Understanding the Shift to Microservices

This week, I thought we would discuss a bit about Microservices. These are a technical architectural style that structures an application as a collection of loosely coupled services, which implement business capabilities. The microservice architecture enables the continuous delivery/deployment of large, complex applications. It also enables an organization to evolve its technology stack. These services…

Making Sense of Block Chain

Block chain is a pretty awesome technology that essentially creates an infinitely audit-able record of data (aka: Block) linked through and secured through cryptography (aka: Secure Keys) creating a constant chain. The first real commercial use of the technology is, of course, Bitcoin which creates block chains of financial transactions. Each successive block of data…

How Does OCM Impact your Agile Project?

In April, Cambria hosted an OCM meet up in conjunction with the Association of Change Management Professionals in Northern California. Our goal was to take advantage of the opportunity to talk with other practitioners about the intersection of OCM and Agile, and facilitate discussion about their experiences. An ACMP colleague agreed to apply her sketch-noting skills…

Agile for Dummies

Agile is not a silver bullet methodology that helps engineers build product faster or somehow equips organizations to deliver higher quality software to customers more frequently at less cost. Rather, it is a journey that builds the organizational culture, mentality, and behaviors that deliver more value to its customers with higher quality, greater reliability, and improved timeliness. Striving…

UX and Emotional Design: Why They Are Not Mutually Exclusive

We are steadily inundated with creative UX presences, whether it be the bright new kiosk placed in front of our local grocery store, the Hallmark card section beautifully displayed inside it, or the new marketing campaign ad for your favorite online store. We see a variety of designs daily, and as a result we act…

Dissecting the General Data Protection Regulation

In a few short days, the full brunt of the European Union (EU) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will be enforced. The GDPR not only applies to organizations located within the EU but it will also apply to organizations located outside of the EU if they offer goods or services to, or monitor the behavior…

Navigating the World of Bots

How a Conversational User Interface (CUI) Can Change Your World Conversational User Interface. What is it? Why does it have so many names? How can it help your organization? To put it simply, a chatbot is a service that simulates a conversation with a human by leveraging artificial intelligence and natural language processing. This may…

Color Outside The Lines

Most bots focus on refining well-understood user experiences rather than creating new types of interactions. As we move forward, Cambria is thinking critically about how people interact with applications, services, and devices and how we can create new, innovative uses for the evolving AI technologies. Answering questions from an FAQ page is a simple, familiar…

Bottoming-Out in the Hype Cycle

It’s not surprising that artificial intelligence experienced a backlash as organizations experimented with a brand-new technology. Like wearables, virtual reality, and cryptocurrencies before them, we rushed into chatbots as “the next big thing” — even at the cost of user satisfaction. The resulting cooling of attitudes in many ways signaled the chatbot’s coming of age.…

What is a Chatbot Anyway?

A chatbot is a service that simulates a conversation with a human by leveraging artificial intelligence and natural language processing. These bots help organizations provide targeted, proactive user experiences while increasing revenue and user engagement. They can range from functional to fun, run on a variety of different platforms, and provide a near limitless number…