A Comprehensive Guide to Chatbots: Best Practices for Building Conversational Interfaces

With the number of mobile messaging users expected to surpass 2 billion by 2018, more and more businesses consider chat apps to be a new field of opportunity. Largely due to the staggering growth of mobile messaging platforms, the new trend – chatbots – is gearing up. Driven by recent advances in artificial intelligence, the bot revolution is already upon us. How can you keep up with the trend? Is it even worth the effort? You will find the answers to all your questions in this article.

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The Good and the Bad of ReactJS and React Native

ReactJS and React Native are the new technologies for web and mobile development introduced by Facebook. The project was started by Jordan Walke, a Facebook software engineer, in 2011. To simplify the development process and foster a more comfortable user experience, he decided to create a library that would allow for building a web interface with JavaScript. In this article, we’ll address why React was created and the advantages and disadvantages of using React technologies.

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Starting a SaaS Business: 9 Steps towards Success

It’s estimated that SaaS demand will only continue to grow by 2020 with a quarter of organizations running their core business processes on SaaS. No surprise it’s so hard for a SaaS business to stay afloat and receive a desired revenue. That’s why we’ve analyzed the main mistakes SaaS startups and established providers make and today will share advice on how to handle the most occurring issues.

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Technology Industry News & Trends, April 2017

Many important tech industry events happened in April. Microsoft kept on struggling for their positions in IoT and data science markets. Digital transformation intensified in the public sector. And blockchain growth slowed down! All that and more you can find in our traditional tech report.

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How to Structure a Data Science Team: Key Models and Roles to Consider

Just recently we talked about machine-learning-as-a-service platforms. The main takeaway from the current trends is simple. Machine learning becomes more approachable for midsize and small businesses as it gradually turns into a commodity. The leading vendors – Google, Amazon, and Microsoft – provide APIs and platforms to run basic ML operations without a private infrastructure and deep data science expertise. In the early stages, taking this lean and frugal approach would be the smartest move. As analytics capabilities scale, a team structure can be reshaped to boost operational speed and extend an analytics arsenal. How to implement this incremental approach? This time we talk about data science team structures and their complexity.

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Digital Transformation Stories: How JetBlue and Marriott Advance Travel Experience

From searching for information, tickets, and accommodations, to leaving reviews and sharing photos, most of the pre- and post-travel activities currently take place online. To keep up with the challenges of the digital age, major travel providers and hotel chains are actively looking for the ways to stay relevant and competitive. Find out how airlines, travel agencies, and hotels use modern technologies to increase their competitiveness and revenue in this article.

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Reach Your Audience with Accessible and Inclusive Design

Inclusive design grew from the term “universal design” proposed by an American architect, the late Ronald L. Mace. The essence of universal design was to build facilities for “all ages and abilities.” He believed that easy access to buildings and urbanistic freedom of movement would make life simpler for all people – not only for those with disabilities. Selwyn Goldsmith transformed Mace’s notion in his book Designing for the Disabled and pioneered this concept renamed “free design.” Then these terms came to be known as inclusive and accessible design. So, what is the difference between them?

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How to Be a Mobile-First Company?

Life on this planet is becoming increasingly mobile. This has led to some major shifts in the long-established industries, as well as creation of the new areas of opportunity outside of them. What does this mean for your business? How can you turn it to your advantage? Here is our comprehensive guide to the benefits and best practices for building a mobile-first business.

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UX Design Trends for 2017: Dictated by the Future

Steve Jobs once said, “The broader one’s understanding of the human experience, the better design we will have.” The previous decades’ designs were defined by the people of that time. It reflected their passions and everyday struggles as it tried to simplify the life people led then. Today the concept is the same, but hardest of all is to understand the problems and expectations of a person in 2017. Is it safety? Emotional comfort? Or finding time to enjoy life in our busy world? Here we want to go through some of the trends that will be shaping UX design in 2017 and, possibly, for several more years to come.

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Travel Tech Potential: 5 Opportunities to Reshape Travel Industry

Despite the biggest natural disasters recorded in 2016 and the deadliest terror attacks in Europe, the percentage of worldwide travelling is still growing and the further potential is high. According to ITB World Travel Trends Report, the overall volume of world traveling was neither impacted by terrorism nor by political unrest, and the number of international trips is expected to increase by 4-5 percent in 2017. Regardless of all security challenges the travel industry continues its rapid technological development which shapes the experiences of each global traveller.

