Yoga, the ancient health discipline is gaining popularity and acceptance, globally. It’s attaining a significant space in the wellness industry. If we specifically talk about the United States, there are 55 million people who practice yoga. In fact, Yoga and Pilates are two of the fastest-growing disciplines to achieve holistic health.
The tremendous rise in the demand for audio and video content streaming, has made Over-the-Top (OTT) apps an unavoidable part of entertainment businesses. It’s not just the entertainment industry that’s making the most of OTT apps, other industries, such as education, gaming, health & fitness, etc. are realizing the benefits of streaming audio/video content over the internet, rather than the traditional broadcasting mediums (like satellite).
COVID-19 has introduced us to what was known as the ‘Virtual World’ and now is the reality we live in. The at-home workout sessions inspired virtual fitness studios, on-demand streaming apps encouraged virtual movie theatres, team collaboration tools created virtual workspace. Similarly, the eLearning platforms have created virtual classrooms that have been strongly backing the education system during the COVID-19 outbreak.
The COVID-19 pandemic has created a big void in the film industry and certainly, the road back to normalcy will be a long one. Film exhibitors are unsure of how long it will take for the customers to return to a crowed, enclosed space, even after the stipulated ease in lockdown restrictions.
About a decade ago, we have seen the big-box gyms dominating the fitness industry. In about $50/month, people used to get everything they needed to break the sweat. Today, the boutique studios have changed the face of fitness by bringing in unique ways of staying fit, such as Yoga, indoor cycling, boxing, Zumba, etc.
Outsourcing is a practice that a lot of companies have adopted in the past few years. The primary objective of outsourcing is cost reduction. Companies are constantly on the lookout for reliable technology partners to add value to their projects. Nowadays companies have various additional motives for implementing the practice.
Gaming is the third most popular category amongst apps on the play store. By 2021, it is estimated that mobile gaming will generate the largest proportion of total gaming revenue worldwide. (Statista)
Gurgaon, 12 May 2020: Daffodil Software, a leading software engineering company based in India, today announced that it is a Great Place to Work-CertifiedTM.
The world is fighting a pandemic for which the governments across the globe had to shut institutions that were coming in the way of implementation of social distancing norms. This led to a temporary closure of physical establishments for commercial complexes, educational institutions, non-essential retail stores, and a vast number of companies had to shut their office premises and provide its employees with the facility to work from home.
The global Coronavirus outbreak has forced mankind to alter our way of living in high magnitude. People have shut themselves in their houses in order to combat the life-threatening disease COVID-19. This has led to many organizations small or large struggling to find a way forwards as an economic crisis is also collateral damage that the pandemic has brought with it. Large enterprises are rethinking their plans and strategies while trying to tailor them according to the situation that the world is dealing with today. Every enterprise needs to make business decisions related to its infrastructure and resources faster while helping its customers maintain their mission-critical systems and processes in the midst of the crisis.
The Over-the-Top (OTT) market is thriving. Globally, online streaming service subscriptions have grown from 150 million in 2014 to over 600 million in 2019. Subscribers are expected to grow to 1.1 billion by 2021.
Online videos are a go-to source for entertainment, inspiration, education, information, and a lot more. With videos gaining ground, different platforms to stream videos are brought to market to reach the viewers. Video-on-Demand (VoD) and Live Streaming apps are two of them.
These days, patient care and healthcare outcomes go beyond outpatient treatment and medication. A nutritious diet plan, exercise, regular health vitals tracking, psychotherapies, etc. have become an essential part of the treatment plan. That is why healthcare providers are focusing on wellness programs that offer personalized care options to the patients.
For humans, classifying objects in an image is straightforward, as compared to machines. This process of classifying objects in an image, known as Image Classification involves labeling of images into predefined classes. Since there can be n number of classes into which an image can be classified, manual classification (when there are thousands of images) is difficult for humans too. That is why automating the process of object identification and classification with machines is gaining ground.
Despite COVID-19 bringing many lives and businesses to halt, there are several tools and apps that are helping to escape the challenges. We can say, Over-the-Top apps are one of them.
Industry experts frequently speak about agility, as it has become the most popular buzzword nowadays. Agility, in simple terms, is the ability to use the fastest way to get new products to the market. This is the definition of agility in normal times, whereas the definition of agility for today’s environment when the world is fighting a global pandemic situation is quite different. Businesses today need to mobilize resources efficiently and effectively to ensure their survival.
The software industry swears by the iterative approach to development. That is why Agile and its frameworks are the favorites of a project management team. Amongst the various Agile frameworks that are available for project management, Scrum, so far, has proven to be the most efficient one.
This year has marked a downturn for various industries. However, there are some that are actually enabling many to sail through the tough time. The software development industry is one of them.
Digital has the potential to completely transform the provider’s business and its operations through powerful and intelligent technology. Precision and genomic medicine, real-time clinical operation, virtual care, population health and care pathway orchestration platforms are rising and converging to form hyper-connected digital services and smart infrastructure that shape and form a new healthcare ecosystem.
In 2016, Google launched the successor of its most popular web framework, Angular JS. It was named ‘Angular’ and is also referred to as Angular2+ or AngularV2. Recently, Google launched the stable release of Angular and this is expected to give an extensive boost to its user base (web and mobile app developers). Also, Google has announced that it will end its official support for AngularJS on June 30, 2021.
The world health pandemic, COVID-19 has incapacitated businesses by impacting their productivity as well as overall economic growth. It has immobilized their employees, making them work remotely. COVID-19 has also presented the greatest career challenge to the CIOs, i.e. ensuring business continuity by taking care of data availability, employee engagement, and enabling business operations in the time of crisis.
