ObjectFrontier Blog – Our Focus on Software Trends

March 30, 2016

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You may have heard the term “Digital Darwinism” permeate discussions about the changing landscape of business today. Now, companies that were once synonymous with leadership in their industries are either long gone or struggling to keep their doors open. Read More

At the turn of the century, the world of software development was introduced to a DevOps_1revolutionary new concept—AGILE! No longer were organizations stuck using the time-consuming and inflexible waterfall model to develop quality software. Software’s brightest minds began to champion this radical new method of product development for all its many benefits. Read More

AngularJS (AAngularJS_LogoJS), a component of the popular Javascript MEAN Stack, has quickly become a go-to framework for developers looking to build dynamic, robust single page web applications. AJS lets you extend the HTML vocabulary for your app to create an extraordinarily expressive and readable environment that can be developed very quickly. With the fast adoption of this newer technology comes a plethora of new concerns when moving an app into production. Read More

The Client’s original mobile Breaking New Alerts and Distribution Hub was built to handle significantly fewer subscribers than the 16 million iOS subscribers and 9 million Android subscribers it had amassed over the years. On this older platform, there was a 16-minute lag from when news editors entered a story to when subscribers actually received the alert on their mobile device. Read More

Client: A National Television Broadcasting Company Client Need: The Client’s original mobile Breaking New Alerts and Distribution Hub was built to handle significantly fewer subscribers than the 16 million iOS subscribers and 9 million Android subscribers it had amassed over the years. Read More

Following the significant growth in the use of MEAN Stack technologies that OFS experienced with clients in 2014, the company is pleased to announce it has increased its investment in this technology by training 50 more employees in the MEAN Stack skillset in anticipation of 2015 client demands. Read More

Missed OFS’s webinar earlier this month? Now you can experience all the valuable insights from Forrester’s John C. McCarthy and OFS’s Rich Napoli at your own convenience! Featuring Forrester Analyst John C. McCarthy with OFS CEO Rich Napoli from December 2014 Digitally transforming your enterprise requires a whole new way of thinking and operating – not only in the IT department, but throughout the entire corporation. Read More

Client: A Leading Sports Television Network Client Need: The Client wanted to increase viewer engagement and extend viewership time during their broadcast of a major upcoming sporting event. By securing higher TV audience ratings, they could increase their advertising revenue from program sponsors.Read More

Thursday, December 4, 2014 from 1:00-1:30pm ET With the pervasiveness of digital devices in today’s world, firms must rethink their business strategy – from the outside in – to capitalize on the competitive advantages that today’s digital technology provides. The best digital experiences are ones that understand a customer’s complete journey, not just their current transactions with your company. Read More

Learn how to use Customer Journey Mapping to refocus your business using an outside-in perspective. Read More

Digitally transforming your enterprise requires a whole new way of thinking and operating – not only in the IT department, but throughout the entire corporation. It all starts with re-examining your customer’s journey from their perspective to predict their next most likely actions, and then building your digital products and services around those needs. Read More

The consumer viewing experience today has changed drastically from the traditional experience of watching television. Gone are the days when the entire family sat in front of a TV set and watched a show in its entirety, including commercials, without distractions from other devices or alternate sources of programming. Read More

With better and smarter mobile technology, patients will start to see entirely new methods of delivering patient care – through digital means. Read More

New Tech-Enabled Financial Services Offerings for Small Investors and Small Businesses The Old-Fashioned Way In the late 1970s, the actor John Houseman starred in a famous commercial for a well-regarded old-line investment manager of the time. Read More

OFS invites you to enjoy a complimentary copy of Forrester Research, Inc.’s report Software Must Enrich Your Brand! Learn how software is driving your 21st century brand and how it has become core to your business success! Read More

Our last two posts shared some evidence of the mobile revolution that is underway in the healthcare industry. A number of mHealth apps that provide true digital value to patients have emerged, and they are disrupting the status quo in the industry. Read More

OFS is pleased to announce its CEO Rich Napoli has won the award for Innovative Medium-Sized Technology Company CEO in the 2014 SmartCEO Voltage Awards! Read More

