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

 


What makes a Software Development Vendor selection effective?

February 18, 2013

Are you in the process of selecting the right vendor for software development outsourcing?

The very fact that you are reading this article shows that you are in need of selecting the right development partner for your business’ software needs. It is difficult to choose the best software development vendor for your company as you find numerous choices. If I am not wrong, you’ve got yourself a business problem, and you are thinking up an online process that will help you to solve your problem. But consider – you are not in the software business. Picking a software vendor does not actually mean that you need to know about the newest technology or the best agile software techniques (above all, this is not your area of expertise). How can you possibly be expected to assess a vendor?

As the first step, you need to understand your needs clearly and list them out against your own means to meet them by yourself. Once you draft your needs, match them with the solutions that you received from various vendors. It becomes crucial to decide whether the solution given by the vendor company is best for you or not? Or your problems / challenges require customized ones that fit into your business needs, or you would like to create your own unique solution and sell it to your customers. Based on the last two possible options, you will have to select a software development vendor with utmost consideration of all factors.

Prior to searching for a software development vendor it is always a better to consider one more time to develop your own solution for your software development challenges. Because you know your business and its needs in a much deeper detail than the vendor might get you understand.

Here are some of the primary considerations while picking a development partner,

1. Experience and proven capability in your domain

The vendor should have worked with similar companies of yours that make them competent to understand your requirements better and come up with a suitable solution.

2. Skill-set and expertise in Software Development

You need to assess and identify the skill sets of the resources of the vendor. This makes you assured of what is being expected from the outsourced assignment.

3. Track of successful project completion

If a particular vendor has failed in one project it does not mean that he will harm your business too. But at the same time if you find a vendor that has always succeeded in their projects, there is nothing like it.

4. Compatible for delegation

When you have decided to outsource your core development tasks, it is vital to check if the vendor is capable of being able to perform your tasks and own them. The best vendor can always be trusted and delegated.

5. Out of the box approach

The right vendor for your business will not only understand and execute your tasks, but they will think out of the box and bring innovative solutions for your business’ challenges.

6. Professional Ethics

Here comes the need for a trusted professional, who will warn you ahead of threats and ping you prior to opportunities. It is the genuine professional ethics that should guide your development partner to be transparent and open for suggestions.

7. Factors beyond the above six

There are many other factors that drive your decision in choosing the right vendor. Give space to your inner thoughts that arise and alarm you while taking crucial decisions for your business. Your choice of the vendor should make no compromise and should boost your confidence towards success.

Hope this article is of some use for you during your crucial decision making process of selecting a software development vendor.

Outsourced Product development | Banking Software vendors

 


PHP Redirection Formula

December 12, 2012

Create a 301 redirect forcing all http requests to use either http://www.example.com or example.com:

RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} !^www.example.com$ [NC]
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ http://www.example.com/$1 [L,R=301]
RewriteEngine on
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^www\.example\.com$
RewriteRule ^/?$ "http\:\/\/example\.com\/" [R=301,L]

Redirect to example.com/index.php

RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^example.com$
RewriteRule ^$ http://example.com/index.php [L,R=301]

Redirect visitors to a new site
Create a 301 redirect for all http requests that are going to the old domain.

  • Example 1 – Redirect from oldexample.com to http://www.newexample.com
  • Example 2 – Redirect from oldexample.com to newexample.com
RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} !oldexample.com$ [NC]
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ http://www.newexample.com/$1 [L,R=301]

This is useful when you use http://www.newexample.com as your new domain name (see also this article about redirecting www and non-www domains). If not – use the code of example 2.

RewriteEngine On
RewriteBase /
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} !oldexample.com$ [NC]
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ http://newexample.com/$1 [L,R=301]

301 Redirect: xyz-site.com to http://www.xyz-site.com

RewriteEngine On
RewriteBase /
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} !^www.xyz-site.com$ [NC]
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ http://www.xyz-site.com/$1 [L,R=301]

301 Redirect: http://www.xyz-site.com to xyz-site.com

RewriteEngine On
RewriteBase /
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} !^xyz-site.com$ [NC]
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ http://xyz-site.com/$1 [L,R=301]

301 Redirect: Redirecting Individual pages

Redirect 301 /previous-page.html http://www.xyz-site.com/new-page.html
These scripts should be placed in the .htaccess file. I chose to expose these .htaccess methods first since they are most flexible and powerful of them all. These examples alone serve as a great case for hosting on Linux web servers.

Redirect with PHP

<?php
Header( "HTTP/1.1 301 Moved Permanently" );
Header( "Location: http://www.xyz-site.com" );
exit(0);
?>

  • This script should be the first piece of code on the page to function correctly.

How to do 301 redirect in PHP ?
If you want to redirect a single page to another location then put the following code in the old page which have been moved.

<?php
 header('HTTP/1.1 301 Moved Permanently');
 header('Location: http://www.new-domain.com/new-file-name.php');
?>

If you want to redirect non-www to www domain name then put the following code into top of every page of the website

<?php
if (substr(getenv('HTTP_HOST'),0,3) != 'www')
{
  header('HTTP/1.1 301 Moved Permanently');
  header('Location:http://www.'.$_SERVER['HTTP_HOST'].$_SERVER['REQUEST_URI']);
}
?>

How to do 301 redirect in .htaccess file?
Put the following code into the .htaccess file and upload it into the root folder of the website. Note that this file only works for the website which is running under Apache Web Server.

RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} ^domain\.com
RewriteRule (.*) http://www.domain.com/$1 [R=301,L]
 

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