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.
All CRMs (Customer Relationship Management) have the same fundamental functions: automation, client data collection and analytics, and marketing. The functions that set them apart are those that cater to their unique purpose and industry. Mortgage CRMs are no different, with the software designed to help mortgage brokers run their front-end operations. The CRM enables lenders to keep detailed client data and maintain timely client follow up, as well as keeping proper contact and loan pipeline management to stay in control of their business.
Drones and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have found their way into the construction industry and they are drastically changing the landscape. Using advanced data analytics and imagery captured by drones, companies have strengthened their infrastructure and optimized daily business operations.
A workflow is a series of steps that get work done in such a way that it automates business processes. Workflow engines allow for the configuration of the necessary flows, business rules, forms and reporting dashboards. A key component in workflow technology, it makes use of a database server, managing and monitoring the condition of activities, such as processing and approval of loan application forms, and determining which new activity to change to according to defined processes. The actions may range from saving application forms in a document management system to sending e-mail reminders to users and routing overdue items to management. Furthermore, mortgage workforce automation engines allow for the regulation and streamlining of the mortgage origination process.
The client is an established corporation that has been providing quality furniture for over 32 years. They have developed long-term relationships with factories in Malaysia, Taiwan, Vietnam, Indonesia, Brazil, and China, allowing them to provide customers with high-quality products at competitive prices. With locations around the globe, the client has upheld their competitive advantage by maintaining a commanding presence in ecommerce. Failing to keep up with the online contemporary trends, the client would risk losing potential sales.
Those who have been involved in the construction industry long enough understand the pressures surrounding a tight budget and a fixed deadline. Yet, unforeseen circumstances often arise, sending established plans out the window and requiring workers to set a new schedule and new margins for the project. When efficiency is at risk, construction companies need to know their ERP software can be relied on to get their project back on track.
Real Estate Valuation is one of the most important aspects of the real estate industry. Leave it out of the equation, and there would be no use for looking at property, let alone buying it. Why? Real estate valuation is estimating the value of real property for the purpose of financing, investment analysis, insurance, and taxation. Real estate valuation engines (or real estate analytics), however, is the software that facilitates those functions. It streamlines the process between the time a property initially goes up for sale and the time it is sold.
Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software is a set of applications, policies and technologies used by companies to manage and analyze customer interactions and data throughout the business relationship. This improves the rapport between businesses and customers, which assists in customer retention and drives sales growth. The CRM system's main job is to collect information on customers, and compile points of contact between the customer and the agency from channels including the website, direct mail, telephone, live chat, social media and extraneous marketing tactics. It also serves as a central repository to track and store the customers' personal data, buying preferences, and purchase history.
Though the main function of each software is data communication, MLS (Multiple Listing Service), IDX (Internet Data Exchange), and RETS (Real Estate Transaction Standard) are different in purpose. The intricacies of each can be complicated to a lot of agents, especially those who are not completely aware of those terms. Here are the differences among them, their functions, and how their integration supports daily real estate operations.
Agriculture industry leaders are familiar with impending water shortages and the increasing emphasis on finding ways to better manage farming's most important resource. Water usage, distribution, and effects on agricultural outputs are central to their concerns.
With the growing concern of identity theft now reaching the corporate sector, companies are taking more measures to ensure software security in the workspace. Regardless if an individual takes all the necessary precautions on their end to prevent it, their valuable information can still be compromised should their employer suffer a security breach. Enterprises who use outdated software for their Human Resource Management System (HRMS) and do not enforce certain procedures in the workplace can face serious repercussions for costing an employee countless hours, if not years, of effort attempting to correct their records.
Increasing the interoperability between disparate software systems is still a primary focus in the healthcare IT landscape. As software providers intentionally limit the interoperability of their software systems, favoring profits over coordination of patient data through the continuum of care, a void is created. This leaves middleware providers poised to reap tremendous market opportunities where major players fall short.
For 30 years, the client has committed to enriching customer satisfaction and providing consumer access to timely, accurate information on the world's most iconic brands. As a result of their dedication and expertise in total device management and information delivery solutions, they have established themselves as a global leader in providing innovative technology solutions to consumer-facing industries. Their suite of fully managed solutions includes interactive kiosks, digital signage, mobile, and multimedia designed to enhance the overall customer experience.
