Alex Leslie

Alex Leslie

Alex was Founder and CEO of the Global Billing Association (GBA), a trade body focused on the communications sector. He is a sought after speaker and chairman at leading industry conferences, and is widely published in communications magazines around the world. Until it closed, he was Contributing Editor, OSS/BSS for Connected Planet. He is publisher of DisruptiveViews and previously BillingViews.

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The humble database is not so humble; it must drive digital transformation

The humble database is not so humble; it must drive digital transformation

Written by on September 12, 2017 in Opinion with 0 Comments

Long gone are the days where a relational database supported the telco business. It is over a decade since the comfortable, post-paid world of telecoms faced the first wave of digital service providers. Digital service providers, whose business is not only internet based, but is completely real-time require a different breed of database. Massive amounts […]

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Facebook and why the census is no way of counting people

Facebook and why the census is no way of counting people

Written by on September 8, 2017 in Opinion with 0 Comments

You may have noticed that we are being quite nice and quite quiet about our friend Facebook, the anti-social network. In the past we have wondered how investors continued to pile in to a business based on a one-sided business model – advertising. We marvelled at the metrics not only Facebook, but other platforms, used […]

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Why Amazon’s purchase of Whole Foods is a game changer

Why Amazon’s purchase of Whole Foods is a game changer

Written by on August 30, 2017 in Opinion with 0 Comments

Amazon has succeeded in disrupting the grocery market on day one. It is clever and, on the face of it, a match made in heaven. Whole Foods is a high-end, organic chain that has a reputation for fresh, quality produce. Amazon has a fairly wide range of reputations. But what it does do is online […]

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Is Elon Musk right? Should we be scared of AI?

Is Elon Musk right? Should we be scared of AI?

Written by on August 29, 2017 in Opinion with 0 Comments

When Ernest Rutherford split the atom, his motive was pure. He wanted to help mankind. When John McCarthy invented, or at least coined the term, ‘artificial intelligence’ he, too, had the good of mankind at heart. When Einstein pressured Roosevelt to set up the Manhattan Project, he did so because he believed the Germans were […]

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The balance between security and irritating your customers

The balance between security and irritating your customers

Written by on August 22, 2017 in Opinion with 0 Comments

We spend a lot of time talking about cyber security, hacking and malware here at DisruptiveViews. So we should, it is one of ‘the’ issues of our age. Generally we do it from the ‘something must be done about it, where is everyone’ point of view. It is interesting to see the other side of […]

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Will the backlash against the lack of data privacy actually backfire?

Will the backlash against the lack of data privacy actually backfire?

Written by on August 10, 2017 in Opinion with 0 Comments

This week the UK was on track to catch up with the rest of Europe by announcing its version of the ‘right to be forgotten’ law. This is obviously good news for privacy advocates. But you have to wonder if the backlash – if backlash it is – against overuse of people’s data will swing […]

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How to hack Ukraine’s infrastructure, a car wash, anything

How to hack Ukraine’s infrastructure, a car wash, anything

Written by on August 1, 2017 in Opinion with 0 Comments

It turns out that the much publicised hack of Ukraine’s infrastructure was more about human behaviour as ancient IT. In fact, more so. The head of Microsoft went to work on the problem and started in the President’s office. He found that every computer had the same login and password (let’s guess at ‘President’ and […]

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Why human nature gets in the way when it comes to security

Why human nature gets in the way when it comes to security

Written by on July 26, 2017 in Opinion with 0 Comments

It is not the most comfortable feeling when you see fit to disagree with a President. Oddly, the President on this occasion is not the incumbent, but Franklin D. Roosevelt. He famously said, during his inaugural speech, “let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is…fear itself — nameless, […]

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Whatever the ‘next big thing’ is, you can bet someone’s working on it

Whatever the ‘next big thing’ is, you can bet someone’s working on it

Written by on July 19, 2017 in Opinion with 0 Comments

As the iPhone prepares to celebrate its 10th birthday, some in the industry are wondering what the ‘next big thing’ will be. It seems that just when things become comfortable (technology takes about 10 years to become ‘invisible’ and comfortable), the visionaries begin to question, well, everything. Apple and Microsoft not only foresaw the end […]

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