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Top Rated Web and Mobile App Development Company, Finoit Technologies, Expands it’s IoT Services Offerings

8 months ago

 

Finoit Technologies, the renowned web and mobile app development company from India working with over 250 customers from North America, India, Australia and Europe, has forayed into IoT with projects in Smart car, Smart city, home and office automation and other innovative products of their customers.

Briefing about the services and future roadmap, Finoit’s CEO Yogesh Choudhary stated that their Finoit has extensively started expanding it’s services offering in IoT space and are providing end to end IoT application development services ranging from consultation and scope finalization, hardware and sensor identification and development and implementation.

On being asked about the services, he stated that” Finoit is a technology company providing consulting and implementation services to its customers across following domain-

Internet of Things (IoT)

Custom Web Development

Cloud Services and Infrastructure Management

Mobile Application Development and Enterprise Mobility

And with a team of 120+ employees, Finoit has delivered 4 projects in IoT, over 400 Mobile app projects, 50+ comprehensive Web based solution and collaborated with over 250 customers (Startups and SMBs) in consulting and IT implementation projects while solving the business problem and providing technological edge to these companies over their competitors.

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5 Things to Consider While Outsourcing Your Java Development

one month ago

Nowadays, the enterprise world highly recommends the outsourcing methods as an essential part of the Business Development Cycle. Everyone makes the optimum usage of offshoring in their own way, from high-end organizations to the small-scale business. Software Development holds the top level position in the offshore marketplace. The companies are outsourcing their software companies at a high rate so that during the tenure of 2011-12, IT offshoring resulted for 7.1% of the overall IT expenditure. After analysing the scope of huge profits in the marketplace, most of the service providers have added outsourcing dish on their plate. Due to this, it got difficult for a business owner to winnow the perfect offshore service provider.

If you are willing to outsource Java Development and looking for the foremost service provider, then some concerns must be in your mind while opting. Let me list those key concerns briefly:

Cost-Benefit Analysis: Service provided in outsourcing could be cost-saving but the money is not a preference over the product delivery. It takes some time period to realize the actual potential of cost-benefit offshoring perfectly. Anyhow, you need to be aware of the untold cost involved in evaluation and vendor selection, time spent during the deal with the offshore team, conversion of employees into a new working environment, sending the project offshore and handling the whole process.

Flexible Work Environment: The professionals who are working on your project must be well trained and experienced. Most of the onshore employees face some misconceptions regarding outsourcing and you have to address them at the start of your project. Make sure that the onshore team is aware of the unexpectable variations that can take place in the working model and don’t forget to maintain their comfort level.

Relationship Building: You should not take offshore Java Developers for granted and expect them to work on your project without any further contribution of the business owner. You need to build a strong work relationship with your vendor and do some engagement. If not possible for you, then appoint a responsible employee from your onshore staff to handle the project work and communication. These activities are necessary for the coordination and communication with the offshore teams for better project delivery in the future.

Roles and Responsibilities: Make sure you clearly explained the roles and responsibilities to the onshore and offshore team before the project executes. There must be no doubts regarding the procedures and policies and both teams must be clear with the proper guidelines about the project execution & evaluation of each task.

Intellectual Property Right: When you outsource Java Development project, never put your proprietary information and confidentiality at stake. Double check the privacy to your trade secrets which must be guarded by confidentiality procedures and kept secure enough from any misuse attempt. You should always sign a Non-Disclosure agreement with the vendor to tighten your grip more strong over your intellectual property.

Adding to it, ask yourself these vital set of questions before beginning an offshore project:

Are you going to fully-dependent on outsourcing the business function or you wish to prefer alliance of offshore and onshore services?

How many vendors you should be hiring, single or many? If you are willing to hire multiple vendors then, should they all belong to a particular region or different locations?

Maintaining a long-term bond with an offshore is safe or not? Or you should just proceed single project at one time and then be shifting to the other offshore?

After deep analyzing the above valuable concerns and understanding the point of the jiggling questions will definitely help you to pick out the best offshore company, which will hold your hand until you step on the last stair of success. A Java development company that has values and mostly known for timely completion deliveries in a cost-effective way.

How Small-Business Owners Can Use IoT

one month ago

 

IoT is the buzzword today. By 2020, we’ll be having over 24mn connected devices. The impulse of this connection is already making an impact on the world over and has drastically transformed the way we live, work, and communicate.

Beyond doubt, for every small business, work and life and closely intertwined as more and more businesses are now active 24x7. Fortunately, the internet of things (IoT) may well help small businesses in streamlining their operations and work in a more efficient manner.

You must consider those 24bn connected devices and services as a massive opportunity for working smarter, and not harder.

Let’s walk through the top 5 ways in which small business owners can leverage the power of IoT and connected devices:

Invest in an assistant

Consider investing in an Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant device.

You can also make the most of Google Assistant with your mobile devices.

Smartphones can easily be used for controlling other smart devices; however, the assist truly comes into picture when you connect it to task management, reminder and note-taking systems, your social media profiles and even calendars.

More than 98% of IFTTT users surveyed recently believe that they will be using their voice assistants in the next 5 years, and it’s surely a trend that is here to go the distance.

2. Cut down on multitasking

How many windows, tabs and applications you have open at any given time? Studies reveal that almost all of us are simply inefficient at multitasking.

Consider making the most of available time by setting up planned workflows that integrate most of the things you require at one spot.

This can relate to Trello, OneNote, Slack, Evernote, Google Drive, and even your calendar or email inbox - you can easily customize the system in a manner that works the best for you, and then include all important notifications, leads and sales data, news, or campaign stats.

3. Office maintenance automation

At a small business, forgetting to lock the doors once you step out, leaving the lights turned on overnight and several other small things can lead to massive consequences.

Automating the office routine can certainly take the pressure off you and various IoT devices can help you achieve automation efficiently in a controlled cost. It does not, however, needs to be an immense outlay: a smart office premises no longer needs installation of complex systems or buying some expensive multi-device package.

For just a few hundred dollars, small businesses can easily bring in a state-of-the-art smart lock along with some connected light bulbs.

You can, thus, turn on automation at your office location that will automatically open up and shut down the office for you. You can also have money left over to get a coffee machine that will start making wholesome coffee when you walk in to the premises.

How much money it can save you on Starbucks?

4. Communicate and collaborate effectively with your team

IoT hasn’t evolved to a stat where some robot boss is ready to take up your job. However, there’s every likelihood that some of your routine updates and reminders to be shared with your team can sure be automated.

If you are using a communication tool such as CiscoSpark, GroupMe, Telegram, Slack, or Skype, you can easily ensure that the right information is shared with your employees, in the right manner and at the right time. For instance, you can set auto reminders for yourself ahead of important meetings or for sharing important messages and news to a group.

5. Monitoring your competitors

For most small business owners, hiring a separate PR team for getting the scoop on their close competitors and the industry is perhaps very low on priority checklist. However, keeping a close eye on these aspects can certainly provide you a great edge.

Try using the keyword and search functions for services like Reddit and Twitter, or conventional news media, for getting notified whenever there is an update regarding one of your competitors. You can even subscribe to your competitor’s newsletters and funnel them to Slack or automatically forward them for sharing inspiration with your team.

IoT is surely the wave of the future. You can associate with an experienced IoT application development company to get a custom application developed in line with your unique business needs, and rest assured, there’s much to gain.

5 Things You Should Know About IoT Security

one month ago

And deployments as more and more businesses are identifying the need to get IoT security intact and upright, right from the scratch.

It is estimated that the IoT security market will touch $4.4bn by 2022. Several industry researches, of late, have revealed that cybersecurity is the paramount concern for industrial IoT market today.

IoT security is essential for secure development and operation of robust, scalable IoT services and solutions that bisect the virtual and real worlds between people, systems and objects.

But then, as of recent research, it is evident that IoT security is highly complicated and market domain is massively fragmented with quite a few vendors locking horns to cater to the needs.

In this post, we'll discuss the 5 most important thing you should know about IoT security:

1. IoT Security Spending Is Increasing Drastically

Global end-user spending on third-party IoT security solutions is currently projected at $703M as of 2017 and it is likely to increase at a CAGR of 44 percent to emerge as a $4.4BN market by 2022, galvanized by new regulations and a rapid increase in IoT deployment.

Along with various security tools provided by different IoT platforms, the global IoT security setup is a confluence of ingenious startups and established industry-leaders such as enterprise and cloud software companies, infrastructure providers, and global chip manufacturers.

At present, there are around 150 independent security vendors in IoT that cater to the rising needs and challenges across different industries, with manufacturing/industrial being the largest block for IoT security adoption.

Example: A giant automobile OEM recently evaluated factory vulnerabilities and found out that there were considerable gaps in today's IoT security infrastructure. In such event, the OEM plans to accentuate related IoT spending considerable over the next phase.

2. IoT Is Witnessing an Increase in the Number of Security Threats

One standout difference between the IoT space and various other earlier internet technologies is the number of potential threats that are considerably higher when it comes to IoT, due to the following prominent reasons:

More points of exposure

The points of exposure grow exponentially with the number of connected IoT devices, systems, applications and end users. Connected devices themselves emerge as a new attack vector as each compromised IoT devices becomes a new potential point of attack.

Increased attack impacts

With more number of connected IoT devices in several applications (i.e., more use cases that communicate with different systems, are build on different standards, and have different goals - for instance, in critical infrastructure apps - there's a relatively high attack impact which may amount to potential loss-of-life or physical world damage. In such a case, hackers have higher potential stake which augments the threat levels.

Across-the-stack threats

Having a more complex technology stack gives a leeway for new potential threats to emerge from across-the-stack, i.e., from different software, communication and hardware elements. It needs experienced IoT security professionals and robust cybersecurity measures to counteract these threats.

3. IoT Security Four-Layered Concept

IoT architectures needs a four-layered security mechanism in place that continually work to deliver seamless end-to-end security from the cloud to devices and everything connected in between across the complete lifecycle of the IoT solution. The 4 layers are:

*Device

The hardware level of the solution architecture refers to the 'device layer', i.e., the product or the physical "object". OEMs and ODMs (who design and manufacture devices) are now more focused on integrating the IoT security element in both the software and the hardware of the setup to accentuate the security implementation of the 'device layer'.

Security components here consist of: device identity and device authentication, secure boot, chip security, data at rest, and physical security.

*Communication

IoT solution's connectivity networks refer to the communication layer, i.e. the medium across which secure data transmission is done.

Whether sensitive data is in transit over the networking layer (e.g, OPC-UA, IPv6, or Modbus), the physical layer (e.g., Ethernet, WiFi, or 802.15.4), or the application layer (e.g., Web-sockets, MQTT, or CoAP) unsecured communication channels can get vulnerable to intrusions and attacks like the man-in-the-middle intrusions. Security components in this layer consist of: IPS, IDS, end-to-end encryption, access control, and firewall.

*Cloud

The software backend of the solution refers to the 'cloud layer', where the data from IoT devices is ingested, analyzed and interpreted for performing actions and generating insights. It is generally expected that IoT cloud providers deliver an efficient and secure cloud service by default for protecting from issues like solution downtime and data breach. Security components in this layer include: application and platform integrity verification, and data at rest.

*Lifecycle management

Secure Lifecycle Management stands for an overarching layer having continual processes necessary for keeping the IoT security solution updated at all times, i.e., making sure required security levels are in effect right from device manufacturing and installation to the end disposal.

Security components in this layer include: activity monitoring, risk assessment, policies & auditing, user awareness assessment, updates and patches, vendor control, and secure decommissioning.

4. Increasing IoT Security Automation

With projected rise to billions of connected devices, handling various IoT security tasks manually (for example., isolating compromised devices and revoking certificates, etc.), won't actually be feasible.

Therefore, several IoT security automation processes that merge artificial intelligence and security solutions are gaining popularity.

The next generation of activity monitoring is based on anomaly detection, which is powered by hybrid machine learning algorithm. Machines can now be taught to objectively classify 'good' files from the 'bad' ones in real-time on the basis of mathematical risk factors.

Through objective classification autonomous decision making can be introduced in IoT architecture to revamp the way IoT categorizes and control file execution.

5. Types of IoT Cybercriminals

The 4 most common types of IoT hackers are:

  1. Amateurs: e.g., hobbyists and script kiddies.
  2. Petty cybercriminals: e.g., low-level attackers.
  3. Cyberespionage groups: e.g., crime groups or organized syndicates such as GreenBug, Armada Collective, and Black Vine.
  4. Hacktivists/ Terrorists: e.g., non-state professionals such as political hacktivists or Oxblood Ruffin.

Each type of IoT attacker has different objectives, capabilities and abilities - no matter they're active standalone or work on a group basis, i.e. by gathering different resources to work together. Irrespective of using the same hacking tool, different attackers can achieve different results; for instance, experienced hackers trick IDS signature detection tools or deep packet inspection tools while amateurs may not.

However, the most common type of IoT intruders are cyberespionage groups having massive resources and skilled petty cyber criminals.

In most cases, these criminals have advanced malware program that is competent to evade and mutate on IoT networks for a longer period of time or they can effortlessly leverage DDoS attacks with the intent of blackmailing.

6 Ways Small Businesses Can Use Their Website More Effectively

one month ago

Your website is an integral component and vital aspect of your sales and marketing goals and must be a lead generation, promotion, and conversion tool.

Right at the start of this year, it may well be a decent time to gauge the effectiveness of your existing website to figure out what changes can be introduced to increase the visibility, reach and lead generation for your small business through your site.

Here’re the top 6 ways small businesses can make better use of their websites to increase sales and enhance brand recognition:

1. Start a blog on your business website

The essence of content marketing is truly skin-deep. Blogging on your corporate site will demonstrate your skills and expertise, can deliver SEO advantages to make your website more visible on search engines, and help your visitors get to know more about your organization.

Also, it provides sublime content that you can share on various social networks to bring volumes of traffic to your small business website. Blog to share informative content and you may create a consistent following of new prospective customers.

2. Invest in high-quality images

The quality of pictures on your site can prove instrumental in increasing the trust your constituents toward your business. If the photos on your website are not reflecting your brand and maxim, switch to royalty-free stock images, or consider investing in professional photography.

3. Provide a digital download

Just about any business can come up with some snippet of free information that its potential customers would find practical and valuable. Giveaway informative material in the form of a digital download, a white paper or an e-book perhaps, to help your prospective customers get more familiar with your business and relevant expertise.

4. Enable Human Readable URLs (HURLs)

The visibility of your site will get an SEO advantage through HURLs. Using easy-to-read, keyword-rich URLs will help you make the most of social widgets, and you’ll be able to generate better click-through rates for your content, easily!

5. Display information about your people

Long over are the days of hiding yourself and your workforce behind corporate policies and faceless logos.

People now look to know who you are and what resources you’ve got onboard to gain more trust in your business, which proves crucial in sealing a deal.

Publish names, pictures, contact information and links to social profiles for the individuals who work at your organization to ensure your constituents get familiar with them and more aware of their expertise. People now look to do business with other people, and not the logos.

Communicating that you are human and easily approachable will help strengthen the trust of your constituents and, thereby, increase conversion.

6. Facilitate customer service online

Though you will surely never want to lose your personal touch with your potential customers, you can accentuate customer service by publishing tailored online tools that help your constituents get their questions and queries resolved, access essential documentation, and learn the basics of using your services and products.

Wikis, video-based e-learning centers, and online knowledge bases come truly handy in providing seamless, instant and round-the-clock support.

These were the top 6 ways in which small businesses can make use of their website more efficiently.

Anytime you wish to implement some of these changes or want to know more about how you can improve the effectiveness of your website, make sure you approach an experienced and established custom software development company so that all your needs can be implemented accurately, in the most professional manner, and without inducing any unwanted downtime in peak business hours.

5 Android Apps That Will Make You More Efficient

2 months ago

 

They connect to the Internet, allow us to do work effectively, saving our time and energy, and we always have them close at hand.

That makes these smartphones the prime candidates to aid us in being a touch more productive. There are numerous options for Android apps that can help us in becoming more and more productive in your life.

Here's a look at the top 5 Android apps that boost productivity to no end:

 

1. The awesome Evernote

Evernote is one of the benchmark productivity apps for Android that virtually all smartphone users know about. It offers a confluence of features, including cross-platform support, offline support, syncing between devices, and you can easily take almost any kind of note on it (be it video, text, image, list, or voice).

You can even collaborate with your friends, colleagues and other people on Evernote. It's as simple as sharing a note.

Though the free version of Evernote is a tad lackluster and uninviting, it offers two pro subscriptions for you to choose from that add more convenience and features to go the extra yard.

 

2. The Google Drive suite

Google Drive suite offers several productivity apps. And all of them are fairly fantastic!

To begin with, there's Google Drive, an easy-to-use cloud storage app for Android that supports almost all file types. Then comes Google Keep, Docs, Slides and Sheets, which add value and efficiency to any commercial or personal use.

These apps allow you to take notes and do office-related work. Last, but surely not the least, there's Google Photos that help you store and view your videos and photos captured through your Android smartphone.

In unison, these powerful apps cover almost any need pertaining to office apps, note taking apps, file sharing, file storage, and photo storage, too.

Businesses are migrating to the cloud each day and you'd surely add a lot more efficiency and convenience to your business through these apps. You can purchase extra Google Drive space in case you so desire.

 

3. IF by IFTTT

IF by IFTTT is surely one of the most interesting productivity apps for Android. The app helps you make recipes that direct different apps to perform various functions for you at various times.

