Monday, 29 June 2015

Docking SyncIpswich

It’s been a while since I’ve visited SyncIpswich. These days, unfortunately, I only get down when I have something to tell them about like a conference or a workshop. Naked Element is hoping to change that and this was our first step.

Tonight Nigel Brown took us through the basics of Docker. Nigel has a background in Ops.  After 15 years he exited a startup he’d helped to create and been running and decided he wanted to get back to tech.

Nigel took us through what Docker is, it’s architecture and what images are and how to author them. He also explained a lot of the background of Docker and the companies, some of them very large well known names, involved.

After the break for more beer, pizza and some promotion of a new AWS group in Colchester from Elliott Stoneham, Nigel concluded with a practical demonstration of Docker which ended with an impressive demo of a Docker container running Ubuntu and Firefox!

I love attending SyncIpswich as everyone is always so friendly and has lots to say. I’m looking forward to making it to more of their events.


Friday, 12 June 2015

New website, new look - same commitment to your software

It’s been a busy few months for Naked Element, in between client projects, sponsoring conferences and awards AND joining forces with a new business consultant, we’ve also managed to find the time to launch our new website.

Take a look at our new look and all-new navigation. We’ve given our website more than just a face-lift - we’ve included more information on the services we offer and how we can make a difference to your business through innovative technology.

Check out our services section for a more informative insight to what we do and why we do it. Find out more about the friendly faces behind the brand and bit more about what makes Director’s Paul and Matthew tick. We’ve not only given visitors an insight into the what, why and who but how too, with information on the tried and tested agile approach to projects. You’ll read what this means for you as potential customers and how it will benefit your project, business and ultimately bottom line.

Our latest news section does exactly what is says on the tin - it brings you all the latest and greatest goings on from the team as well as the wider tech communities events happening in Norwich. Our blog is regularly updated with technical tit-bits, a look at some of the latest tech trends as well as a run-down on everything from ruby on the rails to recruitment news and platforms to prototyping.

You’ll even find it easier than ever to be able to follow us on Google+, LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook with our prominent social media icons.

We’re also looking to grow our referrals network and are calling for companies, agencies and other tech businesses to get in touch if they’re looking to expand their suite of services. Whether you’re already offering similar services but are at capacity and want to expand without the overheads of recruitment and new in-house employees, or are looking to be able to offer clients the level of technical innovation we provide we want to hear from you.

Plus, if you have contacts or colleagues with contacts who may have a need for our services we’re also offering attractive referral fees for confirmed projects. Speak to us today about becoming part of the Naked Element referral network and reap the rewards of our innovative enterprise software solutions.

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

No Women Allowed

A strange thing happened yesterday. I was asked to take part in a lunchtime networking event in Norfolk where a well known local businessman was speaking. This in itself is not strange, however when I enquired whether it would be alright to bring along my PA, as I usually do to such events, I was told that this particular event was ‘male only’ and that if my PA happened to be a man that would be fine. My PA is very much not a man.

I responded that if that was the case, then the event wasn’t for me either. I can’t imagine a networking event where it would be necessary, let alone acceptable to exclude women. I didn’t enquire any further about the event or the reasons it was male only. I don’t think I want to know.

I have to admit that I was still shocked an hour or so later and wasn’t sure it had really happened, but the email evidence is there.

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Naked Element is Hiring: Software Development Apprentice!


Naked Element are looking for a software development apprentice. Could this be you? Your work will vary according to current projects, but will include some of the following:

Hands on software development of web applications using one or more of the following technologies:

  • Ruby on Rails
  • Javascript

Hands on software development of mobile apps using one or more of the following technologies:

  • Appcelerator Titanium
  • Javascript

There will be a strong emphasis on agile software development practices including:

  • Version control (git)
  • Unit testing
  • Automated build and deployment

You will require a flexible approach. Training will be provided in all relevant areas, but a self motivated, proactive attitude to learning will be expected.

You will be someone with a keen interest in software development who has achieved a basic level of understanding of at least one (any) programming language and has a desire to pursue a career in software development. It would be a bonus if you can demonstrate your interest through a personal project you’ve worked on.

Please contact Kelly Symonds, kellysymonds@3aaa.co.uk 

Originally published here.