Wearable tech has reached a tipping point for mainstream adoption as developers tap into the devices full potential to find innovative ways to incorporate wearable devices into day-to-day business operations.
Companies looking to engage consumers on a mobile platform should ask themselves how to use cutting edge programming languages to develop variations of the same application for multiple operating systems.
To avoid a negative outcome, it is recommended that companies look at multiple factors when choosing the best software development partner for their project.
Enterprises today still rely heavily on having their data exist in an on-premises environment when they could be benefiting from keeping their valuable information safely stored in the Cloud. Understandably, a large-scale migration of data and full integration of cloud technology does not happen overnight. In fact, a gradual transition for cloud adoption is perhaps the most ideal for businesses.
Backing up data to the cloud yields several benefits in terms of affordability, efficiency and scalability. Migrating to cloud storage offers a safe, low-cost and reliable solution that reduces overall operational costs. Storing information in the cloud makes it more efficient to access and manage since the data is centralized and can be accessed anywhere at any time by multiple users. The scalability of the cloud environment also permits companies to adjust their storage needs as they grow.
The ubiquity of the internet ushered in a new era of connectivity extending beyond traditional computers and smart phones. The convergence of a networked society, software systems, and embedded devices has forged a connected… Everything! What is referred to as the Internet of Things (IoT) technology trend has grown to be more powerful and all-encompassing than anyone could have imagined, expanding to become the internet of everything, where devices and software systems can openly and seamlessly communicate with each other.
The network connectivity between everyday devices and software can range anywhere from a smart phone, to home gadgets, to mechanical sensors, to vehicles, consumer and business software systems, or even a building or infrastructure. The IoT universe provides endless possibilities for consumers as well as for companies. Yet, taking advantage of this movement requires a comprehension of the web services that propel it. Businesses looking to capitalize on this trend must look to expert developers to properly implement and program Application Program Interfaces (APIs) with the appropriate web service access protocols to not compromise performance, security or data integrity.
As businesses grow, owners typically incorporate numerous systems to gather and store the important data needed to keep their company's operations functioning smoothly. Often new platforms are adopted on an as needed basis and are not integrated to one another, which leads to inconsistencies across data platforms that require information to be manually entered into each system. The problems caused by inconsistent or incorrect data may not seem drastic in small numbers, however, as a company scales such minor discrepancies in data between systems can become major obstacles in data verification, retrieval, and reporting. Because data discrepancies can represent significant losses for a company, it is in a business owner's best interest to seek big data integration solutions.
Big data solutions are a series of integrations between disparate systems and automated reporting tools using a centralized location such as a custom database or the Cloud. When enterprise data sources are seamlessly integrated through such intermediaries, organizations can use the collected data to identify market trends, visualize buyer profiles, and develop highly accurate forecasting models that will allow the business to adjust to the changes in the buying cycle of their target market. Furthermore, integrating various systems allows users to operate more efficiently while reducing redundancies and increasing data security.
The Department of Transportation (DOT) has said bringing Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) communication technology to all vehicles could dramatically reduce the occurrence and severity of car accidents. The organization has been actively advancing V2V technology and is looking to make it a standard safety feature in future automobiles. If the proposed mandate is approved, all new vehicles manufactured after 2020 will require a V2V system. This shift toward advancing Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) provides opportunities for businesses not just in the automobile industry.
Safety is of primary concern for all who share the road, and communication between cars, motorcycles, buses, trucks, bicyclists, pedestrians, and the surrounding infrastructure will be key. Creating a completely connected transportation system encompassing V2V, smart bicycles, mobile devices, wearables, and smart traffic signals affords proprietors many investment avenues in the transit safety sector.
With the holiday season in full swing, the e-commerce market is once again saturated with eager consumers. Digital savvy shoppers are continuing to spend more and more money through online channels. Retailers can suffer greatly if visitors cannot navigate a site, find specific items or easily check out. Ultimately, companies with outdated e-commerce platforms risk losing customers if they lack a well-developed User Interface (UI).
