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From student to guest lecturer
I had the pleasure of going back to my old university, Ulster University to deliver a guest lecture to Software Engineering students as part of their Software Development Practice module. From this I learned a few things: New found admiration for the work lecturers do — from preparing lectures, to creating syllabus to delivering the…
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Improving zero downtime on Kubernetes
A few months ago, we began a piece of work on my last project setting out to accomplish two things: Improve the speed of our release process Allow us to run multiple versions of the application concurrently These were two limitations of our initial deployment and release design and so in sharing this blog I…
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Serverless Days Belfast 2020
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Friday 24th January saw the first ever Belfast edition of the Serverless Days conference and I, along with several of my colleagues, went along anticipating a great day of discussion around the benefits and challenges of this paradigm shift in how we build digital solutions. We were not disappointed. The event was exceptional from organisation,…
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Forecasting: it’s not just for the weather
Businesses now live in a data-saturated environment – a data swamp if you will, but with fewer ogres – with millions of data points, capable of being extracted from data lakes or generated from IoT sensors daily. Data which solves problems and progresses business.   The Applied Innovation team understand this and research into products…
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Time-series, time taken seriously
Time-series – as the name suggests – is recording points of data against time. This time can be as large as years or as precise as microseconds or nanoseconds. Using this data structure we can apply time-series analysis and time-series forecasting to it.   Analysis looks at how some metric changes over time and what…
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Lego City Shapers Competition
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In 2019, Kainos asked me to take part in the FIRST LEGO League Challenge, as a mentor, partnering up with Wellington College Belfast. Working with Mr O’Hare, we formed “Team Wellington” mentoring 5 brilliant students. Read on for a rundown of what we did and why taking part is so important both for Kainos, and…
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What’s on a Product Lead’s ‘to-do’ list?
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It might sound like a bit of a cliché, but genuinely no day is the same as a Product Lead at Kainos.  The role changes depending on the client, type of project and the phase the work is in.  There is also the opportunity to do work to support the development of the capability, sharing…
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A week in the life of an Account Lead at Kainos
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I’m Andrew, one of Kainos’ Account Leads. I work across Kainos’ public sector business. I’ve been here for around seven years. I joined as a Team Lead, being promoted after this to Delivery Manager. Before Kainos, I have a background in project management and have worked on both agency and client side, so I have…
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Escaping the sysadmin grind and becoming a DevOps Engineer
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Making a start in your current role First, be aware that anyone can start using DevOps tools and methodologies in their current role. Just because you don’t have the word “DevOps” anywhere in your job description doesn’t mean you have to switch roles. Why? DevOps is a set of practices; it’s not a job title….
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Hour of Code 2019 – our roundup!
Every year in December organisations and schools all around the world come together to learn computer science and change the world. 140,168 events registered in 2019, 1,987 in the United Kingdom. We were delighted to host a few of these ourselves at schools around Northern Ireland! What is Hour of Code about? The Hour of…
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