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  • IRW Blog · IRW Blog
    perfect My Chess Interview Journey Part 1 Monday November 23 2015 Daniel Wan Account Executive Chess has just hired a new Account Executive Read his perspective on the Chess interview process and how being yourself is the focal point for success Inteview Practise Success Work Experience Reasons to be Creative 2015 Part 2 Friday October 2 2015 Briony McKenzie Creative Analyst Part 2 of Briony s trip to Brighton to attend the Reasons to be Creative conference Reasons has been running for 10 years although previously under a different name It s a 3 track conference covering a massive range of subjects within the creative industry Collaboration conference css growth hardboiled web design html5 HTML5 js mobile first Mobile Technology New Technology responsive design Responsive Design training User Experience UX Web development Website Development Windows 10 Reasons to be Creative 2015 Part 1 Thursday September 24 2015 Briony McKenzie Creative Analyst IRW sent Briony from our Creative Team to Brighton to attend the Reasons to be Creative conference Reasons has been running for 10 years although previously under a different name It s a 3 track conference covering a massive range of subjects within the creative industry conference css Data Film HTML5 js Microsoft Mobile Technology New Technology responsive design social training User Experience UX Web development Umbraco CodeGarden 2015 Thursday July 9 2015 Darren Clark Senior Developer IRW Systems sent our Umbraco expert Darren Clark to Umbraco CodeGarden 2015 Umbraco CodeGarden has be running for 8 years and we thought it was time Darren met the team behind the awesome NET Open Source CMS and his fellow Umbracians Have a read about what he got up to Net CMS Codegarden IRW IRW Systems training Umbracians umbraco Web development Website Development Developing a User Friendly Site to Educate FOCUS West Monday June 29 2015 Emma O Marketing and Communications Assistant In collaboration with universities and colleges in the West of Scotland IRW helped to create a website using Umbraco Software which aim to educate school levers on how to move into further education Education FOCUS West Higher Education IRW IRW Systems Microsoft Mobile Technology SQL umbraco Umbraco Universities User Experience UX Website Development Bring Your Meeting Room to Life with Surface Hub Thursday June 11 2015 Emma O Marketing and Communications Assistant On July the 1st Microsoft will launch their new Surface Hub which aims to encourage collaboration in the office How will it improve how your team works together Azure Collaboration Microsoft Power BI Skype Surface Hub Windows 10 Hardware Partners Wednesday June 3 2015 Emma O Marketing and Communications Assistant Microsoft outline their key partners at this year s Computex technology expo giving us some insight into how Windows 10 will develop alongside new hardware Computex IRW Systems Mobile Technology New Technology PC Tablet Windows 10 The team Topics Net 1 Awards 1 Azure 1 benefits 1 Cloud 1 CMS 1 Codegarden 1 collaboration 1 Collaboration 2 Computex 1 conference 2 css 2 Data 1 Discovery Process 2

    Original URL path: http://www.irw.co.uk/blog.aspx?page=1 (2016-04-24)
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  • Adventures in Umbraco, featuring Gary B · IRW Blog
    by not utilising these features properly Often Doug would highlight his previous mistakes and the difficulties this caused him during development and throughout the maintenance of the application It was this real world insight that provided some of the best learning points on the course gleaming knowledge from his 8 years worth of experience in Umbraco The term superhero often someone bestowed with unexpected power isn t something you would generally associate with CMS packages but the point was made that we can become superheroes for our users Sceptically I listened surprisingly I was convinced The power Umbraco gives us does not rest in the creation of the website and its content but by allowing us to create a tailor made back office experience for the user By utilising existing features like Document Type field Descriptions we can provide useful information to the user to explain the purpose of the fields they are filling out More advanced configurations like Users Permissions were also covered so that we can only show relevant information to the user All of which I can add is simple for developers to do So to recap by creating a system that allows users to do exactly what they need while explaining and tailoring the available options available to them we can as developers makes the live of the user much less complex The penny drops and I think to myself can someone hand me my cape now please In a flash superhero pun intended my time with Doug was over and it was time for Level 2 training led by Darren Ferguson This part of the course was aimed at software developers and covered developing in Umbraco using User Controls as well as MVC partial views both taught using the Razor syntax During the two days spent covering the Level 2 material we learned not only how to integrate our code into Umbraco using Visual Studio but how we can build and extend on top of what Umbraco provides As I look back one of the most interesting sections was around events that Umbraco allows developers to subscribe to by utilising this we created a feature that notified all other users that a new piece of content had been published Now I know that is exciting enough but on top of that we did it in real time using a technology called Signal R Having little to no Umbraco experience before going on the course I wasn t sure what to expect but what I found over the 4 days of training is that Umbraco really is a great piece of software easy to use simple to extend and best of all it does all the hard work In a previous life before Umbraconisation I had created a CMS package of my own and at certain points during the 4 days of the course I found myself cursing the weeks months spent maintaining it when I could have been using Umbraco In future I ll be

