Archive | February 2016

3 Reasons to Have a Mobile Application for Your eCommerce Customer and Business Needs

eCommerce is enjoying unbridled success due to the many conveniences it offers such as shopping without having to visit a store, indulging in impulse purchases, fabulous offers and doorstep delivery! We bring you 3 reasons to have a mobile application for your eCommerce customer and business needs.

Mobile Feature Integration

As mobile technology is maturing towards the minimalistic and sixth sense programming, its features and instruments like wearable device, GPS tracking, beacon technology etc. can be leveraged for completely automated and informed business approach. From the customer end, GPS tracker on the customer’s device can be used to find their current location and make a spot delivery to ensure you don’t miss them when they are not at home when the agent is out-on-delivery. Further, the in-built NFC technology can be used for cashless payments in cash-on-delivery transactions. Beacon technology can be used to streamline warehouse activities and the GPS tracker to ensure seamless supply chain management.

Regular Updates via push notifications

SMSes and emails can be intrusive or overlooked or spammed based on the receiver’s mood. Mobile applications have in-built technologies to send push notifications that can be glimpsed at for further details in the drop-down before being pursued or discarded. These are unobtrusive yet attractive messages to catch the device owner’s eyes and spur them to explore offers further. Internally, they can be used as reminders, chats and instant messaging tools to communicate with team members or even stakeholders, suppliers and business partners.

Building brand loyalty with Indigenous Experience

A mobile application can be arranged to suit the customer’s preferences by showing them similar products and new offerings based on their lifestyle and interests. With personalised messages pushed onto their device regularly, it gives the shopper a personalised shopping experience. The company may consider integrating a voice navigation tool that will verbally communicate with the prospective buyer and act as their style guide to give a live shopping experience. Further, with features such as 4-D images customers can try out the product before deciding to make the purchase. Within the company, with employees, partners and suppliers, a loyalty towards the company can be established by facilitating them with the right technologies to perform their tasks easily, in a timely manner and with greater transparency.

Mobile application keeps people connected with the business all the time and it makes activities such as marketing and communication more noticeable. Hence, along with a full-fledged responsive website, a mobile application for the business is equally essential.

A cross-platform mobile application that works well on all major mobile platforms will ensure the eCommerce business gets greater visibility among prospective customers.

 

Are They Competitive and Compatible?

Windows Mobile is the term used to refer to the large umbrella of ‘mobile operating systems’ developed by Microsoft mainly for Pocket PCs and Smartphones.

The earliest origins of Windows Mobile came in 1996 although it wasn’t until after 2000 that several versions of the operating system were released, marketed for business and corporate customers, similar to the Windows desktop operating systems. With stiff competition from iOS and Android operating systems targeting consumers, Windows Phone superseded Windows Mobile and hence Windows Mobile operating systems became redundant with the last version on Windows Mobile being the 6.5.5 version. Post that, it has been only Windows Phone for Microsoft as it takes on more popular and widely used mobile systems like the Android and the iOS. With several smart and easy to use applications and features like live integration, office integration, futuristic interface, snappy keyboard etc. the Windows Phone packs punchy software that is used on many mobile devices.

The debate on ‘which is the most suitable Windows mobile?’ keeps raging. From the first Windows Phone 7 version to the 8.1 showcasing several unique features like customized ringtones, visual voicemail, messaging conversations, gaming, competent web browser enabling multi-tasking and messaging using Windows Live Messenger, Facebook, Twitter and more, it offers a complete product and competes in the consumer market with Android phones. The multi-core processor and high resolution screen provide superior hardware features and support to the operating system.

While industry experts are quick to point out that Microsoft is not positioning itself as a competitor to the more used and constant Android and iOS platforms, the company is quick to reaffirm its ‘commitment to mobiles’ and stays that posts commenting on the ‘death of Windows phone’ are exaggerated.

While it certainly hasn’t given up on the mobile market, it has however made it clear that there is no competition with the app-centric mobile systems developed by Apple and Android. This realization has come about but only after Microsoft tried long and hard to be back in the reckoning through seeking app developers creating apps for Microsoft and by making apps for third party mobile manufacturers and even attempting to port Android and iOS apps to Windows, efforts that did not meet with much success. Unlike Android and iOS which constantly upgrade apps for future cycles, Microsoft has been unable to compete in that area.

Features of Good Time Tracking Software

You’re looking to make changes in how your company controls time and projects. How will you get to exercise those changes? Making changes in your time management system can be a big challenge and could raise a lot of questions.

Meet time tracker

There are many considerations; in the end, it isn’t just about you but about those who work with you. No doubt that you have a system of accounting and payroll already, but in the fast-changing world of business you have most probably heard there are more effective tools for putting the numbers to work for you. The solutions known as Time Management Software, Project Management Software, Business Management Software, or, simply speaking, time trackers.

Change in the business sense, is better referred to as “progress”. Progression is critically important, for it embodies much in the business world, and without it you are just spinning your wheels. History trends reveal many answers.

Take for example two corner grocery shops in the 50’s.

Store A’s owner puts all the receipts for ordering resale shipments, public utilities, hours of employees, and cash register tapes into a big bag and brings them home on the weekend to balance.

