CRITICAL Software's Blog

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

Safety and Security in the Smart sector

Posted by Matt Brake on 12/01/16 10:35

Developments in the smart sector promise to bring with them an exciting mixture of increased technical control and more automated, reliable capabilities for both business and individuals. However, as networks join up systems of systems across the country and the world, new methods of management will be required to take best advantage of the potential positive impact of these technological advancements.

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Topics: Internet of Things

Forgetting Code: How Software Can Become Invisible

Posted by José Reis on 17/12/15 16:38

Have you ever stopped to think about how much software surrounds your everyday existence? It's becoming second nature to trust computers to control our heating, find us a place to eat, monitor our health, connect us to friends on the other side of the world... The list of what we expect software to do for us has grown long and in some cases, surprising. Coding is everywhere: in trains, buildings, phones and washing machines, for example. 

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Topics: Software Testing

The WOW Factor! Optimising Work Order Management and Trouble Ticketing

Posted by Pedro Salgueiro on 27/11/15 10:14

WOM (Work Order Management) and TT (Trouble Ticketing) tools are solutions and concepts that have been around for quite a few years. Despite their long use, they are still often difficult to get on with and have much room for improvement. For the uninitiated, WOM is commonly used to support planned projects, by letting users create, maintain and manage key data involved in finishing a task. TT is a mechanism used to track the detection, reporting and resolution of problems or unplanned work that arises.

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Topics: Telecommunications