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March 15, 2023

Neurodiversity in the workplace, and how to harness the power of diversity of thinking styles

We can strive to do the same thing in our working environments to get the most out of a diverse workforce. It might not be very realistic to have all our meetings as ‘come when you’re ready’, but actually, a lot of our interactions can be.
February 28, 2023

Highlights from our IdAM and Data Engineering Conference

Ensono Digital's IdAM and Data Engineering Conference in Austria allowed our remote teams to learn together in person, with employees travelling far and wide to attend.
February 20, 2023

Are we failing to address bias in AI? Examining the realities and solutions

For artificial intelligence (AI) to play a fair role in our society, it is necessary to minimise bias in its algorithms. This blog sheds light on the issues of bias in AI and what can be done to remove them.
January 25, 2023

Treeumph: Taking a Hackathon project to product launch

Following our recent company-wide Hackathon, where teams across the business had to create a prototype app in Slack that could offer meaningful benefits, we felt inspired to pursue one of the ideas and develop it into a successful project.
December 8, 2022

Functional Equivalence vs Equivalent Value (and why you can’t reuse a cake!)

‘As per live’, ‘like for like’, and ‘lift-and-shift functionality’ – all these are expressions for Functional Equivalence as a baseline for a new product. And all should be a red light to analysts, architects and product people.
October 26, 2022

Ensono Digital's Hackternoon: Innovation, collaboration and fun

Ensono Digital recently came together for a company-wide hybrid Hackathon (or Hackternoon as we called it). Joel Lingard, Front End Consultant, shares his Hackathon experience and what he learned from it.
October 14, 2022

Digital transformation: Is your business ready for artificial intelligence?

With a call for better, more immediate responses to customer needs, and the universal drive for operational efficiency and expedited data accuracy, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) is fast rising to the top of many IT leaders’ wish lists.
September 21, 2022

Integration testing in containers

This guide by Senior .Net Consultant, Chris Butler, walks you through an alternative way of running integration tests within your project.
August 25, 2022

Digital transformation: Can multichannel retailers be successful without an IdAM solution?

Identity management is so much more than just controlling and storing usernames and passwords. There are many compelling roles that customer identity plays in any business, not least of all the omnichannel retailer.
August 1, 2022

Welcome to Ensono Digital

The next step for Amido firmly sets our people-led values on the global stage under the Ensono Digital brand.
July 7, 2022

Ensono Digital named Digital Services Company of the Year!

We over the moon to announce that Ensono Digital have won Digital Services Company of the year for exceptional projects.
June 17, 2022

Understanding the challenges beyond the stories: UX in action

At the heart of every successful technical solution, customer service, or top selling product line is an understanding of the end user and a commitment to creating an experience that elicits positive emotions..
June 7, 2022

A Sustainable Supply Chain Strategy Comes From The Fundamentals

Giving your supply chain a viable longevity, but it can also unlock a new level of sustainability for your business.
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April 28, 2022

Ensono Digital ranks 8th in the Best Place to Work awards!

We are thrilled to announce our ranking as 8th place out of 105 companies in the Great Place to Work awards.
March 31, 2022

Accessibility – the earlier the better

Imagine the scenario - you enter a multi-storey building and find there’s no elevator to take you between floors. Sound familiar? This may be a minor inconvenience for you but for a number of people this can be a major problem.
February 8, 2022

Ensono Digital win international Cloud Award

Celebrations all round today as Ensono Digital have received the Best Cloud-Native Project award in the international Cloud Awards.
January 18, 2022

Finding clarity through context

Missing context is common, sometimes from the beginning of projects, but even more commonly the closer to the 'coal face' you get, but it is invaluable for decision making.
December 7, 2021

Announcing Ensono Digital Stacks v2 : The road to micro-factories

Almost a year ago, we released Ensono Digital Stacks into the wild as free open source software for all developers to use. What's next on the road to micro-factories?
November 18, 2021

