Embarking on a voyage of Discovery

To keep our colleagues informed of the latest happenings in the world of technology.

We spend a lot of time keeping on top of the latest technology trends, and it’s our job to share those trends with the rest of Tesco. Since the inception of the first IT R&D teams the easiest way to do this was via email. Of course, the progress of technology waits for no man and in an always connected world of smartphones, tablets and social media our old weekly bulletin was in desperate need of an overhaul. Enter Discovery, a complete rethink of how we communicate the most relevant technology news to our colleagues. We wanted to not only replace the old weekly bulletin, but develop a strong communication brand that would bring together the diverse mix of internal publications we’ve accumulated over the years into something more coherent. The standard bearer being a completely new news site, a platform that allowed us to share and discuss content across the entire business. Our main objectives were to:

The Discovery news site is now live for colleagues. We’ve adopted a clean, responsive design that puts the focus on the news articles themselves, it’s simple and instinctive to use for both readers and editors, is underpinned by some of the latest web technologies and has been developed from the ground up. That said, the real boon for us is not necessarily how we’ve simplified the way we deliver news content, or in the technology used to create the site – for the record it’s built on MEAN stack (MongoDB, ExpressJS, AngularJS and NodeJS) and a fair dose of blood, sweat and tears – but in the possibilities it opens up for innovation at Tesco. By integrating the Yammer enterprise social network for commenting it provides every colleague across the business with an opportunity to share their ideas and thoughts on how the featured technology could be used. That in itself might prove to be the headline feature.

If you'd like to know more information you can email us at labs@uk.tesco.com, or let us know your thoughts with a tweet @TescoLabs