Migrating company IT services to the cloud can seem like a daunting task. Even with the cost savings and ease of administration that cloud services offer, moving away from internal storage and applications can give IT managers pause.
The transition does not have to be accomplished all at once, however. This week, we'll discuss cloud computing, enterprise apps, and how to begin taking advantage of them.
A hybrid cloud is a combination of both private infrastructure and public cloud systems. An organization can maintain data security by keeping critical apps and data inside the company firewall. At the same time, some services can be moved to a hosted provider. For example, CRM and database applications can stay in-house while email is managed by a hosting provider.
Each organization needs to adopt a management strategy for the effective implementation of the hybrid cloud. It needs to cover security, configuration management, change control, fault management, and budgeting.
One of the prime challenges while deploying a hybrid cloud solution is to minimize the design differences between the public and private pieces. This makes management of all services much simpler and eases integration down the line as more services move to the cloud.
The obvious selling point of cloud computing is that it saves the excessive purchase cost of server hardware. In the same vein, computing power and storage space can be ramped up or down very quickly as projects come and go. One need never pay for more power than one is using.
Another benefit of adopting the hybrid cloud is that one need not replace existing IT infrastructure completely. The hybrid option allows utilizing public clouds immediately to enhance capacity and scalability required to accomplish any specific changes to the organizational infrastructure.
Hybrid cloud computing has an added advantage of providing improved security over the purely public cloud. For some business enterprises, migration to a complete public cloud may not be the appropriate option due to regulatory or compliance issues. In such situations the hybrid cloud acts as the perfect option, providing cost effectiveness and flexibility. It still retains compliance data behind a company’s firewall while leveraging all the advantages of the cloud for other information.
In business, setting yourself apart from the competition is crucial. While there are many ways to do this, one way is to find what sets you apart and makes people want to discover more of what you have to offer. One option to achieve this is by incorporating NFC into your enterprise and branded consumer apps.
What exactly is NFC?
NFC stands for Near Field Communication. Tap two NFC-capable devices together gently, or just hold them near each other, and share data. One device can also read data stored on inexpensive chips called tags.
How does NFC work?
NFC transfers information from device to device via radio waves. In the case of tags, the NFC chip in a powered device induces a small current in the tag to activate it.
Currently there are three modes of operation supported by the NFC standard. They are:
Peer-to-peer mode: Where two devices exchange information with one another with a simple tap together
Read/write mode: Where the device links to another device to read information from it
Card Emulation: Where the device can be used as a credit card to make payments or be used for things such as public transportation
With these different modes, an NFC-enabled device can act as a unique identifier, an information reader, or a data transfer conduit.
Benefits for the Consumer
Consumers are constantly looking for little "life hacks" that can aid in their daily lives. Anything that can streamline their day is desirable. NFC is one way to cater to your customer’s needs.
No one wants to spend the day waiting in line, right? Contactless payment systems help speed transactions through. Instead of fishing for cash or credit cards, consumers can simply wave their phones at a payment terminal. The same wave that deducts funds to pay can also record the transaction in the retailer's loyalty app.
Virtual payments using NFC are growing in popularity quickly, as everyone loves shorter wait time and easy access to coupons. Happy customers mean repeat sales and great word-of-mouth for your business.
Benefits for the Business
NFC doesn’t just help consumers. Businesses have as much to gain from taking advantage of this technology in enterprise apps. Virtual business cards can be exchanged with a tap. Phones can link up with speakers, televisions, and Wi-Fi networks quickly for presenting and sharing information.
By streamlining daily tasks and making information easily obtainable through innovative apps, NFC provides countless benefits.
For more information on how you can incorporate NFC into an app for your business contact a mobile app expert at (603) 881-9200 or email us today!
Workers use whatever tools are at their disposal to get the job done. Increasingly, that means utilizing commercially available mobile apps that might not meet security requirements for your business.
The solution? Custom enterprise apps, designed and developed with your specific needs in mind. Call 603-881-9200 or email us to get started. In the meantime, share this infographic with anyone responsible for confidential data!
In 2013, we saw a huge expansion in the field of enterprise app development. Enterprise apps – mobile applications designed for in-house use by businesses – allow companies to improve communication, streamline operations, and boost work efficiency. Enterprise giants like IBM, Oracle, and SAP have already made heavy investment in enterprise applications.
