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Technology in Agriculture: What Customization Can Do for You

May 27, 2019
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Technology in agriculture has made a huge difference in the farming industry. With the right tools, farmers and other agriculture professionals can work more efficiently. They can produce better products, communicate easily with suppliers, and complete tasks that would have caused major difficulties in the past. Of course, advanced technology calls for advanced software. Off-the-shelf software can only take you so far. Technology in agriculture calls for customization. Thankfully, Ayoka is here to help. Interested in learning how custom solutions can help your business? Then keep reading. Here are some of the ways that customization benefits agriculture.

 

Data Reporting for the Internet of Things

The Internet of Things may be the best thing that ever happened to farming. It’s made farm work more efficient and predictable. Now, farming machines can communicate with one another. They connect to the same network and ensure that the job gets done. Furthermore, this connectivity means that farmers and managers can observe these machines more efficiently. Do you oversee a farm that uses this technology? Then you need customization to get the most out of it.

Specifically, you need an excellent data tracking solution. With so much connectivity, your machines produce a lot of data. In the past, we’ve mentioned that business owners don’t always use all of their available data. That’s a shame, because businesses can accomplish a lot with that data. With a custom database and other custom solutions, you can use all of the data that your machines generate. As a result, you’ll make the most of that data. You’ll use that data to make better decisions and get an excellent ROI for your software.

 

Customize Your Inventory System

How organized is your inventory tracking system? Agricultural products such as livestock and produce require lots of tracking. Farmers and managers must keep track of product amounts, product quality, and much more. In this situation, a lack of organization can cause stress and even damage business relationships. Thankfully, it doesn’t have to be that way. The right technology in agriculture can help. You can customize your entire inventory system. With customization, you’ll get better organization, which means less lost product. Perishables can be sent out faster. Defects can be detected sooner. Overall, with customized inventory tracking, you can stay ahead of the game.

 

Track Your Supply Chain

If you manage large sections of the agricultural supply chain, then you need custom software solutions. You know that your products don’t stay the same from one step to the next. They go through life cycles. Furthermore, agriculture products change hands several times before they reach their final destination. Custom software can help you track your supply chain easily and systematically so that you don’t run into any surprises. 

 

Client and Supplier

Speaking of supply chain management, customized technology in agriculture can help you communicate with your suppliers and your clients. Some businesses deal with a lot of clients. Some deal with a lot of suppliers. Agricultural managers deal with both. Agriculture has a unique set of B2B needs, which is why most off-the-shelf softwares just won’t get the job done. Thankfully, custom software can help you keep all of it organized. It can help you streamline your orders and your communication. For example, you can manage your orders via spreadsheets or any other system that you’d prefer. You can also set up a system to confirm that all of the products you sent reached the right people. 

With custom software, you can set up accounting solutions, too. Track orders, manage income, make payments, and more.

 

Add Mobility for Convenience

Many businesses only take up a small amount of space. That’s not the case with agriculture. Whether you oversee a single farm or dozens of farms, you manage a lot: a lot of land, a lot of machines, and a lot of products. With so many pieces to this puzzle, technology in agriculture should make it all more convenient. Thankfully, it does. Custom software especially can add convenience. With customization, you can have mobility. There’s no reason why you shouldn’t take your information with you. When you can access your software from a phone or tablet, then you know what’s happening at all times. You’ll stay up-to-date when you need accuracy the most.

 

Technology in Agriculture

Of course, those aren’t the only ways that customization can help you make the most of your farm management. The benefits of customized agricultural software are virtually endless. Overall, these benefits will help you save time, communicate more easily, stay organized, and get a great ROI. Interested in experiencing these benefits for yourself? Then let Ayoka help. Your Ayoka team can sit down with you to determine everything that you truly need from your software. From there, we’ll create you best agricultural software system. Ready to get started? Then let’s start with your free consultation. Get in touch with Ayoka today.

 

 

Custom Software Development: Could You Use a Hybrid Model?

April 22, 2019
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In the software engineering world, we build all types of software for different businesses. If you do a deep dive into software research, you’ll find tons of different methods and terminology. However, most software falls under one of three umbrellas: COTS (commercial off-the-shelf software), custom software, or the hybrid model. At Ayoka, we specialize in creating custom software solutions for our clients, but that doesn’t always mean overhauling the whole system. Sometimes, we use the hybrid model with our custom software development. With the hybrid model, we can start with your COTS software and merge it with custom solutions so that you get the most from it. Wondering if the hybrid model might work for you? Here are some signs that this model will serve your needs well.

 

You Want the Most Use from Your Legacy Software

The hybrid model works well for those who already have great COTS software. Many of our clients have spent a lot of money on their COTS systems and want to get the most out of them. Rather than scrapping a system that has worked well for a long time, they want to use their software until they can’t use it anymore. If that situation describes you, then you may benefit from the hybrid model. You might need just a few low-cost modifications to make your COTS last for a long time.

 

You’re (Mostly) Happy With Your Current Software

Similarly, the hybrid model of custom software development works for those who are mostly happy with their current software. COTS software doesn’t always cause major problems. Sometimes, it’s almost – but not quite – perfect for businesses. Do you have just a few issues with your current software? Maybe it runs smoothly overall, but you’d love to expand your database. Maybe your software provides everything you need other than one or two things that would really set your business apart. If any of these things sound familiar, then look into the hybrid software option. This way, you can get everything that you want from your new solutions while still enjoying the things you love about your current software.

