https://blog.semaphore-software.com Tue, 20 Jun 2017 06:53:03 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.12 Are you future ready? https://blog.semaphore-software.com/are-you-future-ready.html https://blog.semaphore-software.com/are-you-future-ready.html#comments Wed, 22 Mar 2017 10:34:49 +0000 https://blog.semaphore-software.com/?p=4475.html j1Harnessing the potential of emerging technologies to deliver business capabilities with optimal utilization of resources is what sets us apart from others. We look to standardize the core, while offering […]

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Harnessing the potential of emerging technologies to deliver business capabilities with optimal utilization of resources is what sets us apart from others. We look to standardize the core, while offering unique, innovative and bespoke Software solutions. With our industry expertise, we offer solutions that help solve complex problems, and give an edge in this competitive digital world.

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UK Based Retailer makes a Winning eCommerce Website https://blog.semaphore-software.com/uk-based-retailer-makes-a-winning-ecommerce-website.html https://blog.semaphore-software.com/uk-based-retailer-makes-a-winning-ecommerce-website.html#comments Wed, 01 Mar 2017 11:23:50 +0000 https://blog.semaphore-software.com/?p=4428.html UK Based Retailer makes a Winning eCommerce WebsiteBusiness trading online through the medium of Internet or how we particularly call it ‘eCommerce’ has been around the globe since the mid-90s. However, this technology has taken a strong […]

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Business trading online through the medium of Internet or how we particularly call it ‘eCommerce’ has been around the globe since the mid-90s. However, this technology has taken a strong momentum in the recent few years. Both, local and global entrepreneurs from every industry sector have diverted a large part of their business focus on developing ecommerce portals.

Today’s competitive business world, especially retail industry demands a mandatory online presence. This is specifically true for businesses wishing to reach more customers who are otherwise not possible to attract through conventional retailing. The early pioneers who listed their products and services online have achieved web success. Customers are sincerely devoted to these sites and have greatly enjoyed the benefits and ease of being able to shop products on e-commerce marketplaces from the comfort of their homes.With the increase in sales revenue of these companies, the desire for eCommerce solutions among both, large and small enterprises increased across the world.

With an ambition to transform digitally, John, a retailer of premium Golf equipment from the UK approached Silver Touch Technologies, a Webstore software specialist. Makingthefirst step toward digital realm, he wanted to build an eCommerce store integrated with his ERP system as he was already facing challenges in maintaining his operations manually.Integrating his eCommerce sales channels with ERP system would allowhim to operate more efficiently as a business. His main types of data such as order, inventory, customer, and shipping/tracking details – are communicated inone independent system.This would also eliminatethe need to manually enter data from one system to another.

ERP integrated eCommerce solution so proposed allowed John to easily manage new orders and fulfill them, regardless of the sale location. Products and pricing were effectively managed in one place, allowing him to have accurate and updated product information. To know more about the solution offered, watch the video below:

Why Silver Touch Technologies?

To be successful online, it is essentialto have efficient business management software in place.We at Silver Touch Technologies, aim at helping businesses from all over the world to reach their full potential.Our e-commerce solution leverages smart business logic and data in impactful and user-friendly web stores. It lets our clients focus on improving customer shopping experience, streamlining and automating sales processes, and increasing sales volume and frequency.

Let’s work together! Contact Us or e-mail at info@silvertouch.com

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Why its Beneficial for you to Outsource your Mobile App Development? https://blog.semaphore-software.com/outsource-your-mobile-app-development.html https://blog.semaphore-software.com/outsource-your-mobile-app-development.html#comments Thu, 05 Jan 2017 11:00:08 +0000 https://blog.semaphore-software.com/?p=4422.html Why its Beneficial for you to Outsource your Mobile App Development?As quoted by Monica Edwards, “We are in an electronic technology age now and it’s about time we put away the old stuff”. Moving forward, enterprises should embrace new and […]

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As quoted by Monica Edwards, “We are in an electronic technology age now and it’s about time we put away the old stuff”. Moving forward, enterprises should embrace new and innovative technology that helps them grow structurally, and increases their efficiency. A lot of enterprises, in order to increase the productivity of their employees, have adopted not just BYOD but also remote working environment. They have ensured secure accessibility, so that their data is not breached due to remote access and different working environments.

