Tech Trends Advisor

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Technology is rapidly evolving all around us, the time to adapt to a new kind of interaction is upon us, new trends bring disruption, we can only imagine what the future holds and although scary, we need to take them into consideration for growth.
You and I know no one can be ready for every aspect of change, but it’s good to understand what is coming and prepare as best you can. Now let’s take a look at the tech trends that will have a critical impact on the next couple of years, and how to leverage them for business and the day-to-day:

1.- Artificial intelligence: No, it is not all about robots, nowadays AI supports many different tools and platforms for business; from SIRI to Netflix, what you need to know is AI  is based on algorithms that can learn, programmed to predict what you, your customer, and your stakeholders want, it can be used to gain insight on your business verticals, giving you better ways to improve your marketing and sales effectiveness.

2.- The internet of things:  This concept is a name to the now growing connectivity between previously common devices to internet, from smart TV to interconnected cities. The potential of this concept relays on data, huge amounts of it, how to acquire it and effectively use it at your advantage with the sole goal of delivering value to your clients, opening yourself to new opportunities and the option of new markets.

3.-Data Science: A field in Big Data, which use and methods are based on a mix of mathematics, statistics, and information science, it exists to compress massive amounts of data through a variety of methods, analyze them, and help anyone related to them make a swift and precise analysis to improve the decision-making process in the macro level.

4.-Blockchain Technology: Mostly known for its cryptocurrency applications (yes, Bitcoin) Blockchain is a way to ensure data security, it enables transparency and collaboration through its complex systems. With the potential to become one of the key pillars of cybersecurity, forecasting, and supply chain management, which are some of the concerns of business nowadays.

5.-UI Overhauls: With the accelerated access to new display interfaces the time will come to adapt beyond today trends, assimilation of new best practices will be a must at a faster rate than ever before. The challenge and opportunity for you lie in being able to adapt to new technologies and displays in the less time possible.

6.- Data Visualization: It’s not all about graphics, and it kind of is, with Big Data and the internet of things as a driving force the need to compile and consolidate huge sets of data faster, the use of intuitive ways to interact with data has appeared, evolving hand in hand with the newest forms of technology.  To use this trend at your advantage you should find creative, compelling ways to show relevant data to your different stakeholders, whether they are clients, employees, or your board of directives give value to them by showing your KPIs in unique ways to make better decisions and valuable actions.

7.- Extended Reality: A mix of Virtual reality and Augmented Reality come together to help business interaction with clients in new immersive ways, for B2C the interaction is endless and well documented, everyone knows the efforts that are being put in action for advertising and entertainment; meanwhile, not many are talking about B2B, What happens when two organizations meet in a virtual environment to work together and seamlessly collaborate? The answer is still unknown since there is no full virtual collaboration in a virtual reality environment, the possibilities are endless.

Sooner or later these trends will solidify and turn into the driving force behind industry and economy, cascading into every part of society. The importance of understanding these trends lies in being prepared for their imminent arrival,  adapt to them, and accept their integration to any key aspects of your life and work.

Understand Your Team

Avoid the awkwardness nodding to an unfamiliar tech term.

Sometimes speaking in tech can be a burden, with obscure words that have no meaning if you don’t have the proper training, get familiar with some of the most used words used by software developers and understand your teams.

Framework: This is the canvas in which developers structure their work. Frameworks vary from each other, ho yeah there’s more than one, this is a broad concept depending on the framework you choose will be the tools and controls you’ll get on the code end and the functionalities you’ll need.

Back End: Applications, web servers, and databases. Anything that is behind the curtain and makes a website or web server run smoothly is what this term is all about.

Architecture: How your software is or will be structured, it’s important to understand that the architecture used to create your system is based on your needs. For example, if you require speed and reliability, you need to use a language that can be used for real-time computing.

Redundancy: It’s a backup, of course, I’m oversimplifying, it’s all about performance and security, its creating duplicates as fail-safe mechanisms in case a critical error occurs or in the case that data recovery is needed.

Cloud Security: Security for your cloud services, simple right?  Well…yeah, the catch is in what it includes, this ever-changing tech term is all about how you set the right policies, get the technology that suits you for your needs, and set the right controls for your architecture to be effective.

DevOps: Used to reduce the time to market a product and reduce the risk of failure to create, this process is used with collaboration in mind. Some key departments that are part of this process are quality assurance, development, and operations.

Bugs: Pesky little issues on your system, they can be small things like delays on the interface to critical errors in security. The good thing is that bugs are one of the most common issues on a new development; that is why QA engineers specialize in fixing them ASAP.

API: Stands for, Application Programming Interface, API are defined methods of communication between different software components, their sole purpose is to make easier for developers and business to create a bridge between different systems, making programming simpler and faster.

Iteration: The common definition is a repetitive process, in the software community, iteration is defined as a single development cycle of a process, these are reviewed and critiqued by the different stakeholders.

