Monday, 12 March 2018

Artificial intelligence is the necessity of the day

We have reached a point where businesses absolutely need to adopt Artificial Intelligence to stay relevant.
Even though, Artificial Intelligence is in existence for so many years, it has gained importance in the last few years and it will make greater strides in the years to come.
Lots of devices like smartphones, Televisions, and even mirrors have AI enabled capabilities and the vendors promoting and selling these devices will have enormous growth in the future due to AI adoption.   But the biggest winners during this year and the years to come are data scientists and Chief Data Officers (CDO) who will be in high demand for a long time.

Forrester predicts that AI will blur the boundaries between structured and unstructured data, and 50% of CDO’s will start to report directly to the CEO. As a result, over 13% of data-related jobs on are for data engineers, compared to 1% for data scientists. This reflects the need for practical, action-oriented data pros that can directly impact the bottom line.

How artificial intelligence is driving sales.

Every time Amazon recommends a purchase to a customer, that's artificial intelligence at work. But AI, the ability of computers or robots to perform tasks commonly associated with intelligent beings, is not just limited to huge multinationals.  Even small companies are adopting to AI capabilities on their day to day business.

Sales platform Salesforce estimates it is handling a billion queries every day using its AI system, dubbed Einstein, which is used across small and large businesses.


You might think that implementing or Adopting AI into our business processes is a costlier affair.  This is after all a thought that existed few years ago but now there are lots of players in the market who provides cost effective AI solutions that would fit into your budget.  To put it simple, AI has become inevitable in our business operations and we must adopt AI capabilities in whatever processes that we implement in the business. 

Please feel free to contact us if you would like to get some insights on how AI could help to transform your business.  Have a great day!!

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Tuesday, 19 December 2017

3 Most Important Tech Trends of 2018

From Ransomwares to Blockchain, 2017 has been a digital transformation were so disruptive that organizations had several mild heart attacks throughout the year. If there was one thing had learned from 2017, it would be taking initiative and driving technology to wield business opportunity rather than catching up to it.

The enterprise software development landscape is changing fast. New technologies, management models and practices are proliferating rapidly. In fact, there is more change in the technology in last decade, than there ever was. These trends are likely to have a huge impact on how businesses interact with customers, as well as how employees work. Now let’s list those disruptive technologies which would likely to be the main trend of 2018.

1. Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Intelligent Apps & Analytics

According to Gartner this Digital Mesh would be the primary focus of 2018.  AI will seep through every vertical of technology to create more dynamic, flexible and autonomous systems which can learn and evolve.  

The output of such technology would be used in real world blending virtual and real worlds into creative, digital and well-connected environment.

Robotics will be deployed to automate processes and intelligent apps would connect people, devices, content and services to deliver enhance digital outcomes.  Here is a pitfall with regards to implementing AI. 

Instead of focusing on dramatic AI experience from that of science movies, Organizations should focus on Narrow AI. Narrow AI, consisting of highly scoped machine-learning solutions that target a specific task (such as understanding language or driving a vehicle in a controlled environment) with algorithms chosen that are optimized for that task, is where the action is today.

Analytics is another area of interest that would not only help in making right decisions for people but also for machines. Analytics will scoop up the vast amount of data available today to make sense of what is most important, its trends and deviations. This insight will be crucial element of input for algorithms such as RPA.

2. Digital, Cloud and VR

The previous predicament that if you don’t have a presence and service offer in Digital you don’t exist is not entirely true with respect to 2018.  Digital Twin as Gartner named it would be a Digital representation of real world entity system.  

Based on IoT concept, the real-world entity will have a linked virtual entity which would take to their counterparts, respond to changes and improve operation by adding value.

Despite the promise of hybrid cloud, we expect that many organisations will still go into 2018 trying to work out how to get real value from hybrid.  According to Gartner, Augmented reality (AR), virtual reality (VR) and mixed reality are changing the way that people perceive and interact with the digital world. Combined with conversational platforms, a fundamental shift in the user experience to an invisible and immersive experience will emerge. Application vendors, system software vendors and development platform vendors will all compete to deliver this model.

3. Block Chain and Security

Over the next year, there will be change when it comes to security, with threat detection capabilities embedded into platforms, supporting everything a business does from manufacturing to sales. The threat of cybersecurity disruption is greater than ever, and so we expect that in 2018 organisations will start doubling down on defence. 

There is a need for end-to-end managed security infrastructure for the network, the developer and applications and this will be another primary focus of 2018.

Blockchain is a shared, distributed, decentralized and tokenized ledger that removes business friction by being independent of individual applications or participants. The technology holds the promise to change industries, and although the conversation often surrounds financial opportunities, blockchain has many potential applications in government, healthcare, content distribution, supply chain and more. However, Organization must take extreme caution must be taken when identifying the opportunities that can be used with blockchain.

These three trends set to be the major focus of 2018. It’s imperative to prepare for 2018 in technology frontier so organizations can have a competitive edge in offering solutions and products to the customers.  If you like to know more on how your business can benefit from any of these trends please contactus here. Thanks for stopping by and Have a fantastic day!

   Srivatsan Aravamudan

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   Business Analyst - Snr Software Consultant.

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

IoT For SME (5/5) – Software Development Quality

Welcome to the final article on this series IoT for SME. If you would like to read the previous posts on this series please use the link below.

IoT for SMEs (1/5) - Money Matters :  All that you need to know about SME grants in Singapore

IoT for SME (2/5) – Custom Applications :  Can custom software be the key ?

IoT for SME (3/5) – Reinventing Wheels : Why to re invent everything again ? a guide to using the best of what is out there.

IoT For SME (4/5) – Better Safe than Sorry :  Security should never be underrated.

In my experience, I find Technological small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs) are good with managing their day to day operations. 

On several occasions, I noticed that they have created unique ways of managing their orders, customers and production hiccups. However, when it comes to translating these into software applications and utilising the Technology, SMEs often fail.  

This is due to combination of several factors such as:

1. SMEs that are involved in developing software often lack maturity in the development process.

2. SMEs often translate their existing system completely thus including all the loop holes and processes that are often unnecessary and/or can be achieved using better ways with technology.

3. SMEs often compare applications to what they know such as Spreadsheets or Word document and expect the software application to behave like what they know of.

4. SMEs find it harder to trust the complete automation and would prefer manual check points or control to ensure the software does exactly what it supposed to do.

At one end, they have the business logic and knowledge which is crucial to successful implementation of IoT software applications and on the other end is these inabilities or blocks that hurdles the software development process and its successful implementation. The solution to this dilemma lies in the quality of software development.

Software contractors often consider software quality as the system that does exactly what the user asked for, less bugs and follows standards with latest technologies as its back bone. However, in terms of users the quality often means delivering the software on time, within the budget, easy to use and support adequately by the software contractors.

Both these definitions of quality are correct. While it is important to consider the views of the software contractor, end user’s definition of quality is the factor that determines the success of the software implementation. Hence it vital to define the key aspects of the quality from the SMEs perspective before embarking on the journey of software development. If you like to know more about the quality in developing the software application, please write to us here. If you want to read more on how to outsource software development effectively, please head over here. Thank you for stopping by and have a fantastic day.

   Srivatsan Aravamudan

   Telephone:+65 62689551
   Fax:+65 62689858
   Business Analyst - Snr Software Consultant.

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