Hypertext Preprocessor (PHP) is one of the most popular programming languages amongst the developer’s community. Open source, easy learning curve, amazing CMS & frameworks written in it, a large dev community in support are some of the reasons why startups and fortune 500 companies entrust PHP for building their web applications.
Worried about their well-being amid the coronavirus outbreak, people are reaching out to doctors even for mildest symptoms. However, the lockdown protocol has limited people to step out from their homes and thus they look out for the alternatives to the in-person consultation session with physicians.
An average adult human brain has a storage capacity of around 2.5 petabytes in their memory. With such tremendous capacity, ‘forgetting things’ can be an awful experience for us humans. For example, not being able to recall the password that was updated a day before or unable to remember where the keys were kept the last time.
According to “National Health Expenditure”, spending growth of hospitals is projected to accelerate to 5.7% per year on average over 2020-27 due to increase in spending growth of all payers (and medicare in particular). Also contributing to faster growth over 2020-27 is somewhat higher price growth arising from expected increases in wage growth and tighter labour markets for healthcare professionals.
In the fast-paced and extremely demanding software development world, frameworks are like a magic bullet for the developers. They help in improving developer’s efficiency, reduce time-to-market, and improve application scalability. One such proficient framework is Rails, based on Ruby.
As the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases spikes, several countries have found lockdown as a solution to control this pandemic. As hundreds and thousands of people stay at home following this emergency protocol to prevent COVID-19 spread, they are avoiding visits to medical clinics or in-person physician consultation for acute illness.
The coronavirus outbreak, which originated in China, has infected tens of thousands of people globally. With over 153,648 confirmed cases across 146 countries, the World Health Organization (WHO) has officially declared it a pandemic. (Source)
Duplicate API requests are common and if dealt wisely, can help developers in creating a seamless user experience. In a scalable application, duplicate API requests can be problematic to the resources on a server, can affect the cost, and can interrupt performance.
Learning is an extensive process, involving several aspects to it. Development of cognitive skills, acquisition of new declarative knowledge, discovering new facts & theories from experimentation are some of the common and significant aspects of learning.
Python is the most versatile programming language amongst developers today. Since Python is reliable and easy to maintain, it becomes the go-to language for software engineers, data scientists, automation engineers, game developers, etc.
Fintech is one of the fastest-growing industries, owing to the rising penetration of internet users. There is a paradigm shift to mobile devices for performing financial transactions and related actions.
Technology is the key component to optimize and transform public services today. Government & public sector CIOs are using modern technologies to digitally transform the way public goods and services are rendered, maintained, and improved.
Python has evolved as one of the most versatile programming languages. Introduced in the year 1991, it has become one of the favourite programming languages for developers, startups, and some of the giant tech brands for several reasons. There are thousands of applications built using this server-side programming language.
The mobile app development world is fast-paced, competitive, and time-driven. The developers’ community is on a constant lookout for new tools, frameworks, and libraries that can help them keep up with ever-growing, agile business requirements.
Python is one of the most wanted programming languages by developers worldwide. The popularity of this high-level programming language can be estimated from the fact that over 155,543 websites online are built using Python, with 89,952 unique domains. | Similar Tech
There are currently over 2.7 billion smartphone users globally, and 90% of mobile time is spent on apps. Amongst the 4+ million apps that are already uploaded on the app store and play store, there are only a few that receive exceptional downloads, have a great user retention and engagement rate.
7% of Google’s daily searches are health-related, equivalent to 70,000 searches every minute. People are asking us questions about conditions, medication, symptoms, and insurance, confirms David Feinberg (VP, Google Health).
Constant attention by a good nurse may be just as important as a major operation by a surgeon. -Dag Hammarskjold
We usually come across websites and apps that have a poor usability quotient. This is acknowledged through gaps in the UI/UX, such as font size, improper navigation, lightening or color contrast issues, incompatibility with a certain user agent, etc.
Gurgaon, 8th January 2020: Daffodil Software, a leading software services company, today announced that they have been positioned as an ‘Emerging Niche Player’ in the Zinnov Zones for ER&D 2019 ratings.
Patients with scheduled clinical appointments, who do not show-up, harms the clinical workflow, patient care system, and cost-effective care delivery. Studies suggest that 1 out of every 5 appointments are a no-show.
Planning is an indispensable part of any project management. When following the Agile methodology to manage a project, there are a number of approaches that can help a team to plan the development cycle and ‘User Stories’ are one of them.
The market demand for custom application development has grown five times faster than the internal IT organization’s capacity to deliver them. There is a continuous struggle to stay proactive against competitive pressure, resulting in a development cycle that is more tactical than strategic.
“The number one problem that I’ve seen for startups is that they don’t have product/market fit when they think they have.” Alex Schultz, VP Growth| Facebook
Books and their inexhaustible wisdom is no more limited to startups, students, or newbies in the industry. Bill Gates reportedly reads 50 books a year. Mark Zuckerberg reads a new book every two weeks and has a book club named ‘A Year of Books’
Vision AI (also known as Computer Vision) is a field of computer science that trains computers to replicate the human vision system. This enables digital devices (like face detectors, QR Code Scanners) to identify and process objects in images and videos, just like humans do.
Enterprise software takes up a large part of IT budgets. With organizations aggressively investing in digital initiatives, there is a wide range of dissimilar and disconnected applications that have become a part of their portfolio. In response, CIOs are putting in continuous efforts to rebalance their technology portfolio, prioritizing their investments in the most efficient and much-needed software applications.
