James Kahn

Internal budgeting for agile software development

By James Kahn / November 1, 2021

You’re planning on building software at your organisation, and you’re not a software company. Whether it’s an app, API, data or DevOps, you want the best result and the best software – fast too, if possible – so you’ll deliver using a form of agile. Scope is flexible, and time is…

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You can’t innovate while your house is on fire

By James Kahn / August 16, 2021

Email *dings* then *dings* again. Slack notifications come flying in. Your phone rings – there’s a problem. Sounds like it’s going to be a bad day. We’ve all had days like that. They’re a part of modern business life. But if too many days are like that – worse, if every…

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Products vs Projects – On software development in the enterprise

By James Kahn / August 9, 2021

When it comes to software, the pendulum is swinging back towards “build” in the build vs buy decision. Enterprise and government organisations alike that aren’t software companies are building software. They’re traditional organisations that are great at their core business, but that core business isn’t building software. It makes sense for…

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Idea 11 helps City of Gold Coast build Digital City Platform

By James Kahn / March 19, 2019

City of Gold Coast, Australia’s second largest local government, is becoming an active digital city.

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Idea 11 honoured in 2018 growth awards

By James Kahn / November 19, 2018

Idea 11 is honoured and humbled to again achieve industry recognition through placing in Australia-wide growth awards in 2018.

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Idea 11 is one of the first Palo Alto Networks Public Cloud Specialised Partners in Australia

By James Kahn / May 8, 2018

I’m pleased to announce that Idea 11 is one of the first Public Cloud Specialised partners for Palo Alto Networks in Australia, and the first in Queensland. Meeting the requirements of this designation demonstrates our commitment to delivering Palo Alto Networks solutions on the AWS platform, and we’re excited to share…

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Fast Company 2017

By James Kahn / February 5, 2018

What a year 2017 was. In addition to our AWS Rising Star Partner of the Year award, we were honoured to receive additional awards placings – the Australian Financial Review Fast 100, CRN Fast 50 and Deloitte APAC Fast 500. Each of these awards is measured differently, but all are based…

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Giving Back: Idea 11 donates to Children’s Cancer Institute

By James Kahn / October 24, 2017

Every year over 950 Australian children and adolescents are diagnosed with cancer. Every week nearly three Australian children and adolescents die of cancer. We think this is a tragedy. Children’s Cancer Institute of Australia has made great strides in medical research and their aim is to put an end to childhood cancer.

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Why AWS Workspaces is the future of VDI

By James Kahn / October 9, 2017

I don’t want to bury the lede here – I think AWS Workspaces is the future of hosted desktop platforms. I’m going to share why. I spent an earlier part of my career designing, building, managing and fixing Citrix environments. Some of these were small, some of them large. Back then,…

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Idea 11 work with EB Games to migrate to AWS

By James Kahn / June 23, 2017

We recently helped EB Games migrate their e-commerce platform from a traditional datacentre environment to a scalable, elastic Amazon Web Services infrastructure. At the same time EB Games modified their website to take advantage of the features of AWS. Read about EB Games’ AWS experience in CRN Australia. We’re proud to…

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Idea 11 help Watpac move to AWS

By James Kahn / June 23, 2017

Idea 11 is helping forward-thinking construction company Watpac on their journey to Amazon Web Services. Watpac’s AWS journey was recently profiled in the AFR. The flexibility and innovation provided by the cloud will allow Watpac to respond more quickly to business demands. We’re proud to be working with the innovative IT…

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AWS Rising Star Partner of the Year 2017

By James Kahn / June 14, 2017

Idea 11 is honoured to be announced as the Amazon Web Services Rising Star Partner of the Year for 2017, across Australia and NZ. Thanks for our customers for choosing us, the Idea 11 team for all your hard work and the AWS team for their fantastic support. We’re excited for…

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Idea 11 is now an AWS Advanced Consulting Partner

By James Kahn / December 13, 2016

I’m excited to announce that Idea 11 is now an AWS Advanced Consulting Partner. Advanced Partners are required to meet stringent requirements in certification and skills, customer success stories, revenue and dedication to the Amazon Web Service platform. Our aim is to be the leading provider of next-generation technology solutions in Queensland.…

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We have moved!

By James Kahn / November 23, 2015

We have moved to a new larger office, just up the road from our old office. Our phone and mailing details haven’t changed. Our new office address is: 1/88 Brandl St Eight Mile Plains QLD 4113

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Fixing Chef Manage after upgrade to Chef Server 12

By James Kahn / December 8, 2014

Chef is a popular open source configuration management and automation tool. It’s one of the tools we use here at Idea 11 to manage servers. After we upgraded Enterprise Chef Server from version 11 to 12, the management web interface didn’t function even though we followed the official upgrade instructions. When hitting the management…

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Verifying your SSL Certificate is secure

By James Kahn / January 17, 2014

Setting up SSL correctly is not as simple as it looks. The basics: install the certificate and check it works. But out of the box, it might not work in all browsers, and your server might not be as secure as you think. Qualys SSL Labs is a great (free) tool…

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The Consumerisation of Enterprise IT Part 2: Information Security

By James Kahn / May 13, 2011

With the ongoing consumerisation of Enterpise IT, increasingly users need to access corporate information systems from any device, anywhere. Traditionally, IT has used heavy-handed techniques that involve locking the information down in one form or another. This is difficult – and in some cases not possible – with the consumerisation of…

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The Consumerisation of Enterprise IT Part 1

By James Kahn / March 30, 2011

Yesterday there was an article in the Australian about Suncorp allowing staff to BYO their own computers and tablets. This isn’t an anomaly – it’s part of a growing trend within corporate IT. There is more focus on end user experience and less on rigid control. Enterprise IT is being consumerised.…

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