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Honorary Treasurer of the IET Nigel Ward blogs on engineering innovation.    read more...
Posted by Mrs Rebecca Gillick on The IET Blog Feb 4, 2016 3:42 PM GMT
As the perimeter network scales to meet the App economy the domain based environments are making virtualisation become the core platform. We find that the increase in use of companies embracing infrastructure as a service requires data centre providers in need of more virtualisation methods.  The virtualised data center has other features such as ... read more...
Posted by Mr Rimesh Patel on The Cyber Lens Jan 31, 2016 7:53 PM GMT
The Communities Resourcing Committee (CRC) is responsible for reviewing the main IET strategic aims and objectives and identifying the areas where we feel that communities can make the most effective contribution. The strategic focus that we develop informs the Communities Committees (CCs), and subsequently the activities of the Local ... read more...
Posted by Colin Arthur on Crazy about Communities Jan 28, 2016 2:02 PM GMT
The past couple of weeks since the launch of the new-look platform has been an exciting and illuminating time for our team.  We’d like to thank all those individuals who have been part of the journey, either as a previous user tester or those who have reported bugs and issues to us.  To continue promoting collaboration and transparency with our users, ... read more...
Posted by Mrs Nicole Baines-Knox on Communities Platform News Jan 25, 2016 4:02 PM GMT
This has been a good month for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.) Here in the UK, we’ve had a month of excitement around space with British astronaut, Tim Peake arriving at the international space station, images of schoolchildren communicating with him using ham radio and lots of media coverage of his exploits. I’m certain this will ... read more...
Posted by Mrs Rebecca Gillick on The IET Blog Jan 25, 2016 10:55 AM GMT
It is said so much now its probably a cliche but engineering and technology really are fields that are constantly changing and evolving! So for an organisation like the IET we need to be keeping close tabs on what the new and emerging areas are so that we can provide the very best and up to date technical insights - insights that help professionals to ... read more...
Posted by Mr Steve Benveniste on Communities updates Jan 21, 2016 2:31 PM GMT
Even though we have had the Christmas and New Year holidays recently, our Technical and Professional Network's production of high quality technical insights has not ceased.  In fact they have been extra busy with three, yes that's  THREE  recent insight documents emerging out of events they have run -  on Satellites and Future Cities, on 5G and on ... read more...
Posted by Mr Steve Benveniste on Communities updates Jan 15, 2016 8:50 AM GMT
The latest Star Wars film, The Force Awakens, has been smashing records from the box office to merchandise sales so   the IET and ITN Productions joined forces to create a short video showcasing one of the newest toys from the film and the engineering behind it.       read more...
Posted by Mrs Rebecca Gillick on The IET Blog Jan 12, 2016 4:46 PM GMT
Some of you may have noticed the site went down for maintenance yesterday afternoon as we completed the go-live.  It was a late night for some of us on the project team, and we appreciate there will be a few niggles and tweaks we still want to work on, but we were thrilled to finally go live! When you log into Engineering Communities after the relaunch one of ... read more...
Posted by Mrs Nicole Baines-Knox on Communities Platform News Jan 8, 2016 10:53 AM GMT
This blog post is by IET Deputy President Nick Winser CBE FREng BSc CEng FIET. Nick is currently Chair of the IET's Finance and Investment Committee.   read more...
Posted by Mrs Rebecca Gillick on The IET Blog Jan 4, 2016 9:42 AM GMT
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Great post Nigel!

I wonder how many employees in large organisations still have "10% time"? HP started promoting it in the 50's I believe, and it lead to many great innovations. It requires a lot of discipline - from both engineers and managers - to make sure the time consistently happens.

I find innovation comes through talking and sharing knowledge...
I used the new facilities last week. The members area is good, we used a booth for several hours which give us a useful (and free) space in London to prepare for our meetings the following day. My German guest was extremely impressed. On the Thursday we used the Siemens room - grossly over sized for our purpose, but a substitute for the smaller meeting rooms wh...
Good food for thought there Nigel. And, it prompts the suggestion that LN and TPNs should shift their objectives from "just putting on" lectures, where the speaker explains what he or she has already done, to debates where innovative ideas can be triggered to the sort of problems that society needs engineers to solve - just as Naomi suggests in the recent v...
Great post, and some great ideas to try and find innovation in everyday places!
"it’s important we are all communicating with each other" - I'll be raising this with the CC-UK, the flow of information is far too asymmetrical at the moment.