I was invited to attend the coronation festival at buckingham palace on friday, where royal warrant holders were exhibiting and showcasing products and services supplied to the Queen.
As a provider of hosted IT and datacentre services to the royal household, Pulsant treated me along with fellow customers, to lunch at the palace and champagne in the gardens. Now, don't get me wrong, this is not the lifestyle to which I am accustomed. Working in tech, and more specifically, with the Drupal community, I am lucky if I go to a beer and pizza event or occasionally invited to go Karting.
Shopify open sourced Dashing late last year, their Dashboard software created for displaying dashboards on TVs around their office. We decided to see have a play and see what statistics we could show on our office TVs.
Install is simple via gem, although as a non Ruby person I spent more time than I should have installing Ruby 1.9 (from source in the end). Once up the server runs on a port (3030 as standard) and applications can simply send data to the dashboard in a certain format and it is displayed immediately.
With nearly ten years of social enterprise experience and as a previous manager of a social enterprise digital agency, I know all too well how important it is to deal with limited resources.
The digital budget at a charity or social enterprise can all too often be dropped to the bottom of the list. But having a good digital presence is essential to tell the story to stakeholders about the organisation and engage with audiences to attract volunteers / donations / or indeed new projects.
Once again, we are putting our weight behind the team at Think G Cloud, sponsoring the forthcoming conference in London.
We will be discussing the transition away from proprietary systems and sharing lessons learned on the benefits of the G Cloud Procurement framework.
We have seen more and more local government departments exploring open source products and we have provided consultancy on how Drupal can meet their businesses digital requirements. Our pocket-sized guide has helped to support procurement, dispel myths and promote the benefits of open source frameworks.