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How Do Custom Programming Services Keep Your App Growing?

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Whether you have an existing application that is out of date or need to create something entirely new, custom programming services play a key role in ensuring your business software keeps up with the times. At Ayoka, we have the privilege of cultivating applications for our clients over the long term. In general, we see four areas where changes require apps to evolve.

Marketplace

Businesses that want to capture more market share and maintain a competitive advantage find that their internal applications need to be reviewed on a regular basis in response to outside pressures. This goes double for customer-facing apps where consumer-driven development has a profound effect. Mobile development is one of the most common areas where businesses are looking for upgrades right now.

Technology

The most obvious changes that have led to a revamping of existing apps in recent years are cloud computing, mobile development, and Big Data. But embedded technology (the Internet of Things), Business Intelligence (BI), and other factors are coming into play as well. It’s impossible to predict what will come next, but it is certain that today’s applications will need to grow and change to keep up.

Regulations

For industries like healthcare, regulations have changed dramatically over the past couple of decades to accommodate and promote the use of electronic recordkeeping. But even in less-regulated industries, the best practices for security and privacy compliance keep transforming. From a risk-mitigation perspective, modernizing applications on an ongoing basis is just good business.

Business Processes

This area of evolution is very specific to each organization. For some, merging with or acquiring another company can bring new applications to the table. Existing apps may need to be updated to integrate or interface with additional software or equipment. Offshoring, on-shoring, growing, going lean, or adding new products and services can dramatically impact how business software should work.

Ayoka is here to help your software grow and change with your business. Contact us for a consultation today.

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.

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.

The Battle for the Cloud!

March 27, 2014
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In this corner we have Microsoft, in this corner we have Amazon, and in our final corner is Google. Yowza the big boys are at it again. And yes I know there are not 3 corners in a boxing match…work with me people!
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Despite its hype, the cloud still accounts for just 4.8% of the overall enterprise IT spend. Gartner estimates the worldwide market for public cloud services for 2013 to be at $129billion, representing less than 5% of the total IT market of $2.7trillion in 2013. Now that is something to fight over!

Amazon Web Services (AWS), the incumbent, is losing traction as Google and Windows Azure convince large enterprise clients access to their private, public and hybrid cloud offerings. Google recently cut storage prices for the second time in a week. This only a day after Amazon cut its S3 storage prices by 25 percent. Hit’em in the pocket boys, just keep it above the belt!

Microsoft on the other hand has some work to do to keep up with the competition. They no longer can be stuck in Windows world. They are working feverishly to welcome non-Windows-oriented toolsets and languages. The rumored launch of Office for the iPad could help put to rest the Windows only mindset that Microsoft has embraced for decades. Way to come out of the box Microsft, hope it isn’t too late the fight started years ago!

So how will this battle pan out? Only time will tell. But isn’t it fun to watch these megalomaniacs fight to the bitter end!  Okay not the bitter end because let’s get real…they all win in the end!

Emerging Cloud Service Providers

April 28, 2009
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Stuart recently sent me this brief one-liner:

What cloud services provider do you guys prefer/recommend?

Me:

It’s really going to depend on the platform and the type of
application, and if you are building from scratch or taking an
existing app to the cloud. Here’s some options:

  • Amazon EC2: Good if you are building an app from scratch or deploying one of the prebuilt AMIs. Very flexible (can host Windows, Linux, Solaris) but need to be aware that instance are not necessarily backed up so you must provide a good data storage solution (can use Amazon S3 or SimpleDB for example).
  • Morph: Built on top of the EC2/S3 cloud, provides transparent data persistence and support for Ruby, PHP, Java/Groovy. Aptana Cloud: Built on top of Joyent’s OpenSolaris cloud. Provides support for Ruby, PHP, Python. Java.
  • Microsoft Azure: Cloud platform based on .NET services. Still in beta but looks promising.
  • Google App Engine: Cloud platform based on Google’s services and APIs. Still in beta, supports Java and Python.
  • Salesforce.com: Based on Force.com and now Force.com Sites, built with VisualForce and the Apex multi-tenant Java like language. Good if you are already on the Force.com platform or want to take advantage of the AppExchange platform.

There’s more of course, but if you want to give me further details I can probably give you a better idea on what to look for.

He then pointed me towards Appnexus:

Good evening.  Many emerging players.  Here is another one, Appnexus:

  • Ex-CTO from Right Media (an ad exchange) owned by Yahoo.  It manages all the display advertising (banners) on Yahoo and lots of other sites.
  • They “Appnexus” are building out another ad exchange.  It’s all real-time.  Bid for a banner ad in milliseconds.

