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Upbeat Update

It’s been a busy few months over the summer for team Upbeat, with our annual company away days, new recruits joining the team and the launch of our new website.

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A designer's take on attending a Drupal event

Our UX designer Stephen Dudley attended the North West Drupal User Group Unconference last month. Drupal events always welcome non-developers, but is there a benefit to attending? We asked Steve for his thoughts on the experience and which session that he gained most from.

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Choose the right technology for your mobile app

There are a number of ways to build an app. At one end of the spectrum, there’s a website that feels like an app. At the other, there’s a true ‘native’ app - the ‘native’ bit means it’s joined at the hip to the device, so the user interface (UI) of both the app and device’s operating system (OS) feel identical, and the hardware capability of the device can be fully utilised. Following on from "you need a mobile app, now what?" - this second article on mobile explores the options available.

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You need an app. Now what?

In the first of a two part series on mobile apps, we take a look at common questions asked by organisations when starting a new mobile project. Part one outlines getting your project and strategy and supplier right. Part two details alternatives to building a traditional native mobile app.

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The NHS must share problems to make savings

Last week’s Procurement 4 Health event at Birmingham’s NEC made for a sobering reminder of the depths of the NHS’s financial challenges. The event is mainly aimed at procurement professionals and suppliers working with, or looking to work with the NHS supply chain. The increasing reliance on technology in all aspects of medicine and the recent focus on Cybersecurity made technology a recurrent theme. However, the positive take-away from the day was a strong focus on collaboration and partnerships which, coming from an open source technology background resonates with many of our own views about how to solve big problems.

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DrupalCon: Giving back

DrupalCon this year was in Amsterdam, a great city providing an accessible location for 2300+ of the worlds most dedicated Drupal developers and agency business people. As silver sponsors of the event we had the opportunity to learn and meet others through the wide variety of sessions and social events.

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Code Cumbria

Let’s talk about Code Cumbria, a regular networking event that we at Upbeat are big fans of and regular attendees.

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Cycle to work challenge

Over the last few years, I’ve dabbled with cycling to work. I have a 20 mile commute there and back and used my mountain bike. It took me about 45 minutes to get into work and around 50 to get back (because it’s uphill all the way!).

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