You Want Customization, But You Don’t Have a Lot of Time

The benefits of custom software development are virtually endless. At Ayoka, we obviously love custom software. We’ve seen how custom software sets our clients apart from their competition. We’ve watched our clients take their companies to new heights thanks to their new software. Custom software provides the speed and scalability that COTS software just can’t handle. That said, we know that custom software development takes a lot of time. After all, you want your developers to get the job done right. Building software from scratch takes intense focus, planning, and patience.

But what if you don’t have that kind of time? Sure, you want all of the benefits of customization, but you need those benefits quickly. You don’t have the time to wait for a completely different system, and you don’t have the time to learn a new system once it arrives. In that case, the hybrid model gives you the perfect solution. You get many of the benefits of customization, but you don’t have to wait long to see those benefits. Since you’ll still have your original software, you also won’t have to learn a completely different system.

 

You Need Upgrades Right Now

Speaking of saving time, the hybrid model can help you save time with your software upgrades. Often, people who use COTS software need upgrades long before the manufacturers release them. The developers release those upgrades based on mass needs, not individual needs. That means that if you need upgrades right away, you may still have to wait. When you add customization to your COTS software, you can get exactly what you need right now. There’s no need to wait for it. You can stay ahead of the game.

 

You Want Cost-Effective Customization

Finally, the hybrid model is perfect for those who want to save money on customization. There’s a reason why lots of people use COTS software. It gives people a relatively cheap option. Unfortunately, it also leaves lots of people without the benefits of custom software development. With a hybrid model for your business, you can keep your affordable COTS software, but you’ll still get software that complements your business perfectly. You’ll also get a great ROI from your customization, just like you would with a fully customized system.

 

Custom Software Development

Do you want to add custom software development to your COTS software system? Ayoka is here to help. At Ayoka, we understand that your business has unique needs. We’ll get to know you and your company before we create your perfect hybrid solution. Let’s start with your free consultation. Contact us today to get started on your best software solutions.

 

 

 

New Year, New Software Upgrades

February 25, 2019
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2019 is underway. Did you set any resolutions for your company? Maybe you set goals to increase revenue, grow your business, or make new hires. Now that March has almost arrived, have you started achieving some of those goals? If not, think about why you’re having trouble. Could it be your software? If your software has held you back from growing your business, then it’s time to make some upgrades. Below, we’ve listed just a few of the reasons to consider software upgrades in 2019. Take a look at the list, and then talk to Ayoka about your software needs.

Save Time and Money

First of all, new software can save you time and money in the long run. Software upgrades will help you boost productivity. When you’re dealing with slow, buggy software, you spend a good chunk of your workday overcoming those issues. Your software takes up far more of your time than it should. Shouldn’t you dedicate that time to running your company and serving your clients? With upgraded software, you can.

You’ll also boost your team’s productivity by boosting their morale. Slow software can drag down your team. Software problems can make your employees frustrated, which brings down the company. When you upgrade your software, you make your employees happy, which boosts productivity and ultimately saves time. All of this productivity will ultimately save money. Better work days mean better revenue.

Cloud Computing and Other Advances

In the last several years, cloud computing has gotten a lot more advanced. Unfortunately, your old software may not be able to keep up. On the other hand, our recent upgrades make it easier for you to use everything the cloud has to offer. For example, consider the maturity of cloud computing platforms from Amazon Web Services to Microsoft Azure. This change can increase your scalability. It also reduces your cloud system’s dependency on internal IT staff for maintenance.

New software will help you embrace other advances, too. For example, new programs for Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence are available now. In the past few years alone, technology has grown exponentially. What could your business do with these new capabilities? What other capabilities could your software use right now?

Correct Specific Issues

Software upgrades can also correct problems that came from your previous software. We always recommend regular updates to fix certain bugs and problems. After a certain point, the best way to fix major issues is to get a full upgrade instead. Like we said, those bugs and other issues slow down your system and make your life difficult. One issue that comes up often is data security. Your current software could leave your data vulnerable to hackers and other security threats. A software upgrade can help you protect that data.

Outpace Your Competition

How does your software stack up against your competition’s software? If you’re not sure, ask yourself how well you’ve been serving your clients recently. Have you noticed any setbacks? Do you have room for improvement? Better software often means better customer service. The added speed and agility mean that you can provide the best for your clients. Better customer service, of course, means happier customers. The business world is highly competitive. Make sure that you’re the one providing this customer service. Otherwise, your clients might run to your competition. If you’re competing with someone who has better software than you, you’re hurting your company.

Legacy Systems

Are you still working with a legacy system? Then it’s probably time for an upgrade. Legacy hardware can leave you with all sorts of problems. If you replace legacy hardware, however, you’re going to need new software. Of course, the most current hardware will work best with the most current software. You can get your new system started on the right foot. Use the best software for the smoothest, fastest transition process. You’ll notice a major difference in your work day immediately. If you do stick with parts of your legacy system, you may be able to find new software solutions that can help you make it work. Talk to a software engineer about your specific needs and situation.

Custom Solutions

If you want software upgrades in 2019, then now is the perfect time to pursue custom solutions. Custom solutions make the best software upgrades. If you’ve been using standardized software, why not move on to something better this year? You can have your team build software that will fit your company perfectly.

