Thomas Smart

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Thomas is a Lead Consultant at Sourced with over 18 years of experience in delivering digital products. He gained a passion for evangelising Serverless architecture through his enthusiasm for cloud and entry into the AWS Ambassador programme.
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The Singapore Budget 2022 – Implications and Opportunities in the Digital Sector

Introduction In Singapore, the national budget is shared with the public every year. It includes a revenue and expenditure report for the past financial year, covering revenue from taxes, fees and other charges. The expenditure makes transparent the operating and development cost of the Singapore Government. This report is also forward-looking, providing expectations and the […]

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AWS Data Transfer Charges for Server and Serverless Architecture

Published by Amazon Web Services (AWS), Senior Consultant Thomas Smart and Associate Consultant KangZheng Li, in collaboration with AWS, provide an insight into AWS data transfer charges for server and Serverless architectures. In this blog, the authors uncover some hidden truths essential to accurate cloud cost estimations with the development of two key insight visuals. The first […]

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Crafting a Data Breach Plan for Small to Medium Organisations in Regulated Industries

Introduction 2020 was a busy year for cyber-security with 3,950 confirmed data breaches. Varonis and the Ponemon Institute calculated the global average cost of a data breach to be $3.86 million – rising to $4.24 million in 2021. It is apparent that many companies are struggling to develop sufficiently robust systems that protect from cyber-security […]

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The Evolution of Testing in the Age of Serverless

Introduction As organisations adopt microservices for rebuilds and new applications, many will realise that the established ‘Test Pyramid’ approach to testing is considerably less effective than it was with traditional applications. The Test Pyramid emphasises unit tests that focus on the application’s individual functions and code. These comprise the bulk of this testing strategy, reflected […]

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Event Storming

Event Storming is a workshop-based approach to migrating a monolithic application to a microservices architecture. It follows a series of steps to assess the monolith, discover events, and identify actors who use the system. The final step of grouping these insights will help to inform an effective event-driven microservices architecture. For an introduction to Serverless […]

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Introduction to Serverless Architecture

Is ‘Serverless’ just a new buzzword or is it a way to considerably reduce cloud operational cost for suitable applications? Watch this video by our senior consultant, Thomas Smart – where he provides an introduction to Serverless to help you determine whether it is relevant to your organisation. Read more about it on Thomas’s blog […]

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Protecting Personal Data in Serverless Cloud

Introduction In our previous blog post, we learned about Personally Identifiable Information (PII), and the additional regulatory requirements that it carries. We covered three common requirements of PII regulation: Tracking Access; which talks about being able to audit who is accessing sensitive data, when they access it and where they access it. Protecting Data; which […]

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Personally Identifiable Information in Regulated Organisations

Introduction Over the last few years, we have seen more enterprises open to adopting public cloud and migrating at least some of their data sets. Understanding how data can be protected in the cloud is a common question from teams less familiar with this technology. In this two-part blog post, we will first build an […]

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The Impact of the Singapore Personal Data Protection Act Updates on Highly-Regulated Organisations

The Personal Data Protection Act (PDPA) is a standard that addresses personal data protection in Singapore. In the video below, Sourced consultant Thomas Smart talks about the impact of the PDPA updates on highly-regulated organisations in Singapore, compares differences between the PDPA and the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and discusses the general […]

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Serverless in the Finance Industry

Introduction With a shift towards modern development practices, services architecture has become a goal for many of our heavily regulated and security conscious clients. As the shift towards cloud computing increases many clients are striving to understand the challenges and opportunities that a Serverless approach provides while defining what a scaled cloud implementation means for […]

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