Sprint: Developing a planned amount of work in a short period of time to send for revision, like in running, the track is the project, the distance is measured in a timeframe between 2-4 weeks. It is mainly used mainly in the agile methodology.

Agile: It is a methodology,  and as such, there is no one way to do it, in fact, there are 4 variants to work this method scrum, crystal, extreme programming, and Feature Driven Development.  What makes this methodology so appealing to software developers is the clarity and progress it gives them after finishing each the different sprint iteration.

 

Design

User Experience Design, User Interface Design, or Graphic design? Love, at first sight, meets the perfect first date.

The design is all about creation, creativity, and function. There was a time when the use of the word “design” automatically referred to graphic design, this is not bad, it’s just that design in the digital world has evolved to fit different needs, things like user  interaction, responsiveness, and the attention span of a goldfish are what design as a discipline needs to deal with nowadays; that’s why, you need to think deeper when it comes to design, you need to take behavior into account.

As you must have deduced by now, there is no experience without an interface, and the interface is useless without the right graphic layout. These three different design disciplines go hand in hand to create a seamless interaction with your users and although they seem really different they share some similarities.

Now let’s find out what they mean and how they relate to one another:

Graphic Design

Look at graphic design as the way to express every visual need you have in a cohesive coherent way. Colors, Fonts, Forms, and pretty much every piece a layout is a canvas for a graphic designer, they are in charge of bringing to life the image you envision.

The thing is, the final result often lacks interactive elements, too static to be of use in a digital format, this is when the limitations of graphic design become clear, there is no real mobility.

UX – User Experience Design

Think of User Experience as understanding your user’s behavior to enhance their satisfaction. UX goal is simplifying user interactions with your system, achieve the goals you want for your website, app, or platform. This type of design not only works in a digital environment, nowadays the internet of things is making UX design a primordial part of human-computer interaction extending to an environment never before imagined.

UI – User Interface Design

Everything that needs to be interactive is what UI is all about, from buttons to email forms,  it is the type of design that supports graphics to be useful to the user, it’s not rocket science, it needs to be researched for success, user interface serves its purpose if it’s used to target the right people and helps them use your system in the way you intended.

You need to make everything on a website as clear as possible and imagine yourself in the shoes of your target market. Anticipate their behavior and wow them.

In the end is all about value, a design is meant to be a cornerstone for any organization, create smooth transitions between users and your platform, helping you accomplish whatever goal your site or app needs to fulfill.

Outsourcing has become an integral part of the IT and software development component of many U.S. companies, large and small. But for companies that outsource to India, the solution may have created more problems than it has solved. Here is why more U.S. businesses are turning to Advancio for help with nearshore outsourcing to Mexico:

  • Time zones – Regardless of your location in the U.S. you are many time zones away from India. Think of it this way: when you are getting ready to go home, they are just beginning their shift.
  • Culture – As our neighbor, the U.S. and Mexico share many cultural references, including history and food. There are only rare cultural similarities with India and this takes a toll on the outsourcing relationship.
  • Inflated talent pool – India has been undergoing a tech revolution for a long time, which is leading to a shortage of true talent. In Mexico, the commitment to becoming a leading outsource resource is just beginning and there are many highly qualified IT workers and software engineers waiting to assist you and your business.
  • Communication – Thanks to language similarities, the language barrier with Mexico is far easier to overcome than it is with India. And when working with resources in Mexico, the meaning of common English words and phrases is much closer to our own.

These are just a few of the differences between outsourcing to Mexico or India. If you’re interested in learning more, we’d like to hear from you: Just click here or call us at: (888) 407-4030.

Mexico has always been a coveted destination for Americans. Long before the spring break crowds discovered Cancun and Puerto Vallarta, American tourists made large contributions to the Mexican economy.

Today, Americans are contributing the Mexican economy in another way and reaping huge dividends in return.

The concept is “nearshore outsourcing,” a means of expanding the staff of your business with the people you need, but without the time and expense of hiring full-time people here at home. Mexico is already one of America’s largest trade partners so it makes sense that the partnership will continue to grow.

The chief benefits of outsourcing nearshore to Mexico are:

  • A growing Mexican economy – Mexico is undergoing an “ambitious reform agenda” that includes overhauls of the education, communications, transportation, and tax systems, which benefits American firms who wish to nearshore there.
  • Proximity – As a U.S. neighbor, communication is real-time and nearshore teams become a true extension of your business.
  • Expertise – As Mexico positions itself to overtake other countries as a top outsourcing option, it has developed a reliable and deep pool of ultra-talented tech labor pool that is quickly filling in the gaps in the U.S. labor pool.
  • Cost – Mexico provides expert talent at a fraction of the cost of U.S. labor. This goes directly to your bottom line.
  • Cultural exchanges – Across the U.S. and Mexico, there are overlapping cultural influences that help reduce the “foreign” feel that comes with outsourcing to countries such as India, China, or the Philippines.

For more information on how Advancio’s nearshore IT outsourcing can benefit your enterprise, click here or call us at: (888) 407-4030.

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