Software Upgrades

Ready for the perfect custom software upgrades? That’s where Ayoka comes in. We’re here to develop your company’s best software solutions. You let us know what you need, and we’ll make it happen. Once we deploy your software, you’ll take your company to new heights. Let’s start with your consultation. Contact us today, and we’ll start a conversation about your software need.

Emerging Technologies: How We Provide Cutting-Edge Solutions

February 4, 2019
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You don’t just want custom software development, do you? Of course not. You want the latest and best software development. Well, we have good news. Ayoka is here to provide. As a top software development company, we use all of the latest and best software technology. We believe that our clients deserve the best. With teams in both Texas and Colorado, we stay on the cutting edge of software innovation. Here are just a few of the ways that we provide the best.

An Eye on the Future

We take pride in providing our customers what they need here and now. However, you have to look toward the future if you expect your business to grow. That’s why we look toward the future, too. We accomplish this goal in a lot of different ways. First of all, we research software in general. It’s true that we’re a group of software experts, but we’re also a group of lifelong learners. Software technology always evolves, so our knowledge must evolve right along with it. By staying on top of software news and watching for the most recent developments, we can keep our knowledge fresh and provide the best for our clients.

Next, when we identify current trends, we can figure out where the software world is headed. We can see new technology emerging, and we can plan for how we can use that technology in the future. This way, nothing takes us by surprise. We’re always ready to help our clients in the world of evolving technology.

Finally, we perform case studies that show us how new technology interacts with specific industries. This way, we can see the practical impact that software technology will have on your company. We make discoveries, and we adjust as needed.

Built for Growth

Of course, we don’t just study cutting-edge solutions. We also build them. We use highly innovative custom software development for our clients. That said, we make sure that our solutions are long-lasting ones. We build our solutions to last as long as possible so that our clients get the most out of their investments. We build many of our solutions with scalability in mind. This scalability doesn’t just apply to your data and storage needs, however. It also anticipates the arrival of new software technology. This way, you can keep working with your custom software without getting left behind when new technology shows up.

Across All Industries

As software engineers, we love to find unique solutions for different problems. We also like to test our solutions in all sorts of contexts. When we find a solution that works in one field, we apply what we learned to other fields. For example, let’s say that we create a new software technology. This technology improves communication between machines in the manufacturing industry even though these machines have very different functions. We might also use this technology to improve communication between specialists in the healthcare field. A team of doctors who work with the same patient can now talk to each other about this patient in a safe and direct way. By keeping our minds open, we can improve custom software development across all sorts of industries. That means that you, our clients, experience the benefits of our multi-industry research.

Integrating New Technologies

Now, developing new software technology doesn’t always mean leaving old technology behind. Sometimes technology becomes outdated, but at other times, we still need it. There’s no need to abandon a system that works well for you, but what if you could benefit from some upgrades? We can help. At Ayoka, we often integrate new technologies into your old ones for custom software development. This way, you can get the most out of your current software and give it a much longer shelf life. Of course, if you need to upgrade an entire legacy system, we can handle that too, and we’ll do it with the latest technology available.

Cloud Computing

A lot of our clients ask us to move their desktop-based apps to cloud computing platforms. Of course, we’re always happy to help, and our custom software solutions can provide exactly what these clients need. Cloud computing has become very prominent over the past several years. You might switch to cloud computing if you need more scalability. Cloud computing also gives you an easy way to allocate your data resources. If you want to make this emerging technology a part of your business life, then let Ayoka help you make it happen. 

Custom Software Development

At Ayoka, we often have the most innovative custom software development. Why? Because we go beyond the code. We start by listening to our customers and learning about their needs. When we start with your needs, we can create cutting-edge solutions to meet them. Ready to experience the Ayoka difference for yourself? Contact us today to get started.

Let Us Help You With Your Software Product Development

September 24, 2018
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At Ayoka Systems, helping our clients with their software product development projects is one of our favorite parts of the job. We will proudly help you develop your product from beginning to end. We’ve helped clients from all across the board. From banking software to medical software to all kinds of other software, we’ve helped our clients develop innovative new solutions. Whether you want to develop B2B or B2C software, we have the tenacity and the know-how to make it happen. Below you’ll find out some of the many things that we bring to the table when it comes to software product development.

We Help You Develop Your Vision

You already recognize the need for your software product development. Maybe you work in the medical field and want a new software to improve specific patient outcomes. Maybe you work in logistics management and need a better way for your clients to manage their cargo. Whatever the need is, we’re ready to help. You may already have the beginning of a vision in place. We’ll help you expand on that vision during our first meeting with you. We’ll also let you in on some of the practical steps that will help you take your vision from the idea phase to full realization.

We Minimize Your Risk

During the initial planning stages, we put a strategy in place that will protect your vision from harm. This includes determining who has what intellectual property rights from the outset. We’ll take a look at your target market and assess the level of real-world interest that your product is likely to gather. We’ll talk about ways to fill potential gaps in interest so that your product doesn’t lose any sales momentum. Of course, these aren’t the only steps we’ll take to minimize your risk. We’ll also work in such a way that protects your reputation. We’ll avoid releasing products too soon, for example, so that you won’t gain a reputation for a hasty, buggy product. Instead, we’ll help you create a product that your end users can enjoy while you proudly stand by your software.