The holiday season is around the corner and e-retailers, like every year, are geared up for more customers and conversions. While deals and discounts have been the most influencing reasons behind holiday purchases, they are not enough to convince the customers anymore.
Digital transformation is the watchword for CIOs aiming to reimage their business in the digital world. It uses the best of technology to resolve business challenges and deliver to market requirements. That is why IT decision-makers keep themselves abreast of the latest technologies that can give a boost to their business processes, irrespective of the industry.
Cloud infrastructure is one of the sought after approaches for managing CapEx and OpEx costs for businesses at the initial stage. But, as the business expands, the cloud services inflate in number as well. More the services, the more would be the cost to the provider. Amidst this, how can companies ensure that their cloud infrastructure proves cost-effective along with performance-oriented? The answer is by optimizing the cloud infrastructure for cost.
When legacy systems hold back the business growth, IT teams race to modernize the existing solutions, thereby creating new business value out of them. The process involves technical or functional improvements, which may range anywhere between rewriting code, migration to a different platform, changing the architecture, or even replacing the entire system with a newer one.
Quite similar to the software development cycle, robotic process automation (RPA) is a strategic approach to automation. It requires thorough planning, defining timelines, managing resources, understanding compliances, and a lot more. That is why, RPA is considered as a journey, which comprises of 4 major steps for its successful implementation.
Software Reliability Engineering and DevOps are two sought after disciplines, trying to maintain a balance between the software engineering and operations team. Since both approaches seem to sort similar problems, there is confusion if they are similar or can be used interchangeably.
“Okay, Google! Book me a taxi from my place to Oxford street.” “Alexa, Order a large Veg Exotica from Nick’s Pizza.”
In the voice-first era, performing a web search, ordering food, playing music, setting alarms, getting real-time traffic updates doesn’t require tapping the screen. Thanks to the Voice User Interfaces (VUIs) that are offering intuitive modes to set human-machine communication.
The modern approach to software development needs more focus on application than infrastructure. This has lead to the introduction of new technologies and platforms that can help in the auto-management of infrastructure. One of the popular approaches that has gained grounds in this concern is software containers.
Location is the next big thing on mobile. Walmart, McDonald’s, Macy, Red Bull, Eat, Urban Outfitters, and many other successful brands are realizing the opportunities that location-based marketing brings in and are cash in on it.
Growing up, sci-fi movies always fascinated me. Remember the distress message from Princess Leia, in the form of a 3D hologram in Star Wars. Or the video calling scene from the movie Thunderbirds. By far one of my favourites is the character, J.A.R.V.I.S. an AI (Artificial Intelligence) from Iron Man, which also resembles the innovation of chatbots in today's time. Sci-fi has been the inspiration behind many such innovations.
It is not the strongest of the businesses that survive, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change. Believing in this theory of evolution, businesses are leveraging digitization, transforming the way legacy systems and operations are managed.
Building a software application is a complex process, comprising of a number of elements of which coding is just a small part. In general, a software engineering cycle looks something like this:
The insurance industry is overwhelmed with tedious clerical tasks that adversely impact routine operations, such as claim processing, underwriting, policy servicing, etc. As a result, there are delays, inaccuracies, and backlog, which needs to be settled timely, without violating the business regulations.
Software development methodologies have come a long way. From Spiral to Waterfall to Agile, there is a significant shift in team roles, ceremonies, planning, and delivery activities.
With cloud becoming the buzzword of the IT industry, a number of strategies are being introduced to help businesses make the most of it. Hybrid cloud and multi-cloud are two cloud architectures that offer flexibility to avail benefits of cloud computing.
Virtual reality devices, AI assistants, multi-lingual translators, wearables, location-based services. A decade back, these technologies were something out of a sci-fi movie. But today, they are a reality and businesses are making the most of it to offer exceptional experiences to customers.
Whatsapp is the most popular messaging platforms with 1.6 billion active users monthly. Extending its real-time communication services to the next level, Whatsapp is enabling businesses to have seamless, secure interaction with customers.
Amazon, IKEA, AliExpress, Wish, Walmart, Letgo, Groupon. These eCommerce platforms might differ by their product type but they all have something in common- the challenges in developing and then maintaining a scalable platform.
Chatbots are one of the most versatile tools that businesses (irrespective of the industry) are using. They are enhancing customer support & services, process transactions, place orders, recommend new products, provide price alerts, share insightful information, book appointments, and more.
In the age of digitization, data has become the real driver of businesses. The data, collected from different sources is turned into information and further into an insight that helps businesses to thrive. But, as the data flows through multiple sources, it is difficult for the traditional, relational database to handle it.
GrubHub, AirBnB, Uber, Spotify, Zillow, Doordash. These are a few examples of successful businesses that have one thing in common- a creative software application. Today, it is hard to think of a business that goes without a software application. That is why, software development is a billion-dollar market, projected to reach $507B by 2020.
Running an eCommerce store is difficult. With new products, apps, and websites launching now & then, it is challenging for business owners to keep up with the market competition. Amidst, what can help to stay ahead of the others is a customer with brand loyalty. But winning such a customer is the real pain of marketers.
Digital transformation is the catchword these days. Amid the rising competition and market demand, it is critical for businesses to maintain agility. Thus, there is a shift from on-premises infrastructure to cloud for optimizing operational cost, build scalable solutions, improve disaster recovery & high availability, follow compliances, and more.
The microservices architecture is gaining traction for breaking down the limitations of monolithic backends. Fault isolation, technology independence, continuous development & deployment, easy scaling are some of the significant benefits that microservices brings in.
