The mobile enterprise applications have been on the rise ever since the two powerful platforms Android and iOS came into picture. Both the platforms have benefitted the enterprises and consumer sector rendering thorough usability to whosoever is using it. Now with the onset of Big data and Internet of Things, devices are getting connected to offer a highly magnified cosmos of connected communication. Due to this rise in mobility and analytics, iPhone app developers are greatly required in the market. Also the iOS is being reframed to add multitudinous functionality to enhance its powerful platform built.
Paving the way for iOS App Development
There is always a recurring debate regarding how things will change for better for the iOS. Lucrative plans are being carried out to accompany the latest trends of wearable technology that is now fully prevalent in the fast pacing consumer as well as enterprise sector. All this has created pressure as well as competition for the developers to get adapted in the ever changing scenarios and also to prove their skills in the magnetically evolving tech market. The developers must be wary of emerging platforms, tricks and tactics to render requisite result to the client. All of this can be easily achieved by helping the development to be carried out on iOS which is simple, speedy and easy.
Bringing out the best Mobility Solution through iOS
For the programming to keep pace with growing demands, the custom mobility solutions must be logical and coherent to the complete app project. The platform must regularly be updated so as to aid the developers in bringing out the best from the provided set of coding tools. The latest iOS versions cater to this need of evolution and hence the iOS platform is still the first choice of developers as well as of users. iOS offers a grand platform along with user friendly environment to help develop featured apps. The platform has constantly been expanding its horizons to offer explicit future oriented mobility to its end users. Recently there were issues regarding the compatibility of iOS with the prerequisites of some enterprise applications, but with the growing expectations and challenges the iOS app development has been advanced for better.
iOS to keep pace with Internet of Things
With the emerging era of Internet of Things, apps are being developed in a fashion so as to add a regular functionality with a defined set of devices. Internet of things is soon going to be Internet of services removing inbuilt barriers of languages and using devices like thermostat and remotes. All such day to day tasks shall be operated via set of app regulated system. iOS is being relied on heavily for putting forward this immensity of technical advancement in the era of advancing artificial intelligence.
Apple is helping developers to deliver excellent app architecture by providing them systematic organisational hierarchy. This will make code richer by deleting unnecessary and recursive bugs and adding simplified functionality to the app components. The overall strong interface of application will help grow its usability and workflow to the end user. Many things have been on redesign and redevelop phase to mold well with various frameworks of devices. The iOS is amidst the top notch mobile operating systems at present and hence expectations of better mobility is definitely anticipated from this most user friendly platform.
Google has been actively engaged in providing highly intuitive and immersive user experience to its users as far as mobility is concerned. Over the last few years it has made ample ground in bringing out a range of devices with mobile first strategy in place. ChromeCast is such a digital device that was launched by Google on 24th July, 2013. The device streams audio/video files from phones to larger screen like laptops and smart televisions via WiFi or local network connection. The media files are processed through mobile and web apps that have integration with Cast SDK and are played on large screen for an enhanced user experience. The complete operability is performed through apps (mobile and web apps) and no remote is required.
Chrome cast had limited usability when it was initially launched. There were limited set of apps that were operable through this HDMI(High definition Multimedia Interface) dongle. Netflix, Youtube and Google’s own Chrome were some of the apps that functioned through Chrome cast. In the months that followed, google partnered with other resources to add functionality to the device and offer more services to the end users. But still much could not be done through Cast as the SDK was kept close and only those service permitted by Google were able to run on that device.
Now Google has gone in favour of open platforms and provided the SDK of Chromecast to third party developers. The developers from other services who want to integrate Cast SDK in their apps can add this functionality and offer media services to end users.
In order to add multi purpose functionality to Chrome cast like multiple users playing at a time, Google has now unveiled their Cast SDK ( Software Development Kit). This availability of SDK shall make it easier for developers to cast this mechanism in apps and give enhanced user experience to customers. The Google Cast Developer Site has also mentioned guidelines on which developers should work to efficiently port their mobile and web apps into ready applications worth using on larger screens. The official developer site also presents a gist of how Cast APIs can be integrated with Android, iOS or Chrome Apps. Consequently, launching the SDK should work in good stead for Google as well the developers who wish to see more from the Chrome Cast.
