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Microsoft Excel is not a database

By Dave Francis on Feb 17, 2021 11:39:04 AM

In October 2020 the NHS had a problem with losing data relating to COVID case reporting; there was an urgent business need to capture and manage data, so they built a database with Microsoft Excel.

However, Public Health England stated that 15,841 cases of COVID-19 went unreported between 25 September and 2 October; these were omitted from the daily figures.

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Avoiding a proliferation of applications

By Mark Bushman on Feb 5, 2021 10:26:00 AM

I read an article recently about how an organisation had recently rolled out six new apps in its fight against COVID-19.

At first glance, this appears impressive in showing how quickly they had created new services for their clients in a short period of time, but it raised a question: does this approach just encourage the proliferation of disparate systems that need to be maintained and supported?

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Low-code for the enterprise

By Dave Francis on Feb 1, 2021 8:52:57 AM

IT organisations are increasingly expected to be the source of a succession of silver bullets facilitating (or even driving) transformational change, whilst at the same time ensuring that commodity functions work seamlessly.

COVID-19 has only amplified this: new systems are required to enable remote working practices, systems need to be kept secure at the kitchen table, and bandwidth has never been in greater demand.

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2 min read

datb uses kinodb

By Dave Francis on Jan 21, 2021 11:38:56 AM

In the 21st century it is a given that all businesses will require IT and therefore some applications to help them operate.

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1 min read

kinodb: the opposite of legacy

By Mark Bushman on Nov 5, 2020 1:53:48 PM

Whilst recently applying a routine platform update to our clients' systems we were struck by the range of business areas that these applications support, and also that their ages varied from less than one year to sixteen years old.  Nonetheless, the update brought them all completely up to date in terms of their support for browser and UI standards, database support and security practices.

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Out-of-the-box versus build your own

By Dave Francis on Oct 9, 2020 9:38:03 AM

You need a new application - perhaps to replace a legacy or unsupported system, or to meet a new business opportunity.  Do you look for an existing system which is the best fit, or have something built, either by a third party, or in-house?

Topics: kinodb
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My first impressions of kinodb

By Dave Francis on Sep 25, 2020 9:31:39 AM

Due to operational pressures, in 2005, I created a "shadow IT department" in a central government department.  I was a civil servant on the receiving end of a Ministerial request for urgent data.  We didn't collect the data that had been requested by the Minister at that time, so I had to develop a means to collect it from mutilple offices distributed around the country, quickly.

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kinodb makes big, difficult things easy (and simple things trivial)

By Mark Bushman on Sep 4, 2020 12:29:54 PM

kinodb, our low code development platform, is used very productively by some business users, but it isn't specifically targeted at 'citizen developers’.

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BIM asset data management

By Neil Connolly on Aug 4, 2020 2:15:27 PM

Infrastructure owners and their delivery partners are increasingly aware of the need to maintain asset information throughout the design and build process.  Building Information Modelling (BIM) is the standard means by which information about built assets is managed and delivered.

Topics: AIMS
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The Fast Pace of Delivery

By Martin Rodell on Jul 17, 2020 8:34:00 AM

As one of the three founders of datb, Martin has been delivering solutions for our customers for almost 20 years. Here Martin discusses rapidly translating requirements into an application that delivers the benefits that our clients are looking for.

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Legacy free applications

By John Durnford on Jun 4, 2020 8:35:00 AM

I feel very fortunate that I get to lead the development, support and maintenance of an industry-leading off-the-shelf low-code development package. 

Topics: kinodb
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Building a kinodb application

By Neil Hinson on Mar 11, 2020 1:18:44 PM

I have been turning requirements into solutions for datb’s clients for many years now. I find that having all of the detailed technical “grunt work” done behind the scenes as you build the application is fantastic.

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