Welcome back and I hope that you had a great break and a positive start to 2021. Christmas seems such a long time ago now!
There has been lots of industry news in the technology and online world this month, with Deliveroo and Moonpig’s UK IPO announcements along with the online retail winners, ASOS and Boohoo, sweeping in on the purchase of Topshop and Debenhams respectively. More info below.
The real question is though… Did you manage to get a PlayStation 5? My household is still on the ‘wait list’ and it seems we’re not alone judging by my social media reports! If you have got one let me know what it's like please? 😊
IR35 is a hot topic for many for Q1 2021 and the changes that will impact the contractor workforce. When considering the amount of funds the government has had to outlay over the last 12 months via the furlough scheme and other business grants; I think it is fair to say it will be unlikely that there will be another extension to the implementation of IR35. We’re offering a free webinar for help and advice for contractors via our partners Brookson One, check out the invite below. Move fast though as it is tomorrow!
The Prism team have seen a great start to 2021 with increased vacancy numbers from our clients in comparison to Q4 2020. All very encouraging! Now seems a great time to be working in the technology and IT sector and I hope we can have the chance to work together ourselves or at least catch up together (in person hopefully) at some point this year.
Our partners Brookson One helped migrate thousands of workers from a limited company through to a PAYE solution, they have collated a number of important questions that will benefit contractors and agencies alike that you may not think to ask until it impacts you financially.
As regulated tax advisors and financial advisors we want to provide you with answers to questions you have yet to think of:
- Should you close down your limited company?
- Liquidation Vs retained funds
- How to avoid emergency tax
- How to avoid unnecessary tax on directors fees
- Insurance – what's not included and what to look out for
- Pensions – how to spot the difference
- New technology to handle multiple employment status’s
I CoFounded the #devops movement by accident 10 years ago after having build up 10+ years of Open Source experience (do the math), I miss the days where we could have in person discussions with random new friends at various conferences over the planet, because that's where we learned from each other, where we exchanged ideas and experiences in more than 140 characters.
In my daytime job I help people to deliver value with Open Source tools and DevOps practices.
I just love building and maintaining high available stacks where the application is more complex than the underlying infrastructure while actually getting input from users that they are happy because their systems just always work. Doing "datacenter" migrations with real zero downtime for the end user.
I'm still an Advisory Core Organiser to #devopsdays trying to help local teams to build local communities, but I'm also hosting ConfigManagementCamp which is probably the largest Infrastructure As Code Conference in Europe.
We have just entered 2021, and DevOps will become much more relevant. It is smack dab in the spotlight given that the world is experiencing a pandemic and businesses are fighting to stay digitally relevant and competitive.
It has been great to see that leading tech organisations, Moonpig, The Hut Group, Deliveroo, cyber security firm Darktrace, and online review site Trustpilot are all looking to list/IPO in London. This is particularly welcome news considering the perception that London only understands old economy businesses and that tech firms need to go to the US to succeed. Here is some further reading:
Britain’s high street fashion heyday is over - in its physical form, at least. With the announcement that the Manchester-based Boohoo Group has bought Debenhams out of administration, while London-based ASOS is in talks to buy up Arcadia’s Topshop, Topman and Miss Selfridge, it has never been more clear that the future for our established, in some cases heritage, chain-store retailers is to go online....
Cloud Native London is the official Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) Meetup group dedicated to building a strong, open, diverse developer community around the Cloud Native platform and technologies in London.
London DevOps returns for 2021 with two talks, and a social event all taking place over Zoom.
Phil Wigg - Google Cloud, the story so far...
Google Cloud is still in third-place behind AWS and Azure but it's now the fastest growing cloud provider. Why did it get off to a slow start? What's driving its success today? How does Google Cloud compare to AWS? Who is Thomas Kurian and why is he important? In this talk Phil Wigg will take you through a short history of GCP and introduce you to a few of its major products with some hands-on demonstrations. Phil Wigg is founder of MakeCloud, a Google Cloud consultancy.
Natalie Godec - The Misadventures of One Cloud Function
The more we go into cloud technologies, embrace microservices and venture into the land of serverless, the more data is floating around, ready to be used – or breached. For those of us whose workloads are entirely cloud-native, the data analytics landscape is bright and full of wonders: AWS Lake Formation and Redshift, GCP Dataflow and BigQuery, pockets of ML and NLP tools – everything to build a data platform suited just for your company. “But Natalie,” you say, “most of those services are public APIs, how do you make sure an intruder – or a malicious insider – can’t leak sensitive data from your Big Query datasets?”Natalie Godec is a Platform Engineer at Babylon Health. Working in a very fittingly named team - Unicorn Ninjas - she gets to build a multi-cloud platform that handles healthcare data in several locations across the globe.
We'll use the Zoom meeting to socalise afterwards - feel free to unmute and turn your video on to say hello.
Join on Wednesday, February 17 and Thursday, February 18 for a variety of free, virtual sessions. Learn from Redgate customers, product teams, community and industry experts – all focused on database automation and DevOps.
We are proud to introduce Blueprint LDN, a brand new event from the organisers of Big Data LDN, focused on how to build a modern Cloud-Native architecture fit for today’s requirements. With 5 streams of seminar sessions covering Multi-Cloud, DevOps, IoT, Containerisation, Observability and more, Blueprint LDN is an essential event for all those looking to design a technology stack to support & enable their Digital Transformation.
Join us virtually on 10-11 March 2021, register free today!