It fundamentally takes virtually any task and makes your smartphone do the tasks autonomously. It's certainly a must-have Android app for those who work around things like smart lights, smart homes and several other IoT devices.

Furthermore, you can do a wide range of quick things such as auto-saving your Instagram pictures to Dropbox. IF is powerful and highly productive; however, there is a steep learning curve. You can get an array of pre-made recipes for the app using a simple Google Search.

 

4. LastPass

LastPass is not only one of the most preferred and essential productivity apps for Android, but is also one of the most robust Android security apps.

It securely stores your login details for various websites and social media platforms. You can, then, use LastPass for logging in to those websites. With LastPass, you can easily come up with more intricate passwords that are highly secure, log in to sites rather quickly, and no longer need to remember your passwords for different websites and services you make use of.

It saves you from that extra bit of effort and time. In addition, it comes with a LastPass Authenticator app for Android that provides an extra level of security on your device.

The free version of LastPass includes most bases; however, you will be required to dole out a small $12 per year subscription payment for accessing the best of LastPass.

 

5. Microsoft apps

Microsoft Apps have forever been the go-to option for productive office work. The suite provides you all the Android apps that Microsoft has on Google Play.

Included is an array of Android apps that can accentuate your productivity, such as Cortana, OneNote, Outlook, OneDrive, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and many more.

Just like the Google Drive suite, this is a collection of Android apps that work in tandem to provide you a cohesive experience.

In addition, you get access to apps like Microsoft Remote Desktop that allows you to dial into your Windows PCs through your Android device.

There are plenty of apps available out here and they all are firmly backed by the dependable support of Windows. It's a fine way to combine desktop and mobile experiences for you if you rock around Windows.

These are our top 5 Android apps that add value, convenience and comfort to your business. Of late, a lot of mobile apps development companies have come up with a different set of business productivity app that augments your ROI, speed up operations and facilitate seamless team collaboration. Some of these apps include Asana, Slack, and Anydo

5 iPhone Apps That Will Make You More Efficient

2 months ago

There’s no time to waste when you’re running a business, no matter how small or large your scheme of things is! Fortunately, the right tablet or smartphone apps can easily help you trim down on overall wasted time. Here’re the top 5 apps that can come pretty handy in making your business team more agile, efficient and productive.

1.OneNote

There are numerous fantastic note-taking applications on Google Play and its iOS counterpart; however, OneNote is definitely a crowd favorite, thanks to its easy-to-use UI and calm professional graphics. That implies you will waste less time navigating across different menus and will be able to get back to work faster.

In addition, OneNote is completely integrated with Microsoft Office and comes by default pre-loaded on all PCs running Windows 8, therefore the majority of business users already have it.

And as it is available for almost all computing platform, including Mac OSX, Android and iOS, you can easily access your OneNote from all your devices.

2. Asana

We’re in the middle of a collaboration age, where seamless connectivity is a must for all businesses and their different teams.

When working on a team project is your priority, keeping all your team members on the same page is essential and can be quite an ask.

That's the reason the world loves Asana, a productivity app that does the wonderful job of keeping all your team's goals and projects in one place so that all team members stay in sync. It's far more useful than email since Asana tasks are not so easily overlooked or lost since all your team members have access to each task list.

Moreover, you can assign individual team members to certain tasks, set deadlines, and do a lot more.

3.Microsoft Remote Desktop

Being away from office doesn’t have to mean that you stop working. Microsoft Remote Desktop is right there to help you connect to your office PC remotely using your iOS or Android device.

Once the connection is set up, you can access files on your office desktop and even run various Windows applications like the full desktop versions of Microsoft Word, Excel or PowerPoint -- right on your tablet or smartphone.

4.OneDrive

Like any cloud-storage service, OneDrive comes handy in making you more productive by taking a backup of your files and making them easily accessible from just about anywhere.

It prides on having a simple drag-and-drop user interface that makes uploading files a ‘joie de vivre’. Being built right into the Windows, business users don’t actually have to install any additional plugins for getting started with OneDrive.

The app is also available for Mac OS X, Android and iOS, so you can easily work on your documents from all your devices and, no matter where you are.

5.DocuSign

Signing a digital document with DocuSign is a simple 3-step process. Get started by clicking the link in your notification email for opening the document.

Then, follow the prompts that walk you through the signing procedure. Now click "Confirm Signature." And voila! You’re done.

Once you confirm it, a notification will be sent to everyone to verify that the digital document has been signed. DocuSign is compatible with iOS and Android devices, so you can sign important documents from any device.

Amidst formidable business competition, it is a must for every startup or SMBs to innovate and make use of these latest tools and platforms to revamp their operations and get more productivity out of their team and business.

While looking to get a similar custom app and softwares developed for your business, make sure you hit the right iPhone app development company that has proven experience and expertise in creating similar apps.

The Truth About 5 Ways Successful App Entrepreneurs Plan Their App Strategy

2 months ago

We’re today completely into the ‘app age’. The app economy is flourishing with an expected annual revenue of more than $25bn and 1mn apps on various app stores.

However, seeing the rapid surge in the number of apps in the market, the biggest question is, how many of these apps are able to entice the users and ultimately make money?

Stats have to that 1 in every 4 mobile apps is discarded and never used after download. It clearly suggests that the download rate and count doesn’t reveal the success of an app.

The fact is that there are just a few apps that every user runs on a daily basis.

Therefore, there’s a sense of urgency for custom software development companies to plan ahead, be proactive, and devise a strategy that can accentuate the success of their apps.

Here’re the top 5 key ingredients that can help you make a successful app strategy:

1. Solve a problem.

Every successful app solves a problem being faced by numerous people.

We understand the important of vitamins for the human body. Taking them regularly keeps our body fit and well-oiled.

However, if you miss a dose of a vitamin, there’s no harm done to your body.

On the other, if you have the worst headache, an Aspirin is something that gets all the more important and necessary for you, else you aren’t going to feel better anytime soon.

Your app needs to be the potential painkiller for your target audience. A problem can be solved in two different manners.

You can either focus on solving the intrinsic problems (consider the Flashlight app) or you can provide certain useful enhancements (such as a weather app with sleek, intuitive and user-friendly interface).

Each of these ways provide positive returns as long as it is in line with customer satisfaction.

 

2. Make it intuitive

Is your mobile app intuitive? Does it simplify and add comfort to your users’ lives? Can people learn how to use your app and its various features in a matter of minutes without much guidance?

You must look to provide a sublime experience to your app users. Take for example, Clear app, which started out battling various established and powerful apps in the competitive market of to-do list mobile apps.

Bringing about a great concept and awesome usability is what made Clear app a phenomenal blockbuster on the app store.

A pleasant user experience also means that your app must be free of bugs and frequent crashes, or hangs. According to a recent research, only 16% of users will give another try to an app that failed more than twice.

 

3. Agile development

Develop is, no doubt, the most essential part of an app. Make sure you hire good developers or any leading mobile app development company to develop your app.

Make sure the agency has the right expertise and relevant experience in developing similar apps.

Getting your queries resolved in the first place can prevent last minute surprises. View the developer’s portfolio and their LinkedIn profile to get an idea about where he or she stands.

 

4. Start marketing beforehand

Don't make the mistake of starting your marketing plan once your app is developed. Successful apps are promoted way before they even hit the app store.

Start the marketing of your app in advance. Don’t wait till you have the beta or the first stable build to launch your marketing campaigns, as that would be a gross mistake.

Successful apps are those that are marketed through appropriate channels way ahead of their launch on app store.

Create an effective marketing campaign with social media and inbound content marketing through blogs and guest posts. Get your website ready on time and use it to increase your reach and visibility on the web.

Make the most of YouTube or Vimeo to roll out the teasers for your app to keep users interested and in quest of your app’s final launch.

Divide your plan into three phases: pre-launch campaign, launch campaign and after-launch campaign. Get the images designed for your listing on the app store.

Work out good, catch content for your app, including the right keywords, banner lines and description that can allure users.

 

5. Strategize your distribution effectively

With the many distribution channels available for apps today, you have to choose a combination of those that work best for your target audience.

Given that there are numerous distribution channels available for mobile apps these days, it is highly important for you to get the right combination that is destined to work well with your target audience.

Being listed in Apple's Top 25 or 100 apps lists or What's Hot, New & Noteworthy, for instance, is a great strategy that’ll get your mobile app noticed.

Another easy way to get Apple notice you is to create a press coverage at the launch of the mobile app. It’s Apple’s custom to focus on their positive coverage in the media, which can help you get an entry to the New & Noteworthy list.

How you make your app available in terms of pricing is also a big driver. Offering a free basic app to hook a user and then selling premium content is a popular way to increase traction.

Some other ways: choosing the right PR tools, launching app giveaways and running contests.

Make sure that your app is noticed and favored by customers. Most failures happen when one of these key ingredients is ignored.

Top 5 Trends Expected to Dominate Web Development in 2018

2 months ago

Ever since its implementation, the web has constantly evolved. In its young days, Netscape Navigator and Mosaic helped in democratizing it, and since that point in time each new year has brought new trends, concepts, ideas and technologies – sometimes good, sometimes bad, and ugly at times!

One of the most important takeaways of all these years of new trends and changes is that in order to thrive, you need to frequently ride the wave of change instead of just letting it go. You can easily do so by exploring future trends and working on integrating those that may apply to your kind of business before your competitors do so.

Here are the top 5 web development trends that are likely to dominate the industry web development in 2018.

1. Progressive Web Apps

A recent survey on smartphone usage revealed that mobile apps account for 89% of the time spent by us on smartphones. It would, therefore, make sense that the use of a format like a mobile app receives appreciation by the public.

The progressive web apps make the most of the features and functionality of a web browser, with a mobile app interface. This technology has numerous benefits. These benefits include the capability of working offline, robust reliability, virtually no load time (since most information is stored in the cache of the smartphone), and the knack to receiving notifications.

These progressive web applications can be developed faster as compared to mobile apps, work well for all users, and are usually easier to design, deploy and maintain, which is virtuous for both the users and the developers.

2.User Interfaces in Motion

User interfaces have been the fulcrum of concern for most custom software developers over the years. Even the finest designs are meaningless if users are not able to find what they are looking for. Interfaces permit us to use transitions or animations that provide users certain specific actions, or essential parts, along with breathing class, elegance and life into projects.

This technology opens up an array of customizations, providing the developer numerous options for creating a functional, attractive website. Several examples of movements include parallax scrolling, matching, easing, superposition, cloning, obscuration, and games on dimensionality.

3. Chatbots

Seamlessly connecting to users is the foremost priority for most businesses today. Chatbots, oral or written conversation software, permits a website to stay connected, round the clock, without requiring a dedicated customer service department.

The rise of chatbots has provided businesses several new capabilities: they can redirect customers to information or webpage, answer the most frequently asked questions, schedule a callback, or even help users in complete a transaction.

As customers become more and more used to with the presence of chatbots and ways of communicating with them, they’ll sure expect all websites to have chatbots.

4. The Flash ditch

Flash was something highly interesting and exceptional for websites: it helped software developers add animations or various other movements to a webpage.

Flash has been in use broadly for years; however, it’s something that all of us must try to get rid of in 2018. Adobe has recently announced that no updates will be released for Flash after 2020. Moreover, it’s not compatible with most smartphones.

Therefore, instead of losing your audience, particularly on the smartphone version of your website, you must let Flash go and use HTML5 instead, which is rapidly becoming the worldwide standard format on the internet.

5. Photo Content

The interest of an appealing photo has never been so enormous on the web, particularly since a decent photo can facilitate (re)launch of a discussion.

This concept, however, holds no novelty as, in the prime age of the newspapers and magazines, high-quality pictures were in massive demand to launch various debates simply through the story illustrated in the picture.

A unique image, full of individuality and singularity, but also conveying the main idea and information, will be one of the most instrumental factors to cut through the competition on the web in 2018.

The Bottom Line

As new technologies continue to emerge and flourish, trends shift as fast as anything. These new features may well prove virtuous in attracting and retaining consumers when they’re implemented to good effect.

That’s why it’s highly essential to look to the future for inventive concepts, ideas and inspiration and of course, to stand apart from the competition. It is essential for any promising web development company to take charge of these trends in the nick of time to ensure they’re well prepared to keep pace with increasing user expectations and business competition in 2018

Top 5 Tips To Plan Your Software Development Project

2 months ago

Developing software, either as a team or individually, always has an underlying question as to how team efficiency and work productivity can be improved.

Having a close-knit team of ingenious professionals is half the thing, as there stands a massive question as to how the productivity can be enhanced? Being able to accentuate your productivity will permit you to stay focused on your objectives and finish the project deliverables in a timely fashion.

In the fast-paced software industry, the paramount key to success lies within the judicious planning and preparation of your work. And there are several factors that need to addressed in order to achieve optimal outcomes.

Here are the top 5 tips to help you make your next software development project a mega-success.

Clear work environment

Having a distraction-free, positive and healthy work environment is essential to improve productive at work. By clear work environment we mean much more than just clearing up your tangible resources and assets.

Keep your bay clutter-free, unsubscribe from those unwanted marketing emails gorging over space on your inbox, and ensure you turn off or mute all those social media notifications while you’re at work. Block up specifically tempting websites while in office also does make sense.

In today’s age of digital media, the web is full of distractions that constantly bombard you. These distractions can be divided into 2 main categories: distraction from outside sources, and that from ourselves.

Wearing earphones at work may help you avoid getting distracted by colleagues. A continual workflow is a far more productive.

There’s even a handy plugin for Google Chrome that blocks specific websites like Facebook and just allows you to access a few selected websites for a few hours. Such tools can truly help you stay focused while in office and thus, get more productivity.

2. Manage your priorities effectively

Improving your planning and documentation, and making sure everything is prioritized and up-to-date will offer a great assistance in your development process.

If a team member needs to be notified regarding the highest priority tasks of the day, having a set platform for all plans and documentation will ensure everyone is on the same page.

We are now in an ‘app age’ and there are several handy and effective apps available for Desktop PCs as well as mobile devices that can help you collaborate effectively with your team, ensure all tasks are managed as per their priority, and that the reporting is seamless and intuitive.

Asana, Slack, Any.do and Todoist are some of the tools that top rated in the field of project management and team collaboration.

By the end of the day at work, try making a small list of priority tasks for the next day. Highlighting just a few of vital action items for the next day helps you come to work the next day with a more focused mind.

3. Plan the development process

Before even your fingers touch the keyboard, you must get to the drawing board and plan out as to how you will be handling the task at hand. A lot of programmers devote hours on a whiteboard before getting on to the code, as it saves time in the longer run.

Determining the patterns in the first place and doing modular code will come handy in simplifying your development process and enhance reusability. It’s good to identify and plan out smaller functions that can help complete a task is an easy manner.

Proper planning can help developers write code that is reusable and efficient.

Devoting to planning these abstract ways will help you develop patterns and transmute problems into solutions.

4. Avoid overworking yourself

Working beyond your productive point is a sheer waste of time. Crunch time is, certainly, an inevitable part of the software industry; however, it’s also the most tiring thing on one's brain, reducing concentration and thought-process capabilities.

Fixing mistakes that you committed earlier by overworking is again multiplying your original efforts and demotivating yourself.

Being able to switch between work and taking short breaks after a set interval of time will be immensely beneficial for your mental health and overall efficiency. It's imperative to take physical breaks as well, along with switching to alternate tasks.

So, just make it a rule to stand up after 45 – 60 minutes to stretch your body; it will help your muscles relax and ease out.

5. Go for agile development

Agile development is an alternative to waterfall or traditional project management that is focused on being an iterative and incremental process. It is essentially an umbrella term that covers leading methodologies such as Lean Development, Scrum, and Crystal.

Agile project management methods stemmed from software industry professionals who had experienced and realized the limitations and challenges of the traditional management. It delivers a lightweight framework to help teams stay focused and build a continually evolving technical landscape.

Consider using specialized software applications that are built specifically for Agile teams such as JIRA and QASymphony for managing Agile workflows, development, testing, and documentation.

The bottom line

Creating your work environment to be more efficient and productive will vastly benefit your company and services. It should be a vision for each custom software development company to spend some time daily to focus on increasing team collaboration, mutual understanding and team efficiency.

Top 5 Reasons Your eCommerce Store isn't Making Enough Sales

3 months ago

An online store is one of the most vibrant ways to raise proceeds with little overhead: You can easily generate sales 24x7 at a global level without the investment in staff or other resources required for operating a brick-and-mortar business.

Regardless of the fact that over 205mn customers in the US shop online, and an average consumer spends around $3,000 per year, we see a lot of ecommerce businesses vanishing altogether within the first couple of years since their inception, while most of those who survive fail to generate sales as per their expectations.

If you consider yourself among them, here’re are top 5 reasons that could be the pain points of your revenue trouble.

1. Poor quality product descriptions and images

When consumers shop online, they do not have the comfort to pick up a product and check it out. They only have the option to view the product images you provide and make a buying decision over it, along with the product description you have in place.

Descriptions and images must be created effective enough to entice the buyers towards the product. If you rely solely on descriptions or have shoddy images, you are at risk of losing a lot of sales since you'll fail to create user interest in your items.

Showcase your store items with unique descriptions and quality images taken from various angles, to attract buyers by showing the value and worth of the item and how a customer can take advantage of it.