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Technology Industry News & Trends, March 2017

The speed of technology development is striking. Just in September, we received the final version of Angular 2.0, and this month Angular 4.0 is here! Although they skipped the number three, the new Angular is much faster than the previous one. Even the chronic laggards,  like logistics and insurance industries, try to reach the digital age collaborating with niche tech companies. And Google is aggressively expanding its cloud platform challenging the top players. You can find all of the above and some more in our traditional news and trends report.

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Reality Check: Artificial General Intelligence Will Soon Take Charge

There’s one stupid but cool mind paradox. Every time you hear about artificial intelligence taking over the world, stealing our jobs, treating us like we treat ants, and putting mankind on the brink of extinction, it sounds scary. It really is, especially if you’re a Bostrom fan.  But strangely, these thoughts bring a sort of uncanny pleasure. We all love to speculate about this grim future, don’t we? Is that the imp of the perverse that Poe talked about? Or maybe we all love to think of ourselves stepping into a sci-fi plot. Anyway, it’s quite a glamourous, post-apocalyptic scenario, much better than a nuclear winter.  This time we’re investigating how rational these fears are against real data. What’s going on? Should we be scared?

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Comparing Machine Learning as a Service: Amazon, Microsoft Azure, Google Prediction API

For most businesses machine learning seems close to rocket science. It appears expensive and talent demanding. And if you’re aiming at building another Netflix recommendation system, it really is. But the trend of making everything-as-a-service affected this sophisticated sphere too. You can jump-start a ML initiative without much investment, which would be the right move if you are new to data science and just want to grab the low hanging fruit.

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AngularJS vs Knockout.js vs Vue.js vs Backbone.js: Which Framework Suits Your Project Best?

Frameworks are used as a foundation for a broad range of applications, depending on a problem for which the certain framework was created. Some frameworks have similar functions, but each comes with a different implementation, so you’ll have to make a choice. Even if you don’t find a framework that applies to all of your criteria, there are always some tools that are just more versatile. Today we’re comparing four frameworks and each of them, besides pros and cons, has something unique to offer. Let’s take a closer look.

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Using Microservices for Legacy System Modernization

Many organizations see the prospect of legacy software evolution as an impregnable fortress. Microservices architecture can smoothen the rough edges and even bring some extra advantages. Here are the main benefits and difficulties to consider before finding your way around the technology.

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Technology Industry News & Trends, February 2017

February, the last full month of winter, was rich in technology news and IT market insights. The reports  of the $23.8 billion Snapchat IPO and the gaining momentum of $1.2 trillion digital transformation campaign will be discussed among other things in our February technology Industry report.

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13 Signs Your Legacy Systems Need Modernization

While software modernization is an extremely time-consuming and costly undertaking, the cost of running your vital business processes on outdated software might be even higher. By relying on legacy systems, you put the very existence of your business at risk. But how do you know if your software needs modernization? Here are 13 points to verify.

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Five Components of Enterprise Mobility Strategy

Are you the type that starts a workday long before stepping into the office and firing up your computer? Most of us get business emails on our phones and start messaging coworkers as we commute. So, BYOD (bring your own device) is no longer a trend. It’s reality.  The boundary between workstation and mobile is so fuzzy, the question isn’t if we embrace enterprise mobility, but rather how we do it.

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10 Apps Made with Xamarin: Cross-Platform Development in Practice

CEOs and startups who have developed mobile apps are familiar with the struggles– between speed and quality, iOS and Android, hybrid and native. And Xamarin could certainly change the rules of the game. We decided to compile this Xamarin app showcase to discuss the most distinct features of the technology and what role they played in delivering these applications.

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Developing Machine Learning Strategy for Business in 7 Steps

If you’ve succumbed to the hype around machine learning, you’ve likely heard hundreds of ML evangelists claim that data-driven decision-making is inevitable for companies that want to thrive in the near future. And a number of questions will arise as you consider how to employ the technology in your business.. Can it significantly aid in reducing costs or increasing revenue? How can you estimate return on investment? Can you leverage the existing data to yield game-changing insights? Should you even try to get on that train right now?

 

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Technology Trends and Predictions 2017: How to Immerse

What a year 2016 has been! Everybody has been talking about Brexit and the US presidential election. In the technology world, everyone has been speculating about how Brexit and the election will impact us. But the emerging trends of recent years aren’t going anywhere. So, here it is–our final trends digest with predictions and concerns.

