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We are computer programmers at heart and implementing high quality, tailored systems to suit your needs is what we do best. We have been delivering revenue generating, time saving and life changing bespoke software development in Harrogate, Yorkshire since 2004.

Are You Drowning In Spreadsheets? Discussing ERP System Integration

By Nick McKenna | 18th September 2019
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We start off with the best of intentions. We’re going to manage this new service/ product/ project using a simple spreadsheet. It won’t be complicated, as we’re going to put it on a shared drive so we can collaborate, until a number of varying factors … more

Microservices and Microservice Architecture Explained

By Nick McKenna | 21st August 2019
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Everybody seems to be doing microservices these days, so what are microservices (or microservice architecture) and how does it affect your architecture? Well, in the good old days (not so long ago), computer systems were developed in large units of deployment. A web-based system may … more

SaaS Platform: A Core Part Of Your Digital Transformation

By Nick McKenna | 18th July 2019
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Software as a Service (SaaS) has become an increasingly dominant part of the modern Digital Transformation over the last few years. Digital Transformations are increasingly seeking to create their own SaaS platform for their customers and for internal use as part of their Digital Transformation. … more

Access Logging, Legal Issues And Debugging For Your Digital Platform

By Nick McKenna | 8th July 2019
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Digital Platform Part 10 Of 10 Progressive Digital Platforms typically have various monitoring and logging mechanisms. These mechanisms allow for simple availability monitoring or sometimes a more detailed access log is needed. Access Log In low-trust environments it may be important to track which users … more

Data Synchronization Strategies For Digital Transformation

By Nick McKenna | 7th July 2019
Data Synchronization Strategies For Digital Transformation

Digital Platform Part 9 Of 10 Behind the scenes of your new Progressive Digital Platform, it is likely that you will be aggregating data from multiple legacy systems and issuing instructions across various systems. For example, retrieving complete information about a customer may require retrieving … more

Implementing Using Microsoft Azure API Management

By Nick McKenna | 6th July 2019
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Digital Platform Part 8 Of 10 Microsoft Azure provides an excellent component for easily managing your APIs in the cloud called API Management. Typically APIs’ code would be implemented using a mechanism such as an Azure Function or web application. Azure API Management fronts the … more

Authentication Provided By An Identity Provider For An API

By Nick McKenna | 5th July 2019
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Digital Platform Part 7 Of 10 A modern Digital Platform API typically uses the industry standard OAuth and OpenID Connect to allow clients to Authenticate to the API. This functionality is typically provided by a third party Identity Provider system such as Okta, Auth0, Microsoft … more

Application Programming Interface Design For A Digital Transformation

By Nick McKenna | 4th July 2019
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Digital Platform Part 6 Of 10 The previous articles in this series have covered defining goals, creating architecture as well as modelling, mapping and cleansing data. Against that background, the next key activity is to design an API (Application Programming Interface) that client mobile Apps, … more

How To Do Data Cleansing In Existing Legacy Systems For Your New Digital Platform

By Nick McKenna | 30th June 2019
How To Do Data Cleansing In Existing Legacy Systems For Your New Digital Platform

Digital Platform Part 5 Of 10 In previous articles, we have defined our goals, system architecture, data model and we have mapped out how to get access to the data we require. Now we should consider the data cleansing process within the legacy systems. What … more

How To Map Data From Existing Legacy Systems For Your New Digital Platform

By Nick McKenna | 29th June 2019
How To Map Data From Existing Legacy Systems For Your New Digital Platform

Digital Platform Part 4 Of 10 In parts 1 and 2 of this series we looked at what a Digital Platform is and how one would architect such a system . In part 3, we examined how to define a Data Model for your Digital Platform. The … more