How Internet of Things (IoT) changes everything?

Jan 27, 2015
Regardless of whom you talk to, everyone agrees that IoT is the “next big thing”. Enterprises that look for ways to sharpen the existing business models adopt IoT technologies. The question arises how the IoT benefits the businesses and how can the new revenues be generated through enhanced customer satisfaction.The internet has transformed the way businesses communicate. Digitization can make unprepared players disappear. New technological advancements help to expand and intensify the relationships with the existing customers and also help you build new ones. Business models based on “connecting things” have been penetrating the markets as they deliver greater ROI.Market size and number of devices: According to a recent research, more than 14 billion connected devices can be expected by the end of year 2022. The devices would be connected directly or indirectly to the internet. Wondering if it means intelligent buildings, healthcare, automotive and utilities? Of course, it does! This next wave of technology transforms everything.The major challenges for existing business models for employing IoT: For most of the companies, it can be daunting to convert the existing products into smart ones. Embedding them into the digital world can be challenging for businesses. Here are some major reasons why IoT is not spreading so fast in the industry:Price: People find the consumer products to be way too expensive. Nobody wants to buy a $ 99 smart light bulb or a $ 99 smart brush. Something should be done for reducing the prices of sensors and chips so that the customers can buy them easily. As of now, there are just a few people who are ready to pay the price for Internet-connected smart devices and utilities. Once they understand the importance of such products and know how these devices improve the lifestyle, they would not hesitate to invest money for such products.Basket of remotes: Yes. It is a fact that one would need a whole bunch of remotes to access the Internet-connected things. In order to take the full advantage of the functionality, “basket of remotes” would be required. It is believed that consumers would take some time to ensure that their smartphones and tablets can talk to each other.Privacy: Most of the business owners believe that IoT enabled devices aren’t secure. Security experts agree with this fact that such products are difficult to secure as compared to web. Companies that manufacture such devices focus on developing cheaper ones and forget about securing them.Competition: Imagine an arena full of competitors wherein everyone attempts to shape the future and the best part is that they try to win over the same customers. It may be challenging for the businesses to compete with the biggies and leading industry players.However, value-added services and new business models can help to achieve success and bring new opportunities for the enterprises.Next to read.....