The total installed base of the Internet of Things (IoT) connected devices is over 6 billion in the year 2019. With so many connected devices existing already, it's becoming a challenge to process an enormous amount of data generated by these devices.
The healthcare industry is adopting technology for prevention, diagnosis, and treatment. Artificial Intelligence (AI), Blockchain, Internet of Things (IoT), Robotic Process Automation (RPA) are some of the technologies that are making waves in the health-IT sector, enabling stakeholders to refine the quality of health.
DevOps is a buzzword in the software development industry. There is increased adoption of DevOps culture for simplifying and automating the SDLC cycle.
While DevOps practices are applicable at each stage of software development, continuous integration (CI) and continuous deployment (CD) are considered as the crux of it. These practices enable the development and operations team to coordinate, ensuring that frequent product releases and changes are committed to the production.
“We see our customers as invited guests to the party, and we are the hosts. It’s our job every day to make every important aspect of the customer experience a little bit better.” - Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon
Whether a startup or a fortune 500 company like Amazon, businesses understand that customers and their satisfaction is the prime contributors to their success. That is why, businesses are investing in customer service that’s quick, interactive, and responsive.
Modern software development involves a lot of complexities. Thus, programmers are burdened with performance, security, user privacy, scalability concerns and are in need of an approach that can help them focus on applications than infrastructure.
In 2019, the public cloud services market was expected to reach around 214.3 billion U.S. dollars in size and by 2022 market revenue was forecast to exceed 331.2 billion U.S. dollars. | Statista
Public cloud services are gaining a lot of traction. Startups, SMEs, and enterprises are recognizing the benefits of cloud and thus, are migrating to the most relevant service provider to improve ROI, efficiency, and time-to-market.
In a survey conducted by 451 Research, 69% of the respondents said that they are planning to have a multi-cloud environment by 2019; highlighting that multi-cloud and hybrid is the future of IT.
“A multi-cloud strategy involves the use of two or more cloud computing services, such as AWS, Google Cloud, or Microsoft Azure. On the other hand, a multi-cloud deployment refers to the implementation of multiple SaaS or PaaS offerings for an application, offered by different cloud computing service.”
Requirement gathering, design, development, testing, deployment, maintainenece. While an ideal software development process looks something like this, it is not the same in the real world. A development team encounters a number of roadblocks and technical debt is one amongst them.
At times, legacy systems can become a burden than a benefit for businesses. With the advent of new technologies and methodologies, legacy systems are narrowing the road to digital transformation.
The digital health market is expected to reach 206 billion U.S. dollars by 2020, driven particularly by the mobile and wireless health market. | Statista
The digital care platforms are taking over the healthcare sector and the investments in it manifest its growth rate. Moreover, consumers are embracing digital health systems, giving better opportunities to providers for care delivery.
The IT Operations team capture, analyze, and act upon large volumes of data. To prevent, identify, and resolve the high-severity outages associated with this data, businesses these days are turning to Artificial Intelligence for IT Operations (AIOps).
The ever-growing array of digital channels has made it imperative for businesses to create omnichannel experiences for their customers. To reach out to a larger customer base, delivering content across multiple channels, such as a web page, mobile app, IoT devices, and even AR, VR devices has become critical.
Digital twins, activity trackers, connected contact lenses, smart locks, home automation, smart grids. Every then and now, we hear about innovative applications of the Internet of Things. The technology, which uses the internet to connect digital devices and send/receive data between them is making waves in every industry for the commendable potential it has.
Robotic Process Automation (RPA) is making waves for introducing significant improvements in tasks, operations, and processes. While RPA technology brings tons of benefits for the businesses to improve efficiency and ROI, it is important to realize its best use cases to make the most out of it. For example, RPA can be used to automate a number of business operations but which activity to start with and how to proceed is critical when defining RPA roadmap.
The DevOps culture is gaining ground in the software development industry. The global DevOps market is projected to reach $9.41 billion by 2023, registering a CAGR of 18.7% from 2017 to 2023. | Allied Market Research
“A typical cross-border payment takes three-four days to complete.”
“On average, it costs 7% to send money internationally.”
“85% of global transactions use cash and U.S. retail businesses lose about $40 billion annually due to the theft of cash.”
Online shoppers who view demo videos are 2x more likely to purchase a product. Videos are certainly one of the most sellable contents online and marketers are making the most of it.
The digital voice assistant market is projected to experience continued expansion in the coming years, with the number of voice assistants in use increasing from 3.25 billion in 2019 to around 8 billion by 2023.
Chatbots have been the most followed trend. These mini software programs that mimic human conversation are appreciated for sorting a number of tasks for businesses and as well as their customers. That is why it is predicted that by 2020, 25% of the customer service operations will be managed by virtual customer assistants, such as chatbots.
Running an e-commerce store means competing with hundreds of existing online marketplaces out there. No matter how great your product is, getting traffic, leads, and conversion is tough initially.
In the age of digitization, there is hardly a business that goes without having a software application. Be it for supply chain management, handling operations, administration, analytics, or customer satisfaction- there is software for almost every chore within a business.
Robotic Process Automation market is expected to have a revenue of $1.5 billion worldwide in 2019. Forecasts predict continued growth in the coming years with the market value set to reach three billion by 2022. - Statista
Businesses swear by the benefits of outsourcing. While the idea of hiring talent, borrowing skills, and improving efficiency has been there for long, businesses can now utilize the concept for maximum productivity and ROI. Thanks to the innovative ODC models that exist!
