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Don’t Let Your Development Project Fail

A myriad of feelings-from anticipation to eagerness-come across any team member who is about to embark on a new development venture. Plans are executed at full-throttle, but at some point, the pace slows and you are in touch with your outsourced developers less often than you were before. Everyone loses communication lines and a project’s productivity grinds to a halt.

It’s imperative to tailor your solution to the company’s goals and objectives so that it the application can be utilized by the company with the opportunity for growth. Out-of-the-box solutions aren’t easily tailored to your company’s unique business needs and you know you are taking a gamble by employing a development group, but development projects fail because they get out of scope, out of budget, and, most often, out of time. As a business, you’re ready to see your development goals actualized. You want to get your brand off the ground, and you have high expectations. Some development companies gladly bite off more than they can chew in hopes of gaining experience, portfolio exposure and expansion, and the check at the end of the long project ahead. Knowing what the scope of your project will entail and keeping communication lines open, including making time to meet with your developers face-to-face, creates a feeling of inclusion and a bond that facilitates a mutual want to see the project through to the end.

At Ayoka, we run our projects like a military operation and accomplish the mission, but take intense care, consideration, and pride into our work as a service to you. Our development services emphasize local, hands-on interaction with team members that visit your organization, meet in person, and talk to your end-users. This level of customer service is the foundation of Ayoka’s custom application development services. Ayoka takes time to help your company design a scalable, secure, and functional solution for your custom business needs. Building a comprehensive strategy coupled with incremental testing is imperative. It’s important to be a part of the process through interactivity and communication. All stakeholders should have an understanding of the scope of the project from start to finish while taking care to communicate through iterations to really help to take a project from an idea to a completed product that everyone can be proud of.

If you feel your development project has been abandoned or neglected, or if you would like to start your company’s development endeavors with a committed development team on your side, then contact Ayoka today!

Re-Engineering Software Systems

Ever-changing business needs and goals require re-evaluation of your company’s existing business models in order to anticipate and create the opportunity for growth. With newer technologies emerging, re-engineering your company’s aging software cannot be neglected as it is a crucial point of interest and deciding factor in whether or not your company’s hardware and software systems will hold your company back from realizing its full potential. Updating software and performing migration to newer platforms before it becomes obsolete would help for a more seamless integration that will not alter the workflow.

At Ayoka, we provide a full complement of consulting, design, build and management services and our University relations keep us on the cutting edge of evolving technologies. Unlike the “rip and replace” approach to modernization, we seek to help our clients maximize the potential of legacy assets and integrate new functionality in an open source architecture that allows for future enhancements to services and functions as technologies evolve and your unique business needs expand. These core values combined with Ayoka’s want to meet with your end users will result in increased system reliability to optimize end user satisfaction.

Implementing a new software system will ultimately prove to minimize cost and mitigate risk, rather than risking the loss of legacy functionalities as the code itself becomes obsolete. Re-engineered software systems will help to enhance your business’ value by reimplementing critical business logic and retaining the relevant data, and since your new software systems will be based on your most important and relevant business logic, it will continue to be of great use to your company in the future while maintaining new scalability to anticipate your company’s evolution and growth. Ayoka offers comprehensive, industry-specific, Web and enterprise application modernization services custom designed and implemented to suit your exacting business needs. Contact Us Today for fast, local, and collaborative application development services!

Customized Enterprise Integration

Many companies are utilizing legacy systems that have become out-dated and fragile, and are inflexible to changing business models as a result. Preserving these legacy systems is tedious and can prove ineffective for your company’s changing needs. To continue growth and accessibility in this changing world, it’s important to build systems that are scalable and offer the best way for your users to access information. Enterprise integration works to combine processes, systems, and technologies with the intent of optimization to enable the ability for your customers, vendors, and partners to make quick and informed decisions in lieu of any perceived obstacles or opportunities.

