Archive for the ‘Enterprise Technology Solutions’ Category

Microservices

Friday, January 24th, 2020

The world we live in is dynamic, in fact, the only sure-fire constant that you may find in it is the fact that change here, is a rather constant set of affairs. When we narrow down our view of the world to software and technology this seems to take a whole other meaning, not only is change constantly occurring, it is occurring so rapidly that even the best of our brains have difficulty keeping up with it. This brings us to a very interesting question- how can the various applications and other software on your electronic devices accommodate such a variety of change and that too this fast? This question lies in the mind of all developers, before they even launch a new application, for example, they build it already capable of inculcating new updated, etc. Now comes the question of rapidity. Earlier the applications used to have monolithic architecture. Under this, the entire application was built as one independent unit. This resulted in any induction of change to be an extremely time-taking and tedious process as any change affected the entire system- even the most minuscule modification to even a tiny segment of the code could require the building or deployment new version of the software.

But the world as we know it needed to be much faster than that, this where Microservices came and replaced Monolith applications.Microservice architecture or as it is popularly known- Microservices is today one of the foundation components of creating a good application aimed and precise and immersive delivery of service. It is a style of Architecture that designs the application as an amalgamation of services that can easily be maintained over a long period of time and deployed if need be both with one another or independently. It tackles the problems posed by earlier models by being modular in every single aspect. It is a rather distinctive method of creating systems of software that emphasizes the creation of single-function modules with strictly defined operations and interfaces.

Since there are no official templates available to either design or develop or even base microservice architecture upon, providers of these services often find themselves in a more creative space than usual, however over time there has come some uniformity in types and characteristics of services offered or how this architecture is developed. Topping the charts, of course, is its uncanny ability to be divided into numerous components with each being able to be tweaked and redeployed independently so if one or more service is to be changed, the developers do not have to undertake the gargantuan task of changing the entire application. Another defining characteristic carried by it is the simple fact that this is built for business. In previous architectures the traditional approach with separate teams for User Interface, Technology layers, Databases, and other services and components were present. Microservice comes with the revolutionary idea of cross-platform teams, with each team being given the task of developing one or more very specific products based on any number of services (as available within the architecture) with the help of a message bus for the purpose of communication. It functions on the motto- “You build it, you run it.” Hence these teams are allowed to assume ownership of their developed product for its lifetime.

Another well-founded achievement of Microservices is its quality of resistance to failure. The probability of failure is extremely plausible since a number of services which on their own are quite diverse as well are continuously communicating and working together. The chance of a service failing is rather high. In such cases, the client should withdraw peacefully allowing other services around its function. Moreover, Microservices come with the ability to monitor over these services which exponentially reduces these chances of failure and if and when one service or the other does fail it is thus well equipped to cope up with it.

As you may realize reading thus far, that Microservice architecture in all its application and potential seems to be a design capable of bringing a revolution in the industry, hints of which have already been seen as it has efficiently and rather completely replaced the traditional monolith models. It is an evolutionary design and it is an ideal choice for a designer who is unable to anticipate the types of changes that product may have to undergo in the future. In fact, it is built to accommodate unforeseen changes and that is why as development becomes more and more rapid a larger share of industry is switching from Monolithic to Microservices.

Some of the big players adding to its prestige are Netflix and Amazon. Both requiring one of the most widespread architectures possible in the industry. They get a number of calls from a variety of devices which would simply have been impossible to be handled by the traditional models they used before that.

One major drawback faced globally among Microservices enthusiasts is the fact that the logic, schema and other information that would otherwise have been the company’s intellectual property implicit their own minds now have to be shared across the various cross-platform services. But there is no way around it, in the world around us where most software is being developed over cloud environments this is more or less a philosophical question that whether we should even keep a secret. But along with this aby accepting regression tests and planning around backward compatibility a lot of such tricky scenarios could easily be avoided. Anyway, compared to the ocean of benefits that one receives from Microservice architecture it can remain a rhetorical question whether companies have any other options available. The pros outweigh the cons by far and in the coming times, this is going to be even more sought after model than it is now.

MangoPay

Friday, January 24th, 2020

MANGOPAY is a payment solution that enables marketplaces to easily process third-party payments. MangoPay is a service for market places, collaborative consumption platforms, and crowdfunding websites. It allows them to have a payment solution and to manage the electronic funds, with as particularity the management of e-wallet in white label. The typical workflow is described below.

