2016 was the year of chatbots, growing adoption of IoT solutions and drastic changes in content consumption. With so many complex products and services up their sleeve, businesses need a whole new way to engage customers and deliver the ultimate user experience. What are the biggest UX trends from 2016 and why should you care? Read on to find out!
Through 2017, 50% of US e-commerce transactions will come from mobile. As the line between digital and physical commerce continues to blur, retailers need a whole new way to win customers. Discover how IoT, machine learning and mobile payments will shape mobile shopping trends for 2017 and beyond.
Although the App Store made $ 14 billion more than Google Play last year, 50% of mobile vendors now prioritize Android over iOS. Thanks to Google’s decision to introduce the 85/15 revenue split for subscription apps and allow developers to process payment transactions, Google Play may soon outpace the App Store both in terms of downloads and revenues. Here’s how to monetize an Android app in 2017 and beyond.
Despite the growing adoption of Android smartphones, going iOS is still a winning strategy for most developers. The App Store brings 90% more revenue than Google Play. The average iOS user spends 250% more on in-app purchases than a dedicated Androider. Yet, the market faces strong competition from web apps and is affected by Apple’s decisions regarding UX. Here’s how you can monetize your iOS app in 2017.
This year we’ve seen the battle between containers and virtual machines, rise of React.js and birth of chatbots. In case you want to build a website or desktop application next year (or make improvements to an existing one), here are the latest web development trends for 2017.
By 2020, there will be 21 billion connected gadgets worldwide. The Internet of Things impacts every industry out there, offering countless opportunities for workload automation, cost reduction and revenue growth. If you are an IoT vendor or consider becoming one, you need to keep your finger on the pulse and participate in dedicated IoT events. Here’s our list of the most important IoT conferences and summits of 2016 & 2017.
In 2016, we’ve seen the ongoing battle between iOS and Android, the rise of the citizen developer initiative, the growing popularity of hybrid applications and countless attempts to battle mobile app insecurities. What are the latest trends in mobile application development for 2017 and beyond? Read on to find out!
Notable IT experts including Isaac Brown of Lux Research claim the future of the industrial IoT (or IIoT) lies in predictive analytics – and we couldn’t agree more. With the annual equipment management costs ranging from 12 to 32% of its value, enterprises need a whole new way to optimize their maintenance budgets. And that’s where predictive equipment maintenance technologies and the “as-a-service” model come in handy.
In the first half of 2015 agtech startups raised $ 2.06 billion in funding (compared to $ 2.36 billion raised in 2014). Guess why? Farmers seek new ways to cut operating costs, increase productivity and use arable land more effectively – and that’s where smart sensors and analytics software come in handy. Here’s how your company will benefit from using the Internet of Things in agriculture.
IoT is trending. Companies invest in new tech to streamline business processes and cut expenses. Consumers buy wearables and smart home appliances to save time and improve the quality of their lives. If you want to become an IoT millionaire, you’d better take action now. There’s only one question you need to answer: how much do the Internet of Things solutions cost to make – including hardware, software and research?
When it comes to technology adoption, banks and financial organizations often lag behind other industries. However, 2016 is a turning point for the sector. 70% of the finance industry decision makers consider the Internet of Things strategic or transformational for the banking industry, citing payment security and improved loan collateral tracking as the key reasons to invest in new tech. Here’s why.
Retailers always seek new ways to reach target audience and cut operating costs. It’s no wonder they’ve been among the early adopters of the IoT technology! By 2020, the Internet of Things hardware spending in retail will reach $ 2.5 billion. Here’s how beacons, RFID tags and analytics software will change the landscape of the retail industry in the nearest future.
IoT is meant to reduce or even eliminate human-to-human and human-to-computer interaction, and its healthcare mission is no different. The use of connected wristbands, beds and beacons in & outside health facilities offers a new level of automation and convenience, enabling hospitals to reduce operating costs, improve diagnosis and increase life expectancy of patients. The Internet of Things and healthcare go hand and hand. Here’s why.
In 2016 US online stores will generate over $ 327 billion in revenues. Although building an e-commerce website is a great move for a small business, it is the choice of shopping cart software that can make or break your project. What e-commerce platform or extension should you opt for? Read on to find out!
