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, Intel co-founder Gordon Moore published his predictions for the digital revolution – what was later referenced by many as Moore’s Law. So Moore evidently believed that as time passes, the power of computing abilities would improve exponentially while their relative cost goes down.

Today, we see it all coming true. The rapid growth of technology drives innovation across enterprises while making cutting-edge tech affordable for the average joe. One such tech that’s been creating a lot of buzz for the last couple of years is the Internet of Things. The IoT technology is about smart devices connected to a network communicating with each other to perform various tasks without the need for human intervention.

The possibilities presented by IoT are endless. However, there are also risks associated with the tech. Since IoT-enabled devices are all interconnected in a network, an isolated security breach can potentially compromise all the devices in the network as well as the integrity of the IoT ecosystem. IoT security has been a cause of major concern for many companies; also the reason why several organizations are still reluctant to invest in the technology despite IoT gaining momentum overtime.

But all of that can be fixed however. All it takes is a dedicated effort to secure and protect IoT devices. Here are a few security strategies that could help.

Secure storage of Access Logs

Surprisingly, one of the most common security issues associated with IoT is the lack of awareness of the IT department when devices are connecting to the network. They certainly know the devices connected to the system and possess the access logs as well. But the device identification and/or verification processes at present cannot address the tremendous amounts of IoT devices going online. This makes it rather easy for hackers to launch an attack.

To address this issue, access logs should be securely stored in a centralized repository monitored by trained cyber-security professionals who should also keep an eye IoT endpoints for DDoS threats.

Secure communications

IoT is still evolving. Best practices become outdated rather quickly. This applies to security practices as well. At present, IoT encryption practices are full of exploitable gaps. In addition, not many organizations use powerful encryption to secure communications in the IoT ecosystem.

Every kind of traffic and data should be secured by the most reliable security protocols. Web traffic should be secured by HTTPS, DNS security extensions, and other secure protocols while stored data on flash drives are fortified by anti-malware programs.

Secure password policies

A typical domestic IoT device – be it a network printer, router, or some kind of sensor most likely won’t have strong authentication and access protocols. For an organization, this approach is an open invitation for cyber-criminals. There are organizations that don’t even consider multi-factor authentication when dealing with IoT.

Robust authentication and access mechanisms can make all the difference. As part of the IoT security strategy, it’s wise to implement policies that recommend strong and unique passwords that use uppercase/lowercase letters, numbers, and even symbols. Additionally, end users must also be made aware of the importance of security and the best security practices.

Security-based design principles

If you think every IoT device manufacturer prioritizes incorporating powerful security features right from the design phase itself, you are wrong. The concept of reinforcing security, in many organizations, generally doesn’t have a spot in the design lifecycle of IoT devices. Some devices aren’t even adequately tested for security vulnerabilities potentially leading to the devices getting malware-infected along with the supply chain.

This is why it’s important to consider improving security and privacy in the entire supply chain. If the manufacturers plan to sell their services on a contract basis, they should also be willing to adopt security-based design principles while designing their products; especially if the manufacturer intends to keep customers locked with contracts for a long time.

Conclusion

It should be observed that cyber vulnerabilities can potentially increase along with technological advancements. At present, cyber-security is unable to catch up with the growing momentum of new-gen technologies like IoT, blockchain and the likes. There is progress however.

While cyber-criminals are on the lookout for opportunities and security gaps they can exploit to launch an attack, it’s important to invest in security from all fronts – be it securing data, communications, network, accessibility etc. If the IoT manufacturer values security that much, they will get more credibility among the end-users who can then use the tech without being concerned about their data being compromised.

If IoT is to succeed, security needs to be prioritized.

At AOT, security for our digital solutions is one of our top priorities. Rest assured that the IoT solutions from us will feature top-notch fortifications and powerful security barriers to safeguard your data. Talk to our experts to get a detailed understanding of our security practices.

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Digital disruption is what enterprises and technology companies are looking forward to in this age. It’s a welcome change by many organizations – a major shift in something that’s already working bringing with it a multitude of new opportunities and increased growth potential for businesses. Though the term is overused, its impact is real.

Take Uber for instance.

Uber is a digital service that disrupted the taxi industry and changed the way people operate when it comes to commute. The concept was fresh and the impact was huge.

But like every other technology or trend that garners a lot of attention, the idea of digital disruption is also surrounded by myths. These myths impede innovation by giving enterprises false hopes or deterring them completely from ever attempting to achieve disruption. That’s why it’s important to investigate these myths and understand the reality behind them instead of bluntly dismissing them and leaving digital disruption out of a brand’s growth strategy.

Here are a few of the most serious myths surrounding digital disruption.

