Insights

Insights

What can Software Developers learn from Star Wars? 

If the Empire developed software, their stack would hold little or no technical debt. The Empire is never tripping over misplaced boxes, making do with old tools, or spending an excessive amount of time repairing old ships. In his latest insight, Backend Developer Peter Conway discusses what software developers can learn from Star Wars.

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Case study

Cornwall Council: Transforming how Cornwall Council manage feedback

Headforwards have been working with Cornwall Council on their transformation for over 5 years. As part of building a Single View of the Citizen, feedback from residents and from councillors and MPs now have their own portals that feed into a seamless new back-office Feedback Management system that employs enhanced automation and improves efficiency.

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Case study

Cornwall Council: Building a Single View of the Citizen for a Local Authority

In partnership with Cornwall Council we worked on the Single View of the Citizen which aims to replace processes that are potentially vulnerable to error or loss and may lead to duplication, inefficient handling, and inconsistency.

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Case study

NTT: Evolving a shared data centre service management system, Colocation

Headforwards is a long-term technology partner to NTT. The team have worked on the NTT’s shared data centre service management system, Colocation to evolve it from one part of a vast, monolithic architecture to its own series of more than 80 microservices.

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HeadTalks

HeadTalks Podcast Episode #6 | Women in Tech: Kelly Shungu, Digital Solutions Engineer at VMware

In this episode of the HeadTalks Podcast, Owen Hodge meets Digital Solutions Engineer and creator of The Women in STEM Podcast, Kelly Shungu, to discuss her career path, online community and podcast, the growing importance of tech and the need to keep up, the barriers to women in tech and the benefits of a diverse workforce. 

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Events

Foundations for success: the realities of large-scale transformation

Headforwards has worked with Cornwall Council for 5 years as the technology partner through their digital transformation. In this online session we’re sharing joint learnings from both sides when undertaking large-scale digital transformation.

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Case study

Requirements Workshop

An insurance client required a system to gather insurance policy information for a limited cohort of private school students. With multiple deadlines to meet and increasing complexity, Headforwards proposed a requirements workshop to help ascertain what the minimum looked like to meet each deadline and when to most efficiently develop features in addition to old behaviour.  

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Insights

What distinguishes Behaviour-Driven Development (BDD) from other Agile practices? 

Learn about Behaviour-Driven Development in practice, and what distinguishes BDD from other Agile methodologies.

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Case study

Softcat: Creating a Cloud Management Portal for IT infrastructure and service provider

IT infrastructure and service provider, Softcat have been working on expanding and maturing their Cloud service portfolio. As their technology partner, Headforwards helped Softcat reimagine the interaction they have with their clients by delivering a Cloud Management Portal.

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Events

Navigating Complexity in Microservices and Distributed Architectures | Webinar

On Thursday 21 March we’re bringing together a panel of engineering experts to discuss their experiences of navigating the development sprawl and the almost inevitable complexity of distributed architectures.

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Insights

QA Testing at Headforwards 

In this article, experienced QA tester at Headforwards, Gowri Thota, shares his thoughts on successful testing regimes. 

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Case study

John Lewis Partnership: Developing a new app for leading high street brand

Headforwards has been a trusted technology partner of John Lewis Partnership for more than ten years. The latest project for the Wellbeing side of the business has been a mobile app.

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Insights

Selecting software solutions: five things to consider

The route to streamlining an organisation and boosting productivity often lies in the integration of software to digitise manual processes or enhance systems.
But how do you make sure you select the right solution for your organisation? Headforwards’ Product Manager Owen Hodge shares five things you should consider when deciding between fully custom or customised off-the-shelf software solution.

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Events

Things we learned from Kelly Shungu’s HeadTalk “Breaking barriers and shattering the gender gap in developer roles”

Learn about the current gender disparity in the technology industry, its roots, and the even greater disparity facing minorities.

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Insights

Building IT into your business strategy 

Considering IT as a support function is an antiquated concept. And having a separate IT strategy neglects to consider how significant the advancement of technology has been in recent years. How should business leaders think about IT strategy? Our Lead Advisory Partner shares his thoughts in this article.

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HeadTalks

HeadTalks Podcast Episode #5 | Technology Strategy and How to Get It Right: Peter Reed, Lead Advisory Partner at Headforwards

In this podcast episode, Owen Hodge talks with Peter Reed, Headforwards Lead Advisory Partner and former AXA Health CIO. They discuss the relationship between business and technology strategies, the importance of communicating the strategy, and the necessity to involve subject matter experts and process owners from the outset in digital transformation projects. 

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HeadTalks

HeadTalks Podcast Episode #4 | Agile in Animation: Natasha Price, Producer at Engine House Animation Studio

Natasha Price, Producer at Engine House Animation, joins HeadTalks host, Owen Hodge to discuss how the studio stays ahead of ever-changing technology and talks about being accidentally agile.

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Case study

Caspian One: Developing a full pilot of an open banking solution

Headforwards partnered with FinTech and Broadcast Media Technology company, Caspian One to develop a full pilot of an open banking solution within a four-month timescale.

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Events

Transformation through Tech: briefing for tech leaders

Pete Reed, former CIO for AXA Health and lead advisory partner for Headforwards hosted an exclusive briefing and roundtable to support business leaders engaging with Technology and Data strategy.

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Insights

Unlocking the Potential of your Software Development Team: Empowerment as the Key to Success

How to make sure you continue to lead your software development teams whilst empowering them? It’s all about navigating a path between being careful not to lean too far one way and lose control, or too far the other and hold too much control.

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Events

Accelerating digital transformation in local authority

Digital transformations can drive efficiencies, cost savings and a better experience for residents and businesses. Headforwards, in partnership with Microsoft and Cornwall Council hosted a briefing for local authorities, local government and public services seeking to harness the power of digital and accelerate their transformation.

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