Technology in retail: Spearheading the ‘new convenience’

Is convenience still as important as it was pre-COVID and are consumers now looking for more from retailers to make their shopping journeys – and their lives – easier and more fulfilling?
October 14, 2021

Ensono Digital win big at Computing Digital Technology Leaders awards

Ensono Digital scoop award for best public sector project at the illustrious Computing awards.
September 30, 2021

Ensono Digital named as one of the UK’s Best Workplaces™ in Tech 2021

Celebrations all round today as Ensono Digital has been ranked in the UK’s Best Workplaces™ in Tech.
September 28, 2021

Has COVID been the catalyst that will bring technology into the housing sector?

Many organisations are choosing to learn from the fallout of COVID-19 and make strategic changes to the way they run their businesses.
August 12, 2021

Data lakes: Keeping your head above water

Major online retailers have a wealth of data at their disposal who wanted to capitalise on this by establishing a data lake to inform their business decisions.
July 5, 2021

Ensono Digital certified under NCSCs Cyber Essentials programme

Last week IASME notified us that the audit process was complete and Ensono Digital have been certified under NCSCs Cyber Essentials programme.
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May 21, 2021

Connecting with nature for Wellbeing Week 2021

Wellbeing Week inspired us all to share and kick-start conversations around our mental health and wellbeing and the things in our daily lives that can affect it.
April 29, 2021

We’ve been ranked 13th in the UK’s Best Workplaces™ !

Celebrations today at Ensono Digital as we’ve been recognised as one of the UK’s Best Workplaces™ for the third time!
April 6, 2021

Welcome to the new Ensono Digital, an Ensono Company

I have always wanted to give Ensono Digital the best and enable the business to fulfill its enormous potential. So, it’s time to propel ourselves forward again, so that we can deliver even more value and better outcomes for our clients and ourselves.
April 6, 2021

News: Ensono expands digital transformation expertise with acquisition of cloud native consultancy Ensono Digital

Ensono, a digital transformation provider, has announced its acquisition of Ensono Digital, a cloud-native consultancy based in the UK.
February 3, 2021

The devolution of data

With just about every analytics article saying data is the new oil, it may come as a surprise to learn that few data projects actually succeed. Our Principal Consultant Data Engineer explores the devolution of data.
January 28, 2021

Using Cloud Secrets within ForgeRock AM nodes

We're going to look at how AWS Secrets (other secret stores can be used) are pulled into Kubernetes as secrets there and then used within a ForgeRock AM authentication tree
January 25, 2021

Ensono Digital is one of just ten Microsoft Technology Partners to earn the Kubernetes on Azure Advanced Specialism

Awarded only to those Gold partners who can demonstrate proven AKS implementations in client projects and show a thorough understanding of DevOps best practice.
January 19, 2021

Why we built Ensono Digital Stacks

Around 70% of digital transformations fail, and one of the causes of failure is complexity. By leveraging cloud-native services and embracing a software factory approach, Ensono Digital Stacks overcomes these challenges to digital transformation.
December 3, 2020

Ensono Digital Certified Great Place to Work 2020

It’s official! Ensono Digital are delighted to be named as a Great Place to Work-Certified™ Organisation in 2020 and to be recognised as a centre for Excellence in Wellbeing!
November 22, 2020

Automate API Testing with Karate

The main advantage of Karate over other automated API testing tools is that it requires virtually no knowledge of any programming language.
September 10, 2020

Anaemic Domain Model vs. Rich Domain Model

An Anaemic Domain Model is a model with no logic in it. Domain classes look more like a bunch of public setters and getters without domain logic where the client of the class has control over how to instantiate and modify the class.
June 12, 2020

What we’ve learnt from deploying a chatbot for NHS 24 in response to Covid-19

Find out how how we provided a chatbot prototype in record time and our tips for anyone else thinking about deploying this technology.
March 2, 2020

