Archi & Techno

Super Apps development model explained !

Introduction If you ever stumbled, lately, on a tech article talking about Super Apps, it would probably mention that they were first invented  in 1999, by Mike Lazaridis, the founder of Research in Motion (RIM), the manufacturer of the BlackBerry device. Mike has defined Super Apps  as applications which make use of all the BlackBerry resources available. From usage of notification pop ups, context menu integration right down to being able to access any application from within anywhere on the device. Deep integration across the…

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Digital Strategy

Sovereignty and cloud, what’s the connection?

The notion of a “sovereign cloud” appeared in French politics around ten years ago, launched by President Sarkozy at a digital G8 meeting in Paris, it was closely linked to the idea of "civilising the Internet". At the time, this notion depicted the Internet as a Wild West, a primitive zone, populated by barbaric natives, the Internet users, and where State presence was dearly needed, to improve and civilise this dodgy place. These days the term is coming back, but its message has changed. The…

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Archi & Techno

POV: A streaming/communication platform for the data mesh

In 2021, a rich set of data is the soil that empowers the business of all the Internet Giants (GAFAM, NATU, …). Meanwhile, traditional companies are striving to remain competitive. Therefore, the mandatory acceleration of their business goes through a massive digitalization of their operations and assets. Amongst the most valuable digital assets are the data. Big data’s promises are attractive. However, the “data” organizational unit is commonly separated from the core business in the wild. Even if many of those departments provide much effort…

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Archi & Techno

SLO: The unexpected power of metrics

When operating a product or building an infrastructure, it is normal to ask yourself the question "Is my application working well?" In general, it is common to have two answers in these kind of cases:  Use monitoring to check if the application is working properly. Set up an alerting system to be aware of possible problems in the system However, we rarely wonder if alarms are relevant in my specific context (ex: when a container restarts) or if the metrics on my pre-made dashboards will…

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Agile

How to deal with an Inverse Conway Maneuver? – A talk by Romain Vailleux at Duck Conf 2021

Companies are complex systems made up of humans and technological systems in perpetual interaction. “Theses socio-technical” systems are Romain's favorite subject. Melvin Conway observed that the communication structures of organizations directly influence the design of technical systems produced by those organizations. In short: the organization chart of the company and the interpersonal relationships across people have more influence than designers and architects!

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Consulting Chronicles

A Journey To build a Business-Driven Data Science Capability

Introduction We live in a world in which data is becoming a key business asset, playing an increasingly central role in the success of a growing number of companies. Data and the ability to transform data into business will become critical in all sectors in the coming years. A good mastery of data and its exploitation can be an important competitive advantage. This means that companies need to equip themselves with the technological and human resources to develop a skill set capable of leveraging data,…

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Change Management

New Year’s Resolutions: Shed those excess pounds (from my Google inbox)!

TL;DR → Smart links to quickly clear out your Gmail inboxes Do you know your Do you know your current GMail storage usage?   How much is dead weight? To ring in the new year, I decided to finally buckle down and clear out my GMail inbox. I spent a total of 10 minutes and, just by cleaning out old emails, my inbox dropped from a size 16GB to a mere 4GB!  There are more than 650 people at OCTO. If we all do a little…

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Archi & Techno

Technical Due Diligence–Safeguarding your IT Startup Investment

Or, how to invest then add value to your startup portfolio Translated from French by Natalie Schmitz. Original French article : Due diligence technique – sécuriser son investissement dans des startups IT Introduction While many companies are still reeling from the ongoing coronavirus crisis, startups are taking the hardest blows. The French government injected 4 billion euros into the sector to help keep them afloat. For BPIFrance, the talk of the season is on which horses to bet.   The pandemic has bred frailty and imposed…

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Big Data

Data+AI Summit 2020 – be Zen in your lakehouse

In case you missed it, last week was held the first Data+AI Summit (formerly Spark+AI Summit) and we had a chance to participate. The talks will be published online but if you don’t want to wait, take a shortcut and learn our key insights! TL;DR Are you wondering why that title? It summarizes the major announcements from a data engineering perspective. Apache Spark will become more Pythonic thanks to the Project Zen initiative, and very probably, it will work on top of a lakehouse architecture.…

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Archi & Techno

Terminal telekinesis

Tl;dr In my experience, software developers’ skills regarding tasks in a terminal range from desperately slow to impressively swift. I believe that, for a large part, this is caused by an abundance of articles not discussing the real problems software developers are dealing with daily. Namely, how to feel productive on a terminal, after using omnipotent integrated software environments for so long. This article aims at bridging this gap by sharing carefully selected tips that can, in my opinion, dramatically increase the terminal productivity of…

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