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Do you know what the … penetration is ?

Penetration test A penetration test is a controlled (and legal!) attack against system, web application or computer network which shows real state of the target system security. So … I have to pay someone to destroy my system or web application to check if it is secure? The answer is: no. The main goals of […]

Microsoft Future Decoded Tech Day, London, 12th November 2014 – A Delegate’s View

I attended Microsoft’s Future Decoded Tech Day (#FutureDecoded) at the Excel Centre, London on 12th November and thought I’d share some of my notes from the event. The day was split into morning sessions, which featured on-stage presentations in a theatre like environment and afternoon technical sessions where delegates would break out into smaller groups […]

iBeacons in Retail Event, Presented by Academia – The Swan at Shakespeare’s Globe, London, September 25th 2014

I attended an event in London recently, along with 50 or so other consultants, technologists and retailers, to explore the subject of iBeacons in Retail. The event was organised by Academia, a leading provider of IT equipment and services to the UK education sector. Though the ultimate purpose of the event was to allow Academia […]

Successful Jira introduction

So here is the thing: a lot of companies use Jira, but only some of them do it right, why is that? I have a story to tell. We have just introduced Jira as a core system, and it took us 6 months, not counting conceptual phase. The story is long, and it is not possible […]

The ultimate data question

It all starts very innocently. I have just finished the new visualisation presenting a historical view on some subject (let’s say, concerning the Catering Department). As with all good visualisations, it tells some story about what happened in the past (time spent on dishwashing is increasing rapidly) and allows one to draw conclusion of what […]

Technology Radar

Nowadays, in a fast-moving world, it is increasingly difficult to stay up-to-date with technology. From our ‘IT’ perspective it is important to know what’s available on the market – sometimes out-of-the-box and often for free – to not reinvent the wheel or repeat mistakes of others. As Tim Lister said “You’ve got to surf the […]

Branching and Merging: Ten Pretty Good Practices

A bit of history… “Konrad, we have to talk!”, the Programme Manager said rushing into my office. I don’t like it when Programme Managers move fast: it is usually a bad sign. “We have an issue with the release of the next module of our financial system. Its code refers to some core libraries which […]

Technical Architect in Objectivity

Role of the Technical Architect The question “What does a Technical Architect (TA) at Objectivity do?” often crops up during recruitment and in conversations with developers. Alternatively, they may ask “What would my duties be?” or “What would I be responsible for?” In fact, every architect currently working at Objectivity regularly asks himself this question. […]