Damien asked for blurbs from the sponsors of the Irish Blog Awards as to what they actually do. After years of trying explain in our 3 minute elevator pitch, I think we’ve finally got the answer.
FirstPartners.net build the ugly bits of websites. Not the lovely front ends but the bits that do the heavy lifting – the bits that ensure your bank balance is correct, that your ticket is there when you arrive at the airport, or bits that capture your teams’ knowledge . We deliver using a combination of Enterprise Java Technology, our custom Red-Piranha framework and Agile project techniques.
More at www.FirstPartners.net
I don’t normally post as the result of a mass email, but this is one of the more useful ones.
Ken of Calmar has just sent out information on Irish Consultants .ie – it does exactly what it says on the tin.
It’s not just for Information Technology Consultants (where yours truly lives), but the site also covers:
- Advertising & Media
- General Management
- Health & Safety
- Human Resources
- Information Technology
- Property Management
- Public Relations
- Research & Development
- Risk Management
- State & Semi State Agencies
- Training & Development
Basic listing is free, although a ‘premium’ listing costs around 300 Euro. That sounds a very ‘Web 2’ business model , even if the site (thankfully) doesn’t use those words!
I’ve written and presented quite a bit about Agile Project management, but I’ve to recognize that these guys are experts. This PDF is a 90 Page guide to Scrum and XP Project Management, written in a way that both Business and Technical people can understand.
[Link to crisp OO and Java consultants]
It’s clear , it’s honest , and more importantly , it’s not trying to sell you anything (Rational consultants, you know who you are). Ok, they’re not trying to sell you anything , not unless you’re in the market for a bit of OO consultancy in Sweden.
If you already subscribe to Brian’s monthly Security Newsletter, you’ll already know how good / critical the information Brian has.
[Link to BHConsulting.ie]
Now , Brian Honan has started blogging and the content is well worth checking out. Brian is a Dublin based Enterprise Security Consultant whose writing will make you suitably paranoid.
If you’re planning to travel by Irish Rail, don’t trust the timetable information given out by it’s website. On a recent trip from Drogheda to Portadown, the actual outgoing and return times were between 5 and 10 minutes earlier, due to timetable changes made up to 6 months before. It’s all very well getting consultants to redesign your website , like CIE did recently , but if your organisation can’t keep it up to date , what’s the point?
There’s no excuse for giving out inaccurate information. Translink , the company that operates the northern half of the Dublin-Belfast Enterprise service, manages to display the correct train times. Incidentally , Translink is also publicly owned , so the ‘shrug shoulders it’s just public service’ excuse isn’t valid either.
Get your act together , and display accurate times, or don’t give out any information at all. I made the train , but how many people have been caught out by this? Bluire has found more reasons to be angry with Irish Rail.
Update: Red Cardinal has shown that at least the ex-CIE group of companies are consistent, with Bus Eireann showing an appalling web design for their site.
Update 2: Ken reports about a recent webchat with Irish Rail. Interesting reading.
Update 3: And I thought I had problems. This is much worse.
Yes, it’s incredible , but true. Red Piranha is everything (well , not exactly everything) that I’ve learnt in 7 years of Java consulting, all wrapped up in a nice easy to go bundle. It’s Enterprise software that gets knowledge out of people’s heads and into a PC (no , it’s not as painful as it sounds!).
I hadn’t checked the stats for a while , so I’m astonished to learn that 25,000 people have downloaded a copy from sourceforge. What’s more amazing is that these downloads are for version 1 – a sort of ‘mini Google’. As I write this post the latest (beta) version is being made available to developers. This moves it firmly into the Enterprise Web 2.0 space, adding workflow, rules and rich internet application capabilities (including Ajax and mashups) – more on this blogpost.
By the way , if you’re looking for more information on Enterprise Web 2.0 , you can check out Jerry Bowles blog on this area.
I don’t think these guys will be joining the Web2Ireland (even Web 2.0) group anytime soon. Basically , their website says ‘We couldn’t be bothered using any of the Ajax toolkits out there, so we’ll get you Mr Customer to do all the work for us’. I wonder what their look-to-book ratio is ( I used to do some work for Aer Lingus – LinkedIn Profile).
Scandanavian Airlines (SAS) Website.
Hint to SAS: Here is how to fix this (pdf), or hire us and we’ll fix it for you.
Or if you prefer , reassure yourself that you’re not the only airline with Ajax problems.
More blogposts on Ajax.