Take away from ScotSoft: Remember to pop the bonnet

Yesterday I was at ScotSoft and saw the fantastic Scott Hanselman (among many other great speakers) talk about how to approach the Cloud. One of his main points was that, even though platforms like Microsoft Azure make it very simple to spin up resources, deploy to them and scale them, you still need to understand the nuts and bolts of what is going on. He told story where knowing a little more than "water appears at the tap and disappears at the drain" is very useful when you drop something important down the plug hole! I was only back in the office one day before I realised first hand how important it is to understand this.

Here at Wallet.Services we use Visual Studio Team Services which is a cloud-based solution that does everything from source control to build servers. On Friday I was wrestling with setting up a build process to create a NuGet package from a .Net Standard project. I quickly found that support for packing .Net Standard projects seems to have been dropped from NuGet and integrated into MSBuild. While trying to work out how to get this working I was getting lots of errors and I was struggling to visualise what was happening on the build agent (the program which executes the build process).

Luckily though, I was forced (for reasons I won't go into) to use a local agent, i.e. one running on my local machine as opposed to in the cloud, so I decided to take advantage of this. I delved inside the build agent's guts and was able to see first hand the directory structure it was using and the files it was producing during the build process. This was a massive help in getting to the bottom of working out how to correctly configure the build.

I'm certain that this idea of needing to know what is going on under the hood is nothing new for developers. However, I for one definitely benefit from regular reminders of these big picture strategies which are applicable in so many situations.

Sopra Steria partners with Wallet.Services to develop innovative Blockchain solution

Sopra Steria partners with Wallet.Services to develop innovative Blockchain solution

Sopra Steria announces a new strategic partnership with Wallet.Services. The collaboration will help develop a blockchain platform, SICCAR, designed to better manage vital public sector data.

We have been selected to be a G-Cloud 9 Supplier!

The G-Cloud Framework is a UK Government initiative which makes it easier for technology businesses to be suppliers to government. It makes cloud procurement process more transparent and efficient, and allows public sector organisations to procure cloud solutions in three areas: cloud hosting, cloud software and cloud support.

We were selected to offer our SICCAR  BlockChain-connected public services . Now, Public Sector organisations can easily utilise our BlockChain platform without the need, or delay, of going through a whole tender process.

Since UK Government's 'Cloud First' pledge, the marketplace has seen year-on-year growth in sales; and the addition of a BlockChain company indicates government's commitment to being connected.

So we're pleased to see ourselves feature on the Gov.uk Digital Marketplace - a great breakthrough for us and for BlockChain technology in the UK!                    

You can check out our offering here.