Just enough architecture in an agile transformation

By Ruben Vuylsteke on 03 April 2018

Companies are currently in the middle of a major digital transformation. Being able to quickly respond to new customer needs and expectations is crucial. Consequently, project teams are being organised differently. For example, more and more SCRUM teams are being put together to provide software more agilely. However, a question I’ve been asked by customers repeatedly concerns the place that architecture must be given within this story. My opinion is that a minimum of architecture is always necessary. Just enough, just in time. In this blog post, I want to illustrate a technique, based on a previous project, that lets you gain a helicopter view with a minimum amount of enterprise architecture, which is something that is unarguably adding value for a company that is going through a complex transformation.

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Why featuritis kills good experiences!

By Joris Hias on 15 December 2017

Imagine, you are working with an enthusiastic team to make your product skyrocket. Each iteration you are adding a few features and information to complete your product. But suddenly, you notice a drop in conversion rates. Your customers are raising a bunch of support questions, are not converting anymore and give you poor usability grades. You are left confused. Although you gave your customers more tools and information to fulfill their tasks, their performance declines. Indeed, you are diagnosed with featuritis.

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Geospatial Analytics: the importance of WHERE

By ae.admin on 08 December 2017

This post was written by Oliver Belmans & Bram Vanschoenwinkel

A previous series of blog posts on Marketing Analytics offered an extensive overview of the available analytical techniques for marketing and their added value. Some examples of these techniques included market basket analysis, customer segmentation and churn prediction. A conclusion reached in these blog posts was that data analytics are the ideal extension to traditional marketing: based on data, we gain insights into (potential) customers and their behaviour, so that we can target them in an even more personalised manner.

The first of a two-part blog post zooms in on an important category of marketing analytics: Geospatial analytics or Geographic analysis. What can geographic analysis signify for your business? What is the added value of using this analysis? In a second blog post, we will explain the more technical aspects, show you how you can start up this analysis with the help of the open-source software R (the R Project for Statistical Computing) and provide a complete step-by-step plan of our own workflow.

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Usability testing: the way to go!

By Joris Hias on 23 November 2017

Today, we will focus on the basics of User Experience. We start at the beginning, a technique at the core of User Centered design & User Experience design: Usability Testing. 
According to Wikipedia, Usability testing is a technique used in user-centered interaction design to evaluate a product by testing it on users. It's a very important usability practice, since it gives you direct input on how real users use your system. It allows you to discover bottlenecks in your design you overlooked yourself, and hands you specific guidelines to improve your system instantly.  This blogpost will show you that usability testing isn't something new: people have been testing their products on their users for  quite some time. In addition, we will demonstrate how to conduct such a usability test in practice.
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Key takeaways from the ABISS (Smart Manufacturing/ Industry 4.0)

By ae.admin on 02 November 2017

This blog post was written by Ruben Vuylsteke & Christophe Bonduelle.

Smart Manufacturing, Industry 4.0, IoT, etc. are hot topics in our environment. To learn more, we visited the ABISS (Advanced Business & Industrial Software Summit) trade fair held on Thursday 5 October at the XPO in Kortrijk. Throughout the day, the questions at the back of our minds were: “What can AE signify for these companies?” and “What does AE still have to learn to become relevant to these companies?” Finding answers to these questions requires further thought but before that, here is our report of this extremely interesting day!

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