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Michael O'Dwyer
An Irishman based in Hong Kong, Michael O’Dwyer is a business & technology journalist, independent consultant and writer who specializes in writing for enterprise, small business and IT audiences. With 20+ years of experience in everything from IT and electronic component-level failure analysis to process improvement and supply chains (and an in-depth knowledge of Klingon,) Michael is a sought-after writer whose quality sources, deep research and quirky sense of humor ensures he’s welcome in high-profile publications such as The Street and Fortune 100 IT portals.

Recent Posts

Posted on 11.12.18 by Michael O'Dwyer

Is The EU Copyright Directive A Bad Idea?

The EU Copyright Directive has been labeled a bad deal for all parties and threatens the Internet as we know it. If it's approved, how are businesses going to respond?

Posted on 10.25.18 by Michael O'Dwyer

Benefits of Managed File Transfer for Banking and Finance

In the BFSI (banking, financial services and insurance) industry, choosing a managed file transfer solution is rather simplified as FTP alone is not enough to meet the necessary regulatory and compliance requirements. 

Posted on 09.26.18 by Michael O'Dwyer

Internet of Things 101 – IoT Device Authentication Explained

Readers of previous posts are aware of my reservations on the current ubiquitous drive to connect absolutely everything (from the frivolous to the useful) to the internet but there is no denying that the trend will continue unabated. This will create security risks that...

Posted on 09.24.18 by Michael O'Dwyer

What UK Businesses Must Know About GDPR and Brexit

Regardless of industry, companies are subject to data protection laws according to their jurisdiction. 

Posted on 08.27.18 by Michael O'Dwyer

How to Choose the Right Managed File Transfer Architecture

For the purposes of this post, we are concerned with two relevant options, namely File Transfer Protocol (FTP) and Managed File Transfer (MFT). The second, being managed, obviously offers more features than a standard file transfer solution. But, which offering is best...

Posted on 04.16.18 by Michael O'Dwyer

The Evolution of Integration and the Rise of Middleware

Back in the early Jurassic era, when Windows NT Server was the OS of choice, an earlier enterprise employer of mine was considering a company-wide change to Windows XP. Unfortunately, this wasn’t possible, and we remained on Windows 2000. Why? Because the entire...

Posted on 04.03.18 by Michael O'Dwyer

Is Java Actually Dying?

There has been a lot of hate towards Java over the years, but there are just as many proponents for the programming language. Here is why Java isn't going anywhere. 

Posted on 03.20.18 by Michael O'Dwyer

IoT Security: What is It, and Why Does It Matter?

You may consider ‘IoT security’ an oxymoron and, unfortunately, for many IoT devices, you’re quite correct. The IoT and security don’t necessarily go together, with many companies and domestic consumers using IoT devices that lack fundamental layers of security. This...

Posted on 02.28.18 by Michael O'Dwyer

Smart Speakers 101: Google vs. Amazon and The Rest

AI (artificial intelligence) is all the rage these days. Hardly surprising, when you consider that natural intelligence seems to get even rarer as the years march swiftly onwards.

Posted on 02.13.18 by Michael O'Dwyer

How User Agreements Are Killing our Privacy 

Online privacy is a mythical creature not unlike the unicorn or Cyclops—we’ve all heard the tall tales, but we’ve never seen it in the wild. And we have only ourselves to blame. If we take governmental monitoring as a given and add the fact that U.S. ISPs can now...

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