To thrive in today’s marketplace, organizations need to wield the right tools and technologies. Technology can certainly make all the difference for a growing business, enabling it to establish a strong digital presence all the while enhancing its capability to handle a number of business challenges and large volumes of data to begin with.

For modern businesses, websites aren’t just their online identities. A website is essentially a web portal that offers a wide range of information pertaining to the business from a number of credible, authoritative sources in addition to having pages that detail the services/products offered by the business. Web portal development isn’t simple however. For the web portal to serve its purpose and catapult a business to new heights, it should be built by experts who are aware of the latest tech and development trends.

That said, here are a few such trends that would drive innovation in web projects.

AI and Machine Learning

The website of a business will potentially generate data that hide critical insights. A modern advanced web portal will have a neural network backing it that trains itself on the tremendous amounts of data generated thereby becoming capable of performing complex analyses and make predictions that could help with decision-making. Companies are willing to invest in machine learning algorithms to do this and more.

Such algorithms can be instrumental in processing large datasets and estimating conversions. For content-sharing web portals, such algorithms can even recommend efficient and smart ad-placing for the best results.

As we speak, intelligent AI-based solutions are already making a difference for businesses worldwide – understanding performance history, analyzing uncovered insights, compiling forecasts, designing marketing/promotional campaigns, and even tailoring the best possible user experience.

Computer Vision

Though Computer Vision is still considered a scientific discipline rather than a usable technology, its potential spells major changes across various sectors including web development. Web apps can be imbued with the capability to extract critical data from images, videos, or real-world environments. This can be particularly beneficial to large businesses in the retail sector. Computer Vision can be combined with other trends like Augmented Reality, and can further enhance the potential of modern-day biometrics.

Imagine a web portal that allows authorized visitors to upload images that are then analyzed to tailor the visitors’ experience on the website later in more ways than one.

Cloud Service Management

With more enterprises shifting to the cloud, the growth of the cloud services industry has been exponential. Enterprises can choose from a wide array of services that enhance everything from operations and problem-solving to security and performance analytics. The challenge here is to monitor the usage of various cloud services and assess how they are billed.

A web portal gets augmented capabilities like withstanding massive traffic spikes and guaranteeing maximum performance thanks to the cloud. But this approach requires a reliable cloud services management methodology that helps control the spend on cloud services and tailor the size and scalability of the enterprise’s cloud strategies.

Blockchain

Sophisticated enterprise-grade platforms aren’t devoid of vulnerabilities especially when it comes to security. This is where blockchain is going to make a difference. With blockchain technology, enterprise systems support multi-tier interactions, and are granted unparalleled security and transparency. Blockchain can be particularly effective in fully integrated web portals that privately store something of great value or trade cryptocurrencies across various user accounts.

In addition, websites or portals integrated with blockchain technology can theoretically read visitors’ blockchain to show the most relevant information on the website for quick conversion. Blockchain also presents opportunities for web designers to design interactive experiences that will dynamically change based on visitor preferences.

AWS and Microsoft Azure offer blockchain as a service which is a testament to the fact that it’s a technology worth investing in and deserves to be treated as a valuable component that can secure large companies in the future.

AR and VR

This list wouldn’t be complete without Augmented and Virtual Reality – two of the hottest technologies today. AR and VR experience is what many businesses are aiming for in their websites and mobile apps. The technologies allow businesses to leverage immersive 3D content and engage users with unique experiences that they won’t be forgetting anytime soon.

Endnote

There are many more trends worth mentioning but we thought we should go with the ones that generated huge hype in a short time instead of simply taking benefits and service potential into account. AOT Technologies is an accomplished website and web portal development company with ample expertise in leveraging new-gen technologies like AI, AR/VR, IoT and Blockchain. Get in touch with us and let us show you how your website should look like to thrive in a super competitive, tech-dominated future.

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A few years ago, only big corporations with a focused objective of rapid growth invested in augmenting themselves from the inside out to thrive in a potentially highly competitive future. But today, even SMBs are coming forward to invest in business transformation approaches that involve capitalizing on powerful new digital technologies and trends.

Modern businesses need to operate more efficiently and establish themselves in new markets faster than before. Additionally, many businesses are also focusing on improving customer experiences in order to improve business outcomes. It’s safe to say that business transformations will be gaining even more momentum this year.

However, achieving such a transformation is a big challenge in itself. As a first step, IT teams should devise a digital strategy that addresses all the limitations of the business including legacy technology limitations, and make the most of all the strengths of the business.