In such an ecosystem, it is simply impossible to ignore the mobile app that will help initiate productivity, boost efficiency, and maximize ROI for your business. It is the mobility solution that will benefit your organization the most. While there is a lot of mobile app development tools available in the market, only a few can give you returns that are your money’s worth. Instead of relying on in-house development solutions, you should opt for outsourcing. This way you can get an expert solution, which is unique, and reflects a complete understanding of the mobile app frameworks.

If you are not convinced on why you should outsource mobile app development, read on.

Start Marketing with Development

When you start planning the marketing of the app, and spread the message when it is still in the development stage, you will benefit from the first-mover advantage. Even if someone else does come up with a clone of your app, it will still be you who has released the app first.

When you outsource development, you are actually asking someone whose core is developing mobile apps to handle your project effectively. In the meantime, you have freed your resources to handle tasks that are core to your business. This will help you in getting a competitive edge. Starting marketing alongside development, will help you reach out to more people and give your mobile app the right kind of visibility.

Development is Core Competency

You should ideally outsource your mobile application development project to a company whose core competency is offering capable mobility solutions. You will benefit if the company specializes in mobile app development, and brings forth solutions to your problems using their definitive strategies and well-defined roadmap.

When you go for in-house development, you will be faced with resources who specialize in hardware maintenance or supporting with server related issues. In case you want to go in-house, you will need to invest in resource cost. Instead of hiring and investing time, effort and money into developing the mobile app in-house, outsourcing will prove to be more beneficial. You will get someone who is an expert in this domain, thus reducing the risks involved.

In case of outsourcing, the company or individual developer would have invested in training the resources in latest technology, and would have complete understanding of the domain.

Reduces Costs

The third major advantage of outsourcing would be reduced costs. When you hire someone, you spend time in training them, making them aware of the domain and then training them in the technology specific to your mobile app development project. You will also need to pay for their services, and the cost of infrastructure, the equipment etc. is additional.

In case you tend to outsource the project, you will save on all these costs. The infrastructure would be the company’s to whom you have outsourced your project. This is indeed one of the largest benefits of outsourcing. You would be paying only for the services you have availed.

Learn how to outsource your project for best benefits

How to Outsource your Projects Effectively?

It is very important for you to outsource your projects effectively to ensure maximum outcome from it. It is essential for you to come up with effective methods and best practices to outsource your project.

One Point Contact

Not everyone can be involved in managing the project that you have outsourced. You will need someone to be the single point of contact, who will manage the project, take updates regularly, and offer solutions to the problems that the outsourced company may be facing. It is important for you to have this single point of contact for best results.

Check Productivity of Remote Teams

When you have outsourced your project, it is important for you to make sure the project is given back on time, without compromising on the quality. A lot of us tend to outsource and forget all about the project, except for taking periodic updates from the team.

Instead, ask the single person who will be representing your company to use tools that can keep a check on the productivity of the company, and help you get your project done on time.

Invest in Support & Maintenance

Once the project is delivered, don’t let the company to whom you have outsourced leave the project for you to handle. Make sure you have hired their resources to maintain your mobile app, and ensure you get proper support from them as and when required. Investing in support becomes an essential for companies, especially the ones that are non-technical

Make sure you get the app code at the closure of the project, so that if you ever want to change the outsourced company, you are able to do so.

It is very important to choose a good company with a good reputation to handle your outsourced project. Semaphore Software is a reputed mobile app development company that has years of experience and the correct expertise to handle your needs. We have been developing a range of mobility solutions that are unique, and aligned to your business strategy.