By 2021, the market demand for app development will grow at least 5 times faster than IT capacity to deliver it, predicts Gartner. In the first quarter of 2019, app stores host around 3+ million mobile apps. This number continues to rise and consequently, programming communities look out for new modes to cope up with the mushrooming requirement to build mobile apps.
Cloud is rapidly overtaking the traditional IT infrastructure. For scalability, security, and cost-effective solutions, enterprises swear by cloud computing and are opting for cloud migration to avail the endless benefits that it brings in. In fact, studies suggest that the global cloud migration market is expected to grow from $1961.44 million in 2016 to USD 8678.73 million by 2023, at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 23.67%.
In 2018, the global market size of outsourcing information technology accounted for $85.6 billion. It is generally engaged in offering software development and IT solutions. However, the services may vary depending upon the dynamic business requirements. - according to Statista
Smart homes, wearables, driverless cars, drones, smart shelves, air casting - IoT use cases are smart and futuristic. With so many possibilities and opportunities that IoT bring along, businesses, irrespective of their industry are making the most of this versatile technology. Transportation & logistics is one of them.
Amazon Books is a chain of retail bookstores, owned by Amazon. In 2018, Amazon Books had a total of 17 stores, with plans to expand to more locations. The eCommerce giant has a strong presence online but it has its physical presence for books. The one in NYC is 4,000 square feet with 3000 books on the shelves. Seems like Amazon wants to have the best of both worlds- physical and digital.
In a time-to-market oriented business, DevOps with its open and Agile attitude help organizations to deliver business value quicker, adapt to change easier and overcome IT complexity with collaboration and automation.
Retail stores, pharmacies, warehouse & distribution centers, hospitals, mobile & IT asset management companies spare no effort in managing their assets. Tracking physical assets and updating their details manually into the database can be tedious. To deal with this asset management trouble, organizations are opting for Automatic Identification and Data Capture (AIDC) solutions.
Just like a watch, which is powered by numerous gears working together to show time, such is the success behind an eCommerce platform. Various vital services such as customer care, payments, tech support, logistics, marketing, etc. working simultaneously in sync builds up to the success of that eCommerce platform.
Microservices and Serverless architecture has been gaining a lot of traction in the recent past. While Microservices ensure fault isolation, continuous development & deployment, and manages codebase seamlessly; Serverless architecture takes care of infra, server, and cost optimization.
Despite Windows XP being the most stable Operating System, 49.9% of all PCs running Windows have Win 10 today. And the fact is, current computers are more capable and user-friendly, as compared to those running on decade old legacy OS by Microsoft.
The smart speaker market continues to grow, with global shipments tripling from 3.9 million units. These speakers, integrated with virtual assistants like Alexa, Siri, Cortana is enabling users to perform tasks like checking the weather, asking to turn off the lights or play favorite music, set reminders, and a lot more with voice instructions.
You take your car to a mechanic to get the air conditioning fixed and when you get it back, the air conditioning is fixed but the gas tank sensor no longer works.
Something similar can happen to a software in the making. A new feature or update in the code can make the software return to a former or unwanted state, making it affect the rest of the functionalities. This bug in software is a regression.
Infrastructure services consume a large part of IT budgets. It is therefore imperative for organizations to focus on cost and productivity of infra services to best utilize them.
Businesses worldwide are embracing the idea of IT Outsourcing. Cost optimization, skill crunch management, improved efficiency in product delivery are some of the initial-level benefits tagged with outsourcing.
According to Statista, software application development and maintenance are two of the most outsourced IT functions, globally. Businesses want to ramp up their development cycle, launch application faster-to-market, reduce overhead cost, manage technical skill-crunch and more by outsourcing software development.
The worldwide spending on Blockchain solutions is expected to grow from 1.5 billion in 2018 to an estimated 11.7 billion by 2022.- According to Statista
Blockchain, which originated as the underlying technology of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies is becoming multifarious. It’s disrupting a number of industries, other than finance and businesses are turning it potential to their advantage.
In this digital age, voice assistant technologies are constantly evolving at an exponential rate across the world. According to research by IDC, the worldwide market of voice-enabled devices is expected to grow at a 12% CAGR from 2018-2022.
By 2021, the market demand for app development will grow at least 5 times faster than IT capacity to delivery it, predicts Gartner.
Amid cut-throat competition and skill-set crunch, it is difficult for traditional development approaches to keep up with the fast pace of business requirements. This is where low code development approach has become the pole star of the night sky.
Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure are the top 2 cloud service providers with a combined market share of more than 50% of the total cloud market. If there aren’t financial constraints, these two are the obvious choices when opting for cloud services. However, choosing one of them can be tricky.
Technological developments are constantly evolving and trendsetting many ecommerce business processes, to enhance the overall customer experience. The impact of the latest technologies on ecommerce has been faster than ever, considering it the largest industry in the global economy with “e-retail revenues projected to grow to 4.88 trillion US dollars in 2021”.
According to Deloitte, “RPA continues to meet and exceed expectations across multiple dimensions including improved compliance (92%), improved quality/accuracy (90%), improved productivity (86%) and cost reduction (59%).” RPA is being used in many ways across multiple business sectors such as banking, retail, transportation, government and so on. RPA has advanced considerably in the last couple of years and is expected to manage customer-oriented processes along with internal processes, in the coming years.
How much does it cost to build a carpooling app like BlaBlCar? What are the must-have features and functionalities in an on-demand ride-sharing app? Which technology is best suited for developing a carpool app like BlaBlaCar?