Typical marketplace workflow

PREMIUM FEATURES OF MANGOPAY

Payments become a breeze

Make payments easy for your users by allowing them to pay in multiple currencies and with various payment methods.

Automate all payment flows and commissions with one single contract so you can focus on the growth of your platform.

Designed for developers

Integrate their payment solution on your platform quickly thanks to the open-source SDKs (PHP, Java, Ruby, Python, and .Net), our WordPress plugin and the checkout libraries for web, Android and IOS.

Payment flows your own way

Create your own payment flow matching your business model thanks to their seamless payment solution.

Their white-label product allows you to setup e-wallets enabling you to manage the escrowing and splitting of funds between users.

Maximum security for minimum worry

Keep your payments and transactions safe thanks to multiple anti-fraud and money laundering prevention tools.

Concentrate on your business while they verify your users in accordance with the latest European and local regulation.

Accessible dashboard for real-time monitoring

Manage your transactions, commissions, users, e-wallets and financial reporting thanks to their practical and accessible dashboard.

PAYMENT SOLUTIONS

Marketplaces

Integration made simple

Integrate their marketplace payment solution easily thanks to a developer-friendly API, online documentation which includes dedicated case studies, check out libraries for web, iOS, Android and their open-source SDKs’: PHP, Java, Ruby, Python, and .Net.

Global payment solution

Accept the most popular local and international methods of payment and currencies with one single contract.

Transfer funds to your users around the globe. Thanks to their solid international banking network, we guarantee fast and reliable payments.

Compliance on all levels

Rest easy with the verification of your merchants and end-users from around the world. We take care of checking and declaring their identity to the banking authorities, as required by European marketplaces’ regulation.

Comply with all European Union and card industry regulations thanks to their banking license which covers marketplaces registered in the 31 countries of the European Economic Area. We guarantee that all sensitive data such as card details and user identity is handled securely, conform with PSD2, GDPR and PCI DSS.

White-label solution

Focus on giving the best experience to your users. Design and integrate your payment flow to ensure a smooth user experience within your web and mobile app.

Access all API functions on your personal dashboard and gain full control over your payments. Use this complimentary tool along with their API for operational and reporting purposes.

Rental Marketplace

Your platform facilitates rentals by connecting renters with owners.
Their marketplace offer is your solution to:

  • Collect secure deposits
  • Set up recurring payments
  • Verify the user’s identity

Merchant Marketplace

Your platform facilitates business by connecting buyers with merchants.
Their marketplace offer is your solution to:

  • Accept local currencies
  • Pay Merchants globally
  • Verify merchants’ identity

Community Marketplace

Your platform facilitates exchange between individuals as well as local businesses within a community.
Their marketplace offer is your solution to:

  • Split payments
  • Customize rules for transfers
  • Verify sellers
  • Crowdfunding

Integration made simple

Integrate their crowdfunding payment solution easily thanks to a developer-friendly API, online documentation which includes dedicated case studies, check out libraries for web, IOS, Android and their open-source SDKs’: PHP, Java, Ruby, Python, and .Net.

Adaptive workflow

Take advantage of the high degree of flexibility their technology offers to build the unique user journey your crowdfunding platform needs.

Escrow funds as long as you need and dispatch them easily thanks to their e-wallet technology and fluid payout system. We take care of executing the payment orders with the necessary banking institutions.

Provide your users with a unique IBAN directly linked to their e-wallet.

Compliance on all levels

Comply with all European Union and card industry regulations thanks to their banking license which covers marketplaces registered in the 31 countries of the European Economic Area. We guarantee that all sensitive data such as card details and user identity is handled securely, conform with PSD2, GDPR, and PCI DSS.

Work in all countries by signing one unique contract that is in accordance with your country’s own set of crowdfunding rules. We fulfill local legal requirements and will help you to be compliant within your sector of activity.

Secure payment environment

Rest easy with the identification of your contributors and beneficiaries. Whether it is a company, an association or an individual, we take care of the due diligence and declare them to the banking authorities, as required by anti-money laundering laws.

Secure your payment environment by using their tools to flag unusual behavior and block fraudulent actions.

White-label solution

Focus on giving the best experience to your users. Design and integrate your payment flow to ensure a smooth user experience within your web and mobile app.