Cloud computing has definitely seen a steep rise over the years, with most of the organisations and users finding the viability of cloud as an imperative part of their social lives. There has been a huge expansion in the adoption of cloud services over the last few years as more and more organisations implement their core business processes over to the cloud. Moreover developers have also started to see this as a feasible option to have back end data sync support.
Microsoft recently also unveiled its plans that many consumer have been waiting for eagerly to help them get onto cloud computing along with the robust office architecture of the company. What is interesting to know is the fact that microsoft has implemented a form of hybrid cloud service, which can be used by large enterprises as well as small business as per their requirement. It will also make it easy for organisations to use auxiliary cloud services through standard Windows Server management. this is highly vital for those enterprises that use, core microsoft services at their backend.
Google and amazon have also been pushing cloud services among business as well as users. But it has been seen that still there are many who are reluctant of incorporating these public cloud services. Privacy and security issues are among the top most priorities of users which is why they feel reluctant to get the cloud journey underway on their own. This is why most of the organisations prefer to implement a private cloud under their own IT infrastructure which is difficult to manage and cumbersome, but provides that extra security as all of the data access is done under the corporate firewall. Microsoft in that aspect has gone a step further by implementing a hybrid cloud with Windows Server, System Center and the Windows Server systems management console running in a virtual cloud.
But at the end of the day the biggest issue on mind is that which type of cloud cloud services is ideal for the end user. The transition to cloud computing brings along with it some issues as well as well as viability factors. The elimination of IT maintenance is a huge factor after the evolution of SaaS (software as a service), PaaS (platform as a service) and IaaS (infrastructure as a service). It is a known fact that no data is ever completely secure, which is why the viability of cloud computing get interesting as it definitely provide an extra leverage to the organisation to increase productivity.
It is an era of open source, as more and more businesses as well as enterprises have started to encompass on the open source bandwagon. There is no denying the fact that Linux has revolutionized the overall computing sector with its advanced functionality as ease of customization due to its open source nature.
Now it seems that the fever of open source has spun out of bounds and even reached outer space. Recently, The United Space Alliance, which manages all the computers aboard the International Space Station in association with NASA, made a vital announcement that it would switch all the computers aboard the space stations from Windows XP over to Linux. According to them, they required something that was stable, reliable and could be customized without putting any burden on the resources. This was the major reason for the switch.
Over the transformations would be from an age old Windows XP to Debian 6. This is not a new thing, as there are many other systems that already run on various flavours of linux including Red Hat and Scientific Linux. But with this switch all the computers would now run on open source Linux Systems and there won’t be a single system running on proprietary windows.
This would only give them a systematic approach towards universal computing but also give them an in-house control to patch, adjust and adapt the overall system as per their own preference.
Linux also brings with it an added layer of functionality as they won’t have to worry about getting their system infected with viruses. There have been many such cases in which their system have got infected by worms and viruses. This could pose a huge risk as most of the operations aboard the space stations works on computers. Switching to Linux will essentially immunize the ISS against future infections.
In reality this change does not come as a surprise as most of the big enterprises and scientific establishment have been switching over to open source so as to have the power of customizations and stability. Linux has seen a huge increase in its popularity over the years as more and more people avail the service open source. Organisations like CERN, many DNA-sequencing labs, and large enterprises use Linux as their main computing system. What is interesting to note is that in order to make the astronauts and cosmonauts accustomed to Linux systems, they would be trained by the Linux Foundation.
The current socio economic paradigm looming over various sectors have made it imperative to have customized services that can help them attain optimal performance. Linux provides that platform to the organisations who want reliability, security and customization.