Enterprise Integration

Setting goals to be able to timely identify information, provide relevant and correct information, perform real-time updates to information, and coordinate business processes will optimize your enterprise integration and allow it to adapt to your enterprise models as you grow in size and complexity. Availability of information in real-time allows it to be accessible for support, monitoring, and control, and it requires more than the newest business information to stay relevant, encompassing information accumulated as new legislations, customer opinions, and new technologies emerge. Ayoka enterprise integration services will help you achieve these goals by providing agile, Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) that integrates existing assets and providing standards-based services that allow you to automate, reuse, re-purpose and share processes across your entire network regardless of client systems and languages. Integration also ensures ongoing compliance with governmental and industry-mandated regulations and streamlines workforce resources across disparate environments. In addition to reducing IT costs, enterprise integrations enhance productivity and improve time-to-market of services.

Making the decision to integrate your enterprise’s processes, systems, and technologies to enable mobile or remote accessibility can allow you to build on your company’s existing assets while reducing the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) of out-of-the-box solutions. With Ayoka, you can be sure that your integration will be cross-platform compatible and mobile friendly to allow for optimal accessibility of your company’s data as you see fit, resulting in greater interaction between customers, vendors, partners and entire business divisions.

Database Optimization for Web Applications

Web applications are more accessible than ever, and with optimization of load time across different browsers and devices, end users are beginning to expect the best experience when they visit and interact with your web application. Responsive methodologies optimize presentation loading time and data-driven content for the end user. Optimizing your company’s database and its queries will help the load time and alleviate the server load, which includes requests per second and memory allocation.

From a software company’s perspective, the relational database most often serves as the core of data-driven software applications, and lack of database optimization in such a key area can incur significant costs to both the client and the company. Managing inventory, customer data, orders, and other processes can quickly become a lot of data to query and calls for an optimized Structured Query Language (SQL) that will quickly pull the most pertinent data from the database and deliver it in a timely manner. Rewriting queries that use the Wildcard (*) to parse through the whole database, that use SELECT to unnecessarily select all columns, or fail to properly index, can easily be optimized to give your web application the information needed that will take up less of your hardware resources in a lower load time. Stakeholders in eCommerce take careful consideration of these high numbers and adeptly optimize their page load through image optimization and their use of JavaScript and CSS, but the best database managers and developers make sure to build a scalable and easily queried database.

It’s well known that virtually every human being in the Western world interacts with a database management system of some kind on a daily basis—often without using a personal computer at any time throughout the day. Taking time to invest in properly designing, building, and querying your database will ultimately be the best foundation and preventative measure to take when creating or updating your web application with timely responsiveness in mind.

Perks of Custom Application Development

Not every company fits an out-of-the-box application solution like Salesforce. There are functionalities left unused and often functionalities that are desired by a company to utilize, impeding on your company’s business model and goals.

While out-of-the-box software solutions prove to be inexpensive to purchase, it usually takes a company’s acquisition of software and implementation of the software for a company to realize that there is a lot of functionality that is left out that is desired, which could cost your company more money in the long run. Your own custom software applications can be maintained as long as your company needs it, while licensed business software is susceptible to updates and discontinuation at the licensing entity’s discretion. To maximize your company’s productivity, your end users need to be adept in utilization of your software capabilities. Most out-of-the-box solutions drop productivity levels and end users report that they cannot effectively complete their work as they experience continuous errors. Custom applications can fit perfectly with your company’s existing and future business methodologies. Building a customized application can prove to be more scalable, as our developers can project your company’s growth while maintaining program usability and security. External threats are always pressing, and out-of-the-box solutions make it easy for malicious users to anticipate and exploit your off-the-shelf software’s security flaws. If your company has already implemented an out-of-the-box software solution, custom software can be seamlessly integrated to meet your company’s itemized needs.

At Ayoka, we offer diverse industry experience in custom application development, bringing ideas from different fields that can be tailored to your exact needs. We examine open source alternatives to lower your cost of ownership while offering scalability to accommodate growth and facilitate emerging technologies. Creation of a customized solution that is tailored by our in-house developers based on your company’s needs and understanding what your end users expect will improve your application’s quality while cutting costs by utilizing open source frameworks like Java, .NET, SSIS, and more! We can meet with your staff and your end users to define software development processes to ensure that your custom solution is just what you need.

Load-Balancing for Resource Optimization

Software balancing between the client and server computer networks has always been a paramount for any developer or IT to deliver a seamless interface and a secure environment for businesses’ and their end users.

