Archive for the ‘Business’ Category

See what you’re doing

My “day job” as a tech consultant brings me into contact with a lot of software companies, but occasionally I encounter an enterprise that is in the process of becoming a software company. This happens when the company determines that their traditional line of business not only needs to incorporate a software/online strategy, but actually needs to make this the new focus. Motivations range from survival in the face of tech-savvy competitors to expansion into a previously untapped market.

While I enjoy helping these companies explore technology options, it is equally rewarding to help them establish a development process, being a formal approach to the creation of their new products or services. The processes that we in the software world [click title to read more…]

Data clouds

Migrating MySQL from local servers to AWS RDS has its ups and downs…

Several of my clients, and a few of my own projects, have local instances of relational databases, usually MySQL (or MariaDB/Percona derivatives) and there is growing interest in moving these into the cloud. Amazon’s almost-drop-in replacement is the obvious candidate. You can find plenty of detailed information online about AWS RDS, typically addressing matters that concern large database installations. Maybe such matters sound more exciting than moving a small database that has probably been ticking away nicely on that small box in the corner for years. So what about the small scale cases? Most of my consultancy clients would be using single database instances with just a [click title to read more…]

Looking back

Everyone is busy predicting what’s going to happen in 2017. So, while the eternally optimistic are having their annual conflab with the doom-and-gloom tribe, I’ve just had a peek over my shoulder to remind myself of what’s just gone.

January saw both Alan Rickman and Terry Wogan shrug off their mortal coils, while scientists finally completed row 7 of the periodic table of elements (and thus one of my favourite temporary names, ununpentium, is no more). The departure of Irish stars continued in February with Frank Kelly (feck!) and we had another General Election, which was inconclusive and resulted in weeks of negotiations before a government was formed. We also had LIGO’s announcement of the first observation of gravitation waves! [click title to read more…]

Re-re-re-rebranding

Contrary to the latest craze, I have no intention of rebranding TreeTops.

Apart from the big G today, other very recent rebranding news/gossip (newsip?) is going around re UPC (becoming Virgin), the Eircom telco looking for a new identity, Malaysian Airlines (becoming MAB), the UBS banking group going all out on a media frenzy and plenty more rumblings.

Oh for a bit of stability…

All mapped out

I think it is pretty clear to everyone that location is a key concept in mobile data services today, whether you are using native apps or Web-based services. So it came as a bit of a surprise that Apple released their home-grown iOS 6 map application to replace the one based on Google’s map data. Google has spent about 7 years collecting map data, including satellite images, street images, locations of significant structures/businesses, public transport routes and timetables and much more. This made Google’s solution an excellent component in location-based services. There were a few map-related omissions in Google’s offering for the iPhone/iPad platforms, such as being unable to get a rotatable 3D perspective, or to have turn-by-turn directions spoken [click title to read more…]