Although WordPress powers 59.2% of all websites out there (up 0.5% from 2015), some businessmen and even developers feel ambivalent about it, citing plugin conflicts, endless updates and possible hacker attacks as the main drawbacks of the CMS. Others, on the contrary, praise its flexibility, SEO-friendliness and open-source nature. Should I use WordPress for my online store or business website? Here’s the answer!
IoT is here, and there’s no way to put the genie back in the bottle. Between 2011 and 2016, the Internet of Things startups funding grew by 480%. As more promising tech companies enter the market, we finally have enough evidence to determine what makes or breaks an IoT business. Here’s a list of successful IoT entrepreneurs – and the key factors behind their success.
Ever since its launch in 2008, Magento has established itself as the only specialized and totally affordable e-commerce solution on the market. The platform powers almost 30% of the world’s biggest online stores, including Samsung, Nestle and Mothercare (to name a few). If you consider building an e-commerce website or want to enhance your store’s functionality, Magento is just what the doctor ordered. And here’s why.
Last year Amazon’s sales grew by 20%. Meanwhile, Walmart struggles to achieve even a 1% growth. Guess why? Traditional e-commerce solutions no longer work on their own! If you want to start a successful online store, be sure to merge the digital & real-world customer experience – and keep up with the times, of course! What are the latest trends in e-commerce website and app development? Read on to find out!
In a world where so few companies fit the traditional Product Development criteria & market windows are tight, the decision to postpone a software project might cause you financial losses in the long run. The growing demand for enterprise mobile and IoT solutions will certainly impact software development costs – and that’s already happening. Have a great idea for an app? Here’s why you should address a reliable vendor ASAP.
2016 is a turning point for both businesses and software vendors. With 6.4 billion connected devices worldwide, they’re bound to revise the existing UX standards and make sure their apps and websites look (and feel!) perfect on any device. Why is UX so important? 50% of designers & developers admit their apps were at least once rejected by publishers and customers due to UX issues. How to create a good UX and keep up with the times?
Chatbots have been around since the 60s, but it’s not until recently that the smart computer programs made their way to messengers and e-commerce websites. How can you possibly replace a mobile app and – think of it! – an entire customer service department with an AI Internet bot? Does your company need to develop one? Get the answers here!
Last year Everest Group revealed that financial organizations prefer to outsource IT-related tasks (including software development) at a fixed price. In fact, the popularity of this model has grown from 30% in 2011 to 40% in 2014. And it’s a common tendency for many industries. Is the Fixed Price approach suitable for your project? What are the advantages and disadvantages of such cooperation? Read on to find out!
By 2020, the global IoT market revenue will reach $ 1.7 trillion – and there will be 30 billion connected gadgets out there around the same time. Although companies often fail to analyze & use IoT-generated data for business purposes, IoT has a considerable impact on many industries, including retail, healthcare and education. The sooner your enterprise adopts the Internet of Things technology, the better. And here’s why.
App Store is all about revenues. However, it’s Google Play that generates 75% more downloads. Thanks to the emerging markets (especially Asia), Android smartphones will retain their 81.1% market share until 2019 and beyond. How to put an Android app on Google Play? What apps are typically rejected by the publisher? We’ve got the answers!
Upon its launch the 4th Gen Apple TV received mixed reviews from tech experts who praised the Siri remote and tvOS software but felt the gadget was underdeveloped. When it comes to hardware, Apple rivals (including Roku and Android-powered Nvidia Shield) might be winning the game. It is the TV apps that make Apple stand out from the competition. We have to agree with Tim Cook: the future of TV is apps. And here’s why.
2015 was a huge year for the web community: the long-awaited PHP 7 was finally released to the market. Since 2004, no version of the language contained so many cool features for better performance and interoperability! What trends will shape its future throughout 2016? Why use PHP in web development? Read on to find out!
Today most companies develop high-load business apps and integrate them into the existing software ecosystems. Creating a reliable & user-friendly software environment is essential for business growth and employee retention. What type of business app should your company opt for? Do you have to address an enterprise application development company or choose a ready-to-use cloud solution? Find the answers here!