All About Microsoft Windows 10 Event

Jan 22, 2015
The day’s finally here! Microsoft unveiled what’s next for Windows 10 and the announcements have definitely made the users happy. So, if you’ve missed anything, here’s a quick rundown:Windows 10 for phones, share apps with the desktopMicrosoft is all set to merge Windows 10 for large screen devices along with small devices. The users will no longer get a large desktop for the smaller mobile devices. It becomes easier for the developers to build apps on mobiles, desktops and Xbox.
  • It is expected that the Action Center and Settings menu will share the base design with desktop Mobile and this would lead to an improvement in the user experience.
  • The People app will allow the users to start a call or message a contact as it would aggregate the phone contacts. Mails composition will be handled by Word.
  • Windows 10 comes with enhanced features of Office apps – Excel, Word and PowerPoint.
  • Messaging becomes more unified and all the messages will be in one place.
  • Photos is universal app that features OneDrive integration and pictures would be synced from multiple devices so that the users can view the entire photo collection from one place.
Nokia Lumia 1520 will get the latest upgrades while Windows 10 will be a free upgrade for Windows Phone 8.1. Don’t be confused about what will happen to the other Windows devices. Microsoft may be surely working on it.Cortana for desktop:There had been rumors that Cortana will move to the desktop on Windows 10 making it more intelligent and useful than ever. Cortana has now got better for PC than the phones. A major upgrade in the software is considered to be one of the major reasons for an enhanced PC experience.Microsoft said that Cortana is now more personal as the soft female voice cracks jokes and understands 7 different languages. It would now have very natural voice interaction and trigger words. The users can ask Cortana to play music or be quiet. It is believed that Cortana will provide the right suggestions and notifications when the users require them.We’re happy than ever before to see Cortana in the new Windows 10 and it seems that Microsoft wants to make a great effort to enhance the productivity.Project Spartan – The software giant’s next-generation browser:The new browser - Project Spartan will be built into Windows 10. No information is available about Spartan replacing IE on Windows 10. It seems that the giant wants to create a single browsing experience across all the Windows devices.As browsers are a vital way for the users to interact with the Internet for watching videos, accessing Facebook and online shopping, it becomes important for Microsoft to redouble the efforts with the browsers for an enhanced user experience. Though mobile apps are the primary ways to interact with the internet, browser still remains a key technology for desktops and laptops. Spartan will be available to Windows 10 Insider versions and then to other Windows phones.Windows 10 free upgrade for Windows 7 / 8.1 for the first year:Microsoft Corp decided to give away its upcoming Windows 10 operating system as a free upgrade to Windows 8.1 and 7 versions. The giant makes efforts to hold onto the customers by doing so.By offering free upgrades, the company hopes to attract more than 1 billion personal computer users of Windows to run the same on other devices. Let’s wait to see whether most consumers are ready to adopt this free upgrade and enjoy running Microsoft’s latest.Xbox integration on Windows 10:The latest Xbox implementation includes advanced features like messaging and friend list. It allows the users to interact with the Activity Feed and support Steam games. Capturing and editing gameplay footage would be done just as on Xbox one.Microsoft demoed the upcoming feature and revealed that users would be able to stream their games to Windows 10 PC too.Windows debuts Windows Holographic – The Augmented Reality platform and headset:Windows comes with some additional features compared to its competitors. Getting deeper into augmented reality, the giant showcased a new product called Windows Holographic. A new device – Microsoft HoloLens was also announced that includes spatial sound, multiple sensors and Microsoft-crafted processor called a Holographic Processing Unit.Start menu revived with Windows 10:Windows 10 reasserts the traditional Windows design elements and yes - The Start menu lives! The users will be able to click the Windows logo button to access the new menu. The menu would have universal search field.Microsoft Surface Hub – An 84 inch multi-touch 4K displays:The Microsoft Surface Hub is an 84-inch display that is equipped with multi-pen and multi-touch support. The Surface Hub can also be used as a video conference tool along with being used as whiteboards. The “one-touch meetings” feature would allow the users to join and invite collaborators on video calls. Once the meeting is over, the users can tap on the button and reset the Surface Hub and it is ready for the next meeting.The release date of Windows 10 hasn’t been revealed yet, but it is expected to launch in the fall. Stay tuned for more updates!...

Use mobile ERP solutions to boost the sales and productivity

Jan 10, 2015
In today’s fast-paced world, real-time communication is very important for any organization in order to succeed. Whether your employees want to manage the team members or facilitate communication between the members, it is not possible for the organizations to depend on the enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems from a single system. Mobile ERP can make the processes smoother and easier.It is a known fact that it is not possible that businesses store the data at one single place. They may require an option to access the data on the move and this is when mobile ERP solutions come into the picture. The mobile apps help the employees access the data from anywhere and also improves the quality of communication within various departments in an organization.Let’s take an example of a salesperson with a new job. He would be able to access the app and learn He would be able to access the app and learn He would be able to access the app and learn the internal sales process instantly. There would be no need of spending a few days and arrange meetings because all the information would be available handy. When the employee closes the deal, he can let others know about it.Mobile ERP is known to be beneficial in almost all the industries. Job trainings and manuals can help all the employees stay on the same page.Benefits of Mobile ERP: All the departments of your business organization can stay connected with each other when you employ mobile ERP. The major issues can be sorted out instantly and this would improve the customer satisfaction also. Here are some major benefits of mobile ERP solutions:Cloud storage: Businesses these days look for cloud solutions to store their important company information. If you are thinking twice about using cloud services, you’re wasting time. Storing data on the cloud gives you the ability to share and access the important information at a much faster rate. The companies that rely on their customers’ reviews and feedback should surely employ cloud services as this would help to improve the client services and you would have more satisfied customers. The team members would be able to solve the customers’ queries faster and this would enhance the quality of services.No Middleman: Since the last years, the companies needed middleman to collect the data from ERP systems. Now, things have changed. The companies can establish direct link between the machines and ERP databases and other updates.Improves productivity: Mobile ERP helps the team members get access to the data. Even if the employees are not available physically in the office, they can access the important information. This would help in streamlining the business processes. The mobile access would help to cut down the tedious paper work and other tasks.Real-time data access: The employees would not need to enter the same information repeatedly into different systems. Real-time data capture facilitate the capture of real time data by all the employees, no matter where they are located.Build brand loyalty: Mobile ERP can help your business get online recognition and brand loyalty. So, you can expect a boost in sales and profits. Once your customers would be happy with your services, you can expect repeated sales.Still not sure whether you should use mobile ERP for your business or not? It is important to use proper ERP systems so that your business can attain competitive advantage.Most of the organizations are worried about potential security problems when we talk about ERP solutions. You can plan effective BYOD strategies and policies to protect the confidential business information. Today, there are many organizations that are taking the advantage of mobile ERP solutions. If you are not using them, you are surely losing a lot. You would surely be able to reduce the IT operational costs, improve the communication and manage the clients in a better way. Effective communication with the internal team members and the clients will help you improve client satisfaction. More satisfied customers means improved sales and profits! Take your business to a new level with ERP solutions. So, what are you waiting for? Find the best ERP solution and save a lot of money and time, while offering better customer services.Next to read......