2. Missing contact information

You might think of it as a small and insignificant detail, but your contact information is tremendously essential and if you don’t show it properly, or not at all, you’re inviting a red flag from customers.

Consumers want to know you are easily approachable if even of an issue. If you’re not showcasing your location and essential contact information such as phone number, etc. you definitely have a tough time in creating trust with your consumers.

3. A complicated checkout process

A multi-step, complex checkout process is an annoying experience for consumers. It’s more like visiting to Walmart for a single item, just to discover that the store has only two registers in effect and the queue is enormous.

Remove the annoyance by providing your users with a very short, intuitive checkout process. Asking for unnecessary information not just frustrates the customers but also leads to abandoned shopping carts.

Likewise, try if you can provide checkout without registration, such as by signing in with Google or Facebook. Here again, seek customer’s consent to access your profile information on social accounts and make them well aware that only required information will be accessed and that it will be handled with deep dedicated privacy.

4. Hidden shipping charges

People generally abandoned shopping carts at the last minute because of hidden shipping costs that are included at the very end of the checkout procedure. In this day of formidable business competition where most ecommerce websites offer free shipping, it’s tough to survive with too much of shipping charges.

Try to reduce the rates to as low as possible and make sure you clearly communicate the same to buyers upfront, and not at the last navigation of the checkout phase.

Another handy alternative is to integrate a shipping calculator to your website on the homepage itself to help customers find out the shipping charges are per the price of the product they’re willing to buy and their postal code.

Most e-commerce stores provide free plugins that make it easy to integrate a calculator like this.

5. Poor navigation (small-tap targets)

As per SmartInsights, 80% percent of buyers surf the web for prospecting through their smartphones. If your ecommerce store has small product images, cluttered design, or tiny buttons then navigation can be incredibly problematic.

Small-tap buttons make it tough for consumers to hit the target link accurately on a reduced mobile screen, which can bitter their shopping experience and give them enough reasons to go shop elsewhere.

You must look to ensure your mobile app design is elegant and your website is responsive. Go for precisely-sized buttons and large images to provide comfort and easy navigation to online shoppers. Google recommends tap buttons and targets should be 48 pixels tall/wide for the least.

Taking care of these 5 top reasons and choosing a good ecommerce app development company can help you cut through the read tape, and conquer more sales.

Which Open Source CMS Would You Prefer Drupal, Joomla or WordPress

3 months ago

 

Open source CMS form the nucleus behind uncountable businesses worldwide. While some corporates prefer them due to their availability as free tools, others embrace them for the ease of use, multiple plugins, themes and templates, high security standard, etc., they ensure. Should you wish to avail the services of one such content management systems, either on your own or through an open source software development company, there is literary no dearth for the options. However, it won’t leave you scratching your head to know the foremost platforms in this context; merely a little bit Googling is enough to make you realize the power of Drupal, Joomla, and WordPress. Let’s know more about them and figure out which one should you prefer for your ventures.

Topmost Open source CMS

Drupal

Initially released in January 2001, Drupal is rated as among the most popular open source content management systems or frameworks.

  • It is free and written in PHP.
  • Benefits the developers from more than 20,000 add-ons, all contributed by Drupal community members.
  • Preferred as back-end framework for over2% websites across the globe.
  • Useful for developing complex, customized and professional websites.
  • Basic features include menu management, page layout customization, user account registration & maintenance, RSS feeds, system administration, etc.
  • Prominent organizations /offices using Drupal websites include The White House, Warner Brothers, and Linux.

Joomla

Launched in August 2005 Joomla is another powerful open source content management framework.

  • It is written in PHP scripting language.
  • Leverages Object Oriented Programming techniques.
  • Semi user friendly.
  • Uses Model View Controller (MVC) design pattern.
  • Comprises multiple features like blogs, polls, RSS feeds, page caching, etc.
  • Possesses capabilities of Drupal.
  • Used to develop complex websites that require simpler learning curve.
  • Popular Joomla users include United Nations, GE, eBay, Harvard University, MTV Networks Quizilla, The Hill, etc.

WordPress

Released first in May 2003, WordPress is a preferred choice for open source website development requiring simple functionalities.

  • It is an open source CMS and blogging tool based on PHP & MySQL.
  • Highly user friendly as well as search engine friendly.
  • Ideal for news sites, blogging and other easy to manage sites.
  • Needs average or no technical experience to quickly set up the site.
  • Some popular users include Forbes, The New York Observer, CNN & Sony.
  • Among its popular features include Template system and plug-in architecture.
  • Other features comprise clean permalink structure, integrated link management.

Open Source CMS or Core website Development?

While you decide to have a website that could be managed easily, you have two choices – Either use the combination of HTML, CSS and a programming language (say PHP) to develop the site from the scratch, or alternatively, use a CMS. For seasoned developers, using complicated programming languages may be daily affair but if you are a novice or non-technical person, it is not your cup of tea. Perhaps, finding solace in ready to use content management frameworks is much better option. And if you wish to customize the CMS as per your preferences, you can always approach open source CMS developers.

Drupal vs. Joomla vs. WordPress

Each of the open source CMS are important in their own sphere and are widely used by masses worldwide for quality website development projects. However, they differ on certain aspects as well, which ultimately make them less or more preferred accordingly. Some major differences are given in the image below:

Other important comparison aspects include:

Complexity:

  • Drupal CMS is a complex CMS to work on.
  • Joomla is less complex.
  • WordPress is easier than the other two to design and develop websites.

Website Appearance

  • Look and feel and functionality of a Drupal site depends entirely on the developer’s skill
  • The same holds for Joomla site.
  • WordPress makes way for simple and easy to use website.

Installation time

  • It takes around 10 minutes to manually install both Drupal and Joomla on a system.
  • WordPress takes only 5 minutes to get installed manually on the system.

Plugin availability

  • Drupal offers numerous plugins or ‘modules’. But most of them are not available for free.
  • The plugin library in Joomla, also known as ‘amplifications’ comprises a thick of open source plugins.
  • WordPress consists of a huge number of plugins in its broad library that play a significant part in WordPress development.

Update Frequency

  • Drupal updates its versions on an average of every 51 days.
  • Joomla’s update frequency is 36 days.
  • WordPress lies between Joomla and Drupal with an update frequency of 42 days.

On observing the comparisons, it could be inferred that all the open Source CMS are more or less at par and are equally important for website development. The difference however lies in the preferences of the developers and end user.

Best Use cases

The below points give some more inputs on the choice of preferred CMS development platform.

Drupal is best for developing:

  • Sophisticated, complex, and versatile websites.
  • Community platforms and online stores.
  • Websites for corporates and SMBs.

Joomla is best for developing:

  • Ecommerce and social networking sites.
  • Websites with more flexibility and insightful administration UI.
  • Websites that could leverage ready-made extensions.

WordPress is best for developing:

  • News and everyday blogging sites.
  • User friendly and simple to manage sites.
  • Websites with added functionality using add-ons.
  • Faster, cheaper sites and those requiring least maintenance.

to summarize, open source CMS or frameworks are the best alternate to core website development. While they allow the users to use the sites without any prior knowledge, such CMS also enable the developers to customize the sites using latest plugins, add-ons, templates and themes. Among the topmost CMS to entice users and developers worldwide include Drupal, Joomla and WordPress. All the three may differ in features and functionalities but they all serve the same purpose, to ensure high quality and cost-effective web development solutions.

Finoit provides quality web development solutions using open source CMS. We possess credible experience in utilizing the capabilities of open source frameworks of the likes of Drupal,Joomla, WordPress and Magento to develop most feasible solutions. Our clientele represents a thick of verticals worldwide.

 

Top 5 Reasons Why Most Mobile Apps Fail

3 months ago

Over 50% of all mobile apps, irrespective of their platform, today will have to be entirely rewritten or replaced in the next couple of years. This scary statistic underline that there is a very troublesome, resource-rich and complex process that goes into making a mobile app cut through the competition and prove successful.

After surveying over hundreds of mobile app development companies, we’ve compiled this list of the top 5 reasons while most mobile apps fail to live up to the expectations of the mobile app developers:

#1: Making a complex mobile app

Heard it all: keep things simple. Business web apps and websites work in a common way – user logs in, navigates through different pages, finds the page he or she is looking for and manipulates/accesses data to execute a desired task.

On the other hand, mobile apps are altogether different, they are developed with a limited set of functions in mind and helps users quickly execute these tasks while on the go with just a few navigations.

Mobile apps, as such, must be made simple, single-serving gateways into the more complex, large-scale offerings of an enterprise or product website.

It’s simple as that, if you create a mobile app that’s just like your website, you will most likely, fail!

#2: Underestimating resources

As per a recent Forrester Research, developing an enterprise app takes around $250,000 and almost close to a year. That’s already a lot at stake, and a lack of judgement or scarcity to find the right mobile app developer might just augment the complication.

Mobile app developers, at present, are relishing a high-demand the world over, in which they usually pick and choose the mobile app development projects they’d like to work on.

Unfortunately, a business-focused mobile revamp of an enterprise portal isn’t almost as funky as a startup app that may turn out to be the next big thing.

#3: Security risks

One of the hardest parts of the mobile app development is developing a public-facing API that provides consumers an access to your functionality and data. This process usually takes around 12-24 months.

Anytime mobile app developers deal with access permissions and revealing business logic, they tend to consider it as a massive risk and accordingly multiply the layers of complexities.

The more you can develop without revealing logic via APIs, the more stable your solution will be.

#4: Low app downloads

In general, app developers spend a substantial amount of money and time in developing a mobile app only to find out that just a handful of people have cared to download it on their device. SAP discovered that more than 75% of apps are downloaded once and are never used thereafter.

It is therefore important to collect feedback along with measuring behaviors within your mobile apps right after their launch.

The more often you provide updates to the users for your apps, the higher your app’s ratings will be.

#5: Mobile app marketing is tough

App development is time-consuming and expensive. Even when the complicated, long process is completed, you win just half the battle. Gaining more exposure and visibility in the industry as compared to your competitors in a saturated marketplace is quite an ask and needs even more investment.

CPC ads on leading ad networks are generally a first-step taken by app publishers for their new apps; however, a lot of mobile apps have gone back to count on print-ads in newspapers and magazines and, if the budget is in scope, app adverts on TV platforms work wonders.

Credibility adds a massive benefit to the mix due to their crazy fan following, and therefore influencer marketing is something you can underestimate today.

In-a-nutshell, when planning your next ambitious mobile app, make sure you avoid these 5 blunders can getting your hands burnt. Choose a custom software development company carefully as an experienced agency with across-the-board expertise in mobile app development can make a massive difference in the final outcomes of your project.

5 Ways IoT Will Impact Big Data in 2018

4 months ago

Before the arrival of the Internet of Things (IoT), millions of networked devices and sensors good enough to generate massive amount of new, real-time, unstructured data, i.e. big data was already big enough.

To tackle this effectively, most businesses, small or large, went to the cloud and reenergized their IT infrastructure for creating a more scalable, flexible way for effective data management.

However, for those data scientists and businesses looking to capitalize on the target-rich high-value, data, the IoT will churn out over the 8-10 years, there’ll be even more to analyze it term of data architecture. Moreover, the data scientists all set to turn this data into more meaningful acumens with hybrid analytics will be highly in demand.

Rest assured, the influence of IoT on data science will be enormous, bring about a never-seen-before transformation in the way businesses collect, compute, store, and consume data.

Here’s a brief over the top 5 ways the Internet of Things will revolutionize the big data space.

1) More data means businesses will have to revise their data center infrastructure

In its full capacity, efficient IoT data analytics will rest on improved IT infrastructures - cloud-based computing, data centers, server clusters, and more.

Businesses willing to leverage IoT data will require investment in long-term IT architecture planning. Why? That’s down to the fact that this new influx of data from devices and sensors will exert more and more pressure on existing data centers and networks, and will therefore need more power for processing it.

Before data scientists can even start applying analytics, data should be organized and aggregated - and it’’ll be no small achievement.

Whether it is a consumer enterprise collecting data from mobile devices and wearables, or an enterprise organization manufacturing equipment and processing data from industrial sensors, upgrades will be certain.

Services such as Hadoop, with its parallel processing and distributed server clusters, will be imperative, and so will be the people who know how to configure and set it up and work with its trickier aspects.

Data centers themselves will most likely lean toward a more distributed approach, with tiered mini centers that pull data, then send it on to be processed further in second- and third-tier clusters. Obviously, this approach will have an impact on data storage, bandwidth, and backup.

2) With IoT, quality data will be actionable data

What, according to you, is the key to all this new data? Being able to find the information that is actionable and good enough to create meaningful, real change. More isn’t always more, and numerous businesses gathering automated data from sensors will most probably have more data than they know what to do with.

Intricate estimations aside, the 20+ bn devices expected to be here by 2020 are going to have a certain influence on the 3V’s of big data: variety, volume, and velocity. Less structured, faster data will be dropping down from various sensor-based devices.

IoT data is unique as it is only truly valuable to us if it is actionable, and that massive percentage of the completely new streams of data pouring in - will be a touch easier to manage effectively.

Sifting across this massive data will be the responsibility of business analysts who know what queries they want their data to resolve, and of the data scientists who understand how to achieve those solutions.

A car with several sensors constantly transmitting data points regarding its performance, for instance, can make a lot of noise. And therefore, being capable of handling the data and data patterns that can generate important information for manufacturers and consumers will be the key.

3) NoSQL databases will outpace conventional RDBMSs

A large portion of this IoT data will be unstructured, which implies that it can’t be sorted into tables like those in a relational database management system (RDBMS).

NoSQL databases such as MongoDB, Couchbase, and Cassandra will be able to provide IoT data scientists the comfort and flexibility required to organize data in a manner that makes the data usable.

More data means you’ll need more and more places for aggregating the data, and more power for processing it – frequently in real-time scenarios.Cloudera, Amazon, Microsoft Azure and Apache’s cloud-based computing platform Hadoop, with its Pig and Hive components as well as Spark processing engines, are all in readiness to take on this gush of new IoT data.

4) Software stack to analyze and process IoT data

Once this gigantic amount of data is gathered and organized, enterprises need to have the right strategy and software stack in working order to analyze it. Carefully selecting databases and a stack of software will make sure the system can effectively the scale and the types of data anticipated.

First, as much of this IoT data will be unstandardized and raw, there will be a need to transform and preprocess it with tools such as Hadoop’s Pig component, and later store in a database. Analytics tools such as Apache Storm, which is particularly suited for the continual stream of real-time data the IoT will create, should be placed for analytics. The analytics solution in general must be strategic specifically for IoT data, its volume and speed.

5) Need of skilled data analysts to make this IoT data more valuable

Companies will definitely require the right people to analyze and make all of this structured, semi-structured, or unstructured data into useful business insights.

For making the best possible use of your data, you will need to have skilled business analysts onboard, those who know what to look for in the data, what questions must be asked for it, and how the collected data can transform into value for the company.

Then, the data scientists have a role to play. It’s up to them to do the search, answer those questions, and provide that value, through a combination of the following skills:

Data infrastructure and processing:

The file system computing (and Spark) of Hadoop can be quite challenging even for experienced data architects and scientists. Having a large-scale Hadoop cluster needs a lot of assembly, and therefore anyone who understands his or her way around Hadoop will be in high demand.

Also, some of the following skills will be hot and crazy in demand:

  • R data programming language and modeling package
  • Algorithms
  • Machine learning
  • Complex event processing
  • Deep learning
  • Data mining

When consulting an IoT application development company for your big data project, make sure you to enough research and questioning to avoid last-minute surprises and ensure your project is in the best of hands.

5 Books Every Software Developer Should Read

4 months ago

Readers are leaders, books are surely one of the greatest sources of wisdom and knowledge. However, unfortunately, there are very few people who have it in their custom to read books on a regular basis. A developer reading books is a rather even rarer occurrence, with more focus being laid down on the internet search results to get their queries resolved and concepts explained.

As technology travels faster than any time in history, new programming languages, platforms and tools emerge every few months, and therefore a programmer should read more than code itself.

The best part about reading books is that tons of trees have already been chopped down and volume written on the topics you’re most likely interested in. You can simply pick up a masterpiece and leverage the extensive research done by the author to effectively get hold of the main topic and all related aspects, or sub-topics.

It takes years to write a bestseller, so no wonder there’s a wealth of information within. Here's a list of top 5 books every programmer must read:

1. The Pragmatic Programmer

A well-compiled and explained book! It’s not your regular programming book flaunting code, code and some more code. In fact, it’s has little to do with any particular programming language: as the abundant knowledge shared in this masterpiece applies to all programming languages.

The insights provided in this book cover a number of interesting domains such as "tracer bullets," an array of exploratory programming, collection of writing code that writes code, separating views from models, and tips on developing a great team, avoiding duplicate knowledge and managing expectations, etc. In-a-nutshell: it’s a complete bible for any aspiring programmer.

This book is destined to transform your coding habits, along with revamping your personality as a developer. It is packed with practical advice on fostering the best of both as a coder and a professional in the industry.

Also included is a brief pamphlet that summarizes important programming tips, tricks and checklists.

2. Clean Code: A Handbook of Agile Software Craftsmanship

Ever reviewed someone's code and went like "Oh My God, what is this?" Rest assured, that someone hasn't ever turned a chapter of Clean Code.

A purely monumental book dedicated to software craftsmanship. The comprehensive book not just tells you how to write a good code, but also provides an efficient way to approach and manage software development. It is, beyond doubt, good enough to change your viewpoints at work.

