Pondering’s of the Modern Age – Technology Reliability

Pondering’s of the Modern Age – Technology Reliability

Last Tuesday evening was an ordinary night like any other. Husband cycling in the kitchen, child on the iPad, me reclining on the couch switching on the TV to watch some sort of trashy TV program.

“Alexa Xbox on”

Then trouble…. The TV screen was a black screen of doom. Why wasn’t the Xbox working and what was I to do? Had the Xbox crashed or worse broken? As the least technical member of the house hold this was a major issue which involved me stomping around the house until the husband was no longer able to cycle and had to come and help sort this (first world) catastrophe out.

We subsequently found out that there was an Xbox live start up issue which meant that thankfully normal service was soon resumed.

Of course, our Xbox issue was nothing more than a minor inconvenience. It got me thinking though.

We live in an age where we are becoming more and more reliant on technology. Everything from the energy we receive via national grid to ordering a prescription uses technology. We can switch a light on via voice activation and order our groceries using smart phones. Until we can’t.

How do we, as software developers, ensure that the software we create is reliable, resilient and secure? What testing plans do we have? And how frequently after launch do we retest? The website we’ve just created looks great but will it work with the next version of Edge or Chrome? What do we do when the application we created breaks. What disaster recovery systems do we have? What strategies do we need in place?

New Office for Haywyre

New Office for Haywyre

New Office Address

We are pleased to announce that we have moved to a new office. The new address is

Room 1.48 Repton House
Bretby Business Park
Ashby Road East
Burton on Trent
DE15 0YZ

New Telephone Number

Our new telephone number 01283 222339. Give us a call we would love to hear from you.


Haywyre Supports Code Club

Haywyre Supports Code Club

A member of the Haywyre team, Natasha Allsopp is starting a new Code Club in Stafford.

“Code Club is a nationwide network of free volunteer-led after school coding clubs for children aged 9-11.” – CodeClub.org.uk

Learning to code at an early age is so important now we’re in the digital age. Haywyre has recently become a supporter of a scheme which aims to introduce coding into schools and community groups. This will greatly benefit the industry and the young peoples’ career prospects. As the current generation leave school they will already be living and breathing development in one way or another, meaning the possibilities for the future of computing will be endless.

Children use technology everyday inside and outside of the school environment. Whether they use this technology to do history homework, IT classes or play games, it is important that they learn how it works and how to build it.

At Code Club they learn more than just how to code, they also learn how to solve problems, logical thinking, discovering solutions and working as a team plus the all-important development of presentation skills.

For example, the first session is designed to teach the children about basic algorithms. Algorithms are a set of instructions that a computer can read and output what it is told to do. The idea of the session is to highlight to the children that computers are unable to think for themselves so have to be told every step in the correct order to achieve the expected output. This session is run without even touching a computer; instead it is an interactive session where the group has to work together to make the computer make a cup of tea, sounds simple? Did you remember to tell the computer how much milk to pour in or which way round the cup should be? I bet you didn’t.

At Code Club we intend to introduce children to new hobbies, interests and maybe even a desired career path they never even knew existed.

The Code Club will be run and lead by Natasha with a couple of enthusiastic volunteers by her side every Thursday between 16:30 and 17:30 starting early October 2015 at Stafford Library.

Stafford Library

Disaster Recovery Plan In Action

A fire in a key  British Telecom building in June caused major disruption to internet services affecting businesses, homes and public bodies. This included the Housing Executive which saw its website and a number of systems go down after the blaze.

One of our clients websites was also disrupted with customers unable to access these services.

Haywyre were quick to respond with a disaster recovery plan, creating emergency holding pages for key website areas to inform customers about issue and that normal service would resume as quickly as possible.  Staff worked through out the day and into the night to enable our client to keep customers up to date.

As soon as the services was available Haywyre reacted quickly to ensure that all the application processes were up and running and the regular customer service could be resumed.