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2 Day Microsoft Bot Framework Hackathon with Watchfinder

by Howard van Rooijen

Jonathan Gill CTO, Watchfinder Jonathan Gill is CTO at Watchfinder. Watchfinder buys watches from members of the public, returns them to as new condition, warranties them, and sells them back to the public via their website and retail stores. They have grown to 120+ staff, and turnover £70 million per year. On the 3rd of […]


Benchmarking the Cloud against on-premise data centres

by Howard van Rooijen

Guest Blogger – Barry Smart IT Director & Partner, Hymans Robertson Barry is IT Director at Hymans Robertson, the largest independent firm of consultants and actuaries in the UK. He is responsible for leading the firm’s technology strategy. The firm is turning increasingly to technology to enhance and extend the services it provides to clients. […]


Top Gadget Purchases of 2016

by Howard van Rooijen

TLDR; I’m surprised how much Amazon based hardware I’ve purchased in 2016– they’ve become the conduit that all my entertainment comes through. Amazon Fire TV 4K Ultra HD I thought I’d end the year with a look at some of the tech I’ve acquired over the last 12 months. First up is the Amazon Fire […]


Guest Blogger – Ed describes his three month paid summer internship at endjin Ed is studying a Mathematics BSc at UCL. He made contact in January because he was looking to gain some real world software development experience during his summer break, before his final year at University. During his three month internship we tried to expose him to as many different […]


Guest Blogger – Carmel describes her two month paid summer internship at endjin Carmel is studying a Physics MPhys at the University of Manchester. She made contact in April because she was looking to gain some real world software development experience during her summer break, before her final year at University. During her two month internship we […]


Cloud Adoption: A Deep Dive into the Swiss Cheese Model

by Howard van Rooijen

Guest Blogger – Barry Smart IT Director & Partner, Hymans Robertson Barry is IT Director at Hymans Robertson, the largest independent firm of consultants and actuaries in the UK. He is responsible for leading the firm’s technology strategy. The firm is turning increasingly to technology to enhance and extend the services it provides to clients. […]


Microsoft Azure Most Valuable Professional 2016

by Howard van Rooijen

I’m honoured to announce that I’ve been awarded an Azure MVP award for 2016. I’m excited to have finally achieved a career goal I’ve been hankering after for almost a decade! I wanted to say a big thank you to Ed Price for noticing that I wasn’t an MVP already and submitting the nomination! I’m […]


One of endjin’s primary objectives is to do whatever we can to improve the state of the software development profession; not only in our day-to-day engagements with our clients, but also in how we try and provide opportunities for learning and growth for anyone who wants a career in our industry; we have our own […]


Cloud Adoption: Risks & Mitigations Analysis

by Howard van Rooijen

Guest Blogger – Barry Smart IT Director & Partner, Hymans Robertson Barry is IT Director at Hymans Robertson, the largest independent firm of consultants and actuaries in the UK. He is responsible for leading the firm’s technology strategy. The firm is turning increasingly to technology to enhance and extend the services it provides to clients. […]


We’re currently working on a project to migrate a customer from AWS to Azure. As always, we like to put a Continuous Delivery pipeline at the heart of the project to ensure there is zero friction pushing out changes across all dev, test and production environments. Two years ago I wrote about the process we […]


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