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June 2016

Public Sector Show 28th June 2016

We will be attending this year’s Public Sector Show on 28th June 2016 at the ExCeL London. For anyone who wants to visit us and learn more about DataCube we will be at stand 402. There will be around 2000 visitors, 150 exhibitors and 50 speakers, the Public Sector Show 2016 addresses key issues such as decentralisation, collaborative procurement, skills delivery and the digitisation of customer services.

To find out more information about the event visit http://www.psshow.co.uk/


July 2015

Friday Fact 03/07/2015

In 2013 what happened every 60 seconds on the internet? (Source http://blog.qmee.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Qmee-Online-In-60-Seconds2.png)

Did you know every minute we…

Sent 204 million emails

Generated 1.8 million Facebook likes

Sent 278,000 tweets

Uploaded 200,000 photos to Facebook

Created 571 websites

June 2015

Friday Fact 19/06/2015

This week’s Friday facts are about Broadband.

This is because it has been a big topic in the recent days.

Did you know the average time spent per month browsing online on PCs or laptops is 36 hours 49 minutes.

Did you also know that the proportion of adults with broadband in the UK (fixed & mobile) is around 77%.

These facts are from http://media.ofcom.org.uk/facts/ and are from 2014.

June 2015

Friday Fact 12/06/2015

As net neutrality is a big topic at the minute we’ve decided to base our facts this Friday on Internet traffic.

For those that don’t know net neutrality is the principle that all internet data traffic should be treated equally.

Did you know that Netflix in peak times accounts for 1/3 of Internet traffic in the US.

Also in 2014 global mobile video traffic amounted to 1,377,497 terabytes per month & is also estimated to double by 2016 (Source: http://www.statista.com/statistics/252853/global-mobile-video-traffic-forecast/)

June 2015

Friday Fact 05/06/2015

Today’s Friday facts are on Social media. (Source http://www.jeffbullas.com/2015/04/08/33-social-media-facts-and-statistics-you-should-know-in-2015/#uvSbZ1YSWxTwhrH7.99)

Did you know that 47% of all Internet users are on Facebook.

Did you know that there are around 500 million tweets per day.

Did you know that Google+ cost over half a billion to design and develop.

Did you know that 53% of internet users aged 18-29 use Instagram.

May 2015

Friday Fact 29/05/2015

Today’s Friday Big data fact is implementations in production rose from 27% in 2012 to 34.3% in 2013. In addition, 68% of companies are running two or more big data projects as part of their big data initiatives. For companies with an analytics strategy in place, the top business driver was the need to combine sales information into operational analytics (57%). (Source: EMA and 9sight Consulting; Big Data: Operationalizing the Buzz)

How can Apperception help with Big Data...?

Our suite of Data Visualisation tools allow businesses to see exactly what data they have stored away across multiple servers, no matter how many terabytes they hold.

We train staff and implement our Bolden James labelling software, meaning documents are categorised and labelled, with retention dates being applied by staff as they go. This means no document is ever kept longer than it should, reducing cost for your organisation and keeping you safe from hefty ICO fines.

If you are looking for ways to analyse and label the data your organisation is creating, send us an email at sales@apperception.co.uk.

May 2015

Friday Fact 22/05/2015

Today at Apperception we bring you 3 rather random and unusual facts about the internet.

The first fact is on webcams which nowadays are used mainly for user-to-user interaction and often inappropriate endeavors, but the first webcam was used to monitor a coffee pot.

The next fact is on emails and did you know that over 75% of all email messages are considered total spam.

Last but not least did you know the first message ever relayed over the internet was “LOG”, which was actually supposed to have been “LOGIN” but there was a huge crash and this difficult task couldn’t be completed for the time being. This was back in the 1960’s at the famous research university known as MIT.

(Source http://hahanice.com/18-surprising-funny-facts-about-the-internet/)

May 2015

IRMS 2015

Apperception are currently at this year’s IRMS Conference for Today & tomorrow in The Celtic Manor Resort in Newport.

The 2015 Conference will include another packed programme of inspirational speakers, lively discussions and unbeatable networking opportunities – centred around the latest thinking, industry innovations and best practice from world-class organisations.

Key features of the event will include:

High-level keynotes

Focused workshops

Interactive debates

Comprehensive exhibition

Peer-to-peer networking

Fully inclusive conference and hotel packages

May 2015

Friday Fact 15/05/2015

This week’s Friday fact is on Big Data.

