Cloud Computing Optimisation and Pandemic Survival: One Supporting the Other

Introduction Covid-19 has placed many organisations under immense pressure to adjust their business model in a manner that enables them to not just initially survive the pandemic but to find a way to adapt and grow to a new, organically changing and at times, unpredictable operating environment. Managing an organisations cost-base has come under ever-increasing […]

Is your computer being hijacked to mine Crypto-Currency?

We’ve all sat on our computers surfing the web maybe we’re shopping, researching or going with the flow and we’ve come across those moments when things start to slow down or our computer starts to behave a little more erratically. There may be a very simple explanation, your computer may have been hijacked by crypto-currency […]

‘To Agile or not to Agile’ – That is the Question

As I write this sat at my keyboard, I have The Ride of the Valkyries tune in my head with the image of helicopters coming towards me not full of soldiers from Vietnam but of Scrum Masters and self-proclaimed Agile Guru’s rising up in defence of a methodology. I pause nervous of what I am […]

Earned Value – Why Not ?

Ok, so you might have heard of Earned Value (EV) but what is it and why isn’t it an important factor in a lot of projects? It’s a tough one to say why it’s not used a lot. Away from construction projects, in the past 20 or so years I’ve only ever seen it being […]

Technical Debt – Who’s to Blame?

I’ll start with an explanation of technical debt, although its an accepted term, it’s still not a widely known concept. Knowing what technical debt is, what causes it and how it impacts an organisation is moving towards being a critical-mass issue. Technical debt is the overhead or cost associated with working on a project that […]

Low Code/ No Code Development is it ‘a thing’?

There are really two explanations that one can offer to this question, the first is a comparative answer for the IT savvy, Low Code/ No Code (LC/NC) can see comparisons with the 4GL (Fourth Generation Languages) approach seen in the 1990’s and 2000’s. The business answer is that LC/NC is targeted at users who wish […]

When ‘Doing Agile’ isn’t Always about being ‘Sustainably Agile’

Agile is the modern way of delivering our products and it certainly adds real value to our customers but there are times when we simply get it wrong. I want to focus upon one aspect of being Agile, the idea of ‘Working software over comprehensive documentation’. Anyone that has trained in Agile will recognise this as […]

Increasing the Outlook Attachment Size Limit

Working from home has created a difficult challenge for some as they email files across to colleagues and then come up against the 20MB file size limitations that Outlook creates by default. I’ve been asked a few times to help others address this, so I thought I’d share the guidance I’ve given them by illustrating […]

The IT Business – Ladies, we have this, let’s stop letting the men lead

Bill Gates, Larry Ellison, Steve Jobs. What do they have in common? They’re men and they’re the pioneers of technology that we constantly talk about, that we place on the pedestal of IT Gods. But whilst they made great strides, they were Apostles and not Gods. The lady at the top of the picture, she’s […]