Store B’s owner keeps a log of sold goods, employee tasks, items damaged or outdated, along with just a two column ledger he keeps at the close of every day. In the beginning, there were not many differences between store A and B but in time store A developed a reputation of having outdated commodity and damaged goods, dusty racks, and bookwork was months behind because life happened on the weekends. Store A began to lose profit yet the owner was unsuspecting of the cause because he did not have a time management or project management system in place. Store B continued to flourish, always supplying the freshest product to happy customers, with cheerful employees who knew what was required of them, and a store that seemed to bring just what the customers wanted.

Store B had a system for project management, time management, and business management. Store B excelled to become a big grocery store chain, where store A threw in the towel and locked their door for the last time. The moral of the story is that you need to have an accurate method to manage your numbers. How good that system is will dictate the progress of your company. If progress in today’s world means changing to a time tracking software then you should know what to expect.

Main features you will need

Since Time is Money, you need time management software as well as business management tool to make your company as prosperous as it can be.

The time tracker you choose should provide as many of the listed features as possible:

Web-based (Installed or hosted online)
Automated reporting, notifications, job tasking
Custom reports & schedules supported
Unlimited clients, projects, tasks, addresses, notes
Support billable, non-billable time, overtime, flextime, holidays
Customizable terminology and user interfaces
Full export / import capability
Integration with your other software
Corporate compliance & governance

 

The Newest Movement in Information Management: No More File Share

Close your eyes, and take a moment to visualize this: ‘No more file shares’. What do you see? How does it feel? For me, first of all I feel this is the core of my being as an enterprise content management professional. Second, it makes so much sense, that I really can’t grasp that there are such a large amount of them still out there. I envision a world without file shares, instead using the right tools for collaboration, content sharing, management and archiving. These tools have been around for quite some time and have proven their existence.

We all know human beings are creatures of habit. Well, the greatest proof of that is that all organizations which I encountered during my time as a consultant, still have a large, if not the largest part of their content stored on the good old file shares. People working together on these shares have not changed since the first time they started using them. On the other hand, everything we store on file shares has changed. The variety, volume and velocity of content has taken a giant leap forward in the last decade. But in many organizations, all of those different and new file types are still stored on the file share for collaboration.

Of course, everybody wants to create a somewhat manageable situation for themselves. Adding metadata through twenty-something deep folder structures, defining naming conventions for files, adding version numbers in titles, etc. Still, we are all making a mess, still, we are creating duplicate upon duplicate upon duplicate. Still, we violate laws and regulations because we store sensitive content. Well, I think it is time for a change. I want to initiate the following movement here and now:

No more file shares!

Every day, there’s something going wrong with documents. Especially on file shares. This results in frustration, lost time and therefore costs. In addition to the risks to your business, there are also legal risks and the risks of violations of the laws and regulations.

I know every content & information management professional, knowledge manager, and content manager can feel this in their bones. They know using file shares undermines a good information strategy. So my mission from now on is to create a world without file shares for collaboration. A world where your content is properly managed, and as user you have all the benefits of the systems that have been created for this, such as great findability and productivity.

For now, are you as excited as I am? Yes? Then store business documents on a real ECM system. So that everyone can find them, or at least so that not anyone can delete documents. It’s up to you to weigh the risks against the cost of a real ECM system.

 

This entry was posted on February 2, 2016 and tagged .

The Advantages of Interactive Software Development

Businesses looking to consolidate their brand image and expand their horizons, need look no further than interactive software development for support in achieving this goal effortlessly. It helps connect businesses to their customers like never before. Not only is it informative and educative, it is also incredibly engaging and interesting. The latest technology for interactive software includes touch screens which increases the level of customer engagement with the software and indirectly, to the business or brand as well. It also helps to embed information in the minds of people very effectively and effortlessly. That is why businesses around the world are investing in this to leverage the power of technology to further their brand and increase business revenue.

Interactive software development can include touch screens, gesture recognition, etc. This goes a long way in impressing audiences around the world, from those that are tech geeks to those that are not! Not only touch screens, but touch tables are the latest in interactive software development. These can be deployed anywhere from restaurants to hotel lobbies, casinos to game lounges, etc. In fact, they can be successfully used in a variety of different industry verticals and not just for entertainment. They can be used for spreading information and education in a novel and engaging manner. These kinds of interactive experiences are attractive to people of all ages irrespective of gender, economic or educational background, interest level in technology, etc. There is no limit to what you can do with interactive software technology as the only limits are those set by your own imagination.

The interactive software that is installed in a number of locations can be easily managed, controlled, updated, and customized from a central hub of operations. This central hub can control the screens in different locations irrespective of the number of screens that are there. Interactive software can be used very successfully in business, from conference rooms to seminar halls, from engaging potential investors to attracting future customers.

Interactive screens that run on this technology can be seen in a variety of places all over the world. They can be seen in gaming zones to hospitals, the educational sector to the entertainment sector, from airports to aquariums and zoos. Interactive software-enabled screens never fail to attract the target audience, which is why it makes sense for businesses to deploy them in their business initiatives, whether it is a casual customer-centric approach or a more serious investor-themed application.

 

This entry was posted on February 2, 2016.