The book explains the principles, patterns, as well as practices of writing a clean code. Plus, the developers also get to read numerous case studies aimed at cleaning up code, which really comes handy for a programmer while actually coding at work.

Note that Java is used to cite all examples in this book; however, the learnings can effectively be applied to almost any programming language.

3. Working Effectively with Legacy Code

At some point in time, we all have to work with something mostly dislike - for most developers, it’s working with legacy code. There’s hardly anything more real in any work than legacy code.

How to modify legacy code? How to detect parts of the written code to refactor? How to break different dependencies between the code you want to refactor? How to ensure sure the new code written is doing things as expected? How to move step by step to refactor legacy code?

They are some of the key questions this brilliant book resolves. The essence of the book in-a-nutshell is like, "Write unit tests, refactor code, ensure tests are passing."

4. Soft Skills: The Software Developer's Life Manual

Again, this book has only little to do with programming. However, every developer should read it. A masterpiece on how to manage "other" aspects of a programmer’s life. It is about everything else there could be in your life other than coding – It is about your mind, body, career, life, and even – your soul.

The author, himself, follows the techniques enlisted in this great book and says there’ve been great outcomes of it. His website reveals that he was able to quit his job in his 30's itself. The author has largely culminated the experiences of his life in several finely divided brief chapters on Productivity, Finances, Fitness, Career, Marketing yourself, Learning and Spirit.

Each of the chapters in this book is brief and crisp enough to be read easily on your coffee break, and that’s what makes it a purely light read. You will surely be a much happier and satisfied individual if you follow the recommendations given in this book, not just as a developer, but as your complete individual self.

5. Code Complete: A Practical Handbook of Software Construction

A big read, a must-read for everyone willing to explore programming constructs and best practices. With 960 pages, it’s surely an encyclopedia! But then, don’t get discouraged by the length of it, you can easily consume it at your own fine pace. And i the end, you’ll surely appreciate yourself for having gone through it.

The book explains each aspect of software development in detail. Practical suggestions are available on everything spanning from variable method, class naming, code structure, code formatting, scaling all the way up to team handling and software development project management.

A wealth of additional material and references covering several specific topics are included in this book and they are certainly worth a read, too. Most custom software developers would have not read this book most likely, and therefore you’ll certainly have an edge over others if you read this one properly.

The conclusion

Any leading custom software development company would surely do well to recommend these book to their employees, as it will help them polish their skills and groom their talent, coherently providing a productivity boost to the company.

Even giant IT players, and legends, the likes of Bill Gates and Zuke are avid readers and dedicate a minimum of 5 hours to reading on a weekly basis, the more you do the better you get. Grab a copy of one of these gems of books today.

7 Steps For Successful Planning of Web Projects

4 months ago

The fundamental need for a successful web project is that it should be in line with the business goals of the company. A web project includes the requirements of the business and end-users, new ideas and numerous boundaries as well as limitations. At the project onset, it’s always clear what needs, challenges and problems the new website needs to address, and how the novel concept could help find the required solutions.

When starting up with a new web project, its scope and goals need to be clarified extensively through a comprehensive feasibility study. A feasibility study is an effective tool used by businesses to understand whether the project must be implemented.

1. Web project feasibility study

A feasibility study is intended to map out the scope and objectives of a web project on the basis of business requirements. Another principal aspect of the web project feasibility study is to create the scheduling and financial framework to implement of the project.

A general feasibility study is made to address the following concerns:

  • Background and requirements for the project
  • Objective and general requirements
  • Preliminary concepts
  • Estimates of time and cost
  • Revenue model
  • Profitability and ROI of the project
  • Project schedule and phases
  • Project resources and management
  • Various implementation tools

2. Setting up objectives and requirements

A web project may be receded successful when it has generated the expected results. The final outcomes need to be mapped as visibly as possible ahead of starting the web project.

A feasibility study can generally include a reference on what the web project must help users to do, and what problems of a business it must resolve. Expected outcomes are established concretely as an initial concept.

Details regarding the specific steps and technical specifications required to attain the objective are not included here; however, they’re addressed at a later stage as part of the requirement specification phase.However, the needs and objectives of a web project can be clarified with defined requirements (also known as concept), which then acts like a starting standpoint for creating the more detailed specification.

3. Realistic budget helps avoid last-minute holdups

Sufficient funds should be committed to the web project, taking into consideration all types of future expenses, for instance, along with the cost of the entire system. The budget must also take into account every possible overruns and various other sorts of added expenses that inevitably tend to surface during a web application development project.

The personnel resources of a business are frequently a bottleneck in major web projects. Costs incurred from the own work of the organization must also be considered in the budget.

Along with this, the efforts and time from the employees is required in planning and strategizing the website, generating content and coordinating for the project.

The major costs included in a general web project are:

  • Software licenses
  • User training
  • Concept specifications, design, etc.
  • Technical implementation work
  • Content production
  • Hosting and maintenance costs
  • Benefits and profitability

Once major costs of the project are known, they can easily be weighed against the prospected advantages of the project for estimating its profitability.

The assessed profitability is the most imperative factor in deciding if it makes sense to proceed.

4. Project phases and schedule

Time pressure generally results to an unrealistic project timeline and scheduling that is impossible to abide by on practical grounds. An effort must be made during the feasibility study to make sure the schedule is feasible, realistic, and that enough time has been kept aside for each stage of the project.

Problems and changes throughout the project can lead to hindrance in the schedule and make it tough to match the timeline. Flexibility built into the web project schedule during the time of feasibility study makes sure that a delay in one stage does not impact the schedule of the entire web project in general.

An unrealistically schedule can also result in omission and neglect of certain project elements to catch up to the time constraints, for instance starting live use of the site ahead of sufficient testing.

5. Project management

Start with drafting an initial plan for project management. This must be done no matter you’ve selected all or none of the project participants.

The feasibility study must cover suggestions on at least the following major concerns regarding management:

  • Project organization
  • Communication
  • Monitoring and reporting
  • Change management

6. Implementation tools

Technical specifications of the website implementation are generally not locked during the initial feasibility analysis. The feasibility can, however, cover restrictions and requirements on the technical web solution.

It can also comprise of a comparison of the merits and demerits of different options (e.g. various CMS platforms).

Web projects generally use existing hardware and software, wherein environment restrictions and opportunities should be carefully taken into consideration. If you plan to purchase a web project, even then you must consider various IT standards and suggestions that must be taken into account while you select hardware and software.

7. Done thorough research? You’re good to go!

It is vital that you genuinely commit to the web project. Without a serious commitment, good team (in-house or hired developers/ custom software development company), successful completion of the web project and achieving of the project objectives is highly unlikely.

When hiring a website development company for your project, ensure they have enough experience and expertise under their best to do justice to your project, along with taking care of all the initial study, research, feasibility testing and planning pointers discussed in this post.

5 Ways You Can Plan Affordable Android App Development

5 months ago

As per leading internet research firm Statista, the total number of apps on Google Play this May was 2.8mn followed by 2.2mn on App Store which has 2.2 million apps. The numbers are humongous and reflect quite a few factors, such as:

Demand of Android apps is on an all-time high

The competition is formidable

Prospects are lucrative but creating a money-making app needs robust strategy

App development and maintenance needs, but not all apps are able to make money

ROI on app development needs good planning and development

Companies irrespective of their size and age, all are venturing today into the vast mobile app development business. But then, startups and SMBs are mostly concerned regarding the massive expense they might have to incur with their restricted financial resources.

The Android app development process is not just expensive but time-consuming, as well. To counter strike these issues, here are the top 5 ways you can reduce the cost of Android app development for your next project:

1. Iterative procedure

Conventional processes mainly revolve around enhancing all special functionalities designed, measuring of the speed and performance of your development.

Although a few features may actually be insignificant if your app somehow get removed during its trial period itself, you would then finally end up wasting resources on executing and implementing such functionality.

Such processes tend to divide the development period into numerous short phases for a workable bunch of features. Every bunch will be designed, developed and tested during iterative series termed as 'Sprints.'

Consider coming up with the main framework of your Android app, and put the development of the rest of the add-on features reserve for a later stage.

2. MVP

MVP, also known as Minimum Viable Product, is a widespread concept that works together with a flexible methodology.

MVP needs you to launch an app with fundamental performance capabilities. You can consider including hybrid, advanced features once you've carefully studied the demand and outlook of your app and drawn a forecast of returns.

Such strategies not just save money but also provide protection from potential technical drawbacks.

3. Opensource

Developing an Android app framework right from scratch can get quite pricey. However, you can implement pre-built frameworks and easily do modifications in it depending upon your individual requirements.

Numerous third-party agencies offer solutions in this domain and deliver it for an attractive price.

For example, rather than wasting time on the development of your own push notification module, you can use a stable and tested third-party plugin for Android. Moreover, you can use helpful third-party backend services such as user data processing, user authentication, etc. with Google Cloud Platform.

4. Outsource

Pick your Android development ally very attentively and communicate with the partner often. In general, projects are outsourced to an Android app development company that charge an hourly rate, however, by negotiation, you can easily make them settle on taking your project at an agreed fixed cost.

If getting the work done on an hourly basis, you must look to be more attentive and always keep a close eye on the development deadline. Make sure that the Android app development agency has a good workforce with all the required qualifications and certifications.

5. UI/UX

Use of high-end animations, graphics and user interface tends to accentuate the cost of Android app development as compared to keeping regular features.

Though each Android development is different, there are several components, such as GPS, buttons, etc. that are very similar. The Android Store has set well-defined guidelines for getting the UI/UX of your mobile app certified. Due to this, it is highly important to utilize universal as well as regular elements anywhere feasible and do modifications only if needed.

When approaching an android app development company, make sure you put forward your requirements clearly and more importantly, do proper prior research to build a constructive, revised and effective mobile app development marketing strategy for the Play Store.

5 Ways You can Plan Affordable iPhone App Development

5 months ago

More when it comes to spending on developing a product for your business interest as the development takes money, so does the marketing, and after all that and good enough of time you can look to monetize.

There're are no instant returns in an app development, it's all upfront investment in a volatile market, and so money matters.

In a complex app development process, say an iPhone application development thing, it is bit complex to gauge the cost of app developers and other expenses. Slight uncertainty or miscommunication between you and the iPhone app development company can kick the cost up.

Here're the top 5 ways you can easily plan for an affordable iPhone app development:

1.Clarify

To make sure you don't pay more money for less required, you must clarify each and everything from your developer carefully and right before starting the project. Try to clarify as much as you can.

In case you have a clear idea behind your purpose of developing the app and have certain set targets in mind, then you can surely save your money big time. A lack of idea about what you're developing, for whom, and what your revenue model will be, can cause trouble.

If you don't have a clear idea, try contacting some of your target users through online webinars, forums, etc. to gain insights.

2.Budget

Tight budget is the most influential reason to negotiate the cost. Don't hesitate to share your preferences and constraints with the iPhone app developer.

You can effectively avoid non-core and unnecessary features in the first version of your mobile app, which will help in reducing the cost.

3.Confidence

Although you might be an SMB or a startup with little knowledge of what app you want and how app development processes work like, try conveying your requirements to the iPhone app development company with confidence.

If they track you down and realize that you are a newbie, they might juggle with the proposed sales quote.

4.Sketch the app

In case you feel it is tough to explain to the iPhone app developers how the app you want should be, don't panic - just roughly sketch your app and jot down the main functionality you want your app to do.

By sketching your mobile app on paper, you can easily make the developers understand it and add his inputs and understanding so that you both are on the same page. This way, the iPhone app developer can build your app with clarity as he'll be well aware of what needs to be done. It reduces the app development cost and time.

It's better to get more than one app developed at once. If you have firm understanding about how you'll make your app fulfil your business objectives and you know your target market well, you may go for a mobile app development company that can give you the two different, i.e. iPhone and Android versions of your application, if you need to reach users on both platforms.

Application development agencies generally provide good discount on bulk projects, so you can this way reduce the time and cost of your app development project.

5.Design

Make sure your developers get to work on simple yet efficient design. Help the designer by providing important information regarding which images to use for your iPhone application, what color and themes are required, etc.

It will reduce the time required to develop the application and correspondingly, the cost will reduce significantly.

iPhone apps are likely to grow in numbers by up to 30% in 2018. With a clear vision and deep research, you can surely succeed in making a money-spinning app.

If budget is your restraint and you can not afford to go on a berserk expense spree, take note of these 5 points and your iPhone app development cost should be cut significantly.

5 Ways You Can Plan Affordable App Development

5 months ago

Almost all businesses today want a stake in the lucrative app development domain. However, the process of app development still tends to be more feasible for some businesses than the rest. With the amount of money and time that is required needs to be dedicated to the development process, some SMBs and even startups are mostly reluctant to take the big leap.

Fortunately, there are these 5 easy ways you can plan for an affordable mobile app development project, whilst making sure the mobile app is of superlative quality.

1. Do the research.
The cost that you soak into a mobile app does not actually end when the mobile app is launched. In fact, it’s mainly after the launch of the app that you find bugs that are required to be resolved in updated version of the app.However, here’s a clinch: the more extensive research you carry out on your target markets, the more likely you are to fine-tune your mobile app right from the scratch, thence limiting the need for over-expending on updates later.

2. The experience of the app developers is crucial: price vs value
The app developers or agency you hire to get the work done can range widely in experience and cost level. It’s highly crucial for you to find the right balance between the two.Also, it is very tempting to save money by hiring a less experience, and less expensive, developer.If you think the cost of hiring good developers is much, think how much can bad developers cost you. IT will lead to more and more complications down the road, and consequently you will need greater ongoing maintenance expenses and parallel lower returns.

3. Choose the right platform
Developing an app for Android takes a much different approach and life cycle than developing one for the App Store.You must first decide the platform, so that the developers can focus on a single platform and there’s no likelihood for a complex and cost-consuming backtrack later. Choose your preferred platform right at the begging of the conceptualization process of your app development lifecycle. The earlier, the better.

4. Boost efficiency
The cost of an app development project can be measured both in terms of resources and time. Along with looking for ways that can help you cut down cost, you must look for the ways that can help you save time.Streamlining the app development process comes handy and, along with that, you can search for more efficient methods to address development stages and various potential roadblocks, so you can save time as well as money right through the process.

5. Make sure the app works offline
When contemplating an app’s cost-efficiency, you must also consider its important potential for returns.Apps that can be accessed only online tend to have a much smaller user base and market reach as compared to mobile apps that can be easily operated offline.There are numerous users in rural areas and homes that lack Internet connectivity and, therefore, need apps with offline usage, therefore you can easily turn a greater profitability by catering to those segments of the app market.

Along with these top 5 ways to reduce app development cost, it is also important that you choose the right team or mobile app development company that can ensure standards based industry approach to cut down time and money on your app development project, along with not compromising on quality, functionally and scalability aspects of the product.

Enterprise App Development - Top 5 Trends to Expect in 2018

5 months ago

More than 72% of enterprises have already started investing big time in BYOD for their employees in one way or the other.

In 2018, more than 50% of the world's employers will need BYOD. Hybrid enterprise apps are known to run in the form of an app but they're characteristically mobile websites. This helps limit the speed and cost of the mobile app development process.

As 2018 is just around the corner, let's have a look at the top 5 technology trends to expect in the enterprise mobile apps category during the year ahead.

1. Low-code development is the future

Low-code development intends to make it simpler to build mobile applications by eradicating as much of the hand-coding as feasible. Such initiatives are getting more and more significant as businesses have to develop applications to work across the board, over an array of devices, including smartphones.

There is such a widespread necessity for making unique software simpler.

Every enterprise app development company can thrive, provided they jump on the bandwagon and execute the low code model to good effect to provide a pleasant end-user experience.

2018 will witness aplenty of new kids on the block and the prospects seem promising for them, as well! That's because this model has catered to a long-standing need.

2. The rise of habit-forming technology

Habit-forming technology includes closely analyzing the behavior of mobile app users, and working on the psychological triggers that create desirable intuitions and habits, finally, helping app owners make the users come back to the app over and over again.

At present, too many large enterprise apps are not leverage this, however, the trend is expected to upshot in 2018 with as much as 50% rise in the use of habit-forming technology at major enterprises to entice and retain their customers.

In stark contrast, most successful user-focused apps, including Snapchat, Facebook, and Twitter, have already incorporated habit-forming technology and have reported drastic surge in results in terms of user engagement.

If these habit principles are adopted to enterprise apps during an app's design and development phase, businesses can certainly harvest similar rewards internally.

3. Superlative data management capabilities and rise of data science

Big data has already made an impact in the way we do business and manage large chunks of data. 2018 will witness an upsurge in enterprise application integration (EAI), which comes down to reducing the transfer data to the extent possible.

The less the data travels from a system to another, the less are the odds of data loss or corruption.

In addition, information can be easily upgraded with more efficiency across all departments in an enterprise.

4. Productivity through data automation

Data collection and analysis which once used to take weeks or even months are now being carried out in real time, augmenting productivity by the use of automation. Enterprise apps will focus more on automating business processes and data analysis in 2018.

In case you are launching a new item and have plans for an email campaign to target three different probable markets, the automated process here can help you track the performance of each email campaign and provide you that data, comparing not only the success of each individual campaign, but also providing the differences in click points, demographics, buyer preference, etc.