Here are a few important trends that could help a business succeed in transforming itself efficiently.

Focusing on one digital approach

A recent DXC Technology report found that companies tend to invest in a single digital approach to accelerate business transformation. There certainly will be a lot of big strategic commitments involved. Another surprise is the fact that many organizations are actually avoiding hybrid traditional digital strategies and going for an approach that can essentially unify their business without compromising its integrity and security.

Leveraging next-generation IoT platforms

As new IoT platforms pop up, businesses are exploring new opportunities to merge their traditional data sources to new ones, obtain more accurate data inputs, enhance existing real-time data analytics capabilities etc.

Cloud & AI for a smarter IT infrastructure

Businesses are closing in on realizing the idea of a smarter IT infrastructure. To make it happen, many businesses rely primarily on the cloud and Artificial Intelligence. An effective combination of the cloud and AI can help build an ecosystem driven by AI-powered applications with nigh unlimited resources. Such applications grant more power to users while also offering lower reaction time and better, more localized analytics.

Improving services with better decision-making capabilities

Companies have realized that data is the key to a faster growth. They now mine tremendous amount of data to uncover valuable information that will help them make informed decisions. This trend has led to an increasing demand for AI & ML-based tools and big data analytics capabilities. Making more educated decisions subsequently improve the services an organization offers.

Shutting down enterprise data centers

Data centers are slowly going obsolete, and it is evident this year. The proliferation of the cloud led companies to shift their workloads onto the cloud. Many companies move their mainframe workloads to specialized data centers while most others are shutting down their data centers. Traditional data centers are running out of steam. But the bright side is that companies can serve distributed customers better and access higher bandwidths to improve functionalities.

Conclusion

Business transformation is the initiative enterprises are most keen on taking this year. They adopt different approaches for the purpose but often fail to realize that sometimes it’s the little things that could have the biggest impact. The trends mentioned in this blog should help an enterprise in its venture to trigger a transformation to thrive in a competitive world. If your enterprise is on the lookout for next-generation digital solutions that can facilitate digital transformation, AOT can help you build one instead. Talk to our experts to learn more.

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It isn’t a surprise that more enterprises are coming forward to invest in the Internet of Things in 2019. As more IoT value propositions pop up and adopters increase, it’s important to focus on the idea of managing the end-to-end life cycle of IoT devices.

The Internet of Things is essentially an ecosystem where different types of solutions come together to solve a problem. It will be up to the adopter to support this ecosystem so that IoT delivers on its promises. And supporting IoT effectively will only be possible if the organization can devise a unique set of support strategies, and possess the right skillset to oversee the execution of that strategy.

Capitalizing on this managed service opportunity would certainly pose a great challenge to CIOs this year.

Here’s how organizations can ensure that their help desk is fully capable of supporting IoT.

Train help desk personnel

Help desk responsibilities, when it comes to IoT, can change as the technology evolves. So the support team will need adequate training to respond to IoT issue tickets. CIOs can invest in AI solutions to help provide support to end users. Users can also be given self-help resources & access to other knowledge bases. But not all problems can be resolved by relying on such resources, knowledge bases or AI support. The help desk should ultimately be capable of resolving issues which means they should be extensively trained on IoT technologies & their radical changes.

The support team should not be focused on applications alone

IoT isn’t like any other technology we have today. It’s quite complicated yet still at its infancy. Therefore the IoT support personnel will require in-depth understanding of new IoT equipment, sensors, and other components as well as their network interface, security aspects, communications, and associated IoT applications. To conclude, help desks shouldn’t be focused on IoT apps alone.

Ensure collaboration between help desk and network/security departments

Resolving IoT issues may sometimes involve not just software but also hardware, security, and networks/communications. Therefore, the support team should have access to network and systems, and should also have the provision to contact operations personnel should they require deeper level expertise. Typically, help desks are isolated from the core departments. But it should be different in IoT’s case. It’s up to the CIOs to establish a collaborative IoT support environment.

Ensure vendor-responsiveness

The challenges associated with IoT can be both complex & simple at the same time, and can overwhelm an organization that isn’t properly equipped to provide support. IoT solutions don’t have a standard operating system. There are a lot of IoT vendors that offer unique IoT solutions. So help desk personnel may not always be able to resolve certain IoT issues by themselves.

This is why CIOs should facilitate communication between the help desk personnel and IoT vendors to resolve issues. Vendor-responsiveness should be prioritized among various other variables that CIOs take into account to measure help desk performance. To learn more about managed IoT services and bespoke IoT apps, get in touch with AOT’s experts today. Drop us a message and we will get back to you.

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When the concept of Robotic Process Automation or RPA first popped up, it seemed like something that came fresh out of a sci-fi flick. Now RPA is one of the most observed forms of business process automation.

If you are wondering what it is, it’s just an advanced form of BPA (Business Process Automation) that leverages software robots or an AI workforce to handle high-volume tasks that previously only humans were capable of performing.

Researchers from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) developed a new system that enabled people to easily coach robots, through simple tasks, to perform complex tasks. Their demonstration resulted in the subject (robot) successfully performing tasks on its own 87.5% of the time. With a human operator overseeing the operation and rectifying minor errors, the accuracy further improved to 100%.

Forrester Research in 2018 also recommended that CIOs should leverage RPA to optimize operations in order to create and act upon insights that subsequently drive business technology innovation.

The Impact of RPA in Business Growth

In just a few decades, millions of baby boomers across the globe will be retiring. And baby boomers make up the majority of the planet’s population. We won’t have enough new workers to replace them all. This is one of the reasons why RPA is seen as a feasible solution now to thrive in a future where the demand for labor will be very high. However, due to this fact, RPA is also misunderstood as a career-buster.

That said, let’s take a look at why RPA adopters are on the rise.

Great cost savings

This is obviously one of the biggest benefits of implementing robotic automation -the business can enable 24/7/365 functional operations at a fraction of the cost of having a human worker. Automating business processes can cut administrative costs to a considerable extent and doesn’t require any extra back-office resources. All it takes is an initial financial investment and an effort to set things up for maximum efficiency and reduced errors.  

Complements advanced analytics

Modern businesses can maximize their potential by mining valuable insights from the seemingly irrelevant data they generate. Data hold that much importance among enterprises today. Using Robotic Process Automation properly can also ensure compliance of data-driven regulatory standards while also enhancing the business’ ability to predict outcomes and optimize business processes.

This optimization can be measured provided the organization has an advanced analytics strategy in place. Analyzing the business’ performance data will prove that the overall operational efficiency and productivity have increased thanks to RPA. The interesting fact here is that such an enhancement isn’t possible to achieve with human operation alone.

Better performance & more reliability

Business Process Automation techniques are meant to improve business performance significantly. That’s what RPA does, and the researchers from MIT can vouch for it as mentioned earlier in this blog. Robotic automation workflows are more efficient and can grant 100% accuracy if certain criteria are met. Such an automation strategy eliminates repetitive tasks allowing human workforce to focus their skills and experience on core business objectives essentially driving innovation and ensuring faster growth.

No need for IT resources

Another major advantage of RPA is the flexibility it grants a business to integrate with many popular technologies. You don’t need back-office IT resources for efficient RPA integration. As a matter of fact, it’s the technology integration part that many organizations find challenging. Large IT projects require systematic integration with existing systems and applications in the enterprise which is easier said than done. RPA integration is free from such complications. It has its own ecosystem.

The RPA’s core engine is designed to facilitate integration through its View layer, and is designed to communicate with existing desktop-level applications. A Robotic Process Automation solution can even ‘coach’ other systems to perform certain tasks.

Conclusion

With a growing market size valued at over $350 million in 2017, RPA can certainly bring about the future enterprises dream about. The increasing demand for AI-based enterprise solutions adds fuel to the flame as more companies integrate AI into their environments to transform things for the better.

RPA is trending in various parts of the globe. Back in 2017, North America bagged the trophy for the highest use of RPA emphasizing the increased penetration of automation approaches and business process optimization solutions. Asia Pacific, on the other hand, is the fastest growing when it comes to RPA adoption.

At AOT, we know our way around all forms of Business Process Automation including RPA driven by complex AI algorithms. If you want to give RPA a shot, drop a message to our experts.

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In order to ascend in today’s world where technologies are capable of making and breaking businesses, organizations are required to migrate their enterprise applications to the cloud. This amplifies the usefulness of enterprise applications manyfold. For example, an enterprise app that supports 100 internal users may support 100x more users on the cloud. Such features are a standard nowadays for enterprise-grade apps that are accessible to a wider value chain-facing user base.

