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Steps pits you against your friends in the simplest ever weekly step count competition

It started life as an app for us Apple Watch fans in the office to tally our steps and compete with our Fitbit… friends

Is this what your IT system looks like to Silicon Valley Startups?

Startups build software to solve their customers’ problems rather than using bought IT to streamline their internal processes.

In this long blog post, we cover these main topics:

  • Win with software, or be eaten by it
  • The power of customers = speed & agility ever more crucial
  • Contrasting Enterprises vs. Startups in viewing IT
  • How did the divide happen?
  • Gartner predicted “death of ERP”
  • Monoliths vs. the new software architecture
  • How top-performing businesses innovate with Microservices

Being Eaten by Software

“If you went to bed last night as an industrial company, you’re going to wake up today as a software and analytics company.” This…

Not long ago, we had to say goodbye to one of our software developers who was about to embark on a journey to “save the world” (as some millennials would say). Before Lewis left, I had a chance to put him on the spot and have an “exit interview” about his experience of working at Enabled.

Below are excerpts from our conversation with some edits for clarity and audio clips for the most interesting parts.

Background info

Me: Take us back to where it all began. When did you join Enabled?

LEWIS: I started in 2016 as a part time employee, then…

Over the past two decades or so, people have gone from “How do I build a website?” to “How do I develop a mobile app?” or “Should I have a website or a mobile app?”

The safest (and most accurate) would be “it depends.” That said, if you already determine that your startup or business needs an app, this article delves into the successive decision: what kind of app should you build?

How Apps came about

The launch of the iPhone in early 2007 changed the way the world viewed the mobile phone, but it was the iTunes App Store introduced a year and…

When Apple announced iPhone X and Animoji the first thought we had was: can we use this to animate arbitrary 3D characters? That is, not just the Animoji designed by Apple.

It turns out that yeah, not only is this possible. It’s pretty easy and the ARKit face APIs are powerful enough to produce useful animation. And we can capture it in real-time.

We’re going to cover the following:

  • Apple’s blend shapes
  • Building the blend shapes on our model
  • Our iOS app to transmit the blend shapes over UDP
  • The Unity extension to receive the data from our iOS app

Check the image below. This is a cool effect.

And it’s really easy to build in iOS using Auto Layout. I wanted to write about this because the effect is so simple. And Auto Layout makes its implementation so elegant that I think you ought to know about it.

Sung to the tune of “Ain’t no mountain high enough:”

My love is alive

Way down in my code

Although we are miles apart

If users ever need a helping hand

I’ll be there on the double tap

Just as fast as I can

Don’t you know that

There ain’t no resolution high enough

Ain’t no bandwidth low enough

Ain’t no screen size wide enough

To keep me from getting to your app.

Shout out to Medium’s recent release notes for the inspiration behind the prose above. App makers and designers can and should show their human side and be…

On the surface, DevOps is just another buzzword, i.e. something a lot of people talk about without fully understanding or doing it.

Stats have been floating around about the benefits of DevOps to organisations big and small. It seems so widespread that you almost feel FOMO. Some examples include (ranging from hype-like growth to more “modest” depiction):

  • DevOps adoption is expected to reach 93% by the end of 2015 (Rackspace, 2014)
  • DevOps adoption grew from 66% in 2015 to 74% in 2016 (RightScale, 2016)
  • By 2016, DevOps will evolve from a niche strategy employed by large cloud providers to a…

When it comes to Artificial Intelligence (AI), people’s responses vary: from “Terminator and Skynet are coming to kill us all” to “Will the bots take my jobs?” to “Awesome, now I can sit back and do the fun stuff while the bots take care of tedious tasks for me.

There’s some truth to all of these sentiments.

But there are also misperceptions and misinformation. It’s always useful to have a basic grasp of AI, because whether you like it or not, AI is already manifesting in many aspects of our lives.

For instance, you can now order Domino’s pizzas by…

Previously, we discussed some popular myths and misperceptions people have about software development. Now, let’s take it further by talking about how you can make the most out of your software projects.

Choosing The Right Software Developers

In addition to the key pointers we’ve outlined in this post (Dos and Don’ts of choosing software developers), the concept of “fit” is worth mentioning here.

We as humans are drawn to those who are similar to us and share the same values. In the context of professional recruitment, there is a potential bias as we tend to choose people who reinforce our worldview (or selective exposure).


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