The beauty of the digital age is making the world smaller and making everything available with just a few clicks of the button. Big or small tasks are being completed with the use of Apps or websites. It is believed on an average, people spend at least 4 hours on their phone, daily.
An app makes it easier for companies to connect with and drum up additional interaction and business from customers. Most businesses have developed or are in the process of developing user friendly apps to ensure maximum customer satisfaction. Consumers today are more demanding due to the digitally changing nature of the market and for any business to survive, they need to address these demands.
What are Push Notifications?
A small message, which is sent to a user, when they are not on the application is a push notification. This notification can be sent anytime and anywhere as long as the user has given the app permission to send the same.
After an app is initially downloaded, a user will receive a number of prompt messages to accept and give permission. These permissions vary as they depend on the app and its purpose and most businesses implement user-centric notifications to ensure the customer journey is strategically customized.
What Are DevOps?
DevOps are a combination of processes, cultural philosophies, practices and tools which increase an organizations ability to deliver quality products and services at high velocity. It provides an automated system and infrastructure, helping the company evolve and improve products at a faster pace, than by using traditional developmental methods and processes.
DevOps is considered to be a never ending process of continual improvement for an organization.The beauty here lies in enabling an organization to better serve their customers, compete effectively in the market and also provide more efficient ways to handle releases, issue resolution and better management of unforeseen work.
How Does DevOps Work?
In a DevOps model, the development and operations teams are no longer separate or “siloed”. These teams merge and form a single team where the developers are involved right from inception to testing and deployment.
In some instances, quality assurance and security teams are also integrated with development and operations where by archaic manual processes get automated and fast. The technology and tools used help companies evolve applications in a quicker and more reliable manner. All in all DevOps helps to increase a team’s velocity in launching as well as modifying products.
How Should You Implement DevOps?
While creating a website or an application, the developer needs to focus on two important components; the User Experience (UX) and the User Interface (UI). Both these terms are related to one another – the User Experience is based on effective use of the mobile app and how the user enjoys using the app, whereas, a User Interface is the look and feel of the app, its presentation and the overall interactivity of a product.
Hence, while creating a mobile app, the developers need to work together on the UX and UI, but both require different skill sets. Let’s understand this with the help of an example:
Take a look at the Facebook home screen. Everything you see in the top and side search bars “News Feed”, “Status”, “Video”, “Upcoming Events”, etc. – is all a part of the UI. So, what the User Interface ideally is that it helps you navigate within the app or website, for example, if you click on Events, you will be navigated to a page where you will be able to see all the events listed in your profile. A good UI is the one that is easy to use and helps navigate the user with ease.
On the other hand, User Experience is when the user clicks on the Events tab, but has to wait for the events to download for more than a minute. Imagine you try to search for a long lost friend, but you can’t search it or get presented with a multitude of options that do not match your friend’s name. With this kind of experience, it is the UX designer that needs to be blamed for the poor performance.
“You can't just ask customers what they want and then try to give that to them. By the time you get it built, they'll want something new.” – Steve Jobs
First man discovered fire. Then came the wheel, then industries and machines and with technology came the constant change and modernization of the world today. When the mobile phone had first been launched, it was a luxury item which few possessed and now it is a necessity. The same can be said about the internet and increasing dependence of people on the web.
For years now the mobile community has been divided on platforms like:
It is safe to say we live in a digital world where most tasks are now completed with a few clicks of a button. The top of the market has been the Android and iOS platforms which have effectively been ahead of the other competition. This year, 2019, is said to be different as the hot new buzz is about the Progressive Web Apps (PWA).
What are Progressive Web Apps?
“Progressive Web Apps are just websites that took all the right vitamins.” – Alex Russell, Software Engineer at Google.
“Every company, city, and country is becoming digital, navigating disruptive markets, …(and the) role in the digital transformation has never been more important.” – John Chambers, Former Chairman and CEO of Cisco Systems.
The era we live in today is a digital age where all industries have embraced and entered this digital world in some way. Industries get to harness the potential of digitization in various shapes and forms, thus making the best of this evolution.
The supply chain industry is no different and today, they rely heavily on digital technologies to ensure accurate data to help with deliverywhile optimizing resources.
Digital Transformation and the Supply Chain Industry
Managing the supply chain is a large and complicated area, which is chaotic and filled with multiple challenges. There is a lot of manual work which costs time and money and in a way is a futile exercise with excess paperwork.
Each stakeholder would want to manage their own paper work, ledger and data which could make things more complicated and in order to make sense of this data, a third party would need to be involved especially for bookkeeping.
“It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” - Charles Darwin.
Today’s world is fast-paced and constantly evolving. Man has come a long way since the discovery of fire and the invention of a wheel. The power of technology in this day and age is exponential in personal, daily lives as well as in the business world.
A wave of digital transformation has globally blanketed all walks of life. In order to keep pace with this fast-moving environment, businesses need to find ways to digitize their core processes and systems and also ensure technology and applications are constantly updated.
During these transitions, friction and complications can arise between developmental and operational teams. To avoid these and to aim for a smooth digital transition, the DevOps approach helps bring the development and operations team together. It is more than methodology for a software development. It is a necessary culture to meet the needs to companies developing:
Over the past decade, there has been a wave of digital transformation, which has fundamentally changed how organizations conduct their operations. A company goes through a metamorphosis with technology at its core to create new forms of business practices and added customer value.
These digital challenges compel traditional officials to harness new ways of delivering greater customer satisfaction and more personalized experiences. This also helps companies survive in this largely competitive global market.
Superlative customer experience is of great importance for any business today and in order to successfully go digital, an organization needs to equip its infrastructure to handle the necessary demands and changes of the transformative initiatives. Companies need to focus on modernization of their core processes, systems and age old infrastructure on every aspect and level of operations
Centuries ago transport meant travelling by horse and carriage. From then the automotive industry has revolutionized with the help of many technological advancements. The digital wave is expanding this revolution even more. The internet, smartphone, wireless networks and communication has made things convenient and changed consumer expectations.
Trends in the market are transforming the automotive industry with the change cycle starting with the highly empowered consumer. Customers are now well versed with the digital changes and benefits they offer in all walks of life. For them technology, including cars is not only about the purpose they serve but about a heightened experience.
The digital revolution sweeping the globe has created opportunities for companies to fundamentally change and evolve their business model. It has unlocked a more customer centric, personalized, profit increasing, innovative and safety oriented opportunities for businesses.
In this changing market, the challenges faced by companies need to be tackled and addressed on priority. Many companies have been operating the same way for decades. Yet, they need to digitize their core processes to keep pace in this competitive market.
Let us look at the mining industry where change is now setting in quickly. Physical products and capital intensive supply chains are now being digitally assisted with technologies like:
Digitization is the most important change in our constantly changing world. These innovations and technologies have helped change and develop new systems, apps and even devices which help people in business and their personal life.
The wave of digital transformation is now visible all over the world in different industries like healthcare, banking, media and entertainment. However the most effects are seen and felt in the tourism and hospitality industry which seems to have been turned topsy-turvy.
Digital transformation altered the operations and customer relations of the tourism industry. Customers no longer stand in lines and queues to book flight tickets, hotels, or even make dinner reservations. It is all done with a few clicks of the button in a fraction of the time it would normally take.
It is safe to say, the travel industry was one of the first to adopt digital transformation and its positive impact can be seen today. In this new digital environment, consumer expectations are not what they used to be. They are now set very high due to the innovative disruptions like virtual reality, artificial reality, Internet of things, mobile bookings and even online payments