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.
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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