Every day, we create 2.5 quintillion bytes of data — so much that 90% of the data in the world today has been created in the last two years alone. This data comes from everywhere: sensors used to gather climate information, posts to social media sites, digital pictures and videos, purchase transaction records, and cell phone GPS signals to name a few. (Source: IBM; IBM Big Data

How can Apperception help with Big Data...?

Our suite of Data Visualisation tools allow businesses to see exactly what data they have stored away across multiple servers, no matter how many terabytes they hold.

We train staff and implement our Bolden James labelling software, meaning documents are categorised and labelled, with retention dates being applied by staff as they go. This means no document is ever kept longer than it should, reducing cost for your organisation and keeping you safe from hefty ICO fines.

If you are looking for ways to analyse and label the data your organisation is creating, send us an email at sales@apperception.co.uk.

May 2015

Friday Fact 08/05/2015

This week’s Friday fact is on Big Data.

A survey reported that more than 37.5% of large organizations said that analysing big data is their biggest challenge. (http://www.informationweek.com)

How can Apperception help with Big Data...?

Our suite of Data Visualisation tools allow businesses to see exactly what data they have stored away across multiple servers, no matter how many terabytes they hold.

We train staff and implement our Bolden James labelling software, meaning documents are categorised and labelled, with retention dates being applied by staff as they go. This means no document is ever kept longer than it should, reducing cost for your organisation and keeping you safe from hefty ICO fines.

If you are looking for ways to analyse and label the data your organisation is creating, send us an email at sales@apperception.co.uk.

May 2015

Friday Fact 01/05/2015

Today we have not 1 but 4 Friday facts and they’re all on computers.

Did you know it took the radio 38 years, and the television a short 13 years but it only took the World Wide Web only 4 years to reach 50 million users.

Did you know the first computer mouse was invented by Doug Engelbart in around 1964 and was made of wood.

Did you know the first banner advertising was used in 1994.

Did you know the group of 12 engineers who designed IBM PC were called as “The Dirty Dozen”.

April 2015

Friday Fact 24/04/2015

Today’s Friday Fact is on Big Data. Did you know that industries spending the most on Big Data are telecommunications, travel-related, high tech, and banking; life sciences, retail, and energy/resources companies spend the least. (Source: Tata Consultancy Services Limited; The Emerging Big Returns on Big Data)

How can Apperception help…

Our suite of Data Visualisation tools allow businesses to see exactly what data they have stored away across multiple servers, no matter how many terabytes they hold.

We train staff and implement our Bolden James labelling software, meaning documents are categorised and labelled, with retention dates being applied by staff as they go. This means no document is ever kept longer than it should, reducing cost for your organisation and keeping you safe from hefty ICO fines.

March 2015

Friday Fact 27/03/2015

Today’s fact is on FoI (Freedom of Information) enquires. Did you know FOI enquires cost 10 Devon Councils over £8,000,000 since 2008, at an average cost of £293 each. That’s a hell of figure.

How can Apperception help…

By providing our FoI request management solution along with bespoke services & training programs to address specific need, we can help your organisation respond efficiently and effectively to EIR & FOI requests.

March 2015

Friday Fact 20/03/2015

It’s that time of the week again...

Did you know, 15 Petabytes / 15,000 Gigabytes of new information is created everyday i.e. 200 years of HDTV. IBM calculate that 90% of the world’s data was created in the last 2 years. We are currently facing a global data explosion.

How can Apperception help?

By providing our suite of modular solutions, services and training programs to address specific areas or as a complete one stop solution, we can help protect your organisations reputation and if need be financially, by preparing and matching you with the right insurer for your cyber insurance.

Contact us and one of our Data Consultants will get back to you.

March 2015

Friday Fact 13/03/2015

This week’s Friday fact concerns Data Management. Googles Eric Schmidt claims that every 2 days we create as much information as we did from the dawn of civilization up until 2003.

That’s a whole lot of Data… The question is how can Apperception help?

By proving our suite of modular data management solutions, services and training programs to address specific areas or as a complete one stop solution, we can help protect your organizations data and reputation, turning a potential data liability into a major asset.

Whether it’s Data Cleansing, Indexing, Categorizing, Retro Labelling, FOI Requests and any other Big Data Management needs, Apperception is here to help.

Enjoy your weekend!

March 2014

Friday Fact 06/03/2015

This weeks Friday fact concerns Data Analytics. Did you know, that according to Forrester, most companies estimate that they only analyse around 12% of their data, leaving a whopping 88% ignored.

