Mobile tech is boiling with the news. These news spans across all categories of the wide tech market, starting from the rises and falls of various mobile businesses and finishing with breakthroughs in technology.
From November 1 to 4, Lisbon, Portugal, will host one of the unique technology events in the business world – the Web Summit. Here you can see representatives of the so-called Fortune 500 companies and newly created startups. Of course, The APP Solutions is not a newcomer to the high-tech world, so we can’t miss such an event!
This year our company decided to introduce itself as a software developer for medical services and solutions. Our interests include:
• Medical Practice Management Software • Electronic Health Record Software (EHR/EMR/PHR) • E-Prescribing Software • Healthcare CRM • Data Management/Warehousing • Predictive Analytics Software • HIPAA/GDPR Compliance • Medical Devices Integration
A solid portfolio backs our skills and expertise. The APP Solutions clients include companies with names that speak for themselves. Сase in point, together with Google, we have implemented an ambitious for streaming processing of DNA sequencing data collected from Oxford Nanopore Technologies MiniON sequencers. You can familiarize yourself with our other solutions in the Portfolio section. More to come soon, don’t miss it!
Web Summit is a technology conference that has been held annually since 2009. The event was founded by Paddy Cosgrave, David Kelly, and Daire Hickey. From 2009 to 2016, the event was based in Dublin, then moved to Lisbon permanently.
Free access to datasets and data analyzing tools at cloud scale has a significant impact on the research process, especially in the global response for combating COVID-19.
As a Google Cloud Platform Partner, we want to share information with researchers, data scientists, and analysts about available hosted repositories of public datasets for tracking the COVID-19 outbreak.
Free datasets provide access to essential information eliminating the need to search for onboard large data files. You can access the datasets, along with a description of the data and sample queries to advance research from within the Google Cloud Console. All the data GCP includes in the program is public and freely available, while the program will remain in effect until September 15, 2020.
You can also use these datasets and BigQuery ML for training your machine learning model inside BigQuery at no additional cost.
Currently, Google Cloud Platform datasets include the following databases:
With all these databases and BigQuery ML, you can develop a data-driven model for the spread of this infectious disease, better understand, study, and analyze the impact of COVID-19. Together with the Google Cloud team, we believe that the COVID-19 Public Dataset Program will enable better and faster research to combat the spread of this disease.
The global lockdown changed the way people do business. Opening your own company overseas has become even more challenging when there are such barriers as distance, legislation, and culture. Fortunately, soon there is a solution that solves all these problems.
StepintoCity is a business accelerator for entrepreneurs and international companies based in New York. Junhwan Paul Kang hired us to build a user-friendly networking platform to drive global corporate innovation and networking opportunities.
Meet The Table match platform will connect business people from South Korea, their potential U.S. business partners, and locals from New York, who can help Koreans with language, laws, and cultural differences.
What is Meet The Table?
To find the right business connection, most people use Linkedin. However, this is a very time-consuming approach. You are looking for the right specialist, add them to your network, ask them about availability, and wait for their answer. Besides this, there is no guarantee that the business contact will provide you with the support and required services.
Meet The Table will connect business owners from Korea who wants to find a business partner and open their company in New York while communicating with both the right business partner and a local, who advocate businessman’s rights and needs.
It is hard to find a qualified & trustful partner. The platform includes filters the service providers and guarantees from host members.
Both hosts and coordinators will do their best to help guests, take care of one’s problem, and search to find the best solution.
Using Meet The Table, members can communicate with video calls and chat with live translation.
To eliminate the challenge to schedule with time differences, Meet The Table links to guests’ and hosts’ calendar and visualize available time.
How Meet The Table will work
The Meet The Table platform will include three types of users.
A guest is a Korean businessman who needs help from local specialists in opening a New York business.
A host is a business-related service provider who can help a Korean business person open one’s business.
A city mate is a local from New York, who manages the communication between the guest and the host. A city mate also advocates the rights and interests of a foreigner.
Meet The Table features
Personal profile, where all users can share their information, personal experience, and expectations from co-operation.
[Meet The Table design prototype]
The search. Guests can find a relevant specialist using Product, Category, and Service search categories.
The built-in messenger includes an online translation feature. The user can translates Korean to English and English to Korean in real-time.
