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A Cow's Arse

My great friend and mentor, Peter Dean commonly known as Deano, could render most professionals speechless. His pithy summaries of the career prospects of accountants, solicitors and gynaecologists were the stuff of legend and sadly not repeatable here. His opinion as to why he never considered a career as a veterinarian surgeon could perhaps best be summarised as a dislike for exploring the rear end of a cow.

We are pleased to be announced as a official strategic sponsor for the leading national web conference, Harnessing the Web 2015. If you are interested in attending, online registration is now open and you can save £34 off the association/membership professional ticket price by using our unique sponsor discount code. You can also purchase 3 places for the price of 2 (saving £199).


Understanding Uncertainty

Thank you to all those who joined me for the Agile Business Conference / Unicom webinar on Thursday lunchtime. As promised, a copy of the slides can be downloaded here. A recording of the webinar will also available on the Unicom website in due course.

There is much excitement at IndigoBlue towers as we have been shortlisted with our clients for a number of the BCS/Computing IT Industry Awards. These are all joint entries with our customers and include some of the most innovative and exciting projects we have worked on in the last twelve months. The awards are some of the longest established and most prestigious in the consulting and IT industry, and we look forward to the awards dinner in November.


An Agile Practice

I haven’t written a blog for a good few months and that’s because I have spent the last 4 months in hospital and the first stages of a long recovery.  Being glued to a hospital bed doesn’t necessarily stop all your observational skills working (unless you have had too much morphine) and I was rather humbled by what I saw. I don’t think this agile thing is very new at all. In fact it’s probably a concept that’s thousands of years old!


The Coin Game

We have just returned from presenting at a very well known Tier 1 Retailer. The event was a global "IT Trade Show" with representation from the UK, Australia and Scandanavia.  A number of suppliers were asked to participate and given the challenge of presenting what we do.

Agile or Lean

Too often those adopting agile learn the ceremonies and perhaps even the dark art of story writing – but they delivery and efficiency aren’t that much better the “old ways”.  Agile isn’t just about learning a new set of working practices – it’s about a commitment to maximise delivery of finished working software that is “good enough”.

Last week I attended an event in Manchester which was jointly sponsored by IndigoBlue and Novosco.  The event was called "The Care Conundrum - The Great Dilemma Facing Housing Associations".

Is IT really Bimodal?

Last week I attended the rather excellent Harvey Nash CIO Event – the CIO Survey 2015, in partnership with KPMG. The presentations were both interesting and informative but provided few surprises - we live in a world that continues to change at pace and it’s a great time to be working in technology.


Thinking machines

Last week I managed to catch a great programme on Radio 4 which was headlined as being about Artificial Intelligence (AI) "thinking machines" and how it is being adopted in mainstream applications.
I admit to being slightly skeptical about how the programme was going to shape up as some of the current claims around AI, in my view fundamentally stretch the true spirit of the concept.

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