In recent years, technologies like the Internet of Things (IoT) and the cloud have further developed and become more affordable for industries to integrate. These exceptional tools offer large and small businesses new ways to meet their goals, despite the constraints of an ever-shrinking budget, by increasing the efficiency of their operations while spending less to upgrade their systems. The oil and gas industry is one example of an industry that suffers from large budget cuts and sees fewer able-bodied workers each year. As a result, they have become an early adopter of numerous technology trends in order to help the enterprises in the oil and gas industry move forward.
The client has been an established pioneer in the payment industry for over 18 years. Their network was formed with the intent to help businesses reduce expenses, improve efficiencies in the bill remittance process, and to create the easiest method and the broadest choice for customers to make payments. The client caters their services to industries like Utility, Municipality, Property Management and Health Care, and allows businesses to accept all sorts of payment types including cash, credit cards, checks, lockbox, and online bill payments. The objective of the application it to implement a payment flow developed for the Verifone VX-520 terminal.
The client is an established multi-million dollar software development firm with over 25 years of experience. As a privately held company, the client specializes in software consulting and building custom applications and software platforms for the insurance, accounting, legal, oil, and gas markets.
The client is a mortgage field services company with 30+ years of experience in the mortgage industry. They provide services in all 50 states in the U.S. and offer a variety of mortgage field services including several types of property inspections, delinquency interviews, property preservation, REO clean out, property rehab, and repair services.
The client is an American corporation operating a chain of retail gas stations, primarily located in proximity to Walmart stores. This fortune 500 company's locations vary from small kiosk locations to larger walk-in convenience stores. Larger locations offer top food and beverage brands, with a wide choice of coffee, tea, fountain drinks, ICEEs, fresh food and beer, as well as cigarettes. Another variety of the client's locations feature large localities that measure around 1,200+ square feet and offer a larger array of products and more fueling lanes.
For 15+ years the client has delivered cutting-edge, highly creative digital marketing solutions and easy-to-run advertising campaigns for their partners. The client is a highly recognized, privately held business that maintains a profit first philosophy when it comes to providing unparalleled results and a first class customer experience to customers throughout the USA, Canada, Mexico, UK, Russia and Australia.
Marketing automation platforms have become essential tools for digital marketing strategies worldwide. However, despite their widespread use, many marketers end up misusing the software and its valuable tools by believing it will bring fast and continuous growth with little to no effort on their part. The reality is, marketing automation is only successful when marketers take the time to learn the ins and outs of the software and use it wisely to nurture prospects with highly targeted, personalized content that gently coaxes them through the various stages of the buying cycle.
The client has 37+ years of experience providing comprehensive ERP software solutions for wholesale food distributors. On several occasions, they have partnered with industry leaders to offer reliable software for inventory, traceability, and accounting to their wide client base. The client is uniquely committed to ensuring their software fully complies with traceability requirements set upon by meat, fish, poultry, grocery and government agencies.
The client wanted to develop a cross-platform application for iOS and Android handheld devices that would allow food distributors across the US and Canada to streamline their operations. The client wanted their application to let pickers operate more efficiently when picking sales orders and scanning bar codes. The ability to scan barcodes was essential as doing so ensures more accurate traceability. By employing this technology, customers would have the means to access a product's information, and vendors would be aware of the status of their orders throughout the entirety of the supply chain process. The client had envisioned that their application would enable a more automated process in the warehouse environment.
The client is a real estate company dedicated to helping individuals and businesses have access to commercial real estate bridge lending opportunities. The client's management team uses their 40+ years of combined experience to provide chances for investors to participate in short-term commercial loans to certified borrowers. The client is also committed to ensuring their customers feel secure and stay well-informed throughout the entirety of the lending experience.
The client wanted to develop an application that would facilitate the bridge lending process and give more control to users in terms of making a proposal a plan, choosing the investors and defining the total projected investment cost. The client also wanted application users to be able to assign investors to their project based on the amount they would be willing to invest. Additionally, the application needed to have the ability to manage legal paperwork and allow for contracts and other documents to be signed using an electronic signature.
Advances in technology have allowed countless industries to enhance their business practices and streamline their operations in ways never thought possible. The use of Real Estate Transaction Standards (RETS) in the real estate industry has made it so all computer systems that interact with real estate information do so in a standardized language and format the data in a universal style. By being able to securely exchange information with many different MLS systems, RETS-compliant real estate organizations have been able to gain an advantage over their competitors and provide faster, more updated results to their customers.
