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Custom Software Development Drives Innovation with MyBlueCar

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Discover how one client is changing the face of the limo industry with custom software development

At Ayoka, we’re privileged to be a part of some pretty amazing custom software development projects. We particularly love having the chance to come in and build software from the ground up to launch a new business. This year, we were privileged to work with Jeff. He’s a local owner of a black car service (limos and town cars serving the business and special events market).

Like many professionals in this industry, Jeff’s small fleet often picks up riders who book services through on-demand third party brokers like Uber. Unfortunately, this means two things.

  • The broker takes almost a third of the fare, so drivers do the same work for far less pay
  • A customer has no way of asking for the same driver again if they had a great experience

In Jeff’s mind, this wasn’t a good deal for anyone but the third party broker. As a professional who takes great pride in treating customers right, he knows that drivers deserve to be recognized and rewarded for delivering exceptional service. In addition, customers should have the ability to feel comfortable with choosing a driver they know and trust.

From Black Car to Blue Car

Jeff’s new app incorporates features that help drivers in the black car industry build a strong, loyal repeat client base without raising prices for riders or taking a huge cut from drivers. Here are just a few features of this innovative app:

  • Complete driver profiles that can be reviewed by prospective customers at any time
  • A real-time map showing the GPS location of all available black car drivers in the area
  • The option for customers to “favorite” drivers, turning those black cars blue on the map
  • Two-way messaging between riders and drivers to ensure good communication
  • Real-time booking with secure, fast payment from the mobile app
  • The ability to enter a queue if no cars are immediately available

Stay tuned. You’ll be hearing us talk more about this novel application as it launches and continues to grow its feature set!

~ The Ayoka Team

Will Microsoft Drop Windows Mobile?

July 9, 2015
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Microsoft has reigned supreme in desktop user experience by bringing Windows to enterprises, educational institutions, and homes. Microsoft’s mobile market is not making the same impact, to say the least, and rumors have circulated since Microsoft’s announcement of a fully operational ROM for Android to be utilized by developers, along with their unveiling of their new web development API Stack and the ability for mobile app developers to easily deploy their iOS and Android applications to the Windows OS, that they’ll be giving up on the Windows Mobile and the smartphone market.

SmartphoneOSIn reality, the marginal cost incurred by Microsoft to open interoperability by spanning the Windows 10 kernel across the desktop, smartphone, tablet, and Xbox, is not significant in light of Satya Nadella‘s vision for Windows 10 serving as a common software foundation allow seamless, uninterrupted activities across devices. Although the adoption of Windows Mobile OS is growing, Microsoft’s market share in the US is still shrinking compared to the adoption rates of both Android and iOS. While Microsoft has acquired Nokia, the Android ROM deal they made with Xiaomi would only put them on two smartphones-unlike the array of smartphones that Android runs on. Their move to buy the Nokia hardware company and begin to refine Nokia’s business processes, cutting down on hardware production quantity and concentrating on quality shows that they mean business when they aim to integrate cloud-based services, adaptive UX controls, gesture tracking, voice commands, and more.

Windows 10 OS will be released in a few weeks to over 100 countries, with Windows 10 Mobile to follow next quarter, and its accessibility ventures enable Windows 10 users to easily move between their Xbox console data, to their Windows 10 PC, to smartphones and parent desktops-they will be able to share information more easily than ever. Hardware ventures like their successful Surface tablet and their hardware projects, Microsoft Band and HoloLens, that take advantage of RFIDs and sensors to bring the cloud to its users, seem to drive mobile productivity for Microsoft in a direction that it may put it into a position to lead the market into a new tech future-instead of trying to gain market shares among smartphone users.

As a Microsoft Partner, we at Ayoka provide custom software development with web and mobile application services, along with database development and integration services with .NET and other open-source APIs.