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What are the Top Trends that will Influence Cloud Computing in 2017? https://blog.semaphore-software.com/cloud-computing.html https://blog.semaphore-software.com/cloud-computing.html#comments Wed, 28 Dec 2016 12:16:09 +0000 https://blog.semaphore-software.com/?p=4415.html Cloud Computing Trends for 2017Organizations have already started to adopt cloud computing for a few years now, and it will continue to influence the enterprise IT strategies and solutions in 2017. Implementing cloud technology […]

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Organizations have already started to adopt cloud computing for a few years now, and it will continue to influence the enterprise IT strategies and solutions in 2017. Implementing cloud technology for your business gives you a competitive advantage and potential opportunities for business innovation in terms of agility, speed and cost savings. For most enterprises, it is no longer a question of whether it is appropriate to opt for the cloud, but when the right time is and what services should be moved into the cloud.

Let us look at the top trends in Cloud Computing as 2017 approaches.

Cloud solution providers are constantly updating and developing their services and offerings and hence it is necessary that the users of cloud stay updated to get the best value and optimum service out of their cloud provider. Many companies are taking up on cloud infrastructure to meet their expanding business requirements and strategies. If your enterprise has adopted a cloud solution, then you need to keep a constant check on the changing trends in the technology.

Business Apps

Cloud Computing has become a standard way to run business apps. More than 70% of companies today have cloud-run apps for various purposes of their business, and it is predicted that by 2020, 90% of organizations will have cloud-run apps. 2017 will see the expansion of cloud computing in enterprises and a wider range of apps will be adopted and used in the cloud. It is predicted that by the end of next year, most companies will have their apps and platforms on cloud systems.

Hybrid Cloud

For enterprises, both public, as well as private-based options, provide better flexibility and agility regarding information sharing. The cloud strategy will continue to increase in popularity and enterprises need a hybrid-cloud approach to solving issues in organizations. Hybrid cloud will be a key trend in 2017. To make the hybrid strategy work, companies need to have an audit function that would make sure all the services are provided as per the purpose by the cloud provider. For managing the hybrid strategy, cloud service brokers are introduced who will define the services and then manage and secure them.

Enterprise Cloud

A survey shows that at present, an average company runs about 45% of all its business operations on a cloud platform, which includes private, public as well as hybrid clouds. Companies have started using multiple cloud models to meet their differing IT and business needs. An IDG survey shows that currently, about 62% companies use the private cloud, 60% use public cloud and about 26% use a hybrid cloud architecture for their business.

Hyperconvergence

The concept of hyperconvergence is expected to be a hype in 2017. These systems are useful building blocks for a cloud infrastructure, but there is a big gap between what they offer and what enterprises need from a cloud system. Hyperconverged systems just provide 20% of the integration, and the rest has to be done by the company themselves. The system right now just provides support to virtualization and the complete solutions are still away.

Improved Security

Moving an enterprise data to the cloud does not negate the need for a security system. The cloud service provider needs to provide appropriate levels of relevant information security. The shift in cloud technology will be massive and hence it will call for developing heightened security in 2017. More and more IT teams and developers will be working on ensuring better security of the cloud system.

According to IDG’s survey, the trend of investing in the cloud will see an upward shift in 2017 with US companies planning to spend an average of 1.77 million dollars on the cloud. More companies are going to use it, and those who already use it will rely more on it. If you wish to move your business processes into the cloud and are looking for an experienced cloud computing service provider, then Semaphore Software would be an ideal pick.

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Key Internet of Things Trends to Watch in 2017 https://blog.semaphore-software.com/key-internet-of-things-trends-to-watch-in-2017.html https://blog.semaphore-software.com/key-internet-of-things-trends-to-watch-in-2017.html#comments Thu, 22 Dec 2016 10:29:11 +0000 https://blog.semaphore-software.com/?p=4406.html Key Internet of Things Trends to Watch in 2017The global market is inching towards a connected digital world, and 2015 was a technically evolved year with most of the objects controlled remotely, and connected over existing and newly […]

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The global market is inching towards a connected digital world, and 2015 was a technically evolved year with most of the objects controlled remotely, and connected over existing and newly devised network infrastructures. This has led to numerous opportunities of integration between the physical and virtual world.

2016 has truly brought in digital transformation, and has led enterprises to take data-driven decisions. With these emerging technologies fueling growing needs of the enterprises, the gap that existed in the enterprise with respect to relevant insights has been filled with real-time insights gathered from the vast data, so as to make informed decisions.