    Original URL path: http://www.irw.co.uk/blog/2013/november/20/adventures-in-umbraco,-featuring-gary-b.aspx?page=2 (2016-04-24)
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  • Green Light for G-Cloud · IRW Blog
    the CloudStore streamlining an otherwise lengthy tender process Following a set method IRW submitted bids for each service we wished to supply After careful evaluation the successful applicants were chosen based on the response provided creating a framework agreement with the Government and successful companies IRW s application was successful and we can now provide a variety of our Cloud services published on CloudStore In relation to Cloud services IRW Systems now has a competitive advantage Government departments can now buy services immediately from IRW which match their requirements IRW Systems has over 15 years experience working with Government organisations and look forward to improved links between supplier and Government in order to work together IRW s existing public sector clients include a UK ministerial department as well as emergency services councils and education providers IRW services Business Intelligence SharePoint NET Mobile and Project Server and CRM can be found under the section Specialist Cloud Services Cloud Sarah G Communications Assistant Related Posts Gary attends Microsoft Future Decoded event 10 December 2014 Windows 10 Hardware Partners 3 June 2015 Design is a behaviour not a department 17 February 2015 Back to blog list The team Topics Net 1 Awards 1 Azure 1 benefits 1 Cloud 1 CMS 1 Codegarden 1 collaboration 1 Collaboration 2 Computex 1 conference 2 css 2 Data 1 Discovery Process 2 Education 1 Film 2 FOCUS West 1 growth 2 hardboiled web design 1 Higher Education 1 html5 1 HTML5 3 Inteview 2 IRW 5 IRW Systems 4 js 2 Microsoft 3 mobile first 1 Mobile Technology 4 New Technology 3 PC 1 Power BI 1 Practise 1 responsive design 2 Responsive Design 1 SharePoint 3 Skype 1 social 1 SQL 1 Success 2 Surface Hub 1 Tablet 1 training 3 Umbracians 1 umbraco 2 Umbraco

    Original URL path: http://www.irw.co.uk/blog/2013/november/13/green-light-for-g-cloud.aspx?page=2 (2016-04-24)
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  • FileReader API & IndexedDB · IRW Blog
    the error properly reader complete complete function Pull out some information about the file var currentFileJson name currentFile name type currentFile type size currentFile size lastModified currentFile lastModifiedDate arrayBuffer currentFile arrayBuffer Store the file using our storageDB variable see snippet 2 storageDB set currentFileJson Create a new file reader and setup events use the readAsArrayBuffer to read in the contents of the file var myfileReader new FileReader myfileReader onprogress reader progress myfileReader onload reader success myfileReader onerror reader error myfileReader readAsArrayBuffer currentFile function HandleFileUpload event var oFileArray event currentTarget files if oFileArray null oFileArray length 0 for var i 0 i oFileArray length i ReadFile oFileArray i Add a handler for the file input on change event myBestPalIsFileReader onchange HandleFileUpload script script type text javascript Setup some useful parameters var dbName Files storeName FileStore database dbReady false var storageDB init function indexedDB is not part of HTML5 so need vendor specifics so that we can use across browsers window indexedDB window indexedDB window mozIndexedDB window webkitIndexedDB window msIndexedDB window IDBTransaction window IDBTransaction window webkitIDBTransaction window msIDBTransaction window IDBKeyRange window IDBKeyRange window webkitIDBKeyRange window msIDBKeyRange if window indexedDB alert What No IndexedDB try Create new database with name and version var request window indexedDB open dbName 1 request onerror function event Handle the error notify the user provide fallback using localStorage request onsuccess function event Store our new database into a variable we can access later database request result dbReady true onUpgradeNeeded is fired if the version is changed so if you want to make schema changes then add them in here and increased your version number request onupgradeneeded function event var db event target result We are using id as the identifier for the object and allowing the database to keep track of this for us by using autoIncrement true var objectStore db createObjectStore storeName keyPath id autoIncrement true catch Error set function value Use our database parameter set earlier along with our store name Create transaction and use this to access the object store var transaction database transaction storeName readwrite var objectStore transaction objectStore storeName var request objectStore put value request onsuccess function event var item event value id event target result alert File Stored ID value id request onerror function event Handle the error get function Id Retrieve an object by its Id methods can be chained for shorter scripts var request database transaction storeName readwrite objectStore storeName get Id request onsuccess function event var item event target result Call to setup the database storageDB init script The code samples above are commented in the parts I felt needed further explanation however one key aspect not mentioned in the comments is the fact that IndexedDB uses asynchronous calls In most parts of the code above when making a call using IndexedDB the result of the call is returned to a variable named request this is not a regular variable but known affectionately as a promise This could be a whole other blog post and may well be but

