Today, we are pleased to announce our new project with London Stock Exchange. We have a challenging assignment to work with various Indices provided by the exchange and to also support their public facing FTSE.com website. We are confident in delivering yet another professional and quality performance as we have consistently done in our past projects.
Impact and adoption of Cloud based technology
Cloud adoption is picking up fast and it is increasingly getting easier to use cloud technology and integrate it with an app. Although there are two major players dominant in the market (Amazon AWS and Microsoft Azure), there are many more who provide competitive services to mobile apps developers. Cloud usage enables an app to be deployed once and be used anywhere. As a result, features like Handoff (iOS) are possible. Similar features can be built on easily using cloud technology.
Enterprise Apps usage
There has been a focus shift in the types of apps being available. Nowadays, more and more enterprise apps are being made available than consumer apps. Organisations are finally increasing adoption of mobile based technologies like usage of tables and smartphones which has increased the demand for more enterprise level apps. Moreover, enterprise apps also have more potential in driving revenues for developers than consumer apps targeted at the general public.
With more tools and features available than ever before, developing enterprise level apps is going to be much easier. The rise of open source platforms have helped and will continue to help developers around the world connect with each other to create robust and maintainable softwares.
HTML5 v/s Native
HTML5 apps are not only cheaper to develop but are also cross-platform which make them an attractive proposition for organisations. There are many technologies complementing HTML5 like jQuery Mobile, AngularJS, KnockoutJS, Bootstrap, etc and they will greatly reduce the development time needed to quickly come up with an enterprise app.
Few years ago hardly anybody in an organisation talked about having a strategy for mobile users. Today, this is one of the most important strategies that companies think of. Mobile users nowadays constitute a major portion of the consumer base and thus cannot be ignore. Having a unique strategy to reach the mobile consumer will be one of the top mobile strategies for organisations.
Statistical data is very important in formulating algorithms and producing predictive models. The enterprise apps will also feature a lot of real-time information that will keep consumer well informed and up-to-date with latest news and updates. Organisations will strive to be quick to respond to a concerned consumer, user query or a feedback. This will also be possible with integrating real-time information capabilities in an enterprise app.
The wait for details of another wearable technology was finally over when Apple revealed details of its Apple Watch. People have been waiting to know this for months: when it was going to be available, how much it would cost, and what comes with it. The Apple Watch is highly customisable, in fact one of the most customisable product the company has ever made. It comes with three base models in two sizes and six different watch colours and strap bands to choose from. It will also be capable to run the standard known apps like Music, Contacts, Maps including the voice assistant Siri to name a few. Apple Pay which is Apple’s own contactless payments service along with a health monitor will also feature as standard apps. Users will also get the ability to add other known apps like Twitter, Uber, Salesforce, WeChat and many more. You can read emails, summon Siri, receive calls and track fitness goals on your watch. Facebook alerts, WeChat messages and Twitter trends can also be beamed your wrist without pulling out your smartphone.
There are more than a dozen ways to interact with the watch, from receiving glanceable notifications, to feeling "taptic" feedback, to summoning Siri. It also makes mundane notifications easy to dismiss while keeping you in the loop with important alerts.
The Apple Watch battery life is supposed to last all day, but don't expect a full 24 hours from this first edition of the smartwatch. Instead, Tim Cook has promised 18 hours of a typical day, which technically does sync with his comments that it can be "worn all day" and is something that's "simple to charge at night."
The lowest base model, the Apple Watch Sport (38-millimeter, with the aluminium band) will cost £249. The 42-millimeter version comes in at £339. The mid-range Apple Watch begins at £479 for the 38-millimeter version and goes up to £949 depending on the Apple Watch size and band configuration. The gold Apple Watch Edition starts at a whooping £8,000 and will be available in limited numbers at select retail stores.
Apple said pre-orders begin April 10, and availability begins two weeks later on April 24.