Because traditional enterprise applications and their data are open to a larger audience now, they are expected to deliver the best user experience which is where technologies like AI and Machine Learning come in. Modern enterprise applications are expected to deliver smart, contextual experiences to customers and stakeholders. The cloud serves as the best platform for cutting-edge technologies like AI to augment a traditional enterprise application without hassle.

As a matter of fact, once on the cloud, the apps get even more benefits in the form of an improved cost structure, great scalability and flexibility, and the ability to quickly adapt to changing business needs. But all of these achievements that organizations expect can only be obtained after successful migration to the cloud. It’s seen by many organizations as a particularly complicated procedure.

But cloud migration doesn’t have to be that complicated and difficult. With the right kind of planning and good execution, cloud migration can be successful.

That said, here are the steps every enterprise should take before proceeding with executing their cloud migration strategy.

Application Inventory Assessment

Before migration begins, it’s a good approach to have an application portfolio inventory. The inventory will have the enterprise’s applications categorized. It’s important to assess this inventory and the applications’ dependencies including their physical and virtual server configurations, network topology, compliance requirements, security mechanisms, data dependencies etc.

Such an assessment would enable enterprises to determine an approach to get the best results from the migration. For instance, the ‘Modern Apps’ category in the portfolio inventory might already be on the cloud platform or can be easily migrated there. The ‘Legacy Apps’ category in the portfolio could present a big challenge when it comes to cloud migration. The risks may be too big. Then there are other enterprise-grade applications like web applications and Java applications. The enterprise would know which category they should begin with for the best results.

Complementing this approach, modern IT services also grant enterprises with the option of choosing the degree of cloud services for each of their applications while assessing the benefits of migration and estimating the cost of it. This doesn’t apply to legacy apps however. But cloud service providers can still provision servers and storage for such applications to run like they used to, without compromising the reliability users expect from them.

The most valuable opportunity, on the other hand, is associated with the migration of the ‘other’ kind of apps in the enterprise – the third category which includes enterprise-grade Java apps, web applications, and the likes. Migrating such apps to the right kind of public or private cloud results in a lot of cost savings.

Creating a Plan

Migrating and modernizing that third category of apps mentioned above requires careful planning so as not to add complexity, challenges or costs. The plan should take into account a number of factors including but not limited to:

  • The architecture of the application to be migrated and its dependency on its infrastructure.
  • The application’s security policies and tools involved that enforce these policies.
  • The tools that manage the accessibility to the systems on which the application runs.
  • Tools used by the team to deploy, manage, and troubleshoot the application
  • Application’s unique performance characteristics
  • Application’s awareness when it comes to the underlying network & hardware topology

Provided that the cloud service provider is experienced, the aforementioned factors can help your enterprise execute a migration strategy that appropriately prioritizes app migrations.

Applications that are already on the cloud with no dependencies apart from the immediate application stack can be managed with a managed public cloud service. Other enterprise apps that have multiple dependencies and relationships in the data center ecosystem should be quickly migrated to a managed private cloud.

Quick Migration for Cost Savings

Many enterprises prefer migrating with the help of their in-house team and choose a conservative approach to migration to cut costs. However, this approach too often ends up increasing costs in the long run; one major reason for this being the fact that the enterprise is essentially running two infrastructures during the migration incurring costs on both.

The best approach to mitigate risks while realizing cost savings is a quick migration. It’s possible to do this without assistance provided the enterprise invests a lot in rigorous planning. However, a more feasible and risk-free way is to enlist a cloud partner with expertise in public, private, and hybrid cloud.

The right cloud service expert can, within the budget, recommend the necessary services needed for successful migration based on the application portfolio inventory and the enterprise’s specific preferences. With their help, enterprises can get applications shifted to the cloud quickly and economically without being concerned about risks.

Conclusion

Moving applications to a managed public and private cloud properly ensures significant operational cost savings (of up to 60%) owing to the cloud’s optimized hardware utilization and the availability of efficient administration tools. But the pivotal component that influences the success of a cloud migration procedure is the expertise and experience of the party performing the migration.

If you are looking for a partner with the required expertise to make the migration happen without issues, you are at the right place. AOT Technologies, over the years, have been building our reputation as a reliable IT service provider specializing in software solutions and cloud computing technologies.

We have a team of qualified cloud experts who know their way around the most widely used cloud services and widely adopted cloud migration strategies. AOT is also fully capable of devising a migration strategy to deliver the outcome and benefits you desire cost effectively. Get in touch with us today.

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