Apostolis (Scurri) gives a Masterclass
Yesterday the first Wexford Tech Meetup was held at the Scurri offices in Wexford Town. Over 20 tech professionals from the area discussed their experiences of implementing Continuous Integration and how they approached it.
The format for the event was that a speaker each from Scurri, Sonru and DoneDeal gave a 15min talk on their own approach to continuous integration.
First up was Apostolis from Scurri who outlined the processes and tools that the team at Scurri used. Scurri is primarily built in a Python Django environment and Apostolis brought the audience through how it worked in Scurri.
Dave (Done Deal) has the stuff!
Next Dave from DoneDeal outlined their approaches and gave a very practical overview of their processes and tools and some of the challenges they encountered. DoneDeal has a Java environment and he explained in detail the different web based tools they used, showing exactly how they worked to the audience.
Chris, the CTO from Sonru then outlined how they worked in a Rails environment and how they approached integration, the processes they used and explained the constraints they worked under including multi language, 24/7/365 day usage and the wide range of environments where the software was used.
Chris (Sonru) works the room
Following an open session where each of the speakers took more general questions from the floor the group availed of the Beer and Pizza to help the flow of discussions before heading to the Pub for some more discussions. It was decided amongst the group to continue the meetup, initially on a quarterly basis, so checkout the Wexford Tech Meetup Group on Meetup to find out when the next one will be.
My choice of tools to help Boost International Sales
Most small and medium sized UK online retailers are looking to new markets to boost international sales in 2014, according to Royal Mail research from earlier this year. The research which found six out of 10 (59%) merchants are looking to boost international sales, while 68% will target new overseas markets.
As I work with many online merchants I come across tools that make doing business a little bit easier or at least take some of the pain away and I thought it might be worth sharing them with you.
Understanding the Royal Mail Services for Businesses
Royal Mail is part of the Royal Mail Group which operates through two core divisions: UKPIL and GLS. UKPIL operates in the UK collecting and delivering parcels and letters through two main networks, the Royal Mail Core Network and Parcelforce Worldwide. GLS operates in continental Europe and the Republic of Ireland.
Today we’re looking at the Royal Mail Core Network and their range of services for businesses. There are many Royal Mail services, they can be categorised as follows:
“The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.” ~Alvin Toffler
Part of what defines the Scurri team is our desire to learn and improve. Not only is this process of learning a key component of agility, it also plays a significant part in defining ones company culture.
What I’m going to write about is effectively running retrospectives with the whole team and what our process has evolved to in our desire to perfect this process . We have a separate activity to reflect on our company direction wherein we validate/question/prove/disprove key hypothesis we’re making or have made about our business model. Further to this there’s also a sprint retrospective which is attended by all members of the development team (anyone who contributes to bringing the product to the market). Continue Reading
Scurri, eGistics and Powa Investment in System Integrations will bring greater delivery choices to Powa Platform users
The team from Scurri are delighted to announce that in conjunction with our partners in eGistics we have commenced integration work with the Powa Platform.
Powa is the world’s largest shared eCommerce platform provider. By enabling the rapid deployment of numerous distributed online shops, Powa gives their customers a more advanced online merchandising capability. The Powa ability to deploy multiple geographic independent sites leverages the strategy on the part of the global search engines towards a country-by-country weighting structure.
The combined integration means a Scurri, eGistics & Powa investment in the partnership will enable leading edge technology and processes that will give users of the Powa platform access to great shipping rates along with the software to manage the crucial delivery element of their business.
Work has already commenced between the parties on the integration, with a number of customers targeted for initial trials. Rollout to the larger user base will occur before the end of the year, with many exciting developments to come.
Powa users interested in learning more about how the Scurri software will work for them can contact the Scurri team directly on +44 20 3239 8972 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Meaning emerges through interaction” Dave Snowden
Someone asked me recently how do we maintain our product and development agility as the business grows and customer demands increase. How do we manage to iterate the Scurri software as quickly as we do and engage with (and react to) customers as their needs change or evolve?
I guess part of the answer is that we don’t treat these two things as distinct activities. How we approach designing, developing and optimising the software is by identifying the job to be done and delivering that capability to do so. For us providing that capability is just the beginning.
With each release we’ve formed hypothesis about the effectiveness and usability of the features within it (which we’ve also validated throughout the development process but nothing really beats using it as opposed to looking at mock-ups or process maps!). And by interacting with our customers we can test those assumptions and look at how we can further enhance the capability of each feature.
This process of interaction never ends. What we believe is the next most important thing to work on is validated by talking to our existing or potential customers, how we provide that to customers is refined and further enhanced through our interactions. For us it means we’re delivering great features quickly and for our customers its means they have the tools to provide the delivery agility their business needs.
The European Business Awards has announced that Scurri is to represent Ireland as a National Champion in the prestigious 2013/14 Awards.
Scurri HQ is a hive of excitement this week! We are delighted and honoured to be representing Ireland as one of 20 National Champions in the 2013/2014 European Business Awards. Thousands of companies applied so we are extremely proud as it is a great reflection on our team, our product and our ambition. Focusing on winning awards is not what Scurri is all about, however focusing on delivering real value for our customers has helped us gain the recognition amongst the European business community and goes a long way to fuel our enthusiasm and determination. A big pat on the back for the entire Scurri team who are so dedicated to making a difference.
The awards has identified some of Europe’s brightest businesses based on their ability to demonstrate the three core principles at the heart of the programme. The esteemed panel of judges were looking for organisations to represent Ireland who exhibited the highest levels of innovation, business excellence and sustainability.
Last Friday, the Scurri crew went on an adventure…..
Lean guru, Steve Blanks’ best advice is to get out of the office. And where better to go than the glorious Hook Head for a spot of crab fishing!
Friday’s Top 5 at 5 – eCommerce and Logistics
The weekend is nearly upon us once more so to wrap the week up, we are bringing you some blogs, articles and infographics that we have found interesting over the course of the last few days. As it’s Friday, we’re are keeping it quick and to the point!
1. When Amazon opened its warehouse in the town of Rugele, England, residents thought the company might bring brighter economic prospects. As photographer Ben Roberts hopes to show, that’s not exactly what happened…
2. Shopify’s Ultimate Guide to Drop Shipping is a joy to behold. Beautifully designed and full of valuable information.
3. Trustev, an Irish tech start up, wants to get rid of online shopping carts standing in the way between vendor and buyer. That is what CEO and founder Pat Phelan told Forbes in a recent interview.
4. Great blog post from Richard Dean, business visionary and product evangelist, on Eliminating the Gridlock in Transportation
5. It doesn’t feel so long ago that brick-and-mortar retailers were rushing to develop online stores. Now that evolution often happens in reverse: Retailers start online and migrate to the real world, where customers can touch, taste, and try on their goodies. Read more about this migration on Bloomberg BusinessWeek
We hope you found this list informative. Feel free to add more in the comments section!
Now get out there and make the best of sunshine.
Enjoy your weekend!
The Scurri Crew.