Author: Alden Hart
Alden Hart
Alden Hart
17 Apr, 2018

GDPR: Data Residency and Application Architecture

By now you’ve read numerous articles about how the European Union (EU) will enforce its General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). They tell you how to figure out your exposure, establish processes for dealing with data, appoint a data protection officer, and figure out what “clear affirmative action” means for...
Alden Hart
Alden Hart
04 Oct, 2016

Running Successful Technology Assessments

These days, almost every business relies on technology products and platforms to run daily operations and meet its goals. Unfortunately, your business needs and the functionality and performance of your supporting technology frequently fall out of alignment. A technology assessment is a good way to baseline where you are: what works,...
Alden Hart
Alden Hart
03 May, 2016

Desktop Manufacturing: Our Work In Jerk Controlled Motion Explained

Over the past few years, Ten Mile Square has developed deep expertise in developing hardware and firmware solutions that improve computer numerical control.  We have put this expertise into real world use.  We have been working with our partner, Synthetos, on an open source effort called TinyG, which seeks to radically improve...
Alden Hart
Alden Hart
08 Oct, 2015

Full Stack Development: Hardware to Cloud

Traditionally, a full-stack developer has the ability to develop both front-end and back-end software.  In the age of the cloud and connected devices, this definition is limiting and misleading.  The modern full stack developer now embraces hardware as a key to delivering breakthrough applications. Over the years, a lot...
Alden Hart
Alden Hart
07 May, 2015

Innovation and Cockroach Parts In Shenzhen, China

Our earlier posts discussed the electronics markets and ecosystem in Shenzhen. A common conception is that China is known for cheap copies and knockoffs of brand products. From what we saw this is still true. Shenzhen has an entire Copy Mall that sells mostly imitation Gucci handbags and such....
Alden Hart
Alden Hart
30 Apr, 2015

Shenzhen, China as an Electronics Ecosystem

In our previous post we talked about the markets of Shenzhen. But the markets are just the most visible part of the Shenzhen electronics ecosystem. Other major parts include factories, logistics, finance, recycling, and in-country agents. Taken together these provide a rich set of skills, capabilities and relationships that make...
Alden Hart
Alden Hart
23 Apr, 2015

Introduction to Shenzhen, China

We recently took a trip to Shenzhen, China. Shenzhen is a major city in Guangdong province, located just to the north of Hong Kong on the Chinese mainland. It’s also the epicenter of the Chinese electronics industry. We have been purchasing parts directly from China for a number of...
Alden Hart
Alden Hart
25 Mar, 2015

Better, Not More

There is currently a lot of interest in automated software practices such as continuous delivery, devops, and other evolving automation capabilities. While much of this interest is driven in the context of agile practices stemming from Lean development, the value proposition for pursuing such practices is centered more on...
Alden Hart
Alden Hart
01 Jul, 2014

Agile Development is Not a Best Practice

Recently I gave a talk to a group of CTOs about Agile development, something the development shops I’ve worked in have been doing one way or another since before Agile got labeled and got its own Manifesto. It was going to be difficult to bring something to this group...