A sleek, well-designed and easy-to-navigate interface plays a significant role in the viability of a site, and directly relates to the number of sales. Ensuring that a website has intuitive controls, an organized catalog, easy check out processes, and editable shopping carts contributes to positive User Experiences (UX). Studies have shown that delivering a favorable UX influences customer loyalty, evokes pleasant customer attitudes, and will have measurable results by driving conversions up.
Event technologies are evolving rapidly to solve the fundamental problems meeting and event planners face. Today, more than ever, event professionals are looking to utilize custom tools to make events more manageable, memorable and engaging.
Perhaps the most popular and widely used tool planners rely on to build engagement and distribute event information is social media. With new social apps seamlessly integrated into their event management software, MICE industry professionals have been able to interact with the public, receive feedback, and create loyal attendees in more ways than ever.
When Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) beacons were first introduced, retailers were among the first to jump on board. Marketers quickly realized they could leverage beacon technology and other Location-Based Services (LBS) to help them track how customers behave in stores and guide them into doing certain actions. Such technologies become especially beneficial to have during the holiday season when potential shoppers who are looking for great deals are most accessible.
Beacons range in size and signal strength. In most cases, they are small devices that can be placed on the walls of stores, both inside and out. The signal they produce travels one-way to nearby mobile devices, transmitting relevant information and targeted messages to likely patrons.
A beacon can detect the position of a customer in a store and send coupons to their mobile device for the specific product they may be looking at. If the customer has the store's app on their device, the beacon can also send special offers for items they may have been eyeing in-store. In some settings, they have even been placed inside mannequins in window displays to encourage passersby to enter.
Many applications around today were made possible by some of the first versions of the Delphi programming language, some as old as 20 years. Delphi has since evolved dramatically, and developers often wonder about the difficultly in migrating to the latest editions. Luckily, migrating across several decade-old versions of Delphi is manageable, but it does not come without its hurdles.
What is known today as Delphi started with Turbo Pascal programming language, originally introduced by Borland as an IDE which allowed programmers to quickly write code with fewer errors. This feature was adopted and further developed into the Object Pascal language, an object-oriented programming language which allows for intuitive data modeling, data integrity, and reusability across distributed systems. Eventually, Delphi was sold off to Embarcadero and has since then seen dramatic changes.
Despite its age, Delphi continues to do well, being used to develop enterprise solutions, Point-of-Sale (POS) systems, native applications for various platforms (Linux, Windows, Mac, Android, and iOS), and the Internet-of-Things (IoT) applications. It remains a very popular programming language as it continues to evolve to better fit the technologies and requirements of today.
It is difficult to say which Business Intelligence (BI) and reporting tools organizations should utilize as each come with their own advantages and drawbacks depending on specific needs. However, many entities are attracted to SAP Crystal Reports because of its affordability, simplicity and user friendly interface.
Businesses integrate Crystal Reports into their data environment to get real-time analytics with visually compelling reports that can be relied on to support important business decisions. Compared to other reporting services, Crystal Reports requires relatively less of an initial investment and little training. With the visual-based user interface, individuals can intuitively create stunning reports regardless of their familiarity with the software.
Crystal Reports is an established BI application that has been around longer than most competing products. In its earlier years, Crystal Reports was regarded as being difficult to work with due to its cumbersome processes and data latency. However, many of the problems have been worked out with each new release. The product itself has undergone vast improvements largely in part by the numerous changes in ownership, and the desire to adapt the technology to better suit the needs of organizations.
Online travel booking engines have transformed the way individuals and businesses plan vacations and trips. Travelers no longer need to find an agency to prepare their itineraries now that contemporary technologies have given them the ability to book trips with the push of a button.
The majority of booking engines available in the market today can compare travel data across myriad travel sites and distribution systems. The convenience these technologies offer has increasingly been overlooked as they become more and more of a necessary norm.
Maintaining a presence on the internet has become essential, and travel entities cannot neglect the importance of having a first-rate web portal. Travel booking businesses need a custom website that provides an easy-to-navigate User Interface (UI) and a good User Experience (UX) to distinguish themselves in a saturated market. To not do so means falling behind the competition and into obscurity.
Games for mobile devices are ever-growing in popularity. Casual gaming has increased dramatically with the ubiquity of smartphones and tablets that allow games to be more accessible to users on the move.
