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  • Developing a User Friendly Site to Educate-FOCUS West · IRW Blog
    an exciting opportunity to experience college and university life meet current students and take part in interesting challenging and relevant activities Project Remit Build a leading edge website portal application to assist pupils to progress to university Allow FOCUS West employees to easily update and Improve website content Developed a responsive framework optimised to work on all devices e g mobiles iPhones iPads and other tablet devices Solution Using the incredibly customisable and very powerful open source website content management system Umbraco IRW Systems delivered a modern eye catching responsive website with a smart and simplistic user interface By providing a digital solution which signposted routes pathways and contacts for pupils and stakeholders visitors to the FOCUS West site were able to access information in order to enhance their progression into further education across numerous technological devices Furthermore by implementing the skill set of both our creative and web development teams We were able to build a bespoke back office admin site within Umbraco developed with the end user in mind providing a simple user interface This allows FOCUS West to easily manage then content within the FOCUS West site Tools Used Umbraco Microsoft SQL Server Microsoft IIS Education FOCUS West Higher Education IRW IRW Systems Microsoft Mobile Technology SQL umbraco Umbraco Universities User Experience UX Website Development Emma O Marketing and 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

    Original URL path: http://www.irw.co.uk/blog/2015/developing-a-user-friendly-site-to-educate-focus-west-.aspx?tag=Education (2016-04-24)
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  • Bring Your Meeting Room to Life with Surface Hub · IRW Blog
    the launch of Microsoft s new Surface Hub delivering a tool that will bring teams and ideas together With the success of PC s smartphone and wearable technology that boosts individual activity Microsoft wanted to create a device that optimised group efficiency and they intend to achieve this through Surface Hub Surface Hub has been designed to enhance the use of many Microsoft tool s such as Power BI Skype and Azure cloud technology Furthermore along with Microsoft s own apps third party apps designed specifically for the new Surface Hub will also be available Collaboration is key and this can be achieved through Surface Hub which allows teams to come together in order to create new ideas solve problems but ultimately work more efficiently How will Surface Hub change how your team works together Azure Collaboration Microsoft Power BI Skype Surface Hub Emma O Marketing and 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 4 Universities 1 User Experience 4 UX 3 Value Creation 2 Video

    Original URL path: http://www.irw.co.uk/blog/2015/bring-your-meeting-room-to-life-with-surface-hub-.aspx?tag=Azure (2016-04-24)
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  • Windows 10 Hardware Partners · IRW Blog
    With the first sneaky peeks at the up and coming Window 10 this week Microsoft outlined how they seek to use the next generation of devices and cloud based solution to host the new Windows 10 software due to launch in July Partners included Acer ASUS Dell HP and Toshiba From a business perspective the partners and hardware available will enable businesses to choose computer and mobile devices to suit different companies needs and budgets but most importantly migrating to a mobile system allowing businesses to become more reactive secure and collective View the full article on Windows 10 hardware partners Computex IRW Systems Mobile Technology New Technology PC Tablet Windows 10 Emma O Marketing and Communications Assistant Related Posts Gary attends Microsoft Future Decoded event 10 December 2014 Design is a behaviour not a department 17 February 2015 Reasons to be Creative 2015 Part 1 24 September 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 4 Universities 1 User Experience 4 UX 3 Value Creation 2 Video 2 Web development 4 Website Development 3 Windows 10 2 Work Experience 2 Office Blogs New Office 365 Project Portfolio Dashboard apps are live Learn how DocuSign delivers

    Original URL path: http://www.irw.co.uk/blog/2015/windows-10-hardware-partners-.aspx?tag=Computex (2016-04-24)
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  • Gary attends Microsoft Future Decoded event · IRW Blog
    from Microsoft that they had listened and were embracing change Out manoeuvred out fought but not out thought the DeLorean was a welcome sight In the auditorium closing the keynote section of the event was Prof Brian Cox who delivered an inspirational lecture and innovative message Centred on the ideas that throughout history people who challenge what is deemed to be conventional wisdom are often chastised but in the end their work is appreciated and held in high regard Technical Focus The afternoon was to be dominated by more technically focused work streams Of particular interest to me were the talks around DevOps and Cross Platform Development These provided the opportunity to listen and learn from key technical staff at Microsoft on their work These streams involved demonstrations of working code as well as the theory and best practices driving them invaluable to any developer During the afternoon on more than one occasion a technical evangelist speaking on behalf of Microsoft at a Microsoft conference asked for a show of hands of developers who used Visual Studio the key environment for any developer working in the Microsoft stack This is a no brainer but for a corporation to ask at a corporate event how many developers use their product immediately it became clear they were asking if they still were relevant to how we as developers operate Enthusiastically my hand was in the air A learning organisation One which is willing to embrace change is what we all want You want the start button back working on it here is windows 8 1 Agility and the Customer Regardless of methodology principle or practice as a software developer this event resonates with me Work learn and work better Personally and as a team we could all be found guilty at some point of sitting back and admiring our own achievements but if an organisation the size of Microsoft are embracing agility then shouldn t we all Decisions made should be revised and accessed in the cold light of day Introspection is key Focus on the costumer and delivering what is valuable to them Embracing Future Change Upon reflection this relates directly to the output of the new CEO Nadella rather than the bombastic approach of Balmer who previously filled this role In closing similar to Future Decoded this post has become a series of questions are we willing to respond to change Are we prepared to serve the customers that influence how we operate The answer itself doesn t reside within a framework or methodology but that our efforts should be focused on value and how we provide it The rising tide lifts all boats but I would rather be ready to embrace it than caught under the waves GaryB Senior Developer Related Posts Windows 10 Hardware Partners 3 June 2015 Design is a behaviour not a department 17 February 2015 Reasons to be Creative 2015 Part 1 24 September 2015 Back to blog list The team Topics Net 1 Awards

