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The BI (Business Intelligence) solutions depend on analytics. BI enables the transition from user engagement to collective insight, in business environments. The leap involves the maturity of the analytics capabilities employed. Organizations all over the world need to turn raw data into insights that are relevant for them.  In order to do this, they employ custom-tailored BI platforms and applications.

Think advanced visualizations, dashboards, reports, data warehousing – all notable BI technologies in 2018, according to Forbes. Employing BI tools in manufacturing is now the standard. They can provide key answers to many questions, such as exactly what and why is happening inside a company’s operational processes. BI tools can also point out how to optimize the said processes.

Having a stream of (real time) data at hand can often make the difference between a company and its competitors. This field is hot – and it will increase its traction even more.

A bi-survey.com statistic shows the BI trends for 2019 as such:

Examples of BI applications:

  • Real-time monitoring
  • Performance metrics (KPIs)
  • Decision support
  • Business reporting
  • Exploratory Data Analysis
  • Data mining (e.g. anomaly detection, clustering, classification, association rule learning, regression)
  • Root cause analysis
  • Predictive analytics
  • Business Process Management
  • Complex Event Processing (e.g. Fraud detection, Dynamic pricing, optimizations, monitoring, security)

 

A standard data route in BI (example)

The general approach in BI applications consists of retrieving the data from the data sources and getting it into the staging area, for the ETL (Extract, transform, load) process. Then into the warehouse. Grouped into types of data, the information is distributed onto data marts (Purchasing, Sales, and Inventory). Here, the data is available for analysis, reporting and mining.  

FYI:

We like to keep connected to the latest Internet of Things technologies. We know the emerging frameworks and we explore the latest developer kits. While dedicating time to R&D activities and to professional growth & development, our engineers also test various tools.

We provide fast prototyping. When it comes to business intelligence, we are able to link your data to the real world, via connected systems and the cloud.

As IoT solutions imply the use of sensors in over half of the cases, the implementation of analytical algorithms and engines for statistical analysis is our forte. Our analytics and big data knowledge is great. We design and deliver exactly the products, connections & innovations that fit your requirements, because we truly understand them.  In case you want solutions for your customers, we also know to map out what your customer needs.

The LASTING Software Team* working on BI projects currently holds responsibilities in the following areas, (employing technologies and tools such as Microsoft SQL Server, T-SQL, PowerBI, DataVault & others):

  • Database Design – DWH
  • Database Performance
  • SQL / query optimization
  • ETL processes
  • Reports and dashboards
  • Deploy

*Credits for parts of this material go to our BI team.

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Not long ago, the Verge published a full feature, centered on an interview with Patrick Brady, the head of Android Auto. Their material catches up on where projected Android Auto is today. It also reveals a few key points in Google’s futures strategy for the modern Android Auto. Among these, having Android Auto – powered aftermarket systems.

 

Highlights concerning Android Auto:

-Google agreed with Volvo and Audi to start rolling out the modern Android Auto systems, starting 2020

-Having a system integrated into the car’s system-level operations comes with Google Assistant functions. Passengers will be able to “turn on the heat, turn off the seat warmers, or even book maintenance appointments” via customizable UIs.

-The future of in-car infotainment systems is not so much about adoption, in Google’s view – which they estimate is a given. With what they see as an almost ubiquitous compatibility, the focus is on “improving the core experience”.

-Helping users access the desired content while in the car, in a more safe and seamless way, translates into a search for more simplified, convenient solutions.

[Seeing] the consumer demand for things like CarPlay and Android Auto (…) the carmakers want to enable that digital ecosystem in their embedded offering, in their infotainment system.

-The company intends to implement a big UI refresh, too. Bringing the same system to the motorcycles is yet another goal. All the environment-related UI variations ask for a reconciliation and flexibility that needs to be creative.

-Google has carmakers (among which Honda, Volvo or General Motors), representing over 50% of the annual car volumes “adopting Android as the built-in system”.

-The perspective includes running the Google apps seamlessly on this embedded systems, with carmakers currently making steps in this direction.

-Besides the automotive industry, Google wants their platform to be relevant for developers. This means both developing the platform itself, as well as setting firm limits.