Let us guess, you’re probably reading this thinking to yourself, just how can this be possible?

Let us tell you. A lack of analytics tools and “repressive” data silos are the two reasons why companies ignore the vast majority of their own data, coupled with fact that it’s often hard to know which information is valuable and which is best to be left ignored.

If are looking for ways to analyse the data your organisation is creating, send us an email at sales@apperception.co.uk.

Feb 2015

ICO Data Protection Practitioner Conference 2015

Apperception will be exhibiting at this year’s Data Protection Practitioner Conference in the Manchester Central Convention Complex on March 2nd.

The conference will provide an opportunity for data protection practitioners to raise questions, hear presentations on a range of topical issues, subscribe to relevant seminars and meet others engaged in similar roles across all sectors.

It looks set to be a busy event, with the ICO receiving nearly twice as many registrations of interest from delegates wishing to attend as there were places available. If you were one of those individuals allocated a place, please come and visit the Apperception stand data related chat and live demo’s on:

  • Data management
  • Information governance and security
  • Data analytics and visualisation

Alternatively, if you would like to book a slot with a member of the team, please email info@apperception.co.uk

February 2014

IRMS Conference in Brighton - Talk to Apperception

Apperception will again be exhibiting at the annual IRMS Conference in Brighton from Sunday 18th to Tuesday 20th May 2014 at the Hilton Metropole Hotel.

The theme for this year’s event will be Information and records management in the world of Governance, Risk and Compliance.

If you are also planning on attending, please pop along to stand 16 for live demonstrations of Apperception’s DataCube product range.

Alternatively, if you would like to book a slot with a member of the team, please email info@apperception.co.uk

February 2014

DataCube shown at IRMS Public Sector Group meeting on 6th February. Westminster

Last week Apperception took part in an extremely interesting meeting between the IRMS Public Sector Group where talks were given by Dr Michael Taylor, Julie Burcham of InForm Consult and Marc Fresco. Apperception presented and demonstrated the DataCube’s ability to deal with the issues of Legacy Data and create order out of chaos using the unique conceptual search and categorisation features of the DataCube.

Mike Harrison presented and demonstrated the ability of the DataCube to categorise millions of unstructured documents based on their conceptual content. This was demonstrated by running the DataCube’s bespoke ‘Local Government Classification Schema’ against the dataset - ready for the introduction of retro protective labelling or ingestion into a ERDMS to support the company’s contention that it is the document which needs protecting to enable the network infrastructure to keep the organisation safe.

The attendees enjoyed the day despite facing and overcoming the hardships of the London Tube strike.

Apperception has been invited to present at the IRMS joint North & Midlands meeting on the 27th February 2014 at Stafford University, Stoke on Trent Campus.

January 2014

Information and Records Management Society Meeting, this coming Thursday

Apperception will be sponsoring the first meeting of the IRMS Public Sector Group in 2014 which will take place on Thursday February 6th 2014 at the Westminster Archives Centre.

Apperceptions Director and Founder Mike Harrison and Managing Director Peter Lyne will be giving a presentation on: “Back to the Future: Transforming your organisation's legacy documents from a liability into an asset.”

Please register your interest if you’d like to hear more about how Apperception can help your organisation with its data conundrums. The meeting is free of charge and is open to all members of the IRMS and the wider community. If you are not an IRMS member but would like to register an interest in the event please email psg@irms.org.uk stating that you are a non-member.

On the day presentations will also be given by Dr Michael Taylor from Matrix Connections who will be speaking about managing unstructured or “dark” data. Marc Fresko, a regular contributor to the IRMS group has entitled his presentation “Driving through Fog Computing”. Julie Burcham from Inform Consult, will be covering information governance in the cloud for the afternoon session. 

January 2014

Cabinet Office release documents after Five-year FoI battle

The Press in York have been granted access to secret government papers relating to Nestle’s takeover of Rowntree in 1988. The regional newspaper had been in dispute with the government since November 2008.

It has since published the contents which reveal that a senior government minister called for the takeover to be referred to an independent watchdog. The documents revealed that John MacGregor, the then Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, wrote to Trade and Industry Secretary Lord Young in 1988, urging him to refer the takeover bids by Swiss firms Nestlé and Suchard to the Monopolies and Merger Commission.

The letter was also copied to Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and other senior government ministers but his calls were not heeded and the takeover by Nestlé went through uncontested.

