Category Archives: Software

Bypassing the Pleasantries: How Internet Security is Getting Personal

It’s a very disturbing fact that even in 2014, over half of internet users in the UK are still not implementing appropriate web security to protect their data. Maybe people will endeavour to change this attitude when they learn that a massive amount of personal data was recently discovered to be for sale on the online ‘black market’.

How much data? Information from over 360 million accounts and well over one billion email addresses were up for grabs to the highest bidder. When it comes to the web, anyone and everyone is after what they can steal, take or copy.

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What Does It Mean to Be Agile, and Should You Jump On Board?

Agile methodology: it’s a buzzword that you’ll hear thrown around by IT experts. Everyone is talking about “going agile,” but what does it mean—and is it something your business needs to adopt, too?

The Agile method was developed by IT experts interested in revamping project management from the ground up. It is a methodology with processes and guidelines that are intended to directly address the challenges and limitations of traditional IT project management and development.

Rather than working on your IT project in solitary confinement, delivering and implementing it, and then addressing the issues that arise, Agile IT consulting firms embrace constant communication and feedback as the foundation of a project. In Agile, instead of the project being fixed and the timeline being fluid, the timeline is fixed and the project is flexible. Throughout the development process, Agile methodology calls for continuous planning, continuous testing, and continuous integration, so that you’re involved in every step of the development process until the project is complete.

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How to Choose the Right Software Platform for Your Business

It can be hard to pick the right software solution. You’re surrounded by options, each one trying to shout louder than the other. The terms being thrown at you are confusing. And the plain fact of the matter is you know you need to be socially engaged, but you don’t really understand what that entails. Fear not – read on and the details will become clear!

Know what you want to do

Knowing what you want your business software to do will make it a lot easier to choose the right package for your needs. Bells and whistles are all very well, and can make the difference between one suitable package and another – but if your proposed software solution doesn’t take care of the nuts and bolts of your business requirements, then it isn’t going to cut it where it matters. Take the time to make a list of the functions you know your software system must have, and shortlist only packages that can provide them.

Don’t get blinded by terminology

A software vendor incapable of explaining clearly what his or her solution does is a software vendor who’s just proved that he or she doesn’t really understand his or her product. Acronyms, buzzwords and vague techie phrases have no place in a software pitch. Ask what your proposed vendor means if he or she says something you don’t understand. If he or she can’t tell you, ask yourself why not… Continue reading How to Choose the Right Software Platform for Your Business