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Azure IoT in practice

Introduction According to Google trends, the Internet of Things started gaining popularity around 2013. Right now, it is a prominent topic, yet it is difficult to find case studies describing architecture of entire systems utilizing IoT to solve specific business requirements. This post is an attempt to demystify some of IoT tools and technologies, which […]

Whenever there is any doubt, there is no doubt

Making a professional decision based on a hunch recalls scenes from movies where action takes place in a casino with lots of flashing lights, huge bets taken and in the end – fortune wasted. It’s double-true in IT support world. Should we leave a usage of instinct to animals then? Not necessary. An effective decision […]

How to sell IoT? An exciting journey for the whole team

Finally, I can share this story with you. It’s about technology, people and the concept of selling something that is hard to explain to most of the people – IoT. Objectivity is a software house. Its business is to deliver software solutions to clients. Recently, we have started to work with one of our clients […]

Tools for Project Managers

I was asked recently: “What are the best tools for project managers?”. Of course, it’s an impossible question as there are so many tools and so many problems that need solving. It all depends on the context. However, I’ll make the case for a free suite of tools by explaining how a team I was in […]

Security testing in context of TCP/IP model

Part 1 What is TCP/IP model? In 1989, RFC1122 was published. It specified an architectural model for communication between Internet hosts. TCP/IP model has 4 layers, from top to bottom: Application Layer Transport Layer Internet Layer Network Access Layer The application layer is responsible for application specific functions like data formatting, encryption, connection management – […]

Performance Testing for BI

A while ago, we needed to run a significant number of performance tests for a BI application written on the Microsoft stack. The non functional requirements had been a bit neglected during the early stages of the project and when there was a change in the clients business it sharpened our focus and the number […]

Do not breach an open door

Take a close look at a set of certain practices at one of the world’s top strategic consulting companies (they’ve advised most companies from Fortune 50, 100, 500, 1000, and they don’t advertise – they don’t have to). First of all, they keep a browsable database of “clean” reports from past projects (clean means no […]

The evolution of a team – part 5

  It’s a kind of magic. “Unity is strength… when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved.” – Mattie Stepanek, Poet and Peace Activist. “Politeness is the poison of collaboration.” – Edwin Land, American scientist, inventor and co-founder of the Polaroid Corporation. You have just reached the Holy Grail of ‘Team Developers’. […]

You have to either know how to deal with a situation, or it deals with you

“Let it go” philosophy lures with a romantic promise of relieve, but in Support things left for themselves always go the wrong direction. Nine times out of ten this wrong direction is “up” (in a chain of command) and it eventually ends high enough to go down on you in a hard way. When dealing […]

The evolution of a team – part 4

Ok. Maybe we need some ground rules. “Most conduct is guided by norms rather than by laws. Norms are voluntary and are effective because they are enforced by peer pressure.” ― Sir Paul Collier, CBE and Professor of Economics and Public Policy in the Blavatnik School of Government at the University of Oxford. From my […]