As we report on our progress 14 months after signing the UK’s Women in Finance Charter, Brickendon NED Clare Chalmers discusses the future of the financial services sector, the importance of strong leadership and the role of women in the business world.
The DevOps software development practice brings formerly siloed teams within an organisation together to work as part of an integrated team that – builds quality software in a rapid, continuous, and repeatable manner. This new mode of delivery requires Quality Assurance (QA) engineers to shift their mode of work to keep up with the fast-paced, innovative, and automated world of DevOps. This starts with having a strong understanding of the role QA engineers will play within the DevOps team.
Can cloud computing thrive in an environment where regulations rule? The use of the cloud is becoming more prevalent, but there is no sign of the amount of regulation subsiding. Regulations often require localised compliance, while the purpose of the cloud is to make a single source of data global and house it in one location irrelevant of where it originated. Brickendon data and cloud experts Nikit Kothari and Andrew Lawson examine whether the cloud and regulation can thrive together.
A successful DevOps transition requires the support of the whole organisation, including the business unit and technology division. Iya Datikashvili, a director and DevOps expert at Brickendon, looks at why the business unit is lagging behind in its acceptance of the DevOps methodology.
While the concept of cloud computing has been around for a while, it’s popularity has grown significantly in recent years as businesses see the benefits it can bring. Whether your motivation is flexibility, cost-saving, or just keeping up with the competition, now is the time to embrace the cloud. To be sure you make the right choices for your business, Brickendon Executive Director Nikit Kothari sums up what exactly the cloud is and why you should care.
One of the biggest challenges in the testing world is how to achieve an efficient and robust testing service model across the organisation’s entire IT department without introducing operational risk. Here, one of Brickendon’s testing experts, Director Iya Datikashvili, looks at how adopting a Testing Centre of Excellence (TCoE) can help.
A managed service offering is all about improving operations and reducing overheads. Gone are the days of shipping out the testing function to one location and development to another purely to cut costs. Today, the key is that the managed service provider takes managerial responsibility for certain business functions with the aim of utilising cheaper resources based overseas but maintaining the responsibility and quality expected in the home location. The demand for these services is growing fast. Here Brickendon Partner Lee Pittaway outlines what Brickendon is doing to develop our own offering in this area.
The banking revolution is upon us. In a market where competition is already fierce, new initiatives and regulations such as Open Banking in the UK and the second Payments Services Directive (PSD2) in Europe are seeking to modernise the banking offering, giving innovative FinTech firms and payments specialists the opportunity to play the incumbent banks at their own game. Who will emerge as the winner remains to be seen, but the consumer has a lot to gain from their attempts to dominate the market. Corneliu Dicusar, a senior consultant and data specialist at Brickendon, looks at what open banking really is and why it matters to both the consumer and the financial institutions.