Large Organisations And Web Technology

The other day I was looking at IT vacancies on TradeMe and Seek. It’s clear that many larger organisations are behind the curve when it comes to web technology.

If your website is built on ASP.NET you are operating at a major flexibility disadvantage to smaller organisations. A smaller organisation can take advantage of essentially “better” tools without needing to convince 20 middle managers that the new platform is safe and secure.

For example, I am currently building a niche web application on the side. I’m using AngularJS and the latest in HTML5/CSS3 to make it as lightweight and flexible as possible.

If I was a front-end web developer, working for an organisation that requires “3+ years experience in ASP.NET”, I would not have advanced beyond the stage of wireframing.

As it stands, I have a working prototype I can work with in less than a month. Working backwards from this, I’ve redesigned how the whole application should work after seeing it work in my browser window.

The friction that large organisations must deal with in order to get projects that embrace better web technology means that small organisations have an enormous competitive advantage.

If you are a smaller organisation, you should be at the forefront of experimenting with web technology because you can achieve the greatest competitive advantages from light and flexible web technology.

Outsource Your jQuery Library To Google

We are in the age of broadband, but every little page loading improvement counts. And when so many websites using jQuery use the Google CDN links for all sorts of libraries, the library your site uses might already have been downloaded by the visitor when they accessed another website using the same library.

Checkout the Google Hosted Libraries page and take advantage of the network effect. The more sites that use Google Hosted Libraries, the faster loading times will be for all manner of sites.

The only scripts you need to store locally are your custom ones. Let Google take care of hosting the libraries you use – AngularJS, jQuery, jQuery UI or Web Font Loader if you use Google Web Fonts in your projects.