Jane McCallion

Deputy editor, IT Pro.

United Kingdom

I'm a technology journalist who's been working at ITPro since 2012.

As deputy editor, I'm help marry up commercial and editorial strategy, take care of the ITPro Network, and co-host the ITPro Podcast, which I helped develop and launch in 2019.

I originally joined ITPro when it was part of Dennis Publishing in 2012 and before becoming deputy editor, I was features editor at ITPro, CloudPro and ChannelPro. Prior to that I was a staff writer at the same three titles and I also spent a year working at sister magazine, PC Pro.

Before to joining Dennis Publishing I was a freelance b2b journalist specialising in international business and finance.

Nvidia set to acquire data centre outfit Cumulus Networks | IT PRO

Tech giant Nvidia is set to gobble up networking software firm Cumulus Networks in a bid to further enhance its data centre credentials. Cumulus, which was founded in 2010, is an open source-focused firm that specialises in helping organisations optimise their data centre networking stack through its Linux distribution for network switches, as well as various network management tools.

How ChatGPT has already found its way into business

How useful will ChatGPT be to business? As OpenAI's generative artificial intelligence (AI) tool has taken the world by storm since its launch in November 2022 it's a question that's been asked on social networks, in opinion columns, and even in an upcoming episode of the ITPro Podcast.

Can we ever achieve cyber security buy-in?

If you ask IT professionals what their top concerns are, security will certainly be among the top five. Whether it's preventing ransomware (opens in new tab) attacks, regular patch management (opens in new tab) or trying to ensure users don't click risky links, cyber threats are always lurking in the background ready to cause a crisis.

How suitable is ChatGPT for businesses?

ChatGPT has taken the world by storm, as a tangible and relatable use of advanced AI. With people inside and outside the tech scene getting equally excited about its capabilities, many businesses have asked themselves if they could - or should - adopt the chatbot into their stack.

Aruba overhauls its business with ESP | IT PRO

Aruba, Hewlett Packard Enterprise's networking business, has used the opening day of its Atmosphere virtual conference to announce Aruba ESP, a new platform that the company believes will transform the way it does business.

Appian releases apps to help organisations manage coronavirus response | IT PRO

Appian has unveiled three new apps intended to help organisations better weather the storm created by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The three apps, COVID-19 Response, Paycheck Protection Program and Workforce Safety & Readiness, were all built and released over the course of the fast two months and address different aspects of the challenges businesses are facing right now.

HPE says the future of 5G is enterprise services | IT PRO

HPE has launched a new product to help communications services providers (CSPs) get more value from 5G by offering edge services to enterprises. Edge Orchestrator is a SaaS-based offering that focuses on situations where low latency is key.

Seven steps to GDPR compliance | IT PRO

Europe's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was introduced in May 2018, replacing the previous Data Protection Directive. The law's arrival caused worry among companies big and small, as non-compliance with the updated data and privacy rules could see huge fines issues that have the potential to cripple the majority of businesses.

When the disruptors are disrupted | IT PRO

There was a time - just a few years ago - when you couldn't move at tech get-togethers, or even speak to someone in the industry on the phone, without them mentioning Uber and Airbnb in glowing terms. These were the disruptors. The future of tech and business.

Why IBM is splitting its business in two | IT PRO

Stop me if you've heard this one before: A giant of the tech industry with a history stretching back many decades and a footprint in most large organisations - and many smaller ones - finds itself struggling against the tide of digital transformation and the shift to cloud.

IT Pro Asks: What if the Carrington Event happened today?

IT Pro is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more Welcome to IT Pro Asks, a new series of monthly videos where we answer some of the biggest topics troubling IT professionals nowadays, plus some more philosophical IT-related topics.

HPE simplifies GreenLake provisioning with Lighthouse | IT PRO

HPE has announced GreenLake Lighthouse, a new element of its GreenLake portfolio that aims to reduce complexity when provisioning cloud services. Launched during HPE's virtual Discover conference, Lighthouse is described by the company as a "secure, cloud-native platform" that will allow customers to provision new cloud services easily in just a few clicks, reducing the time they wait between ordering and availability to just a few minutes.

HPE bolsters HPC business with Determined AI acquisition | IT PRO

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has acquired open source artificial intelligence (AI) startup Determined AI. The four-year-old company, which only brought its product to market in 2020, specialises in machine learning (ML), with the aim of training artificial intelligence (AI) models quickly and at any scale.