It is no secret that in a modern world where many people have the option of shopping from the comfort of their homes that having a high-quality e-commerce platform can help a business stand out from the crowd and increase revenue. Once a company decides to establish an e-commerce platform, they must face an important decision: will the platform be an off-the-shelf solution or one that is custom - built?
A majority of off-the-shelf e-commerce platforms on the market follow a software as a service (SaaS) model where the software is provided to you, usually in exchange for a fee, and it is hosted by the issuing company on their server. A SaaS solution is usually more affordable and easy to use as you will not be responsible for writing lines of code or doing maintenance because the updates are automatically applied by your host server. However, with this solution you will not have ownership of the source code, you will be expected to abide the hosting company's rules, and you can only make limited edits or customizations to your e-commerce portal.
Businesses have long struggled with ensuring their employees are appropriately trained. Traditionally, such training is a mixture of on the job training, bulky manuals, and videos. By taking a page out of the modern educator's handbook, corporations can streamline training by incorporating online learning management systems (LMSs) into their formal training structure. LMSs allow employers to consolidate training materials into an easily accessible system that tracks the employee training process from start to finish and determine how successful that training is using learning assessment exams.
A learning management system (LMS) is a software application that provides educational content and training online. Many LMSs are web-based and are offered as Software as a Service (SaaS) with several strategies for creating and implementing content into an LMS, such as via Sharable Content Object Reference Model (SCORM) and Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI).
Despite the popular usage of electronic data interchange (EDI) to transfer information between computers using a standard format, patient health records continue to be paper-based. The most common methods used to exchange this information between healthcare providers is either by fax or by physically transporting the files via mail, if not done through the patients themselves. Using electronic health information exchange (HIE) greatly enhances the accuracy of a patient's health records, which in turn improves diagnosis and makes for more effective doctor visits.
What is HIE?
Electronic health information exchange (HIE) refers to the process of transferring clinical patient information between healthcare providers; thus, facilitating access to a patient's complete medical history. The use of HIE is also essential in order to meet meaningful use criteria for electronic health record (EHR) technology, which mandates EHR systems to have the ability to transfer health information electronically between several health organizations.
Nowadays, most business owners understand that transportation issues regarding their products demand a great deal of attention. As such, automated transportation management systems (TMS) have greatly helped large distributors significantly lower freight expenses, enhance the efficiency of their logistics and transportation departments, and improve their quality of service. For these same reasons, smaller businesses also have much to gain from implementing a TMS, despite having smaller loads.
A TMS is perhaps one of the most important investments a company can make. Contrary to popular belief, many TMSs are not overly expensive to implement because most are web-based. They have convenient APIs that permit a TMS to seamlessly integrate into other systems such as those for enterprise resource planning (ERP) or warehouse management systems (WMS) to gain end-to-end supply chain visibility.
The problem with an off-the-shelf solution is just that: it's off-the-shelf, meaning it comes with a standard set of features to try to meet the needs of a large audience. It takes custom development to truly make your off-the-shelf solution match your specific business needs. As such, it is imperative to know if the product you've chosen will allow you to make the modifications necessary to ensure the highest optimal security for your company's data.
Four cyber security vulnerabilities you will potentially find in your off-the-shelf cloud software include:
1. Privacy Settings
When turning over the housing of your valuable data to a third-party, it is important to thoroughly understand the privacy agreements and security settings for their cloud platform because in the end you may not have control over what a third-party company can access and share with other entities.
Recent technology trends indicate the broadcast media industry is in the process of transitioning from Serial Digital Interface (SDI) to enhanced NDI-enabled IP workflows in order to maximize the interoperability between production hardware and software. Industry leaders are already working together to establish IP broadcast standards to achieve large-scale implementation.
What is NDI
Network Device Interface (NDI) is an open-source protocol developed by NewTek™ that enables video equipment to send and receive multiple input and output signals between production devices on an existing Gigabit Ethernet (GigE) Network and broadcast several streams of high quality, low latency, frame-accurate video and audio in real time. This makes it possible and easier to have more than one source accessible for live production switching without having to connect to new devices or move locations.
