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Our Journals are a collection of our Blogs, Tech Blogs, News and Case Studies. We hope you find them insightful and interesting!

A designer's take on attending a Drupal event

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Our UX designer Stephen Dudley attended the North West Drupal User Group Unconference last month. Drupal events always welcome non-developers, but is there a benefit to attending? We asked Steve for his thoughts on the experience and which session that he gained most from.

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Choose the right technology for your mobile app

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There are a number of ways to build an app. At one end of the spectrum, there’s a website that feels like an app. At the other, there’s a true ‘native’ app - the ‘native’ bit means it’s joined at the hip to the device, so the user interface (UI) of both the app and device’s operating system (OS) feel identical, and the hardware capability of the device can be fully utilised. Following on from "you need a mobile app, now what?" - this second article on mobile explores the options available.

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You need an app. Now what?

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In the first of a two part series on mobile apps, Ed Tallents looks at common questions asked by organisations when starting a new mobile project. Part one outlines getting your project and strategy and supplier right Part two details alternatives to building a traditional native mobile app

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The NHS must share problems to make savings

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Last week’s Procurement 4 Health event at Birmingham’s NEC made for a sobering reminder of the depths of the NHS’s financial challenges. The event is mainly aimed at procurement professionals and suppliers working with, or looking to work with the NHS supply chain. The increasing reliance on technology in all aspects of medicine and the recent focus on Cybersecurity made technology a recurrent theme. However, the positive take-away from the day was a strong focus on collaboration and partnerships which, coming from an open source technology background resonates with many of our own views about how to solve big problems.

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Holacracy and self organising teams

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Following on from my previous post about our move to Holacracy, this second blog delves into the detail of how Holacracy is working at Hydrant and what we have learned along the way whilst implementing it. In this post I will look at accountability, dealing with autonomy and motivation.

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Holacracy and Hydrant

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In recent years it’s become clear that new technologies and the rapid pace of innovation require a different mindset and approach to managing people and projects. 5 years ago we trained 9 staff as Certified Scrum Masters seeing that Agile was the future of project delivery. Over the past year we have taken an even bigger step towards a radically different approach to people and power by adopting a 'no managers' operating system called Holacracy.

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Kirsty attends the Carlisle Ambassadors Lunches

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Carlisle is great city with a proud heritage often downplayed by the local community. A new initiative called ‘Carlisle Ambassadors’ has set about changing this through collective action, making Carlisle a better place to live, work, invest and visit. Kirsty Mcmullen, from our business development team writes about the first couple of Ambassadors lunch meetings.

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DrupalCon: Giving back

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DrupalCon this year was in Amsterdam, a great city providing an accessible location for 2300+ of the worlds most dedicated Drupal developers and agency business people. As silver sponsors of the event we had the opportunity to learn and meet others through the wide variety of sessions and social events.

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