Category Archives: Articles

Which Device Cloud Service is Best for Mobile App Testing?

Although device emulators are widely available for all platforms, there is no substitute for testing your mobile app on actual hardware. Mobile app device clouds come in all shapes and sizes, with different pricing models, target audiences, feature sets and use cases. The landscape can be confusing, so we've summarised some of the most popular options. What did we choose in the end? We have 1 app on iOS and Android and thought we needed about 200 mins / month on hardware devices. We will Read more [...]

Changing the Way We Choose a Partner for Digital Transformation

The traditional method for large enterprises to choose a partner is the RFP process. However, the process is usually very slow and can take 1 to 6 months in my experience. Digital Transformation needs a far quicker process. Many companies are starting to use POCs, conversations or “Conference Room Pilots” (CRPs) with all potential vendors in order to select the best vendor. This has many advantages: Speed You get to know the vendor’s team better and can assess whether they will be Read more [...]

Amazon Buys Whole Foods

https://www.forbes.com/sites/ciocentral/2017/06/23/amazon-buys-whole-foods-now-what-the-story-behind-the-story/#7e3030dee898 In a move that surprised many last week, Amazon announced its intention to purchase Whole Foods for $13.7B in cash.  Amazon had been dabbling with traditional brick-and-mortar activities for a few years already - from owning a few physical stores to running experiments like “Amazon Fresh” and “Amazon Go” (more on this later). When the news broke last week, critics Read more [...]

Google – The Future of Cloud Conference in London – 3-4th May

Very interesting - especially Dan Nelson who is Head of Data at Ocado who is talking right now about how Ocado uses Google Cloud. Didn't realise Ocado have 1000 developers in the UK! You can stream as well using this link: https://cloudwebinars.withgoogle.com/events/next-live-emea-2017 The following is a typical Architecture diagram showing a solution built on Google Cloud.         The following is a Ocado's Architecture diagram showing thier solution Read more [...]

Amazon Go – What Is It & How Does It Work?

Amazon Go is a brick-and-mortar grocery store The Seattle-based store will open to to the public in 2017 The store features 'Just Walk Out' tech and works with an app You can just walk in to Amazon Go, grab items, and leave There's no need to wait in line or even check-out at a register https://youtu.be/NrmMk1Myrxc Amazon has described Amazon Go as "a new kind of store with no checkout required". That means, when you shop at Amazon Go, you'll never have to wait in line. The Read more [...]

M&S to cut 60 clothing and home stores & 53 International Stores (2100 employees)

From BBC - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-37906466 Marks and Spencer has announced that over the next five years it will have 60 fewer clothing and home stores, of which 30 will close down. The rest will be turned into food stores and chief executive Steve Rowe also plans to open 200 new Simply Food shops as part of turnaround plans. The retailer said it would also exit 10 loss-making international markets. Its announcements came as M&S reported falling sales and profits in the six Read more [...]

Tesco Bank Breached

From BBC - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-37891742 Tesco Bank's chief executive has blamed "a systematic, sophisticated attack" for the money taken from 20,000 of its customer accounts. Benny Higgins said the bank knew "exactly" what the attack was, but could not say more because it was part of a criminal investigation. He said all affected customers would be refunded by the end of Tuesday. About 40,000 accounts saw suspicious transactions over the weekend, of which half had money taken. The Read more [...]

Asda wine costing £4.37 is top of Decanter World Wine Awards

La Moneda Reserva Malbec from Central Valley in Chile (2015) was awarded best in show in the best single-varietal red under £15 at this year's Decanter World Wine Awards. An Asda red Malbec priced at £4.37 has been named the best in the world in a blind tasting test with a panel of 240 experts at the world's largest and most influential wine competition. La Moneda Reserva Malbec from Central Valley in Chile (2015) was awarded best in show in the best single-varietal red under £15 at Read more [...]