Being a small business is hard work. The sales pipeline is sometimes a gusher, and
sometimes a drought. How to get this right? For many of us, we’re stuck in battle
mode between scrapping for business and delivering the goods. It’s easy to get trapped
in this trench warfare because, for most businesses, the economy is tough, and survival
remains priority number one.
As a service business, KRS focuses mainly on Public Relations, and we have some
successes to share. We’re very happy to have been accepted as speakers for a number
of conferences in the upcoming months (details below), and also regularly contribute
our experience to The Media Online.
Plus we’ve been awarded a Progress Sitefinity award for a website we developed for
Virgin Red. This is a credit to our Sitefinity team, who also all passed their Sitefinity
Certification exams in the last few months. Well done team!
Hope you enjoy our various news tidbits, and feel free to get in touch!
Upcoming Conferences and Events where you can catch KRS
|Scrum User Group Cape Town
30 August, TravelStart Offices in Cape Town
“Testability Starts with Code”
Scrum Masters Meetup
15 September, Westerford Business Park, Newlands
Virgin Active Red website ranked among top Sitefinity projects
KRS is proud to announce that the new Virgin Active Red website implemented by our Sitefinity
team was recognized in the top 5 websites of the quarter by Progress. The Sitefinity
Website of the Quarter awards recognize outstanding websites for their excellence in
user experience and their innovation in applying Sitefinity features and capabilities.
The Circle of Death
Have you experienced team discussions or meetings going round and round in circles - with
no real outcome - only to be repeated again and again? Sharna Sammy, Scrum Master at
KRS, likes to call this The Circle of Death and has four helpful tips to avoid this situation.
Itensity smashes R1billion debit order mark
Itensity Management Software has successfully processed over R1billion of debit orders
on behalf of its clients. A joint venture between KRS and Itensity Online, operating
as KRS Club, it is a dynamic company that has tailored a specialised product for clients
in the fitness and health industry.
The Neo Files
Tech has taken over every part of our lives, and in particular the world of media and
marketing… which is why The Media Online (the media industry’s definitive online point
of reference) invited Lorraine, as a respected industry pioneer, to share her tech insights
with the industry.
A couple of articles have been published, first a light-hearted look at changing code
“The Truth is in the Code”, as well as an Agile plea
Well said / Hear-hear
Lor was interviewed recently on African Business Radio. She talks about starting and sustaining
herself in the tech industry for the past 31 years as well as the applications you can
use to develop an app for your business. Her big start came when she was passed over
for a promotion and, with a growing list of sideline coding work, a very cross Lorraine
told her boss “I’m too busy to work for you!” and left to setup her own operation. The
rest as they say, is history.
Hear Lor’s advice on improving sales for your business as well as sharing insight into
the many tech hubs around Africa that women can join as their way of getting into the
Finger on the pulse
Developers want pay for play not parental benefits, according to the UK and
Ireland Developer Hiring Landscape report produced by
Stack Overflow, an online developer community.
Top of the pops is salary and bonuses (78% priority), while childcare benefits (27%)
and parental leave (16%) carry little weight for the majority of developers.
Least-used: Visual Basic 6, Groovy and Perl
Dreaded: Visual Basic 6 and Cobol (90% of respondents ‘dread working with’ them).
Maria Ramos’ ABSA to offer early adopter Samsung Pay testing, according to BusinessTech:
“Absa, in association with Samsung South Africa, will soon be offering its customers
early access to Samsung Pay before the service is commercially launched in South Africa.
The app lets you make payments via Magnetic Secure Transmission, which mimics the magnetic
stripe on the back of your card. It can also use NFC technology in contactless cards
for ‘tap-and-go’ payments. Standard Bank will also be a local launch partner.”
Facebook is doubling down on programming for its Web video services and for
its global network of computer data centres, writes Tech Central: “They are also increasing
spending drastically for a range of priorities, including hiring more people and devoting
more technical resources to prevent its digital hangouts from being overrun by misinformation,
politically motivated propaganda and incitements to violence.”
Drive and code the Batmobile with Lego's new Powered Up line. The Batman App-Controlled
Batmobile is the flagship of the new brand and kids will soon be able to code their own
movement patterns and stunts for the unit. The Batmobile set retails for $160 (£120)
and is ready for shipping internationally on 1 August, or through the new Lego store
in Sandton City that opened this past weekend – which is the first Lego-certified store
Troll toll: Politicised trolling is worse than fake news, writes Tech Central:
“Thousands of social network accounts, both operated by humans and by bots used to amplify
the attack, gang up on a person who dares to criticise a regime or a political figure.”