Cloud computing has been dominating the overall aspect of tech sphere as more and more enterprises are coming forward and incorporating cloud into their core business processes. This is the reason why similarly sounding but confoundingly different something-as-a-service acrostic keeps weighting up. Cloud computing holds virtual networks which can be accessed from anywhere, at any time, using any device. Besides these shared features there are also many different clouds that operate in heavily disparate manner.
There exist three most common cloud models, SaaS (software as a service), PaaS (Platform as as Service), and IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service). All the three provides top notch but certainly varying beneficiaries to the users. SaaS (software as a service), enchants mostly to the cloud services delivered to the end user. While on the other hand IaaS (infrastructure as a service) and PaaS (platform as a service) provides a more holistic approach. But overall there is a very thin line between the three services making it very difficult to device between them.
Software as a service – In this service end user doesn’t have to install cloud’s infrastructure on device or any of its application. Rather, the cloud network’s infrastructure and applications are manipulated and maintained by the cloud administrator and anyone with the credentials required to enter the network can access those via virtual machines.
Examining Facebook or email is perhaps the best way to understand how the SaaS model operates. To access the network, there is no need to download a program to device, only a way onto the internet and valid login information will let you in. The device used to access is not linked with the stuff including photos, contacts, saved game progress, chats you run while logged in.
Platform as a service – In this service the software applications can be loaded, stored and run on PaaS cloud, which is a virtual platform. This cloud is mainly used to reduce the need of hardware for running software applications. Infact the virtual computing platform is offered by the provider under the PaaS model and users are sole proprietors of development, running their own software.
PaaS cloud is highly effective because the platform is flexible, and is a cost saving measure in itself. It scales to meet the demands implemented by the amount of software loaded on to it. To better understand the functionality of PaaS model, take it as a physical chunk of hardware that expands and contracts based on the storage space required by the user.
Infrastructure as a service – In this service, all the applications and cloud’s infrastructure is installed and maintained by the user itself. Virtual machines via hypervisor are used to access the cloud which is linked to the cloud provider’s data centers. Under this system, users are charged with operating the cloud; while storage demands are highly elevated as many virtual machines can take over physical devices.
Overall the three models have given a huge flexibility to the enterprises as they are able to manage their resource in a more systematic manner while encompassing on real time information sharing.
It is an era of transformations as more and more tech companies are trying to leverage their products on innovation and drive growth. Microsoft in that aspect has been all over the place, with its recently launched metro styled UI, in which it tried to unify desktop as well as mobile platform. Windows 8 has not been a huge success in that matter, as most users found it hard to get accustomed to the new UI. There were very few takers for the new OS and many believed that Microsoft has gone way too ahead with its reinvention.
There is no denying the fact that technology is moving at a very fast pace and it is has made it imperative for companies to stay in sync with the latest trends to avoid redundancies. After the not so successful launch of windows 8, Microsoft has been working on the next version of Windows codenamed “Blue”. There are huge expectations from this version as many believe that Microsoft would refute back to the start menu style UI or at least incorporate start menu inside Metro style.
In addition to the next version of Windows known as Windows Blue, Microsoft is also working on something called Mohoro, which is a whole new concept in desktop computing. It has been found time and again that end users have started to prefer SaaS model (Software as a service) which reduces overall cost of ownership of the product.
Microsoft is taking that approach to a whole new level offering the next version of Windows remotely over the network giving it a desktop as a service model. This means that users will be able to grab the windows over the internet and beam it on to their devices. Although there are no more details known, desktop as a service is a model that can see a promising future as more and more services go over to cloud. google has already worked in that aspect by launching their chromebook that works on the same principle.
This would allow end users to use the operating system irrespective of the device constraints. Users are trying to diminish the device centric approach and work towards software centric model. This is highly vitas due to the fact that everything is in the cloud which phases out the hassle to manage hardware.
There are many vendors like Desktone and VMware who have worked on the same concept of providing desktop as a service over the cloud. Nut microsoft has taken it a step further offering a full version of Windows as a service.