Businesses can leverage these important conclusions for optimizing their campaigns and gain insights into their target market. It's already a trend and is only going to get bigger and bigger in 2018.

5. Swift4

Tim Cook recently termed Swift as the next big programming language, and followed his statement with the two most sweetheart words for any enterprise app developer, "open source".

Apple's general-purpose programming language Swift is pre-compiled for iOS, Linux, macOS, and tvOS, and is sure going to take the enterprise application development world by the storm in 2018 with Swift4.

Swift 4 has the legacy prowess of Swift 3 along with tremendous capabilities to create highly scalable, intuitive and robust applications. This upgradation will assist iOS developers in developing the enterprise apps faster without actually compromising on the important app features such as security and performance.

In fact, enterprise apps designed with Swift 4 will take up less memory of user devices. We see 2018 to be packed to capacity with faster, safer iOS app development with Swift 4.

So, these were the top 5 things to expect from enterprise apps in 2018. The market is hot and growing. SMBs, startups and virtually any enterprise mobile app development company can have the time of their lives during the next 365 days and beyond, all they need to do is be proactive and seize the opportunity while it's relatively newer.

5 Things Web Development Companies Should Do To Get Ahead of Competitors

6 months ago

Now that you’ve been running a web development company since a while, you must be really willing to take the next leap and expand your horizons across-the-board.

But by now you must be well aware that those traditional aspects of running a web development company that you had been working on since years and losing their grounds, and are no longer as productive as they once were, reason:

Growing competition

Ever-increasing user expectations

Rise of automation that has curbed business benefits of SMBs by a margin

Introduction of hybrid tools and new web development strategies

Growth of mobile

In such scenario, you sure need to think out of the box and consider these top 5 tips that can help you make your web application development company more successful despite rising competition and advanced technologies that you may, or may well not, find easy to master:

1. Find a unique inventive approach to the market

Numerous people getting into web development businesses tend to forget the essence of marketing and selling, and the way it changes with time. Web development is so very competitive now as compared to a few years back when you perhaps started your business.

Earlier it was considered ‘unique’ to be develop websites on CMS platforms such as Joomla, Magento and WordPress. However, most business and clients these days can do that themselves!

So, you must be in quest of a unique approach? Here are a few examples:

AppStack bundle development and app development as for monthly service as monthly subscription services can help you retain customers as compared to one-time projects.

Enterprise web apps and mobile apps development.

Focus on providing interactive web experience.

You could easily stand apart from the content on the basis of whom you’re targeting, how you look at the market and approach it by customizing and tweaking your marketing model, how much plan your revenue model and cost to customers, and much more.

2. Focus on nurturing recurring relationships

Ongoing relationship with business clients is surely one of the most important aspects that can help you take your web development business to the next level. New clients are always hard to entice; however, an existing customer can be easily retained to earn one of the other project and sales by providing him high-quality services and taking care of many other things that foster healthy and long-term sustainable client relationships.

Here are so of the after-sales strategies to follow:

Send monthly reports to your clients in newsletter forms to keep them engaged

Inspire your web development clients to pay for monthly support plan. Show them the clear benefits of having a support plan over their competitors who do not have any such plan in progress.

Offer monthly SEO services

Along with these, you can create a case-by-case scenario depending upon your type of clients to ensure they stick to you and fall back to you everything they need something new or want to get their existing site working in the most optimal way.

3. Tweak your lead generation strategy

It is worth a consideration that you measure and calculate the ROI of your different lead generation strategies to cut through the red tape, remove unproductive processes and introduce new, powerful means of lead generation and nurturing.

There have always been debates about the effectiveness of Google AdWords CPS, conventional bidding or other type of search engine advertisements to generate leads. Therefore, it is important for you to rethink and calculate the effectiveness of these methods in case you depend heavily on them for lead generation.

Investing in mechanics that’s far below productivity will take you nowhere, consider exploring the following methods of lead generation:

Organic SEO to increase backlinks and earn more sales

Social media platforms

Influencer marketing to reach out to industry thought leaders and the people whom your clients follow

Blogger outreach to get your services features on premium blogs

Email marketing is hot as always, but try introducing automation to it through dedicated tools like MailChimp to save time, increase reach and get better analytics of your campaign’s performance.

4. Add additional services to your portfolio

If you have always been a core custom software development company and are now mulling over an expansion in 2018, one of the best things you can do is to get onboard certain addition and in-demand service offerings that may entice users more and may sell your web development packages, too, along with themselves. Consider including some hot and happening services, such as:

IoT app development

Android/iOS application development

Graphics and 3D design services

Digital marketing services

Along with these, there are numbers new technologies that you can get your hands on, include in your portfolio, and try attracting new-age customers for them.

5. Join the content marketing wave

With the passage of time, the world has changed its way of accessing and consuming information. But then, one thing will always stand try: we will always need information and we will always be ready to pay for it.

Content marketing or inbound marketing is another fine unique way to increase your lead generation quotient. Instead of trying to reach out to customers through cold calls and emails, try to focus on inbound marketing.

Create great informative content, videos, ebooks, case studies, white papers, blogs, infographic, presentations, etc. that the potential customers and especially b2b clients might find informative and through which they can get to know that you’re an expert in the field.

Good content can always attract new sales and any mobile app development company would do well to focus on it in 2018 to facilitate business scaling by a great extent.

5 Reasons .NET is Still Preferred for Enterprise Software Projects

6 months ago

Enterprise applications are consistently becoming an integral, crucial aspect of almost all businesses. Unlike a few years back, enterprises today have the option of getting their own custom enterprise software developed at attractive prices.

However, these software applications today are required to cater to a wide range of technologies, infrastructure, devices, and, at the same time, provide a seamless experience to an array of users.

Therefore, before we start to cover enterprise application development and why .Net is still the most preferred option or enterprise software projects, let’s have a look at what these applications are and why they are so popular.

What are enterprise applications?

An enterprise software or application is a term used for describing a software platform that enterprises use to help themselves solve enterprise problems and perform their day-to-day functioning tasks.

The core features of an enterprise software may vary depending upon the type of business and industry they’re being used for.

For example, for retail businesses, enterprise software can have features such as supply chain and inventory management, etc.

Earlier, only large enterprises used such software since these were highly expensive and complex to develop. However, with the constant surge in technology, enterprise software is now being heavily used to increase profitability and productivity of small and medium-sized businesses, too!

Why is an enterprise software vital for your business?

Enterprise applications are transforming the face of business today. Our dependence on various technologies is just an indication of how productive and smooth they can make our business operations and lives.

The same holds true for businesses as well as their customized enterprise software tools. They augment employee and team productivity, collaboration and reporting, leverage big data, and assists in optimizing business process productivity, big time.

Four crucial reasons for enterprises to have custom enterprise applications include:

Enhanced employee and overall business productivity.

Empowered field workers, with their implementation of smart devices, especially wearables and tablets.

Enterprise big data and insightful analytics develop smarter apps to help you plan and run your business better.

Developing an end-to-end enterprise app was never easier.

Now that well understand the need and benefits of enterprise applications, let’s have a look how Dot Net continues to be an integral part of the bigger picture.

Why developers choose .Net for enterprise software?

Microsoft .Net technology provides untiring user experience and caters to the ever-increasing needs of a business user. Enterprises today need enterprise software solutions that can be developed quickly and deliver great flexibility for scaling and growth in future.

With the .Net technology, programmers can develop wonderfully well-designed applications and arm them with limitless adaptable features, functionalities and versatilities.

More than 75% of all enterprise software solutions today are powered by one or the other .NET platform.

5 reasons Dot NET is still preferred for enterprise software projects:

1. Ease of use

Dot NET has one of the biggest class libraries when it comes to a coding language that can be effectively, easily used by developers. In addition, it can be effortlessly integrated with all the databases and has a rich inventory of tools that help the developers in an extraordinary manner.

2. Easy maintenance

The .Net framework runs on object-oriented programming that removes unnecessary codes and demands less coding work from the developers. It includes reuseable code and numerous reuseable components. Therefore, making changes to the program is fast and easy.

3. Security

For any enterprise software solution, security is a must and most enterprises have no compromises on it, whatsoever. With features such as code checks, encryptions, character validations, and code access security, .Net framework delivers safe and highly secure applications.

4. Scalability

.Net was remarkably developed to scale easily as per specific program requirements. It is very simple to scale .Net programs vertically as well as horizontally to address the growing demands of the enterprise.

With the aid of application extensions and good developers, a dot net development company can provide you a scalable enterprise application to make sure you won’t be required to re-invest in the software as your business grows.

5. Compatibility

One of the most crucial need of enterprise software solutions is compatibility. With dot Net application development, developed software, and apps can easily work on multiple devices in seamless environment.

Cross-platform and cross-device compatibility, toll improvisations and modularization make sure dot NET stays compatible with almost every language and platform.

Well, these were just a few benefits of the ASP.NET framework. It is performance intensive, incredibly scalable and feature rich. The best part: it is backed by the tremendous support of Microsoft. Applications that can be easily built and tested relatively quicker with the .Net framework.

You Will Thank Me— 5 Ways AI Will Affect the Ecommerce Industry

6 months ago

Among many emerging technologies, one of the most interesting ones is AI. Its potential exceeds everything anyone could ever expect. This is made possible by numerous technological advancements, as well as the increase in the computing power now accessible to a high number of IT businesses. Some people, like Elon Musk, see AI as a potential danger to the human kind, but those predictions are decades in the future.

For now, AI development is going to help improve business processes in various industries, one of them being the ecommerce industry. Let’s take a look at several ways in which AI is going to affect the ecommerce industry.

Personalization

Personalized shopping is essential for ecommerce business growth. This is something that is greatly going to improve with the development of AI. Even though big data is gaining a lot of popularity, it is necessary to perform data analysis. This process is not completely automated, and requires manual labor.

In the near future, it is quite likely that AI is going to analyse data and offer a completely personalized experience for every new customer. As various data is collected about shoppers, when they come back to the ecommerce store, they will be greeted with items they are actually going to like.

This is already being done, but with some RAW collected data that are not processed with AI. It is going to make the whole process much more effective, making the user experience much better.

Increased sales

Achieving a higher number of sales is one of the goals that every ecommerce business wants to succeed in. Now, there are plenty of websites such as Amazon and eBay, that are relying on their own techniques to make this possible.

However, with the further development and implementation of AI, this is going to be a much more effective process. The AI will have all the necessary data from the purchase history to create incredible upselling offers, while still keeping the profit of the business high.

Image search with outstanding precision

Image processing is moving forward fast. A form of AI technology implemented in Tesla is capturing images and utilizing it for self-driving features, sharing it with their entire network of vehicles. It is only a question of time before a person is going to be able to enter the image of the clothes he or she likes, and precisely similar results are going to be presented to that person.

This is going to make the shopping experience a more pleasant one. Also, the profits of the ecommerce app development company are going to skyrocket, as they are going to offer exactly what the customer is actually asking for.

Better merchandise management

Amazon is already using advanced algorithms for managing their goods across the country. These steps were taken in order to make the Amazon Prime service functional. According to the data collected, Amazon is now not only able to store the right merchandize in the right locations, but predict what changes regarding order numbers are going to occur. All this enables “Anticipatory” shipping, speeding up the delivery times of the service.

This is only the beginning. In the coming years, we can expect this process to be taken over by AI, making it easy for all ecommerce stores to lower their delivery times and provide better service to their customers.

Voice shopping assistants

Voice is already becoming important in everyday life experiences. We can only predict what the future uses of it are going to be. But, as Amazon is investing hard in Alexa, there is a high chance that you are going to be able to make a purchase by talking to a device.

With simple words like: “Show me the new fall collection”, you will be able to see items on your TV and tell the AI what purchase you would like to make and in which way. Not to mention, Amazon Prime subscribers can already utilize this feature, but the technology is still new, and it is yet to improve in the future.

This sounded impossible only a couple of years ago, but as voice control is going forward fast, it is a plausible option that might enter the ecommerce business in the future.

These were 5 different ways in which artificial intelligence is going to affect the ecommerce industry. Generally, it means that customers are going to have a much better experience with online shopping, whereas businesses are going to be in a much better position to make a higher number of sales.

We can only sit back and wait, but one thing is clear, AI will certainly make some groundbreaking changes in the future.

Top 5 Mistakes to Avoid While Developing App For Your eCommerce Store

6 months ago

Ecommerce mobile apps are altogether different. It takes more than just great design and coding to develop a successful app in this niche.

A fraction of an error can lose you more than just sales.

Considering a failure rate of over 80% in the ecommerce industry, with more than 30% SMBs and startup ecommerce businesses evading in the first 12 month itself, it’s certain that the competition is fierce, user expectations are on an all-time high, and there’s no room for mistakes.

More fascinating is the fact that ecommerce stores are one of the biggest money spinners in world. Those who succeed, make an unchained melody of revenue, brand recognition and everything.

Therefore, the high failure rate must not discourage you as success is no rocket science when it comes to ecommerce stores. All you need to do is understand ‘what not to do’, and that should do the trick.

Since the momentum is shifting towards m-commerce and not much is required to be discussed about why you must have a handy ecommerce app for your business. Whether small or giant, ecommerce stores have already realized where the future is, and most of them already have a mobile app; but then, there are a few common blunders we keep witnessing in ecommerce mobile apps that tend to make it ineffective and unproductivity.

So, your core intent must be to identify the common mistakes developers make in an ecommerce mobile app, and ensure your developers don’t show you a repeat telecast of the same.

Let’s have a look at the top 5 common mistakes developers make in an ecommerce app:

1. Considering mobile experience as nothing but a downsized web experience.

Let’s get this one straight: An ecommerce app is fundamentally altogether different than an ecommerce website. It’s different in terms of size, functionality, and scope.

The difference is very vital, in fact, so much that in case Apple disapproves of your ecommerce app design, it may perhaps reject it.

So why most of us miss out on this significant and crucial detail? For one, some businesses think that their ecommerce mobile app must do everything their website does, or if not, then it is somehow considered less valuable. However, this couldn’t be farther from the ground reality.

The reason why ecommerce apps are important is that they are different from their web cousins. An app can be accessed while on the go, their touch and user interfaces are more inviting, easygoing and intuitive, they can make the most of device hardware and are customizable to the core.

An effective mobile app doesn’t survive on the established legacy of pre-established functionalities and designs - it makes the most of available hardware for creating a new, delightful experience.

With responsive web design transforming the end-user browser experience, it takes more to validate the existence of a new ecommerce mobile apps.

Before your ecommerce website development company hops into the fray, consider doing everything you can for pinpointing what makes your product stand out and easy to remember by the users, and then breathe life into your product as a piece of not just close-knit code but an exceptionally-designed software.

2. Underusing the powerful features of your base device

There’s so much hardware and functionality boost that leading mobile device have on offer and it’s rapidly getting better, and better. With most users now being pretty much familiar with how different apps can access various features of a smartphone to boost user experience and provide enhanced, hybrid functionality, missing out on these can be the worst you can plan.

Make sure your ecommerce mobile app makes use of other phone features for enhancing the experience. Put the device’s camera to use and provide your audience an option to snap pictures of a product they fancy in-store or on the street to later view similar products via the app.

Customers may also save these products to their wish list to purchase them sometime later. For smaller ecommerce stores, if using the camera turns out to be too expensive an option, offering a rich inventory search feature can aid customers easily find the products they are looking for anytime.

3. Not preparing for code deadlock during festive season

High transaction concurrency generally means that the application server threads will have to contend more and more for application objects and resources.

Most e-commerce mobile applications have certain form of atomicity developed into their transactions, to make sure a proper check is kept on the order and stock volumes as thousands of consumers battle over low prices and special offers when there’s a mega sale on at your ecommerce store.

In case access to application resource is not managed properly some threads may end up in caught in deadlock, which can usually lead to a hang and timeout of an application server and all user transactions.

A code deadlock can image thousands of checkout transactions and those users, well, are most likely to switch to some other ecommerce app fearing the worst in terms of transaction failure.

4. Beta testing your own app

It is one of the most commonly asked questions by ecommerce app developers, “Why get your ecommerce app beta tested by someone else and when can you do it yourself? “

If you’ve ever wondered over this question when developing an ecommerce app, you’ve perhaps been burned by the consequence. There’s a surefire reason why beta testing is important and why it makes sense to get it done from specialized beta testers: They offer significant outside perspective that can help you get hold of issues with your mobile app far more easily and extensively, as compared to you going for it yourself.

It’s not just about the bugs, either -- some of these concepts may be vital for making your ecommerce app user-friendly and more intuitive. For example, perhaps your in-app purchases aren’t clearly communicated, or the user experience of your ecommerce website is being jaded by the placement and styling of advertisements.

Because you develop the mobile app this way, it’s comparatively tougher for you to be able to track and identify these high-level flaws.

5. Complex checkout process

Mobile is a smaller screen, where, regardless of the internet connection speed, filling in too many details during the checkout process and the number of form fields you offer, can be infuriating if not difficult. Ecommerce websites, mostly in an attempt to collect user data for future sales and leads nurturing, ask too many unnecessary details during the checkout.

Adding salt to the injury, integrated payment gateways and card processors have slow responding websites, more often than not. Making the checkout a more and more complex process.

A complex checkout process is surely going to frustrate your users. In fact, it is recorded as one of the most influential reasons behind over 70% ecommerce shoppers abandoning shopping carts.

Stick to the minimalist approach as far as designing the checkout process is concerned. Ask for only essential information required to get you the payments processed, and the product delivered at the requested address conveniently.

