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Shareable Blockchain Knowledge

Posted by Walter van der Scheer on May 1, 2018 11:52:59 AM

Finding answers to questions about blockchain and cryptocurrency isn’t easy. There’s an information overload online, and at conferences, it’s often hard to meet the experts after their talks.

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A good engineering culture is crucial to compete in the digital age

Posted by Serge Beaumont on Apr 23, 2018 3:52:49 PM
In the digital age, all organizations need to become IT companies because it has become a driving force for value. This has lead to a much higher demand for good IT engineers. The other challenge is that many organizations have not considered themselves to be an IT company and have no experience with IT. How do they attract and retain top engineering talent and give them the ecosystem to excel? This series of four posts discusses why we need a good engineering culture, what engineers personally want and need, how to set up a good engineering ecosystem and how to scale it.

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Topics: Agile Software Development

GDPR: "May 25th is when it really begins"

Posted by Walter van der Scheer on Apr 11, 2018 11:43:12 AM

The monitoring of compliance with the GDPR will start in just over a month. What does that mean for your work as a developer or data scientist? "You have to continuously ask yourself what data you really need, and how you can minimize the impact of its use."

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Topics: Big Data & Data Science

Taking Back Ownership of Your Data

Posted by Laurence de Jong on Mar 20, 2018 9:00:00 AM

The internet makes information available everywhere, but it also comes with a downside. If a user wants to gain access to specific pages and apps, they are often forced to hand over personal information to third parties, which can lead to undesirable consequences. This article examines the current situation online and describes how decentralized technologies could empower individuals to take back ownership of their data.

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Topics: Agile Software Development

Consensus: The Blockchain Backbone

Posted by Niels Zeilemaker on Mar 13, 2018 9:00:00 AM

One of the defining aspects of a public blockchain is that anyone can add information to it. However, before it is added, the information must be verified. All cooperating nodes in the network must agree on the definitions of valid, and invalid, information. For example, in the case of Bitcoin, there must be a consensus on what defines a legitimate transaction. When the new information is deemed valid by all participating nodes in the network, then the consensus is reached. This article explores how a decentralized network could achieve consensus through two different algorithms: proof-of-work and proof-of-stake.

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Topics: Agile Software Development, Agile Transformations, Big Data & Data Science

How Enterprise-Ready is Blockchain?

Posted by Tom Höfte on Mar 6, 2018 9:00:00 AM

There’s a lot of blockchain-related development already in progress. Start-ups that focus on its various aspects are popping up everywhere. Companies in all sectors are looking at its thread to determine what it could do for their business. There’s even a new career role flying around on LinkedIn, the "blockchain consultant.” So, hype or not, clearly, this trend is gaining some traction.

But how “enterprise-ready” is blockchain technology? 

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Topics: Agile Software Development, Agile Transformations

The New Market Standard for Doing Business

Posted by Dennis Kaltofen on Feb 27, 2018 9:00:00 AM

Interview with Thomas Laffree, innovation director, PGGM

PGGM and APG recently completed the first phase of a collaborative experiment that used blockchain technology to administer pensions. Based on the prototype they co-created, both pension fund service providers have extended their research.

According to Thomas Laffree, innovation director at PGGM and one of the project leaders, the potential impact of blockchain technology on the pension domain is massive. “By working together to develop proof of concepts and getting our heads around this exciting new technology, we’re investigating the true potential of blockchain”.

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Topics: Digital Strategy

Why Your Business Should Be on the WeChat Platform (Part II): WeChat Feature Overview

Posted by Léon Rodenburg on Feb 21, 2018 2:04:53 PM

This three-part series explores how Wechat, the Chinese alternative to WhatsApp, is transforming the on- and offline lives of Chinese consumers and forcing companies to reconsider their marketing and sales strategies.

Part I compares WeChat to WhatsApp and explains why a presence on WeChat matters for any Chinese-facing business. Part II provides an overview of WeChat’s most essential features, describing how it’s typically used day-to-day. It also explains how companies can use WeChat to improve their business in the Chinese market.

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Topics: Agile Software Development

The Rise of Cryptocurrencies

Posted by Thijs Vermeer on Feb 20, 2018 9:00:00 AM

These days, you can’t mention “blockchain” without someone else bringing up bitcoin. Of course, it’s an intriguing topic. A digital coin, with no value at all, suddenly skyrockets and makes people rich, out of thin air! It must be a bubble, scam, fraud - even criminal!

Or is it?

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Topics: Agile Software Development

14 tips to increase focus

Posted by Daniel Burm on Feb 19, 2018 3:49:24 PM

Or how to fight context switching throughout your organisation

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Topics: Agile Transformations