2019/03 Are We Failing HTML 101?

2019/03 Are We Failing HTML 101?

When I was at school there was no HTML, no internet, no websites, but there was BASIC with which we programmed small games – and which was a hell of a lot of fun.  As I have written before, learning some sort of code, markup, programming language what you will is if not very important certainly very rewarding.  Much like learning Japanese, even if you never get to Japan.  Language, any language, is the key to accessing other worlds – and accessibility (whether it be accessibility to knowledge, to chances, to a doorway, to vote, to fresh water) is what gives us our freedom.  I mention this as eyes were raised in many circles this week by the disappointing results of the WebAIM Million report. Read more

2019/02 Live Longer and Healthier – Read this Post

2019/02 Live Longer and Healthier – Read this Post

It has been a really hectic month, and for the first time in many years I seem to be at a loss for words. Normally a river of wordage, wanted or not, I write and verbiate at will. This week, however, I became really stuck putting together a project plan. Of the 18 hours I spent writing it, I can honestly say the first 12 hours were spent moving text around to form interesting patterns, then trying out different fonts. Never have I been so authorially constipated (yes it is a word, I just looked it up). Read more

2019/01 New Year, New Resolutions

2019/01 New Year, New Resolutions

Another year and another chance to do everything right. Chances are we will stick to our new years resolutions as long as the bubbles last in the bottle of champagne we opened on New Year’s Day. We shouldn’t let that get us down. Certainly looking back over the year we can pat ourselves on the back for a few small steps forward. Read more

2018/11 Buzzwords and our Digital Discourse

2018/11 Buzzwords and our Digital Discourse

If you are like me, and started work in the pre-digital years, you are probably wondering how we managed to work without all the buzzwords. It was a simpler time.  We had bandwidth to work through our task cycles with our IBM compatible PC, tackling those low hanging fruit to improve the bottom line – but it was mostly an 80-20 life. Every generation has it’s buzzwords but over the last few years it is almost as if we require a daily sync-up to know what anyone is talking about. Read more

2018/10 Content Marketing – Trending Since 1732

2018/10 Content Marketing – Trending Since 1732

Content Marketing is one of the many digital buzzwords you cannot avoid these days.  You may also have stumbled across Digital Transformation, Native AdvertisingInternet of Things, Big Data, Machine Learning, Algorithm, Customer Journey, Digital First, E-HealthMicro-Moments, Geo-Fencing … While the term Content Marketing first appeared in 1996, the idea has been with us since at least 1732 when Benjamin Franklin published his Poor Richard’s Almanack with the goal of promoting his printing business. Read more

2018/09 Agile, Waterfall, Adaptive, Pert, Lean … and Cake

2018/09 Agile, Waterfall, Adaptive, Pert, Lean … and Cake

I am often asked how I manage my projects, and which method I prefer. I may be an old Waterfaller at heart, but I don’t think there is so much difference between the many methods – and simply making a cake. In the first step, there are some basic questions you need to answer: WHY do you need the cake, WHO will eat the cake, WHAT is the purpose of the cake, HOW does it serve a function, WHEN will it be eaten, and WHERE will it be served? Grab a coffee, get together with your stakeholders and start with the 6Ws. Read more

2018/08 Your Mobile Phone Just May Save Your Life

2018/08 Your Mobile Phone Just May Save Your Life

The global eHealth market had $41.52 billion in revenue in 2017 and that is expected to increase to $220.65 billion by 2026. Growing demand for eHealth solutions and services, our use of tablets, smartphones, wearables, the Internet of Medical Things (IoMT), increasing usage of big data, and the demands of an ageing population are just some of the factors driving the market growth. Read more

2018/07 Is That Digital Transformation I See Before Me?

2018/07 Is That Digital Transformation I See Before Me?

Digital transformations have hit the skids, falling prey to poor leadership, disconnects between IT and the business, lagging employee engagement, substandard operations — just about every area required for success. That’s the conclusion of a July 2018 report from Capgemini Digital Transformation Institute and MIT Sloan School of Management, which surveyed more than 1,300 executives in over 750 global organizations. Read more

2018/06 GDPR. GDPR Everywhere …

2018/06 GDPR.  GDPR Everywhere …

On May 27 the GDPR/DSGVO took complete effect and our websites will never be the same. The law came into effect all the way back in 2016, but we were given a two-year grace period to bring our websites up to standard. For many people the law came from nowhere and compliance was left to the last minute – which was sort of like leaving a homework assignment from 10th grade until the bus ride into school the morning you are going to graduate from high school. :o) Read more

2018/05 So You Want to Build an Online Shop?

2018/05 So You Want to Build an Online Shop?

I was recently asked to assist with the creation of an online shop. I have written here before about building a website, but an online shop raises further interesting questions. The website will not just be a source of information, but will be a place of commerce and legally binding transactions (above and beyond the simple data collection of your name and email address on a form). Read more

2018/04 The Digital 1%

2018/04 The Digital 1%

Elysium, In Time, Upside Down – some of the many dystopian stories where a small segment of society with access to the best tech (and quality of life) pits itself against the rest (of us) who are relying on outdated tech (and probably living in ghettos). We probably notice the cool tech more than we do the growing similarity between fiction and reality. When we think of the 1%, we probably think of those holding the most money. The reality going forward is that the 1% will be holding the best tech (okay and still the most money). Read more