[The real-time translation of messages, The APP Solutions prototype]
Integrated calendar, so a gust can view the host’s availability and book a convenient communication time.
A video conferencing functionality allows hosts and guests to arrange a video conference and discuss all their details of their business dealings.
Online payments. After the business deal is closed, a guest pays both a host and a city mate via a built-in payment gateway.
Reviews. After a guest received services from the host, one can rate the host and leave a review.
Portfolio. The host’s profile will also include guests’ reviews and a portfolio with previous projects, complete outside the platform.
We are developing both the back-end and front-end of the Meet The Table job marketplace. We are also responsible for its design and integrations, such as live chat with integrated translation algorithms, video conference features, and calendars.
Stay tuned. After we launch the project, we will post a complete case study to share developers’ insights into the project, particularly video conferencing functionality.
To learn more about projects we delivered, check out our Portfolio.
Data is the new oil. Especially now, when businesses face disruptions in business processes caused by the pandemic, they need to leverage data-based insights for strategic and operational decisions to get used to the new normal. Thus, the main focus of many companies is empowering analytic teams with knowledge and modern tools.
For organizations that are into data analytics, data-driven decisions have become a competitive advantage. However, in practice, we see a different picture.
As Forrester’s research said, only 7% of businesses genuinely adopt data analytics for insights-driven practices. Besides this, only 49% of all organizations base their decisions on quantitative information. Moreover, less than 20% leverage analytical databases and applications, while 20% of enterprise employees leverage enterprise-grade analytical applications.
Suppose you want to adopt data analytics for your organization. In this case, you should be aware of recent changes in this field. Since the pandemic impacted customers’ behavior and changed data analytic approaches.
What pandemic has changed in data analytics?
The pandemic changed the way we live, customers, suppliers, partners, and competitors’ behavior. COVID also created new challenges businesses haven’t faced before. These challenges range from supply chain disruption effects to identification of financial impacts caused by the pandemic.
Let’s see what changes the pandemic has brought to the data analytics field.
New questions arise
To find out about disruptions in data analytics, we analyzed Fern Halper, Ph.D. survey. The author learns about the impact of COVID-19 by interviewing analytics professionals in the U.S.
The survey says businesses are faced with surviving in the new environment under new conditions. To make this happen, they need to find answers to questions never asked before. Thus, data analysts are now answering new kinds of questions concerning the economic impact the pandemic caused to the company and finding new patterns in customer behavior.
To find all answers, analysts update existing machine learning and A.I. models and adopt analytic tools. In particular, this concerns retaining models and recasting customer segments.
Answering new questions also requires new data. For that reason, businesses are looking for new sources for analytics and unique attributes and features for their analysis. Companies also tend to run analytics more frequently than they did before. Thus, businesses expect analysts to do more compared to their performance before the pandemic.
Quick reaction is a must
To analyze information more frequently, analysts need to deliver minimum viable A.I. models (MVAIM) in short terms. Thus, analysts no longer have weeks or months to provide an A.I. model. Businesses expect to receive a new model in days. Thus, timely model delivery is one of the business analytics trends. But, how to make it happen?
Anand Rao from PwC, a global leader in Artificial Intelligence software, advises leveraging agile data science methodologies that significantly compress the delivery time.
Using this approach, PwC employees developed a SEIRD (Susceptible-Exposed-Infected-Recovered-Death) model of COVID-19 progression for all 50 U.S. states in one week. The company needed another week to test, validate, and deploy the model, which is an impressive result.
New applications arise
Companies that are already leveraging data analytics, apply it in new ways. This method is now applicable for improving efficiency and customer service, predicting upcoming changes, and possible outcomes.
To survive a drop in revenue, organizations leverage analytics to find more cost-effectiveness and define new patterns in customer habits and pain points. Considering the urgency for new A.I. models, analytics departments have to mine data quickly and adjust business strategies to their customers’ unique needs.
For many, the future is threatening and uncertain. To meet new demands, businesses adopt new analytic uses and data science trends for the first time. The most common is embedding analytics, mostly applied by product companies. More businesses prefer cloud hosting solutions to on-premise and migrate their infrastructure to the cloud to streamline data analytics.
For past years, data analytics and business intelligence were a privilege of enterprises. Now, thanks to self-service business intelligence (SSBI) software, analytics has become accessible even for small businesses. Right in time. Imagine what would happen if the global pandemic caught us in 2003 when we have no tools nor software for analyzing information.
But, what small businesses use data analytics and business intelligence for? The Sisense report shows organizations with 51 to 200 employees leverages analytics in the following ways:
68% are using analytics in operations
56% in finance
50% in sales
45% in product
Besides this, small businesses also find analytics handy in departments affected by the pandemic’s business impact – marketing, finance, and customer support use cases.
In a nutshell, the pandemic not only showed us the inadequacies of our systems. It also allowed data scientists and A.I. scientists to apply their knowledge and advanced techniques in a challenging environment dominated by speed, uncertainty, and lack of data. The pandemic also gave small organizations a push to better analyze their information to adopt a post-COVID market better. Now, let’s define analytics and public streaming data trends.
What are trends in data analytics and data science?
The role of business intelligence is becoming critical for creating a data-driven strategy and adapting to the new business reality. As a result of massive disruption, crisis, and economic downtime, companies leverage analytics and new data science technologies for resource optimization, reinventing business processes, and even rethinking their products and very purpose. So, what are data trends you need to apply?
Below, we gathered the prominent trends in analytics technology, inspired by Gartner’s report about big data trends.
Decision intelligence and modeling
Gartner predicts by 2023, 33% of large organizations will adopt analysts practicing decision intelligence and decision modeling making them big trends in big data analytics.
Decision intelligence is the discipline that helps businesses in taking the right actions when there many options to choose from. Thus, decision intelligence is one of the hottest trends in data management. Decision intelligence leverages applied data science, social science, and managerial science into a unified field. Decision modeling visualizes the chain of cause and effect, analyzed by decision intelligence.
These technologies help make the right decisions when you need minerals’ logical and mathematical techniques when decisions require automating, semi-automating, and must be documented and audited.
Thanks to decision intelligence, analysts and scientists can design, compose, model, align, execute, monitor, and tune decision models and processes to search for business outcomes and behavior.
Another analytics trend that will rule the future of business analytics is “X analytics.” In this case, X is the data variable for structured and unstructured content. It might be text analytics, audio analytics, and video analytics.
X analytics solves society’s toughest challenges, such as wildlife protection, disease prevention, and climate change.
Medical and public health experts used X analytics to predict the disease spread and identify vulnerable populations at the beginning of the pandemic. Experts analyzed social media posts, research papers, clinical trial data, and news sources.
This technology for data analytics can be adopted for voice, video, and image analytics, predicting and planning natural disasters, and even business crises with possible opportunities for the future.
Senning and buying data isn’t something new. In 2020, the percentage of large organizations that sell and purchase data from others is 25%. Gartner predicts that by 2022, the number of enterprises and big businesses that exchange information through formal online data marketplaces will increase to 35%.
For selling and buying data, companies use single platforms that consolidate third-party data offerings. Via such marketplace and exchanges, businesses receive access to unique datasets and X analytics, thus, reducing costs of accessing third-party data.
All businesses that consider monetizing their data assets via marketplaces must establish a transparent and fair methodology and define a data management strategy reliable for ecosystem partners.
As we mentioned, one of the disruptions in analytics caused by the pandemic is the need to perform new analytics models in short terms. To meet new challenges, drive value, and outperform the competition, businesses should rethink a building’s life cycle, deploying and maintaining their A.I. solutions and machine learning models. Thus, rapid model deployment is another trend in data science.
For scaling A.I. models quickly and efficiently across the organization, businesses need to have the right PAML (predictive analytics and machine learning) solutions. Thus, PAML is one of the future trends in analytics.
For your organization, you can choose the right PAML from the following options:
Multimodal PAML is targeted at a wide variety of end-users. Such a solution includes a diverse set of visual tools for building data and machine learning pipelines.
Notebook-based PAML, aimed at designers and developers that use Python and/or R for building, deploying, and managing A.I. models. The key feature of such solutions is that they are built around one or more open-source notebooks.
Automation-focused PAML already helps perform feature engineering and model training of A.I. models much faster. Such solutions are also handy for ML model deployment, as data prep and model management.
The decline of the Dashboard
Another trend in the data analytics industry, according to Gartner, is the decline of predefined dashboards. The reason for such a movement is dynamic data stories that provide a more consumerized and automated experience. They will replace visual authoring and exploration of essential stats. In this way, real-time data will stream to each user based on their role, context, and use.
Such dynamic insights are possible thanks to natural language processing, augmented analytics, streaming anomaly detection, and collaboration.
For more data-driven decisions, analytics should evaluate existing business intelligence and analytics tools and keep track of new applications and software powered with unique augmented and NLP-driven user experiences that go beyond predefined dashboard stats.
Now, let’s see how you can leverage trends in data and adapt them to your organization.
Recommendations for making progress stick with new trends in big data
To accelerate some of the emerging trends in business intelligence, organizations need to focus on the following:
Move A.I. resources to main domains
For this purpose, you need to identify what field requires A.I. initiatives the most. Examples include personalization, supply- chain optimization, and procurement. A domain-based approach is handier for extracting data from A.I. and analytics instead of executing one use case across the value chain.
Every business will have its priority domain based on its value chain’s most relevant components in the existing environment and beyond. For some companies, it will mean to accelerate existing investments in business areas that traditionally drive value.
One example came from McKinsey’s recent A.I. survey. The survey says businesses begin using virtual agents more than other AI-powered solutions. The reason for that is the increase of customers that migrate online since the pandemic. In different scenarios, businesses should invest in developing business drivers.
Validate models and data
To build an effective data strategy, businesses should act more actively than they did before the pandemic – they should perform a data-and-model audit and identify risks of model errors in core operational, financial, and risk business spheres. For this purpose, businesses can leverage traditional model-validation efforts used for regulatory purposes.
For performing audits more effectively, data analytics should prepare all necessary files, including debugging models, applying new modeling techniques, and getting information from new sources.
From a long-term perspective, businesses can use such an approach for documenting morels more effectively. Model-validation efforts also concern models built several years ago. Companies can also instrument them with model-management and model-surveillance processes.
Companies should also concentrate on accommodating both external and internal data. For validating internal data, you can use data-cleansing on the data that is the most valuable use case, rather than the cleansing of all information and standardize it for application across all domains. It would be enough to direct 80% of data-cleansing efforts to 20% of high-value data.
To validate external data, you will need to partner with organizations or industry coalitions to collect and exchange data. It would help if you also leveraged tools to identify and extract social media and web information from external sources. The external data should be relevant to internal information, such as customer profiles. In this way, the analysts can create a bigger picture by connecting dots.
Establish protocols for analytics and A.I.
Standard protocols, repeatable methodologies, and technologies allow achieving ultimate analytics and A.I. scaling while ensuring greater efficiency in building and evaluating new tools. In tech terms, it means leveraging an incremental approach. It required incorporating open architectures, open-source tolling, and cloud-based capabilities with exact requirements for use cases and road maps.
The future of business intelligence trends in 2021
Quick adoption of the new reality will define whether a business can survive or not. However, you can’t change all your business processes overnight. The main thing here is to consider that the future will be different from the past.
For adopting continually changing conditions, and better decision making, organizations need to leverage data analytics and modern A.I. tools to give them a competitive edge and help find room for improvements.
At The App Solutions, we are committed to offering outstanding and cost-efficient cloud computing solutions that create value for our clients and lead them towards the success path. We always strive to turn the ideas of our clients into effective business procedures and leave no stone unturned till the final objective is achieved. On-time project delivery and top-notch code standards are our signatures. Our consistency has been acknowledged by top developers.co as in their press release about the leading cloud computing companies, they have included us in the list of efficient cloud computing service providers for February 2021.
The App Solutions is specialized in offering bespoke cloud solutions to the needs and requirements of the clients and other business software solutions. Since our inception in 2013, The APP Solutions have been instrumental in rendering top-class services in mobile app development, Big Data Analytics, UI/UX designing, e-commerce, and other related services along with state-of-the-art cloud computing services. To know more about our work style and accomplishments in the past years, visit our portfolio.
Client satisfaction is our foremost focus and we will always be ready to go that extra mile to bring their smile of satisfaction. We believe in delivering a tad bit extra, more than the expectations of our clients. This plays an important role for us in maintaining high rates of client retention and offering flexible cloud computing solutions. Our application development services are competent and exceptionally scalable. In order to see what our clients have to say about us and our work ethics, service specialties, focus areas, and other important details, please visit The APP Solutions’ profile on TopDevelopers.co.
We have expanded at a rapid rate in the past eight years. Our exposure to different industries and rendering solutions to companies coming from a vibrant background enables us to understand the market clearly. Our experienced developers and designers use that experience in order to offer top-tier cloud computing and other software development solutions. We have provided our services to companies hailing from different industry backgrounds like transportation & logistics, financial & payment, telecommunications, healthcare & life sciences, business services, real estate, and many more. This is the reason why we find our name in the world’s top cloud computing service providers.
Who is TopDevelopers.co?
TopDevelopers.co is a widely respected directory and review platform of B2B IT service providers. They take a neutral approach in analyzing the companies. The team of analysts at TopDevelopers.covets the companies through stringent parameters which ensure that only the most competitive firms, businesses, enterprises, and entrepreneurs are filtered through their process. This helps the service seekers in getting a ready-to-use pool of companies from which they can choose the appropriate firm according to their needs.
Autumn is the time of harvest and good news. And one of the good news is that SoftwareWorld, the reputable platform, listed The APP Solutions as one of the Top 50+ Ukraine Based Mobile App Development Companies In 2019. We deeply appreciate the SoftwareWorld trust and will continue to develop world-changing mobile solutions.
Our key to success is building scalable intelligent web & mobile applications that simplify people’s lives. Our team is being around on the market since 2014. During this time, we managed to cooperate with CNN, Loreal, and other businesses of all sizes. We also have become the official partner of Google Cloud Platform after working on the cloud-based solution for the Nanopore DNA sequencer project.
We have also gained expertise in the following industries:
Last year Apple introduced a new programming language for coding an app – Swift. First, it was designed for OS X or iOS, and now it is taking a new round: Swift is going to become open-sourced. This is a new language developed by Apple, and its official version was available at its website Swift.org and now developers will have an opportunity to reach it through GitHub.
From now, other developers will be able to study Swift in great detail, pitch in its development, and most importantly – bring it to the other platforms.
Now Swift is available for Linux, Windows, and Android
Apple has already released a version of Swift for Linux. That was more for Apple’s partners to let them create consumer-facing applications in Swift. This time, they are going to exceed the language’s possibilities.
Apple is not going to work on other versions of Swift, but they open source the code to let developers bring it to Android and Windows on their own.
Apple states that they are expecting Swift to become a central and the most widely-used programming language of the next twenty years. If that is so, it is crucial to make it available for the biggest mobile and desktop platforms.
Open-sourcing is not that uncommon for Apple. iOS’s ResearchKit also became open-sourced this year, as well as Safari has been available for developers for a long time.
Open-sourcing doesn’t mean that Apple hands Swift over to other companies. They are still working on its development, but the process now becomes more open. Developers from other companies are free to join Apple and help them direct Swift’s further development as well as offer new ideas and contribute to Swift’s effectiveness.
It’s not that easy to get to the App Store
With the help of this new website, developers will be able to download Swift and start working on new versions of it, but that version of it would not allow creating applications that can enter App Store. Those who want to locate their apps in the App Store still have to pay a fee and utilize the official version of this programming language. The official version will be behind the open-source one, synchronizing with it from time to time, when new additions get to be sustainable and stable.
GitHub is going to be a community for developers. It will have a mailing list, a bug tracking system, and an engineering blog along with useful tutorials and instructions.
This language is expected to work faster than the previous ones, including built-in protection against the most common errors and issues. In addition, Swift could be used for watchOS and tvOS applications.
With all that effectiveness and flexibility along with the support of Apple, Swift has all chances to become the most popular programming language. Analysts report that Swift is developing faster than any other language. Thus, open-sourcing will make it grow and move forward.
