If you read my previous blog post on competing in the API economy, you probably have a feel for just how important APIs are in modern organisations. Implementing an API strategy will unlock internal assets and make you a competitive and relevant force to be reckoned with in our diverse and fast-changing tech landscape.
You're probably all too familiar with terms like 'digital transformation' or 'digital disruption'. There are endless concepts and trends behind these fancy words but you could say that they are 'a new way of developing, deploying and maintaining software'.
The vendors are changing how software products are made, and more importantly, they're changing how software is sold; there are new architectural styles (Reactive Manifesto and 12 Factor Applications, for example), and there are lots of new technologies in the mix: Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), the Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial intelligence (AI), Big Data, Responsive Web Apps, API Management, to name just a few.
On October 10th, we celebrate World Mental Health Day. At Infomentum we've recently made a pledge to change how we think and act about mental health, and we've decided to dive right in and really get involved. Let's begin with some background about mental health at work. We'll discuss a topic that a lot of people might not know much about, and focus on our initiatives to get us all talking about, understanding, and looking at mental health in a different way.
Public sector customers will now be able to purchase a range of services from digital transformation consultancy Infomentum on the UK government’s G-Cloud 10 framework. We received the news that our application was successful earlier this month, with services going live on the marketplace today.
Part 2: Implementation
In Part 1, we talked about picking the tools for our first foray into the world of headless Content Management System (CMS) architectures, during our project with Fudgelearn. We had other options on our radar, but we decided that WordPress was the CMS that fit in best with our requirements. These were the main ones:
Web development is accelerating at an incredible rate - new frameworks seem to pop up every day. Whilst this is exciting (at least to a front-end geek like me!), it can be difficult knowing which new tools are any good and which ones you should be using.
A few weeks back, I decided to get involved in Java Challenge UK, by sitting on the competition’s jury panel. A bit of context: the Java Challenge is a gamified competition, with one league for professionals and one for students, that consists of multiple-choice questions. As part of the “jury duty”, I had the task of writing one of these questions. I decided to write my question around lambdas; read on to find out a little bit about why...
In my last article, The evolution of test documentation; lessons learned from implementing Cucumber, I explained two things. Firstly, how we at Infomentum have adopted Behaviour-Driven Development to define test scenarios, and secondly, how we use Cucumber JVM as an implementation platform for running these scenarios as automated tests.
Technical expert Infomentum has partnered with IT education organisation EDITx to host the UK’s first Java challenge, launching on April 9, 2018.
The challenge will invite Java students and professionals alike to enter an online competition that pushes them to the limits of their Java mastery. They’ll compete in separate leagues, alongside their peers, so that everyone gets a fair chance in competing to be crowned UK Java Champion. With a jury of Java experts creating the questions and overseeing the process, it will be a hot competition!
A wise man once said "If you are going to dive head-first into DevOps, better pack a parachute". Aside from the fact that this man was me, the point is still valid.
Infomentum had started maturing into a DevOps culture, which involved the developers using tools normally associated with DevOps to solve development problems. We were calling it DevOps for several years, even though the actual DevOps culture, practices and support were not in place. The changes made were effective at enhancing the development lifecycle, but were completely separate and sliced off from the rest of the organisation. This meant that infrastructure needed to catch up so that the DevOps practices could be fully utilised throughout the company. The major issue with DevOps is that it really is all or nothing; as soon as you have segregated processes and half-utilised technologies, the power of DevOps is completely negated.
I was recently invited along to the WPEngine summit, thanks to Infomentum having worked on a customer’s news and views blog using WPEngine and Wordpress.
First of all, I have to say that the entire conference was great. The speakers were well thought-out, and the topics felt fresh - as well as a great goodie bag at the end! But the talk that really captured my attention was by Monica Cravotta. She talked us through WPEngine's latest research: “The future of digital experiences by generation.”
Recently, we organised our first ever Infomentum quiz night. We’ve got a sociable office made up of 16 nationalities and lively personalities, and we try to have regular events to get different teams working together. Nothing says inter-departmental collaboration like a competitive quiz!
Well, that functionality has now been released.
On July 29th, MuleSoft's Crowd release went live. It seemed like a long wait, but it was finally time to put my hands on the new Anypoint Exchange 2.0 and the completely new component, Design Center. Now that I've had a few days to take a look around at all of the new functionality, I'm rounding up my highlights below.