Furthermore, we’ll spend a lot of time examining your potential ROI to help you minimize risk. We’ll examine your best and worst case scenarios, and then we’ll employ the strategies that will help you get the return on investment that you need. At Ayoka, we fully understand that starting software product development from scratch is both more risky and more time consuming than working with existing software. We know that when you do start seeing your ROI, it needs to be worth all of the time and effort that you put into the software. We do everything in our power to make it happen.

We Protect Your Vision

How else can Ayoka minimize your risk during your software product development? We protect your vision from copyright infringement so that your intellectual property stays your own. First of all, we maintain confidentiality in our meetings. We’ll maintain utmost security to protect your developing software from hackers and other malicious threats. Furthermore, the fact that our company is based in the USA gives you added protection. We code every bit of software right here in Texas, so your ideas don’t become compromised overseas. At Ayoka, we do everything that we can to protect your creative work.

We Get the Timing Right

A lot of successful software product development depends on the timing. At Ayoka, we always strive to get the timing just right. If you work in a highly competitive field, you don’t want to delay your product release. If you wait too long, you risk losing clients to a competitor with a similar vision. On the other hand, as we mentioned earlier, you also don’t want to release the product too soon. At Ayoka, we’ve found just the right balance of timing for your software product development, and we’ll keep you updated on all the progress that we make to make sure that we’re living up to your software needs.

We Use Agile Methodology

At Ayoka, we prefer the Agile framework for software development. This method emphasizes adaptability and efficiency, both of which are highly important to us. While Agile methodology uses specific work and planning sessions, it also allows room for evolving visions and for responding to unexpected challenges. We like the fact that Agile provides a balance between steady work and flexibility. Even better, the Agile method allows us to repeatedly report back to you as the visionary for the software product development. You can have as much involvement as you want to have with this project because our methods allow flexibility on all levels.

Software Product Development With Ayoka

We want to help you get the most out of your software product development. Are you ready to work with the experts? Then contact Ayoka Systems today to set up your first meeting. We look forward to working with you!

Partnering with Universities for Innovation and Improving University Relations

April 7, 2018
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Ayoka is a Texas custom software development company delivering world-class software solutions. From custom software development to Mobile app development, Ayoka excels in all areas and with exceptional quality. However, there is another defining dimension to Ayoka: a unique partnership with universities. Ayoka’s University Relations program not only empowers the students, but it also uniquely positions the firm in the application development market.

At Ayoka, we value innovation and cultivate a thriving and open environment. There is really no better way to achieve innovation than to empower the young minds at the colleges and universities. We partner with select universities that cultivate outstanding software engineers and software developers. Graduating students work with Ayoka’s experienced engineers and work on the latest technology while motivating each other.

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While education is a must, experience provides yet another dimension for expansion to these young students. For example, students gain first-hand knowledge by intimately acquainting themselves with software development methodologies. In this way, they also benefit from project management experience. The combination of Ayoka’s experienced staff and creative young minds of university students is effectual for breeding innovation.

With the increasing advancement in software development, it is highly crucial that university students receive practical education as well. Ayoka bridges this gap for the upcoming software professionals through its University Relations program. For graduate students who compete to get into Ayoka’s University Relations program, this is the job opportunity of a lifetime. These highly competitive positions at Ayoka incorporate industry-experienced Masters and Ph.D. candidates into Ayoka’s culture.

Client Interaction

As mentioned before, students that enroll in Ayoka’s University Relations program receive personal experience with software development methodologies. They also get a chance to interact with customers and gain experience in client interaction. For example, these students often gauge the requirements from the clients. This involves them early in the process of software development.

One of the crucial aspects of software development is to translate customer requirements into reality through the software. Many times, there are discrepancies in the end product that need to be ironed out with the client. Getting experience in this realm for young students prepares them for the real work environment before they even embark on their first job. Our clients benefit from this experienced and enthusiastic team of software developers in making their web, e-commerce or enterprise software application a reality.

Ayoka’s Mentorship Program

Ayoka’s Mentorship Program assigns mentors from the  University Relations program, giving the students the unique ability to learn from the best. Ayoka’s Mentorship Program is designed to provide software developers the opportunity to receive training in and guidance with advanced technologies. For instance, mentors guide their mentees through specialized training programs. As a result, they are given the opportunity to immerse themselves in new challenges. In this open environment, students can ask questions and get feedback from their mentors which strengthen their commitment towards high-quality software. At Ayoka, we take pride in grooming world-class software professionals through our mentorship program.

CEO’s Commitment

Ayoka’s founder and CEO Eknauth Persaud proudly accepted the Technology Advocate award and cited his experience in the United States Marine Corps as the source for his commitment to young people and the American economy. “The Ayoka business model creates a software development environment that instills confidence, work ethic, and creativity to graduate students in technology while providing software development services to American entrepreneurs right here on our soil,” said Mr. Persaud, “This keeps America competitive both in education and on the global technology front.”

Ayoka is a trusted leader in the custom software development market. We provide enterprise-class solutions for small and mid-sized companies. These solutions involve various industries, such as e-commerce, manufacturing and distribution, finance, healthcare, and government industries. Using a unique business model that offers affordable software development Made in the USA, Ayoka has a track record of providing the personal care and attention often lacking in the application outsourcing industry. At Ayoka, we consider it a privilege to take part in some pretty astonishing 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.

