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Welcome to our blog. Here we share our thoughts and articles on software development and the latest technology trends.

 

Securing data at rest with Azure

Securing your data at rest is one of the most fundamental things you can do to ensure that your data is protected from any potential threats.
By Jamil Geor

Improving your Azure Security score

Azure Security Center can ensure your Azure assets are configured securely as well as provide additional tools for monitoring and triaging security-related incidents.
By Jamil Geor

Scaling Azure to meet demand 

Three invaluable lessons we learnt when scaling SimTutor's online learning platform to meet Covid-19 demand.
By Jamil Geor

Useful government apps to download

We check out what government mobile apps are currently available, and found several that are super useful, including the updated NZ Covid Tracer app now that Auckland has returned to a second lockdown...
By Jo Lo

Got an awesome app idea? Put these 10 things in your development brief

Inventing a pioneering application is exciting, but where do you start? The first step is to nut out the details in a comprehensive brief - describe what the app is all about.
By Jo Lo

High demand for SIMTICS medical eLearning during Covid-19

Our client, SIMTICS – an extensive eLearning library for healthcare students and professionals – saw a massive jump in new customers in the United States during Covid-19.
By Jo Lo

Feature flags: considerations and benefits

When you wrap code with feature flags, it’s possible to test and fine tune new features and infrastructure in production, without impacting UI or the end users. 
By Jamil Geor

How Microsoft secures its 365 platform

Microsoft’s Datacentre Security team provides an inside look at how it secures the 365 service and infrastructure.
By Jo Lo

Highlights from Microsoft's executive briefing

Pattern CTO, Jamil Geor, returns from a three-day technology briefing at Microsoft with invaluable insights.
By Jamil Geor

IA: Definition and best practices

What is information architecture (IA), and how do we nail it?
By Jo Lo

Maintaining high availability for your apps

Reliable applications are resilient. If and when they fail, they can continue to function with minimal downtime and data loss before full recovery.
By Jo Lo

Bay of Plenty Regional Council wins 2019 ALGIM Supreme Website award

Bay of Plenty Regional Council takes number 1 spot in this year’s ALGIM audit and wins the Supreme Website award.    
By Jo Lo

Agile, Wagile or Waterfall?

Depending on the nature and complexity of our projects, our teams use all development approaches: Agile, Waterfall and a bit of both.  
By Jo Lo

GraphQL scales and improves Netflix ad operations

To scale its global ad operations, Netflix built a dynamic ad creation and config platform using Java and Groovy-based microservices plus GraphQL.    
By Jo Lo

Ransomeware makes comeback in NZ and abroad

There has been an increase of ransomware attacks across the board, according to recent reports by CERT NZ and McAfee Labs.
By Jo Lo

NZ law firm introduces AI-powered contracts

New AI-powered tool provides law firms with significant time savings, speeds up legal work and frees lawyers to focus on higher value business needs.
By Jo Lo

Facebook to launch local government emergency alerts in US

Local governments in the US will be able to send emergency alerts through Facebook by the end of 2019.
By Jo Lo

More attacks against open source software

Recent open source software attacks saw backdoor applications slipped into libraries downloaded by hundreds of thousands of server administrators.  
By Jo Lo

Estonia works on an AI-powered government

Estonia kicks off AI-powered public service projects to prevent health and employment issues, rather than wait until her citizens ask for help.  
By Jo Lo

AI vs ML vs DL: what's the difference?

The difference between AI, machine learning and deep learning, plus taking a brief look at how Spotify applies all three.
By Jo Lo

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