What’s a cloud services broker, and why do you need on

Jan 02, 2015
Cloud brokers are the third-party individuals or businesses that act as an intermediary between the sellers of the cloud services and buyer of a cloud computing service. The cloud service broker helps the users save time to do research online when they want to buy the cloud services. The brokers offer the required information to the business owners and help the clients know about how to use cloud computing services.The cloud brokers work closely with the clients to understand their requirements and the work processes. They propose the best suitable solution. Most of the cloud service brokers present a list of recommended cloud providers that are beneficial for the clients’ business.There are chances that cloud broker may be granted the rights to negotiate contracts with cloud providers on behalf of the clients. The customers do not need to take the stress of doing that when they hire the right broker for cloud services.Most of the business owners avoid paying fees to the brokers and contact the cloud service providers. You may not have the expertise to analyze the cloud services and negotiate the contracts. Hence, you can hire cloud brokers and they would make recommendations on cloud strategies.A good cloud service broker will be able to make it easier and simpler for you to choose the best cloud services and manage them effectively. Cloud services can surely help transform IT infrastructure, make it automated and secure. You can ask the service providers to evaluate the infrastructure capabilities and help you select the right features that add value to your business.The service brokers can also help the enterprises find the custom and tailor made solutions for cloud services. They would contact the agencies and ask them to develop and implement strategies for helping the organizations make the most of the cloud services.Don’t be surprised to know that the cloud broker doesn’t necessarily need to be a person. It can be a software or a suite of technologies also. It is surely a cost effective way to hire expert and specialist brokers to ensure that your business stays compliant.If you want to grow at a rapid phase, you could use cloud brokerage to help you get the best cloud solutions without requiring to hire full time IT staff members.Next to read.....

How can wearable technology boost the business productivity?

Dec 13, 2014
Wearable devices are the interesting innovations that have been gaining popularity in the last few years. Apart from new innovations as mere toys, wearable devices are also used within business settings. They help organizations to improve the business efficiency and productivity. A personal wearable device helps to facilitate, enhance and work for the wearer.Different types of wearable devices such as watches, wrist bands, smart glasses, armbands, etc. are available in the market these days. Smart watches offer several advantages than just watching time. The gadgets can be linked to your smartphones to make the interaction within the organization a lot more effortless. Here are some major benefits of wearable devices:Improved productivity of the remote workers: Wearable devices can help the employees work from the remote locations. Even when the workers are not present in their offices, they can make use of wearable technology and streamline the work processes.Most of the employees who travel often can have wearable systems so that the business owners can keep a track of the activities and also get real-time information. The smart devices store all the work related information and helps the business owners manage their employees and their activities. Being smaller in size, such devices can be carried anywhere, at any time.Get instant notifications: Smart wearable devices help the users get instant access to the notifications. Rather than relying on bulky mobile devices, employees can make use of smart watch to make sure that the business operations are smooth.Stay connected: There are some places where smartphones or tablets cannot be used. The employees can stay connected with each other and the clients directly when they make use of wearable devices. Such devices are more convenient than the smartphones and tablets.With the introduction of smart devices, the business owners need to pay special attention to the security of the confidential business information. The smart devices may contain important information in databases or other sources. While investing in wearable technology, you should consider security. One needs to choose the right type of operating system for wearable devices.What are the limitations of wearable devices? Clearly, wearable devices can do a lot many things that a standard smartphone does. Some users find such devices smaller to perform the tasks like browsing the internet. Wearable technology is accepted by masses across the world while some people have not yet accepted this emerging industry.It can be assumed that wearable technology would not be replacing smartphones very soon, but the future of this technology is very bright. There are endless possibilities of these devices as they make our lives easier and offer opportunities. They also change the way we interact within the organization. In order to remain competitive, businesses should leverage the use of wearable devices. That’s the need of the hour! If you’re not using wearable technology for your business, you’re surely missing a lot. Think about it!Next to read......

