LAST year, innovative US technology company Apple dazzled customers with its new gadgets.
The fourth-generation iPhone was launched over the summer and it delivered a new, high-definition screen, quicker response time, better camera and video calling.
But that was not the only product to be promoted by the company in 2010.
The iPad is the first touch-screen tablet computer to be released by Apple and the device has become a desirable and functional part of everyday life.
Apple has traditionally released a new iPhone each year and there is speculation that as we draw closer to the anniversary of the iPad’s release, details of a new version may be announced.
The success of the iPhone and the iPad has been great news for UK technology business Arm. The Cambridge-based company designs the microchips which are used in the new breed of Smartphones and tablet computers.
Arm does not manufacture the microchips but charges a royalty for the use of the design. Indeed, Arm’s microchips are used by the majority of the mobile phone industry.
Last week, Arm released its full-year results and they were better than expected. In addition to the strong numbers, the announcement that US giant Microsoft will use Arm-designed microchips to run its new Windows operating platform is a significant development for the group going forward.
Arm has caught most of the headlines recently, but it is not the only company in the UK technology sector. FTSE 100 business Invensys has been undergoing a transformation.
Not so long ago, Invensys was labelled as a dysfunctional engineering company with high levels of debt.
However, the business has restructured itself into a company focused on technology centres of excellence, with three main divisions.
The rail division provides cutting- edge software for control, communication and signalling systems which enable customers around the world to improve travel times, increase the amount of trains on the track and improve reliability.
The controls division provides components for white goods in Europe and the US, whilst the operations management division delivers expert solutions to corporate customers to optimise procedures in plants and facilities around the world. This division is seeing good growth from Asia and the Middle East.
Invensys is a company which is changing its business to focus on growth for the future.
UK Software development company Autonomy is a specialist in the management and storage of commercial data.
This can be anything from the capture and organisation of phone calls and emails to helping organisations gain an understanding of complicated unstructured information.
The ever-increasing complexity of how we use information technology in our everyday lives is a long-term growth trend and supportive of Autonomy’s core disciplines.
In addition, businesses are required to control and produce information to meet regulatory requirements and Autonomy’s software helps to achieve this objective. The group has a history of growing through acquisitions.