Indie game developers often overlook the benefits of mobile platforms with aspirations of having the next big console or PC game. Deep in the gaming communities, there is a notion that one must invest a great deal of time and money on high-quality graphics and storylines to compete with prominent names in the gaming landscape.
Fortunately, many start-ups have gotten in on the action by creating simple games that quickly gain mainstream popularity thanks to engaging User Experience (UX) and User Interface (UI) design concepts and addictive gameplay.
Without complex story lines, intense graphics or confusing mechanics, mobile games generally turn out to be more user-friendly, which means more people are likely to play and have a positive UX.
Many rumors surround Java and its expected lifespan in the programming world. Some say it is quickly coming to an end given the growing popularity of other languages like Python and Ruby. However, many are sure that Java is not going away anytime soon.
Java's popularity as the programming language of choice for many financial applications strongly verifies its continued viability. Since big-time banks like its stability, most aren't going to switch to another language overnight. Additionally, several large ecommerce enterprises like Amazon and eBay, also rely on Java for their backend processing over the Web.
Perhaps the real foothold for Java may be in the mobile industry. Java runs over 1 billion smartphones thanks to Google's Android operating system, which uses Java APIs.
Considering the number of in-app purchases increases each year, the importance of having a business mobile app is greater than ever. In fact, many new businesses have found success largely due to the development of their own, custom mobile applications. These apps will all need Java programming, so there will continue to be a steady demand for skilled Java programmers.
As of March 9, 2015, a countdown to the formal end of support for SharePoint Online Public Websites in Office 365 began. The end of the two-year grace period approaches come March 2017, and the question for many companies built upon SharePoint customer-facing websites likely is, “Where do we go from here?”
The content migration process can be a daunting prospect, especially for large websites. The good news however, is that more viable alternatives for public-facing websites are available, as well as knowledgeable website migration experts.
One of these options is Sitecore, a marketing automation and e-commerce site management platform recommended to SharePoint Online Public Website users by Microsoft. Sitecore is currently the leading platform for marketing automation and customer experiences, as well as built upon similar technologies to SharePoint. Sitecore and SharePoint Online share a .NET framework architecture and common structural elements which aid in site migrations.
“What is Sitecore?”
You may have asked yourself this question in your search to find a new marketing platform, or if you currently use Sitecore to manage your website, but don’t know how to harness all of its digital marketing advantages. You may have also heard about Sitecore if you are currently a SharePoint user, and are looking into why Microsoft has recommended Sitecore as an alternative CMS.
Whatever your reasons for asking “What is Sitecore?” you can find your answers here!
Sitecore is a robust digital marketing system that combines a content management system with contextual intelligence and omnichannel automation technologies. It offers marketing automation tools that allow you to manage your website, or multiple sites, and reach your customers when and where it matters.
The value-based care initiative ushered a fundamental push for healthcare providers to satisfy requirements for meaningful use incentives and HIT vendors’ to offer software focused on the interoperability of health information. At that point in time, pitfalls around the actual usability of EHRs were tolerated. Still, years later, a fragmented EHR and HIT system has the majority focused on the exchange of information rather than data integrity at the source. This is a major cause for concern as the objective of delivering high quality care is seen as a secondary, if not tertiary, goal.
As electronic health record adoption rates increase, so have instances of medical malpractice relating to imperfections within EHR systems. This impedes the industry's primary goal of enhancing patient care and accelerating positive outcomes. Although we can all agree an electronic system is enriching the healthcare industry, it leaves healthcare providers exposed to a completely new set of complications.
The increased complexity of managing daily retail operations has predicated the need for stores to implement extensive Point-of-Sale (POS) systems that seamlessly integrate with inventory management systems, Customer Relationship Management (CRM) platforms and analytics modules. Robust POS systems that are properly integrated facilitate access to real-time, on-demand reports of critical business metrics. This information is relied on by decision makers to make sound, profitable choices.
Retailers with fragmented, legacy point of sale systems, lax data collection methods or insolvent inventory management platforms suffer from a dissonance in data that can lead to a loss of profits. In the case of Wild Birds Unlimited (WBU), the largest franchise system of backyard bird feeding and nature specialty stores with over 275 locations throughout the U.S. and Canada, management relied on a decentralized inventory management system to benchmark operational decisions.