Though smart TV’s have been around for several years, businesses involved in television programming and ads are just now beginning to take advantage of the possibilities they offer for engaging viewers. Smart TV’s add a whole new layer of engagement to the traditional TV viewing experience. Read More

Our last post, “mHealth Apps Will Transform Patient Care Amidst Digital Disruption” introduced the major impact that today’s Digital Disruption is having and will have on the healthcare industry. A number of recent mHealth apps are paving the way for effective, inexpensive digital forms of patient treatment and care. Read More

It is often difficult, although necessary, to find the time to make a trip to the doctor’s office for a medical checkup, test, or treatment. Having to take off work, rearrange schedules or take the kids out of school is sometimes your only option. Read More

With the multitude of devices owned by consumers today and the large amount of time they spend using them daily, businesses are realizing the powerful impact that good software can have on driving revenue. Read More

Forrester Research has used the phrase ” software-is-the-brand ” to describe non-tech companies who are finding that more and more of their business value is coming from software-based products and services: “It is the software that operates at key mobile customer touchpoints, defines the interaction with the consumer, and, ultimately, acts as the main product differentiator.” Read More

Sponsored by ObjectFrontier Inc. (OFS) for the New Jersey Technology Council (NJTC) Tomorrow, Tuesday, November 12, 2013 For all companies now, regardless of whether they make cars or appliances, sell insurance or rent apartments, software is driving more and more of their revenue. Read More

Check out this month’s issue of NJTC’s TechNews for a spotlight on OFS’s CEO Rich Napoli and our featured cover article “Software is Now Your Brand”. Read More

Innovative software is turning into a real game-changer for many businesses, even though they are not in the technology space. Forrester Research recently pointed out four industries in particular as becoming increasingly software-centric in today’s plugged-in world. For companies in these industries, the way they view software has changed. Read More

For those who think they’re not in the software business, it’s time to think again… Going through your daily routine at home and at work, if you stop and notice, you will find that software is playing an ever larger role in your everyday activities. No longer is software confined to your computer. Read More

With Gartner’s prediction that gamification will head into the “Trough of Disillusionment” in their Hype Cycle within the next year, it’s important to take a step back and be realistic in our expectations of gamification. As with any new technology trend, there will be early adopters of gamification who stumble. Read More

Check out 8 real examples of gamification to learn how other businesses are using it to influence customer behavior and achieve their business goals. Read More

The concept of gamification is everywhere now, but actual examples of it are harder to come by. Read on to discover specific examples of how other businesses are embracing gamification to influence employee behavior and achieve their business goals. Read More

Today, software is universally more important to a business’s goals than ever before. Mobile devices are now in the hands of the majority of Americans, and it’s changing the way we do business. According to the Pew Research Center, as of summer 2013, 56% of American adults have a smartphone, and 34% own a tablet. Read More

Even though you may not be a tech company, in today’s world software has become a daily means by which your customers engage with your business. With mobile devices, your brand is now wherever your customers are. They need not be physically in your store, at your branch, or in your office to buy your product or receive your services. Read More

Outsourced product development firms have been helping software companies for years to build robust, multi-tenant software products, such as SalesForce, that allow each customer to feel they have their own version of the software and data while in fact sharing a common infrastructure much like the tenants of an apartment building. Read More

Life used to be much simpler for us IT folks when there were two distinct types of software-the custom software you wrote for your own firm had only to meet your company’s unique requirements. For example, if your company only did business in the US, the software you built only had to deal in US dollars and to show screens in English. Read More

Though Silicon Valley remains the top-spot for founding a startup, innovative minds are now also eyeing other US cities as prime locations to jump-start their new business. Excellent universities turning out bright young minds, lower costs of living, and attractive offerings by local governments are causing startups to multiply across America, from Boston to DC, Chicago to Austin, and New York to Seattle. Read More

If you work at a software product company, you probably struggle with the idea of outsourcing development work on your product to a third-party vendor. After all, why would you outsource your core competency? You’ve become successful exactly because of your ability to develop great products yourself. Read More

