What’s your attitude towards IT?

Ok, that title is a little strong for some, but it’s an observation based upon over thirty years surrounded by technology (my early resume is considered a history lesson in Universities) and the behaviour of some companies towards technology. I guess if I’m going to use such a strong title, you deserve an explanation. I’ve […]

It’s your career. Own It!

Sounds obvious doesn’t it but the reality is often so different. I’ll start by saying that I’m not a performance review fan, they’re often too one-sided, targeted at business goals rather than people, and despite best intentions, the recipient and managers perception is often misaligned. I’m aware that a performance review should never be a […]

80% is Better Than 100%

OK, I know what you’re thinking, I’ve either gone mad or I have lost the ability to count. 81 is better than 80, then what about 81, 82, 83, 84, ….. they’re all more than 80. 80% therefore cannot be better than 100%. Or can it? Actually, I believe it is. If you’re willing to […]

Checksums, Does It Add Up?

Last week I was asked to explain the concept of a single-digit checksum to help secure and validate a set of chemical values. That was an interesting challenge as some get it first time, some find it confusing. After explaining the concept and finding it to be interesting, I thought I’d start my week by […]

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 […]

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