Talkin’ tech: companies that rocked the media in January 2016

Talkin’ tech: companies that rocked the media in January 2016

Long ago, the Bulgarian mystic Baba Vanga – “The Nostradamus of the Balkans” – predicted that 2016 would be a year of great turmoil: the global economy would collapse; the 44th US President would destroy America during his final year in office; the European continent would rapidly depopulate and eventually cease to exist.

All in all, not too much too look forward to in there.

But without speaking ill of the dead, you shouldn’t ever take anyone who calls themselves a “mystic” at face value. Baba Vanga was wrong for the simple reason that 2016 has already gotten off to a great start, and there’s every indication that it’s going to get better. If you don’t believe us, ask these companies – for them, January was plain sailing on fair winds!


It’s a hard truth for a PR agency to admit, but there are certain industries where the less people are talking about a company, the better. If Halliburton gets a lot of coverage, for example, it’s probably not for good reasons. Same for Philip Morris.

It’s a similar situation with cyber security companies (though they don’t become infamous for what they do so much as what they fail to do): if they make the news, it’s generally because there’s been a screwup somewhere or other.

Consider CORVID the honourable exception. It’s always been the company’s belief that, at executive level, IT safety is as much about strategy as it is software. Andrew Nanson, the company’s CTO cyber, had a very busy month and said as much to major tech publications, providing CISOs and CIOs with expert advice in SC Magazine and Computer Business Review respectively.

Oh, and there’s also the little matter of the extensive, evenhanded, a-little-bit-sceptical-but-mostly-positive CORVID profile in Techworld. Non-cynical cyber security stories: they’re real, and they’re spectacular.

Automation Consultants

IaaS. SaaS. PaaS. BaaS. MBaas. EaaS. FaaS BPaas. There are so many companies offering “X as a service” that it’s hard to count every flavour. The aaS morass has hit critical mass – and it’s made data migrations more complicated than ever.

Luckily, Automation Consultants is on hand to demystify the process of moving your servers to the cloud. Francis Miers, a company director, wrote this piece for Compare the Cloud explaining the key considerations an IT manager should take into account at the beginning of a migration.


In a world of Mark Zuckerbergs, David Karps, and other CEOs who made their first billion before they had their first kiss, it’s easy for over-21s to feel like their entrepreneurial dreams have been dashed – let alone over 30s.

But a little experience goes a long way, and knowing how to work within a company helps a great deal when it comes to the business of actually running one. Having left his a FTSE 250 company to start his own tech venture as a decrepit 30-something, Sonovate co-CEO Richard Prime knows this all too well – and he was kind enough to write about this experience for City AM. Given that his company is consistently winning more new business than financial institutions that have been around for hundreds of years, we’re pretty sure the gamble paid off.

Want to see your name in lights – or in 12pt Times New Roman? Talk to TopLine CEO Heather Baker.