HPE expands GreenLake offerings for Microsoft Azure | IT PRO

HPE GreenLake now supports Microsoft Azure Stack HCI and SQL Server. The announcement of the new integration came just ahead of the company's annual HPE Discover conference, held virtually for the second time in a row, where GreenLake is expected to take centre stage.

GreenLake is the future of HPE, CEO claims | IT PRO

Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) CEO Antonio Neri reaffirmed his company's commitment to delivering everything as a service, saying he would be happy if the GreenLake name became more well known than HPE. Speaking to reporters and analysts ahead of the company's annual Discover conference, Neri said: "That's the trend, right.

Dell Technologies takes on HPE with Project Apex | IT PRO

Dell Technologies has kicked off its annual conference with the announcement of Project Apex, its plan to consolidate its 'as a service' offerings. Described by Sam Grocott, senior vice president of Dell Technologies Business Unit marketing, as a "radically simplified as a service and cloud experience", the new project acknowledges that the future of enterprise IT is "really going to be a hybrid, multi-cloud world".

What's next for sustainable computing? | IT PRO

It's been quite the week for green IT. On Monday, Google announced it's aiming to go carbon free by 2030 (something 1,000 of its employees demanded back in November last year), while Facebook upped the ante by declaring it will be powered by 100% renewable energy by the end of the year.

Don't be spooked by talk of remote working 'ghost towns' | IT PRO

IT Pro is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more The CBI has warned that remote working could lead to the death of city centres, but the reality is more complex There's a café near my house that I have come to believe is cursed.

How I learned to stop worrying and love the bot | IT PRO

IT Pro is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more An ever present anxiety that automation will take our jobs is being replaced by a fear that it won't I am inherently suspicious of automation.

How British business is weathering the coronavirus storm | IT PRO

This article originally appeared in The Business Briefing Issue 1. Sign up now to receive your weekly digest of all the insights and information that matter direct to your inbox. The word "disruptive" has been flung around in business circles so much in recent years it had almost become meaningless.

HPE continues cloud push with new GreenLake services | IT PRO

HPE's edge-to-cloud mantra continues to permeate its products, with the company announcing new cloud offerings available through its GreenLake "as a service" platform at its HPE Discover 2020 virtual event. Machine learning, operations, containers, virtual machines (VMs), storage, compute, data protection, and networking are now all available through the GreenLake Central self-service console.

Supermarket chain faces GDPR probe over facial recognition system | IT PRO

Spanish supermarket chain Mercadona is under investigation by the country's data protection regulator over the use of a new facial recognition system in 40 of its stores. The company introduced the AI-powered facial recognition system on 2 July in the cities of Zaragoza and Mallorca, as well as its home city of Valencia.

HPE launches Ezmeral software portfolio - but is it just SBS in disguise? | IT PRO

IT Pro is supported by its audience. When you purchase through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more Company talks up importance of its software division at HPE Discover 2020 Not three years since it spun out its Software Business Segment to Micro Focus in an $8.8 billion deal, HPE has launched a new overarching software portfolio called HPE Ezmeral.

The government's contact tracing app was always going to be DOA | IT PRO

When I heard that the UK government had decided to abandon its efforts to create a bespoke COVID-19 test and trace app in favour of using the decentralised API developed by Apple and Google, I can't say I was surprised. In fact, the only thing that shocked me is how long it took to happen.

Dell Technologies heads for the edge with PowerScale | IT PRO

Dell Technologies has unveiled Dell EMC PowerScale, a new family of storage appliances designed to deal with the "onslaught of data" being faced by organisations today. The product range is designed for object storage and is underpinned by the company's OneFS operating system, which is best known from its Isilon range.

View from the Airport: Appian World 2020 | IT PRO

It's a strange experience for me writing this article. For the past several years, I've been writing "View from the Airport" columns analysing the events of the major tech conferences I've attended. By this point in any normal year, I would have attended at least two of these get-togethers and written an analysis for each of them.

Appian talks up mobile at annual global conference | IT PRO

While 2020 in general can hardly be described as "mobile", with people worldwide under lockdown for most of the year, from a tech standpoint mobile has very much been at the forefront of the shift in working patterns seen over the past 12 months.

