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Edge computing could play a big role for UK businesses

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As UK businesses seek to recover from the devastating effects of the pandemic, they should look towards Edge (opens in new tab) computing. This is according to a new report from trade organization techUK, which believes Edge computing could play a major role in the recovery.

According to the report, edge technology can help businesses strengthen their digital infrastructure, build flexibility and resiliency into their operations, as well as realize the full economic potential of new technologies, such as 5G and machine learning (ML).

However, if they are to realize the full potential of edge, UK businesses will need to work hand-in-hand with the government and academia, the paper further states. 

techUK highlighted five key areas that require focus in order to turn the UK into a global edge powerhouse:

  • Equip organizations with the knowledge, understanding, and skills needed to adopt edge computing 
  • Boost partnership and collaboration between academia, research institutions, and industry to explore and encourage wider applications of edge.  
  • Increase partnership and collaboration between academia, research institutions, and industry to explore and encourage wider applications of edge 
  • Develop research into the sustainability impacts and environmental potential of edge computing 
  • Address cybersecurity concerns and build trust and confidence in edge

“As an emergent technology, edge computing is already delivering significant gains through its real-time computing and data analytics at source abilities,” said Clay Van Doren, CEO at IT services company Atos. 

"As the need for organizations to use their data more effectively to gain competitive advantage grows, the powerful opportunities of edge-based solutions must be seen as a critical enabler within a wider digital transformation program.”

Sead Fadilpašić
Sead Fadilpašić

Sead Fadilpašić is a freelance tech writer and journalist with more than 17 years experience writing technology-focussed news, blogs, whitepapers, reviews, and ebooks. And his work has featured in online media outlets from all over the world, including Al Jazeera Balkans (where he was a Multimedia Journalist), Crypto News, TechRadar Pro, and IT Pro Portal, where he has written news and features for over five years. Sead's experience also includes writing for inbound marketing, where he creates technology-based content for clients from London to Singapore. Sead is a HubSpot-certified content creator.