Looks like he’s building a really cool cloud-based ajax application with lots of business intelligence features, so I’m pretty excited for him and hope to see more of this as it grows. I haven’t really heard much about Appnexus before but they seem to be a pretty major playor, pumping billions of transactions each month through their infrastructure and it seems that they have some pretty decent SLAs. Do you have any experience with them (or other cloud provider)? I’d love to get feed back on your experience with them.

Focus on less

March 17, 2009
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Many companies are looking to save money in the current economy by looking at what can be cut from IT, and this article from InfoWorld lists several ideas that can help companies streamline their operations and potentially even realize faster gains from their projects. A lot of the advice focused on adopting a more agile approach for IT projects, giving business stakeholders value and functionality more quickly than traditional project management approaches that are more planning up-front heavy and may take months or years to get the value to the business. At Ayoka, we’ve been focusing on this approach and educating our clients about the benefits of agile and the approach it brings to project management and generally find that clients are very responsive towards it. Of course, for a client to truely embrace the agile approach they also need to be convinced that a fixed-bid pricing model will in the end work against that, and may not be in their best interest.

Another good point the article mentioned was the cost-saving benefits of virtualization, SaaS (Software as a Service), and cloud computing. I like to lump these together because when a company realizes the benefit of one and starts adopting it in one department, generally the benefits quickly become apparent and (where feasible)  the others are adopted as well. For a custom software company like Ayoka, clients that have adopted or are interested in these technologies have far less barriers  in their IT environment to deploying, administering, and maintaining new products and we can focus on what gives the best value to the customer instead of what can work within their IT spiderweb.

The point that really hit home with what I see on a daily basis was about maintaining legacy applications that are a huge cost center, especially for SMBs that can’t really afford to keep a full-time staff on hand yet need to be able to support the mission critical application. That’s where we can really help our clients cut costs and allow them to focus on their core business needs and have us manage the development and maintenance work on an as needed basis:

  • By providing an integration layer for that legacy application so that in-house IT staff can focus on providing actual value and deliver results to the line of business.
  • By moving the application to the cloud and basically reducing the need for in house management of the application.
  • Or by rewriting the application in a mainstream technology that the in-house IT staff can support.

The Battle for the Cloud

December 30, 2008
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I was reading this article on eWeek Kafi sent today, where a writer gave his opinion on several predictions by Appirio mainly based around cloud computing. The article is interesting and I recommend briefly going over it, but here I’m going to focus on a couple of the points I found pretty interesting:

The first point, regarding integrations between clouds is a really good point as this is how you can add value to your cloud without having to create new functionality yourself. As everyone has seen with the popularity of Facebook and Salesforce.com third party apps, the only way to expand in Web 2.0 is to let your users provide content, and developers are the users of clouds. Google App Engine and Amazon have opened up access to other clouds as well, and I’m sure Microsoft’s Azure will provide similar functionality to its users. In fact, I think Microsoft will really put a lot of its resources in getting the cloud strategy correct and providing a straightforward path for current Visual Studio developers.

The next interesting point is about the rise of server-less medium to large enterprises, and I absolutely believe this is the logical result of going down the cloud computing path. With companies like Terremark that can host your IT infrastructure on their cloud, saving you CapEx, space, and energy, there really is a compelling reason to not have servers in the enterprise except for really specialized appliance-type servers like firewalls, VPNs, proxies and so on.

I also wanted to mention the point about private clouds, I do think as the technology becomes more mature that term will make about as much sense as private electric grids, you really don’t need them unless you’re doing some pretty crazy things.

Next, the point is made that BI (business intelligence) will be the next big push for SaaS-plays. While I do agree that their is certainly a lot of activity going on there from companies like Oracle as well as Salesforce, I think that other areas of the enterprise like ESBs, finance, and healthcare will experience just as much conversion to the cloud.

Finally I think you’ll find that the IT department in the enterprise and software development shops will often be the first to switch over their infrastructure to the cloud, and we’re experiencing that ourselves at Ayoka as most of our servers and applications are in the cloud already. What have your experiences been regarding or issues surrounding moving apps and infrastructure to the cloud?

Are you ready to build the next killer cloud app?

December 3, 2008
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I attended a webinar today hosted by Salesforce.com about their new Sites platform, something I’ve mentioned earlier on this blog and which is generating quite a bit of interest in the cloud-computing space. There was a bit of additional information I got from the webinar, including forecasted availability (GA release summer of next year), initial pricing information, and a demo of how to setup a simple site. It seems like creating a site from existing Force.com APEX pages is really easy, and getting started with a site costs nothing additional. Once you reach a certain number of page views (starting at 50K, depending on your subscription) then you pay for that additional usage. Finally, they introduced a new developer challenge for anyone who creates a Force.com Site to compete in. It’s a pretty cool way to advertise the platform as well as the developers creating interesting apps for it. So, if you have that amazing idea for a Force.com site, why not tell us about it and maybe we can help you develop it?