Proof of concept projects

Building understanding and insight through practical delivery

One of the key issues organisations face when undertaking transformation programmes is that they are unfamiliar with the technology and techniques of Big Data. Plus or Minus Seven has extensive experience in building rapid, inexpensive proof of concept projects that allow you to understand how data and content can help transform the way you do business.

We can work like a start up within your organisation, helping you to define the proof of concept, build the applications and analyse the results. Because we design our proof of concept projects with a start up mindset, they are quick and inexpensive to execute. We do, however, design our proof of concepts with an eye toward success so that they can eventually transition into full production tools if appropriate.

Examples of our proof of concept projects

BBC iPlayer recommendation engine

Plus or Minus Seven was asked by the BBC to help them explore how to help customers find programmes on the iPlayer that they would not ordinarily come across. We undertook research into the various technologies available and what the BBC wanted to achieve editorially. As a result, we built a proof of concept that combined recommendations derived from programme descriptions and the user journey data captured from the iPlayer web pages. The proof of concept was delivered in a couple of months, followed by a number of recommendations on improvements to the BBC data architecture in order to take the proof of concept into production.

DK Travel & Rough Guides place information database

Plus or Minus Seven did a proof of concept the publisher Dorling Kindersley (DK) on how to manage place information for their travel guides. The proof of concept project created a database of information on places, such as the Tower of London or Angor Wat. There was a core set of information that was used across all titles: map co-ordinates, opening hours and telephone numbers. There was also title specific information and editorial content for each place. The proof of concept used technology DK had in-house to create an application whereby all the place information was managed centrally. The place information could then be published out as XML with the title specific content to InDesign or a web content management system. This reduced the amount of time it took to create a new edition and reduced the errors in information across the various travel products.