Microsoft Breaks Barriers With Windows 10 API Stack

May 14, 2015
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Microsoft Edge hasn’t budged from production, and neither has Windows 10, but anticipation is building with reports that detail the large array of functionalities that will be available on the new OS. Terry Myerson, EVP at Windows, confirmed at the Windows Hardware Engineering Community summit in China that the folks at Microsoft are working hard, revealing “that Windows 10 will be available this summer in 190 countries and 111 languages.” Their goal is to open up to developers through increased support for popular coding languages to run on 1 billion devices by 2018!windows_product_family_9-30-event-741x416

Microsoft is saying farewell to many of their legacy APIs like VBScript and ActiveX to achieve interoperability. For software developers, Myerson detailed how they will be able to “reuse nearly all” of the Java and C++ code from their deployed Android applications in the Windows Store with the help of Windows’ through a POSIX-based subsystem for Android to support the code that will couple well with the growing number of “extensions you would write in the Windows platform to really delight the Windows user.” The Microsoft-built Objective-C SDK for iOS developers allows them to compile and deploy their Objective-C applications from Microsoft’s Visual Studio. This growth spurt of applications in the Windows Store along with the ability to host apps in the most popular coding languages will give way to their goal of a Universal Windows Platform that will allow developers to develop a single application to target a range of form-factors so they can “integrate Cortana and Xbox live into their applications, offer trusted e-commerce, embrace natural user input, create holograms and more.” Microsoft’s goal is to make web application development faster and easier and it is apparent in the porting process that will be as simple as right clicking an existing project and selecting the target platform.

Windows 10 end-users, from consumers to enterprises, will be able to choose from an array of editions of Windows 10, catered to the needs of different devices while streamlining its look and feel.  They will also enjoy an extra layer of security through the new Windows Hello, which uses biometric authentication through a combination of hardware and software to enable you to unlock your Windows 10 device using your face, iris or fingerprint, instead of using a password. End-users who use the new Microsoft Edge web browser will also be able to surf securely with their stronger ASLR (Address Space Layout Randomization) implementation.

Whether your application development needs are for enterprise architecture and technology services, custom application development, or information management services, Ayoka has the proven expertise to deliver solutions that achieve the results you seek. Best of all, our customer service model is designed for the level of collaboration and teamwork involved with application development to build predictable, long-term relationships. Contact us today at 817-210-4042 to experience the Texas difference in enterprise software development!

Project Spartan Has Given Rise to Microsoft Edge

May 12, 2015
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With the anticipated release of Windows 10 on desktop and mobile, Project Spartan has given way to Microsoft’s next generation of cross-platform compatible web browser, aptly named Microsoft Edge. Microsoft has included new functionalities like Cortana integration for search, new Edge rendering engine, note-taking mode, extension support, and the ability to load the IE11 engine for legacy enterprise websites.microsoft-edge

IE11 currently has the majority of web browsing traffic with a 46% market share, and will continue to be the leading browser for use in the enterprise. Microsoft Edge will cater to end-users as a universal app that is updatable through the Windows Store (instead of an OS update), and it will be compatible on smartphones as a default browser, on tablets, on desktop, and possibly on Xbox One. Custom website development will be easier with deployment through Visual Studio and the ability to parse HTML markup. Microsoft Edge also has an “interoperable UA string designed to get today’s modern Web content and to avoid old IE-only content,” to markup web pages using a stylus or Word text entry, and offer an enhanced reading mode that only shows text of an article for improved readability.

Microsoft has also taken the security of the end user into consideration, allowing for Windows ASLR (Address Space Layout Randomization) to be stronger, which protects against exploitation of memory. Because malicious users, “want to inject malicious code into your browser process via a coding bug, and then execute their malicious code. ASLR makes that harder by randomizing the memory layout of the process, making it hard for attackers to hit precise memory locations to achieve their ends.” Previously, Windows browsers had 32-bit ASLR, but with Microsoft Edge, Microsoft will offer 64-bit processes which makes ASLR much more effective because the address space is exponentially larger, making it much more difficult for malicious users to mine sensitive memory components they need.

Microsoft’s goal is to make web application development faster and easier and it is apparent in the porting process that they offer for developers. At Ayoka, we work with enterprise companies that seek custom business applications that drive the performance of their organization. From large enterprises to small business, IT departments can gain from consolidation on a single platform for mail, security administration (e.g. active directory), ERP, CRM, document sharing,etc. Moving up to grab the mobile browser market share, Microsoft Edge will be the first browser of its kind, offering a new immersive web experience that can only get better after its release!

Ayoka Provides Custom Apps for Web and Mobile as Windows 10 Development Expands

May 7, 2015
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In an effort to push Microsoft’s Windows 10 accessibility from desktops to mobile devices, Microsoft announced their anticipated new developer tool suite during last week’s Microsoft’s Build 2015 that will enable custom software developers for both mobile and desktop to move or modify applications from Apple devices and Google’s Android devices onto Windows devices with ease.

