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About Rob Nikkel

Rob Nikkel, CEO, brings over a decade of experience in building web applications for the financial and scientific sector to the Intranet Connections Team. With a Bachelors in Chemistry from the University of British Columbia and a graduate diploma from the Information Technology Institute, he also brings great depth and experience with requirements analysis, coding, quality assurance testing, systems integration, usability, scalability, training, road mapping, product strategy and leadership. Outside of his day job, if Rob isn’t exploring the latest gadgets or technologies, you’ll likely find him at the hockey rink or spending time with his young family.

Create a Secure Intranet Web Application

In my last post, my aim was to provide value to IT administrators supporting their intranets and discuss how to optimize performance, covering topics around browsers, server hardware and configuration options available to you within the Intranet Connections platform. Continuing along that path, I would like to cover security, the common vulnerabilities found in web applications and the features available to you within Intranet Connections, including how to address these. Last week, I had an interesting conversation with a prospective intranet customer who broached the subject of securing our intranet web application and asked how we address known web application

How to Improve Intranet Performance

Every so often Marketing strong arms me into delivering a blog post, and seeing as it has been some time since my last one, I wanted to make sure to cover a topic that would be of interest to our intranet IT admins and provide some value for them to better serve their end users. Web Apps & Your Intranet Simply put, intranets are web applications frequently housed within an internal network.  In today’s world, end users have exposure in every facet of their lives with web apps (many of them cloud-based) for just about everything from social networking (e.g.

The Nature of Bugs

One of my favorite shows when I was a kid growing up was “The Nature of Things” with David Suzuki.  Having a keen interest in science and technology, I was naturally drawn to this documentary that aimed to educate those on environmental issues and the impacts of humans on nature. Web applications, like Intranet Connections, exist in their own sophisticated ecosystem comprised of hardware (desktops, mobile devices, and servers), software (application servers, browser clients), runtime environments, and the data these things manage, which all interact and spawn code bugs of various types.

Agile Development for Intranet Software

Buzzwords seem to be more popular in the IT industry than perhaps any other.  Usually they’re thrown about to sound informed, or in marketing campaigns to attract attention. A number of more recent ones come to mind off the top of my head: the cloud, virtualization, social software, big data, and Web 2.0.  But perhaps one of the most popular in the last few years centers on software development methodology: Agile Development. What does it mean when a software company says they are Agile?