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Common Principles for Digital Services?

 I have recently been involved in looking at some internal digital services in the role of Digital Architect.During this process I have a mental model of the key points that I would expect in any service.These are pretty generic and I would ask them for any new service, or an old one which is being transformed.They might not all apply to every service.I am not saying that we should always take the relevant action but we should make sure that we consider them.See what you think. Would you add…See More
Jul 18
Nick Halliday posted a blog post

Common Principles for Digital Services?

 I have recently been involved in looking at some internal digital services in the role of Digital Architect.During this process I have a mental model of the key points that I would expect in any service.These are pretty generic and I would ask them for any new service, or an old one which is being transformed.They might not all apply to every service.I am not saying that we should always take the relevant action but we should make sure that we consider them.See what you think. Would you add…See More
Jul 18
A blog post by Nick Halliday was featured

Microservices or Mammoth Services?

 I suspect that I need to explain both these terms so here goes.MicroservicesThe word Microservices has become popular recently as short hand for a particular approach to online services. The basic idea is simple. It is that when new services are created that they are sliced up into discrete parts that can operate as standalone items but collectively provide a full services. Oddly there is no definition that I can find on Wikipedia for microservices or I would have linked to a better…See More
Jul 14
Nick Halliday posted a blog post

Microservices or Mammoth Services?

 I suspect that I need to explain both these terms so here goes.MicroservicesThe word Microservices has become popular recently as short hand for a particular approach to online services. The basic idea is simple. It is that when new services are created that they are sliced up into discrete parts that can operate as standalone items but collectively provide a full services. Oddly there is no definition that I can find on Wikipedia for microservices or I would have linked to a better…See More
Jul 14
A blog post by Nick Halliday was featured

Do You Have an API Economy?

 APIs have been around a long time. Not sure what an API is? The Next Web is worth reading on this…As ever Wikipedia has a good answer: ‘In computer programming, an application programming…See More
Jul 4
Nick Halliday posted a blog post

Do You Have an API Economy?

 APIs have been around a long time. Not sure what an API is? The Next Web is worth reading on this…As ever Wikipedia has a good answer: ‘In computer programming, an application programming…See More
Jul 4
A blog post by Nick Halliday was featured

How to Run a Website User Survey

I mentioned in a previous post that we were planning to install a user survey on the NAO website. As the survey has been live for few days it is worth saying how it works.We are using SurveyMonkey which is activated for 1 in 20 visitors. We will review the frequency of this depending on the response rate and any user feedback.The idea is to have the survey run permanently as it will allow monthly analysis. Also it gets round the old problem of saying lets run a survey in x month and then…See More
Jun 27
Nick Halliday posted a blog post

How to Run a Website User Survey

I mentioned in a previous post that we were planning to install a user survey on the NAO website. As the survey has been live for few days it is worth saying how it works.We are using SurveyMonkey which is activated for 1 in 20 visitors. We will review the frequency of this depending on the response rate and any user feedback.The idea is to have the survey run permanently as it will allow monthly analysis. Also it gets round the old problem of saying lets run a survey in x month and then…See More
Jun 27
A blog post by Nick Halliday was featured

Has the Government Digital Comms Community Sold Out?

There was as time when those working in digital comms in government liked to think of themselves as pioneers, dogooders, renegades, jeans wearing, pizza eating innovators; disruptors with a start up mentality.Is this still the case? Here are some reflections...What is the evidence?Govcamp the annual get together was initially a very low key event and the first couple held at the Ministry of Justice had a very last minute, free flowing atmosphere. Contrast that with this year when it was held in…See More
Jun 19
Nick Halliday posted a blog post

Has the Government Digital Comms Community Sold Out?

There was as time when those working in digital comms in government liked to think of themselves as pioneers, dogooders, renegades, jeans wearing, pizza eating innovators; disruptors with a start up mentality.Is this still the case? Here are some reflections...What is the evidence?Govcamp the annual get together was initially a very low key event and the first couple held at the Ministry of Justice had a very last minute, free flowing atmosphere. Contrast that with this year when it was held in…See More
Jun 19
Nick Halliday commented on Nick Halliday's blog post 'Does Digital Engagement Really Exist?'
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Dennis McDonald commented on Nick Halliday's blog post 'Does Digital Engagement Really Exist?'
"Excellent points. Too much of the so-called "social engagement" in the corporate world really involves building platforms for message distribution given that real engagement and two way communication take so much staff time. I hate to see…"
Jun 12
A blog post by Nick Halliday was featured

Does Digital Engagement Really Exist?

What do I mean by asking ‘Does digital engagement really exist?’As I have categorised this post under digital engagement it suggests that I believe in the concept, but lets see where this leads…I was struck last week by the comments of @betonykelly and @timolloyd from BIS (Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, England) during an informal get together called Teacamp.They both made the point that government was in danger of collectivising and standardising some online activities. For…See More
Jun 12
Nick Halliday posted a blog post

Does Digital Engagement Really Exist?

What do I mean by asking ‘Does digital engagement really exist?’As I have categorised this post under digital engagement it suggests that I believe in the concept, but lets see where this leads…I was struck last week by the comments of @betonykelly and @timolloyd from BIS (Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, England) during an informal get together called Teacamp.They both made the point that government was in danger of collectivising and standardising some online activities. For…See More
Jun 12
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Do you really want user feedback? Part 3

In this series of posts about feedback so far I have been talking about some external digital services.What about internal services? Surely you want some feedback on those as well?What kind of internal digital services could be relevant?Well intranets jump to mind. So does your intranet allow colleagues to leave feedback on every page: or perhaps to allow reporting of broken links or factual inaccuracies. Even a simple rating system might help identify poorly performing content.So that’s all…See More
Jun 5

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Common Principles for Digital Services?

Posted on July 18, 2014 at 1:30pm 0 Comments

 

I have recently been involved in looking at some internal digital services in the role of Digital Architect.

During this process I have a mental model of the key points that I would expect in any service.

These are pretty generic and I would ask them for any new service, or an old one which is being transformed.

They might not all apply to every service.

I am not saying that we should always take the relevant action but we…

Continue

Microservices or Mammoth Services?

Posted on July 14, 2014 at 8:49am 0 Comments

 

I suspect that I need to explain both these terms so here goes.

Microservices

The word Microservices has become popular recently as short hand for a particular approach to online services. The basic idea is simple. It is that when new services are created that they are sliced up into discrete parts that can operate as standalone items but collectively provide a full services. Oddly there is no definition that I can find…

Continue

Do You Have an API Economy?

Posted on July 4, 2014 at 3:44pm 0 Comments

 

APIs have been around a long time. Not sure what an API is? The Next Web is worth reading on this…

As ever Wikipedia has a good answer: ‘In…

Continue

How to Run a Website User Survey

Posted on June 27, 2014 at 9:55am 0 Comments

I mentioned in a previous post that we were planning to install a user survey on the NAO website. As the survey has been live for few days it is worth saying how it works.

We are using SurveyMonkey which is activated for 1 in 20 visitors. We will review the frequency of this depending on the response rate and any user feedback.

The idea is to have the survey run permanently as it will allow monthly analysis. Also it gets round the old problem of saying…

Continue

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