You’ve heard about gamification. You understand the benefits it could bring to your business. You’ve seen examples of how it works, and now you’re ready to begin moving forward with using it towards achieving your business goals. But before you do that, it’s of paramount importance that you also understand why many gamified applications fail. Read More

As gamification continues to gain momentum in the business world today, it’s not surprising that M2 Research predicts the gamification market will reach 2.8 billion in direct spending in the US by 2016. But what is it that businesses are looking to have gamification accomplish for them? Read More

Games actually satisfy human nature’s inherent desires for achievement, recognition, competition, and self-expression. By satisfying these natural needs so effectively, games can even become addictive as we desire more and more of this fulfilling feeling. Unsurprisingly, this love of gaming has led to a huge industry, topping $65 billion dollars worldwide in video gaming alone according to Reuters. Read More

 


ObjectFrontier Inc. Appointed Bob Kramich as Senior Vice President of Sales

May 22, 2015

May 15, 2015, Boston, MA.  Object Frontier Software (www.objectfrontier.com), a leading provider software engineering services, announced the appointment of Bob Kramich as Senior Vice President of Sales for the company. In this capacity, Bob will be responsible for directing all business development activities for OFS globally.    Bob brings to OFS over 25 years of successful sales and marketing experience in the outsourced software engineering and IT services industries.  Bob has extensive experience creating and delivering high value software engineering relationships with US and international companies.  His extensive knowledge in both software product development and IT off shoring services will accelerate OFS’s business growth worldwide.

Prior to joining OFS, Bob served as the Vice President of Business Development, Life Sciences, for EPAM Systems, Inc. (NYSE:EPAM), a leading global provider of software product development services.  Bob joined EPAM through EPAM’s acquisition of GGA Software Services, the world’s preeminent provider of scientific informatics services to global biotech and pharmaceutical companies.  Bob served as GGA’s Chief Business Development Officer.

Before joining GGA, Bob was the President of U.S. Operations for Dextrys, Inc., a prominent provider of software engineering and IT services from China. In this role, Bob oversaw delivery engagement management, business development and marketing for Dextrys.  During Bob’s tenure, Dextrys secured a $48-million round of financing led by Francisco Partners, one of the premier technology-focused private equity firms, and increased its Chinese offshore engineering team from approximately 250 people to over 1,000.

Prior to Dextrys, Bob was Vice President and General Manager of Converge, a $500-million global high-tech semiconductor trading exchange. He led the expansion of the exchange from its base in the U.S. and Europe to Singapore and China, establishing operations in Shanghai in 2002 and Shenzhen in 2004. Prior to his position at Converge, Bob served as a Divisional Vice President of Marketing for Avnet, Inc., a Fortune 500 provider of semiconductors and related services.

Bob holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Tufts University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Boston College’s Carroll School of Management.

Rich Napoli, CEO of ObjectFrontier, said “We are delighted to have someone of Bob’s caliber join our organization.   Bob has many years of successful growth with other companies, and his sales management skills are just what we need at this point in our growth.     We conducted a careful search to fill this role as we wanted someone who not only had the talent to help us but who could also blend well with our culture and values.   We are confident that Bob is a great fit for us and we know that he will be able to help us achieve the aggressive growth plans we’ve laid out for us over the next five years”.

About OFS: OFS helps clients build innovative software products that drive revenue for their business. OFS uses the latest in social, mobile, cloud and data analytics technologies to build software that is compelling, packed with innovative features, and designed for rapid evolution to propel customers past their competition. Founded in 1997, OFS has a deep heritage of building commercial products for software vendors, which has given them the insight and experience to create impactful software for any business. OFS has over 500 employees spread across its US offices in New Jersey, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Boston, Atlanta, and its offshore facility in Chennai, India. www.objectfrontier.com/


ObjectFrontier Software (OFS) Trains 50 More Employees in MEAN Stack Technologies to Keep Up with 2015 Demand

December 30, 2014

Following the significant growth in the use of MEAN Stack technologies that OFS experienced with clients in 2014, the company is pleased to announce it has increased its investment in this technology by training 50 more employees in the MEAN Stack skillset in anticipation of 2015 client demands.

