• 31st May 2017 at 12:00PM
  • Written by Caroline Layton
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Joseph Bazalgette was, in my opinion, an amazing engineer and a visionary. If you don’t know who he is, let me elucidate.

In the 1800s, London’s raw sewage flowed through the streets and into the Thames creating unsanitary living conditions for the poor and a terrible smell for everyone. Bazalgette was the man who designed the sewer system to make the city a nicer place to live in.

The reason I think he is so incredible is due to his forward thinking. When designing the sewer system, he did two things: He employed the use of an inverted egg shape for the tunnels that would discourage blockages at all levels of flow and, when calculating for fluvial volume, he took the worst-case scenario of peak flow that had ever been recorded and doubled it. His reason? He only wanted to do this once.

When Bazalgette’s sewers were being built in the 1860s the population of London was around 2.8 million. In 2015 the population hit 8.6 million, but despite this increase we are still using his sewers today. Estimates suggest that if Bazalgette had not built for the future in the way he did then the sewer system would have needed to have been replaced in the 1950s, as it would no longer have been fit for purpose.

Joseph Bazalgette didn’t just build for the present and near future, he built for a distant time he couldn’t possibly have foreseen; and that is visionary.

So many services these days are designed for the population of the time the project is delivered in without considering the future. Internet services cut out because providers cannot keep up with bandwidth demand and so many commuters have felt the pain of getting to work late because their train was either delayed or too crowded. Developers, engineers and policy makers are currently playing a game of catch up to provide for an increased demand in service that was never anticipated.

So, what has this got to do with Yotta? Well, I’m new to the company and I’ve used one or two asset management and CRM systems but I’ve never seen anything like Horizons. Horizons is well designed, user friendly and logical to use. But again, like Bazalgette, Yotta decided that something new and forward thinking was required.

But wait a second, Mayrise and Horizons are currently still fit for purpose, right? They do a fantastic job. Why spend all that money, expertise and time to develop something that you could get by without?

But that’s the point, isn’t it? If you rest on the returns of your previous successes, then you miss a trick. You get overtaken by someone else who develops the ‘next big thing’ or, like so many others, you get overtaken by demand and become another victim of a lack of forward thinking. Basically, you lose out.

And that is where Alloy comes in. It’s a product that incorporates aspects of Mayrise and Horizons whilst also drawing in new user features that enable the connectivity of all organisational assets and data types. It is an amalgamation that is more than the sum of its parts; a development that keeps Yotta ahead of the pack with a clever new toolkit. It’s also fabulously easy to use which is excellent in a world where time is another resource in short supply.

So, there we go. I hold Bazalgette in high regard for building for a future he couldn’t possibly have foreseen and I think that he’d be impressed with Yotta’s forward thinking too. Anticipating future development and demand is a key skill in business and life and, let’s be honest, if Bazalgette could do it, then so can we.

By Caroline Layton