6 step guide to successful project management and IT ROI

In an earlier blog we discussed below horizon risks that the CIO has to face and manage. These are largely unknown to the organization, at least until they get it totally wrong! In the cases where initiatives fail, often the reason isn’t the technology, but how well it is managed, and that leads back to project management.

Is your open source initiative missing the mark?

David Lattimore-Gay, CTO, Eikos Partners and Brian Slater, founding partner, Eikos Partners sit down and chat about open source initiatives, and the ways in which they can be approached, improved and implemented.

Topics: Open source

Business and IT collaboration: the road to an integrated approach to design

From our February 8 breakfast seminar: Speeding up app delivery from weeks to days, our Senior UX Designer Mike Lee on using a design thinking process to better collaborate with the business while enabling the delivery of business functionality within days.

High performing desktop apps built with OpenFin technology


Two years ago we built an app to run in the browser and then the client asked us to create the same app in a desktop version. This app had all the challenging stress characteristics of trader apps: high volume update, and low latency. We had two options to build the desktop app: WPF or OpenFin. WPF was a well-known and proven technology in the industry and at Eikos, whereas OpenFin was a technology we had never used before.

Topics: App development

Deliver business apps in days instead of weeks?

On February 8, the Eikos Partners team held a breakfast seminar at The Bryant Park Hotel's Terrace Loft. It was a morning filled with engaging presentations, breathtaking views of the Manhattan skyline and thoughtful discussions on hot topics facing the industry today.

Topics: Business apps

Rendering optimization for faster web applications?

With the increasing popularity of mobile browsing, it has become expected of us web developers to build some sort of responsiveness into our projects. From personal experience, the majority of sites I visit on my mobile device do have some responsive design elements, however the experience is often still lacking due to poor performance. Site performance is a broad topic and can be affected by a lot of areas, but I will focus on some simple line items you can use to increase the rendering performance of an application.

Topics: Business apps

Can protocol buffers improve the speed of your website?

Recently, I started doing research into protocol buffers and decided to run performance tests to see if they are a viable option for reducing server response time over traditional JSON APIs. As I am new to protocol buffers, I made a demo site to test the different API types. See it here.

Topics: Developer Tools

Creating animations using CSS or JavaScript?

On a recent project, I created a UI rolodex style component. After moving past the irony of making a virtual component of one of the oldest ways to display cards, I was able to get in-depth experience using CSS animations and transitions. When complete, I was rather happy with the component so I decided to blog about my experience.

Can IT management & CIOs surf the technology waves?

I have always posed the point that IT management has a much greater impact on the bottom line than a company’s management ever realizes. That's because the decisions they make today have a tail impact that may not be evident for years—by which time the impact will be unavoidable. A good CIO has to recognize this, and needs to weigh the future risks involved in the decisions and the strategies they make now, as these will become a part of the makings of a future cost structure which has limited or no room for reduction.

Topics: CIO

Can a reusable NPM package help build flexible fintech apps?

This past year we've created a second version of our framework, ScaleJS 2.0. The framework is quite small out of the box, which gives the developer the flexibility in how it is used. Because of that, we've created a number of NPM packages that we think of as extensions to the core framework.

Topics: App development