AWS was the first to offer Infrastructure as Code (IaC) via AWS CloudFormation as a part of AWS DevOps. It enables developers and systems administrators to easily create and manage a collection of related AWS resources. They can provision and update them in an orderly and predictable way. Developers can use AWS CloudFormation’s sample templates or create their own templates. The concept of IaC is as old as the practice of DevOps. There are many experts who argue that DevOps wouldn’t be possible without the use of IaC.
According to Gartner, “The Robotic Process Automation software market will grow by 41% year over year to 2020”. The big tech companies like Google, Amazon, Apple and Microsoft are investing heavily into machine learning and RPA. Thus, for the last couple of years, robotic process automation has been deployed extensively across many industries such as retail, utilities, finance, government etc. Despite of this growth, RPA is still shrouded with many myths around its potential and working. But before busting these myths, let’s first understand-
Before the concept of crowdfunding, the only way for the early stage startups and founders with new ideas was to approach angel investors to get seed funding or go for VC (Venture Capital). On the other hand, established businesses opt for IPO (Initial Public Offering) to raise a huge amount of capital.
It is not long when Blockchain was a buzz word and every business out there was rushing to hire resources for Ethereum development (Ethereum being one of the most popular Blockchains). But with time, the people and industry have matured, and now businesses emphasis on getting comprehensive Blockchain consulting services first before deciding to invest in the solution development.
The rapid development and growth of Artificial Intelligence, NLP (Natural Language Processing) and Machine Learning has empowered voice technology. With voice assistants entering our everyday lives at a blistering speed, they are making major waves in the hospitality landscape. Tech leaders such as Google, Amazon, Microsoft have upgraded their amazing and interactive voice assistants in a way to enhance guest experiences.
Hospitality industry relies heavily on the front line service delivery staff. And that’s why it is more prone to human errors. A small mistake in placing a zero in the customer’s bill, miscommunication in noting down the customer preferences, etc. can lead to loss of money as well as customer satisfaction.
Taking a look back in 2018, there have been significant technological advances in the IT industry. Software technologies such as Blockchain, IoT, AI etc. have remained a hot topic in the past couple of years. However, these technologies are still evolving with much better use cases in 2019. According to a report by Gartner, the software industry is forecasted to experience an 8.3 percent growth in 2019.
Today, brands cannot go without videos in their content marketing strategy. It is one of the quintessential approaches to engage customers and improve conversion rate. In fact, 90% of customers say videos help them make buying decisions.
By 2019, 20% of brands will abandon their mobile apps and invest to build a presence in customer messaging apps, such as Facebook Messenger and WeChat, to reach customers where they spend a high percentage of their time. - Predicts Gartner
The cloud-native approach to software development has brought a paradigm shift to how applications scale and self-manage themselves, as the demand surge.
As more customers engage in digital channels, businesses are implementing chatbots or virtual customer assistants (VCAs) for handling customer requests on websites, mobile apps, consumer messaging apps, and social networks.
In Healthcare Industry, a lot of information exchanges happen between hospitals, doctors, clinics, pathology labs, blood banks, equipment manufacturers, and patients. Since the nature of the information is very confidential and personal, ensuring security of the data is of top most priority. At the same time, the information can’t be locked away in silos since ease of accessing this information is crucial to the functioning of an establishment providing healthcare services.
According to a 2017 report by the World Bank and WHO, almost half of the world population can’t access basic healthcare services. The report further highlights that there is an inconsistency in the availability and affordability of healthcare services even in the developed world. For example, in America, a study conducted at Harvard Medical School and Cambridge Health Alliance founded that uninsured, working-age Americans have a 40 percent higher risk of death.
The increasing business complexity and demand for highly scalable applications have brought a paradigm shift in how software applications are engineered. In the past few years, different software architectures are adopted by developers to reduce code complexity, improve fault isolation, and minimize time-to-market.
Human care and technology play a key role in the Healthcare Industry. While technology can’t replace the human touch and emotions, which is the soul of this industry, it can surely help in eliminating the limitations of human capabilities.
Since its launch in 2011, Postmates has been a great success, with currently serving more than 100 cities in the USA. Major brands such as Apple, Starbucks, and Mcdonalds have collaborated with this unique business model of delivering goods through a network of couriers.
The evolution of User Interfaces has been amazing. From Command Line Interface (CLI) to Graphical User Interface (GUI) to the new era of Voice-enabled User Interface, there is a paradigm shift in how users interact with a system (or vice versa).
“We see our customers as guests to the party, and we are the hosts. It’s our job every day to make every important aspect of the customer experience a little bit better.” - Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon
As a result of growing customer demands to build large-scale and complex applications, microservices has become a buzzword. The number of businesses building or switching from monolithic to microservice architecture is growing at a rapid pace. Leading companies like Disney, Airbnb, Twitter etc. are adopting microservice architecture to support continuous delivery and scalability of applications.
Hospitality experiences that are personalized and memorable are at the heart of hotels. With the launch of Alexa for the hospitality industry, it is possible to create immersive experiences that can delight the guests and also improve operations & team productivity within the hotel.
By the end of 2018 Q3, 25 billion have been downloaded from app stores. Considering the popularity and use cases, a mobile app has become an imperative part of a business’s tech-strategy.
In this digital age, businesses cannot do without technology. Almost every industry, including hospitality, is leveraging the best of technology to attract, engage, and retain customers.
Face recognization is one of the widely adopted use cases of Artificial Intelligence (AI). From mobile biometrics to social media apps, face and image recognization are used for enhanced user experience.