    Original URL path: http://www.irw.co.uk/blog/2013/november/14/filereader-api-indexeddb.aspx?page=3 (2016-04-24)
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  • The IRW Discovery Process · IRW Blog
    finish communication is vital in any project and the Discovery ensures we can start to share the best practice we have gained over many years of successful project deliveries This creates a shared understanding of the work ahead before we both agree to take the plunge and embark on the implementation together What does this Discovery Process look like It s important to note that the Discovery shouldn t be seen as added cost to the project This can seem almost counter intuitive at first why would we pay for you to tell us about what we already know we want is a phrase I ve heard uttered in the past I ve found that it s quite rare for an organisation to have a concise list of requirements what I mean by that is something which does not fall under the category of a wish list of possible needs and wants Even the MoSCoW method of prioritisation can lead to open possibilities when it comes to deciding what should become a final deliverable With projects of a suitable scale they should almost always be delivered in phases rather than one big bang With the first and most critical phase being the discovery itself It is by no means a standardised process and we are mindful that each client can be completely different even those that are in the same line of work Although the membership of our discovery team can vary IRW typically include a Project Manager a Business Analyst and or a Technical Lead depending on what would be most suited to the client s expected needs We need time with the main project sponsor to clarify the scope of the project but we encourage as many stakeholders as necessary to engage with our team as the best value is often created from a mix of techniques and inputs For instance only concentrating on a large group often misses the subtext of what s required as the dominant personalities in the room and sometimes the individual with overall seniority can sway the conversation so a good mix of one to one interviews and group sessions would be recommended After this we would replay the document to highlight common areas of thinking including any frustrations Once this document has been signed off and agreed upon a more focused document will be put together which defines the tasks and deliverables involved Typical outcomes from this stage will include detailed requirements documentation and a fixed cost proposal for the work A Gartner survey released in June of 2012 highlighted a key finding which helps encapsulate the issue our Discovery process is going to address The finding revealed that about half of all project failures irrespective of project size were due to functionality issues and substantial delays Their key recommendation was you guessed it to Invest in truly capturing and understanding the business expectations and functionality sought from the project and ensure that there is initial adequate allocated funding This is exactly

    Original URL path: http://www.irw.co.uk/blog/2015/the-irw-discovery-process.aspx?tag=benefits (2016-04-24)
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  • The IRW Discovery Process · IRW Blog
    finish communication is vital in any project and the Discovery ensures we can start to share the best practice we have gained over many years of successful project deliveries This creates a shared understanding of the work ahead before we both agree to take the plunge and embark on the implementation together What does this Discovery Process look like It s important to note that the Discovery shouldn t be seen as added cost to the project This can seem almost counter intuitive at first why would we pay for you to tell us about what we already know we want is a phrase I ve heard uttered in the past I ve found that it s quite rare for an organisation to have a concise list of requirements what I mean by that is something which does not fall under the category of a wish list of possible needs and wants Even the MoSCoW method of prioritisation can lead to open possibilities when it comes to deciding what should become a final deliverable With projects of a suitable scale they should almost always be delivered in phases rather than one big bang With the first and most critical phase being the discovery itself It is by no means a standardised process and we are mindful that each client can be completely different even those that are in the same line of work Although the membership of our discovery team can vary IRW typically include a Project Manager a Business Analyst and or a Technical Lead depending on what would be most suited to the client s expected needs We need time with the main project sponsor to clarify the scope of the project but we encourage as many stakeholders as necessary to engage with our team as the best value is often created from a mix of techniques and inputs For instance only concentrating on a large group often misses the subtext of what s required as the dominant personalities in the room and sometimes the individual with overall seniority can sway the conversation so a good mix of one to one interviews and group sessions would be recommended After this we would replay the document to highlight common areas of thinking including any frustrations Once this document has been signed off and agreed upon a more focused document will be put together which defines the tasks and deliverables involved Typical outcomes from this stage will include detailed requirements documentation and a fixed cost proposal for the work A Gartner survey released in June of 2012 highlighted a key finding which helps encapsulate the issue our Discovery process is going to address The finding revealed that about half of all project failures irrespective of project size were due to functionality issues and substantial delays Their key recommendation was you guessed it to Invest in truly capturing and understanding the business expectations and functionality sought from the project and ensure that there is initial adequate allocated funding This is exactly