The change in the calendar year will lead to newer trends being introduced to IoT, to make it more insightful, and help enterprises increase their efficiency.

Read on to know the new trends will IoT ring in with 2017

Security of Things

For Internet of Things, the connection between the different devices is made over the Internet. The various devices are vulnerable to attacks from hackers, and other security threats. The developer community is concerned about the data security breaches that occur owing to Internet and things that are not secure. Experts in cyber security have been involved in the team of IoT development in order to mitigate the security risks, and provide solutions that can guarantee security within the devices, and optimize the connected devices for a better and well-connected ecosystem.

Smarter Enterprises

The enterprises are growing smarter with the emergence of Internet of Things. You will find them growing smarter and more connected in 2017, owing to the automation of repetitive tasks which will reduce chances of errors and actually make enterprises more efficient. The machines in the age of IoT are programmed to automatically perform the manual tasks, thus ensuring speed and high-performance of these activities, thus contributing to increased productivity. Smarter businesses result in better ROI and profitable ecosystem.

Newer Business Models

Owing to the rise in adoption of Internet of Things, newer business models have evolved. This newer business models are developed taking into the consideration the gaps that exist in a system, the opportunities available and the challenges that have to be overcome with the emerging technology. The technology advancement with newer business model should be able to create a profitable environment, and should reduce the chances of error that was possible when the tasks were done manually. The idea is to integrate hardware and software to create value, and increase profitability, which is where the newer business models will help.

Emergence of IoT Markets

The rise in IoT platforms will give rise to the IoT markets or IoT-driven marketplace. This marketplace will support the entire ecosystem for the particular IoT application. One such example would be the marketplace announced by Litmus Automation for the Eclipse IoT community. This will support the Eclipse Kura and Eclipse Smartphone ecosystems which consist of drivers and applications. This is the first ever open-source IoT system and it is expected to lead others into creating ecosystems and marketplaces for IoT application and system support.

Vertical Industries

If you are planning for IoT in the year 2017, then you should keep an eye out for this trend. There will be more focus on vertical industries such that the new technology can create business value, and offer best benefits to the industries and enterprises. In the vertical industries the focus would lie on go-to-market strategies, which eventually offer industry-specific analytics. Open technologies such as Eclipse would gain more value in order to improve business efficiency.

IoT Analytics

The idea of analytics is to derive important insights, which will in turn help analyze the situation and make informed decisions. In the connected world, analytics will play an important role, as there is humungous data available that needs to be converted into information that is relevant to the enterprises. The analytics would be served through the IoT cloud platforms, which will eventually lead to the growth in IoT analytical algorithms.

Read Also : Market Potential of IoT: A Glimpse into Future

These six trends will lead to a growth in the adoption and number of connected devices in the enterprise world. If you are planning an IoT application to improve productivity in your enterprise, apart from these six trends, you should partner with an IoT solution provider who would understand your needs, possess domain knowledge, and can deliver appropriate solutions. Semaphore Software is just the company for you, as we have been involved with serving IoT solutions since the emergence of this technology.

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Top Mobile App Development Trends for 2017 https://blog.semaphore-software.com/top-mobile-app-development-trends-for-2017.html https://blog.semaphore-software.com/top-mobile-app-development-trends-for-2017.html#comments Mon, 19 Dec 2016 11:04:32 +0000 https://blog.semaphore-software.com/?p=4401.html Key Mobile App Development Trends for 2017Mobile app development will undoubtedly dominate the technology space in 2017. The booming rise of smartphone numbers all over the world has led to consumers preferring mobile apps over websites. […]

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Mobile app development will undoubtedly dominate the technology space in 2017. The booming rise of smartphone numbers all over the world has led to consumers preferring mobile apps over websites. A Gartner survey shows that the number of mobile app downloads is expected to reach 268 billion times in 2017.

Today, mobile apps enable us to get entertainment, latest news, games, paying bills, collaborating with associates and perform much more such functions. With the growing popularity and usage of mobile applications, they are not built for smartphones anymore but are needed for connected homes, wearables, IoT-enabled devices and much more.