A growing trend toward data-driven precision agriculture has been identified among farmers across the country. Many growers have begun adopting specific precision agriculture techniques and are leveraging big data solutions to obtain qualitative and quantitative data in order to increase their yield and make improved decisions regarding land management.
Precision agriculture, otherwise known as site-specific crop management (SSCM), precision farming or satellite farming, is a method of farming that involves using technology to collect real-time data on weather, soil quality, and crop development to help growers make better choices throughout the process of planting, fertilizing, and harvesting.
Countless businesses have saved millions of dollars by eliminating paper and switching over to Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) to securely exchange invoice payments, company reports, purchase orders and even classified data electronically.
EDI is the computer-to-computer exchange of information between companies using a standardized message formatting. Many of these transfers require an internet connection and typically occur through serial links or peer-to-peer networks.
In an effort to standardize and enhance produce tracking throughout the supply chain, leaders in the produce industry introduced the Produce Traceability Initiative (PTI), a framework of standards and best practices. Being PTI-complaint not only allows whole chain members to quickly pass on produce tracking information to consumers, but also to the FDA in the event of serious foodborne illness outbreak investigations.
It's no surprise that in a world with rapidly evolving technology things become obsolete quickly. For example, cloud technology is everywhere and it has made its way into point of sale (POS) systems. As a result, many businesses have begun replacing their legacy, or traditional, POS platforms in favor of cloud-based POS systems that offer a wider array of benefits.
Cloud-based POS systems are a type of software-as-a-service (SaaS). These Web-hosted solutions store information offsite in secured servers and make the data accessible to users online. Cloud-based POS platforms offer unparalleled simplicity where legacy POS systems fall short.
The client has been in the event industry for 25+ years. Through the client's experience, they have identified several pain points in the industry that usually go ignored. For instance, most platforms do not facilitate a streamlined communication between event planners and venues/suppliers, which creates a time-consuming problem. The client wanted to focus on helping planners be more productive, organized and encourage collaboration between venues/suppliers and planners while having planners retain more control over the process.
The client decided to address the challenges surrounding the difficulty of communication and collaboration between planners and venues/suppliers. From their familiarity with the industry, they observed that most planners input information in an excel sheet, which they then send to the venue/supplier who also make adjustments to the data. This process of manually inputting details in a spreadsheet can leave room for human error. The client gathered that event planning software isn't really scalable/integrated, and believed event planning should be streamlined and cloud-based.
A shared objective among businesses today is to reduce expenditure, maximize productivity, and maintain a competitive advantage over their competitors. When it comes to insurance companies, adjusters spend a fair amount of time in the field and even more so behind a desk prioritizing, documenting and closing claims. As a solution, many insurance companies are implementing Field Services Claims Applications to steer away from paper-based Field Service Management (FSM), and shift to a mobile workforce system that boosts efficiency and optimizes time.
The traditional way to file a claim is extremely dated and time-consuming. The process of reporting a claim typically goes like this: the customer files a claim, brings the vehicle to a repair shop, waits to hear from the adjuster, waits for repairs to be completed, and finally receives a check to cover expenses. Insurance claim applications provide an entirely new level of convenience for clients and insurance companies alike. Customers no longer have to spend days waiting to receive an estimate.
Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) have gained a large following since VR research skyrocketed in the 1990s, and it is thanks to marketers and tech enthusiasts that these technologies have become a prominent force in the market. The applications for VR and AR are virtually limitless. As such, numerous industries are adopting these novel technologies to benefit from their extensive functions.
With VR, individuals are transported to a different reality through the use of closed visors and a headset. The visors display a virtual environment while the headset emits specific sound effects to match the setting. The motion sensitive visor allows the individual to experience the setting in a 360-degree view by turning his or her head to see their surroundings. To make the VR experience more immersive, active VR motion platforms are being developed so users can navigate the virtual world in first-person by walking or running.
Chip and PIN or Chip and Signature cards, depending on the authentication techniques used, are quickly phasing out conventional magnetic stripe credit and debit cards in order to comply with new Europay, MasterCard, and Visa (EMV) standards. Nearly a year and a half after the deadline, many businesses still are not properly equipped to accept EMV cards and they will be held accountable for any fraudulent transactions that happen in their stores as a cause of this.