Disruption is actually a bad scenario

The word disruption itself carries a negative vibe. When people hear the word, they tend to have negative thoughts. But disruption being a bad scenario is still a myth though. Anything that’s disruptive will have both positive and negative effects. It can be a threat to one enterprise and an opportunity to a different one. The bottom line is that disruption is good for a lot of enterprises. The trick is to figure out how to be one of those enterprises for whom disruption will appear as an opportunity.

If it’s a change, it’s disruption

Many organizations have a misconception that any change in an organization brought forth by technology or a change in culture can be termed as disruption. In reality, digital disruption is a significant, fundamental long-term shift in a system and not simply a change. Disruption may be enabled just by the existence of a technology or a trend. It’s a long-term effect which demands enterprises to devise a strategy to thrive in a post-disruption ecosystem.

The benefits of disruption are only for digital giants

This myth exists partly because of the huge publicity that corporate giants obtain for their contributions to technological advancements. There’s a public perception that companies like Google, Amazon etc. are the only disruptors in the game. These companies are often the first to achieve disruption which sets off a chain reaction of secondary effects that impact thousands of SMBs and large enterprises. They simply don’t get publicized much.

Hyped technologies are the most disruptive

This is probably the most widely believed myth surrounding disruption. Many organizations believe that hyped technologies are the most disruptive. For instance, blockchain and AI have been turning a lot of heads for the last couple of years. Companies have started seeing them as highly disruptive technologies.

Contrary to this, in reality, for a technology to be disruptive it has to be a mainstream favorite; widely adopted across the globe and with a number of secondary effects. AI and blockchain aren’t quite there yet.

Conclusion

Without some form of digital disruption, it won’t be easy for organizations to keep up their pace in the coming times. The digital landscape is undergoing dynamic transformations as more technologies keep popping up every year.

To seize the opportunities that disruptive technologies present, you will need powerful digital solutions tailored to complement your business goals. And when it comes to those kind of solutions, AOT is a proven expert. Drop us a message to see how we can help you leverage disruptive tech effectively.

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For many businesses, the blockchain technology is something that has to do with cryptocurrency. Sure, it’s something backed by the likes of Bitcoin and other IPO-backed cryptocurrencies but that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Blockchain is considered one of the most remarkable technologies in modern times with a potential to revolutionize digital security.

Its capacity to securely combine complex data streams and its general mobile-friendly traits make blockchain ideal for a wide array of mobile apps.

That said, here are three ways how blockchain is positively impacting mobile app development.

Digital ledger system with blockchain

This particular facet of blockchain makes it easier for one to understand the technology better. Blockchain is essentially a digital ledger on a vast, expansive computer network. The machines in the network drive the ledger by collaboratively sending and parsing data. Even the smallest changes are transmitted to the machines on the network holding the same ledger.

Such an approach can be beneficial to mobile technology considering the fact the mobile networks also use a client and server side system. With millions of users flooding various mobile channels to get data wirelessly, it won’t be wrong to assume that there would be loss of data in some form. Blockchain can do something about such data loss with its systematic approach to accommodating changes.

Enhanced security

There is great transparency associated with blockchain technology i.e. users can track information much easier with blockchain. The overall setup makes it impossible to falsify information or generate fake transactions. The system cannot be tampered with in order to benefit one party alone in a transaction.

Users would be able to see everything involved in a process recorded in the ledger. In addition, they can track, verify, secure, and add information. The blockchain’s expansive capabilities and its transparency can enhance mobile security to a great extent.

Encryption capabilities

Blockchain encryptions are arguably more sophisticated than the technology itself. It’s so complex that no one can break or fool the system without a decryption key. This aspect can be particularly useful in a scenario where there are multiple users requesting the system for verification and access.

For example, consider a mobile app designed to handle contracts for the legal or financial sectors. It’s common for contracts or other documents to require multiple signatures. With blockchain technology, these signatures can be added and accessed all at once by multiple users individually without having to communicate with each other. The only verification necessary would be to analyze the blockchain and verify the adjustments made.

Conclusion

The technology is expected to propagate further by itself in the mobile app development industry once it matures and mobile technologies evolve. Its ease of use and minimal resource utilization makes blockchain too good an offer to ignore. At present, enterprises seem to be observing blockchain’s influence on cryptocurrency. But considering its growth, we can expect blockchain to truly make a difference in various other industries as well.

If you want to explore blockchain’s application in mobile apps and the potential of this combination, get in touch with the experts at AOT today.

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Blockchain was originally developed to make cryptocurrency viable in an environment of rapidly advancing technologies and complex security requirements. The technology soon became a hot trend thanks to the emergence and subsequent success of bitcoin, and proceeded to evolve beyond being just a framework for cryptocurrency exchanges.

