Author: Jonathan Fries

What Are Beacons and Why Do They Matter to You?

Walk through an airport or a shopping mall and you may notice little pieces of information popping up: “Flight delayed at gate G5”; “Stop into our shop right now and receive up to 20 percent off your order”; etc. Did you sign up for those notifications? Most likely not, but don’t worry, your phone hasn’t been hacked. The notifications are a result of beacon technology. What is Beacon Technology? Beacons are a leading edge technology that combines sensors with geolocation and Bluetooth connectivity from smart phones to deliver notifications directly to users as they pass through the vicinity. Because...

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All Angles of Agile

The move to Agile in the last decade has resulted in projects that finish faster, produce better software, and come in under budget. Look up any new, hot tech company and you’ll find articles lauding their Agile philosophy. You might think that success is guaranteed if you get your team to commit the Agile Manifesto to memory. The problem with looking at this in a single dimension is that you’re affected by survivor bias. As you research, you look at successful projects and the logical next step is to look at what makes them successful. The problem that plagues...

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IoT and IPv6

The debate around the Internet of Things and IPv6 will not hinge around how many IoT devices there will be (there will be a lot – many billions of IoT devices), but how those devices will communicate with the wider world, and what other kind of devices they will need to communicate with. In the scenario of a connected appliance that communicates with a manufacturer or maintenance provider, it does not need any IP address at all. It can communicate with, check for status updates, and download firmware, allowing for most control features, using your home WiFi. It will...

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Next-Gen Applications and the Internet of Things

The Internet of Things has continued to grow at a pace that suggests a staying power beyond a simple buzzword. It permeates nearly every industry across the globe, both industrial and consumer, and although the complexity varies from application to application, the technology has allowed us to rethink the way we live into the future. However, as fun as it is to don the seer’s cap and predict all of the wonderful ways connected technology will change our lives, the development of the “back end” of the Internet of Things is proving to be a formidable component in the...

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Pause with “Sprint 0” for Better Agile Outcomes

In the world of Agile development, it is still important to plan and design.  Of course, you want to avoid detailed design of the entire application –  if you did that, you’d be right back in the world of waterfall, which isn’t where you want to be, is it? So you want to get started quickly – but what types of planning should you be doing? Before you start, you should be sure that you have the business basics under control.  We actually developed our own planning process to address this issue, called ID-GEM. We did this to ensure...

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