OFS CEO Rich Napoli explained, “Our work utilizing the MEAN Stack was actually the biggest piece of our growth in 2014”. The MEAN Stack, consisting of MongoDB, Express, AngularJS, and Node.js technologies, is in high demand lately as modern apps rapidly require the benefits these newer technologies offer.

The MEAN Stack is unmatched in its ability to provide massive scalability on deployment in order to handle many users at once, to allow for easy updates and changes in order to respond quickly to constantly changing customer needs, and to improve the testability of the code – all things you want when looking to drive revenue through compelling software today.

OFS has had great success using the MEAN Stack technologies for its customers (For a recent case study click here: http://bit.ly/1uWefCR). OFS is also seeing many clients using the MEAN stack within a larger effort to digitally transform their enterprise, building engaging digital products and platforms that respond quickly to real-time customer needs.

With the quick rise in the use of MEAN technologies this year, many firms are scrambling to keep up, as they have found these skillsets to be in short supply, both in-house and from third-parties. OFS is committed to serving this market with its wealth of newly trained employees skilled in every component—MongoDB, Express, AngularJS, and Node.js—and as a certified MongoDB partner in 2015.

About OFS: OFS helps clients build innovative software products that drive revenue for their business. OFS uses the latest in social, mobile, cloud and data analytics technologies to build software that is compelling, packed with innovative features, and designed for rapid evolution to propel customers past their competition. Founded in 1997, OFS has a deep heritage of building commercial products for software vendors, which has given them the insight and experience to create impactful software for any business. OFS has over 500 employees spread across its US offices in New Jersey, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Atlanta, and its offshore facility in Chennai, India. www.objectfrontier.com/


OFS CEO Wins 2014 Technology Innovator Award

May 12, 2014

OFS, a leading provider of software product development services, is pleased to announce its CEO Rich Napoli has won the award for Innovative Medium-Sized Technology Company CEO in the 2014 SmartCEO Voltage Awards.

April 30, 2014, Newtown, PA. SmartCEO, a prominent business publication, celebrated its 2014’s top technology innovators and implementers with its annual Voltage Awards in NYC last night. Rich Napoli, CEO of OImageFS, was selected and won the award for Technology Innovator of a mid-sized company.

Finalists were chosen by an independent committee of local business leaders based on the nominees’ creative vision, strong leadership and innovative solutions. Napoli and his fellow finalists were profiled in the May/June issue of SmartCEO and were celebrated by over 450+ executives and guests at the Voltage Awards ceremony at Capitale in NYC last night.

“This nomination is an honor for OFS and a testament to the hard work of all our employees,” shared Napoli. “Each member of our OFS family has played a key role in serving our customers. Our goal at OFS remains building quality software using innovative technologies in order to engage and delight users. We continue to be laser focused on building top-notch engineered products for our clients in this digitally disrupted 21st century.”

The finalists and winners consisted of New York-based companies that collectively generate more than $1.42 billion in annual revenue and that employ over 7,000 individuals. Companies shared in the excitement at the event tweeting @SmartCEO #EMVAs and @ObjectFrontier.

About OFS

OFS provides software-enabled businesses with product engineering skills to help build web-based and mobile software products that drive revenue for their business. In 2010, OFS began executing a strategy for growth by hiring sales and delivery experts, putting new processes and infrastructure in place, and growing its offshore team substantially to prepare for new business. As a result, OFS has expanded rapidly in the North American market, adding several multi-billion dollar companies to its client list. OFS has tripled in size since then and now has a team of nearly 500 professionals spread across its US offices in New Jersey, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Atlanta, and its offshore facility in Chennai, India. For more information, visit www.objectfrontier.com.