Let us look at the major trends that will take forward the mobile app development journey in 2017.

IoT-based Apps

With the growing popularity of IoT, apps having the IoT technology will be crucial for the development of mobile apps. Users want easy access to data and information whenever they need on any device such as tablets, smartphones, wearables, etc. Keeping in mind the advancements in the field of IoT will help as companies in the sector of education, healthcare, automobiles and smart homes have already started integrating IoT into their mobile applications. IoT apps also play a significant role in enterprise mobile apps. Hence, integrating this technology into apps is expected to go mainstream in 2017.

Application Security

Mobile apps vulnerable to security breaches has become a global issue that demands attention. The security of the smartphone has become crucial than ever before due to the sensitivity and sheer amount of data in it. Security is a serious concern for the mobile app developers and the coming year will witness tech giants putting efforts in building a secure ecosystem for their mobile apps.

Location Based Services

Utility apps are growing in popularity. Many of us use our smartphone apps to carry out day-to-day activities such as contact tracking, ordering groceries, searching for nearest retail shops and restaurants, etc. Location based services have been in use in such apps, making our lives easy. With the growing availability and ease of use of GPS, this trend will continue to evolve and give users real-time information in 2017. Areas, where LBS can be implemented to good use, are navigation, travel and tourism, location mapping, payment portals, security features and much more.

User Experience

User experience is the prime focus of any mobile app and the coming year won’t be an exception. In 2017, UX will dominate mobile app development trends, and it will demand more innovation and ideas from designers to construct a user-friendly mobile application.

AR-enabled Apps

Last year we witnessed the power of Augmented Reality apps with the popularity of Pokemon Go and other similar applications. Over time, a greater number of apps have started putting AR into use and this technology is expected to take app functioning to the next level. With the help of AR tools, integrations such as product links, social media syncing and location tracking can be made more efficient and productive than ever before.

Enterprise Apps

The enterprise mobile app market will get bigger in 2017. It helps in streamlining work processes and operations in an organization. Many companies have been using business apps for better employee management and optimizing the workplace.

Read also: Enterprise Mobility Trends to Watch Out for in 2017 

Moving forward towards 2017, these trends are predicted to present new opportunities for entrepreneurs and consumers for having an exciting mobile app experience. Semaphore Software is an experienced IT partner having its footprints in the Mobile App Development. We offer one-stop mobile app solutions for multiple mobile platforms. For all your IT solution requirements, write to us at info@silvertouch.com.

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Google Launches Developer’s Preview of Android Things Accelerating IoT Development https://blog.semaphore-software.com/android-things-accelerating-iot-development.html https://blog.semaphore-software.com/android-things-accelerating-iot-development.html#comments Thu, 15 Dec 2016 09:47:42 +0000 https://blog.semaphore-software.com/?p=4395.html Google Launches Developer’s Preview of Android Things Accelerating IoT DevelopmentInternet of Things is one of the fast-emerging technologies in the digitally disrupted era that enterprises are residing in. The rising number of connected devices, and the predicted increase in […]

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Internet of Things is one of the fast-emerging technologies in the digitally disrupted era that enterprises are residing in. The rising number of connected devices, and the predicted increase in the number of connected devices and the revenue generated therein by 2020 is enough to say how IoT will redefine the way businesses interact, and innovate. Not only will it bring everything to you in real-time, but will also help accelerate decision making, and increase productivity and efficiency. The idea is to incorporate IoT to induce higher growth, close the gaps, and make businesses more profitable.

In line with this futuristic view, Google recently announced the launch of the developer’s preview for Android Things, the platform that will help in accelerating IoT development. With this preview launch, the developers will be empowered with Google, and can innovate Android and incorporate it in various devices to offer a more connected world.

Android Things is a complete platform that will allow developers to design and develop new IoT based applications, wherein Android would be the starting point for development. The idea is to help developers build IoT devices using Android, and create a strong base for the connected world.

