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Kainos announces its Preliminary Results for the year ended 31 March 2016
31 May 2016 | Posted by Stephen Mahood

Kainos is pleased to announce its Annual Results for the year ended 31 March 2016 – its first results as a public company. The announcement with highlights can be found here.

Could Analytics Save The NHS?
22 November 2013 | Posted by Stephen Mahood

The gap between what the NHS costs and what we actually give it is currently at a level of about thirty to forty billion pounds. To address the shortfall, most commentators talk about reducing spending by 30% – or even more. This is sobering stuff. And clearly, this scale of economy cannot be achieved by…

Kainos team come in first place in 50km Mourne PLOD challenge, raising funds for Action Medical Research Charity
27 June 2013 | Posted by Stephen Mahood

At midnight on Friday 21st June 2013 around 30 teams gathered in a dark and rainy Tollymore Forest car park to begin their quest to complete the “PLOD” – a challenging 50km hike through the Mourne Mountains – in order to raise money for Action Medical Research, a great children’s charity dedicated to improving the…

Rolling up the sleeves for the Evolve Rapid Digital Clinics Programme
06 June 2013 | Posted by Stephen Mahood

Working in the NHS is inspiring because I get to work with very talented individuals who really care about the solutions that we are implementing. Bringing the cumulative experience I have gathered over 3 years working in NHS Health Records (across Northern Ireland, England and Wales), it is a real pleasure to guide these focused…

Beginning jQuery
14 March 2013 | Posted by Stephen Mahood

Last month marked the release of my first fully published book, “Beginning jQuery”, after eight months of working on it. I was first approached back in July 2012 after Apress stumbled onto my JavaScript blog and thought I might be a good fit for writing a book. After a brief discussion we settled on jQuery as the topic…

Putting Apps on Heroku
05 December 2012 | Posted by Stephen Mahood

Recently I spent some time at home working on a tool for testing JavaScript regular expressions, which lives on: (and I’m sharing it on Github as well). Whilst the actual JavaScript is fairly straight forward, a couple of people asked about how I put it onto Heroku and it works, so I thought I’d…

Early Thoughts on Windows 8: Farmhouse and Zen
25 October 2012 | Posted by Stephen Mahood

This is the week that Windows 8 is released to the public. And this is the event that will unlock the launch of many new Windows 8 devices. So I thought it’d be a great time to discuss some of my early thoughts. Windows 8 is a radical change for Microsoft. It introduces two new…

Cloud – Know your workload!
28 September 2012 | Posted by Stephen Mahood

When designing architecture on a cloud platform it’s vital to understand the workload. Having a good understanding of the resources you require will mean greater efficiency and less waste.  Just because the cloud is ubiquitous and easy to use doesn’t mean it’s free – so wasted cloud resources cost money! To avoid wasted resource and its associated…

From Paper to iPad: digitising patient records
20 September 2012 | Posted by Stephen Mahood

Pre-history In 2008 Kainos signed contracts with Ipswich NHS, our first Trust in England, to develop a technology solution to convert half a million paper patient records to electronic patient records. Kainos designed a solution that scanned the paper records (digitised them) and stored them in a document management repository, using Meridio software. All fairly…

Testing with CoffeeScript
13 September 2012 | Posted by Stephen Mahood

I was recently approached by Efendi Books to be the inaugural author of the new “minibooks” series, titled “Testing with CoffeeScript”, which is available as a free download from the Efendi site. CoffeeScript is something that has rather divided the JavaScript community. As a language that is compiled into JavaScript, it tries to make writing…

Do you really trust the Cloud?
06 September 2012 | Posted by Stephen Mahood

  One of the main reasons why many IS experts steer clear of cloud computing is a lack of trust in its ability to deliver what the business needs. We IT professionals are accustomed to being in complete control of our own services, and often look at our creations through rose-tinted glasses (ignoring the sticky…

Proving Puddings – a real life example of cloud power
27 August 2012 | Posted by Stephen Mahood

We’ve all heard a lot about the power of the cloud and how it brings benefits of flexibility, speed and reduced cost to the organisation. Well, you never know until you’ve done it yourself. Now I do and can verify that the cloud really does make a huge difference! Here’s my story …

AppCamp Finalist: Paul Acheson
15 August 2012 | Posted by Stephen Mahood

Today’s article showcases Paul Acheson’s app, Vacci-Nations, aimed at travellers searching for vaccination and health information for regions around the world.

AppCamp Finalist: Andrew Paul
14 August 2012 | Posted by Stephen Mahood

Kainos AppCamp finalist Andrew Paul gives the low down on his app aimed at sufferers of Diabetes, Beta-Betes.

AppCamp Finalist: Alison Campbell
13 August 2012 | Posted by Stephen Mahood

Kainos AppCamp finalist Alison Campbell discusses the features and benefits of her app, Acystant.

Deploying to Cloud
07 August 2012 | Posted by Stephen Mahood

The main reason for the existence of cloud computing is to provide an elastic platform scaling both up and down to meet services demand. To provide such a capability demands some pretty impressive infrastructure and orchestration services! Cloud infrastructure and platform vendors place the onus on the customer to construct their application in a fault…

Public or Private clouds for SMEs?
04 August 2012 | Posted by Stephen Mahood

Private clouds are often touted as the answer for the perceived shortcomings of public clouds. Private clouds are cloud environments deployed solely within an organisation, and to be the real thing they need to have rapid elasticity, on-demand self-service, measured service, broad network access and resource pooling.  If any of these characteristics are absent, the solution is not a cloud solution!