There is a contemporary trend of food retailers looking to software solutions to expand beyond their brick-and-mortar channels. Technologies are being leveraged to allow for a completely web-based ordering and procurement system, revolutionizing the way consumers obtain goods. Forward-thinking entities in the grocery retail sector are reaping tremendous rewards by offering convenient online ordering and same-day delivery of grocery items at no or minimal extra costs to the consumer.
There are myriad software solutions used in supply chain, retail and grocery sectors that can be used to enhance and refine operations to accommodate this new trend. Specifically, developing, integrating and implementing custom software solutions including but not limited to custom mobile applications, Order Management Systems (OMS), Inventory Management Systems (IMS), Warehouse Management Systems (WMS), fleet management platforms, plus business intelligence and analytics allow entities to gain a competitive edge in the market.
Google recently announced that by January 2017 the Google Display Network and DoubleClick Digital Marketing platforms will no longer support ads designed with Flash. This marks yet another turning point in the HTML5 vs. Flash debate since YouTube's shift from Flash to HTML5 for supporting videos, Adobe's adoption of HTML5 and the late Apple CEO, Steve Jobs, taking an open stance against supporting Flash on mobile devices. With Flash and HTML5 occupying similar territories and seeking to perform some of the same capabilities, their main features, benefits and disadvantages are key to take into account when developing for the web.
By the end of 2014, RealtyTrac.com reported that 1.1 million properties in the United States had undergone foreclosure proceedings. That number, which is rather unsettling, represents the lowest figure that the market has seen since the housing market bubble burst in 2006. With millions of properties needing to be serviced, mortgage and real-estate professionals have been inundated with an abundance of labor intensive tasks. Hence, the necessity to be more resourceful and efficient has become paramount in order to maintain success. This presents a lucrative opportunity for software proprietors to capitalize on by offering field service management applications.
Mobile application usage is at an all-time high. According to some reports, users spend an average of 2 hours and 20 minutes interacting with a mobile application per day. For the savvy business owner, this represents a prime opportunity to get in front of the customer through entertaining, useful, high quality applications.Given the wide range of available devices and operating systems on the market, it is no surprise that entrepreneurs and businesses looking to enter the mobile application market are interested in building apps that function on any device. In the early days of mobile application development, programs were built for each operating system separately. Although this method produced applications that functioned well on the target device, it also increased the time and costs associated with creating the application to the point that targeting every operating system became prohibitively expensive.
Wearable technology is slowly becoming a must have for consumers, and innovative retailers are beginning to implement wearable technology to enhance the omni-channel customer experience.But competition is necessary to fuel innovation and bring a product to mainstream.
Q: It's been suggested that wearables could prove to be revolutionary for retail. What are some of the enhancements wearables can make possible for retailers down the road?
We at Chetu are very interested to see how the future of wearable technology will shape every industry, but within the realms of the retail landscape we believe that retailers can leverage location-based marketing services on wearable devices by using geo-fencing and beaconing technology to facilitate customer engagement. Geo-fencing is a technology that enables contextual marketing to users within a certain external perimeter. While geo-fencing is mainly concerned with externally creating a demand and bringing consumers in, it is supplemented with on-site proximity services called beaconing. Integrating location aware marketing mediums with CRM platforms helps deliver highly targeted contextual messages to users precisely at the right time. Although this tactic is not exactly the cutting edge in technology nor marketing, making use of the Heads-Up Display (HUD) seems promising. We do believe that retailers should plan ahead and target wearable innovators with a pilot program to refine a strategy for when there is mass adoption.
When playing a sport it is our intrinsic competitive nature to use everything one can to gain an advantage. In respects to golf, players augment their abilities by using state-of-the-art technology in drivers, golf balls, apparel, and swing simulators. Additionally, golfers can now utilize another helpful technology that is emerging called augmented reality (AR) applications. AR apps blend the lines of real world views and Computer-Generated Imagery (CGI). The fundamental idea is superimposing computer generated graphics over the environment as we see it by using the camera function on mobile phones and tablets. Mobile devices use an actual picture generated by the camera and overlay essential graphical information to compliment the image in real-time, hence, augmented reality. It is improving how we, as humans, can see and interact with our external environment.
