The custom software development process can be daunting, especially when expanding beyond your internal bandwidth and recruiting a third-party to bring your solution to market. Seeing your vision come to fruition begins with choosing a capable development partner, considering aspects of their development model that may not necessarily seem paramount to the decision making process. Here, Chetu explores those key aspects all businesses must take into consideration before entering an official partnership to carry out their bespoke development needs.
One of the most trying setbacks of the digital age has been bringing all the disparate systems we subscribe to together to function as one complete unit. The cloud made this more possible, as it allowed business owners to make their tools more accessible and universal. But still, operators experience IT disorganization, which more often than not leads to setbacks.
Following the market crash this past December, thought leaders began considering blockchain outside of its conventional context. In separating blockchain from Bitcoin's shadow, we have unearthed a revolutionary set of applications pertaining to industries unrelated to finances or currency exchange. For over a decade, blockchain was only used in support of cryptocurrencies, but now it has been discovered that blockchain can offer a vast web of processes the same features it brought to currency, unparalleled security, total transparency, lower costs, and much more.
Customers are one of the most important assets a company has. Regardless of the industry it is important to have a powerful Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Software like Microsoft Dynamics 365 to manage customers and growth. With the right CRM, organizations can collect, manage and organize their customer data within one platform to increase loyalty. The best part about Dynamics 365 is that not only is it packed with all the right features but the platform can easily be customized, integrated and implemented to align with your business scope.
For a lot of businesses, having a central hub where workers can interact with customers is very important. However, business and customer relationships through the means of interaction and communication alone are not the only things businesses need in order to maintain a well-rounded relationship. Businesses want to know more about who their clients are by observing and understanding how they connect with the business. Salesforce, one of the largest CRM platforms, offers a medium to help create an environment where workers can interact with customers in a whole new way.
To find out more about architectural frameworks used in software development we interviewed Prem Khatri, VPO at Chetu. Prem Khatri specializes in Microsoft technologies, particularly with .NET frameworks, SSRS, WCF, MVC and many others.
Oracle Fusion Middleware (OFM), another member of the Oracle Corporation family tree, is often confused with Oracle Fusion Applications despite servicing a more diverse web of business process. Where Oracle's other offerings run vertically, matching operators with end-to-end solutions engineered to resolve specific operational inefficiencies, OFM function horizontally, integrating with the entire spectrum to improve applications running vertically.
For businesses, business intelligence or BI analytics are essential tools to have in order to gain greater visibility within a company. Chetu's extensive experience in implementing analytics software solutions for businesses reaches all the way to companies like SAP, an enterprise software company that specializes in BI and analytics to help companies execute better decision making through tools. Additionally, through SAP business intelligence tools and software development from developers at Chetu, digital efforts are created to help businesses: eliminate conjectures, monitor key performance indicators (KPI's) and gain insight on customer behavior. Software solutions offered by Chetu via SAP business intelligence and business objects solutions include: BI data warehouse solutions, BI platform services, end-to end BI services, BI reporting solutions, custom dashboards and analytics.
Chetu prioritizes communication. Our nearshore offshore model mitigates any communication or geographical deficits that inhibit conventional outsourcing designs. Clients receive a nearshore contact to serve as an interface for client-developer dialogue, leaving all the productivity usually lost in translation funneling into the project at hand.
Keeping pace with the frenetic movement of the IT industry is challenging, considering landing on the wrong side of the bell curve puts enterprises in a precarious situation. Chetu's clients often voice concerns about operational lag stemming from their reliance on legacy software, and the pressure they are experiencing to expedite time to market. But if internal teams are not meeting the demands of an ever-changing IT landscape what are companies to do?
For nearly two decades, Flash technology was the standard for multimedia creations. On July 25th, shortly after Google's decision to no longer support Flash-based technology in ads, Adobe announced that they plan to completely kill Flash by the end of 2020.
The current mobile application market is saturated with various devices, operating systems, and users, which makes choosing the right strategy for developing a mobile application challenging. It requires more forethought than simply being aware of native platforms or the pros and cons of cross-platform mobile application development. Those looking to develop a successful mobile application should heed the following advice:
Today, data is the fuel that drives countless business strategies. Through a series of complex algorithms and code, BI analytics turns quality data into usable reports that provide business owners with valuable insight into their company. Yet, not all BI analytics platforms are built alike, and the various options on the market can make finding the best option difficult.
For designers, having a tool that gives you full control over how your effects work is invaluable; that's what it means to work with Motion UI.
Originally found within the Foundation for Apps framework, Motion UI is an open-source Sass library for creating custom CSS transitions and animations.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, generating revenue and creating additional channels for marketing. Given the widespread use of mobile devices, it is no surprise that the market is segmented with different operating systems. Yet, this creates a problem for those looking to build a mobile application that flawlessly functions across a diverse set of devices.
What is Automation Testing?
Automation testing is the process of evaluating software with pre-scripted computerized tests. The primary purpose of testing is to ensure the quality of software and applications before they are launched. Automating tests takes a meticulous manual task and turns it into an efficient computerized function. The most common tests are regression, load, and performance verification of graphical user interfaces (GUI) for web and desktop functionality.These tests verify bug fixes, and optimize performance of software and applications.