-Over-the-air updates are part of the process of building connectivity. Even more, this way of delivering updates represents the trend. When upgrades replace updates, it’s about delivering new features in a fast way. For now, different Google partners are inclined towards different alternatives. However, there is an expectancy of the most convenient formula revealing itself, via use and practical validation.

-Cars having software-related capabilities and features gradually becomes a differentiator in choosing a car to buy or rent.

-There is no exclusion (for now), when it comes to Android Auto and Car Play, as Patrick Brady sees it. It’s more a question of integration and synchronization. The user simply wants a seamless experience, regardless of the platform an app is running on.

The ultimate platform move (…) letting the apps get in front of the user and speak for themselves (…) it doesn’t matter where they’re coming from.

-The future of Android Auto lies in showcasing a truly modern digital experience for the passengers in a car. This encourages app developers and tech innovators to be creative on all levels – from concept and MVPs to the intricate technical ways of delivering the intended experience to its recipients.

We want to leave carmakers, or mobile manufacturers, whoever it may be, a lot of room to innovate as long as it doesn’t break some of the core tenets of the platform as they apply to consumers and developers. So that’s really where we try to draw a hard line.

 

Make your mobile apps available to all users, on all devices! LASTING Software is the right software partner for you to do this – seamlessly!

Our first-class citizen is Android, an ecosystem that we are proud to be among the first developers tackling the Android Automotive platform prototype.
Claudiu Groza – Android Software Engineer, LASTING Software

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Tech, Uncategorized

5G approaches the point in its timeline when correspondent networks and devices are ready to materialize the concept at the scale needed to support viable communications. As it does, we get closer to seeing the related concepts and hypothesis come into practice.

Satellite solutions, in view of this, are expected to gain momentum over their terrestrial counterparts, with a special focus on backhaul solutions. Various debates, events and materials revolve around satellite networks. Some say that 5G needs to tap into satellite bandwidth, regardless of the alignment (or the lack of it), between the two. However, the satellite communications ecosystem does make essential steps towards preparing for the 5G age. The specialists study the challenges and debate the best ways of overcoming them. New alliances get forged. Various partners to this endeavor started testing the most viable solutions.

On this background, the Advanced Research in Telecommunications Systems (European Space Agency) whitepaper (2016), aiming to position the satellite-terrestrial integration opportunities in the 5G environment proves an interesting read.

We selected the main 5G promises from this whitepaper. Most of them are in the same time real challenges from a tech perspective. Perhaps you will find the following highlights insightful.

 

The main 5G challenges, according to ARTES (ESA)

  • Latency

“To make the best use of the 5G radio low latency the end-to-end service level communication    has to have also a low latency”. This is achievable by “moving the functionality to the edge of    the network, at a location close to the termination of the very low delay 5G radio network”. The backhauling therefore needs to be reliable, secure, and safe – 3 characteristics satellite networks can provide.

 

  • Edge nodes that supports on demand, flexible deployments

This involves distributing the data in a uniform manner to a high number of edge nodes. Again, the satellites having native, large-scale broadcasting mechanisms comes in handy.

 

  • Security and privacy concerns

Since a satellite network provider covers large geographical areas, using this environment can surpass the fragmentation of security and privacy aspects coming from local/regional peering.

 

  • Network resilience and availability

Again, fragmentation and lack of availability is more likely to appear in terrestrial networks. On the other hand, satellites have a high availability rate.

 

  • Mobility support for a large number of use cases

Going beyond what the current technology supports, 5G needs to provide the backbone for global connectivity, as well as high speed platforms (automotive, trains, planes). Delivering a flawless experience for the mix of low speed mobile devices and high speed mobility comes back to the efficiency of satellites, again.

 

  • Addressing a very high number of devices, whilst in the same time constantly delivering common services (such as updates)

Satellite backhaul could handle the extra data traffic, in addition to the regular demand in the system. Alternatively, an integrated satellite-terrestrial solution could share the load.

 

  • Software-delivered new transmission protocols, features and capabilities

Software-defined means of delivering the flexibility 5G promises are key. The same piece of software needs to be able to handle different communication technologies, given the right parametrizations. This demands for satellite networks convergence.

 

  • Sharing an unified single infrastructure

Full convergence points again towards an integrated satellite- terrestrial infrastructure. Completed with a dynamic selection of the specific data transport means to use, sharing this structure should decrease costs and allow the involved parties to focus on development, instead of competition.