Which one is better – Hybrid or Native app?

Dec 05, 2014
iOS, Android, Blackberry, Windows mobile, etc. are leading the Operating system market these days. These Operating systems are widely used in smart devices like mobiles and tablets. With more than 1M apps in the iOS store, more than 780,000 apps in the Google Play Store and around 250,000 apps in Windows Store and Blackberry’s Play Store, there’s a great buzz among the business owners to create innovative and exciting apps. The users can have access to 1 operating system depending on the device they use.Today most of the business owners and developers face the problem to choose the right platform for developing the mobile app. They get confused whether they should develop a native app of a hybrid app. This is surely an old debate which has no perfect answer. Let us understand how native and hybrid apps are different.Native app: A native app is written to a specific platform such as Android or iOS. iOS app can be accessed by iOS users only while Android apps can be accessed by Android users. The portability of the code to other platforms is dependent on how it has been written by the developers. It would need some level of rewriting to use it on the other platform.While writing native app, you would be getting the access to all the hardware features exposed to the native code APIs. One such example is Apple push notification that is an iOS feature and not supported by a web app.Native apps are considered to be quite expensive and time consuming because one needs to develop an app for a specific store at a time.Hybrid app: The major advantage of developing hybrid app is consistency, cross platform UI which is compatible with most of the devices. Hence, it is less expensive method of developing apps. The limitation of hybrid apps is that it cannot be used for all the types of the apps.Here are some factors that can be used to determine whether you should opt for hybrid app or native app:Development time and cost: Hybrid apps take the minimum time for development and they are considered to cost lesser than the development of native apps. When you build a hybrid app, you would need to maintain just one code and native apps may need individual code for every platform. This doesn’t mean that native apps are bad. They have their own advantages that make it a preferred choice of many programmers worldwide.User Experience: It is considered that native applications offer the best user experience because they are designed exclusively for a single app store they’re compatible with. The screen size can be adjusted accordingly. On the other hand, Hybrid apps give a good user experience with just one app on multiple platforms.Paid of Free App: Native apps have the best UI and so, most of the users develop such apps as paid ones. Most of the free apps can be developed as hybrid apps.Still confused? Consider all the pros and cons and choose the best option that suits your requirements and budget.Let us know if you need help in building native or hybrid app.Next to read.....

Which is the best programming language – PHP or ASP.Ne

Dec 04, 2014
There are several debates about whether PHP or ASP.Net is a better platform. Most of the industry experts promote one programming language over the other. There are several factors that should be considered before choosing PHP or ASP.Net language.If you consider cost and support, PHP is the winner because it runs on an open source platform. PHP is a cost effective method that provides a large amount of resources and support. As far as time of deployment is considered, ASP.Net takes twice as much code writing as compared to PHP. Hence, development with PHP is much faster than ASP.Net.Here are some dissimilarities between the two languages: Designing and development cost: Being an open source, PHP is free to download from the internet. It has the largest free module and plugin which can be used freely. Millions of programmers have been using the code and modifying it. On the other hand, ASP.Net requires a series of Microsoft products. This makes it an expensive option as compared to PHP. Application Performance: PHP is an interpreted language and can be run directly from the code that you write every time. ASP.Net is an optimized and compiled language and loads faster than most other interpreted languages. Multiple language support: Being made in C++, it is a preferred choice of many developers. ASP.Net supports various languages such as cSharp, Visual basic .Net and jSharp. It enables programmers to develop an application together using such languages without gaps.Other differences:PHP → PHP is used for building dynamic websites that can interact with Databases and exchange information. → PHP offers greater flexibility than its rival – ASP. Moreover, PHP is platform free. → PHP codes are light in weight and this makes it a preferable choice of many developers. → PHP codes can run on several platforms such as UNIX, Linux and Windows. → PHP is used for building dynamic websites that can interact with Databases and exchange information.ASP.Net → ASP.Net allows monitoring and handling on-page events. There are several other features that help the programmers develop dynamic web applications. → ASP.Net is designed for Windows machine. It’s a fact that Linux servers are stable and secure. Being a licensed platform, Windows involve higher costs. → ASP.Net codes are not so easy to understand. → ASP codes are linked with Windows platform only. → ASP.Net is used for developing web apps using VB.Net and IIS.Both the languages have the ability to use MVC models. .Net has an addon that comes from Microsoft while PHP has CakePHP. Though PHP needs intensive third-party applications to achieve the same level of user-friendliness as compared to ASP.Net, it is a trusted choice of many programmers worldwide.In a nutshell, PHP is secure, cheap and reliable option while ASP.Net has quicker development time. Both the languages have their own features that makes them a trusted choice of millions of users and developers across the globe. Both the languages are great! .Net is better in its own world while PHP is better in its own arena. You should compare them and choose the best one that matches your requirements and budget.Next to read.....

