures traders offer a lucrative target for fraudsters


Queueing to buy the iPhone 6 in New York ©EPA

Pre-orders in the first 24 hours for the newest model iPhones also set fresh highs

Light trails from traffic are seen as they pass around the Old Street roundabout, in the area known as London's Tech City, in London, U.K., on Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013. The U.K government last year pledged 50 million pounds for a new London startup incubator, and hired ex-Facebook Inc. executive Joanna Shields to promote Tech City, with Google Inc., Amazon.com Inc., and Cisco Systems Inc. all having taken space in the area or planning to do so. Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg ©Bloomberg

Overhaul needed as just £7.5m of the £100m available with six months left in scheme

Digital threat to investment banks

Regulatory changes and old IT systems add to sector’s woes

Lenders struggle to engage with customers

Institutions are making huge efforts to bolster digital offerings for their clients

Start-ups move into bankers’ territory

Some older banking groups have decided the best response is to work with newer tech companies

Focus moves from speed to safety

High-frequency traders find they need to demonstrate excellence in all departments in order to thrive

Is smart money on smartphone banking?

Banking over mobile phones has proved popular in Africa, India and Latin America, but has been slower to take off in Europe and the US

Communications management
Box clever: valuable knowledge and content can get buried in email accounts

The ‘zero tolerance’ approach to email

Overflowing inboxes can affect productivity as ‘knowledge workers’ spend 28% of their time dealing with messages

How email dominates the working day

Even senior staff can be paralysed by the rising number of messages they receive, but how many really need a response?

Wanted: Insubordinate staff

The digital economy needs creative minds, but forget retraining existing staff, says Ade McCormack

Cyber crime: battling a growth industry

How companies can do more to anticipate risks and increase their ability to withstand attack, writes Steve Durbin of non-profit Information Security Forum

‘Test and learn’ software beats gut instinct

Experimental analytics software helps companies better model the outcomes of their decisions, writes Jane Bird


Digital revamp is just the ticket

Big airlines must fly beyond legacy GDS technology and disrupt their own models before rivals do it for them, writes Steve Jones of Capgemini

Digital era brings hyperscale challenges

Big companies that process billions of daily transactions pose problems for leaders and competitors, write McKinsey consultants

IT in healthcare

A suitable case for treatment – but obstacles remain

Technology will play a growing role in care delivery and healthcare management amid rapidly rising demand from patients

Can patients be left to their own devices?

Remote monitoring has big potential but users need to stick to their routines - plus sidebar on PA Consulting group’s innovative health patch

Google catches cold in ‘big data hubris’ row

Scientists are divided over the value of initiatives such as the search engine’s flu trends analysis

Wanted: IT expertise with a human touch

Staff with healthcare and technical skills are highly prized but are often hard to find

Big business and the art of medicine

Two big opportunities are big data and mobile, writes Skip Snow of Forrester Research

More on IT in healthcare

Cheap DNA sequencing to transform research; role of apps in disease management; concern over privacy

Conference apps

Networking finds fresh dimension

Smartphone apps and even holograms are changing the game

Delegates feel the buzz

Microchip name badges help them tap into the future

IT in design and manufacturing

Power to the people on product design

The web is enabling smart ways to make inventions real and involve customers in development plans, writes Richard Waters

3D printing: Additive process lays it on thick

The market is growing fast and broadening – even into food