The learning curve will be small for those who are adept with Android, as it uses similar APIs, tools, and the SDK kit for this new layer is pretty familiar. It will use IoT specific tools and API as well as Google Play services and the Google cloud platform to initiate developers.

Learn how Android Things differs from Brillo

Google will keep updating this platform so as to keep the developers engaged and productive. It will keep adding new features, OS patches, security fixes etc. based on the feedback received from the initial launch. The collaboration of Intel Edison, NXP Pico and Raspberry Pi 3 has helped build the hardware support for this new platform.

Brillo is slightly different from Android Things as it is a lightweight version of Android meant for the developers. Brillo could not help with full-fledged development of smart devices as that required complete Android experience and significant understanding of the features. The real requirement for a developer’s preview was to check for the security, which has been augmented in this new platform. Few functions such as notifications and support for gaming have been omitted in this new OS for smart devices. The newly updated Weave platform has been initiated for Android Things as it allows you to connect to the cloud and interact with other Google services with ease.

Moving Ahead with Silver Touch

To leverage Android Things, you need to partner with a company that has expertise in Android, understands Internet of Things and possesses the know-how of your industry. We have offered exquisite IoT solutions that have leveraged the capabilities of the connected world, and augmented the user experience.

One of the finest IoT applications that we have produced would be the automated driving test track that we devised for Commissioner of Transport, Government of Gujarat, India. In this solution, we connected the different devices over a network enabling easy data capture, and then allowed data processing to generate the driving results accurately. The idea was to automate the process, and make data gathering, storing and processing easy and result generation quick. The transparency was enhanced in the system, and left no room for error.

Read more: Automated Driving Test Track an IoT Application

Semaphore Software not only possesses the right team, but also aces in understanding the industry and offer solutions apt to help achieve your goals. We have offered a suite of applications that showcase our expertise with IoT and Android App Development.

Connect with us at info@silvertouch.com to know more about our skills, our expertise and our experience.

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IoT Devices: The Prime Focus of Bluetooth 5 https://blog.semaphore-software.com/iot-devices-the-prime-focus-of-bluetooth-5.html https://blog.semaphore-software.com/iot-devices-the-prime-focus-of-bluetooth-5.html#comments Mon, 12 Dec 2016 10:49:44 +0000 https://blog.semaphore-software.com/?p=4388.html IoT Devices: The Prime Focus of Bluetooth 5The ABI Research expects the count of Internet-enabled connected devices to reach 48 billion by 2021, of which one-third will include Bluetooth. This technology is revolutionizing how people experience IoT. […]

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The ABI Research expects the count of Internet-enabled connected devices to reach 48 billion by 2021, of which one-third will include Bluetooth. This technology is revolutionizing how people experience IoT. Bluetooth technology is the global standard for simple and secure connectivity. This technology features in many computers, laptops, and smart devices, allowing them to securely communicate and share data over short distances via radio waves.

The Bluetooth Special Interest Group officially announced the availability of Bluetooth 5 as the latest version of the Bluetooth core. This latest version is ready to meet the needs of a new generation of connected devices and assures faster data sharing with twice the speed and four times the range compared to the current version. It is expected to be available on smart devices from 2017.

The primary updates to Bluetooth 5 include longer range, higher broadcast message capacity and faster speed for a variety of Internet of Things (IoT) connected devices.

All smart home devices will be able to communicate over longer distances. This will enable new case uses of Bluetooth technology for industrial, outdoor and commercial applications. It will help IoT developers and users use more context relevant and improved solutions. It ensures that Bluetooth devices can coexist in complex IoT environment by reducing potential interference with other wireless technologies.

This upgrade enables more robust, responsive and high-performance communication system including whole home and building coverage, which will allow the use of smart devices more than that permitted by the current version. It requires less power for functioning, which means, the device batteries will last longer before recharging or replacing. It also lets device makers adjust the device signal range and gives better security controls to them.

The feature of longer range in Bluetooth 5 can cover large areas and reach over a kilometer. The improved speed and data capacity has the ability to transmit data packets at a speed of 2Mbps as compared to 1Mbps in the previous version. It is also backward compatible and hence users can go back to 1Mbps as per their requirement.

