Open Source is a technological magic-land where all organisations can contribute their work to collaborate or share with other companies. According to the 2018, Open Source Program Management Survey, approximately 53% of the people surveyed stated that their organisation has an open source software program or has plans to establish one within a year.
Reasons Contributing to OSS
There are three major reasons that help in contributing to the OSS – selling complimentary services, building greater innovative capability and reduction of cost through open sourcing to an external community. They are usually also explained as extrinsic motivation, intrinsic motivation, and internalized extrinsic motivation.
As customers we’ve been spoilt for choices. Convenience is one of the top reasons why the e-commerce market is successful. Apart from the e-commerce markets, on-demand food delivery apps have also carved a niche in the market. These apps have further created a stir in the market due to the Corona outbreak and the lockdown situation.
So, what are on-demand delivery applications?
On-demand applications, a model that has been popularised by Uber, is utilized in various domains – ranging from groceries to healthcare. Some of the examples include:
Movement is life, but we were asked to stay home!
With the declaration of COVID-19 as a global pandemic and with no clear solution in sight; these are challenging times. Every company across all sectors have had to made difficult choices in order to maintain and preserve business continuity. Many parts of the globe were directed into a lockdown to avoid movement of people in order to contain the spread of this novel virus. Borders were closed, airspace was closed to civilian population and people were asked to self-quarantine in their own homes.
For many companies, Business Continuity Plans (BCP) kicked into action which are usually reserved for breakdowns, natural calamities, terrorist attacks, etc. but not necessarily for a situation of this scale and magnitude. Not every company has a robust IT setup or the hardware infrastructure to support a Work from Home (WFH) for their entire workforce or even client requirements for on-field work.
This makes it a priority to support remote working, self-serve applications on a large scale with a working strategy. We must also keep in mind the current load on the information technology infrastructure with added security and communication infrastructure towards a seamless experience.
Work from Home (WFH) or Remote-working
The first function of any Business Continuity Plan when it kicks in, is to ensure the safety of the workforce, to ensure that they have reached home or a safe place and are away from danger.
Up until 2020, technological advancements were made at their own pace – it wasn’t a necessity but a luxury. But then the dynamics of the world changed! The new normal in a COVID-19 world demanded that we push our technology expertise to the maximum, in order to survive through this calamity safely.
We need to understand that the coronavirus is transferred from one human to another by either direct contact or indirect contact. Direct contact involves hugging, shaking hands, talking too closely, etc. with a positive patient whereas, indirect contact is touching objects like metals, steel, plastic, etc. touched by a positive patient. As per studies, the coronavirus thrives on objects for a span of more than 4 hours.
Hence, the earliest directives to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus was to avoid touching the eyes, nose and mouth after touching an object in a public space and to keep using a hand sanitizer to kill the germs. We mindlessly touch the door knob, the lift button, table surfaces, cars, the toilet and many other things – or else how do you get by during the day. Well, this novel problem requires a novel solution – Touchless Technology.
An app development framework that is making a strong impact in the market is a software development kit named Flutter. Flutter is a part of Google's long-term vision in creative expressivity for design, design tools involved, it defines the true meaning of using a few lines of codes in numerous ways platform for interactive content. Mr Matias Duarte, Google, VP of Design has tweeted:
"Google is committed to making our digital worlds more usable, beautiful, delightful. Not just for ourselves, but Google wants to help you bring the worlds of your imagination to digital reality."
Reference link: https://twitter.com/matiasduarte?lang=en
What is Flutter?
Flutter is an open-source mobile application development SDK (Software Development Kit) created by Google. It can be used to develop high performance, high fidelity hybrid applications for mobile devices, tablets running operating systems such as Android and iOS, it is more importantly the primary method of creating applications for Google Fuchsia which is also open source. The keyword here being “open source software” for which the original source code is made freely available.
Most companies in the business world are taking a leap towards imbibing a digital strategy for their company. In these competitive times, it is difficult to stand out and get noticed. But don’t worry, the super power of the internet will help you carry out a competitive analysis that can help you pace ahead of your competitor’s digital marketing strategy. Let’s go through a step-by-step process on how to build your digital strategy.
Identify Your Competitor’s
The first step that you need to do is identify who your competitors are on a granular and general level.
General level of identifying is to see the ranking of your competitor’s on Google. Different brands position themselves differently and have different keywords that they use – for example, ‘influencer marketing’ will rank different than ‘marketing gurus’, etc. You need to identify the key word, in this case, ‘marketing’; so that you can understand the industry’s sub-sectors and major players that fall within them.
Granular level of identifying is to explore more about competitor’s in your industry and checking up on how your digital strategies are compared to theirs. You need to note things like where they are driving traffic from, top sources of referring traffic and your competitor’s competitor.
Humans spend around 8 to 10 hours a day interacting with computer screens, and other smart devices. Technology has entered our daily lives and are often replacing human interaction. But users still expect a human and personal touch in technological devices. Hence, the challenge for most UX designers is to turn something impersonal to personal – no one wants to deal with a robotic robot. It is very difficult to gain loyal users especially when it comes to apps because there are so many competitors in the market offering the same service with more perks.
So, what is the best way to help users engage with your app? – it is by giving it a personal touch, i.e. creating a user persona for the app.
What is User Persona?
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John wanted to watch a tennis match in the afternoon, but his boss wouldn’t allow him to take a half day. Susan wanted to watch her favorite boxing champion but the match was taking place on another continent. Sarah wanted to see the Australia and India cricket match but there were not tickets available. And just like John, Susan and Sarah, there are many sports enthusiasts who are unable to watch the game in person or Live on TV – and this is reason enough for the sports industry to go mobile. Digitalizing sports events gives access to millions of sports fans to watch their favorite games Live or watch re-runs even after a year – they could stream the winning shot any number of times to feel the glory of their favorite team winning.
Gone are the times where we used to toil in the kitchen for hours to make our favourite meal! It’s so much easier now with restaurants delivering food at your doorstep, day or night with the just a few clicks on an App. Also, if you are the old-fashioned kind and wish to dress up and visit the restaurant, bid good bye to waiting for a table; you could now just simply pre-book your table before you visit. Welcome to the age of restaurant apps – where both, the customer visiting the restaurant and the customer ordering from the restaurant are able to benefit from the app service.
In order to build a restaurant app, it is very important to structure its base, i.e. build a custom point of sale (POS) solution to manage the menu, table reservations, and staff. With the help of an app, managing restaurant marketing gets simpler. Let’s take a look how!
Maintain Inflow of Guests/Orders
The biggest goal of any restaurant is a steady inflow of guests or orders. There are different ways in which a restaurant app can help with that: