Though AI has been present for decades, it only recently managed to get the attention it deserves. Now AI stands as one of the most powerful technologies in the world with incredible potential to reshape several major industries. New capabilities of AI are being researched while the technology itself garners more attention with each passing year.

But despite all its popularity, AI is still shrouded in myths which is one of the reasons why many organizations are reluctant to invest in AI. They don’t know what to believe and what not to believe on this strange new technology that can potentially make a system intelligent or even self-aware.

Here are a few of the most popular AI myths.

AI systems are independent and don’t need humans to operate them

For an AI-based system to learn new things, data need to be fed into it. AI-based systems depend on human operators to provide them with output conditions. It’s humans that govern how an AI-based system is operating and what type of data are fed into it. At present, AI solutions serve narrow purposes focused on predictive analytics and smart user interactions.

AI is dangerous

The myth stemmed from sci-fi film portrayals of AI as a malevolent technology that will attempt to wipe out humans to preserve the ecosystem. AI is far from it however and only possesses the same level of danger as most other widely used technologies today.

AI-based systems are designed to handle specific use cases or solving specific problems. Even when solving problems, the system typically don’t make important decisions by itself. The decision-making is still done by humans. AI-based systems are used primarily for historical data analyses to augment security and user experience, increase leads and sales, and accelerate business growth.

We are close to cracking AI completely

With all the present hype surrounding AI, people think we are actually close to mastering the technology fully. On the contrary, humans have only learned to leverage AI for narrow purposes like speech recognition. A machine that can think and perceive things all by itself like a human being is still a sci-fi concept. Even the latest robots are programmed for specific purposes and have limited self-learning capabilities. They are not ‘sentient’ yet.

AI can figure out data better than humans

AI is not capable of understanding all types of random, disorderly data. Data quality is vital for an AI-based system to serve its purpose. The system requires data relevant to the problem it’s expected to solve, and specific to a set of conditions it’s expected to take into account. There is a misconception that an AI system will provide the right answer if enough data is simply fed to it.

AI cannot make sense of certain broad data or data that have not been processed to be fed to the system. The wrong type of data will result in the system giving erroneous results.

Conclusion

Even as AI’s accomplishments keep increasing, it still hasn’t evolved enough to possess the capabilities of human intelligence like creative thinking and personality. However, it still can give businesses great competitive edge in this age. AI’s benefits make it one of the most invested technologies this year. As people understand AI better and separate myths from facts, the technology will gain even more momentum.

AOT can help your business leverage tailored AI-based solutions that can help you stay ahead of the curve under dynamic market conditions. Get in touch with us to learn more about our AI expertise.

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With a new year around the corner, mobile app developers around the world would be gearing up to meet and overcome new challenges, and augment their skills. Generally, app developers will be keeping an eye on new technologies to figure out techniques that could help them develop applications better and faster.

Amidst all the excitement, while researching new technologies that influence app development, developers tend to forget about the one major aspect that helps an app succeed in its humble beginning in an app store – intuitive UI.

A mobile app doesn’t stand a great chance to be successful in a highly competitive marketplace. It needs to be unique when it comes to serving its purpose, and users should simply have a great time using the app. After all, first impression is what helps an app gain traction in the store. Thousands of apps in the Google Play Store disappear into oblivion in on a daily basis; a major reason for this being the lack of a good UI.

That said, here are a few UI design trends that developers should keep in mind in 2019.

Illustrations for user engagement

Content is still the king when it comes to user engagement. And content can take many forms. New trends suggest the use of illustrations instead of bland text content to convey messages to app users and keep them engaged. The idea is to tell stories using images and videos. Meaningful illustrations that provide information of value to users can impress them more than a plain text guide. Illustrations, used wisely, can transform a regular app into a vibrant one resulting in a great first impression.

Overlapping effect and gradients

Overlaps create a structured user interface adorned with colors, text or image. Due to the fact that displays have better color production today, there was a significant increase in the use of gradients in mobile app UIs. Elements with gradients make things look more natural. We will certainly see more app developers utilize overlapping effects with bold colors and gradients in 2019.

Virtual Reality

Virtual Reality (VR) made it to this list because it shows great promise. We saw AR making itself known this year as one of the hottest app development trends. We will be seeing VR do the same in 2019 as more VR devices keep getting introduced to the market and made available at reasonable price tags. VR enhances user interfaces in a way that would intrigue people to check out the app once and keep on using the app for the unique experience.

Typography

It’s not just the colors and images that should be given attention in a user interface. The font matters as well. An appealing font for a heading or description can tempt users to go through the text. Typography can complement a good narrative adding to the user experience. While the text style catches the attention of app users, narrative illustrations engage them. This way they won’t miss important info that a brand wants them to see. Typography and unique text styles would play a key role in app user interfaces in 2019.

Frameless screens

This year, there was a rather strange app design trend that turned many heads – frameless screens. Many designers went with an app design that doesn’t have frames, and the responses from users were positive. Despite the good start, not all designers were willing to take the risk of using frameless screens in apps this year.

But now that mobile phone manufacturers have started coming forward with frameless smartphones, more app designers can be expected to adapt to new trends and try out ‘frameless’ screens in 2019. Many modern devices also have curved edges that naturally impose design restrictions including sharp edge elements. Frameless screens can shine here creating a fresh look and a unique experience for mobile users. Its applications in both mobile app design and web app design makes this trend one of the best design trends in 2019.

Voice-assisted UI

Advancements in AI and Machine Learning have helped chatbots and communication assistants become the most popular trends in 2018. Many websites and mobile applications have also started using voice communication to enhance user experience. As bots and voice interfaces become common, app developers will be thinking more about leveraging voice-assisted user interfaces to serve multiple different purposes in an app, delivering a more interactive experience to users.

Conclusion

For the app development industry, 2019 will be about innovative combinations of a number of great app design and development trends. There will be a renewed emphasis on designers’ knowledge on new trends and techniques. As always AOT keeps ourselves updated on all new app design & development trends so our clients can get the best of new technologies.

Let us know your queries. Talk to our experts today.

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It’s safe to say that the widespread adoption of the cloud is primarily due to the many benefits it grants enterprises. By adopting the cloud, enterprises can achieve collaboration on a greater scale while also driving innovation better than before. In addition, the technology also enables IT departments in organizations to offload hardware, maintenance, and infrastructure costs while benefiting from cutting-edge bespoke as well as proprietary digital solutions.

Might seem too good to be true but there’s a catch…naturally.

Security is pretty much unseen or not thought of when there are a lot of good things to get excited about. Many organizations have the wrong notion that security is entirely the responsibility of the cloud service provider; that is until they experience a serious security breach. It isn’t just one threat cloud users should be prepared for. The cloud has more than one vulnerability, and can be breached by a number of security threats. This is why it’s important for enterprises to devise comprehensive cloud security strategies.

That said, here are a few useful tips to augment cloud security in your organization.

Ensure real-time visibility of the cloud environment

By adopting the cloud, organizations expect faster organic growth. Major cloud services today make it easier for ambitious organizations to acquire and adopt new tools and technologies, and integrate them with legacy systems. When it comes to hybrid cloud, organizations are essentially building relationships with different vendors and IT partners.

Hybrid cloud environments are more preferred nowadays as they allow organizations to distribute their data between on-premises servers and various external cloud services. The complexity of such an environment also makes it difficult to secure as the organization won’t get a big picture view of their cloud ecosystem. It’s vital to ensure that the cloud environment is fully mapped and visible so that it’d be easier to secure.

Ensure that the staff are trained well

A good majority of cloud security breaches are traced back to human errors – it can be a small mistake or a configuration error that ends up in a big data breach. People working on monitoring a cloud environment should be specifically trained in cloud security to increase awareness. The cloud staff are to be well trained in reducing malware risks, preventing unauthorized accesses, and reporting strange behavior.

Staff training alone won’t cut it. The organization will also want to set security policies and cultivate a culture where the staff adheres to best security practices. The objective is not to have the staff successfully prevent all errors because that’s impractical. The objective is to train the staff to diligently respond to events that may result in errors.

Ensure regular testing

Once an organization migrates their data on to the cloud, they tend to leave the rest to the cloud service provider to keep the data secure. While the service provider does share the responsibility of securing the data with the organization, in case a data breach occurs, the organization will still be liable for regulatory fines and other major fallouts. It’d be pointless to play the blame game here.

This is why it’s important to ensure that your cloud partner fully understands what compliance means to your organization. The defenses need to be regularly tested by an organization’s own team instead of trusting the service provider to run the tests. This practice naturally requires the organization to make additional investments to devise and implement a testing program that will encompass every relevant testing method – from penetration testing to mock phishing attacks.

Regular feedback from testing is the best bet for cloud adopters to be aware of potential security vulnerabilities. It helps them not only to ensure that their security systems and measures are up-to-date but also to relay remedial suggestions to the team. The testing activity should obviously be documented for future reference, and the organization should be able to brace for immediate changes to remedy a potential security threat.

Ensure constant vigilance

Just like testing, it’s also important to continuously monitor the cloud network once it’s fully mapped for better visibility. The organization should know where their data are at any given moment. The team monitoring the environment should make sure to flag strange behavior, double check data encryptions, and uncover unauthorized accesses. The system has to be rigged to alert the team should any data modification or deletion occur.

End note

Every organization’s network will be different. So the approach an organization takes to dig deeper into cloud security will also be different. Choosing such an approach is as challenging as enhancing cloud security. This is where some expertise can come in handy.

AOT has that expertise to help your organization pick the best approach to adopting and securing the cloud. Additionally we are also armed to augment your existing cloud ecosystem with bespoke digital solutions. Drop us a message if you have any queries on cloud adoption and cloud security.

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The Internet of Things (IoT) is expected to transform a great many things after the world finally realized its technological merits and vast potential. Apparently, IoT has already started doing its thing transforming not only the way businesses operate but also how people live. IoT’s most recent evolution was triggered by the advancements in various technologies including the cloud, edge, AI, analytics etc. As of now, it is still considered to be in its infancy which makes it a gamble that many enterprises are reluctant to consider.

Forrester however sees great things in store for enterprises that are willing to invest in IoT. According to the famous research company, owing to the presence and influence of IoT, enterprises are on course for a major overhaul in 2019.

Here are 5 predictions from Forrester on how IoT will remodel enterprises next year.

Enterprises will make a big move to motivate the consumer market

Enterprises pitch IoT for the average consumer as a vision of a centralized, interconnected ‘smart’ home. But so far the response is lukewarm at best. Consumers are not just there yet and are exploring options for the so-called ‘smart home’ by buying one app-enabled device at a time. If it’s allowed to go this way, things will remain the same next year as well.

This is why Forrester predicts that enterprises would make a big move next year, most likely by bundling IoT services together and presenting them with discount offers to motivate the consumer market.

The focus will be more on use cases

At present, the Internet of Things is more of a hazy jargon for people – something that’s hyped to do big things in due course. Michele Pelino, the Principal Analyst of Infrastructure & Operations Professionals at Forrester, told TechRepublic that in 2019, the buzz around IoT will focus more on the actual use of the technology.

The conversations would be about the many use cases of IoT, the solutions, the applications etc. The world will be more aware of IoT’s true potential of combining different kinds of solutions in a secure, analytics-driven ecosystem to solve a problem.

More IoT platform partnerships and competition

IoT platform vendors will be targeting specific use cases next year according to the Forrester report. Business professionals won’t be looking for one single platform for managing various business processes in an organization, and would instead seek platforms with specific specialties.

The approach is already commonly practiced by organizations who did their fair share of research on IoT and the cloud. It’s safe to assume that major platform vendors would be putting in an effort to appeal to more people and outpace increasing competition by specializing in more use cases of the Internet of Things. We can certainly expect the birth of more IoT platform partnerships next year.

Managed IoT services market will flourish

With IoT expected to considerably influence how enterprises operate next year, many organizations with IoT expertise will attempt to capitalize by establishing a managed IoT services market. They will be focusing on helping companies manage their fragmented IoT assets.

The whole idea of managing the lifecycle of interconnected devices will be given more importance as more connected products are made available in the market. This would subsequently lead to more managed services opportunities. As the trend gains momentum, IoT will get some extra boost next year to go mainstream faster.

Cybercriminals will get more opportunities to cause damage

Cities have started becoming smarter by using connected devices to implement various ‘smart’ actions like smart traffic controls, smart lighting, smart transportation etc. Such an ecosystem with a variety of connected devices will most certainly have security vulnerabilities that can be exploited. This has always been one of the major concerns associated with the Internet of Things.

Forrester analysts expect targeted ransomware attacks next year by cybercriminals exploiting the vulnerabilities in successful smart city or smart neighborhood implementations. The attack can push back the growth of IoT and might give consumers second thoughts about using IoT devices. There will also be some disruption to services. The repercussions of cybercriminals exploiting security vulnerabilities of an IoT ecosystem will force the public to seek better security, while organizations invest more in beefing up security and minimizing the risk of cyber attacks.

Conclusion

IoT will be turning a lot of heads next year, and we will see enterprises not only competing to meet consumer demands but also teaming up to specialize in specific use cases and be more marketable in the process. IoT waves will also impact several other industries including mobile app development. For the connected devices to do what they are designed to do, an app should be overseeing them. IoT app makers have their work cut out for them.

AOT Technologies have been preparing for this scenario for a while now, slowly yet steadily polishing our skills with IoT and a number of other ‘new-gen’ technologies. Feel free to talk to us to learn more about IoT and IoT apps.

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With enterprises having realized the massive potential of mobility, the demand for mobile application development exponentially increased. The global enterprise mobile app market is expected to cross $280 billion before 2020. There is an app for pretty much everything now, and developers are constantly looking for ways to bring more innovation into apps while new-gen technologies emerge.

Because the industry is so big, even a small shift in trends would heavily influence how mobile application development is carried out. And there will certainly be new trends replacing old ones, especially when the industry is full of organizations competing with each other to figure out the best ways to serve mobile users or potential customers.

The rising demand for mobile app development

The increasing demand for mobile apps and, subsequently, mobile app development is due to a number of factors including but not limited to:

  • Accessibility – According to Statista, as of 2018, there are over 4 billion mobile phone users in the world. This emphasizes that people consider mobile devices an invaluable tool in their day-to-day lives. It’s now the primary tool that people use to access the internet and find information.
  • Customizability – Mobile apps are customizable. Though apps will practically never be able to meet the requirements of all kinds of customers, they can still impress a good majority. Internal enterprise apps can be customized to serve the organization’s employees, and the external apps can be customized to engage and serve customers.
  • Internet usage trend – High speed internet connections are available to anyone today at reasonable prices. Such accessibility changed the way people find information, increasing reliance on the Internet. The proliferation of mobile devices only complemented this practice. People spend a good majority of their time online using mobile devices.
  • Increase in BYOD – Technological advancements and rapid digital transformation techniques have started changing work culture in enterprises. Companies now allow employees to bring their own devices to work with the help of mobile apps that facilitate collaboration, remote accessibility, and remote work management.

Trends that will change things further

For public enterprise apps, satisfying customers and making a profit out of the deal is the objective. To do this, their apps will have to be designed to provide the best user experience possible. This is kind of tricky as mobile apps run on devices of various shapes, sizes, and hardware specifications. It’s up to the developers to figure out how to provide great UX and, in the process, obtain maximum ROI.

That’s how it’s been till now. Let’s see how things might take a turn next year by observing emerging trends in enterprise mobile app development.

Redefined mobile strategies

As new trends emerge and are adopted, enterprises will have to make adjustments in their mobile strategies as well. This trend repeats every year without fail. This time around, fresh mobile strategies are going to turn a lot of heads thanks to AR and VR. AR and VR-driven mobile experiences are predicted to increase revenues for businesses tremendously. AR and VR hardware would go mainstream next year subsequently leading to widespread reception of AR-VR mobile experiences.

Instant apps will make a comeback

Instant apps garnered a lot of attention in 2016 when they appeared for the first time. They are essentially small-sized native apps that can be instantly launched without any download. Modern mobile users demand a great UX that features shorter load times and better performance. Instant apps are the answer to this. Though they are kind of not that active right now, instant apps will most likely make a comeback next year.

Better mobile UI/UX with predictive analytics

Mobile apps have evolved from being simple utilities to being a core component of business’ workflow. But for the app to succeed, it should satisfy its users. Big companies like Apple and Google are already leveraging Artificial Intelligence to utilize predictive analytics in order to enhance customer journey, user interface, and overall user experience of their apps. We will be definitely seeing further advancements in this sector next year.

Even more mobile app security advancements

As years pass by and cyber-crimes increase, mobile app security is expected to become more robust. Any technology can have security vulnerabilities that can be exploited. There are now mobile apps out there that handle confidential data of their users and perform financial transactions on a daily basis. It’s open season for cyber criminals. This being the case, there’s always been a demand for better security techniques and approaches.

This trend isn’t anything new, but judging from a major shift in mobile culture owing to technologies like AR, VR, IoT etc. going mainstream, mobile app security will be getting some major upgrades next year. App developers along with technology vendors will be investing more of their time in enhancing mobile security.

More recognition for mobile wallets and payment gateways  

Technological advancements made everything much more convenient to people owning mobile devices, and this also includes easier payment methods. The improved services and convenience have changed customer expectations to the point that they expect mobile apps to facilitate frictionless payments during shopping. This is how the transition from cash to credit cards, mobile wallets, and digital currencies happened.

Mobile Commerce is a big industry now, and preferred more simply because it’s the most convenient way to shop. An easier payments mechanism adds to the experience. In 2019, we will witness more app developers integrating secure payment gateways and mobile wallets into apps.

Chatbots will extend CRM

Chatbots are about to gain great momentum in the digital realm, evident from a recent Statista report. The report forecasted a global Chatbot market growth that will exceed 1200 million U.S. dollars by 2025. Chatbots have already started becoming prevalent in the form of virtual assistants in mobile and web apps. AI will soon be augmenting chatbots to cater to mobile users in a smarter, more human-like manner.

Conclusion

There has always been an emphasis on smartphones and mobile apps leading to the future. And it’s been happening for the last couple of years. Even with new-gen technologies like AR, VR, IoT and AI gaining more traction, mobile apps still remain the most influential digital technology today. This makes it all the more exciting to see how mobile app development will transform as trends change in 2019.

The experts at AOT will be keeping an eye out for trend shifts in app development too so we can continue developing top-quality mobile apps for our clients. Drop us your queries to learn more about AOT’s app development expertise.

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