Load-Balancing is a computer networking method that distributes workloads across hardware resources, like CPUs, disk drives, or whole computers, optimizing resource use to up response time and mitigate risk of overload. The load balancer itself is forwarding requests to the back-end servers while preventing the clients from querying the back-end directly, offering security from malicious users that use DDoS attacks, SQL Injection, or any sort of attack that leads to bottlenecking of the servers’ resources. To meet industry standards, Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) traffic encryption will properly encrypt and decrypt your data packets through the offloading, re-encryption, and pass-through stages of data transfer between the client and server machines.

Today’s clients are too powerful to have the server do all their work for them, and to achieve the best performance servers are starting to offload more and more of their work to the client. Catering to their needs while providing security is something Ayoka Systems takes care to do. Expectations for our Clients are not to find a custom software development firm that simply follows orders or requires detailed specifications to proceed, but instead our Clients are seeking a collaborative approach to software development services, to get cost-effective, fully customizable software applications with the personal support found only in an American software development company.

Maximizing Business Intelligence

Surrounded by ever-changing technologies, Business Intelligence (BI) is a useful solution to utilize existing data and schemas used by a company to readily anticipate the future acquisition of information and implementation of new business models.

Enterprises and small businesses alike use BI to share information internally to easily collaborate and simplify sharing to optimize both time and operational information accumulated by different sectors of your business to ultimately gain insight into your business performance and recognize opportunities. BI can also be used with scalability and flexibility in mind for your business by prioritizing the building and maintenance of business models, analysis, and reporting. In the Sales sector of your business, for instance, Customer Relationship Management (CRM) plays a big role in the structure of the maintenance of the large amount of data accumulated through interactions with potential and existing clients. That accumulated data could be shared with other sectors of your business to build in-demand solutions to common problems that are encountered by a majority of your clients-which could be lost in translation if the data were not shared and accessible by your employees. Online Transaction Processing (OLTP) Systems, utilized by eCommerce businesses, does well to retain information from purchases but lacks a comprehensive way to scrape that data for analyzing and reporting. Enterprise Information Integration does well to serve as a sieve to be managed by Business Analysts and other employees to select what information will serve your business in the long run.

BI solutions can reflect your business’ understanding and responsiveness to problems in both existing and potential clients’ industries. It’s important to gather data and make decisions based on that data to learn and measure the results of implementation of new models based on that data! BI also helps to secure information by combatting fraud, mitigating risk for loss, and information abuse. It’s best practice for BI solutions to be constructed with analytical efficiency as a priority, to embrace historical data instead of overwriting it, to manage both data and meta data, and to build structures for accessibility for multiple internal employees, instead of only one or two.

When you consider business intelligence for small business, the return on investment stems from the fact that business intelligence accommodates growth. Business Intelligence reassures your business’ need to retain data as it offers insight into future trends and new methodologies that will help your business to grow!

6 Obstacles for Connected Cars to Conquer

The Connected Car concept has been the topic of discussion and a goal for most all tech companies, including big names like Google and AT&T who hope to integrate their existing big data into the automotive industry to address both safety and security issues. While they conceptualize and innovate for our transportive futures, what are some of the obstacles they stand to face, and what can we ultimately gain by optimizing cars for individual drivers? I personally advocate public transportation, but in this American age of individualism, companies are scrambling to integrate the computerized user experience into the cars we utilize.

  1. Cars generally take longer than smartphones to be conceptualized and built, and this is no different for the connected car concepts that should be projected to last for many years. The innovators must be ready to anticipate system upgrades and new applications hitting the market constantly, like smartphones, instead of the regular automotive trend of five-year increments.
  2. The Connected Car will be integrated with satellite datathat will handle car diagnostics and anticipate and map traffic congestion data to help with route building to optimize your transportation time. User information will be plugged into the car via your smartphone to help to retain data such as your home address and manages calls for emergency services, alerting them to your current location in the event of a serious car crash.
  3. In lieu of these new innovations hitting the market will bring about a new car salesman and dealer. The way that these salesmen will have to really explain the benefits of the functionality of the Connected Car will grow as the they come into consumer buying ranges, offering insight to any generation who is interested in buying one of these new car concept models.
  4. A great endeavor that some companies, like ZipCar, are going for will be the ability to offer shared car service. Electric vehicles will be able to be parked, charged, and checked out for use by consumers for an hourly, or daily, rate. This will cut down on cost for many families and individuals who do not have space or funds, or a want, for their own motor vehicle.
  5. Built-in vs. Brought in Internet connections is another hot debate among car manufacturers, as there are merit to each option. Tethering existing Internet from your smartphone poses the ability for a user to manage their Internet bandwidth, while built-in options offer stronger connections.
  6. As these innovations are more and more cutting-edge and, in a way, separate from the purchase of the car itself, one wonders how will these capabilities be paid for?! This calls the idea of rethinking current data models of both the manufacturers and the Internet Service Providers.