Agile vs. Waterfall: Understanding the pros and cons

Nov 26, 2014
Agile and Waterfall are the two distinct methods of software development. As the Waterfall method employs a sequential design process, it is a linear model for software development. The major development stages are conception, initiation, analysis, design, development and testing. On the other hand, the Agile method is an incremental and iterative approach to software design. The limitations of the Waterfall were kept in mind while developing the Agile method. The designers work on the individual models of the design process.There is no pre-determined action plan for the Agile method. The designers can respond to the changes and make the changes as the project development takes place. Agile is a new player in the industry, but has gained substantial popularity in the last few years.Before starting the development process, you should think of the software design. Then, you should determine which method is right for you and your project. Do some research and understand the benefits and limitations of each approach. Let’s have a look at the pros and cons of the Agile and Waterfall methods of software development.Pros:Agile Agile provides a flexible design model and promotes adaptive planning and development. It is considered to be freeform software design model that allows the software developers work on smaller modules at a time. If you’re working on projects that have no definite end-goals of the project, Agile can be beneficial. If you have been working with a client whose goals are not well-defined or confusing, you can consider Agile method. The client’s requirements would get clearer as the project progresses. The development can be adapted to meet the new, evolving requirements of the client. Agile is an excellent option for experimental software design.Waterfall The main emphasis of the Waterfall lies on the project plan. Hence, before beginning the development process, there has to be a clear plan and a clear vision. The Waterfall method requires upfront, extensive planning. The timetables and budgets can also be estimated accurately that helps to please the clients.Cons:Agile Agile doesn’t have a structure and hence, it becomes difficult to predict the timelines of the project. The budgets cannot be predicted when Agile methodology is used for the software development. Everything remains vague with the use of such method.As it involves active user involvement, it can be time consuming as compared to the Waterfall method. The designers need to be committed for the duration of the project. If the designers leave the project in the midst of the development, it can be risky as the project is plan-based.Waterfall The Waterfall method of software development is considered to be inflexible and rigid. The project design cannot be altered once a stage is completed. So, if you’re planning to use Waterfall, you need to be sure that you gather all the requirements before project initiation.So, what’s better? Each method has its uses. Waterfall is preferable for static projects while Agile is a good option for smaller projects in which changes are likely to be made. Though, remember that these are just a few guidelines and suggestions. Choosing the right method for your project is completely your choice. You should understand the pros and cons and select the best one that suits your project requirements.You can visit our development methodology page for more info.Next to read......