Certain steps can surely be curtailed by implementing social authentication. However, you must properly inform your users and seek their consent about what information you’ll access and retain from their social profiles. Give them the freedom to choose what to share and what not.

Top 5 Easy to Avoid Mistakes E-commerce Stores Make

6 months ago

Seeing the changes in buying behaviors in market and increased spending on online ecommerce marketplaces and sites, you must be fascinated by the idea of coming up with an ecommerce website.

Well, you’re not wrong either, as over thousands of ecommerce stores are launched every year and go on to harvest brightest profits and business benefits. So, having an ecommerce store, no doubt, makes sense.

But then, that’s just half the info you need to establish a successful ecommerce website. How would you respond if we were to tell you that:

More than 80% of e-commerce websites fail within the initial 18 months. With a failure rate of 80-90 percent, an ecommerce website is a two-way trail – it can help your business rise and shine, or succumb to injuries and loses.

And what if you’re a planning a small ecommerce store and get to know the fact that while 30% small ecommerce stores break in the first 12 months, an equal 30% continually lose money, till they call it a day and hang the hat!

Those numbers are alarming while lucrative, inviting are the revenues generated by successful ecommerce websites.

Now that you know how challenging it can be to establish a successful ecommerce website; will you call a quit?

You must not!

Most businesses are vulnerable to failure if they’re based on poor planning. Similarly, there are several factors that affect the success of an ecommerce website. Identifying them, respecting them, and doing the needful can ensure you prevent them from hindering your success. And ones the pain-points are addressed, you know how much profitable an ecommerce store can turn out to be.

While product niche, inventory, prices, marketing, design, etc. all influence the success of an ecommerce website to a great extent, ‘website development’ is something that stands out.

Consumers who shop online are not always tech savvy and are bound by various limitations such as tech skills, device they’re shopping on, connection speed, language, and much, much more.

Most ecommerce websites fail to hit the bottom of the marketing pyramid, i.e. to cater to the most demanding limitations and needs of base users, and the base for an ecommerce website means around 80 percent of its potential sales.

Bad website development can slaughter your dreams. With a poor platform and framework, no matter how good your product niche and web design, etc. stand, you’ll struggle.

Despite advanced ecommerce development platforms, suits, tools, and more, there are certain common mistakes that even the best ecommerce app development companies tend to make, thereby playing a spoilsport for your business objectives.

Here’re are top 5 mistakes businesses make in an ecommerce website development project:

#1. Choosing the wrong shopping cart

Adequate research must be conducted before finalizing an ecommerce shopping cart. Just about everything from customization to budget to functionality and ease of use must be considered ahead of choosing an ecommerce shopping cart.

You can easily find any free shopping cart script such as Magento, which is in use by most ecommerce stores these days. So, if you intend to hire a Magento developer, ensure the developer or the agency can deliver personalized/customized solutions(Magneto customization).

Store performance matter and over 70percent users shy away from ecommerce websites that have time-consuming or complex checkout process.

Poor design of the checkout page also irritates consumers.

Avoid asking unnecessary question to speed up checkout

It’s clear that choosing the right shopping cart script is vital. Magento offers high-end features and functionality and, therefore, it makes sense to go for it. Just ensure the developer you choose can handle personalization.

#2. Uninviting, non-intuitive navigation

You can be double sure that users will not hang around for long in case your ecommerce website has complex, slow or poor navigational functionalities.

It is, therefore, vital to make sure that the navigation menu of your online store is clearly defined, and that minimal number of clicks are required during navigation.

#3. Mobile-optimized websites are a must

Transition to 4G speeds and reducing costs of data plans as well as mobile devices have exponentially triggered a wave of trend where people have ditched desktops and do most of the things on a smartphone, including shopping.

Not having a responsive and mobile-ready ecommerce website means you’re clearly missing out on sales, big time!

An unresponsive website doesn’t show up well on a mobile, is slow to respond and complex to navigate – well, that’s enough for a user to boycott your store.

Make sure you have a mobile-ready website to trap the selling power of mobile devices.

#4. Shared resources and server

Technically, ecommerce websites powered by a shopping cart script, say Magento, are set up by developers to share resources and server with other websites. It not only reduces the loading speed of your website but also makes it vulnerable to security attacks.

Shared resourcing is one of the most influential factors that decide the integrity, speed, and thus success, of your ecommerce website.

It also impacts the reputation of your online store. Look to hire a Magento developer who can help you customized and configured the store to the server of your choice – say PHP5 or MySQL.

#5. Website speed

Slow server, faulty code, or bad design can cause an ecommerce website shopping cart to get visible to users only after a long wait.

Loading time is also an important factor Google uses to rank your website on SERP, hence never, ever take it for granted.

Hiring an experienced ecommerce website development company can help you avoid these roadblocks and max out the odds of your success. When discussing projects with an ecommerce website developer, make sure you check their portfolio of previous work, their LinkedIn profiles, feedback received from past employers, etc. to avoid falling into a trap.

5 Reasons Java is Still Preferred For Enterprise Software Projects

6 months ago

2017 witnessed a string of hot debates regarding Java, its development and its abilities to cater to the ever-increasing needs of modern Java developers, particularly when it comes to developing enterprise applications.

Several technology analysts keep beating around the bushes on how soon Java will disappear as a programming language for enterprise apps, while most contradict.

In fact, Java is one of the most widely used programming languages, the number of Java projects increased by up to 20% during this year, and the Java user base is expanding at the velocity of knots.

Now over two decades old, Java has lived up to the expectations in terms of the characteristic efficiency, performance and flexibility provided by C, with write-once, run-anywhere ease through the implementation of platform-specific runtime environments.

The original design goals of Java explain its long-lasting popularity: It's easy to use, object-oriented, secure and robust, architecturally-neutral, threaded, dynamic, portable, interpreted, along with being heavy-duty.

The recent Developer Economics survey provides another indication to the briskly increasing use of Java: It's very prevalent among cloud providers and supported universally by cloud APIs.

The report stated that cloud developers running Java have improved flexibility when it comes to selecting a cloud host, and the improvement in the use of Java may well indicate a craving to maintain that flexibility in view of a changing market.

Let’s have a quick look at the top 5 reasons why Java is still preferred for enterprise software projects:

1. Practicality

As described by James Gosling, Java is a “blue collar” programming language. It was developed to permit developers get their tasks done with the lowest possible fuss, while enabling the developers to catch up someone else’s code and understand figure it out.

You can, however, surely write unreadable code in Java, similar to that in any other language, but with robust coding conventions it’s far more readable than most other languages.

2. Backward compatibility

Sun and later Oracle have made massive efforts to make sure that code written in one version of Java continues to run unchanged on a newer version.

Though it hasn’t been the case at all times (enumerations in Java SE 5, assertions in Java SE 1.4,) and has at times led to the implementation that could’ve been far better without compatibility (generics), making it one of the most fascinating features for developers.

There is nothing unpleasant than hitting a code that works flawlessly and having to make changes to it so that it can work well on a newer version of the same platform. That’s just a sheer waste of time.

3. Scalability and rich performance

Java is a gilt-edged platform that functions on a level that can hardly match or even exceed that of native code, all thanks to JVM optimizations with dynamic rather than static code analysis.

When we talk about scalability, give a thought to the IT behemoths using Java: Twitter (that migrated from Ruby-on-Rails to the JVM as RoR had scaling troubles), Salesforce, eBay, Spotify, Facebook, and, of course, Oracle!

Spark, Hadoop, and Cassandra - the framework for the majority of big data projects, are either coded in Scala or Java and run well on the JVM.

Therefore, if performance and scalability are your areas of concern, Java and the JVM is a certain favorite.

4. Freshness

This one is certainly big!

A look at the TIOBE graph and you can make out there is a considerable upswing in Java popularity over the last couple of years, which is right after the launch of JDK 8.

JDK 8 was a drastic transformation for developers working with Java since it introduced the streams API and Lambda expressions.

And just like that, Java developers were able to do things in a more convenient and functional manner without really having to learn an entirely new language such as Scala.

These features helped developers effortlessly make the most of multi-core/multi-processor machines without the need to go for potentially error-prone and complex multi-threaded code.

With project Jigsaw delivered in JDK 9 this year, modularity has made it much easier for developers to build, deploy and maintain big enterprise applications. There is already news for new language features, such as value types, in JDK 10.

5. High-end security

Java is also popular for its security standards and robust features of safe programming. Enterprises can download any folder with non-trusted programs.

In addition, the application can make use of these codes in a secure manner. Enterprise apps abandon the corrupted data and use them in a secure manner for developing applications in Java.

These 5 points clearly indicate that Java is on a rise, and 2018 looks promising for any Java development company as more and more businesses will look to get enterprise software solutions developed in Java.

Top 7 things to expect in IoT during 2018

7 months ago

IoT is already a blockbuster affair, with more and more businesses investing in it heavily. The IoT and IIoT industry more than doubled in terms of size and investment this year and, considering the flow rate of growth in this sector, 2018 looks like all set to experience and witness a mass transformation and growth.

In its latest report, global research firm Forrester Research has estimated that the IoT will emerge as the backbone of customer value and sustainability in 2018-19.

The IoT infrastructure is expected to shift to the edges and for specialized hybrid IoT platforms, IoT development companies will have a considerable impact on initiatives and platforms, with IoT security being the hotspot.

Here’s what to expect from IoT in 2018:

1.Enterprises will vigorously ramp up efforts for piloting and rolling out voice-based services to their customers

The breadth, complexity, and performance of voice-based IoT services will balloon in 2018 across enterprise as well as SMBs with available services forecasted to more than double. Financial services as well as several other leading industries that require authentication for anything in excess of a simple task will experience a lag.

2. EU guidelines will provide a green light to commercialize IoT data

45% of decision makers in data and analytics at major enterprises across the globe reveal that they are already commercializing their data, while just 36-38 percent of European enterprises do so.

Identifying this lag, the EU Commission in 2018 will issue guidelines for encouraging the use of hybrid technology in IoT, which is likely to spark the data economy.

3. Marketers will latch on to the IoT prospect, while wearables will remain a core niche

The hype and continually increasing adoption of intelligent agents such as the Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa in more and more gadgets will open up the marketers’ eyes rather sooner than later. They’ll identify new ways to interact with consumers.

Building more and more intimate brand experiences, they’ll more or less extend their mobile moment techniques to cover new interfaces with smartwatches and smart home speakers. Regardless of the instrumental surge in sales of over 12mn smartwatches in the USA itself are forecasted by the fall of 2018.

Forrester predicts wearable as well as smart home devices to remain a niche.

4. Key use cases to drive a surge in deployment of edge solutions.

IoT-enabled business operations today are primarily executed in the cloud or on-premises data centers. In 2018, we’ll most likely witness a considerable shift in momentum among enterprises deploying business operations that need local data analysis in close proximity of the connected devices, which accentuates these operations.

The edge IoT devices act locally on the basis of the data generated, and also make the most of the cloud for configuration, deployment, management, security and scalability.

5. Industrial IoT platform builders will leave the IaaS business

Over the last year, all leading industrial IoT platforms have looked to facilitate the availability of most of their industry- or IoT-specific capabilities through hyperscale cloud providers, such as Microsoft, AWS, and IBM. With the extension of geographical reach and visibility of these hyperscale clouds, the IoT capabilities will upshot and these clouds will gain further evidence for compliance with recommended regulatory environments.

6. Developer ‘drive to the edge’ to precipitate the consolidation of IoT platform

More business in 2018 will extend data processing and analysis to the edge of the network with the intent of cutting data ingestion costs and limiting network latency. It is increasingly getting more and more unacceptable for IoT platforms to just have the services at the network core.

The cost to support both edge as well as the core with a constant programming and analytical model is sure to pressurize all, however the most committed IoT platform and IoT services providers will focus on reducing their ambitions or quit the market anytime during the next 3 years.

7. Developers will chase device integration through public cloud IoT platform

Common developer requirements for fast deployment for prototyping, reduced adoption costs, easy integration with diverse systems of records, global engagement and reach, and a burden of minimal maintenance will decode to accelerate the adoption of IoT platform from public cloud providers.

The trends seem advanced and ambitious. IoT is here and it’s here to stay the run.

With the certain boom in wearable and smart home devices, any IoT application development company would sure do well to hang in, capitalize on the massive transformation as the world openly adopts and promotes IoT like never before in the year ahead.

5 Common Mistakes Businesses Make in Web Development Projects

7 months ago

Development environments are today "smart" enough to track and fix numerous errors that used to give developers a nightmare back in time.

There are even several development platforms that can easily transform static HTML web pages into sublime, intuitive and highly interactive applications.

All these development platforms, patterns and practices share common grounds, and are all vulnerable to almost similar type of development issues induced by the very nature of web applications.

Despite a burgeoning advancement in web development technologies, automated platforms and bug tracking environments, web developers still tend to make several common mistakes in web development.

In this post, we've compiled a list of 5 common mistakes businesses make in web development projects.

Mistake #1: Incomplete input validation

Validating user input on client as well as server side is basically a must do! We are well familiar with the thumb rule "do not trust user input" but, nonetheless, mistakes resulting from validation keep happening all too often.

The most common result of this error is the SQL Injection which continues to find a place in OWASP Top 10 each year.

Remember that commonly used front-end development frameworks offer out-of-the-box, inventive validation rules which are extremely easy to use. In addition, most leading back-end development platforms utilize simple annotations to make sure that submitted data abides by expected rules.

Implementing validation may well be time consuming; however, it should an integral part of your standard coding practice and should never be set aside.

Mistake #2: Time or processor consuming actions in request handlers

One of the finest examples of this error is sending emails based on user actions. Web application developers often think that coding a SMTP call and sending a message straight from user request handler is the cure.

Suppose you develop an online book store, and expect to start with just a few hundred orders on a daily basis. As part of the order intake process, you send a user confirmation email every time a user creates an order.

It initially works hassle-free; however, what if you scale up your system, and suddenly get hundreds of requests sending confirmation mails?

You either get quota exceeded, SMTP connection timeouts, or your application response time takes a dip considerably as it is now processing emails rather than users.

Any processor- or time-consuming action should ideally be handled by an external process when you release HTTP requests as soon as feasible. In this case, an external mailing service comes handy in picking up orders and sending user notifications.

Mistake #3: Not optimizing bandwidth usage

Most development and testing process in a local network environment. And therefore, when you're downloading 6 background pictures, say each of 4MB or more, you may not recognize an error with 1Gbit Internet connection in a development environment.

However, when users start loading a 24MB home page over a 3G connection on their mobile devices, you should expect a trail of issues and complaints.

Optimizing bandwidth usage can offer a great performance augment, and to achieve this substantial hike, you perhaps just need a trick or two. There are certain things that even good developers do by default, such as:

JS minification of all JavaScript

CSS minification

Server-side HTTP compression

Optimization of image resolution and size

Mistake #4: Not planning for portability

Assumption is a killer! When we talk about portability, the assertion gets even stronger. How often have you ran across web development issues such as database connection strings, hard coded file paths, or assuming that a specific library will be accessible on the server?

Assuming that the real production environment will be in line with local development computer is nothing but wrong.

An ideal application setup must be maintenance-free:

Permit clear and simple configuration, perhaps in one configuration file.

Ensure that the app can be scaled and run on a load-balanced multi server environment.

Handle exceptions while the web-server configuration is not as anticipated.

Mistake #5: RESTful anti patterns

RESTful APIs are here and they're here to stay the distance. Almost all web applications have implemented some sort of REST services, no matter they're for internal use or for integration with an external system. However, you can still identify broken RESTful patterns as well as services that don't abide by the predictable practices.

Two most common errors made while coding a RESTful API are:

Writing wrong HTTP verbs. For instance, writing GET for writing data. HTTP GET is developed to be safe and idempotent, meaning that regardless of the instances where you call GET on the same resource, you must always get the same response and no changes in application state must take place.

Not sending correct HTTP status codes. The most typical example of this issue is sending response code 200 error messages.

You must only send HTTP 200 OK in case the request hasn't generated an error. In case of an error being generated, you must send 400, 401, 500 or some other status code that's fitting the error that occurred.

The bottom line:

The most important takeaway of this post is the fact that despite advanced web development methodologies, platforms and practices, errors may occur.

As a responsible and reflexive web development company you must ensure these common mistakes are not reflected from your projects, since they not just increase project cost and timeline, they may do more damage to your business.

Top 5 Android App Development Trends Likely to Dominate in 2018

7 months ago

It was 2008, and the world was desperate to upgrade the way the mobile platform and telecommunication used to look, feel, and behave. The devices were dull; the price tags, burning. The iPhone was yet to turn 1, and it was a rare sight in even the recently-developed nations back then.

OEMs like Samsung were craving for something to transform the lean run of their devices. What better a time had Google got to give Android its first OS outing. The Android stepped out on the right foot and took the world by a thunder. The Android wave binged like wildfire and people latched onto it with both their hands.

It was 2008, and the mobile world got the monster 'A'.

It was no way looking back ever since for Android. Android is a colossal ecosystem, and it keeps bulging year after year. Each year, there's an extensive radiant and radical spectrum of technologies launching with newer Android versions with the core intent of simplifying our lives, and to make it safer, faster, and better.

Android will turn 10 next year and the global Android app development fraternity is an in readiness to celebrate the decade with a buffet of gen-next technologies being introduced, implemented and intensified.