Press Contact:
Susana Caparros
917-847-6767
susana.caparros@objectfrontier.com

Source: ObjectFrontier

http://www.objectfrontier.com/news/ofs-ceo-wins-2014-technology-innovator-award


Software is Now Your Brand

October 23, 2013

Software is Now Your Brand – an Event Featuring Independent Research Firm Analyst John McCarthy Sponsored by ObjectFrontier Inc. (OFS) for the New Jersey Technology Council (NJTC)

For all companies now, regardless of whether they make cars or appliances, sell insurance or rent apartments, software is driving more and more of their revenue.  Whether through innovative mobile apps, responsive social media, gamified websites, embedded software or sophisticated back-end transaction engines, businesses now must leverage all these tools to compete for market share.  For companies that have never thought of themselves as being in the software business, it’s time to think again.Sofware as Brand

Guest Speaker John McCarthy, a VP & Principal Analyst from Forrester Research, Inc., will provide major insights on how the software assets of a company represent a key part of the brand experience and the firm’s differentiation.

Whether its mobile banking apps on phones, infotainment systems in cars, or the proactive diagnostics running in wind turbines or washing machines in homes, the user experience determines how the customer perceives the product and the brand.  This change creates huge new requirements around how software products are developed, how mobile apps are built and how IT systems are designed.  The session will look at the services and business implications and opportunities behind the software-as-the-brand dynamic.  This program will be a wake-up call for many organizations and a warning to IT departments who wish to avoid being banished to the back office forever. 

With 27 years of experience at Forrester, John McCarthy is a key contributor to Forrester’s work on predicting the business impact of technology.  John has more than 12 years of insight into the development of a global delivery model for IT services and product development.

OFS, a premier Product Development Services Company, helps software vendors and forward-thinking corporations to innovate using software in a more strategic way to drive revenue and increase market share.

Location: Yorktel, 61 Corbett Way, Eatontown, NJ 07724
Time: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

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About OFS
OFS provides software-enabled businesses with product engineering skills to help build web-based and mobile software products (iOS, Android, Blackberry, Windows) that drive revenue for their business.  In 2009, OFS (www.objectfrontier.com) began executing a strategy for growth by hiring sales and delivery experts, putting new processes and infrastructure in place, and growing its offshore team substantially to prepare for new business.  As a result, OFS has expanded rapidly in the North American market, adding several multi-billion dollar companies to its client list.  OFS has tripled in size since then and now has a team of over 400 professionals spread across its US offices in New Jersey, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Atlanta, and its offshore facility in Chennai, India.

Press Contact:
Susana Caparros
917-847-6767
Susana.caparros@objectfrontier.com

For Register to avail $150 Off, Please visit: http://info.objectfrontier.com/software-is-now-your-brand


Outsource Product Development – So, do these guys do exactly as what is needed?

August 13, 2013

With the idea of building a new software product, comes a number of questions on building it the right way. One of the major questions that pop up in the minds of a core product development team is about Outsourced Product Development. What is expected out of these outsourced product development companies and how to select the best outsourced product development vendor? Come, let’s have a closer look at this phenomenon.

While we decide to outsource the software product development to an OPD company, we need to keep in mind the key considerations related to market demands such as,

  • Time to Market
  • Scalability and
  • Of course, minimal cost

Achieving the above objectives through outsourced product development requires a keen understanding of the demographics that these OPD companies belong to. Among the universal set of countries that provide Software Development Outsourcing services, India rules the roost with the highest number of OPD vendors. India is flooded with diverse settings of OPD vendors that just could provide anything and everything in software business.

So now it’s time to drill down to the choice of the right city and vendors. Of course, there are many cities competing to be the best in providing OPD services but just few could accomplish that and the best amongst them is Chennai.  Chennai City is renowned as the largest city, housing a large number of outsourced software development providers with multiple clients across the world.

Making the right choice in vendor selection depends upon the business needs of any organization. Let’s dig into detail on the main factors that could be challenging in this Outsourcing business.

  1. Plenty of companies, but are they really experienced enough?
  2. Employee retention and job attrition rate
  3. Domain and Technical expertise
  4. Communication
  5. Project Management

An ideal OPD vendor would

  • Have 15+ years of experience in the outsourcing industry.
  • Have a low job attrition rate and high rate of employee retention.
  • Have sufficient experience in business providers’ domain and technical expectations.
  • Have defined an effective communication methodology.
  • Have an excellent process and project management methodologies.

