Down the rabbit hole

Recently we received information indicating that it’s worth trying to use the virtual library. Books in the area of IT are quickly outdated. I thought, great idea! Our reliable reception desk angels contacted Safari Book and for a period of two weeks we conducted a trial with 20 users. Unfortunately, only two people have tried […]

Skeleton in the Closet

SCENE ONE Auditor: Have you had any work-related training? Employee: Oh yes! I’ve had lots of training. In fact, I’ve had so much training, that I’ve forgotten what I’ve been trained on! Auditor: Well, that’s good… All that training stuff will look good on your resume. Employee: (panic attack) Why? Does that mean I have […]

Four Hormones of Ice Bucket

Over just a few months, millions of people decided to be poured with ice cold water. The, so called, Ice Bucket Challenge is a noble fundraising effort, aimed to support people diagnosed with ALS. Once I decided to join our own attempt, I started wondering – how come this one caught up that much? After […]

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 […]

The Horror

This was a regular morning on a regular Wednesday. I was heading to my lab (which is really a standard office that I share with one very talkative guy… a “lab” sounds more professional, though), when I heard a heart-breaking cry from one of the rooms. When I looked inside I saw a terrible scene. […]

Trial and error – performance comparison

“I have invented a great visualisation that will help you to compare the system’s performance between two configurations”, I said. And I was wrong three times in this single sentence. First of all, I had not invented it but had probably seen it somewhere. Secondly, my visualisation was most definitely not great. And finally, it was […]