Windows 10 Application Development

Microsoft’s goal is to make web application development faster and easier and it is apparent in the porting process that will be as simple as right clicking an existing project and selecting the target platform, and with this new tool suite available to software developers, they will be able to easily optimize their existing applications running on Android and iOS. The Windows Store will soon enjoy more native applications that are enjoyed by both enterprises and consumers, increasing accessibility and return on investment. This move, coupled with their offer to upgrade to Windows 10 will help them achieve their goal of running on 1 billion devices by 2018.

To build these cross-platform compatible applications, Microsoft provides its enterprise application development platform for building connected systems based on the popular .NET Framework. Custom software developers will be able to take full advantage of integrated cloud-based services, adaptive UX controls, gesture tracking, voice commands, and more! As a Microsoft Partner, we at Ayoka provide custom software development for web and mobile application development services that are optimized to function across platforms, along with database development and integration services with .NET and other open-source APIs.

We work hard at Ayoka to earn your trust as a local Texas software development company. The best demonstration of our customer service is what you see during in-person, face to face meetings with our employees. Contact us today at 817-210-4042 to experience the Texas difference in enterprise software development!

Windows 10 Software Development on a Billion Devices by 2018

May 5, 2015
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During last week’s Microsoft’s Build 2015, Microsoft declared that they intended on expanding the reach and popularity of Windows 10 as a common platform for all computing devices by offering it across all devices. Terry Myerson, executive vice president of operating systems at Microsoft, stated that the company aims to have “Windows 10 on 1 billion devices within two or three years of its release,” if they can pull this off, they will be the first operating system available on 1 billion devices!

Windows 10 - one core operating system for everyone?

Satya Nadella‘s vision for Windows 10 is for it to serve as a common software foundation for PCs, tablets, smartphones, and Xbox, to allow seamless, uninterrupted activities across devices. With this new accessibility venture, Xbox users could easily move between their saved game files and data on their console to their Windows 10 PC while smartphones and their owners’ parent desktops could share information more easily than ever. As a Microsoft Partner, we at Ayoka provide custom software development with web and mobile application services, along with database development and integration services with .NET and other open-source APIs.

We work hard at Ayoka to earn your trust as a local Texas software development company. The best demonstration of our customer service is what transpires during our in-person, face to face meetings. Contact us today at 817-210-4042 to experience the Texas difference in enterprise software development!

Windows Open Source? If so, its Huge for Software Developers

April 7, 2015
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Satya Nadella has proven himself to be forward-thinking and generating return on the investments that Microsoft has worked so hard on since he’s taken the position as CEO 16 months ago. His goals are for cloud-first and mobile-first strategies that Ballmer didn’t tread into. Unlike Ballmer, Nadella plans on putting Microsoft’s unique solutions within the reach of as many smartphone users as possible. At ChefConf 2015, Microsoft’s CTO of the Azure cloud platform, Mark Russinovich, expressed that an open-source Windows OS is possible-but what does that mean?!Possibility of Windows Open Source and Software Development Impact

Under Nadella, Microsoft has become internally open-source, which allows all employees to inspect and share each others’ code, in an effort to encourage collaboration, secure code development, and code reuse. He says that at Microsoft, “everyone knows what a developer does and what a product manager does, but those roles need an overhaul.” Microsoft has already released .NET Core as open source in an effort to encourage sharing of documentation, libraries, and bug fixes, which Russinovich endorses since it, “is an enabling technology that really can get people started on other Microsoft solutions.” Since then, Microsoft has expressed plans to release a fully-operational Windows 10 ROM for Android smartphone users to upload and enjoy along with free upgrades to Windows 10 for current Windows OS users on both desktop and mobile. While open sourcing the Windows OS won’t happen today-or even tomorrow, Russinovich explained that “the company is having every conversation that could be imagined about what to do with its software and services,” and while the changes Microsoft has made aren’t felt widely in the regular consumer community-yet, Russinovich knows that Microsoft’s developer and enterprise communities generate and create demand for open-source solutions, “that’s the reality we live in today.”

