Category: Articles

Getting back to Agile

June 2, 2017 | By

Continuous Delivery is one thing but do you have Continuous Adoption? I understand the principles say “….continuous delivery of valuable software“, but perhaps it is time to change valuable to “useful” and remove any debate over when a development team’s job is done. “Valuable” could be theoretical but useful is practical. Valuable conjures images of money and worth […]

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It’s about Cap-Ex to Op-Ex first (with “Cloud Transformation”)

May 30, 2017 | By

If you are in the business of selling reasonably large and complex on-customer-premise systems, either as just software or bundled with hardware as an appliance, then you are probably aggressively building a cloud option for your customers as well. Your technologists are excited discussing modern methods of virtualization, scalability, security, hybrid-clouds, orchestration, AWS or Azure and […]

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Mobile Development is not Front-end Development

May 20, 2017 | By

According to Stackoverflow, almost 80% of developers there claim to be “web developers”. That sheds a lot of light on why mobile development has become this presentation focused, HTML5, CSS3, screen-size/orientation field, rather than understanding and utilizing “mobility”. I suspect engineers from device companies such as Motorola, Samsung and Apple are quite frustrated that they make […]

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Voice Interfaces and Contextual Intelligence

May 16, 2017 | By

Here’s a scenario: You are leaving to meet your friend Mark and you want to tell Alexa this: You: “Alexa, let Mark know when I am almost there” Alexa: “Okay” To solve this you need to answer: Which Mark is relevant now? and btw, is it Marc or Mark? Where is “there“? Where is Mark – […]

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“Alexa, it’s Peter who pays Paul”

April 7, 2017 | By

Consider these commands: “Alexa, ask Peter to pay Paul.” “Alexa, ask Harry for a meeting with Sally.” and compare with “Computer, ask Replicator for coffee, black!” The last one doesn’t sound right. Does it? That’s because you don’t tell “the Computer” it’s “the Replicator” that can make coffee, black. It knows that. So why should we […]

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Business Applications

January 27, 2014 | By | Add a Comment

Contact us by using the form below to learn how iDid’s contextual intelligence platform can be used for these business applications: Contextual Triggering Based on the user’s current context and iDid platform’s heuristics capability, enable accurate triggering of your applications and systems. An example contextual trigger would be to automatically turn on/off your home security […]

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OverCoffee: Meet at Starbucks

November 26, 2013 | By | Add a Comment

In creating iDid Inc and the mobile platforms iDid and SmallTown, I made several new connections and the intro meeting was almost always at Starbucks. Then one night as I was setting up the nth Starbucks meeting, I realized there was no app for that. One had to manually pick a location, go to Google […]

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Agile – Planning

September 16, 2013 | By | Add a Comment

Having led large international R&D teams, I’ve seen too many managers let their teams do whatever they want and call it Agile! Well, may be it is technically but it is certainly not the process. Planning is a key part of the Agile process and it happens *before* you start the project. Common sense you […]

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Re-factoring – for Sr. Managers

September 8, 2013 | By | Add a Comment

In every industry there is a holy grail of software that no one wants to touch. It works they claim. Does not matter how archaic the architecture or programming language used is, it is too important and too many things can go wrong if you even go near it – so they don’t touch it. […]

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Outsourcing – Lessons

September 8, 2013 | By | Add a Comment

US Companies with large local development organizations have been restructuring to include offshore resources from China and India for well over a decade. Sufficient information is now available to review how these efforts are working and if you are interested in doing this now, here are some things to consider: 1. Resource costs are still […]

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iDid: The Heads-up Feature

August 21, 2013 | By | Add a Comment

The heads-up feature let’s people know you are on your way. You pick a person and a place and when you are almost there, they get a text. When this idea first surfaced as a feature for iDid, I thought to myself – why won’t I just pick up the phone and call? Do we […]

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