This case highlights the necessity for government authorities to respond transparently to FoI requests, even if the documents being requested have aged significantly.

If your organisation requires some assistance labelling aged files or if you are looking to improve the speed and efficiency of how you respond to FoI requests, please get in touch.

December 2013

Data Breach Trends

The ICO has published its findings for the trends in statistical data breaches within the first and second quarters of this year (1 April - 30 June 2013 and 1 July – 30 September).

The standout figure is the growth in the number of incidents, with 19 per cent more reported to the ICO in the second quarter of the year than the first. 

The sector breakdown shows that much of this rise is due to an increase in reports from the health sector, where 46 more incidents were reported. The health sector continues to report more incidents than any other, though it’s important to remember that the Government expects NHS organisations to self-report potential data breaches to the ICO, which means fewer go unreported.

The second reason for the increase was local government, where 11 more data breaches were reported.

Personal information being disclosed in error remains the number one reason for the incidents reported to the ICO. It’s worth noting that lost or stolen paperwork reports rose by 50 per cent and lost or stolen hardware by 38 per cent. The ICO say they will be keeping a close eye on this in the coming months to see whether this marks the beginning of a trend.

To view all of the figures visit ICO NEWS

November 2013

Data Loss Costing the UK Double the Global average

EMC’s Global IT Trust Curve survey, administered by Vanson Bourne, interviewed 1,600 IT and 1,600 business decision makers across 16 countries and 10 industry sectors.

The most costly events suffered by respondents globally were security breaches, which were attributed to an average financial loss of $860,273 over the last year. The UK average was substantially higher at $1,158,077.

The average cost of data loss to global respondents was $585,892, compared to UK average of $1,302,895, whilst the figures for downtime were $494,037 and $611,375 respectively.

China received the top maturity ranking with IT decision makers from the country implementing the highest concentration of the aforementioned requirements, whilst the UK ranked in eighth. More than half (57%) of all respondents fell into the lower maturity categories, with only 8% given a ‘Leader’ badge.

If you harbour similar worries to many of the UK’s IT decision makers about the vulnerability of your data, give us a call on 08456443479

Read more on this story here.


November 2013

Council fraud cost £178m last year - Audit Commission

The Audit commission has disclosed that councils in England uncovered 107,000 cases of fraud worth a total of £178m last year.

More than three-quarters of the fraud detected was uncovered by only a quarter England’s councils.

Commission chairman Jeremy Newman questioned the patchy nature of detection across England.

He said: "If the other 75% councils had found as much, we would see much higher overall rates of fraud detection.

"I would urge all councils to review their local policies to ensure they are doing all they can to detect and record fraud cases."

If you are worried that your organisation, business or institution is not doing enough to uncover fraudulent activity, please give us a call on 08456443479.

October 2013

MOJ fined £140k following serious data breach

Another working week, another hefty fine. The Ministry of Justice have been told to cough up £140k following a ‘serious data breach.’

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) reports that over 1,000 prisoners’ details were emailed to inmates’ families. 

The breach was only discovered when one of the recipients contacted the prison on 2 August 2011 to report that they had received an email from the prison clerk about an upcoming visit, which included a file containing the inmates’ details. The file included a spreadsheet containing sensitive information including the names, ethnicity, addresses, sentence length, release dates and coded details of the offences carried ou by all of the prison’s 1,182 inmates.

ICO Deputy Commissioner and Director of Data Protection, David Smith, said:

“The potential damage and distress that could have been caused by this serious data breach is obvious. Disclosing this information not only had the potential to put the prisoners at risk, but also risked the welfare of their families through the release of their home addresses.”

If you want to make sure that organisations Data always stays secure – talk to us.

You can read more on the story at www.ico.org.uk

October 2013

Apperception joins AIIM!

Apperception are now Professional Members of AIIM (Association for Information and Image Management).  AIIM are a global organisation that provides independent research, education and certification programs to information professionals.  

AIIM represent the entire information management community, with programs and content for practitioners, technology suppliers, integrators and consultants.

“Joining the AIIM global community will help us to continue being on the pulse and alert to the ever changing challenges and demands of managing information assets in an era of social, mobile, cloud and big data.” Peter Lyne, Apperception Managing Director.

If you like to find out more about what AIIM do, go to www.aiim.org


September 2013

CivvyStreet Virtual Careers Fair Launched

Apperception have Created, Developed and Launched an innovative Virtual Careers Fair on behalf of the CivvyStreet Partnership and British Gas.

