About Ian Murphy
Ian Murphy has a long history with technology. Having been a signaller in the Royal Marines for a number of years, he wrote his first freelance article in 1982 on linking an IBM PC to an office printer followed by a series of pieces on Lotus 1-2-3 and database design. Since then, Ian has done most things in IT – programmer, technical support, project management, operations, management and owned a training company.
Most of Ian’s time, however, has been split between being a freelance journalist and an industry analyst in the IT industry. His specialist areas are datacentres, storage, software development and communications and Ian has been a guest speaker at a number of vendor conferences.
As an analyst Ian has worked for Tech Reports Ltd, Understanding Through Knowledge, Philips Global Media, Ovum, Macehiter Ward Dutton and more recently Creative Intellect Consulting Ltd.
The first analyst report Ian wrote was in 1988 called Expert Systems in Action. The report focused on how companies such as British Coal, British Rail and several banks were saving millions of pounds using expert systems to analyse how they worked and in the fields of support. Examples of analyst reports Ian has authored and collaborated on are Digital Set-Top Boxes, Object Orientated Programming, Java in a Mobile World, Rich Internet Applications and Cloud Development. There are numerous others covering areas such as Business Intelligence, databases, development, Cloud and networking.