You can’t get away from Agile these days, it’s everywhere. I sometimes put my Local Gov hat on and go to events where you get surrounded by Agencies telling you that Agile is the best thing since Mr. Hovis started wielding a knife. It’s as though it’s some secret which only they know and which no-one in Local Gov could possibly have heard of. But times are changing, particularly after the work at GDS which is being seen as a role model in Public Sector Agile delivery.
The Government Service Design Manual (https://www.gov.uk/service-manual) is a useful resource of managing your digital projects. If you’re familiar with Agile methodologies and some of the DevOps principles you’ll probably find that it covers the same ground. However it is very well presented and written in clear non-jargon terms so it’s worth a look. The only thing I couldn’t find was a nice diagram showing the deliverables at each stage - so I did my own as a mindmap.
I was lucky enough to attend the AIIM Forum London this week. In many ways though it felt like the ECM market hasn’t really changed over the last few years. But is ECM actually holding back Digital Transformation? From the sessions Sharepoint is still the default for Document Management, and it still ends up a mess if it’s not done right. Most of the vendors are pushing Sharepoint plugins or services and these were mainly incremental advances.
The big announcement at Box World Tour was Box Zones which provides Box with European storage via AWS. This potentially has a big impact for UK customers particularly those in the public sector who have requirements to store information within the EU. At the same time Box is now a serious player in the full ECM market. I was lucky enough to attend the Box World Tour when it came to London last week.
The third part of my AWS Primer covers the AWS Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) which is a key component of the platform. For anyone who’s planning to do the certification there are likely to be a lot of questions about it. When I was learning it I decided to draw myself a diagram covering all the different features. This actually ended up looking fairly similar to those included in the Amazon VPC Connectivity Options whitepaper which I took to mean that I was doing something right.