Chatbot provides new route for Scottish patients to access Covid-19 information and support

People across Scotland who need help and information about coronavirus can now get assistance using an online chatbot from NHS 24.
March 2, 2020

Ensono Digital Maintain A Strong Position in 2020 FT1000 Fastest List

For the third year running Ensono Digital are proud to be listed in the FT1000 Fastest Growing Companies in Europe 2020.
February 3, 2020

Ensono Digital goes North with the opening of a new office in Manchester

Ensono Digital has kicked off celebrations for its 10-year anniversary by announcing the opening of a new office in Manchester.
January 3, 2020

Ensono Digital awarded Two Star Michelin accreditation for 'outstanding' levels of employee excellence in the workplace

Ensono Digital is excited to announce that it has achieved a Two Star Michelin accreditation as a result of the Employee Engagement Survey with Best Companies.
December 18, 2019

Why we Advocate Microservices to Retailers

Microservice architecture is an approach to software design that breaks down large projects into a set of manageable, independent and loosely-coupled services
December 8, 2019

A Case Study Of Dev Ops At Netflix

As a company that has to handle large amounts of traffic, Netflix points to the scalability advantages of the cloud as one of the key drivers for their decision to migrate.
November 1, 2019

FarmSmart and tech partner Ensono Digital launch new mobile app that helps African farmers to thrive

FarmSmart, in partnership with London-based technical consultancy Ensono Digital, has launched an innovative mobile application that shares essential, sustainable and climate-smart farming knowledge to smallholder farmers.
October 3, 2019

Ensono Digital Named as one of the UK’s Best Workplaces for 2019

Ensono Digital, a vendor-agnostic technical consultancy specialising in cloud transformation and data engineering, has ranked number 26 in the UK’s Best Workplaces for 2019.
August 26, 2019

How to Ensure Your IdAM Implementation Goes Smoothly

Managing user identities and access to IT resources has never been more important as organisations increasingly turn to cloud services and mobile apps to empower mobility and scalability.
Life at Ensono Digital
July 5, 2019

A day in the Life of a Senior Consultant / Tech Lead

As a Tech Lead at my current client, my role is quite varied. I focus on the bigger picture of business requirements and architecture of the solutions to fulfil the requirements.
June 28, 2019

Why You Should Co-Locate Test and Application Code

More applications are built using microservice architecture, which allows us to deliver independent components more regularly in the distributed system.
Life at Ensono Digital
June 10, 2019

A day in the Life of a Senior Business Analyst / UX Designer

Be inquisitive, ask questions and present options. All of these things will help you to find out what you need and enable you to define what elements are needed in a project.
June 4, 2019

Ensono Digital makes the top 30 in Econsultancy’s Top 100 Digital agencies list

We are proud to be named one of the UK’s leading digital agencies with this year’s 100 Digital Agencies report from Econsultancy
May 20, 2019

Self-Service: Improving customer service quality in Housing

In recent years many housing associations have been struggling to improve customer services, with ratings dropping as low as 58% in some instances
April 15, 2019

Inside View To AngularJS and Lambdas

As a result of an investigation on Node and Serverless application I have created a POC using AngularJS and AWS lambdas.
April 5, 2019

The Ultimate Guide to Cloud Native Secret Management

Secret management is the process of protecting sensitive information such as credentials, keys, and certificates throughout their entire lifecycle.
April 5, 2019

Terraform does (not) need your code to provision a lambda function

Terraform is a great infrastructure-as-code tool which we love at Ensono Digital, but effectively implementing the aws_lambda_function resource in the real world can be a little bit challenging.
March 1, 2019

Ensono Digital Named In The FT1000 Fastest Growing European Companies

Ensono Digital Named In The FT1000 Fastest Growing European Companies
March 1, 2019

Ensono Digital Awarded as One of The FT1000 Europe’s Fastest Growing Companies For 2019

