Ending the ‘Brogrammer’ Era

Ending the ‘Brogrammer’ Era

Recent stats suggest only 29 of every 1000 female graduates have a computing or related degree and only four go on to work in an ICT-related function. To celebrate International Girls in ICT Day 2014, we asked the women of Inviqa how they began their tech careers, and their thoughts on getting more young women into the industry.

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High risk digital project? Six benefits of BDD to be ignored at your peril

High risk digital project? Six benefits of BDD to be ignored at your peril

Even two people talking directly to each other can cause misunderstanding and gaps in communication. Combine the types of people typically involved in digital projects: ‘technical’ and ‘business’ people, and multiply the problem by expanding to a larger team, working in a fast-evolving digital domain that no one truly understands, and we can start to see the huge potential for communication problems.

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Happy birthday WWW!

Happy birthday WWW!

This month marks the 25th birthday of the World Wide Web, and like most young 20-somethings it’s had its fair share of growing pains and teenage angst.

This March, the world will dutifully doff its cap to the father of the web, Sir Tim Berners Lee, who submitted his proposal for “a ‘web’ of notes with links between them” to his then boss at CERN. His boss’ now famous feedback? “Vague, but exciting...”

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Inviqa on Tour

Inviqa on Tour

If you haven’t done so already, you can expect to meet Inviqa at a PHP-related event this year!

It’s been an event-packed start to 2014, with no signs of slowing down. So far The Inviqa Group has attended the PHPUK Conference and Drupalcamp London. Next on the list is PHPNE on 18th March.

We’ve also attended, supported and sponsored various PHP meetups including PHP London and PHPLeeds and hosted a Symfony meetup. We’re delighted to be sponsoring the first Behat meetup of the year later this month when Konstantin Kudryashov (aka @everzet), creator of Behat, will be talking about Behat v3.0. 

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Mobile Optimisation - Thinking With Your Fingers

Mobile Optimisation - Thinking With Your Fingers

In every episode of Star Trek, the Captain reaches for his communicator pinned to his uniform, presses it and says “Computer!...”. What follows is a conversation between a man and an intelligent device with unlimited access to data, visualisation and communication capabilities.

Fascinating research by IAB UK shows how close we are to this “futuristic” world. Alex Kozloff, Head of Mobile at IAB UK, presented some of the results recently in a closed forum, and was kind enough to allow me to blog about the findings. 

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Keep Up! Your Customers Are Innovating Faster Than You Are

Keep Up! Your Customers Are Innovating Faster Than You Are

The Innovation Review recently published an article I wrote about the impact of smart technologies on businesses.

In the article, I discuss the business challenge that many brands face as their customers embrace and invest in new technologies faster than they do. This has left many businesses struggling to keep up with an increasingly demanding and tech savvy customer.

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Predictions For PHP In 2014

Predictions For PHP In 2014

Last year saw the release of PHP 5.5, ending with release of 5.5.6 in November. This version comes with new features including generators, a password hashing API and integration with Zend Opcache. Websites are starting to use PHP5.5 but with over 50% of websites on 5.3 and version 5.2 at 33%, adoption is slow.

In 2013, PHP usage tipped the 80% mark with a whopping 81.6% of all websites now using PHP.

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Drupal 8 is coming...

Drupal 8 is coming...

Drupal 8 is due to be launched mid-2014, and will be the most flexible and customisable version of Drupal yet. With Drupal 8 integrating components from Symfony2, The Inviqa Group is perfectly placed to deliver your Drupal application and we recently built the first ever Drupal 8 site

Watch out! Once Drupal 8 is released, Drupal 6 sites will no longer be supported - which means that security patches won’t be released and module patches won’t be developed. So decisions need to be made on migrating or rebuilding if you have an existing Drupal site, and we can help you analyse the best route for you.

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Helping feelunique.com Launch A New Responsive Mobile Site Within 6 Weeks

Helping feelunique.com Launch A New Responsive Mobile Site Within 6 Weeks

feelunique.com, the UK’s ultimate online destination for health and beauty products, needed to update both it’s desktop and mobile sites in time for the Christmas rush and to coincide with feelunique.com’s large TV campaign.

To meet the tight deadline of six weeks, we selected the rapid mobilisation platform, Moovweb, to replace feelunique’s legacy mobile-specific site. This enabled feelunique.com to implement a responsively designed mobile specific site in a very short period of time with flexibility should they want to pursue a responsive strategy in the future.

 

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Kick Start Your Digital Strategy for 2014

Kick Start Your Digital Strategy for 2014

Inviqa's VP Sales and Maketing and Co-founder, Paul Wander took to the stage at the Figaro Digital Marketing Conference yesterday for his presentation on Digital Strategy. Drawing from real-life project experiences Paul, explains how some of the UK's leading brands are developing their digital strategy. In his four stage plan, Paul will guide you through the process we use when working with our clients, but the key message here is to just try something.

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