We are celebrating a decade in business!
Infomentum has celebrated its 10th anniversary. Starting life as technology implementation experts in Oracle WebCenter portfolio, the business has experienced rapid growth over the years which has seen its capabilities expand.
Now in its tenth year, we offer our customers a wide range of services; from digital acceleration consulting, to technology implementation in the areas of content and process, data and analytics and customer experience, to full managed services and hosting. The business now offers expertise in best-of-breed technologies from Oracle, Mulesoft, Amazon, Adobe and more.
Kicking off our new blog series, ‘A Day in the Life of…’ our summer interns, computer science students Pratik Jadhav and Hasan Rafiq, reveal a behind-the-scenes glimpse of an intern’s typical day.
I chose to study computer science because…
Pratik: My dad is in the IT business so it’s something I’ve been interested in from a young age. I love technology and I wanted to understand how everything works, and how to develop everything.
Hasan: Other members of my family are in IT so I always knew about it. At first, I was going to go into dentistry, but I tried it out and I couldn’t see myself looking into other people’s mouths for the rest of my life! So I knew then that I wanted to go into computer science.
The old way
I'm going to let you in on a secret. I learnt my trade in a traditional software testing consultancy - I'm talking a waterfall approach to test planning, test case definition and test scripting. Over the last 5 years at Infomentum, I've evolved and have worked hard to optimise Infomentum's testing practices to suit our agile development environment.
Recently, I was one of the lucky few that were handpicked to attend Oracle's partner training on Intelligent Bot in London - and that meant I got hands-on experience with the product and witnessed its glory in action! The product is called Intelligent Bot and it would be available as part of the Mobile Cloud Service (MCS) suite as it complements other features of that product - not to mention that it fits the product the most. The aim is to provide an easy way to create Chatbot applications in simple steps, and provide options for Intent Recognition - i.e. understanding what the Chatbot's end user means - and custom entities to be able to take actions and drive the conversation towards whatever developers see fit.
The fun side of cultural change
You’ll remember that last week I discussed the crucial need for a cultural change in how we dealt with time logging. After the CX team’s thorough research, we were ready to take the findings – and our ideas – to our board of directors.
Hint: you'll need to read part 1 first for this post to make sense.
Phase 2: Imagine
The CX team got together to discuss the problems and carry out an internal ideation workshop to tackle them. We knew that we had 3 key tasks:
- Improve people’s knowledge of why time logging is important
- Create a culture of time logging as a habit; and
- Make the systems they needed to use simpler and clearer while having less of them!
It had been coming for a long time…
At the end of every month, developers scrambled to complete their timesheets, while the operations team were breathing down their necks, threatening them with sticks to get it done - and done right. The developers were left wondering why operations wanted their time logs so desperately. Surely they already knew what they had been working on? The operations team were scratching their heads as to why the developers didn’t do it; they had been reminded at the end of every month like clockwork, yet every month the same story. It was hugely frustrating for both sides, and was approaching boiling point. As soon as the Customer Experience team had a break between projects, we knew this was a top internal issue that had to be solved.
I’ve wanted to write something about Infomentum's scrum board since its inception in late 2012. Now seemed as good a time as any to share the story...
During an end of sprint retrospective, one of our developers Jakub said “I'm bored of the board.” That didn’t surprise me.
In the previous post, microservices part 3, we mentioned there can be different approaches to building a microservices architecture. In this final post in the current series on microservices, I’ll be looking deeper into those. Read on:
I'm an Integration Consultant and part of Infomentum's wider integration team. As well as being a MuleSoft trainer, I'm a certified MuleSoft developer and an Oracle SOA suite specialist.
I’m going to pick up from last week’s post when we discussed what microservices are, and looked at the alternative approach to microservices, aka the monolith. Make sure you read that before carrying on with part 2.
The discussion on microservices has exploded recently. It’s been heralded as the future. But is it really so new, or something more familiar than we think? Well, let’s start by setting the scene; what are microservices? Unfortunately, there is no universal and unique definition. In the most generic way possible, this is an “architectural style”, so it can be implemented in different flavours, and can be defined in many different ways.