Ayoka’s Mission

Our mission is to develop enterprise applications, in the USA, that exceed the expectations of our clients, while maintaining competitive pricing. We’ve successfully built everything from complex enterprise business software to entirely innovative new mobile apps for startup companies. We accomplish this through a collaborative approach with our clients and focus on how the software aligns with your business. Call us today to discuss your custom software development, maintenance, and integration needs.

 

Open Source Projects Pave the Way for Custom Software Development

November 19, 2015
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Sony’s Confirms its Commitment to Custom Software Development with Camera Framework

Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) aren’t known for their friendliness towards developers. Sony is one of the few OEMs who not only commits to making it easy for developers to employ their imagination on Sony products, they actually continually deliver on this promise. Sony believes in the power of custom software development, and their latest introduction of an experimental camera framework created for developers further confirms this belief.custom mobile app development

It’s an accepted idea that with more collaboration, more ideas, and more experimentation, comes better products and services. This is the essence of what makes the Android mobile platform so successful. The Android Open Source Project (AOSP) provides developers with the source code and information required for custom software development on Android. Sony makes great contributions to this information with their own open source project.

The latest buzz is about Sony’s release of a developer only camera, which will “enable developers to create custom ROM with basic camera functionality.” This is a huge deal because Sony’s camera software is known to be one of the best in the mobile business. Opening up their source code gives developers a chance to create custom mobile camera apps, which are creative, fresh, and innovative.

You can find information on Sony’s open source program here. Like Sony, Ayoka believes in the importance of innovation with custom software development. Contact us at 817-210-4042 to inquire about our services.

 

 

Swift Development Company

June 11, 2015
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The “bring your own device” movement in the enterprise has fueled the adoption of Apple products among successful companies. As they realize the benefit of tech-centricity and accessibility, they connect with custom software development companies to analyzeexpand, and maintain their IT processes in the iOS environment. With an AppleOS application, industry leaders report saving an average of 42 minutes per employee each day, ultimately resulting in a higher ROI and a competitive edge against other companies in your industry. Business Insider states that AppleOS use is prominent “among Fortune 500 companies, 97% use the iPhone in some capacity and 98% use the iPad.”

Ayoka’s AppleOS development processes focus on identifying your business requirements before planning, configuration, and implementation of your application, so that it can be seamlessly integrated with your existing business system while adhering to industry standards, bringing the power of immediate information and simplified automation via Apple’s OS right to your end users in real-time. Native AppleOS enterprise applications have proven to be faster and more efficient than web applications since they are secure and work in tandem with Apple’s core functionalities. Swift 2.0 supports availability checking that allows your application to easily run on different AppleOS versions and alongside Objective-C. For the enterprise, Apple provides data protection through encryption, has set virtual private networks (VPN) aside for secure use, allows single-sign on and user permissions to manage information accessibility across your business, and simplifies software updates across multiple devices with app licensing management.

Here at Ayoka, we have experience in iOS development, and have been developing applications with Swift from its release. We are committed to working with your company to build an accessible application that will give you the tools and information to drive productivity and accessibility through Mac’s OSX, watchOS, and iOS with Swift 2.0Contact us today for a complimentary consultation on mobile application development for your enterprise!

Ayoka Utilizes Cloud Computing & Big Data to Bring Tech to Enterprises

April 16, 2015
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Companies in the enterprise are quickly realizing the importance of process automation, remote accessibility, and mobile presence. No matter how far away from ‘tech’ your company may seem, you’re becoming tech companies-and to your advantage-data companies. 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, but efficiently managing the flow of information across your enterprise is only one component in a successful data integration strategy.

cloud computing for industriesIn Tuesday’s blog, we talked about companies’ aging IT infrastructures, the inability for them to anticipate such an amount of information, and the lack of a means to access and properly integrate the data. Lack of standardization and governance can adversely affect the performance and cost efficiency of your IT architecture. The top reasons cited for leaning toward custom software solutions included the efficiency of that type of software, the purpose-built design, and the ability of the company to make updates and enhancements with continuous delivery. Building a custom solution to help your company combine the desired functionalities of multiple incompatible systems will ensure that your company is working at its maximum potential efficiency while taking the necessary steps toward mitigating risk and loss.

At Ayoka, data integration services provide cost-effective, custom designed, solutions to help you consolidate, synchronize, distribute and archive data and information across your entire enterprise network. With our knowledge of cloud computing, data integration, monitoring, and reporting, you won’t have to worry about the security and maintenance of servers you’re hosted on or the scalability of your application. Our services provide standardization and consistency while ensuring compliance with governmental regulations and corporate governance requirements.

We provide enterprise software development services and develop ever-innovative IT solutions while utilizing open-source APIs to keep costs low and stay up to date. We have helped clients spanning a wide array of industries-including financial services, manufacturing, insurance, e-government, and healthcare; we are located in Texas, and we help clients uncover innovative ways to get information to their customers! Call us at 817-210-4042 to learn more.

Ayoka Continues to Optimize Internet of Things

April 2, 2015
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the-internet-of-thingsInnovative connectivity service providers like Ayoka continue to optimize Machine-to-Machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) communications with the intent of fully integrating new technologies into our daily lives. In the wake of newfound hardware supply, evolving industry standards, globally scaled accessibility, and the bourgeoning ecosystem for native application development, Ayoka Systems has been lending a hand in the transformation of integration and connectivity ideas to realities.

Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWAN) are readily accessible around the world and RFID has also been well-received by companies like Google and Intel who formed the RAIN Alliance. Radio-frequency Identification prioritizes the RFID and the Cloud for its ability to adeptly process multiple streams of simple events with the goal of identifying meaningful event data as important. Ayoka developed a connection and asset management application for Connectivity Technologies that utilizes their passive RFID tags and active readers inside of their data center to automate processes and manage assets in real time.

“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.

At Ayoka, we pride ourselves on building trust in our products and services by offering reliable, secure, networks and simple connectivity while maintaining low-power requisites from devices utilized and focusing on the growth, marketing, and production of our certified products. Our long history with radio frequency identification means that we understand the existing and emerging standards in this industry and ensure that you’ll have cutting-edge tools at your disposal.  Contact Us to today for a free quote and the opportunity to learn more about the growing role of IoT and M2M in the enterprise!

 

Extending the range of the Internet of Things (IoT) with new connectivity technologies

March 31, 2015
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As we move through 2015, connectivity services for optimized Machine-to-Machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) communications have continued to grow with the goal of fully integrating new technologies into our daily lives. M2M Now points out that new vendors are “moving beyond cellular and satellite connectivity” by harnessing Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWAN) that are readily accessible around the world.

IOTWifi can be utilized for M2M applications like home security systems, sensor-based lighting, smart streetlights and parking meters, but has a range of about 300 square feet. Cellphones and tablets operate through GSM network frequencies that have high power consumption, but these can be utilized for functionalities like keyless car and home entry. Wide Area Networks (WAN), offer connectivity across metropolitan areas, entire regions, nations, and can even be harnessed internationally by utilizing different existing Local Area Networks (LAN) in the “sub-GHz” domain that utilize lower frequencies. The main benefit of LPWAN is that its low-power requirements, coupled with the low bandwidth demand compared to needy smartphones and other mobile devices, allow LPWANs to be readily available for allocation by M2M for communication and maintenance. With options for 2.4 GHz and sub-GHz, developers now have the tools to design a wireless system that meets the needs of their application.

Michael Barkway, consultant at The Technology Partnership, points out that “while technologies like cellular, WiFi, and Bluetooth required interoperability from the start, for M2M that’s less critical and non-standard products and WAN services have already escaped onto the market. Standards can however evolve by a more de facto approach too, and this looks like the more likely outcome in a substantial part of remote M2M access infrastructures.” These emerging functionalities, however, are not without their own limitations. Barkway goes on to admit that “bandwidth restrictions cause some tough challenges for software updates and security, but nonetheless, the technology is an interesting alternative for long-range, low-power deployments.” Professor William Webb, CEO of the Weightless SIG which recently launched the Weightless-N standard for low-power, long-range applications, explains that in addition to bandwidth allocation and coverage, custom design for IoT industry standards, deployability for monitoring and maintenance, and optimization of battery life is paramount.

LoRa Alliance’s Staale Pettersen commends their conceptually optimal network architecture where “gateways act as a transparent bridge relaying messages between end-devices and a central network server. All end-point communication is bi-directional, allowing user downlink messages even in ad-hoc applications, while enabling network management and authentication. To support Over the Air software upgrades as well as mass distribution of messages, a multicast/broad cast mode can also be used.” Influential companies like Cisco, IBM, Texas Instruments, and NWave, as well as some major telecom operators are coming together to streamline functionality and ensure seamless integration of hardwares and softwares by collaborating on a global standard.

Industries like manufacturing, agriculture, and health care can enjoy the benefits similar to consumers through increased accessibility, more secure data sharing, and customization. Emulators, IDEs, middleware, compilers, and hardware solutions are all becoming available for us to harness in order to contribute to the evolving standard of IoT and M2M. Contact Us to today to learn more about the growing role of IoT and M2M in the enterprise!

Ayoka’s Role in Mobile Enterprise Applications

March 19, 2015
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Recent research on mobile applications in the enterprise reveal that 7 out of 10 businesses in the economy are looking to implement mobile and wireless solutions to streamline operations, while others who are ahead of the curve have already done so. These same industry leaders report an increase of productivity at an average rate of 42 minutes per employee each day. Ayoka is bringing these process-optimizing solutions, working with innovative businesses who wish to take their application to the next level of accessibility and productivity.

121198591_Business-growth-Hands-holding-plant-teamwork-500pxAyoka can help your company deduce the optimal solution for your mobile application needs. Open-source frameworks have popped up to increase productivity where needed most in the software development processes. Java produced JQuery Mobile, and C# spawned Objective-C, in the name of mobile development. At Ayoka Systems, we utilize these frameworks, combined with database query languages like SQL Server Intergration Service (SSIS), to make for seamless software integration that is much easier to manage and maintain than paper and pencil-as tablets and smartphones can send and manage data through server-side databases.

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.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. We have helped companies in industries like manufacturing and healthcare/pharmaceutical.

Contact us today for a complimentary consultation on mobile application development for your enterprise.

Ayoka Provides Solutions to Maximize Productivity

February 26, 2015
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In order to grow and thrive in this changing economy, your company needs to be able to perform Business Process Management to maintain Inventory control and manage product planning, perform Customer Relationship Management to retain customers and increase satisfaction, and implement business intelligence findings to provide comprehensive insights into factors that affect a company’s business.