HPE CEO talks up 'Age of Insight' at Discover 2021 | IT PRO

Antonio Neri, CEO of Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) used the opening keynote of the company's annual Discover conference to hail what he calls the "Age of Insight". According to Neri, the information age was defined by a focus on the volume, velocity and variety of data collection.

It's time to give edge computing some space | IT PRO

When people talk about the use cases for edge computing, often they're discussing situations where any level of latency is a huge problem and cable networking is impossible, such as in autonomous cars or deep sea oil platforms. The reasons are obvious: If you're in a fully self-driving car, you don't want to wait for information collected by its sensors to be sent to the cloud for processing and then returned before it takes action to avoid crashing into a wall.

View from the Airport: Appian World 2021 | IT PRO

If you'd asked me this time last year, while covering Appian World from my COVID fallout shelter (aka my house) where I'd be in 2021, my answer would likely have been "In the US, covering Appian World".

UK businesses under attack from phishing scams

UK businesses are the most targeted by phishing attacks across the entire world, new research has found. In its latest annual Internet Security Threat Report, which examines global threat trends for the whole of the past year, the UK ranked number one for phishing attacks both in Europe and worldwide.

How big data analytics helped decode the Panama Papers

At 2.6TB, the Panama Papers is by far the biggist data leak to happen this decade and, it is claimed, the biggest cache of data ever handed over to journalists. The 11.5 million documents handed over to Süddeutsche Zeitung and the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) comprised nearly five million emails, three million database files, two million PDFs, one million images, 320,166 text documents and 2,242 other unclassified files.

Is Google preparing to sell Boston Dynamics robotics division?

Google's parent company, Alphabet, is rumoured to be selling off robotics division Boston Dynamics because of internal tension and a fear of what people think about robots. The research arms of Toyota and Amazon are both in the frame as potential buyers of the firm that produces bipedal and quadrupedal military and search-and-rescue robots, which Google bought in 2013, according to .

IT departments suffer from reverse skills gap

Businesses are suffering from a reverse IT skills gap, according to research from VCE, the converged infrastructure wing of the EMC Federation. The investigation, which has been published in a report called Endangered IT, showed many IT workers are at risk of becoming obsolete because they are too specialised in disciplines that are increasingly being outsourced.

Why SMBs must react to change quickly to flourish

Small businesses must respond quickly to change, rather than risk irrelevance by ignoring it, it is claimed. Jonathan MacDonald, an entrepreneur and the founder of the Thought Expansion Network, opened day two of accounting software firm Xero's annual conference, Xerocon, by relating his own experience of trying to build a traditional business in an industry that was changing.

Home Office faces EU court battle over Snooper's Charter

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) is set to scrutinise the UK government's plans for bulk data collection and retention at an emergency hearing on 12 April. Its intervention was demanded by the Court of Appeal of England and Wales to help decide whether existing government spying measures are incompatible with the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union.

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Women's Tennis Association transforms its business with help of SAP HANA

SAP and the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) have teamed up to launch SAP Tennis Analytics - new software that will improve courtside coaching and help the sports body enhance tennis fans' experience of the game. The new technology made its debut at the Bank of the West Classic tennis tournament, held at Stanford University, California.

Why Nokia's re-entry into mobiles proves it was never a burning platform

When journalists and bloggers write about tech companies that "got it wrong" in the face of an evolving market and paid the ultimate price, nine times out of ten Nokia will be listed a recent example. Even its then-CEO, Stephen Elop, described Nokia in an internal memo as a "burning platform" back in 2011.

Huawei wants to be the next Apple

Huawei wants its consumer devices to compete with the likes of Samsung and Apple on the global stage. Speaking at the company's annual analyst conference in Shenzhen, rotating CEO Eric Xu said Hauwei intends to "leverage its technical expertise to build a premium, high end brand [of smartphones]."

Huawei talks up "video as basic" at Analyst Conference 2016

Telcos must place the same premium on video services as they do on voice in order to succeed in the future, according to Huawei. During his opening keynote to delegates at Huawei Analyst Conference 2016, Eric Xu, Hawei's rotating CEO, said carriers have been very focused on data transfer speeds so far, but not in a way that consumers have noticed.