With an open source Windows OS, developers could tailor the Windows environment to meet the unique needs of clients and consumers-and essentially become a part of the Windows team by enhancing existing features while fixing bugs, maintaining security, and adding needed functionalities. Windows has already created over 1,000 GitHub repositories for their open source software. On the other hand, Windows OS’ existing vulnerabilities need to be addressed and patched prior to going open source in order to protect all of its users from malicious developers who could exploit them. Windows could prioritize a safe, secure, repository for their OS that is similar to their existing internal open source environment to protect against malicious developers who could commit viral code to their software branches.

The time of paid allowance for use of closed-source software seems to be coming to a close, with the ever-popular Google and Android running on mobile devices and Linux powering large data centers. The end result of open source is freedom of choice for everyone and the ability to enjoy powerful, rich applications that can finally take full advantage of the resources on their desktops and mobile devices. Imagine that developers would be able to modify Windows’ OS, enterprises and consumers would be able to utilize the customized versions to serve whatever needs they require. Ayoka is a .NET software development company  that also offers consulting services for a wide range of web, enterprise, and mobile software applications.

Windows 10 ROM for Android Opens Freedom of Choice

March 24, 2015
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micromIn an effort to expand their mobile platform, Microsoft will soon release a fully-operational Windows 10 ROM for Android smartphone users to upload and enjoy. They also plan to extend their free Windows 10 upgrade to hundreds of millions of customers that are running Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1 for the first year after its release.

Microsoft has partnered up with Xiaomi, one of the top Android smartphone distributors in the world, and offered Xiaomi Mi 4 power users the opportunity to help download and use Windows 10 for phones to contribute to its future release later this year, and there are rumors that the company may also release the software for ZTE’s Nubia 9. Microsoft is moving toward a platform agnostic approach in order to appeal to users across the myriad of available devices-much like how Ayoka provides custom software development services that are vendor neutral, and platform independent.

At Ayoka, platforms for native or web application development are implemented based on our customer’s business interests and goals. Building cross-platform compatible solutions that can run on any Operating System (OS) will ensure that your end users can easily access your company’s application. We examine open source alternatives to lower your cost of ownership while offering scalability to accommodate growth and facilitate emerging technologies.

With Microsoft pushing Windows 10 to smartphones that were once locked down with their uploaded OS will come the tailoring and porting of the new Windows OS to other devices. The end result is freedom of choice by consumers who will benefit from this competition and be able to enjoy powerful, rich applications that can finally take full advantage of the resources on their handheld devices. Ayoka is bringing these and other process-optimizing solutions, working with innovative businesses who wish to take their application to the next level of accessibility and productivity.

Satya Nadella Pushing Microsoft Forward

December 3, 2014
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Microsoft’s Satya Nadella has made headlines since he’s taken the position of CEO, succeeding the resigned CEO, Steve Ballmer. He’s forward-thinking and generating return on the investments that Microsoft has worked so hard on, like Office365, the Surface Pro 3, and their new OneDrive storage.

Nadella’s goals are for cloud-first and mobile-first strategies that Ballmer didn’t tread into. Unlike Ballmer, Nadella plans on putting Microsoft’s unique solutions within the reach of as many smartphone users as possible. Their own Surface Pro 3 has been making a comeback as well, and Microsoft’s low-cost smartphones are becoming more favorable in the market. Office365 is being released on both Andriod’s and Apple’s platform, in an effort to bring accessibility back for Microsoft. Android’s even looking forward to its mobile device available for emulator testing on the new Visual Studio 2015 so that developers can properly test for the most popular mobile platform on the market. Microsoft has since teamed up with Salesforce.com and Dropbox to bring Office365 and other Microsoft services to the consumers.

Microsoft’s new “freemium” strategy to drive revenue for the company by offering OneDrive storage, Office Online and Windows upgrades, to encourage people to sign up for more, paid storage and buy Office 365 while continuing to purchase new PCs to continue to drive Windows Store revenue.

Are YOU Getting All You Deserve Out of Salesforce?

May 15, 2014
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Salesforce.com is the head honcho of cloud computing, offering a slew of services for your company to utilize-but are you using Salesforce to its full power?!

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From Software as a Service (SaaS), Customer Relationship Management (CRM) to their renowned Sales Force and B2B Marketing Automation solutions, they have everything you need to boost sales productivity, manage contacts, communicate and sell as a team-all quantifiable with real-time Business Process Management (BPM) software and the ability to sync with Microsoft Outlook with ease! Since Salesforce’s debut in 1999, they have made great effort to stay up-to-date and relevant for their clients-with their wide array of services, it’s no wonder they were named Forbes’ World’s Most Innovative Company for 2011-2013! SFA and BPM are two areas of experience under Ayoka’s larger umbrella of business process management software development services that allow businesses of all types to integrate automated data management through custom software development solutions.