Outsourcing IT-related tasks (and software development in particular!) is often hit or miss. If you choose the right company & pricing model, you can decrease dev costs by 60%. The dedicated approach proves to be one of the most popular types of offshore cooperation. IT experts cite increased productivity and effective project management as the key benefits of working with a dedicated development team (DDT). And here’s why.
By the end of 2016, there will be 10 thousand applications on the tvOS App Store. Zillow, Airbnb, Fidelity, Disney and major broadcasting corporations have already built TV apps to stake out a claim to the newly acquired platform. Guess why? Apple TV has taken the communication between viewers and content creators to the next level! How to make a successful app for Apple TV? Here are some stories to draw inspiration from.
Over the last few weeks we told you where to start with app development, why build an MVP and where to find investors to get your idea off the ground. But it’s also important to make sure your App Store submission is accepted. How to build an iOS application that will definitely get the green light without losing quality and its core features? Is it possible to cheat Apple in this or that way? Read on to find out!
In 2013, the global spending on IT outsourcing reached $ 288 billion. By 2019, the market is expected to grow by 5.84%. Outsourcing brings huge profit; it’s no wonder Eastern European governments take ultimate measures to create investor-friendly environment. And Belarus is no exception. What are the benefits of outsourcing to Eastern Europe & how to make your partnership a success? Read on to find out!
The Internet of Things is here to stay. In less than 10 months, there will be 6.4 billion connected devices worldwide. 40% of US enterprises expect the Internet of Things to alter the way they’ve been working for decades. How can your company benefit from creating an app for IoT? What are the challenges of the Internet of Things development? Read on to find out!
Those who say the Internet of Things hasn’t happened yet should stop burying their heads in the sand. Hey guys, we live in a world of self-driving cars, smart thermostats and voice-controlled assistants! The thing is, we cannot make the most of these technologies yet. What’s the Artificial Intelligence technology used for? How can AI solutions possibly help us bring IoT’s potential to its fullest? Get the answers here!
80% of all IT projects are global. As a rule, enterprises partner with offshore vendors to cut development costs. In order to reduce expenses to the absolute minimum, some businessmen hire freelancers – to mixed results, extended budget and prolonged deadlines. If you consider outsourcing and don’t know how to find experienced developers, here’s a word of advice for you.
68% of IT projects underperform. These failures are often caused by poor requirements analysis: enterprises do not write UX guidelines and functional specifications, almost never back up their ideas with use cases and set unrealistic goals. Having a clear vision of what a software system is supposed to do & how users will interact with it is the most important step to successful software development. And here’s why.
I have an idea for an app. What’s next? Mobile application development prices start at $ 10 thousand. Many startups struggle to raise funding and bring their ideas to life – simply because they don’t know where to look for investors. If that’s your case, here’s a step-by-step guide to launching a successful application with limited funding (and no programming experience)!
According to Tiobe Index, Java is the most popular programming language in the world. It is running on 7 billion devices and powers all native Android applications. Over the last 20 years, it has been sentenced to death again and again – only to come alive stronger than before. What are the Java software development trends for the near future? Read on to find out!
By 2019, Android’s share of smartphone sales will reach 81.1%. Thanks to emerging markets, Google is surely winning the numbers game. But it’s Apple who grabs the dough. In the first quarter of 2016, the company will make over $ 50 billion on iPhones only! What factors will be shaping the Android app development trends in the near future? Will Android-first happen anytime soon? Read on to find out!
Successful enterprises outsource software development. Opera hired offshore specialists to build & set up its platform. IBM employs over 100 thousand developers from South Asia. Skype, the world’s most popular Internet telephony service, was created by an offshore team from East-Central Europe. Why don’t you follow their example? Here’s how to find a reliable software developer.
In 2013, the global IT outsourcing market was worth $ 288 billion, and the industry is expected to grow by 5.84% in 4 years. While cost reduction remains the key reason why enterprises outsource software development, many companies focus on quality and assign high-profile IT specialists from multiple destinations to one project. What is the global delivery model & how does it work? Read on to find out!