The introduction of Bluetooth 5 will reduce complexity and improve flexibility in operating multiple applications and bring new opportunities across several verticals of the IoT market. The average number of connected devices in a company is expected to be more than 50 by 2020, which cannot be handled by the conventional Wi-Fi routers. Hence, Bluetooth 5 will be bridging the gap in organizations in the coming years.

Read Also: IoT in Your Everyday Life

Bluetooth 5 is expected to hit the market in 2-4 months. Internet of Things has developed into a digital system that connects numerous isolated data in real time. Are you looking for an IoT solution provider to improve your company’s operational efficiencies and business productivity? Silver Touch brings to your doorstep the power of extensive Internet of Things Solutions. Write to us at info@silvertouch.com with your requirements and our expert team will get back to you with the ideal solution.

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Key Takeaways for SharePoint Developers in 2016 https://blog.semaphore-software.com/key-takeaways-for-sharepoint-developers-in-2016.html https://blog.semaphore-software.com/key-takeaways-for-sharepoint-developers-in-2016.html#comments Thu, 08 Dec 2016 09:56:09 +0000 https://blog.semaphore-software.com/?p=4380.html Key Takeaways for SharePoint Developers in 2016In the era defined by enterprise mobility, SharePoint solutions are gaining popularity. Businesses are moving towards custom SharePoint solutions in order to create a more collaborative environment for better efficiency […]

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In the era defined by enterprise mobility, SharePoint solutions are gaining popularity. Businesses are moving towards custom SharePoint solutions in order to create a more collaborative environment for better efficiency and productivity.

2016 saw quite a few instances in the SharePoint lifecycle, with the introduction of SharePoint 2016, and SharePoint for developers. Some drastic changes were made in the product to ensure it matched the enterprise needs.

It seemed like the developer community were divided with respect to this new version of SharePoint. But with time Microsoft delivered its promise by giving the apt solution that can effectively be used in launching enterprise solutions for better outcomes. With SharePoint, enterprises have been able to improve their business outcomes, which is quite a deal.

With 2016 coming to an end, developers need to take a look at what they have learnt with SharePoint, and what they should take with them in the New Year. Here we will discuss some key takeaways for SharePoint Developers for the coming year. Hopefully this will be of some use to you.

Hassle-free Sharing

The integration of SharePoint with One Drive is essentially one of the best that Microsoft could offer to the developers who are keen on getting the enterprise solutions right. The seamless integration is surely going to help with collaboration and easy workflow management. Developers need to realize the importance of this easy file sharing delivered by this integration, and should capably use it in the applications they will develop in the future. The whole idea is to enrich the enterprise app users, and by incorporating this file sharing capabilities of SharePoint in the application, you will be engaging your users in a better way.

The future sees a better and hassle-free integration of SharePoint with the Office products along with analytics for better outcomes at work.

Redefining Intranet

Earlier Intranet used to be the single collaboration point for developers. SharePoint seems to be working towards redefining both workflow management and intranet with its unique solutions. With SharePoint, you have intranet in your pocket, which emphasizes on enhancing your experience, and making intranet consumable. With mobility, the accessibility and ease of use has increased, thus allowing you to create content and share without any effort.

Secure Applications

SharePoint seems to have given more importance to security in this year, which is also another reason why the usage has increased in the enterprises. The security and privacy compliance has been defined not only for cloud hosted applications but also for on-premise integration, which will definitely benefit your enterprise. With SharePoint, you can easily prevent loss of data during migration as well as cater to encryption needs for your enterprise.

Collaboration

The last but definitely an important takeaway for 2016 is open collaboration. There will be an integration of the Office 365 groups, which will on-board their own SharePoint site. The developers will need to look into the UI needs for this site. While the UI will be slick, the features specific to SharePoint such as libraries, lists etc. will not fade away. With the different tools that are aimed towards collaboration, you will be able to create custom workflows for greater levels of efficiency in your enterprise.