The people who work at Salesforce also take client pains to heart, making sure their solutions are best-suited for whatever industry you are representing online, we hear they also throw great company parties and were named one of the 100 Best Places to Work For in Fortune Magazine for six consecutive years and counting! If you didn’t know, Ayoka is an official Salesforce.com Partner, offering professional services that compliment the #1 Software as a Service CRM solution. So what are you waiting for, Contact Ayoka to learn more about the custom Sales Force Automation Software Development, Enterprise Resource Planning Software Development and Business Process Management Software Development solutions provided by Ayoka. You may contact us using the contact form provided or by calling (817) 210-4042.

Microsoft Finally Drops IE6, so What Browsers are Popular?

April 10, 2014
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With cross-platform browsing becoming more and more relevant, Microsoft dropped support for IE6 after usage in the US dropped below 1%. This begs two questions: Who was using IE6 for so long, and what are browsers are being utilized now? Chrome is definitely on the up and up, being utilized by over 40% of users, and IE11 is declining as 2013 ends, which is coincidentally when users started to use Chrome and other browsers more often. Firefox use has been consistent, showing some decline through the end of 2013 and making a comeback in the first quarter of 2014. Safari is showing some growth at the last quarter of 2013 and continues to increase through the first quarter of 2014, although it’s not as significant as the other three browsers. The combined others, illustrated as the dotted line, are barely above the 0% mark, which is still above Opera usage. Opera seems to keep changing the use of its User Agent string, which names the browser the user is in, making it difficult to properly identify what browser is officially being used, slightly skewing the statistical results.

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It seems like with the decline of Internet Explorer comes the burgeon of the other browsers: Chrome, Firefox and Safari. Other users are taking the initiative and choosing a browser more fitting to them rather than use the familiar IE. The desktop operating system usually dictates what browsers are utilized by the user. For instance, the Safari browsing application comes on all iOS desktops, laptops, and devices, while Internet Explorer is the default browsing application for Windows Operating System. Internet Explorer is fighting its own previous versions, like IE6-IE8, since a lot of desktop users are set in their (outdated) operating system, such as Windows XP, which ultimately impairs the growth of usage of their newer browsers.

Desktop internet usage is at 76%, bringing Mobile internet usage to account for the other 24%. Mobile internet usage is increasing and with different mobile browsing applications hitting the market as well as devices coming equipped with browsing applications themselves, the game will be changed for classic internet browsers altogether.

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Microsoft EF Goes Open Source

September 18, 2012
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Microsoft logoRecently Microsoft released the source code for the Entity Framework under an open source license. Now the whole ASP.NET MVC Stack including Web API, Razor is open source. They are open source projects but they are also supported by Microsoft and released Microsoft products suitable for use in any organization.

Visual Studio 2012 introduces much simpler API for async programming that leverages asynchronous support in the .NET framework 4.5. Asynchrony is essential for the activities that are potential blocking such as when your application accesses the web. Access to the web resource gets delayed and if such activity is blocked within a synchronous process the entire application must wait. In Asynchronous process, the application can continue further that doesn’t depend on the resource until the potentially blocking task finishes. Entity Framework 6 will support the new task-based asynchronous pattern when querying and saving data. This will greatly enhance the performance of the overall application having database connectivity (Not sure if NHibernate has road map to support this new feature in .net 4.5, any information on this is welcome!). Any ORM layer which is another layer of abstraction will introduce the overhead to the data access. With the introduction of EF 5.0, these overheads are reduced and are more focused on performance. Based on the benchmark test result, repeat execution time of the same LINQ query has be reduced by around 6 times and overall end-to-end application was found to be 67% faster. Some of the new features in EF 5.0 are Enum support, Spatial data types, performance enhancements, Data migration support, etc…

Entity framework is much more younger than its counterpart NHibernate. Nhibernate is another open source ORM (derived from Java Hibernate) having more features than Entity Framework. Nhibernate is also much harder to learn and to be productive in a short amount of time (higher learning curve). When it comes to integration with Microsoft technologies, it will come as no surprise that Entity Framework offers the best support (e.g. ASP.NET through Entity Data Source, ASP.NET Dynamic Data Services, WCF RIA Services etc.). Another point where EF is superior and where NHibernate lacks is up-to-date API reference and resources on MSDN. Both of them accomplish the same goal, which is mapping database objects to domain objects, but in different ways. Now that the EF has been made open source, more developers and their community will be working on it making it more robust, more efficient and more stable than ever.

