Changing perceptions: Disruption Summit Europe

11th August, 2019

Notbinary is supporting the ‘Exchange’ track at this years ‘Disruption Summit Europe’. The Summit is an event that attracts delegates from retail, finance, manufacturing, media, transportation and insurance. It has not traditionally been somewhere the public service perspective was prevalent. This year though we hope to change that.

A change is gonna Cummings

30th July, 2019

On 24 July 2019, Dominic Cummings was appointed as a senior advisor to Prime Minister Boris Johnson. Now much as it pains me to say so there are a lot of good ideas to be mined in his blogposts. It isn’t easy – his writing drips with arrogance and to be honest he isn’t a great writer. But there is a lot there that anybody who has been pushing a reform agenda in public service in the last decade would recognise as sensible.

Why Kubernetes will disappear

26th July, 2019

I’ve been listening to conversations about Kubernetes (k8s) and trying to identify the recurring themes that polarise debate on whether it’s a “good” or “bad” idea. It’s not binary and it’s worth considering what happens if both things are true.

Laying foundations

15th July, 2019

I get wheeled in on occasion to offer advice or help with activities that seem to touch on some element of the broad topic of product management. I recently did a bit of a brain dump for a potential client on some of the techniques I have used to get things started – to make sure the foundations are solid enough to launch something ambitious.

Insights from Professor Alan Brown

12th July, 2019

Alan Brown is Professor in Digital Economy at the University of Exeter’s Business School. Alan’s research is focused on agile approaches to business transformation, and the relationship between technology innovation and business innovation in today’s rapidly-evolving digital economy. He is a long standing adviser to the Notbinary board and clients.

Come so far – got so far to go

11th July, 2019

The House of Commons Science and Technology Committee report into Digital Government is an interesting read. I agree with a lot of it. More does need to be done to really get a handle on legacy technologies across the Government estate.

Google Cloud Professional Architect

10th July, 2019

When it comes to measuring yourself against the theory and practice of designing, building and operating modern cloud architectures, Professional Cloud Architect certification is the highest and most relevant standard I’ve found.

“It isn’t about the technology…”

6th July, 2019

When we aren't arguing about whether or not 'digital transformation' is a useful term or not (or whether 'everybody is a designer') we are making the case that 'digital' (whatever that might mean) is not about technology - it is about the people.

Summer’s here and so is G-Cloud 11

4th July, 2019

We’re delighted to say that Notbinary has once again been appointed as a supplier of cloud hosting, software and support services on the Digital Marketplace. This time round Notbinary is offering 60 services in total, spread across all three lots (cloud hosting, cloud software and cloud support).

Speaking Technology with the Service Standard

2nd July, 2019

The UK Government has an open Service Standard setting out the perspective and principles on which services (often citizen-facing services) are expected to be designed and built. I’m a fan of principles. They encode layers of experience and wisdom, making them accessible for our future selves to learn from and experiment with.

Coast to Coast – a Canadian civic tech odyssey

21st June, 2019

Canada's public service was a early mover in the first wave of Government embracing the internet - they had a head start on many nations getting a strong presence online. I understood Canada was big. The reality is that I really didn't quite grasp the scale.

A wish list for a Digital Leader

20th June, 2019

The most senior role for technology or 'digital' leadership is inconsistently defined; it can be the CTO, CIO, CDO, CDIO and many other permutations as the default 'most senior' position to do with data, networking, applications and devices. The trouble is, what was required of yesterday's leader and today's are fundamentally different.