    Original URL path: http://www.irw.co.uk/blog/2014/gary-attends-microsoft-future-decoded-event.aspx?author=GaryB (2016-04-24)
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  • Design is a behaviour not a department · IRW Blog
    recently the concept of design as an agent for change is gaining traction In training to be a designer and indeed during subsequent time spent working in a creative role or within a creative team a specific and specialised skill set is assembled developed and fine tuned To quote one of my Art School Professors the role of the designer is one of eternal dissatisfaction but permanent optimism Such a mindset does by definition encourage or require the adoption of a particular way of thinking and set of skills including the ability to visualise iterate and fail quickly to make decisions courageously and perhaps most importantly to synthesise information in a manner which results in a satisfactory product service or solution IRW s design approach Within the world of software development design obviously takes on a multitude of meanings from obvious applications such as database design and development of user experience solutions and user interface designs which are different but that s a blog for another day through to the particular approach taken to project management At IRW we are using design to do more that that We use it in our approach to eliciting user requirements and to structuring conversation and discussion with various extreme users involved in systems proposed use cycle In doing so clients feel more engaged and the resulting information and insight is richer and of more value Don McIntyre Creative Lead Related Posts Gary attends Microsoft Future Decoded event 10 December 2014 Windows 10 Hardware Partners 3 June 2015 Reasons to be Creative 2015 Part 1 24 September 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

    Original URL path: http://www.irw.co.uk/blog/2015/design-is-a-behaviour-not-a-department.aspx?author=Don+McIntyre (2016-04-24)
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  • Green Light for G-Cloud · IRW Blog
    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 4

    Original URL path: http://www.irw.co.uk/blog/2013/november/13/green-light-for-g-cloud.aspx?author=Sarah+G (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?page=1 (2016-04-24)
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  • Does practise really makes perfect? - My Chess Interview Journey Part 1 · IRW Blog
    I knew from then on that it would be a great team to work with I thought to myself great I would be able to use my perfected answers now Oh how wrong I was indeed the questions were the complete opposite of what I expected They weren t the typical using STAR format name a time you were in a team Let s be honest anyone can lie and say they are a great team player My assessors adopted the right approach in not wasting time asking these questions Whether I was a great team player was later tested during a two day work experience Instead the interview focused on getting to know me inside and out I did not expect and had no prepared answers for these type of questions I didn t give up and I focussed on being myself The non practised answers showcased my passion personality and abilities One thing I learned about this was that if you have a passion in something then you do not need to practise your answers You should be able to talk freely about it on the spot An interview alone is not enough in establishing candidate suitability because anyone can lie how great they are What I admired about the interview process was that the final phase focussed on putting my abilities skills and experience to the test in the form of a two day work experience Role Reversal Two Day Work Experience The final phase surprised me the most because I had to interview some key stakeholders and then present my findings Yep you read it right not them interviewing me but I had to interview them At first it felt slightly weird with this role reversal because it is not what I expected I couldn t really practice for this because I didn t know who exactly I would be interviewing nor do I know what their personalities would be like Therefore I had to tailor my questions during the interview I was fortunate that many stakeholders allocated some time out of their busy schedule to be interviewed This was the best part of the entire process because I was informed of the many elements that makes Chess unique I was able to understand how the expertise of each employee creates value for clients and how working collaboratively delivers long term sustainability What I learned Many people highlight that practising answers are essential for an interview However practising is not the be all and end all and does not show the real you You can perfect your script like you are winning an Academy Award but reaching the end goal is much more than that Other factors like personality intrinsic motivation vision skills and support affect the roadmap to success Being yourself is the most important characteristic because your enthusiasm and drive for success naturally shines through The interview process was an interesting concept because I learned a lot about the company Some brands may have

    Original URL path: http://www.irw.co.uk/blog/2015/does-practise-really-makes-perfect-my-chess-interview-journey-part-1.aspx?page=1 (2016-04-24)
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