Here's a sneak peek at the top 5 mobile app development trends that are bound to make an impact in 2018.

#1. Advent of Android Instant Apps

"Android Instant Apps" is already one of the most vigorously searched terms on Google. It's bound to create a stir in the App world, and will most likely disrupt mobile-optimized websites.

What, exactly, are Instant Apps?

Google created the Android Instant Apps to help users gain faster access to Android apps. With just one click, smartphone users can now download apps in an instant. There's more! The Instant Apps are installed on a device only in part and not completely downloaded on it in full capacity, which means:

You can access your favorite apps in an instant without overconsumption of data

Your device won't get overloaded with several apps that you generally use infrequently

#2. The rise of Internet of Things (IoT)

Since each IOT application development solution requires a robust and heavy-duty mobile application to drive it seamlessly, and enabling users to configure and manage their connected smart devices, it is sure going to be the most thriving trend in Android mobile app development in the year ahead.

Among its noteworthy apps such as those for handling smart cities, smart home, wearables, connected health and connected cars, the Smart Home principally stands out in terms of trending IoT prospects for 2018.

The smart home is hot favorite since it has more practicality, instructiveness and worth for almost everyone, given that wearables have already settled down.

IoT industry is rendering massive proceeds to the Android app development companies; hence Android app developers have a superlative responsibility to develop IoT-enabled mobile applications for the Android platform.

The IoT has the endless possibilities to augment the power and performance of smart device sensors for securely exchanging personal information over the Wi-Fi.

#3. Android AI assistant

There was a massive increase of more than 300 percent in investment in the Artificial Intelligence this year.

Including AI to an Android business app provides advanced cognitive interfaces to complex systems together with delivering advanced analytics to app users.

What can AI do for app users?

The AI-based Android assistant can communicate with the user, follow his or her commands, clarify obligatory information, and serve as a smart chatbot. The bot can even recognize complicated commands.

Android personal assistants are already powerful, and we have quite a few productive and elegant options. The boom in AI during the year ahead will empower Android apps more than ever, and any android app development company will look forward to jump on the bandwagon and make the most of AI's tremendous capabilities to increase business and revenue.

#4. The rise of cloud-based Android apps

Cloud technology is no novelty, it has been here since a while now. With glorious growth and rise of cloud-based computing, and technologies like SaaS, PaaS, etc., enterprises as noteworthy as Microsoft has done well to use cloud to good effect and provides users the ease and fast anytime, anywhere access to services like Office 365, cloud technology has traveled a fair distance in 2017.

In the year ahead, cloud computing will extend its realms to cover the Android mobile app world. Implementing cloud computing modules in Android applications will give extended productivity to users and improved business foundations to the Android app developers.

Users will be able to fetch data straight from the cloud environment and take least amount space on their smartphones.

Reports reveal, "Globally, cloud apps will drive 90% of total mobile data traffic by 2019, and Mobile cloud traffic will be 11-fold with compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 60%." And therefore, Android app developers would do well to start planning things right now.

#5. Search within Android app

Most developers gave little care to the concept of embedding search and search filters within Android apps initially; however, the implementation of search within apps by Google, itself, in its Gmail Android app made developers give it a serious thinking.

And in just next to no time, several leading app developers such as Spotify and YouTube implemented the module of search embedded within a mobile app.

It makes sense as the features helps your users search the in-app content more effectively, in an organized manner, and get appropriate results quickly.

In 2018, most apps will be having this feature as 'obvious' element.

This winds up our list of top 5 Android app development trends that are likely to dominate in 2018. As a mobile app development company, you must be willing to become an early adopter of these to guarantee massive returns.

Top 5 Mobile App Development Trends Expected to Dominate in 2018

7 months ago

Mobile apps have surely been the hotspot of news, views, reviews and analysis over the last couple of years.

Despite rumors, or better say ‘misinterpretations’, about the alleged ‘app boom’ coming to the brink of closure, the fact of the day remains the same as it had been over the last year, year-and-a-half, or so: mobile apps are striking gold, the app boom is not going to end anytime soon.

And, to be more precise, it’s just the advent of a colossal appification, with 2018 looking all in readiness to conquer the unexplored realms of appversity, touching new dimensions, technologies, and platforms.According to IDC, “By 2020 there will be over 6.1bn smartphone users surpassing the fixed line subscriptions.” Considering this massive figure, any top mobile app development company will surely look to tweak things up in order to entice the prospects and sail above the competition.

Here’s a quick view of the top 5 mobile app development trends to watch out for in 2018:

1. The rise of Artificial Intelligence (AI) / Machine Learning mobile apps

While Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) dominated the thoughts of app developers right through 2017, the year ahead will experience a drastic influence of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning on the app community. Though AI or ML is no novelty and have been around since a while now, their intensity and magnitude will grow significantly across the mobile app fraternity in 2018.

Developers will be on their toes to come up with apps focused on reinforcement learning and language learning. While it will provide an all-new revenue stream to app developers, the machines like computers will behave more like humans through human intelligence simulation. IDC predicts, “The AI market will grow to more than $47 billion in 2020”. And 2018 will sure be the fulcrum of this tremendous uproar.

Enterprises have already started brainstorming for AI and ML and, as a chain reaction, you can sense the giants across leading industries - like finance, banking and retail – planning their moves in the direction of machine learning mobile apps. AI will continue to bring about a drastic transformation in our world, getting more and more integrated into our lives.

2. Ascend of Android instant apps

Android instant apps and their influence on progressive web apps is already a blockbuster debate. Instant apps, basically, are native apps that work like a website and have the potential to magnetize more and more people, thanks to the exquisite convenience they have on offer. Instant apps need no installation and, therefore, there are no roadblocks between apps and websites. These apps are tremendously easy to share, are compatible with all Android versions, and are set to take the world by the storm in 2018.

3. IoT and Wearable Apps are the next big thing

Wearable apps powered by IoT find a spot in our top mobile app development trends for 2018.

The world has already accepted the monopoly of IoT, and it’s only going to get bigger, better in the year ahead. According to International Data Corporation (IDC), “The market for wearable devices is going to experience a composite annual growth rate of 20.3 %, leading to 213.6 million units shipped in 2020”. And it’s pretty much obvious that 2018 will be a milestone to this pivotal change and any IoT application development company will look jump on the bandwagon.

4. The blockchain boom

Blockchain has perhaps attracted more eyeballs alone as compared to all other rising technologies put together of late. Blockchain, the technology powering the wonder word ‘Bitcoin’ is now making its presence felt across the nations, slowly but surely.

Blockchain is an unalterable, shared ledger to record a company’s data listed as blocks – no matter that’s the history of processed transactions or bitcoins, none of the two can be modified without changing the collusion of the network and all subsequent blocks. Data tyrants have almost surrendered against this failsafe latest technology as it eradicates the scope of information tampering.

In 2018, mobile app developers will look to explore this technology a touch more confidently to harness stronger outlook by providing transparent and secure access to the blockchain.

5. Big data to get bigger in 2018

In 2018, any mobile app development agency will be more likely to come up with advanced, hybrid application security features by integrating apps with big data and data science.

Core data capabilities will be the focal point for enterprises looking to improve the functionality of big data and big data-powered apps. For instance, big data analysis will simplify features like tracking the use trend of a device.

Other rising mobile app development trends for 2018.

Along with our handpicked top 5, several other mobile app development trends will do the rounds in the year ahead. Some of these include:

· Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP)

· AR and VR

· Cloud Technologies

· Cyber Security

· Predictive Analysis

· Business Bots

· Edge Computing

· Lazy Loading

· Enterprise and micro apps

· M-Commerce Rise

· Location-Based Application

+1 Windfall Trend: The world will run on 5G

The confluence of cloud technology, AI, instant apps, and the landslide of smartphone devices as well as mobile subscriptions will act as a catalyst for ingeniously superfast 5G digital speed.

Though there’s no ‘soak-overnight’ formula to 5G, given the extent and rage of hyper-connectivity the world is scrambling towards, being a mobile app developer, you’d do well to be proactive and be prepared to switch the gears.

Top 5 iPhone Application Development Trend Expected to Dominate 2018

7 months ago

Another splendid year is in climax. Another splendid year for iPhone app development.

With 4 mn+ apps, a download growth rate of over 70 percent and a whopping $5bn+ in revenue, Apple has sure earned a fortune in 2017 from its App Store. And iPhone application developers have made hay, exponentially. Backed by a dream run in 2017, the App Store is all settled to go for the full Monty in the year ahead. And iPhone application developers can expect better rewards in 2018.

Here’s an indication of the top 5 iPhone app development trends that are expected to leave an impression in 2018.

1. Swift4

Swift programming language has been cementing its spot consistently as the most preferred option for iPhone app development. Apple’s general-purpose programming language, Swift is pre-compiled for macOS, iOS, Linux & tv OS. While announcing Swift 4, Apple said that Swift is the most powerful programming language and it is very easy to learn.

Swift 4 flaunts quite a few handy characteristics. While it retains the powerful legacy of Swift 3, it delivers a grand potential of developing highly scalable and robust applications. This upgradation adds value and virtue to the iOS application development and helps publishers develop applications faster without actually compromising on the security and performance features. In fact, the applications developed in Swift 4 consume relatively less memory of your device. We see 2018 to be absolutely filled to the rafters with faster and safer iOS application development in Swift 4.

2. Contextual Learning & Artificial Intelligence for Siri

Apple’s crowd favorite super intelligent personal assistant Siri has been the focal point of preference the world over ever since its initial launch. It has continuously evolved, emerged to today reach a cult status. It best understands what we speak and provides almost accurate results for what we are looking for.

Now, with contextual learning and artificial intelligence rising up the ranks, Siri delivers a GPS pin whilst you message. In addition, Siri functions as a powerful task manager that permits you to access your QR code for WeChat and even your Citi Mobile App.

Therefore, it will be a mere understatement to say Siri’s AI will go all guns blazing in the year ahead.

3. Apple HomeKit

Apple HomeKit is a magnanimous creation by Apple. HomeKit is basically a framework of Apple Inc. which has been designed especially for home automation. The intent behind the HomeKit is to facilitate communication and interaction between your home’s smart devices. And, here again, Siri comes into play to command the smart devices at your home.

For this objective, iOS developers can develop apps with the Apple HomeKit that enable the connected smart devices to abide by their prompts triggered Siri or by the users themselves.

In effect, a centralized application can be created to streamline the entire home automation process. The IoT ecosystem of connected things such as home automation is expected to touch a massive 50bn by 2020.

And therefore, Apple HomeKit is surely going to hot and hotter each day in 2018, and beyond.

4. File Management

With iOS 11, there are numerous exciting and powerful features rising in the trends for 2018. And file management is just one of them. With a handy app dubbed “Files”, iOS users can easily and effectively manage their files and various cloud apps from within a single location. So, if (say) you store your presentations on Google Drive, personal videos and on Dropbox, etc., “Files” app can help you create one single dashboard from where you can handle and manage everything you store on these cloud services. It saves time and you need not juggle from Point A to Point B for managing and accessing your files.

Well, with this trend of iOS 11, app developers can introduce several innovative concepts while developing apps for iPhone and iPad. And, it will enable the users to connect to the “Files” app for improving their iOS experience.

5. High-Performance Hardware

ARKit running on the Apple A9, A10, and A11 processors delivers heavy-duty performance that helps in the faster understanding of the scene and enables you to create comprehensive and compelling virtual content over real-world scenes and scenarios.

Here’s a look at some hardware benefits and expected trends for iOS application development in 2018:

· Rendering Optimizations

You can benefit from the ARKit optimizations in SceneKit, Metal, and various third-party tools such as Unity and Unreal Engine.

· Lighting Estimation

Using camera sensor, ARKit can predict the total light in a scene and apply the right amount of light to different virtual objects.

· Visual Inertial Odometry

To track the surrounding world accurately and more precise, ARKit makes use of Visual Inertial Odometry that combines the Core Motion data with the camera sensor data.

Powerful, robust and dependable hardware acceleration will be one of the most trending things in mobile app development world in 2018.

In a nutshell, the year ahead looks promising for iPhone app developers and any top iPhone app development company would do well to capitalize on these relatively newer technologies while they are in their young days to reach a dominant status well in time.

 

Uh-oh, Do You Think the “App Boom” is Over

8 months ago

For some time now, there has been a lot of debate and hype around this. Many have predicted that app wave is done and dusted and it’s time for other tech to dominate. However, the stats speak a different story altogether.

Reason people cite when stating that app economy is over or that new apps won’t find any downloads rely their theory on download stats and that Chatbots, AI, IoT etc. are the new wave tech and are going to replace the app economy.

Well, yes the market has abundance of app and audience also has matured but that’s leading us in a different direction and that not at all reflects that app boom is over. Further, if we look clearly, we can observe that app is becoming a tool to facilitate implementation of more comprehensive tech.

The apps are, by no means, down and out. The are rather growing and transforming at the velocity of knots. The web is going through a revolutionary application through the desktops, televisions and the mobile web.

Followed are some of the stats and information which provide more information on app economy and how every mobile app development company will look to evolve and take an early edge over others in mastering these trends:

1 Revenue from apps is on an all-time high

App revenue is ballooning at the velocity of knots and is expected to go past $100bn dollars by 2020 as per reports from established mobile research firm App Annie.

Do those numbers reflect any type of downfall? Do they?

We’re breathing in an era of phenomenal growth when we talk about revenue from mobile apps. The revenue must be accurate and can hardly be manipulated as they are based on the financial filings by Apple and Google

2 Instant apps are actually ‘disrupting’ the mobile web, and not the native apps.

Instant apps offer a more graceful experience as compared to the mobile web; they run from a URL in a browser and deliver the same rich and powerful experience of native apps with no pain points of taking up large disk space.

The foremost important point to ponder upon is that instant apps are still apps and work characteristically through their respective app stores.

Native apps provide a richer user experience as opposed to a mobile website. Why? Because the native applications can communicate with different features of your smartphone, such as microphone, camera, etc.

While instant applications do not offer all the required permissions (for instance, backgrounding or push notifications) to conventional apps, they are completely native in the sense that they’re downloaded (rather invisibly and quickly) through the app stores.

Both Apple and Google cherish mobile web’s “appification”. For beginners, it improves the user experience by a fair margin by allowing interoperability with deep links through the apps as well as on the web.

In general, they can be used to operate things the way you prefer, for instance, clicking on an add on Yelp navigates you to the restaurant within the Yelp app, no matter it is installed on your device or not.

More significant is that the mobile web appification inserts both Apple and Google into the web payments forefront.

Payments are the more holy grail, permitting users to process payments natively through a swipe of a fingertip rather than web-based check out process to deliver a seamless experience. In addition, the appification helps line the pockets of Google and Apple seriously.

3 Consumption facilitator Vs download

It’s a purple patch for mobile app developers today, with billions of people having access to smartphones. The formidable competition in mobile hardware segment has forced manufacturers to release cheap smartphones, which means most of us have smartphones today.

Data plans are on an all-time low.
Google and Apple stores are now more generous that they ever were. Apple is offering lower fees on subscription revenue – going down from 30% in 2015 to 15% today.
Apple’s App Store has over 2M apps, with 130B downloads, and more than $50B paid to app developers.

4 TVs and desktops open new avenues

Desktops and TV platforms could add to the evolution and give the app economy a new direction. Windows 10 flaunts a quintessential app store. You no longer need to open Watch TV Shows Online, Watch Movies Online as it can be easily launched from an app instead, with just a click.

Companies like Marriott and Airbnb would benefit drastically from a desktop app. Rather than users required to open their website in a web browser to explore opportunities to book a room, these companies can promptly create more loyal customers with their icon stationed in plain view on an individual’s desktop.

As for TVs, watching content from cable boxes is getting infrequent. Users are nowadays more and more keen to stream content from a website, from apps installed on TVs, or from their mobile phones.

Like a desktop PC, if you have a smart TV, you can easily and quickly launch Netflix through an app. The same thing applies to YouTube or any other preloaded app.

Moving forward, improved features and functionality in TV apps will be available for easy implementation.

Measurement firms such as Comscore and Nielsen will have to analyze app performance now along with assessing cable boxes

5. Chatbots are AI in constant evolution

Facebook is hoping for the best and wants chatbots to come good so that the users stay within the messenger app and spend money on the platform. Just like instant apps, the idea is to mitigate the pain point of downloading apps or the need to switch apps for handling different tasks.

Numerous retailers are counting on chatbots to enhance user experience; however, chatbots are still far away from fulfilling that objective.

It’s a fact that chatbots do not work well as of now, and do not threaten native apps in terms of the customer experience they deliver. It’s again a sheer case of promoting something that’s not fully matured.

Mobile payments were likely to boom in 2014 but we never see someone paying with anything except a credit card or cash in a physical store even today.

We’re not witnessing the slump of apps, we’re rather experiencing more and more apps being developed and run successfully across new platforms.

Instant apps do spell the demise of the mobile web as we already know and stand for a reincarnation of a powerful, better native mobile web.

One thing needs no second thought; every custom software development company is mulling to make it big with these promising trends for the year ahead. Let’s wait and watch before discarding the trend that changed the tech space and market dynamics forever!

Top 5 Technology Trends Expected to Dominate in 2018

8 months ago

Some technology trends live the life of a soap bubble, tend to fizzle out, live unheard for the most part, and go down into the dumps — unnoticed; while others are significant enough to create a hurricane in the global tech ecosystem, bring about a revolutionary transformation, and change our digital lives — forever.