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Unlocking Fintech Potential: Top 10 Opportunities to Transform Financial Industry with the Use of Technology

From paying for a cup of coffee with your iPhone to handling complex financial data at work, you deal with fintech every day. With $31.6 billion of investment in the US, with additional $18.1 billion invested globally over the last five years, it is currently one of the hottest technology sectors.

Yet, the fintech market is far from being saturated. Here is the definitive list of fintech opportunities that both established businesses and entrepreneurs can use to their advantage.

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Technology Industry News & Trends, November 2016

Autumn brought us falling leaves and exceptionally interesting technology. IT professionals shared expectations and predictions for 2017. The US fintech industry is affected by uncertainty after the presidential election. We’ll discuss that and more in our November report.

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Data Science and AI in the Travel Industry: 5 Real-Life Use Cases

Digital travel sales grew rapidly over the last several years, totaling $496.21 billion in 2015. And the number is expected to reach $817.54 billion by 2020. Such explosive growth is fueled by recent technology advances, not the least of which is data science.

So, if you are searching for some fresh ideas on how to put your data to good use, here are 5 application scenarios for data analytics and machine learning in the travel domain.

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Technology Industry News & Trends, October 2016

October was an interesting month in our sector. Gartner predicted modest growth in IT spending for 2017 and announced 10 significant trends that would impact technology in the coming year. Samsung joins Apple and Google in AI competition. We will discuss all this and much more in our monthly news and trends report.

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Technology Industry News & Trends, September 2016

September passed quickly, but still delivered many interesting elements in the technology industry and we’ll have a look at them. Certainly a couple of the most interesting news were the Angular 2 release and the announcement of unified .Net Standard libraries by Microsoft. We’ll discuss that and more in our report.

 

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Technology Industry News & Trends, August 2016

Time marches on as information technologies continue their rapid development. There is still a shortage of skilled software developers. Analytics, security, and DevOps skills are still trending as the new stars, as AI and the Internet of Things (IoT) are rapidly catching up. The popularity of Java is on the rise while investments in fintech are declining. All these things and much more follow in this  – our August report.

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Technology Industry News & Trends, July 2016

We are glad to provide you an outlook on major events in Information Technology Industry in July. Last month, the technology industry came to understanding that Brexit will actually happen and everyone needs to start adapting to this change as early as possible. To mark this change Forrester has updated the forecasts for European and the U.K. tech markets for 2016 and 2017. The U.K. industry will only grow by 1 percent in 2016 and stay flat in 2017, instead of 5 percent growth each year that has been predicted earlier. Take a look at other tech and industry news below.

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User Experience (UX) Design in Software Product Development: How to Create Exceptional Product Value

While the user expectations and needs are constantly growing, having a good UX strategy is an important aspect of the business. User-centric companies are setting the pace in almost every industry. That said, proper UX design has a major impact on the business ROI and plays a significant role in the software product development process in general, contributing to the creation of a more consistent, relevant and overall higher quality software product.

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Quiet Revolution in Enterprise: Embracing Agile Strategy

Originating from incremental development techniques, first used back in 1957 by a group of engineers at IBM and Motorola, Agile philosophy has long become a generally accepted standard in software development. Initially considered to be the domain of startups and small companies, agile methodologies, however, are gaining wider use with enterprises.

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At the Kickoff: Project Development vs Product Development

Having experience working with more than 200 clients, we can honestly say that quality, time, and money are the main factors considered when choosing a software development contractor. What is rarely considered is the form of cooperation you develop with the contractor. Choosing the most suitable form has an adverse effect on how much time and money will be spent before the product is launched and how of high quality it will be.

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8 Steps to Make Your Business Cloud Secure

Every day companies face the problem of streamlining and protecting their data storage. Cloud platforms and solutions provide the fertile ground for easier IT management, cost cuts, better flexibility and scalability. Moreover, there are what’s considered to be three leading trends driving global cloud adoption, namely the Internet of Things, growing data volumes and the software defined data center. Yet, as the Ubuntu Cloud Survey states, security and privacy are major barriers to cloud adoption (34 percent). Along with the acknowledged benefits of the cloud technology, comes the stereotyped fear of insecurity. But is it really so? Are on-premise servers and storage appliances with all their walls, guards, alarm systems more protected from external forces than the cloud?

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