    Original URL path: http://www.irw.co.uk/blog/2015/the-irw-discovery-process.aspx?tag=Discovery+Process (2016-04-24)
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  • The Art of Conversation - My Chess Interview Journey Part 2 · IRW Blog
    the intended outcome There is no room for even marginal errors and that s why significant time must be invested at this stage Nick s team is as good at talking as listening and they don t talk for the sake of filling the silence in the room What they are good at is presenting information in a meaningful way and being honest with clients Many companies avoid speaking the truth due to the risk of losing the contract However if the solution is not suitable then Nick s team will always be honest This integrity ensures that only the solutions that delivers the greatest value for clients are recommended Creative Analyst Briony M The creative team possess great listening skills to help decipher client s needs and their end users behaviour Their focus is to help bridge the gap between user experience and functionality To achieve this the team organises interactive workshops and interviews to create end user personas They analyse behavioural characteristics such as elements that frustrates them Briony has an eye for detail and no valuable information bypasses her By collating this data the team is then able to design a seamless user experience This approach creates value for the client because they receive a greater return on investment due to the higher user adoption rate Business Intelligence Andy W Andy s key focus is helping clients make better informed decisions through interpreting meaningful data efficiently It s not just about pretty charts but more about presenting them in a useful format For example helping clients identify opportunities reduce costs or to achieve long term competitive advantage Andy explained that listening and talking isn t limited to the client interaction Part of Chess s success is listening to each other within the organisation During my work experience I could feel the collaborative problem solving that ensures each project adheres to the clients specifications What I find particularly appealing is that every team member can easily talk and trust each other This positive rapport is difficult to replicate and promotes greater productivity Service Delivery Mark W Service delivery is another department that doesn t stop listening to people They constantly talk to clients and employees for continuous improvement What I admire about Mark is that he is never satisfied with the end result he will always try to improve it He questioned why aim for good when you can aim for great but even then he is still not happy It is this mind set that helps drive innovation and ensure the best is delivered to clients The key themes identified across all Chess departments are the proactive listening and talking Only through this interaction can success be delivered for clients employees and Chess The interview process is an interesting concept because it gave me a great opportunity to dig deep into the great minds of the company It is often difficult to have an in depth understanding of how a business delivers value based on their website

    Original URL path: http://www.irw.co.uk/blog/2015/the-art-of-conversation-my-chess-interview-journey-part-2.aspx?tag=Discovery+Process (2016-04-24)
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  • Umbraco CodeGarden 2015 · IRW Blog
    7 Beyond the Web From the Roadmap session there were three things that caught my eye The first one was Umbraco as a service and how easy it looked to setup within a reasonable budget too Secondly was moving the courier project into the core meaning you did not have to pay for the plugin Finally Umbraco version 8 would use angular 2 and all legacy code would be removed Next was a great session from Heather Floyd who spoke about how to upgrade Umbraco to the latest version Everything she said just made sense regarding upgrading and if upgrading was really the right option Then Janus and Emma from Mayflymedia showed us all a superb solution using Umbraco that was actually a call conferencing solution and NOT a website It used a third party app called Twilio that allowed integration via xml to Umbraco They demonstrated this solution live there and then and it went down a storm On the second day there were another three sessions I was interested in and they were How to develop a killer package Load balancing Securing your Umbraco Two Umbraco MVP S started off by describing how to create a killer package and best practises it was a fun session with Lee Kelleher and Matt Brailsford as they discussed the challenges they had over the years creating Umbraco packages I however was more interested in the load balancing session as I have never had to deploy Umbraco to a load balanced environment before I have researched this and although it can be completed at present in Umbraco it can be very difficult to setup and causes all sorts of headaches not just for the developer involved It was good to know that the auto load balancing feature will be added to version 7 3 which will hopefully ensure that this task is completed smoothly You can view presentation of the superb load balancing talk from Shannon here My Final Umbraco session was delivered by a chap called Chris Gaskell who took us on a journey of web security in Umbraco He covered cross site scripting http headers and loads more about security He pointed us to a nice package to use with IIS to hide our headers and not expose our platform Click here to see this on github For me this session was extremely helpful and gave me some idea which I could use when developing Then it was time for Umbraco Bingo and the Dinner party The chap I was sitting next to said that the bingo was the highlight of the conference I now know why It all went a bit weird to say the least The Umbraco core team came out dressed as mimes at one point there was a bunny running around the room with a chainsaw and a giraffe with a selfie stick but I have to admit it was all highly entertaining I m just glad I never won the bingo as being up on

    Original URL path: http://www.irw.co.uk/blog/2015/july/09/umbraco-codegarden-2015.aspx?tag=IRW+Systems (2016-04-24)
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