The above selection criteria are the basis for the time tested and proven strategies in outsourced software development. Companies planning to outsource their software development to OPD vendors should ideally look out for

  • Technology House
  • Staff Augmentation House or
  • An entity which would work at low costs

A heedful consideration of the factors discussed above would help companies looking out for Outsourced Product Development vendors to build the best product that help achieve a company’s long-term goals.


Gamification “The Hot Trends in Business”

March 21, 2013

Defination of Gamification:

According to Wikipedia..

(Gamification is the process of using game thinking + game mechanics)

  • To Engage Users
  • To Solve Problem

According to Margaret Wallace…

(The Applied use of elements found in gaming for non-game consumer applications, products and other relative services.)

 Gamification Used..

Gamification is used in applications and processes to improve user engagement, ROI, data quality, timeliness, and learning.

History of Gamification :

  • It was discovered in 2002 by Nick Pelling
  • It gained popularity in 2010
  • Gamification” first gained widespread usage in 2010 by Charles Coonradt
  • The designer(Will Wright) of the 1989 video game SimCity, is the keynote speaker at the Gamification conference Gsummit 2013.
  • In October 2007, Bunchball was the first company to provide game mechanics as a service on Dunder Mifflin Infinity, the community site for the NBC TV show
  • In June 2009 a Seattle-based startup called BigDoor was founded, providing Gamification technology to non-gaming websites.
  • In September 2010 Badgeville offers services for gamification, reputation management, and social mechanics and raised $15M in venture funding in its first year of operation.(The company has since added more than 150 customers including Oracle, EMC, Samsung, NBC, Deloitte, Rogers Communications, Bell Media, CA Technologies and eBay. ) Click for Next
  • In December 2011 Salesforce.com announced the acquisition of the social performance platform provider Rypple, which uses gamification for employee performance and HR.
  • February 2012, the app had been downloaded more than 200,000 times since its launch.
  • In June 2012, CA-based InfoArmy launched a crowd sourced business research platform, which uses badges, ranking, leader boards, and other gamification techniques to incentivize members to conduct online company research
  • Digital Brand Group is the first company in India to apply Gamification Platform to manage employees of an IT Company to gain the reputation.
  • Business software vendor SAP AG is actively working on Gamification of processes in Enterprise.
  • Besides SAP, also IBM, EMC, CA, Slalom Consulting, Deloitte, Microsoft, LiveOps, RedCritter and other companies have started using gamification for consumer and non-consumer facing applications and processes.

The Gamification Explosion 2010-2011 :

Before August 2010, the term rarely appeared in the Google search timeline.

Gamification-Explosion

Starting in Jan 2011, its popularity has been increasing very high, including big spikes in Jan and Aug.

Gamification Market Size Forecast:
Gamification-market-forecast

Gamification on the front-side burner

  • M2 Research pegs the current gamification market at $100 million in 2011
  • Client implementations in 2011 focus on:
    • User engagement, 47%
    • Brand Loyalty 22%
    • Brand Awareness 15%
  • The market is estimated to grow to $2.8 billion by 2016
    • Nearly 400 attended the event on second annual gamification summit site

The Five key points of Engagement:

  • Recency
  • Frequency
  • Duration
  • Virality
  • Ratings

The Flow zone for marketers:

  • The flow zone is the state between anxiety and boredom
  • Games cannot be ‘ too easy ’ as they need friction to be fun
  • People want status, access, power and/or free stuff
  • Virtual rewards are difficult to value
  • So marketers should prefer status, access and power
  • Serendepity is bad, design is good

Gamification: Gaming for non-game apps:

The applied use of elements found in gaming for non-game Consumer applications, products and other related services.

Some other applications of gamification include:

  • Employee training programs
  • Wellness and other personal activities
  • Financial services websites
  • Online and in-person shopping
  • Primary education
  • Extreme sports
  • Project management
  • Enhancing loyalty programmers
  • Social Networks
  • Surveys
  • Sustainability
  • Call Center
  • Market Research
  • Competitive Intelligence.

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