Ensono Digital have reached number 686 on the FT1000 Europe’s Fastest Growing Companies for 2019
February 1, 2019

Ensono Digital Named 2019's Leading Innovators in Cloud Native Technology Solutions

Ensono Digital has been named 2019’s Leading Innovators in Cloud Native Technology Solutions in SME news’ 2019 Business Elite Awards programme.
January 24, 2019

Artificial Intelligence - a business paradigm shift that cannot be ignored

I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to work closely with Microsoft on “Red Dog”; this is the project that was to become Azure.
January 18, 2019

Chasing Retail Giants with Microservices

Microservice architecture allows businesses to manage parts of larger projects individually, avoiding blanketed updates or uploads, which can result in system delays or down-time.
Life at Ensono Digital
December 24, 2018

A day in the Life of a Principal Consultant

Working at a consultancy gives you somewhat of a dual personality, at the end of the day, a consultancy thrives on the skill of its employees and the reputation with its clients.
December 5, 2018

Service Fabric vs Kubernetes: A race for microservices orchestration

Over the last few years, the term Microservices has skyrocketed, and a question raised is always around the tooling to support them.
October 11, 2018

Kubernetes and Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL)

ITIL as a concept was introduced as a way to manage an IT environment but has grown to encompass managing processes and customers.
October 5, 2018

Packaging by layer versus packaging by feature

People still tend to over-engineer the packaging strategy of an application they’ve built in only 30 minutes as part of an interview process.
June 6, 2018

Is it a Bug or a Feature Request: Was There an Acceptance Criteria for it?

A typical development and testing activity normally begins with taking a user story and digesting the information in it. From this shared understanding, we start to construct a set of use cases as a means of verifying the implementation and its completeness.
June 4, 2018

Ensono Digital Debut in Microsoft Partner Digital Marketing Excellence Report

Ensono Digital has made its debut in the Microsoft Partner Digital Marketing Excellence report.
February 16, 2018

How to Automate your Email Testing

A key part of any identity process involves the sending of emails for things like account verification, forgotten password and security updates. Testing these can present several challenges as there are usually 3rd party services involved (you’re unlikely to be including a custom SMTP server and mailbox with your project!)
January 18, 2018

Functional Programming with Ramda

In this post, I’m going to delve a bit deeper into the functional world and specifically, explore the awesomeness of currying and function compositions.
January 11, 2018

Dealing with Dynamic Data (almost) without Reflection

Often you need to manipulate a data structure without knowing it’s shape at compile time i.e. when authoring classes that expose generic interfaces or dealing with data described by runtime metadata.
September 11, 2017

Common IdAM Implementation Mistakes

Identity and Access Management (IdAM) solutions provide organisations with the ability to manage users’ identities and create logical access to an organisation’s applications.
July 25, 2017

Microservices: How to Avoid Common Pitfalls

There is a fundamental conflict between services and data systems. Microservices are designed to encapsulate data within their inner workings, data systems are designed to expose data.
October 24, 2016

Using ES6 Destructuring in your React Components

The destructuring assignment syntax was introduced to JavaScript in ES6, it is a simple way of extracting data stored in objects and arrays into variables.
Life at Ensono Digital
September 28, 2016

A day in the life of a tester

It took five years to learn the basics but in the year that I have been working at Ensono Digital I have learnt more than I ever did before.
Life at Ensono Digital
August 17, 2016

A day in the Life of a Technical Consultant

I’ve wanted to get into IT since my school days where, along with a weekend job in a sweet-shop, I would work as an IT technician once a week after school
June 20, 2014

Shared Assemblyinfo: Don't Repeat Yourself

One of the core principals of software development is “Don’t Repeat Yourself”, that is never do something twice in two different places.
June 13, 2014

The good the bad and the ugly of vendor lock in

In everyday life, no one would want to buy into a service where they felt they had no alternative provider. We all take competition for granted.
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