An enterprise development team is a small group of dedicated specialists. They may focus on a new business project such as an IoT solution, new product development or even enhancements to exisitng systems. Typically most enterprises try to manage these development tasks internally making use of in house staff. This typically introduces a challenge, how to you keep all the skills required under one roof and have them available when you need them, without them being distracted by business as usual tasks ? Self-managing specialists and Subject Matter Experts (SME) are scarce in the job market. Thus, they are a relatively expensive...

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You may not realize it, but most of your  Internet usage is tracked.  Yes, thats right almost everything you do is tracked and stored somewhere. Everything, you do, say or even interact with on the  Internet is tracked, stored and analyzed and even freely distributed for others to analyze, store and action. The common misconception is that all the data is somehow gathered by the CIA, NSA, GCHQ, MI5 or any other government intelligence services. The truth is,  these organizations are the least of your concerns and are only the very tip of the iceberg in the internet tracking world.  Your browsing habits...

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Listening to my favourite podcast - Software Engineering Daily - I came across a great interview with Brendon Eich , the guy who famously invented the initial version of JavaScript in 10 days. The interview itself was very interesting from a software engineering point of view, but what really caught my attention, is when Brendon introduced his new Business venture - Brave Browser - The new Brave browser blocks the ads and trackers that slow you down, spend your bandwidth, and invade your privacy. I am not totally obsessed with web privacy and I do believe that advertising does play...

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Modern networking infrastructure is becoming increasingly complex. Most enterprise not only have a complex web of internal file, email, application and identity servers spanning the globe. Throw into this the hybrid cloud computing model and the ever expanding scope and reach of the Internet of Things (IoT). Centralised Logging Monitoring all computing resources and most importantly getting vital statistical data from them is a key objective and interest to most Enterprise organisations. This is especially true for devices and computing resources.  Many modern organisations regardless of size are geographically dispersed  which results in their computing resources to be dispersed, and the challenging...

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Organisations seeking to continue to innovate and evolve, need to strike a balance between having retaining trained and skilled resources whilst minimising recruitment, training and overheads. Additionally they face the challenge of ensuring they create a strong culture and environment these individuals to set aside their differences and effectively and efficiently work and collaborate together. A micro-team already knows how to work together Establishing any team and getting it to work together and collaborate effectively is hard work. There are so many variables at play, just take a look at any successful sports team, they go through peaks and troughs....

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The online business market space is becoming an increasingly more competitive space on a daily basis.   An e-commerce website , once seen as a competitive advantage 10 years ago,   has now become a minimum must have feature for any business. The modern customer has become increasingly more demanding, not because they necessarily want or need an exhaustive array of web and mobile applications , it is just that they have grown to expect them.  One of the benchmarks used when evaluating companies to purchase from,  is  the number of digital tools available to satisfy their customer service  needs. Customers expect...

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The leading issues affecting most websites today is spam and ever increasing bot generated traffic.  It is now estimated that nearly 50% of all the world’s internet traffic is generated by bots.  This traffic affects the user experience for your visitors, and may have a negative impact on your online business. We have previously posted about the 5 reasons why Bot traffic is bad for your business website and I have personally previously highlighted the issues caused by Referer spam and also provided instructions on how to defend against referer spam by making use of your Apache .htaccess file. If...

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The first application I developed with .net was back in 2001/02 when implementing a technology refresh of an existing VB 5 Windows Forms application. The application was scheduled for release coincide with the release of the .net framework.  At the time I was a seasoned Clipper, Visual C++ & VB 6 developer, so despite  very little documentation the transition was quick and the most part fairly intuitive. The next  project was the start of transition to web development focused on using the "new" features made available with the release of ASP.net 1.0!  Up and until that point web development consisted mostly of an...

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You got a great idea for an app! However, you've also probably heard that the app boom is now over! A 2014 ComScore report indicates that the average American downloads 0 new apps a month. Only about one-third of smartphone owners download any apps in an average month, with the bulk of those downloading one to three apps. It's not that people aren't using apps or spending less time on their mobile phones, the truth is a vast majority of time spent on mobile phones will be spent using maybe 1 to 4 of the same apps every day...

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