Data regulator casts doubt on new VTech T&Cs

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has cast doubt on the legality of new terms and conditions introduced by VTech that, it is claimed, leave parents responsible for any future data breaches. VTech's database was hacked last November, exposing five million customers' accounts to hackers, including around 200,000 children's names, genders and dates of birth.

RSA 2016: US attorney general reveals UK data-sharing plan

The UK and US are working on a deal that would make it easier for each country's law enforcement officials to gain access to data held by companies in the other country, it has been revelaed. The framework, which is yet to go before Congress or Parliament, was announced by US attorney general Loretta Lynch at RSA Conference in San Francisco.

RSA Conference 2016: View from the airport

I don't think I could have picked a better first year to attend RSA Conference if I'd tried. Don't get me wrong, I love security and privacy, and I'll write about them any day of the week (especially Monday to Friday), but this year, with Apple and the FBI facing off in court over encryption, the stars really did align to make an interesting conference.

Trinity Mirror Group improves user experience across dozens of websites

Trinity Mirror Group is using a performance management tool to improve the user experience of dozens of its websites, including regional and national publications like the Daily Mirror and the Liverpool Echo. To ensure the UX is as good as possible across its 29 titles, the company has already overhauled its content management system (CMS) and, more recently, implemented performance analysis tool mPulse by SOASTA.

IT should imitate entertainment industry, claims Citrix CEO

Entertainment companies such as Amazon and Netflix should be role models for IT. So claimed Mark Templeton, Citrix's CEO, speaking at the company's annual Synergy conference in Los Angeles. IT organisations need to adopt an "experience first" strategy in order to truly succeed in an increasingly mobile world, according to Templeton.

Microsoft Research unveils flexible smart cover for Surface

By Jane McCallion Posted on 7 Oct 2014 at 14:10 Microsoft Research has revealed a thin, flexible screen that it claims could offer a new way for users to interact with their Surface tablets. Dubbed FlexSense, the transparent "paper-like" overlay provides an additional input layer and display for their device that faithfully recreates interactions between it and the user.

Education: from the slate to the tablet

Imagine a typical classroom. What do you see? 25 children sat at desks facing the front, maybe? A teacher with a blackboard and chalk? If you're getting into real caricatures, you might also imagine the teacher in a mortarboard and gown.

Beyond illness: the future of healthcare technology

Modern technology is changing the way we think about our health, from monitoring our own wellbeing to how we expect to be treated should we develop a chronic condition or suffer a major physical injury. From the promise of smart medicines to dreams of transcendence, medical technology is accelerating at an unprecedented rate.

Nanotechnology: peeking into the future of computing and business

For many people, nanotechnology is a word that will either be associated with science fiction, or with headline development areas like graphene - or in some cases, maybe a bit of both. But, like robotics, there's more being done in the field of nanotechnology than first meets the eye.

Microsoft ordered to hand over European data

By Jane McCallion Posted on 1 Aug 2014 at 09:45 Microsoft has lost its latest attempt to protect customer data in its Dublin data centre from seizure by US authorities. Earlier this year, the company was issued with a warrant to hand over a customer's emails, which were stored in the Irish data centre.

The long history of protecting internet cables from sharks

By Jane McCallion Posted on 15 Aug 2014 at 16:16 Google is investing in shark-proof undersea fibre-optic cabling in order to fend off attacks from the sea's terrifying apex predators. The story was sparked by comments made by Dan Belcher, a product manager on Google's cloud team, during the opening keynote of the company's Cloud Roadshow in Boston last week.

Huddle serves up cloud-based Microsoft Office

Huddle has launched Huddle for Office, a new product that brings Microsoft Office to its cloud offering. According to the firm, the service allows users to save Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint files directly into their Huddle workspaces and will also feature a full comment stream alongside it, where revisions and notes made by team members can be seen.

The IT Press Tour: Meet ThousandEyes, CloudPhysics and Coraid

The IT Press tour is a five-day event taking place this week in San Francisco that seeks to introduce the UK media to tech firms doing some interesting things in Silicon Valley. IT Pro's Jane McCallion has joined the fray and here's her round-up of the second day's events...




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By Jane McCallion Posted on 9 Jun 2014 at 11:30 Collaboration between police forces internationally is the only way to fight modern cybercrime, experts have said. The comments follow Operation Tovar, in which a host of international policing agencies and tech companies worked together to knock malware command and control servers offline for a few weeks.

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