EMV is already a standard in all major markets outside of the U.S. EMV payment cards contain a microprocessor chip that creates a unique, single-use code for every transaction and requires a Personal Identification Number (PIN) for validation. Traditionally, credit and debit cards that only had a magnetic stripe that stored unchanging information, making it easy for that data to be copied and used fraudulently.
Healthcare providers are nowadays using electronic health records (EHRs) and health information technology (Health IT) to improve patient care in many ways. Those who have not yet taken the opportunity to integrate with Allscripts are missing out on having proper records coordination and connectivity, effective patient care engagement, as well as analytic and financial solutions.
Founded in 1986, now with over 180,000 users, Allscripts provides healthcare providers, hospitals and private clinics with practice management and EHR technology. The company also provides solutions for patient engagement and care coordination, as well as technology for data analytics and finance.
In today's on-demand world, consumers have the luxury of receiving information and services almost instantaneously. The rapid growth of telehealth in the healthcare industry supports the notion that consumers do in fact expect more convenience from their healthcare providers, and will contact physicians more often if a convenient method is provided to them.
What is telehealth? Telehealth, sometimes referred to as telemedicine, is a means of using telecommunication technologies for delivering and enhancing healthcare between patients and healthcare providers. This communication can happen in real-time or as a store-and-forward manner. In the real-time communication scenario, a patient and a healthcare practitioner may communicate through a live audio or video feed via phone, webcam, or some other technological means. In the store-and-forward example, a patient's digital images or exam results may be transmitted to a healthcare provider for a diagnosis. All telehealth systems require health information technology (health IT) such as the use of electronic health records (EHRs) or clinical decision support systems (CDSSs).
Today's digital marketing world is saturated with thousands of Content Management Systems (CMS) dedicated to helping businesses organize and publish content that is essential to maintaining their brand image and online presence. However, many of these out-of-the-box solutions do not always meet the specific needs of a company, leaving them to wonder if perhaps there is a better CMS they should have chosen.
The harsh reality is this: there is no one-size-fits-all CMS platform. The best CMS is one that is custom-fit to meet your business's specific needs. Each content management product on the market has its strengths and drawbacks that must be considered before selecting the right platform for your business purposes.
WordPress, for example, is known for being an intuitive, easy-to-use CMS that offers a wide selection of themes, add-ons and tutorials. Users can copy and paste text from a Word document and set up a clean WordPress website in no time. This easily manageable CMS, however, is best suited for designing simple websites for blogging and news.
Online casino gaming has exploded in popularity within the last decade and continues to evolve to meet the needs of players worldwide. Nowadays, operators have the opportunity to capitalize on new trends in payment software to increase their client base and keep players coming back.
The integration of Bitcoin APIs to an online gaming platform's (OGP) payment gateway is one of the newest trends to hit the iGaming industry. Bitcoin is a cryptocurrency and a new form of peer-to-peer online payment system that is not governed by a bank's authority. Bitcoins can be obtained primarily through mining, a complex process where an individual uses specialized software to add transaction records to Bitcoin's public ledger of past transactions, which is called the "blockchain." Network nodes verify the legitimacy of the Bitcoin transaction records added to the blockchain. If accepted, new Bitcoins are created and awarded to the individual in a proof-of-work logic. This system controls how many new Bitcoins are distributed and how existing ones are spent.
In the pursuit of maintaining a high attendance rate of patrons, casino hosts often waste precious time and resources contacting players who have already proven their loyalty. Instead, hosts can generate more revenue for casinos by focusing on identifying why other players have not visited lately and getting them to return.
Harvest Trends offers innovative business analytics solutions specifically designed for the unique needs of the gaming industry. They grant casinos of all sizes access to the same technology and benefits as the biggest gaming operations. Harvest Trends' tools make it possible for casinos to identify and target opportunities for player growth, retention, and reactivation.
Online ticket brokering's growing internet presence since the early 2000s has resulted in a ticketing software market that is saturated with various technologies that help ticketing proprietors enhance and streamline their operations. However, the ticketing industry is extremely fragmented and not all software systems are guaranteed to meet the specific needs of each broker.
For those who want to get serious about reselling tickets, off-the-shelf solutions will not suffice. To capitalize on a booming market and efficiently handle high volumes of ticket sales, it is imperative to utilize custom inventory management systems, pricing engines, ticket processing software, as well as seamlessly integrate to other brokers' APIs.
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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