In an Oracle hospitality survey, 2/3rd of U.S. guests said it is extremely important for hotels to continue investing in technology to enhance the guest experience.
How much does it cost to build an online real estate brokerage app like Redfin? What are the must-have features and functionalities in a real estate listing app? Which technology is best suited for developing a real estate app like Redfin?
According to Gartner, there will be 25 billion voice-enabled applications and other IoT devices by 2020. There has been a significant growth in the adoption of virtual assistants across industries. Artificial intelligence improvements and other technological advancements are driving this growth of virtual assistants.
Back in 2014, Gartner coined the term “low-code” to recognize platforms that enable users to build custom mobile applications simply by dragging and dropping pre-built features. These tools or platforms does what traditional development approaches (programming languages, libraries, frameworks) do for building an application, but in a fraction of time than the latter.
From static websites to dynamic SPAs, frontend of applications has come a long way. Likewise, developers no more have to write long lines of code repeatedly to create mobile apps for multiple platforms. And in this progression of frontend development, tools, libraries, and frameworks have been the game changer.
Just think of an eCommerce website that you last visited. You must have used the search bar of the site to look for the product you’re interested in. There must be some product recommendations for you, based on your last purchase. You might have added the product into cart and made payment to buy it.
25% of customer service and support operations will integrate virtual customer assistant (VCA) or chatbot technology across engagement channels by 2020, according to Gartner.
The introduction of chatbots revolutionized customer and brand interaction. With the ability to mimic conversations and offer instant, digital connection, chatbots made their way into businesses like a wildfire. In fact, Gartner predicts that by 2021, more than 50% of enterprises will spend more annually on bots and chatbot creation than traditional mobile app development.
Businesses, irrespective of the industry are making the most out of chatbots. While chatbots act as a 24x7 customer service agent for one business, it may help another by providing data points to predict user behaviour. Thus, a chatbot programming, technology, and type depend a lot upon the customer base it is going to serve. The latter segment discusses different types of chatbots that can be developed to simplify the way businesses interact with customers.
With mobile apps becoming an integral part of users’ micro-moments, there is a spike in the number of apps downloaded from the app stores, daily. The rising demand for mobile apps has resulted into introduction of new tools, frameworks, and libraries that can help developers to pick up the pace of development.
Despite a number of programming languages originating to support the modern, dynamic web requisites, PHP is still holding its ground. The popularity of this general-purpose, server-side programming language can be estimated from the fact that over 4 million live websites are using PHP. | Source: Builtwith.com
Magento is possibly the fastest growing platform in eCommerce space. According to Magento’s 2017 yearly report, there was a spike in number of websites powered by Magento. What’s more, major brands such as Burger King, Nike, Pepe Jeans and Samsung are choosing Magento to power their eCommerce websites.
With increasing complexity and demand for highly scalable and robust applications, conventional monolithic architecture is no longer the best choice. After a certain threshold, monolithic architecture tends to hinder application performance and scalability. Moreover, with an enormous codebase, making changes to the tightly coupled, dependent processes in the monolithic architecture drastically increases the impact of single process failure.
Software applications are managing almost every critical aspect of a business. They are transforming the business models, streamlining significant processes, and improving the way value is delivered to the customers. Hence, custom software- one that compliments the business and adheres to its requirements is a must have.
Microsoft’s .NET is free, open-source developer platform for building server applications. The platform is entrusted for building web, mobile, desktop, gaming, and IoT applications using multiple languages (C#, F#, or Visual Basic), libraries, and editors.
Stack Overflow’s 2018 developer survey found Python as the most wanted programming language, surpassing C# and PHP. The growth of this high-level programming language can be estimated from the fact that over 122,864 websites online are built using Python, with 93,197 unique domains. | According to Similar Tech
Cross-platform development toolkits are winning over the developers’ community. Reusable blocks of UI, reactive performance, code usability on multiple platforms are some of the reasons why these cross-platform app development frameworks are gaining grounds. One such sought-after framework for mobile app development is Flutter by Google.
By 2022, consumers are projected to download over 258.2 billion apps to their connected devices, worldwide. | According to Statista
The smartphone market has a duopoly of Android and iOS devices. Thus, to reach out to a wider user-base through mobile apps, it is imperative for businesses to have their apps built for both the platforms. To respond to this app development requirement, cross platform app technologies are becoming more prominent.
Chatbots have revolutionized the way customers interact with businesses. According to HubSpot, “47% of consumers are open to buying items through a chatbot”. Thus, majority of organisations have joined the race of augmenting or building these virtual agents on their websites.
Despite the rising demand for mobile apps, websites and web apps have an undeniable significance to businesses. Technologies such as Android Instant Apps, Progressive Web Apps, Accelerated Mobile Pages, Single Page Applications are changing the face of modern web.
Benefits of cloud are no more limited to shared infrastructure to host an application. Cloud-native, that leverages loosely-coupled components of cloud for application development is gaining grounds in the software industry due to its exponential scalability and increased robustness.
The rapid digital developments in eCommerce sector has brought us to a new phase of online shopping experiences worldwide. By 2020, 80% of consumer traffic will derive from online videos, as revealed in a study conducted by Social Media Today. And it is of no surprise that we reflexively respond to videos faster than any other content.
The healthcare industry is leaverging digitization and consumerization for connecting patients with relevant providers. Remote consultations, patient portals, appointment booking platforms, online pharmacy are some of the prominent modes for patients and providers to access and deliver care, respectively.