Mobile technology is growing rapidly by the day. Many companies are increasingly focusing on leveraging mobile and tablets in their day to day operations. It is therefore absolutely essential nowadays to keep up to speed with the mobile world. Many of our clients ask us which is better - having a responsive website or an app. While the question would have been perfectly valid years ago, it is however, no longer a valid one. In the technology era that we are in today, companies have become more and more conscious of the customer. The customer on the other hand has variety of means to access a service. Coming back to the question on having a responsive website or an app, if a decision has to be made, your business goals and objectives should dictate the answer.
Following your competitors is an example of adopting a red-ocean strategy. But if you want to go disruptive, adopt a blue-ocean strategy and let your competitors follow you.
We would say both responsive website and an app are equally important. Once your business goals are clearly defined, the right technology will fall into place. What businesses need is the right tool for the job, whether the purpose is served by a website or an app, or even a combination of the two to capture the attention of the users.
Nowadays, mobile is impossible to ignore regardless of the industry businesses are in and it is all about retention and engaging your customers.
People tend to download apps for various reasons. Whether it is for getting information or just to be one tap away from a company’s website. Whether you want to deliver extreme functionality using features like GPS, Camera , etc; is up to you.
It is common to see lots of industries to see launching their own apps to promote their brand. Almost everybody in the UK owns a mobile and it just shows how crucial it is to target mobile devices. It also shows how important it is to be aware who your target audience is and what kind of devices they use daily.
A responsive website on the other hand is not about making the users zoom into one content/area of your page only to have them click a single link. It is about ensuring your website fits and adjusts perfectly according to the device’s capabilities, screen resolution. It is also about ensuring functionality served by your website fits the context and scenarios that are ideal and common for mobile. Users will not navigate within your website if they have no idea or are confused.
It is wrong to assume a responsive website as an inexpensive shortcut to getting your brand to your customers. Many websites today present different content to mobile users and different to desktop users. Businesses should be looking to present the same content every time regardless of the device. The presentation can differ to suit the device capabilities.
If an objective of a business is to increase traffic and increase online presence, having a responsive website is vital. Every business needs a website and online identity because many of the potential customers search online to seek vendors and partners or to look for services.
Merely mimicking your website in an app is not the way forward. Your app should serve a specific purpose to your business which forms part of its overall objective and thereby helps in growth. Having a responsive website will help your customers know you. Giving them your app for a specific purpose will benefit both the worlds.
On 21st January 2015, Microsoft unvieled more details on the upcoming version of Windows, Windows 10.
At a glance
How much will it cost?
Windows Holographic and HoloLens
New multitasking features
Today, we are pleased to announce our new project with Barclays (Wealth and Invementment Management). We will be working on an exciting new enterprise application that would help the bank channel their resources and effectively manage their processes. Like before, we are certain to utilise our past experience and expertise to build a high quality product.
Microsoft is holding an event in London at ExCeL. Its called Future Encoded and it spans three days starting 10th November 2014. The tech event is useful to a lot of communities like entreprenuers, businesses, Microsoft Partners, enthusiasts and developers.
The first day will feature an interactive conversation with CEO Satya Nadella who will talk about how Microsoft is working to provide the next generation of technology innovation to help transform businesses. His keynote will be followed by other speakers like Sir Bob Geldof, Jeremy Paxman, Dame Stella Rimington, Sir Murray OBE, Sir Martin Sorrell and Ronan Dunne.
The third day comprises of sessions highlighting the advancements in technology and sessions on building universal Apps; something which is entirely focused on IT Professionals. While speakers provide insight into various topics, Microsoft will also be offering an array of tracks for attendees to check out.
Track 1: "Write Once, Run Everywhere?" - creating cross platform apps with Visual Studio
Track2: Demystifying Data Discovery and Big Data
DevOps – what is it and what can we learn from practitioners?
Track 4: Enterprise Mobility: Helping users keep on the straight and narrow!
Track 5: “Modernize, Transform and Extend your Datacentre to the Cloud”
Track 6: Building Apps in the cloud
Track 7: Modern Development with Visual Studio
Track 8: Developing Solutions for the Internet of Things
It is quite an event and we are sure lot of people are going to learn lot of new things. At the same time, it is also going to be interesting to understand what Microsoft technologies will form part of the future technical world.