I know many in the industry have struggled with the term “proptech” as it currently lacks an accepted definition. In my opinion technology has been shaking up the property industry for a long time. It is accepted practice to place a listing in the digital domain via your company website or via a property portal. This is surely acceptance that the digital audience must be considered?
Late in June 2017 a press release started circulating around the UK announcing the launch of HARNESS Property Intelligence, a new Commercial Real Estate technology startup. I am delighted to be part of this new “PropTech” company as Chief Technology Officer.
It’s no co-incidence that I’m writing this at the end of the week in which 48 of the UK’s health service trusts were “hacked” by malfeasants brandishing an “indiscriminate attack across the world on multiple industries and services”.
Well, that’s long been a question on my lips. Several years ago I looked up one of my old employers on Wikipedia. It was one of those normal narcissistic things – it started by googling my own name.
Yes, I’m Old
Amazed at the ease of this
As someone who’s very interested in technology and who has spent nearly 20 years installing, configuring and managing servers (as part of my Full-Stack Development role) I am pleased how easy it can now be to deploy something like a WordPress server.
Thanks to IAAS services such as DigitalOcean you are now able to deploy a new WordPress server (Ubuntu, Apache, Mysql, PHP) complete with Lets Encrypt SSL certificate in under an hour. Wow! I could probably do it by hand (assuming I can download the Ubuntu image very quickly) in under an hour – but that would be a stretch and not nearly as user friendly.
So, thank you to DigitalOcean and thank you to the guys at Lets Encrypt for creating worthwhile 21st century solutions to enable people like me to do what we really want!