Open source, Pride, NHS, security and agile crisis management

This week has seen soaring temperatures and soaring English patriotism (in case you missed it- football's coming home). In between tanning and matches we’ve read up on a few things. Five of our favourites are below for you to enjoy.

 

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Number 1 - Open source is open for business

According to a piece from IT Pro, businesses are gravitating towards open source software development. Within the article, the journalist discusses the security of open source, how businesses should approach it and what the future looks like. One of our tech leads, Robbie McCorkell, contributes to the section on how businesses should approach it and cites Microsoft as an example.

 

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Number 2 - Show your Pride

We are buzzing about the launch of the Pride In London app that we built this year. The app can be used this weekend for the main event, the London pride parade. You can check out what’s on and how to get involved via the Evening Standard and you can download the refurbished app here.

 

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Number 3 - 70 years of the NHS

This week has marked 70 years of the NHS and there have been numerous articles discussing how technology will transform the future. This particular feature from the BBC has looked into ten different areas of the health service and what innovations might happen in the future. 

 

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Number 4 - Security faff

Six out of ten Brits are annoyed by the elaborate passwords featuring a mix of numbers, symbols, and capital letters for online and phone passwords. The new survey, published on the Independent, found that 43% are fed up with two-step verification, while seven out of ten are done with Captcha codes. As data breaches mount and security tightens, it might be time to try something new for security- perhaps biometrics?

 

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Number 5 - Agile crisis management

This week from Slack, Harvard Business Review has highlighted the effectiveness of the agile approach, especially in change management. In this piece, HBR notes that in a crisis, it’s not the dictator-route that is the best method for management, instead it suggests that teams need to move away from command-and-control models to a more adaptable, agile method to tackle issues from the frontlines. This approach gives a new speed and accountability not found in many crisis business turnarounds.