At the fall of this year, we bring to you a sneak peek at the top 5 technology trends that are destined to transform the world in 2018.

#1: Exponential increase in datafication

From buying a hamburger at a street-side café to chatting with peers through fb messenger, while streaming YouTube media or normally surfing the web, we today consume a lot of data, and leave a seamless trail of data breadcrumbs.

And this constant activity has increased datafication to its craziest outskirts, resulting in what we can term as data explosion.

In just less than a minute, Twitter receives over 450,000 tweets, while the big blue social network gets over 900,000 logins. While over 15mn text messages are exchanged over the Internet, around 156 mn emails are sent.

These numbers are humongous and only going to get bigger and bigger in 2018.

Business intelligence in 2018

Enterprise decision-making, at present, is undergoing a shift that will continue through 2018. The objective of processing Big Data gave that much-needed thrust to the constantly-increasing efficiency and decreasing costs gradually.

In turn, it has made the implementation of Business Intelligence, on the basis of Big Data, more imperative and significant to small and medium-sized organizations, and even SMBs and startups.

This trend will endure into 2018, and way beyond that, with the processing cost of Big Data continuing to settle down. We can anticipate the following:

Use of BI from the Cloud will uprise.

Analytics will offer enhanced data visualization models along with self-service software.

Decisions pertaining to expansion into new global markets and geo-locations will be based on Big Data.

#2: The Internet of Things (IoT) will make our smart devices all the more ‘smarter’

The IoT, which comprises of smart, connected devices such as smartwatches and smartphones, has proved instrumental in exponentially increasing how, and how much, data our smart devices collect, store and diffuse.

That’s because these gadgets are seamlessly collecting data, connecting to other gadgets and sharing the gathered data — all without any sort of human intervention. For instance, the Fitbit range of devices can sync data with your smart phones.

Almost anything can be made smarter nowadays. For our homes, we have expected smart candidates like TVs and music systems, and then the less expected ones such as yoga mats. Our cars are increasingly becoming connected; and as per estimates, close to a quarter of a billion vehicles will be connected to the Internet by 2020.

Also, several other types of IoT-powered devices are gaining popularity slowly but surely. For instance, voice-enabled personal assistants such as Alexa are enticing quite a few eyeballs these days.

That’s already aplenty of IoT-powered gadgets, but it’s just a watchful beginning. IoT has a long, long way to go and the best is on the cards. As per a recent prediction by HIS, there will be around 75bn devices hooked up to the Internet by 2020. The rising trends are not just promising for the big boys of the industry, it will serve across-the-board and almost any IoT application development company can capitalize of the hottest trends.

#3: The phenomenal rise of artificial intelligence (AI)

Computers are now capable of learning new things in much the same manner as we humans do, and this surge in AI capabilities is the courtesy of an exponential increase in computing power and data. The tremendous data explosion has helped AI evolve and mature at a faster pace over the last year, year-and-a-half, or so.

Simply put, the more the data AI gets to gorge over, the more precise it tends to get.

This hair-triggering surge in AI capabilities imply that computers can now carry out more human-like activities.

Facial recognition is a great example of AI powering a computer to see, though it’s not the only good example.

AI has extended the capabilities of computers to make them measure our emotions (e.g. affective computing), listen and speak (Alexa that can speak and respond to your commands), read (assessing social media messages), and so on.

#4. Blockchain

Blockchain and cryptocurrency has been the hot cakes of 2017, with more and more people funding such projects. For 2018, Blockchain will continue to be one of the most highlighting digital transformation platforms.

Blockchain is widely known as the technology powering the Bitcoin. It deploys a peer-to-peer network of computers for validating transactions. Blockchain is essentially a data structure for creating and sharing distributed ledger of transactions within a network of computers. It permits users to carry out transactions instantly without a central authority.

Together with the FinTech industry, leading research firm Gartner predicts an increase involvement of blockchain in leading industries, such as manufacturing, healthcare, government, supply chain, etc.

Major advantages of blockchain technology:

  • Trustworthy systems: Data structures developed using blockchain permits users to process and verify all transactions without the involvement of any third party. It strongly limits the risk of unauthorized intervention or a backdoor transaction.
  • Transparency: The distributed ledger structure built using blockchain gives firm and complete control of all their data as well as transactions to the users.
  • Fast transactions. Transactions made by blockchain can limit transaction times to just minutes and can be processed 24×7.
  • Nominal transaction cost. A blockchain transaction system removes overhead costs and third-party intermediaries for exchanging assets.

In fact, recent reports from Gartner reveal that more than 90% of leading North American and European banks are already exploring blockchain solutions.

#5: 3D printing set to open-up scintillating opportunities

As part of the increasing automation trend, the advent of 3D printing is already disrupting several industries, including the manufacturing sector, in numerous positive ways.

In subtractive (traditional) manufacturing, specialized cutting tools are used to cut and hollow out objects from the parent material, such as any metal. However, additive manufacturing (a.k.a. 3D printing) various layers of a material are laid down or added, to manufacture the required component.

3D printing offers the following major advantages:

  • Saves time to market. You can 3D print an idea the same day it was designed.
  • Saves money. Additive manufacturing takes up less cost as compared to machining.
  • Mitigate risk. You can verify and test a design before investing in its manufacturing.
  • Go custom. 3D printing allows you to customize, personalize and tweak products
  • 3D printing. It supports a wide range of materials, including metal, plastic, and even chocolate.
  • 3D printing facilitates the manufacturing of complex shapes which was earlier a limitation of conventional manufacturing processes. 3D printing is destined to ring the bells in 2018, given its multifaceted advantages such as a great deal of product customization.

This sums up our list of top 5 tech trends that are expected to rule 2018. Rest assured, any proactive custom software development company would do well to stay abreast of these transformations and come up with worthwhile solutions when the market for these hot things is, at present, relatively new and in its developing phase.

A Sneak Peak into How Smart Buildings Work

8 months ago

Technology is rapidly moving forward, and we are already seeing how far the IoT world has come. Not only is it now possible to make your own smart home, but companies are looking into making smart buildings.

If you are wondering how all this is made possible, keep reading, because we are going to take a sneak peak into how smart buildings actually work. The most important things we are going to mention are sensors, and the role of big data in the whole process. Let’s dig in a little bit, and take a look at what makes smart buildings tick.

A foundation of sensors

In order for a building to become a “smart” building, it is necessary to deploy a wide array of sensors across the whole structure. The advent of Internet of Things, and the drastic transformation it has introduced in the segment of technology and connected machines, has a lot to do with how different types of IoT sensors developed over the recent times have helped IoT platforms function and deliver valorous kind of intelligence and data.

Some sensors check whether the person is in the apartment or not. Others measure the inside and outside temperature. Some sensors can measure how many people are going in and out of the building, whereas more of them can be used for tracking the number of free parking spaces.

There are literally thousands of places where sensors can be deployed. The more sensors there are, the “smarter” the building is going to be. They are used to collect various data about the interior and exterior conditions. This collection of data is crucial for the functioning of the whole system, which brings us to another element of the “smart” structure.

How does the whole puzzle fit together?

As you can see in the image above, a smart building relies on a series of systems and sensors that enable it to function.

  • Solar panel - At the top of the building, solar panels convert solar energy into power. This energy is used to power the whole building, including the whole smart network.
  • LIghting and illumination sensors - These sensors are placed inside the building space, and they provide the right amount of illumination for residents in the building. This ensures optimized power expenditure. Additionally, with motion sensors included, the door function is automated, as well as the whole lighting system.
  • Security - Security sensors serve to detect and record any type of motion in the building space.
  • Temperature sensors and air-conditioning - A series of sensors such as temperature and humidity, serve to accumulate data about inside thermal conditions. The information is used to feed the air-conditioning system that is always working on ensuring the right living conditions.
  • Energy storage systems - Not all of the energy collected through the solar panels is going to be used. In fact, during the days when the most energy is collected, people are usually at work, and this is the period when excess power should be stored somewhere. A smart building needs to have some type of power a storage system, ie. batteries, where energy for the future use is going to be stored.
  • Electric vehicles charging system - As technology is moving forward, we can now see a higher presence of electric vehicles in the market. The smart building uses the stored energy to charge the building resident’s vehicles.

Additionally, sensors in the parking lot and charging stations can visually present how many parking spots are available at all times.

  • Building management system - All of the abovementioned sensors collect data and store it in the building management systems. There, a manager can visually perceive all of the data about the building. Furthermore, this information storage system is connected to the world wide web, making it possible to feed information to the building residents no matter where they are.

Also, the building system is connected to the whole smart grid, sharing information with other buildings, allowing it to optimize energy expenditure even better in the future.

As you can see, the whole system functions together. The information collected through the sensors is visually presented to the system managers, allowing them to perform settings that allow the whole system to be eco-friendly, by optimizing energy expenditure.

What’s the end result?

The end result of a smart building is optimized expenditure. Over time, the building learns the behavioral patterns of the people living inside, as well as the outside weather patterns. It all leads to lower bills, as you save electricity during this process.

Furthermore, the residents of the building can rely on better automation, and implementation of technologies that makes it easy to lock or unlock their doors. There is more remote control over the apartment appliances, creating better living conditions for the resident.

As you can see, a smart building relies heavily on sensors, networks and data accumulation. Sensors pick up the information, then it is analyzed and used in the future.

The process sounds simple enough, but in fact, a lot of IT knowledge is necessary to set up such a network. This is only a sneak peak into how the smart buildings of the future will work. With the development of AI, automation is surely going to become even better, as AI will have better predictions, further optimizing the energy expenditure of the whole system.

In today’s world, any top IoT application development company looks to experiment different combinations of technology, machine learning and artificial intelligence to IoTize and build solutions around it to deliver intelligence and improved performance.

Planning to Hire Freelance Java Developer Top 11 Questions You Must Ask

05-07-2017

Planning to Hire Freelance Java Developer? Top 10 Questions You Must Ask

Hiring a full stack senior freelance Java developer for a one-time project can turn out to be an expensive endeavor. This is why, lately, the trend of hiring freelancers is emerging in all industries that require the services of Java developers. Fortunately, there are enough of them on the market, willing to sell their services to the highest bidder.

But, from the perspective of a business owner, it is not that easy to find a reliable freelance Java developer who will do the job perfectly and on time. Let’s get one thing straight right from the start. For experienced freelance Java developers, you will have to pay anywhere from 30-60 US dollars per hour.

Anyhow, it is better to ask some questions before you hand the project into the freelancer’s hands. These questions will help you determine who is the perfect freelance Java developer for you.

1) Are multitasking and multithreading the same thing?

The answer you should expect is a resounding no. If you get that answer, you should ask the developer to be more specific and to tell you more about both. Here is the answer you are looking for.

Multitasking refers to actions that include simultaneous activities on the computer. There are two types. The first one is named preemptive multitasking. The system automatically pre-empties the running process to another processor. In this scenario, the user is not involved. Non-preemptive multitasking is when the computer has to ask for the user’s confirmation before any process is executed.

On the other hand, multithreading means that the program can manipulate the functionality of multitasking. It divides the program into a thread. After that, each individual thread utilizes the CPU and memory resources as a standalone process. One process can contain multiple threads.

2) Which loop concepts are there in Java?

Loops are very commonly used in programming. A loop concept executes a line of code over and over. Basically, you will have to dig to find a program written in Java that doesn’t use any loops. The answer you are looking for is 3. And, here they are:

For Loop – this is the standard loop concept. It is used to repeat a task a specific number of times. This loop is used when you know how many time the action has to be repeated.

While Loop – programmers use this loop when there is the need to execute a line of code only when a certain condition is met. Before executing statements, this loop checks if the condition has been satisfied.

Do-while Loop – this loop is a mirrored while loop concept. In this loop, statements are executed first, and the loop checks at the end if the conditions are met for breaking out of loop.

3) What are basic Java collections framework interfaces and their advantages?

Java developers must know about Collections as they are core building blocks for using data structures and it reduces development efforts, they are dynamic in size. They also supports thread safety and generic classes.

Experience freelance java developers must know about implementation of basic interface of collections framework and hands on practice of using following.

Map: Every object stored as key-value pair. Direct implementation of map are HasMap, HashTables, TreeMap. They are used based on requirements like concurrently, data ordering.

Set: Elements are stored with condition that no duplicate elements are allowed. Direct implementation of Set are HashSet, LinkedHashSet, TreeSet.

List: This collection allows duplicate elements to be stored, implementation of this collection framework is done via LinkedList, Vector and ArrayList.

4) How are the threads created? Which one do you use and why?

This is very important, as you want to hire the programmer who is able to build an app that most optimally uses all available resources. Threads can be created in three different ways:

Extending a thread class

Implementing a Runnable interface

The application can create a thread pool by using the Executor framework

Experienced freelance Java developers prefer using a Runnable interface. When you use this interface, there will be no need for objects to inherit the thread class. If your application requires using multiple inheritance, the Java developer you are contacting should know that only interfaces can help you. A runnable interface is very easily implemented and improves the efficiency of your program.

5) How would you store the sensitive data of app users and why?

This answer will help you determine how well the developer is dedicated to their call and whether he or she can extend their knowledge for various purposes.

The answer you are looking for is storing the sensitive data in mutable objects, such as the character array. Once the data has been stored, you can set it to blank so that it is no longer retained in memory and available for exploiting by using a simple memory dump extraction. Storing sensitive data in strings is bad, end of story.

6) What should you avoid when designing an abstract class?

This is a tricky one. The answer you are looking for is avoiding calling abstract methods inside the abstract class constructor. The main problem here is the initialization order. The parent class has to run first, so that the subclass constructor can run as well.

The main reason why this should be avoided is because it places a restriction on how abstract methods can be implemented. If some variable assignments occur after the constructor runs, you will now have access to those in later instances.

7) You code compiles perfectly, but the library is causing the NoClassDefFoundError or NoSuchMethodError. What is going on?

Most Java projects incorporate countless dependencies. All of these dependencies are loaded on the same class path and, in order to handle them, one has to use specific tools, such as Gradle, Ivy, SBT, etc. Using this tools is important. Why? Because when using one of them, you can’t add multiple versions of the same library to the project.

The error messages from above get printed out when there are two libraries in the project that rely on different versions of the same dependency. This happens because Java doesn’t use static linking like some other programming languages do, like C++, for instance. Fixing this issue requires some time and patience. It is important to start from generating dependency reports so that one can see which JAR has a dependency to which libraries.

8) What are enums and how can they be used?

It is always good to check if the Java developer has extensive knowledge on the platform he or she uses. The answer you want to have here should be something like this.

Enums are classes. But, not just any classes; they are final classes with a fixed number of instances. Enums can’t extend another class but they can implement interfaces.

Enums should definitely be used instead of integer constants, as they are flexible and safe to use. Enums can be used in any instance where there is a need for strategy patterns.

9) In Java, can an interface extend to multiple interfaces?

This is a really, really tricky question. It will help you, as an interviewer, see if your candidate is able to think quickly. Also, being able to answer this questions requires extensive knowledge on polymorphism, classes, inheritance, objects, etc.

Java doesn’t have multiple inheritance. This is the main reason why many job candidates may answer “No” to this question. The fact is that this is quite possible and the answer should be yes. The class is the one that can’t extend multiple classes, while the interface can always extend to multiple interfaces.

Make sure not to give up on candidates that say “No” at first and change their answer later on, explaining why they have changed their mind. On the other hand, if you get a resounding “Yes”, make sure to ask why. Some people may know the answers by heart; trust us, you don’t want them developing software for you.

10) Tell me the difference between Errors, Unchecked Exception, and Checked Exception?

Knowing how to handle errors and exceptions is very important for every Java Developer. All of the above mentioned indicate something different. Handling exceptions is especially important when designing large applications.

Errors are more important and more significant than exceptions. They indicate that there is a serious problem that deserves immediate attention. Resolving errors is hard and it usually requires a significant amount of time.

Exceptions are objects. And, any object can be thrown as an exception as long as it is an object the classes of which descend from Throwable. There are two types of exceptions:

Unchecked Exception – this one inherits from the RuntimeException and treated differently by the Java Virtual Machine. There are usually conditions that reflect errors in the program’s logic.

Checked Exception – this one inherits from the Exception-class. These are invalid conditions in areas outside the immediate control of the program.

11) What are System.gc(), Runtime.gc() and finalize() methods for?

Resource management is quite important in modern Java development. By asking this question, you will check if your job applicant knows the basic garbage collector’s methods. Besides, this question is also a tricky one, because System.gc() and Runtime.gc() are effectively equivalent. There is some difference though; Runtime,gc() is an instance method while System.gc() is a class method. System.gc*() is more convenient for coding, and it suggests to the Java Virtual Machine to start garbage collection.

Finalize() method is called by the garbage collector. When using the finalize() method, it is advised to release resources that are being held by the object inside the finalize() method.

Well, there you go. If you get satisfying answers to all these questions, don’t lose time, hire the freelancer that has answered them. In case you still have any doubts or you generally feel unsure, interview more candidates. This way, you can compare them and go with the one that got all the answers right and seems the best for you to cooperate with.

In case this subject got you interested, and you want to find out about other means to find a perfect Java freelancer , feel free to read other articles online. Contact Finoit if you are looking to hire freelance Java developers or for a Java application development company. Finoit has experts Java developers and have delivered numerous enterprise projects.