The want for these abilities in the Connected Car prompt manufacturers to forge bonds with software developers in hopes of satiate consumer connectivity needs. Be on the lookout for new native applications that will help to unlock your doors, find your car’s location, or remotely start your car all from your smartphone, while these manufacturers put their minds with developers and engineers to bring the future of the driving experience to you!

IMS For Your Optimized Business Model

Information Management Services (IMS) represents the models implemented by a company to effectively monitor intellectual capital distributed across various file systems, servers and relational databases throughout the enterprise. The objective of IMS is to provide the optimal technical foundation to maximize your businesses’ value based on the management of the intellectual data you have.

The best technical foundation for your business that promotes secure data-sharing between your business managers, your clients or customers, and your partners in B2B relations involve a process that determines what the newest and most-utilized trends are for usability. By assessing your existing business models and strategizing to optimize them for the next iteration, you can easily simplify and improve your data’s values by optimizing its structure, procedures and processes to control information quality. Ayoka can lend a hand in the strategic planning process to meet your businesses’ unique goals.

Planning your deployment for IMS implementation of your new, optimized, models, will take time and a deep understanding of current processes so that integration can be implemented with the least amount of interruption. As a result of these deployments, you will see your company’s processes become more and more navigable. This could make the business data more easily navigable for your end-users, and can be done with an implemented Content Management System (CMS) that sends data to the right place in real-time and allows for asset management on the fly.

Making plans to implement and manage you businesses’ information assets with the ability to accommodate future needs and emerging technologies will project your business data’s usability far into the future, preserving the business legacy models and applications and building them with accessibility and scalability in mind.

UGV: When No Man Should Go

Back before 1990, the Department of Defense initiated plans for the planning and deployment of robotic vehicle platforms in the battlefield and a goal to standardize its interfaces and architecture. Robotics industry leaders say that advances in military, transportation, medical, and other non-manufacturing robotics applications, its research and its development investments are justified by dramatic potential benefits, and will provide the technologies to advance future generations of robots for application in manufacturing. Torco Robotics and other groups like Oshkosh Defense have combined forces with the US Marines and the US Armed Forces to give autonomous vehicles the chance to lead or follow Warfighters.

University of Texas at Arlington - UGV

Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGV) can be controlled remotely through teleoperation and its functionalities have even been in the works at our local University of Texas at Arlington. They’re equipped with sensors, cameras, and attachments that enable sampling while offering the ability to have information displayed to the operator. These machines can operate in GPS-denied environments and are equipped with machine learning techniques that can be applied to motion planning and perception which prove perfect for clearing obstructions, or performing perimeter security to ultimately protect a human Warfighter from potential danger while improving safety and situational awareness. “Having completed several initial tests of automated transport vehicles at Fort Hood, Texas, and elsewhere, the service expects to have a finished requirements document ready by fall in order to advance a “leader-follower” semi-automated technology, where several unmanned vehicles in a convoy follow a manned lead vehicle”

These practices, however, conflict with International humanitarian laws. “One of the things that holds us back from barbarism in contexts of war is this distinction between combatants and civilians,” said David Mepham, the United Kingdom director of Human Rights Watch. “We are worried about a robotic weapon of the future not being able to tell the difference between a child holding out an ice cream and someone holding a weapon.”

The UGVs will be operated remotely and monitored, to reduce the risk of a situation that would conflict with humanitarian laws. The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) asserts that “Reducing manning or eliminating it altogether in logistics supply convoys would save American lives in the future,” and no matter what the mission goals are, these unmanned vehicles can still interact with harmful substances and objects, clear ground, and provide security.