In modern retail, the key differentiator that provides a competitive advantage is an excellent customer experience. By encompassing the entire buyer/seller relationship, retailers are looking for ways to increase positive and memorable experiences in their customers' minds. Retailers understand that bringing about a positive customer experience increases satisfaction, which leads to an increase in repeat sales, customer loyalty, fortified relationships, and ultimately more revenue.
With the average consumers' heavy reliance on technology for everyday functions, retailers must leverage trends in technology to bring about a favorable experience. Research conducted by Market Reports Hub suggests that global customer experience expenditures are projected to grow from $3.77 billion in 2014 to $8.39 billion in 2019. By utilizing customer experience technology such as mobile/tablet applications, omni-channel, big data platforms, and highly scalable software products, retailers can deliver added value to their customers.
Businesses are always contemplating ideas for innovative software, websites, and applications, but may hit a wall when bringing their vision to fruition if they lack the proper staff to do the work onsite. To implement an idea they take to the Internet to do research for third-party development companies. With the plethora of software development agencies on the Internet, finding a true and seamless back-end software technology partner can be overwhelming. To refine your search it is important to review key elements before committing to a partnership with an organization to complete your software development objectives.While budgetary concerns are always an important factor, choosing a development company based solely on whether they are the cheapest can result in a bad experience for both parties. To avoid a negative outcome, it is recommended that companies look at multiple factors when choosing the best software development partner for their project.
The rapidly approaching EMV compliance deadline of October, 1st 2015 marks a liability shift to the least secure entity in the payments chain. To aid their customers in the quest to accommodate EMV standards, a transportation in-vehicle technology solutions company presented Chetu with the task to upgrade their Point-of-Sale (POS) offerings.They wanted EMV payment terminals with the applicable ISO standards to accept mag-stripe, EMV, and contactless card functions, programmed with all the appropriate AIDs and support for offline batch processing. Chetu's software solutions allowed this proprietor to offer secure and reliable POS terminals to adapt to the changing payments infrastructure
Public transportation is an essential function for increasing the quality of life for individuals living in areas where traveling by private conveyance is cost or time prohibitive. The various means of public transportation available, such as trains, buses, and taxis, grant people the freedom and mobility to travel when private transportation is not an option. This transportation option is essential to a healthy economy because it connects companies with a wider employee base. Municipalities and townships recognize the importance of public transportation, and to better serve the community they employ end-to-end efficiency and optimization software in the form of public transportation fleet management software solutions that integrate software, hardware, and communication platforms to form a robust, easy-to-use system for monitoring the efficacy of the public transportation system. A Report generated by Sandler Research titled Global Fleet Management Systems Market 2014- 2019 suggests the public transportation software market has a potential compound annual growth rate of 26.23 percent over the next five years. In order to serve the public transportation sector better, software providers should develop Automatic Vehicle Location (AVL) and Automatic Passenger Counting (APC) modules for efficient routing and scheduling systems, plus create related application modules to offer entities a better user experience for their users.
Anyone who has visited a doctor's office or hospital is familiar with the sometimes extensive wait times between check-in and receiving care. Doctors' offices and hospitals run on tight schedules to maximize the number of patients seen each day to increase revenue. To alleviate hospital and office congestion, plus allow healthcare providers more time to ensure quality care is given, there has been a push for Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) programs. The essential goal is to move the "center of care" from the clinical setting to a more patient focused or home centered care.
A well developed mobile application can help businesses increase customer satisfaction and engagement by allowing the company to be available to their target audience at all times, generate revenue and create additional channels for marketing. It is unsurprising, given the widespread use of mobile devices, that entrepreneur.com reports that this could translate to more than 268 billion application downloads and generate nearly $77 billion dollars in combined revenue by 2017.Furthermore, Emarketer.com predicts that by 2017 more than one third of the population of the world will be smartphone users. Unfortunately, the market is segmented by different hardware with different Operating Systems (OS). People use many different types of mobile hardware, and it is imperative to build a mobile application that flawlessly functions across a diverse set of operating systems.
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