Oracle Code Conferences started in March this year, in the red city itself - San Francisco. The event is doing the rounds worldwide, and I attended my local one in London last week with my Infomentum Colleagues. My initial thought was that it was really interesting to see how Oracle is attracting a different audience this time around; more technical oriented attendees, with a bigger spectrum of technical skills.
Infomentum are announcing a new partnership to help their customers to reach their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) objectives.
The digital transformation consultancy are proud to collaborate with Transcendent Media Capital, a global company, which specialises in the development of International Social Ventures (ISVs) between corporations and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to tackle global issues.
In the words of Annie Dillard, “If we are blinded by darkness, we are also blinded by light”. Paradoxically, being in the light and having too many ideas can be as fruitless as being in the dark and having none. These were the opening words of Professor Verganti’s talk at Oracle’s Modern Business Experience London conference, which caught my attention. Two minutes in, I had my notepad out. For a long time, I had been a believer of ‘the more, the merrier’ when it comes to ideas, and had somehow paid no attention to how that compromises quality and value.
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Oracle has awarded Infomentum the Platform as a Service Partner of the Year award at the 2017 UK & Ireland Partner of the Year Awards.
An Oracle Platinum Partner, Infomentum was presented with the awards at Wednesday’s prestigious ceremony at the Sheraton Grand Park Lane Hotel London. The award recognised Infomentum’s excellence in delivering transformational projects which implemented Platform as a Service products, allowing their customers to improve both the employee and the customer experience.
Monday 20 March 2017
We are very excited to share the news that it is once again nominated for a coveted Oracle Specialized Partner award.
The Platinum Partner is up for the PaaS Partner of the Year award. Oracle chose to nominate Infomentum for their successes in delivering integrated PaaS products, helping customers to digitally transform their businesses.
Infomentum is proud to announce it has achieved the internationally recognised certification of ISO 27001, establishing it as one of the leaders in its field.
We decided to seek the ISO 27001 certification to validate our high standards of best practice in protecting assets. The independent assessment was conducted by the British Assessment Bureau, a leading certification body, and demonstrated our commitment to keeping data, staff and premises secure.
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Infomentum has been announced as a finalist in the UK Digital Entrepreneur awards. The digital transformation and technology consultancy will stand in the Digital Business of the Year (SMB) category for delivering successful customer projects such as the Prince’s Trust.
Now in their 12th year, the awards are the longest-standing national tech awards in the UK, and showcase the very best of British digital entrepreneurship.
Workplaces are changing rapidly – often without us even noticing. And now that the first wave of digital disruption has already passed, employees are demanding more sophisticated experiences from the companies they work for. This means that, as businesses, we have a choice: change, or get left behind. One way of ensuring that we move with the times is to listen to the changing expectations of employees as we move towards the next big milestone: 2020.
“Beyond Digital” report highlights how new technology will impact the workplace over the next five years
London, 17 February 2016
Author: Natalia Bazanova
Whether you have physical shops or not, your website is considered another shopfront, and customers will treat it that way. If you can't find something in a shop, you ask a sales assistant. But what about if you can’t find something on a businesses website? There's often no online shop assistant to ask for help. That's where your customers will turn to a powerful search function to find out what they need from you.
London, 18 January 2016
How many blogs have you read that start with ‘the world is changing’? Guess what, the world has changed. Scientists in the States believe that we are currently going through a technology revolution that will have the same impact on our planet as the industrial revolution. And they think robots will become commonplace sooner than you think!
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Youth charity The Prince’s Trust has embarked on a digital transformation to enable them to better serve the thousands of young people who come to the charity every year.
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Gone are the days of focusing on saving money. Business leaders are now looking at either how to simply keep up with their customers, or how they can profit from digital.
Until now, your business will have invested in technology solutions to streamline processes and save money. Some of this investment may also have been in improving the customer experience. From ERP to document management, marketing automation to client and internal portals, so many aspects of a business are now automated.
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For some, information governance is a necessary but boring part of the Information Management and Content Management strategy. For others, it’s the piece of the puzzle that creates the framework and culture to a strong and effective way to managing your corporate information.
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When customers and vendors fail to communicate, it’s a recipe for disaster – as one company learned only too well.
• Traditional advertising not connecting with one of the fastest growing new groups
• Social content and interactivity are key
• Marketers must move away from unoriginal and duplicated content
London, April 1 2014