It’s 2015 now, and 2014’s fad of out-of-the-box application solutions like Salesforce have evolved since companies have realized that there are functionalities left unused and often functionalities that are desired by a company for utilization simply don’t exist, impeding on a company’s business model and goals. An interview between The Wall Street Journal and Facebook Chief Information Officer, Timothy Campos, details the fact that companies ”can’t go buy the off-the-shelf solution that everyone else has and expect we’re going to have a better outcome. That doesn’t work for different objectives—and there are many—like building out our workforce.”

Working against poor performance in your software systems creates a bottleneck for productivity in your entire business-hindering growth. Reevaluating and implementing performance objectives like process automation and custom software will help your business to meet your performance requisites and goals, providing a structured approach. 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’s capabilities and your software needs to anticipate the needs of your business. If your company has already implemented an out-of-the-box software solution, Ayoka’s custom software solutions can be seamlessly integrated to meet your company’s unique needs. Our aid in the 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 others! 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. Building customized applications 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.

Adding mobility by building mobile applications for your enterprise will empower your company with the tools and information that will enable you to ultimately be more accessible and successful. Once performance has been optimized, your company will be ready to start implementation of enhancements like creating and monitoring reports, moving your applications to new platforms, or start to build a mobile application!

Ayoka Brings Evidence to Enterprise

February 12, 2015
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Evidence-based management takes cues from ‘evidence’ that properly illustrate the impact that the software is having on the market it’s being released in, keeping its users and its competitors in scope, and reflecting the value the software brings to the company. With evidence at hand, revision and optimization of a company’s practices will positively influence any company’s value. From initial creation through dissemination and archiving, Ayoka provides integrated, enterprise-wide evidence-based management services that identify and diagnose organizational compatibility with proposed implementations and updates by analyzing current processes and the value of implementation with consideration of opportunity costs.

After requirements have been gathered for the business intelligence application, we draft a Detailed Design Document that shows the client how the application will look and behave. At this point, we obtain feedback to determine whether we have satisfied the business goals – and if we haven’t, we go back to the drawing board until we have. At Ayoka, client satisfaction is our number one priority. Once our client has accepted the detailed design document, we begin construction of the business intelligence application. If desired, we can schedule interim releases and demonstrations so that the client may view our progress and actually begin using the application.

Consultation and analysis of legacy assets and architectureWe offer a broad spectrum of services that we tailor to your exact needs including:

By enhancing the decision making process with better information accumulated through evidence-based management, small businesses are more likely to improve customer service, increase their profits and thus have room to expand. Ayoka’s evidence-based management services have helped our clients across many diverse industries, from manufacturing to health care, to develop a range of evidence-based business analytics solutions tailored to their business. In many cases, supplying data for evidence-based management does not require any hardware or expensive upgrades-data can be collected through applications that operate in-line with business operations, such as hardware integration or PLC integration. The New York Times points out that “the growing pile of studies on the human and financial costs of employee disengagement, management distrust, poor group dynamics, faulty incentive schemes and other preventable damage suggests a need for an evidence-based management movement.”Today’s enterprises need to sort through numerous choices, make decisions quickly and accurately, and act decisively. Ayoka is ready to help by offering our unique application development approach that involves hands-on, in-person collaboration, combined with application development and experience developing evidence-based solutions to help transition our clients’ businesses into more effective enterprises. Ayoka’s evidence-based management solutions can ensure that your company is making the right moves, at the right times, for the right reasons.

Re-Engineering Software Systems

September 23, 2014
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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!

Web Apps vs Websites – Dynamic vs Static!

May 6, 2014
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The internet has become a conglomerate of web presences of individuals, companies, groups, and the like. The internet has quickly evolved from static websites that offer unchanging information to dynamic applications that cater to the user by utilizing information pulled from a database to create a customized user experience.
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Both websites and web applications utilize front-end web development code like HTML5, CSS3 and event handling with JavaScript or JQuery, but applications take these languages and push their boundaries further with programming languages like Java and Ajax. These, combined with frameworks like the Google Web Toolkit (GWT), Ruby on Rails (RoR), .NET (C#, C, ASP), and SQL Server Integration Service (SSIS), all come together to handle user-generated content and other relevant data to keep an up-to-date application that sets it apart from static websites.

Custom web application development using the open source frameworks combined with insight between you and Ayoka’s development team ensures that your goals and needs are properly met in a timely manner! The precision that is guaranteed with utilizing frameworks coupled with custom code makes it easy to create error-proof and secure applications. Now that you’re aware of the difference between what makes a website a billboard and what brings a web presence its shine with the engaging aesthetic of a web application, Ayoka is ready to help you to the goals you have made for yourself!

What Are 3 Basic Steps to Test Driven Development (TDD)?

