For those of you who have worked with us, or have simply visited our website, you will know that Transportation, and the Rail Industry in particular, is our main market. However, we have been looking to widen our field of interest and I'd like to mention a few projects that we are currently working on that fall into what you might describe as Finance, Nuclear and Telecoms.
There is, of course, only one real hazard - to fix a bug or make an enhancement and, in so doing, to introduce a new problem. The problem usually manifests itself in an area far away from where the changes have been made and so are easily overlooked. A disaster that will damage reputations!
What’s the best way to achieve all of the requirements of your new system? Should you go down the bespoke route and develop custom built hardware and software that fits the bill perfectly, or should you go for Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS) hardware and software and maybe compromise on some of the non-functional requirements? Zircon has been involved in both camps and has formed the following views.
99.9999% complete Any Project Manager who has had engineers on his team, especially software engineers, will be all too familiar with over estimates of task completeness. The following scenario is how it usually goes:
Zircon has received a new contract from a client to carry out an audit of software developed by a 3rd Party. Our client manages the development contract which is due for renewal in […]
Zircon was asked to provide consultancy services to look at our clients emergency roadside telephone software.
Zircon has been tasked with undertaking an audit of the National Motorway Control System Technical Specifications Management Websites. Zircon will be examining the maintainability of the sites, the disaster recovery policies and backup […]