 

  • Energy savings

Terrestrial infrastructure needs energy input at a local level, otherwise it cannot function. Broadcasting data to a high number of devices by using a satellite network should reduce the energy consumption required by communications.

 

 

 

 

 

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A clever Forbes editor once remarked that customers in fact couldn’t care less about IoT. End customers buy solutions, regardless of whether they are supported by an IoT structure or something entirely different. It’s the job of the provider to enable seamless solutions, which can stand in the background or step in the limelight, as per customer wish. The hardware has to be great, but so does the software.

Combine this with the way hardware production evolves from an exclusively hardware ecosystem into a combined, software-empowered environment. Now let’s think about software as a differentiator. There is no doubt the importance of top software solutions progressively increased, sometimes even in spaces previously outside the classical software development area.

The end customer, whose superpowers make or break businesses, wants a faultless, amazing experience. Being more or less aware of the backstage of his/her digital experience is a secondary fact. Either way, what makes the difference is quality and seamless functionality. Software solutions need to deliver exactly this.

 

Controlling what you provide in terms of software is safer for hardware producers

With past cases of (cheap) embedded software that tanked lines of products due to them being vulnerable to cyber-attacks, the industry increased their awareness. It became clear that hardware-related responsibility now included software-derived issues. As a consequence, control over your software and its development process, extra guarantees that it’s a quality-mindful and compliant product in itself – all these became very important.

For some big players in the field of hardware manufacturing this realization came way before the alarm triggered by cyber-security incidents. With the insights and the resources at hand, they made sure (or tried to, anyways), that quality software engineering goes into their products, be it in-house or externalized.

When following this pattern, other organizations upgrade their chances for success, as well as their operations. Just look at the technology news – great devices are worth considerably less when the software lets the users down. It’s a “definitely not like this” scenario, if not even a nightmare one.

Therefore, when looking for your software solution partner, don’t try to cut corners. Look for experience, perfectionism, professionalism. Look for talent, innovation, creativity.


In fact, give us a call or an email, because we tick each one of these boxes. Let’s meet each other and find out how we can be the team that delivers excellent products to customers everywhere!

 

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Leadership, Tech

ROX means Return on Experience and it expresses “how businesses create value across connected experiences and how that value can be followed and measured down into individual moments themselves”.

As you can see, the concept and its formula is not new. It is around since at least 2014, which means it is resilient enough. ROX didn’t go away, and the customers’ profiles indicate that it meets their evolution. The way customers interact with organizations and brands is increasingly experiential. Regardless of generational segmentation, people enjoy considering the way their providers treat them. From cold advertising to online or brick-and-mortar stores or meeting points, each move counts.

But how can businesses track a customer experience, trace the positives and the negatives? It’s all about going digital, of course. Even smaller businesses need technology to set up an omnichannel experience, let alone to follow what goes on during it.

Digital nowadays means Big Data. Sensors serve in capturing Big Data, and proficient software solutions in processing it. Relevant insights provide partially structured information. From there on, it’s up to the human decision factors. Strategy is at greatly eased once the digital tools support accurate prognosis.

Although the article we quoted approaches ROX in relation with marketing, it is more than this. As soon as an organization has the image of how its customers perceive it and interact with it at each level, decisions of all types may sprung and improve the business.

 

Customer experience analytics – a field open to competition

Back to 2019, and we find this on ROX in a Strategy + Business article:

A revolution in technology has created the devices and interfaces that allow people to interact with companies anywhere and anytime, and has enabled customers to influence a global audience with their comments or likes

Source

Now that the technology is able to provide further meaning and structure to the ROX concept, the software solutions make all the difference. The companies may have custom-made software tools made for their specific needs. Mixing and matching the right devices, hardware and software elements is now highly likely to provide a virtual crystal globe. All things related to your customers, from past experiences to what should you improve, are available in it.

Of course, most often than not, companies also compete for the same pool of customers. And that is why in a sense mastering the ROX concept is in fact a race. From grasping its meaning, to becoming an adopter and finding the best Big Data solutions – it is all a competition.

LASTING Software is experienced in Big Data software solutions that empower our clients to harness the power of newly available information. Also, user experience is one differentiator that will set you apart from the competition when you partner with us.

Contact us & move towards the right solutions that will enable you to better understand your own customers – with us!

 

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