February 5, 2014
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Test driven development is a programming technique that emphasizes writing tests that will check the functionality of the application’s code before you actually write it into the development application. Explicit by the name, we will let the test drive our development. Basically, the idea is that, we write testing code before we start to write the REAL code and the only goal for our REAL code is to make the testing code pass. The basic 3 step process will be as follows:
1). Write a test that specifies a bit of functionality.
2). Ensure the test fails. (You haven’t built the functionality yet!)
3). Write only the code necessary to make the test pass.
So why do Test Driven Development or TDD? What do we gain from using TDD?
Here are 2 points:
1). When our tests pass without errors or failures, we can be certain that our application works just as we want it to—given that we wrote our tests well!
2). Second, by first setting the goal (the testing code) and then implementing it, it will make the coding a lot easier and concise.  To understand the idea of TDD is extremely important.
Make sure you understand it, and then let’s start

MVC and Entity Framework

January 29, 2014
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We love Microsoft’s Entity Framework and the MVC framework. Put together, they make development a lot easier because they take care of a lot of the heavy lifting. As a bonus, they help make applications more structured, more easily testable and more fun to work on.  Below are some steps for setting up a Code First entity framework MVC4 project in Visual Studio:
1. Define the model
2. Create the DBcontext
3. Add a connection string
4. Add a data initializer
5. Set the initializer in global.asax.cs
6. Add the DBcontext object to a view order to test

As with all technologies, it takes a while to get comfortable with how to apply these steps in an accurate manner. This is in part because most tutorials focus on the details. They explain how to use a given technology, pattern or framework, however it is often hard to find a practical ‘use case’.

Here is a link to some practical use cases:
1. Scaffolding
2. Unit Testing
3. Paging ans Sorting

Fantastic Elastic Responsive Design

It is almost cliché to say that the internet has changed drastically in the past few years with the introduction of our new Mobile overlords. Now, clients are not asking their web developers and designers for a site that exists only in one context, but for an application that can move effortlessly from desktop to tablet to phone.

So what is a developer to do? Recently, the concept of Responsive Design has taken hold in the web development world. Responsive Design is a set of best practices, techniques and design philosophies that aim to create a site that can exist comfortably in every resolution. With Responsive Design, a client’s site scales as needed and changes its layout as needed based on screen information the browser detects.

As with most things, examples are called for. Luckily, the web design blogosphere is rife with such examples . The hallmark of responsive design is scalability. And with these examples, you can see that the site maintains a cohesive aesthetic, but self-edits to show the best layout available to a particular device’s resolution. Widths scale down, images decrease in size, and ancillary information that exists in its own column on a larger resolution gets reduced to a link in a smaller one.

Morten Hjerde of Rift Labs and colleagues tracked data for 400 devices over 3 years.

I won’t get into the how; Other sites have done this better than I possibly could, but the why might be even more important to understand. Device resolution might not be a sexy topic, but it governs the environments in which users, clients, and developers cohabitate. The internet is getting more diverse, not less, and those environments are going to get more and more varied. Having a website that scales up or down to fill a device in the most efficient way possible is the only logical way forward in the Wild West of device resolution.

Form Fundamentals

March 1, 2012
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Text inputs, checkboxes, radio buttons, and the like are the primary way a site gets any in-depth information about its users. Forms are almost inescapable in any interactive web application and an absolute constant in any situation where shipping, credit card, or identification information is needed.

So, with such a vast importance, it is critical to think about forms from a usability standpoint as well when developing web pages. Here are a few guidelines –

1.)  Don’t use them if you don’t need them. You might want all the information you can get out of a user, but resist this urge. Never intend on calling someone? Don’t ask for a number. Don’t ship items? Only ask for a billing address, and even then – only maybe. When it comes to developing web forms less is always best. Know ahead of time what you need from users and stick to only that.

2.)  Label placement is a trade-off between completion speed and understanding.

  • Use top aligned labels for information that is relatively mundane. Names, addresses, phone numbers, etc. can be entered rapidly by users. Aligning labels at the top allows for better scanning and thus quicker completion times and thus a happier user who doesn’t have to spend time wading through forms. This alignment naturally takes up a lot of vertical space and so isn’t best with long forms.
  • Right aligned labels have a stronger connection between label and field, but are less easy to just scan as the eye has to re-orient itself for each line. The completion times for right-aligned labels are relatively quick. They also require less vertical space than top-aligned labels but generally are not suited to anything more than just one, maybe two columns of fields and labels.
  • For information you want users to take their time on and understand, use left aligned labels. When you want driver’s license numbers, employer ID numbers, or anytime information is unfamiliar, slow down the user a bit with left aligned labels. Using this alignment tends to have a problem with label-field association as the label can be pretty far from its field if it’s a short word amidst some longer ones.  Fortunately, this type of label can be used sparingly.

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Right Alignment

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Left Alignment

 

3.)  Know the difference between checkboxes and radio boxes

  • Checkboxes are for when your user can select one or more items
  • Radio buttons are for yes/no, this/that, white/black, male/female selections. Choices are mutually exclusive.

4.)  If you must use a cancel/reset action make it less noticeable than the primary action on the page. Pages should clearly indicate how one gets to completion, and by having the cancel or back button on the same visual hierarchy of the Go, Save, or other main-action buttons, you introduce some degree of confusion. Personally, I don’t like using these secondary actions at all because most web users are acquainted with the back button on their browsers and having them is just one more thing on a page usually taking up space.

5.) Why use so many *Required tags? This goes along with #1, but get rid of fields you don’t really need instead of indicating that they are simply not required. If you need a non-required field, denote that instead of indicating alllllllllll the fields that are required.

These are just a few guidelines, but most importantly when designing forms and form layouts, remember less is more. Faster completion times means you’ll likely get better data and have happier users. No one raves about good forms on a website, but people do notice when they have to fill out pages of information that doesn’t seem relevant.