Access all API functions on your personal dashboard and gain full control over your payments. Use this complimentary tool along with their API for operational and reporting purposes.

Donation crowdfunding

Your platform facilitates fundraising for personal, social and entrepreneurial projects.
Their crowdfunding offer is your solution to

  • Collect donations
  • Hold funds securely
  • Verify users and organizations

Equity crowdfunding

Your platform facilitates direct business investment opportunities in return for equity.
Their crowdfunding offer is your solution to:

  • Secure investment payments
  • Associate Ibans to e-wallets
  • Verify project owners

Loan crowdfunding

Your platform facilitates loans for new ventures by connecting lenders with project leaders.
Their crowdfunding offer is your solution to:

  • Manage deposits
  • Acquire mortgage payments
  • Comply with your local regulation

FINTECH

Adaptive workflow

Take advantage of the high degree of flexibility their technology offers to build the unique user journey your FinTech needs.

Escrow funds as long as you need and dispatch them easily thanks to their e-wallet technology and fluid payout system. We take care of executing the payment orders with the necessary banking institutions.

Provide your users with a unique IBAN directly linked to their e-wallet.

Integration made simple

Integrate their FinTech payment solution easily, thanks to a developer-friendly API, online documentation which includes dedicated case studies, check out libraries for web, IOS, Android and their open-source SDKs’: PHP, Java, Ruby, Python, and .Net.

Compliance on all levels

Comply with all European Union and card industry regulations thanks to their banking license which covers businesses registered in the 31 countries of the European Economic Area.

We guarantee that all sensitive data such as card details and user identity is handled securely, conform with PSD2, GDPR, and PCI DSS.

Work in all countries by signing one unique contract that is in accordance with your country’s local financial rules. We fulfill local legal requirements and will help you to be compliant within your sector of activity.

Secure payment environment

Rest easy with the identification of your users. Whether it is a company or an individual, we take care of the due diligence and declare them to the banking authorities, as required by anti-money laundering laws.

Secure your payment environment by using their tools to flag unusual behavior and block fraudulent actions.

Fintech

Your FinTech disrupts traditional financial services by providing an innovative payment solution.
Their FinTech offer is your solution to:

  • Collect funds with different means
  • Comply with local regulation
  • Verify users and organizations

Salesforce Integration with DocuSign

Friday, January 24th, 2020

Automate contracts without ever leaving Salesforce.

Salesforce integration with DocuSign allows companies to digitize their customer agreements completely, thus increasing efficiency and security and reducing costs.

Salesforce is a popular cloud-based CRM software that is used by companies worldwide. One of the most useful features that this platform offers is that it allows companies to automate contracts, thanks to its integration with DocuSign.

As a widely-used e-signature solution, DocuSign allows companies everywhere to digitize contracts by enabling legally binding electronic signatures on digital documents. It is extremely easy to use, secure, and reliable, and since it is integrated with Salesforce, it allows organizations to completely digitize their customer relationship management.

Using Salesforce integration with DocuSign, you can easily pull data from various Salesforce objects such as Lead, Account, Opportunity, Contact, and more. You can then sign the documents online, or you can send them out directly from Salesforce to get the required signatures. Once the documents are signed, they are returned to Salesforce and are then attached to their respective records.

Automating your customer agreement processes using technology like Salesforce and DocuSign, which are developed by top UX design firms, comes with plenty of benefits. Let’s take a look at these below:

  • Accelerate turnaround times

With Salesforce integration with DocuSign, you can easily cut down the turnaround time for customer agreements to hours or even a few minutes. This automation of the workflow allows for increased productivity since your employees can work out everything without ever having to leave Salesforce.

  • Cost reduction

With Salesforce and DocuSign, you can limit your financial expenses easily, since everything is digitized and on the cloud. This gives you the opportunity to invest your finances in other areas of your business with greater ROI.

  • Improved accuracy and efficiency

Since Salesforce integration with DocuSign automates processes of agreement development and signing, there will be little to no error. When you have employees manually working on the same tedious task, it’s much more likely that errors which could have been prevented would occur. Transactions are also extremely safe and secure, so you don’t have to worry about breach of important data.

  • Enhanced customer experience

With the security, accuracy, and efficiency that Salesforce integration with DocuSign provides, your company is capable of providing an overall enhanced customer experience. Your customers no longer have to risk security nor wait for long periods of time for their agreements.