SharePoint is definitely all set to revolutionize the enterprise application development. In 2017, developers should use these key features and ensure they are well into the system when creating applications to enhance efficiency.

Read Also: SharePoint 2016 Features & Overview

To create the ultimate custom SharePoint solution, you need to partner with the right and highly capable SharePoint development company. Semaphore Software has years of expertise in developing incredible solutions with SharePoint. We have expertise in SharePoint 2016 as well, as we keep upgrading our technology knowledge and skills. To know more about our solutions, write to us at info@silvertouch.com

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Why you Should Include Hadoop in your Big Data Strategy https://blog.semaphore-software.com/hadoop-in-your-big-data-strategy.html https://blog.semaphore-software.com/hadoop-in-your-big-data-strategy.html#comments Mon, 05 Dec 2016 09:56:59 +0000 https://blog.semaphore-software.com/?p=4374.html Why you Should Include Hadoop in your Big Data StrategyWith the emergence of Big Data, there is an urgent need to collect and preserve whatever data that is being generated. Because there is a large amount of data floating […]

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With the emergence of Big Data, there is an urgent need to collect and preserve whatever data that is being generated. Because there is a large amount of data floating around, Big Data Analytics has become crucial, and it aids in decision making, improving business and productivity for both organizations as well as individuals.

If you have been working on a big data strategy, you might be aware of Hadoop, an open source framework that supports processing and storage of a large amount of data. Hadoop has emerged as a leading framework for big data analytics. This framework was successfully adopted by companies such as Twitter, Yahoo, and Facebook to deal with their big data challenges. It brings with it many benefits that make it the most convenient platform while working on a big data strategy.

Below are some advantages of using Hadoop in your Big Data Strategy!

For organizations, there is an ocean of opportunities in the Big Data Analytics domain and including Hadoop in your strategy will be beneficial due to its following features:

Cost Effective

One of the main reasons why companies prefer to adopt Hadoop is due to its low cost of implementation. While choosing a data management system, cost effectiveness is a major factor to be considered. Hadoop can handle big data sets efficiently without having to spend on storing a large amount of data as with this it is possible to use all your data without having to delete the unwanted data. There is no need to spend a large amount of money based on the terabytes of data to be stored.

Highly Scalable

Hadoop is one of the most scalable data storage platforms that any organization can invest in. With this framework, you can start with a single server and grow and distribute data to provide computation and storage for up to thousands of machines or servers. This enables you to run your applications carrying terabytes of data smoothly on thousands of nodes and servers.

Improved Speed

The biggest issue when using traditional methods of data management is to deal with lagging and sluggish system. Hadoop offers a distributed file system for data storage that facilitates the rapid transfer of data among nodes and enables systems to run smoothly without much interruption. The distributed file system maps the exact location of data on the server and hence leads to faster data processing. It lets you process a large amount of data efficiently within minutes.

Flexibility of Data

Hadoop is designed for the storage and processing of both structured and unstructured data. This means you will be able to use different data types and drive business insights from data sources like social media, email conversations, and clickstream data. The flexibility feature of Hadoop lets you use it for market campaign analysis, log processing, fraud detection and data warehousing.

Less Prone to Failure

Hadoop has higher tolerance and resistance to fault when compared to other platforms. It is because of the way it works. When data is sent to a node, it is replicated to all the other nodes in the cluster and hence there will always be a copy of the data available, which means a lesser possibility of failure.

Better Analytics

Hadoop provides advanced analytics with more accurate figures and facts than other platforms. It also offers additional features like data analytics and predictive analysis of data which gives insights in a graphical manner. When it comes to dealing with large volumes of information, Hadoop is safe and reliable as compared to traditional data management systems.

Read Also : How Big Data Analytics Helps In Delivering More Value to Your Customers

Hadoop lets you collect and keep all your data in a well-organized manner. With all these advantages, small and large businesses should definitely include Hadoop in their big data strategy. If you are looking for a suitable big data analytics strategy for your business, Semaphore Software is an ideal pick. We follow a unique approach to helping you make meaningful decisions based on critical analysis of data. Write to us at info@silvertouch.com for all your big data requirements.

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