Top 10 reasons why organizations should use cloud computing

Nov 19, 2014
Cloud computing has been evolving the way businesses operate these days. Companies of all the shapes and sizes have been adapting to this new technology. Industry experts believe that cloud computing will continue to benefit the mid-sized and large companies in the coming few years.The major advantages of cloud computing are:1. Cost-effective: Cloud computing is known to be a cost effective method to store the data on the cloud. Rather than having desktop software, businesses can store the confidential business information in the cloud. There’s no need to pay the licensing fees for multiple users. One can pay one-time cost or pay-as-you-go for maintenance of the data.2. Unlimited storage space: Storing information in the cloud gives you unlimited space capacity. Hence, one does not need to worry about running out of storage when cloud computing is used. You can easily increase your current storage space availability also.3. Backup and Recovery: As all your data would be stored in the cloud, backing it up and recovering it as when required would be much easier rather than storing it on a physical device. Most of the service providers can handle the restoration of the data too and reduce the risks of confidential information.4. Scalability: This is a built-in feature for cloud deployments. The business owners need to pay for the applications and data storage they require. Clouds can be scaled as per your specific needs and the ever-changing IT system demands.5. Device diversity: Cloud computing services can be accessed from anywhere, at any time via internet. The data can be accessed from traditional desktops, smartphones, tablets, etc. “Bring your own device (BYOD)” policy can be implemented in the organization to bring mobility to the business operations. The employees would be able to access the information from their own mobile devices from any location. Hence, cloud computing solutions offer great flexibility and location independence.6. Faster deployment: The companies would be able to get their applications running quickly as cloud computing offers improved manageability and lower maintenance needs. The IT departments can adjust the resources with the fluctuating demands when they use cloud computing services.7. Energy efficiency: Traditional IT servers require 24 X 7 power supply to keep them cool. Cloud computing services are considered to be a “greener” option as it saves the energy.8. Agility: There is no need to invest money for expensive infrastructure when you start using cloud computing services for your business. Cloud can help to bring products to market faster because the development teams would not have to depend on IT teams anymore.9. Security: Information stored in mobile devices or laptops can be stolen easily. When you use cloud computing services, a username and password would be required to login where the data is stored. Hence, it is considered to be a secure option of storing the data.10. Competitiveness: Cloud services help business organizations act faster than the competitors. The important decisions can be taken quicker. Cloud services can surely help you remain competitive in the industry. Cloud changes everything in an organization. Think about it.You can visit cloud computing services page to know more about our offerings.Next to read:...

Can Big Data help your organization outperform the peers?

Oct 14, 2014
Over the last few years, the term “Big Data” has evolved gradually as it helps marketers generate greater value from the marketing campaigns. Companies like Facebook, Amazon and Google have been using Big Data since the last few years to power their analytics. Big Data also helps to enhance user experience. Business owners can analyze the different types of data, which was unmanageable in the past. Ad placement and friend suggestion can be powered by big data.How can businesses be benefited from big data insights?Understanding your customer: Most of the small and mid-sized businesses collect the information about their clients. There can be lots and lots of information about different customers. The major problem such companies face is that the information is kept in isolated silos, which reduces the efficiency of analysis. Integrating big data solutions can allow you to add information from different sources.Manage your data better: It requires some technical knowledge to define the way in which data is collected and stored. Big data tools allow the users to work with the data without dealing with complicated technical procedures. The data available in various different formats can be successfully mined for multiple purposes. Some of the examples are real-time video processing and medical transcription.Small businesses can be benefited if they can visualize the collected data. Data-maps and graphs can be useful for non-experts as they would help to visualize the data.Speed, capacity and scalability of cloud storage: If you want to utilize large data sets, third party cloud service providers can help. It offers both storage and computing power for a specific period. It allows the companies analyze massive data sets without spending a lot.Measure the results: Businesses that want to increase the metric prowess should make use of data analysis as it would help to manage the customer information and sales record in a better way.Companies all over the world are investing in purchasing and maintaining all the infrastructure required for storing and managing the data. Hybrid cloud solutions can help to maintain the hardware and devices required for processing and storing the information.No matter what type of business you’re into, Big Data can surely help to improve the customer’s experience and deliver exactly what they’re looking for. Big Data not only helps businesses find new customers, but also helps in maintaining the existing ones. When you start using Big Data, you would be able to improve customer retention.Big Data is a great tool as it opens more avenues and great opportunities to organizations. As Big Data would be stored in the Cloud environment, it would be distributed over the network and stored in the Globe.Business Intelligence software can be used along with Big Data to help the businesses target where their content needs to be displayed. Companies that have been using Big Data have experienced customer acquisition, retention and better customer satisfaction. If you are looking forward to develop a big data strategy, you need to focus on the perfection of the data and the accuracy of the analysis.If you are looking for big data analytics solution then click here....