When I was a child, we had a house full of pets. Loads of them. Dogs, cats, horses, rabbits, guinea pigs, mice, fish, birds, I even had to look after a goat. Pretty much half the house seemed to be under the weight of animals, and I wanted to be a zoo keeper. It just seemed the natural way to live.Details
I recently attended a conference, hosted by KPMG in London, concerning the current state of play with low oil price and its effects on the world’s oil and gas investment markets. It was an interesting meeting with about 150 people in the audience, and a panel of four speakers. In the following post I summarise the presentations, how its not all doom and gloom and some tips for surviving the current situation.Details
I have been reading about other uses of cloud based and mobile technologies and I came across some examples of adaptive learning, which I thought were really interesting. Initially I heard about them from the beloved Radio 4. The two examples I wanted to discuss both come from education and rely on mass adoption by a large remote and distributed community. I suppose you could say they are business to consumer, although that label feels odd for education.Details
As many of you know, we have recently refreshed large parts of our production service infrastructure. Parts of the existing hardware, while still running well, had reached three years of age, which represents the point where we deem the ROI on renewal to be about right. In a cloud based service the ROI is made immediately more attractive because the cost is shared between all the consumers of the service.
Also, there have also been a lot of advances in three years for hardware.Details
I was thinking about why we have standards and what they achieve today. I have had a fair bit of experience both as a consumer and producer, dating back to working on X.400 in the 1980s through the many ‘standards’ in software through to the current day. In almost all cases these technology standards have, to some extent, failed. None raised themselves up to manage to be the thing the writers intended. At best they just grabbed a foot-hold or a niche. In this post, I will discuss the reasons why.Details
As this is my first blog posting on our site, I thought it might be good to get on record my personal bias about what drives us on. So, I want to start with my thoughts on innovation and as a vehicle, how the evolution of the telephone went. It makes an interesting story… Date…Details