Why is the decision to develop enterprise apps gaining momentum? Developing enterprise apps has amplified business efficiency by reducing cost, minimizing risk, and increasing profit potential and business growth.
Transforming the Business Ecosystem
In a Bring Your Own App (BYOA) environment, employees are encouraged to use their own third-party consumer apps on their devices. Workers can choose the apps they find personally effective and the company doesn’t have to invest anything. It creates a stumbling block, however, when employees try to share documents and files across platforms and devices. It can also introduce serious security holes as sensitive information is shared via email, instant messaging, and a spiderweb of shared cloud storage folders.
Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) has become a standard practice in many businesses. By allowing their employees to use their own smartphones, tablets, and laptops, businesses are expanding accessibility and ownership of the workplace environment. Business hours, and the ability to reach employees, become more flexible and efficient. Surveys reveal that adopting BYOD policies result in significant company savings, as BYOD can eliminate the need to purchase new devices.
Enterprise apps can be crucial additions to the BYOD office. When the marketing team is divided between Android, iOS, BlackBerry, and Windows, a BYOA approach that supports productivity on disparate platforms and is secure can be a significant challenge. In building hybrid enterprise apps, companies can create cohesion between devices and streamline the transition between office desktop to personal smartphone. Gartner predicts more than 50 percent of mobile apps will be hybrid by 2016.
Cloud-Enabled Enterprise App development is the ultimate answer to the Bring Your Own Device workplace. It is an efficient and cost effective strategy for enterprises. Technology giant Oracle, for example, introduced a cloud-based mobile platform to make it simpler to develop business apps. Oracle Mobile Cloud Service lessens the complications and cost of application development by guaranteeing safer connections to back-end enterprise systems. It delivers ready-to-integrate mobile specific features such as sync, notification services, and security integration, and enables companies to optimize operational expenditure and capital. It also ensures quality and wider reach by enhancing responsiveness and improving the customer experience.
Interested in learning more about developing an enterprise app for your business? Take a look at our enterprise mobility page, email us, or give us a call at (603) 881-9200.
Wearable Technology is the new bon mot (literally “good word”) in the healthcare market, with high growth potential and endless opportunities for high tech solutions. Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center has started a pilot program in their emergency department that equips the doctors with Google Glass, allowing them to sort through medical records without ever leaving the patient’s side. In another hospital, a surgeon used Google Glass to consult with another surgeon during an ACL surgery.
Aside from creative uses of existing hardware, a number of innovative devices have been introduced in recent years in the fields of wearable fitness technology, sports, healthcare, and wellness. In recent years, consumer devices have increased the impact of technology on healthcare. We have put together a list of some of the latest wearable devices in healthcare.
VSM 1: This wearable tech device from Biovotion monitors vital signs, providing accurate and real-time health information similar to devices in hospitals. Simple to use, the wireless vital sign monitor syncs data with the cloud to be accessed on a PC or mobile device. It allows for the continuous monitoring of patients with chronic health conditions, both at home and out in the world. Biovotion’s entry of the VSM 1 was selected as one of five finalists in the Healthcare & Wellness category of the Wearable Technologies Innovation World Cup in January 2014.
Digital Health Feedback System: You can now eat technology – on purpose. An ingestible sensor by Proteus Digital Health sends a unique identifying number to a patch worn on the outside of the body, which in turn relays information to a mobile device. The sensor, just 1mm square, is completely powered by stomach fluids and designed to be digested like any other pill. The system records heart rate, temperature, activity, and rest patterns.
TENS (Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation): A TENS machine is wearable health care device that sends small electric currents to areas of the body experiencing chronic pain. Electrodes are attached to the skin with adhesive pads. Some portable models feature Bluetooth connectivity and can be linked to a smartphone app for tracking and managing pain.
Wireless Blood Pressure Wrist Monitor: iHealth has developed a wrist-based wearable device in healthcare, playing off the popularity of smartwatches. It is designed to monitor blood pressure, with motion sensor technology that makes the data more accurate. It can be connected with iHealth’s My Vitals app, which allows real-time tracking of your systolic or diastolic blood pressure numbers, heart rate, pulse wave, and measurement time. It can even create charts to track changes over the course of the day and historical data.
The new wave of wearable devices is transforming the healthcare community by putting data directly into the hands of patients, as well as creating new diagnostic and monitoring opportunities for healthcare practitioners. What medical information would you like to see integrated with mobile technology?
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