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How To Prepare For the Upcoming Changes in EU Data Privacy Laws

Posted by CRITICAL Software on 06/07/16 10:49

Data is powerful and, without firm rules, the private information it contains can be left unsecured and vulnerable. When it comes to an individual’s right to privacy through data protection, although the premise seems simple, putting privacy rules into practice is far more complex.

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Topics: Security

Stress - The Healthier Way Down

Posted by Ciara Mulkerrins on 14/06/16 09:36

Stress. A familiar term we hear a lot. Most of us know that stress makes things that bit harder to handle and continued stress weakens the mind and body and wears down our ability to thrive. Sometimes, we often find ourselves just focusing on surviving, not enjoying certain aspects of life much at all.

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Topics: Careers

The Power of Design Thinking

Posted by Ana Santos on 19/05/16 12:09

In the past few years, Design Thinking has become an increasingly popular method of software development, creating a solid basis for the delivery of innovative products, business systems and services.

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Topics: User Experience Design

Why Bigger Isn't Always Better When It Comes to Company Size

Posted by Greg Stopps on 03/05/16 10:32

Unlikely as it sounds, a career in the Royal Navy has provided me with a variety of skills and abilities that perfectly suit a role in the software industry. What was less straightforward, however, was finding a company that offered a working environment that suited me.

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Topics: Careers

Why Apprenticeships Are a Win-Win For Businesses and Young People

Posted by Helen van Eeden on 14/04/16 10:35

The phrase "employees are our core asset" is much thrown around by businesses nowadays. However, sorting those that merely talk a good game from the companies that actually mean it is possible by looking at how they actually treat their employees. Organisations that practice what they preach understand that looking after their people means investing in each of their employees from the moment they join.

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Topics: Careers

A Crash Course in Designing Stuff

Posted by Nelson Vilhena on 24/03/16 10:53

It goes without saying that we all want the things in our lives to be the best they can be and we just can’t seem to avoid the urge to continually improve stuff. In some ways, we’re all engineers, striving to improve the world around us.

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Topics: User Experience Design

The Express Route to Better Maintenance

Posted by Kevin Gale on 04/03/16 10:31

Britain is now one of the leading countries in Europe when it comes to the operation of national rail networks. Use has more than doubled over the last two decades hitting a record 1.6 billion passengers a year, and there are no signs of growth stopping there. Passenger numbers are set to rise year on year and, because of this, rail operators are looking at ways of maximising capacity by putting existing stock and infrastructure to better use.

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Topics: Railway

How to Make Disruptive Technologies a Non-Disruptive Influence on your Business

Posted by Matt Brake on 15/02/16 11:01

For those outside the IT sphere, the advanced technology powering our world may seem disruptive enough as it is. Start talking about disruptive technology and expect to watch people’s eyes glaze over. Although the term is there to make a ‘disruptive’ point, a name other than ‘disruptive technology’ might have been better at selling the many positive implications.

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Topics: Internet of Things

The Hidden Costs of Software in the World of Finance

Posted by Pedro Salgueiro on 08/02/16 15:33

Tough competition, stringent security requirements and a business environment that demands instant results means that the financial industry has never been more reliant on safe, infallible software to support its success. From back-office applications with records loaded with highly-confidential information to smart, customer-facing apps, leading financial institutions must ensure their software systems are not only innovative, but efficient, secure and failsafe, to ensure they get things right.

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Topics: Financial Services

A New Track: Strategic Competitor Collaboration

Posted by Kevin Gale on 18/01/16 18:50

Last quarter's Digital Railway Supplier’s Autumn Conference didn’t just provide an insight into how Network Rail's Digital Railway programme will come together over the next few years, in addition, it raised a rather progressive idea. Discussions were had that put wheels on the notion that a far higher level of collaboration between formerly competing suppliers would not only be possible, but necessary.

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Topics: Railway