Foxconn

February 6, 2009
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Foxconn – largest contract manufacturer in the world, for electronics ranging from Apple iPhone to HP Printers.

Ayoka was involved in the launch of the Apple iPhone. Ayoka developed a custom Java application (Spring, Hibernate, Oracle) to process repair service orders sent via EDI messages and queued them up for work on the manufacturing shopfloor. Each iPhone repair order originated from Apple’s SAP system (Web Dispatcher). Once phones were received, Ayoka’s software notified Apple’s SAP system and Ayoka’s software updated status as the phones progressed through different stations at the shopfloor. In addition to user input, this application integrated with equipment (e.g. laser etchers, Agilent test gear, ZPrinter, etc.) to track and display status. Once the phones were repaired and tested, Ayoka’s software integrated with FedEx to determine shipping charges and generate labels, then Ayoka’s software updated Apple’s SAP system with the tracking number. Based on the repair operations performed on the shopfloor (services and parts repaired or replaced), the software generated XML claims files to Apple for Foxconn to calculate receivables.

“Offering such a wide range of custom applications is rare…[Ayoka’s Services are] hard to find,” “Those are truly custom applications, and there are only a few companies out there that do that. You have to really look to find them. Many companies will simply try to develop the capability in-house. The need has been around for years — there just hasn’t been anyone doing it.”
-Joe Crosswell, manager for the technology solutions group at the Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center in Arlington, TX (quoted from article “Made to Order” by Margaret Allen, Staff writer, Dallas Business Journal)

PatientsKnowBest.com

January 29, 2009
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Patients Know Best (PKB) is a network for patient health record (PHR) practitioners.  PKB wanted a web-based application that will allow individuals to retrieve knowledge about their patient records through the integration of their PHR results and a wiki managed and maintained by PKB. Ayoka developed this application using Ruby on Rails with a MySQL database.

“It was a pleasure to work with the Ayoka team on my Patient Medical Records web application. They were responsive, the design was great, they stuck to my budget, and an independent code audit I did later showed they created high-quality code. I highly recommend Ayoka.”
– Mohammad Al-Ubaydli, Founder, PatientsKnowBest.com

Geolingua – “The World Language Channel”

January 26, 2009
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Geolingua provides its customers with a unique language learning environment that includes access to a wide range of foreign language media on demand for use in strengthening foreign language skills. Ayoka designed and developed a Ruby on Rails applications, using a MySQL database and FLV Player, that allows users to develop their speaking, listening, writing, and reading skills with the click of a mouse.

“I couldn’t have chosen a better technical partner than Ayoka for this project. You [Ayoka] and your team listened closely to my ideas, provided valuable suggestions, analyzed in depth the most effective and efficient ways to accomplish them, then executed. I am very pleased with the result.”
– Eric Lambert, President of Geolingua

MMI and InTouch™

January 26, 2009
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MMI Internetworking is a division of MMI Incorporated, a highly successful private label wholesale brokerage firm. MMI-Internetworking developed the InTouch™ software to facilitate the interaction of local governments and agencies with the people they serve, bringing services to citizens and efficiency to municipalities.

Software development technologies include Java, Jakarta / Apache Struts, Spring, Hibernate, Groovy on Grails, Oracle, MS SQL Server, and MySQL. Ayoka has enjoyed a multi-year relationship with MMI-Internetworking to deliver a number of projects, ranging from ERP data exchange to e-government products, including a CRM (customer relationship management) package, Code Enforcement application, and Work Order management application.

Agile development methods were used to promote collaboration and rapid software development for project participants, including folks in marketing, customer support staff, and select users from City governments.  Ayoka provides ongoing support for MMI and its customers.

“We originally planned to use them for heavy coding and testing. Now we’re using them on an ongoing basis. They design and develop all our new products and new features for our products.”
– Paul Nichols, Vice-President MMI Internetworking

Brim Laundry Machinery Co., Inc.