The bespoke virtual platform enables jobseekers to navigate themselves around a careers fair from whatever location they so choose, providing they have internet connection! Jobseekers are able to have live one to one chat with employers, check out job descriptions, read content and watch videos published by potential employers.

You can take a look at the Virtual Careers fair at www.civvystreet.org. The event started this morning and will be ending at 5pm tomorrow. If you think your organisation would benefit from such development, please get in contact.


September 2013

Aberdeen City Council Fined £100,000 by the ICO

The ICO revealed it has issued Aberdeen City Council with a fine for £100,000 after confidential records of some of its constituents were published online. Some of the information related to alleged criminal offences of constituents and the care of vulnerable children.

The breach occurred when a council worker accessed sensitive documents from her personal computer while at home. Her machine had a file transfer programme installed on it, which automatically uploaded all of the sensitive information onto the Internet.

The ICO stated that Aberdeen City Council had no relevant home working policy in place for staff and failed to have sufficient measures in place to restrict external downloading of sensitive information from the council’s network. The huge fine administered by the ICO speaks volumes about their tolerance to Local authority data breaches.

If you would like to speak to someone at Apperception about how your organisation could avoid security breaches such as these please register an interest here. You can read more on the story here ICO.


Brighton 19th- 21st May 2013

Information and Records Management Society

Apperception have been invited to demonstrate the capabilities’ of its DataCube Service at the annual Information and Records Management Society Conference. The event is taking place at the Metropol Hotel in Brighton and will run from Sunday 19th May to Tuesday 21st May 2013. If you wish to find out more about what DataCube can offer your organisation or you simply wish to attend this year’s event, visit IRMS.


March 2013

Making Big Data Work in the Public sector – Barbican London 20th March 2013

Apperception will be delivering a Masterclass tutorial on how deal with large quantities of unstructured data within the public sector. Dr Michael R Taylor, Peter Lyne and Colin James will be speaking on how Apperception’s DataCube Service can transform unstructured and insecure data into managed useful information assets.

If you wish to attend or would like more information visit Public Service Events Password - spn_22ev09


February 2013

Apperception Launches New CivvyStreet Partnership Website

With the continuing support of The Royal British Legion, Apperception has launched a new version of the CivvyStreet website on behalf of The CivvyStreet Partnership Service. The new website has a new look and a number of new features and services. This is an exciting time for The CivvyStreet Partnership as we continue to build on the success of the site, which now has nearly 40,000 registered members. Using Apperception’s expertise in development and online marketing, the site continues to grow and will be further extended in the near future, offering more information and support to the UK Armed Forces community - past and present.

To see the new site, visit CivvyStreet


January 2013

Apperception launches the DataCube

Apperception DataCube services has been set up to address the demanding issues that many organisations have in dealing with the rapidly increasing volumes of unstructured, online data, in all of its forms. Not only are the data volumes growing year on year with ever spiralling costs of data storage and backup but the data must also be secured.

Apperception’s DataCube provides solutions for data management of large data volumes (“Big Data”), document classification and management, protective marking and interrogation. Using innovative solutions based on Latent Semantic Indexing technology, we are currently working with UK Public Sector organisations to use these solutions in areas such as Freedom of Information responses, Fraud Detection and Forensic Investigation. Apperception will be extending this technology to commercial uses and will provide further details shortly.

Visit the DataCube section of this website for more details.


December 2012

Rod Lyons: Business Development Director

Rod is a highly experienced strategic leader, with over 20 years in consultancy, management and non-executive roles. Rod’s background was originally in London local government but his experience and in-depth expertise has grown to encompass the public, private and third sectors. Through Veredus as a Business Director and Odgers Berndtson as a Partner, as well as via his own company, he has a powerful track record in successfully selling senior level consultancy and associated services to numerous government bodies and public agencies across England.


October 2012

Peter Lyne Joins Apperception

Peter Lyne has joined Apperception Ltd as Managing Director.

Peter has worked in hi-tech industries throughout his career, starting in corporate life with ICL/Fijitsu and moving to the telecoms industry with Nortel Networks as group Vice President of the Cable and Wireless Global Account and then President of the Nortel Networks Professional Services organisation outside North America. Peter brings a wealth of experience in both corporate, SME and general business life, spending 10 years as an independent consultant to government, 4G, start-up and established companies. His enthusiasm for this unique product set plus his experience with customers and suppliers make him a valuable leader of our team.

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