Women in Technology – Promoting a Gender Diverse Team

In light of the recent Women’s March and the impressive turnout Austin received, a debate has opened for women’s equality and their representation in the workplace.  With Austin being one of the largest tech capitals of the U.S, one might wonder why women in the IT field are still harder to find than a bug …

Driven by Big Data – Governance & Security

My definition of this topic is “a necessary component of any big data solution with a perfect blend of skepticism and confidence by all of those involved”. Think of this as not just securing a file with permissions and capturing its name and glossary, but about sustainable architecture designs. Our recent blog “Make Data your …

Make Data your BAE – Best Asset Ever!

I’ve heard technology departments complain for years about Shadow IT. There are many reasons (many perceived) why other departments resort to building solutions outside of the standard IT process –too slow, too expensive, and too process heavy to name just a few. I’m not going to advocate for Shadow IT as the potential consequences typically …

A Guide to User Story Structure

User Stories are the basis for all Scrum processes. These stories are the units of work that make up a project. They can be created by anyone and vetted by everyone. User stories come in various formats, and some are better than others. What you want out of a user story is a clear understanding of what a user …

Daily Stand-up Revisited

The Basics The Daily Stand-up is part of the Scrum process. The purpose of this meeting is to inform every team member of what other team members are working on and to provide an update on your sprint work. Each team member should answer three questions: What did you do yesterday? What will you do today? …

Driven by Big Data – Beyond Enterprise Search

Driven by Big Data – Beyond Enterprise Search Enterprise Search is yet another rapidly growing ecosystem. Combining state of the art technologies to work together has redefined what “search” meant to an organization and its global customers. Being one of the prominent themes in the services business, building a matured knowledge management architecture has always …

Observer Design Pattern – Java

When you write Data Validations, Credit Card Validations, Phone Number Validations, and String Validation, we mostly choose 3rd party Common Utilities, mainly the library from Apache. This is to prevent the wheel reinvention; technically we call it “CODE REUSE” or just “REUSABILITY.” When it comes to Design Patterns, the way I think of it is, it’s  still …

Driven by Big Data – IT Transformation Strategy

IT transformation is inevitable, and the technology refresh cycle is becoming more and more aggressive and competitive. Open source has not only gained trusts of public sector enterprises but also into more regulated businesses and organizations. CIO’s office is constantly pushing for more innovative ideas, cost savings, and auditing their existing systems. Their guiding principles focus on evaluating open …

Deciding on a Front-End Development Workflow

In the early days of web development, a frontend developer only had to be proficient in HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, but the lack of structure gave rise to unmaintainable and untestable spaghetti code which quickly became a debugging nightmare. With the rise of complex, heavy single-page applications, one cannot ignore the need for speed and …

Driven by Big Data – Blockchain and Device Democracy

The whole concept of a decentralized distributed database, a shared ledger, and a singleton computation framework makes Blockchain one of the most prominent technological discoveries of today. It is easy to relate Blockchain to Bitcoin as it was an early adopter and a starter for various organizations to conduct proof-of-concepts and build private networks of …
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