As a matter of fact, blockchain’s fundamental principles themselves make the technology useful for businesses across a variety of industries. Though many of the proposed potential applications of blockchain are theoretical, many companies have succeeded in leveraging the technology to derive surprising outcomes different from coin exchanges.

Here are a few ways how businesses effectively harness blockchain technology.

Identity verification

When almost every kind of information – personal & professional, of a consumer are being exchanged online, there would obviously be security concerns. Accounts with personal data are increasing in social media channels, and most of said data are stored and secured on cloud. Even so, there’s still a looming threat of identity theft.

Someone with ill intentions need only put in a little effort to get access to personal data of an internet user. The data can then be used to cause irreparable damage. Considering the threat and associated risks, actions that require identity verification generally follow the practice of asking for physical evidence that can’t be instantaneously copied like credit/debit card or some certificates. But the processes involved can take a lot of time.

Businesses have now started to use blockchain to decentralize proof of identity ensuring that there is no single point of failure or weak links in the chain. Cyber-criminals won’t be able to take any action that compromises the data. A good example is Civic, a security company. They implemented a platform that uses biometric data to access blockchain-driven multi factor authentication. This way their users will find it easier to handle even the most secure actions without any complex login formalities or physical evidences.

Cloud storage improvements

Modern businesses generate tremendous amounts of data that also hide many insights that could help businesses improve themselves in terms of productivity and growth. With so much data involved, businesses started relying heavily on cloud technologies. Cloud servers can store all that data and keep them secure. The data can be accessed via any device or platform at any time with valid credentials.

However, cloud servers are still machines that are maintained by singular entities. If the security of the company that provides the cloud storage service is breached, the service itself is considered to be compromised and unsafe.

To avoid such a scenario, Storj – a startup founded in 2014, came forward with the goal of growing or expanding network cloud storage to a point where it won’t rely on governing bodies by using blockchain technology. Users will only need to pay flat fees for storing/downloading data, and can put up their own storage space as a repository to earn money. Traditional cloud storage services use CDNs (Content Delivery Networks) to cache files and hasten delivery. Blockchain-based cloud storage can make things even faster and better.

Clean-up of gem trading industries

The gem trading industry generally has always been questioned for its unethical practices and lack of transparency. Though the buyers and sellers are continents apart, there’s massive amounts of money involved in the industry which occasionally leads to controversies that demand transparency.

Highly unethical practices in the gems trading industry including mistreatment and exploitation of miners, trading of fake gemstones, exaggerated specifications, purity ratings etc. all lack transparency. All these issues can be solved by a blockchain ledger – every transaction becomes accessible to anyone who wants to take a look, which in turn makes it very difficult for traders to get away with their illegal and unethical practices.

The challenge lies in making the use of such a blockchain system implicitly mandatory in the industry. Everledger, a Fintech startup, is currently pursuing this goal by providing a blockchain system that tracks buying and selling of diamonds. They are working on further expanding the technology to cover the rising percentage of diamond trade.

Green energy system

This is probably one of the most unique ways how blockchain is being harnessed. Blockchain grants a lot of benefits, but is resource-intensive. Proof-of-work calculations demand great processing power which deters many businesses from using blockchain.

Now bring solar power into the scene. Though it has never actually gone mainstream, solar power is still the key to renewable energy. Solar panels are just too expensive to install and maintain, and don’t always deliver expected power output efficiently. But, the technology is advancing.

By connecting power meters to blockchain nodes, people with solar panels can sell electricity they don’t use or buy electricity when they need it without the involvement of energy companies. There won’t be confusion regarding reward rates and systems as the entire thing will be community-driven. Consensus algorithms can verify and validate transactions. Solar Bankers, an energy company, is working towards making off-grid, reliable green energy systems.

Provide processing power???

Blockchain can provide processing power?

Technically, yes.

Golem – an open source, decentralized supercomputer is how. The supercomputer doesn’t have any centralized processing, and can be accessed by anyone. It derives power from blockchain mining, and allows its customers to rent its immense aggregated power. Companies and research firms that require great amounts of processing power to calculate complicated things, like for instance weather patterns, no longer need to invest in on-premises computing systems. Power that would’ve gone to waste is thus made highly productive.

Conclusion

Blockchain has already gone mainstream when it comes to cryptocurrencies. Considering the fact that many eCommerce organizations are willing to add bitcoin support and many others have already started experimenting with blockchain for enhancing cyber-security, it’s safe to say that the technology is here to stay for a long time.

Cryptocurrencies are the center of attention at the moment. But meaningful blockchain solutions like the ones mentioned above will soon make blockchain something that future generations will look at with awe.

If you want to learn what new-gen technologies can do for your business, AoT technologies is where you will find answers. Drop us a message now.

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