January 26, 2009
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Founded in 1970, Brim Laundry Equipment Company manufactures and provides equipment, parts, and services to commercial and industrial laundries for markets spanning linen supply, industrial, dust control, apparel, and specialty applications. Brim contracted with Ayoka to develop production monitoring and automation software for different laundry equipment (washers, dryers, shuttles). This .NET / SQL Server based application used Ajax (asynchronous JavaScript and XML) to refresh specific areas of the web user interfaces, e.g. temperature gauges, motor speed, in order to display one-second data collection intervals from microprocessors. Ayoka performed the full range of software development activities, including services to identify, collect, and manage data for business intelligence reporting and systems integration. Today, Ayoka provides on-going IT support and maintenance.

“… Ayoka is moving companies – especially small to midsize manufacturers – forward to the state of automation where they can control how to tie the front end of the process – i.e., the sales order entry piece – into the production flow, and then into the output side, including control of accounting and shipping. ”
-Rona Shuchat, program director of application outsourcing services for Framingham, Mass.-based IDC

Snider Advisors, Inc.

January 26, 2009
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Snider Advisors is a Dallas-Fort Worth based registered investment advisor whose primary goal is to teach people how to manage their own retirement savings using their proprietary investment strategy, the Snider Investment Method®. As of September, 2008, Snider Advisors actively managed $90 million in assets and consulted on an additional $320+ million their clients manage themselves, using the Snider Method.

“[Our previous] provider wrote an application that required a great deal of day to day maintenance. Ayoka updated and improved the application architecture, resulting in less maintenance time and increased productivity savings. We didn’t even have to hire additional employees to replace those lost to attrition.”
– Jesse Anderson, Trading Manager, Snider Advisors

Connectivity Technologies, Inc. (ConTech)

January 26, 2009
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Since 1997, Connectivity Technologies has served the Data Center industry by designing, building, and installing fiber optic and copper infrastructure systems. Ayoka developed a connection and asset management application, Genesys RFID Information Management System, which utilizes passive RFID tags and active readers inside a data center to identify and track assets. With this software, Contech is able to manage, document and automate hundreds (even thousands) of connections in a typical Data Center as well as track assets in transit, in stock, on the floor, or even in an alternative location. ConTech wished to have a working prototype of the Genesys system ready for presentation at a trade show in early October; Not only was Ayoka able to meet aggressive timelines for this prototype, Ayoka did so while leaving sufficient time to fully test and deliver the system as requested.

“I turned to Ayoka to develop a complex RFID and database application that we wanted to showcase as a new product at an upcoming trade show. Schedules were tight, so I needed a software development company I could trust. Ayoka made me feel comfortable, with their open, collaborative approach. More importantly, Ayoka’s highly competent development team delivered within our aggressive timeframe and budget. I would recommend them to anyone looking for a trusted advisor for enterprise-class software development.”
— Tim Hazzard, President, Connectivity Technologies, Inc.

Boeing – Siemens

January 26, 2009
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The U.S. Department of Transportation awarded a contract to The Boeing Company and Siemens Corporation to install and maintain explosives detection systems at the 438 U.S. airports serving commercial aviation.  The contract required the team to complete studies of passenger movement, systems architecture designs, structural changes and to coordinate the supply of 1,100 explosive detection system (EDS) machines and up to 6,000 explosive trace detection (ETD) devices.

As part of the Boeing and Siemens team, Ayoka developed the Airport Services System Architecture, to enable new technologies to be introduced to U.S. commercial airports.  The system architecture incorporates supply chain and operational changes necessary to meet new measures for security, customer service, and privacy.

The design incorporates innovative technologies and lateral concepts for operations, plus the capability to share security related information on a regional and national basis.  From the perspective of the Systems Engineering process (Mil-Spec 2167a and IEEE 1220-1998), the Architecture offers a Preliminary Design based on the use cases generally applicable to United States airports governed by the Aviation and Transportation Security Act.

Systems integration was designed to provide a common view and appropriate reaction on security events, including the following systems:

  • Baggage Screening (Primarily Hold Baggage)
  • Baggage Tracking
  • Baggage Reconciliation
  • CCTV
  • Access Control
  • Perimeter Surveillance
  • Network Monitoring & Management
  • Fire Alarm

“In sum, Ayoka can go into a company and identify where lack of automation is hurting the company, and make recommendations on how to create a more automated flow.”

– Rona Shuchat, program director of application outsourcing services for Framingham, Mass.-based IDC