When we have started the development of an outsource business 1.5 years ago, our team have met some perplexity from our fellow colleagues. Saying, why do you need this, this is a complicated business, there is no income, no perspectives, a few managed to build a big business. You won’t succeed, stuff like that…
Such kinds of situations, actually, intrigue me, rather than worry. My parents brought me up with the spirit of sportsmanship, for what I consider myself very lucky, and therefore in any critical situation, I fight to change it in a way that I planned before. Now, after some time, I can tell that we have made the right decision because even for many IT companies there is no need to have the mobile developers on staff.
The first year, though, was difficult. We have experimented a lot – have used all the tricks of the trade and channels for bringing the new clients in. My first business was in the B2C sector, and we had little understanding of how B2B worked. I, naively, thought that we will get the traffic from all the digital channels that we had, and the clients will barge in themselves. However, that was not the case. We have generated a lot of leads, but not a lot of clients.
What it took, was the development of offline and networking skills and participation in the exhibitions. This is the classic example of what works in B2B. But honestly, we had no idea where should we develop. However, the intuition suggested, that we should focus on something, and as the result, we have decided to start from mobile app development. It is always more profitable to outsource the three-month development of the app to the professionals, us for example. ☺
In general, this niche is quite tricky, as well as any other in the outsourcing business, but we have adapted and are ready to move forward. We want to become the leaders here. Perhaps absorb or merge with some specialized Ukrainian outsourcers. In any case, we need to strengthen our positions against the Indians as much as we can. They are no match for us and this should be properly communicated to the target audience.
One of our competitive advantages is the direct connections with the start-ups. Most of our clients today, are the start-ups, and since we humbly consider us to be the smart investors, this is what gives us the edge. For example, we help with the development of mobile applications for our Ukrainian portfolio companies/start-ups, which is helpful for both of us. In the long term, everyone will gain from such cooperation.
Getting back to our results, what I want to say is that after 1.5 years, our efforts have not gone unnoticed. Right now we suffer from an overabundance of the clients and thus rapidly expand. There is a certain “growth trap” involved, but I think we will manage since these are the problems that are pleasant to solve. It is way harder when there are no sales. Besides, that is the same problem my first B2C business has faced. Demand exceeded supply.
This year we plan to visit the great number of conferences in Europe, while the USA is booked for the next year.
But we do not want to stop at what has been achieved, we want to build the systematic sales in outsourcing in Ukraine. We are already doing admirably, despite being young, but we have created the unique things that already work. Thankfully, the start-ups keep us occupied with interesting and unique stuff and tech. Can’t blow the covers right now, but one day we will talk about that 🙂
Our next step is entering the Enterprise market, though. We have the needed background and are now accumulating the portfolio, connections, and resources. At his moment, we are orbiting around energy and telecom sphere. There are some contracts with the companies from this spheres that are almost finalized. But, as this is business, our vector of the development might change.
I hope that by continuing what we do now, we will increase our client base drastically and become the company with 1k+ employees. This is our goal for the next three years.
I will gladly hear any suggestions on absorbing/merging from the companies, and tech specialists are recommended to monitor our job openings since we expand rapidly. Everyone who needs help with the development of iOS/Android apps is also welcome!
On March 2015 The APP Solutions Company signed partnership agreement with one of US best mobile game developers Nravo. This company is a proved international leader in the sphere of game development.
This event became a significant step for these two successful companies. Rich experience in native mobile application development for social, media, healthcare spheres became a good complement to Nravo’s exciting and rich game development experience.
The APP Solution’s activity on American and European markets was under precise attention of investors and potential clients who were actively looking for vendors specialized in both mobile and game development.
By combining two different directions of IT business, they managed to create whole range of services for their clients. Starting with website development, UA/UX design, application development and ending up with animated game development followed by timely realization and deployment of the project.
Nravo Company possesses portfolio which proves them to be one of leading game development studios with successful games and millions of downloads in AppStore and Google Play. Among them are Hero Pop and LightoMania. Among Nravo’s official partners are: Apple, Google, Opera etc. On the other hand, The APP Solutions Company offers unique expertise in mobile technology, high-quality development of server solutions, ability to implement complex media projects (video, audio streaming) and application prototypingof multi-functional projects.
This partnership will help Nravo strengthen its positions on EMEA markets and offer their clients development of unique and exciting games. The APP Solutions in its turn greatly benefits from this cooperation by expanding its potential on international business market.