73% of organizations have at least one application, or a portion of their computing infrastructure already in the cloud – 17% plan to do so within the next 12 months. - 2018 Cloud Computing Survey (IDG)
The global trends in technology are shaking the industry architecture, resulting in disruptive non-conventional business models. Healthcare industry is no exception. Healthcare software companies are starting to innovate their business models in order to respond to new trends.
Reusable code, faster time-to-market, reduced cost, and native app like performance are some of the prominent reasons behind acceptance of cross-platform app development.
The software development process has witnessed a paradigm shift over the past few years. From following Agile delivery approach to automating processes with DevOps, there is a continuous strive for efficient, faster, and comprehensive product delivery to client.
40% of worldwide internet users have bought products or goods online via desktop, mobile, tablet or other online devices. This amounts to more than 1 billion online buyers and is projected to continuously grow. - Statista
The idea of adopting an iterative development approach has been gaining grounds in the software industry. Agile methodology for project management, which was introduced back in 2001 has transformed the way software development companies deliver the product throughput. The Kanban Vs Scrum tilt has been going on for quite a time now. Here are the key differentiators that hold them apart.
Businesses nowadays are taking advantage of new technologies and models that originate and develop in consumer space, rather than the enterprise IT sector. In effect to this impact, called consumerization, businesses are leveraging mobile apps to reach out to their potential customers and engage with them.
Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works. -Steve Jobs
If we go with the words of Steve Jobs, then certainly, developers are the real designers of a software product, as no one else but a developer knows how a product actually works.
Daffodil Software, a global provider of software services attains accreditation from Amazon Web Services (AWS) as a Standard APN Consulting Partner.
With Agile methodology for software development, the battle of defining processes, structures, and plans for seamless product delivery has come to an end. Contrary to the traditional development models, Agile allowes organizations to respond faster to the functional, technical, and market changes.
Thanks to the proliferating on-demand economy, there is a convenience in how people hail a taxi, book a room, and even buy prescribed medicine. The idea of delivering essentials at the doorstep is gaining grounds and businesses are cash in on it.
Chatbots are renewing the way businesses interact with customers. By offering instant, on-demand assistance, chatbots are fostering engagement between brands and their customers.
Digitization is reviving the healthcare system, at both patient and provider end. While options like patient portals, mhealth apps are simplifying care-access for patients; solutions like electronic Health Records (EHR), Practice Management System (PMS) are offering innovative modes to streamline care delivery and manage administrative operations for providers.
How to develop a real estate marketplace like Zillow? How to build a real estate and rental database like that of Zillow? It’s free to browse properties in Zillow. How does the real estate search engine makes money?
eCommerce integration is synchronization of an eCommerce website with its backend systems such as an ERP or a POS. It helps in seamless, two-way flow of data and information, which increases efficiency in processes as data across connected interfaces gets updated automatically.
How much does it cost to build a music streaming app like Spotify? What are the must have features and functionalities in an audio streaming app? Which technology is best suited for developing an audio and video streaming app like Spotify?
By 2035, 812.2 million people worldwide will live in urban areas with a population of 10 million or more. As the urban populace continue to grow, the city municipalities are striving to create a better living environment for its digital natives by leveraging technology.
How much does it cost to build a healthcare marketplace like Zocdoc? What are the must- have features and functionalities to build an app like Zocdoc? Which technology is best suited for developing an appointment booking app like Zocdoc?
The Android app store has 3.8 million apps followed by 2 million apps in the iOS store. Amid such neck stiff competition, how will you differentiate your app from the millions out there?
Online shopping is a thriving market. In 2021, over 2.14 billion people worldwide are expected to buy goods and services online, up from 1.66 billion global digital buyers in 2016. As a result, the retailers are realizing the business benefits of selling their products and services online.
Despite the notion that Waterfall is a risk-free approach to software outsourcing, there is a continuous rise in adoption of Agile methodology for developing consumer-centric solutions. However, the collaboration of an 'iterative' development approach and offshore outsourcing has been a subject of debate for decades.
From helping healthcare professionals in diagnosis to encouraging patients to adopt life-saving behaviour, gamification is changing the healthcare landscape in many fronts. This user engagement approach, which uses game elements and digital game design to deal with everyday problems is gaining grounds in health and fitness app industry.
The IT ecosystem constantly proliferating with new tools and technologies. Accommodating the broad spectrum of programming languages, libraries, and frameworks in a software engineering team is certainly out-of-scope.
In the current age of digitization, there is hardly a business that goes without having a software application. From automating internal processes to improving the customer experience, a software application (in one form or the another) is a major reliance and driver of businesses, irrespective of the industry.
The healthcare industry is embracing digital transformation at a rapid pace. This shift, which is driven by the rise of internet and technology is projected to add more power to the way value-based care is delivered.
Software application development is the widely outsourced IT functions, globally. This broad segment includes outsourcing an arrangement for a range of application services, including software product engineering, maintenance of legacy systems, offshore programming, management of packaged applications, and team augmentation.
Obsession with fitness, combined with convenience, immediacy, and flexibility is fostering the demand for health and fitness platforms. The result of this supports the rise of technologies that tracks, informs, and manages the fitness routine, such as wearables and smart watches.
For engaging user with an app, it is imperative to capture their attention and give them a medium and motivation to take an action. To foster this kind of engagement within mobile apps, gamification helps.
Over the years, organizations have been implementing Agile methodologies to speed up the software development cycle. While Agile was initially embraced for development process, it has progressively expanded into other downstream areas, i.e. IT and Operations. It has helped team to streamline the development process, receive timely feedback for improvements, has ensured that the entire process picks a pace for on time product delivery.