  • Reduce paper waste

Another huge benefit of digitizing agreements using Salesforce integration with DocuSign is that you can reduce paper waste significantly. With the growing concern over environmental causes, cutting down on your reliance on paper and going digital enables you to do your bit in contributing towards more eco-friendly business processes.

Self Storage Application Service Request Workflow

Friday, January 24th, 2020

Introduction and background

For our client 10 Federal, which is a US-based company, our team had to work on a project known as Work Order. Work Order is aimed at self-storage facility operators who are in need of an efficient and effective work order system. Work Order would help them manage their day to day orders as well as maintenance tasks they need to complete in order to run their self-storage facility business.

The project required us to build an SAAS-based system, meaning that it will be a web-based, on-demand software that runs on the provider’s servers. It has been designed in such a way that it will have three major deliverables in it. These deliverables include –

  • a super admin web application

An all-encompassing web application for the admin so that they can run Work Order smoothly and work on complaints as quickly as possible.

  • a client-side web application

A web application that can be accessed by the clients so that they can use Work Order effectively and manage all their tasks from one platform.

  • a client-side mobile application

A mobile application for the clients to use so Work Order can be easily accessed from anywhere, anytime.

Challenge

For this project, our main challenge was that we had to work on Work Order, keeping in mind the complex processes involved in maintenance related tasks within self-storage facilities.

On top of this, we had to design the architecture of the system based on microservices to support SaaS model. The complex processes, combined with SaaS model was challenging our aim of building a system that is fast, smooth, efficient and user-friendly. Our team had to take time and learn to fully understand the complexities of the self-storage facilities processes so that we could deliver a practical, sustainable solution.

Solution

Dot Net or .NET was used to develop the Work Order system, including the admin web application, the client-side web application, and the client-side mobile application. Dot Net is a software framework that is developed by Microsoft and is used to develop software that can run on Windows-based operating systems.

A SaaS based solution was our approach so that the client can sell the software to clients, and clients can access it with ease. All they would need is a browser and an internet connection for the web application, and a smartphone with an internet connection for the mobile application.

After our team successfully completed the project and provided solutions for Work Order, the system was equipped with the following features:

  • Management of maintenance works
  • Allocation of tasks to property managers
  • Subscription management, and more.

Now, with Work Order, self-storage facility operators can organize their tasks better, and improve their efficiency and productivity. Put simply, the system helps them to run their business operations better.

The Revolutionizing Transformation Of Apache Cordova From PhoneGap

Thursday, January 23rd, 2020

Transformation is the core mantra of new-age businesses. Throughout their operational cycles, business strive to transform and turn into something better. Quite naturally, enterprises are always on the lookout for adopting new technologies that define innovation in a whole new way!

It’s here that we come across Apache Cordova, which also has been through a great transformation. This mobile application, previously known as PhoneGap, was a development framework created by Nitobi which was purchased by Adobe Systems in 2011. Then Adobe rebranded it as PhoneGap. In 2011 again, Adobe/Nitobi gave away the PhoneGap codebase to Apache Software Foundation, a mobile app development company in USA. At Apache, the application was renamed as Apache Cordova. PhoneGap was handed over to Apache to keep it an open source always and follow standards. AppBrain suggests that Phonegap / Cordova powers up 7.94% of the app market share overall. It is ranked #5 in app development frameworks.

So basically Apache Cordova serves as an engine to power the PhoneGap, similar to how a WebKit powers Chrome or Safari. These two frameworks are basically same; however, there are some noticeable key differences that will be useful to a developer.

What Are The Key Differences Between Apache Cordova And PhoneGap?

Since Cordova was born from the PhoneGap codebase, there are bound to be some similarities between the two platforms. However, one thing is for sure that Cordova and PhoneGap are both cross-platform frameworks. PhoneGap is powered by Apache Cordova. The PhoneGap is a product of Adobe that contains additional tools by Adobe that tie with other Adobe services. Therefore, an Apache project is not ideal for adobe services. However, PhoneGap is open source software, and will always be free to use and it will always remain a free distribution of Apache Cordova.

Another thing to note is that Apache Cordova lets you build apps suitable for android, iOS and Windows using web technologies like HTML, JavaScript, CSS and with PhoneGap you can do the same. However, Adobe might charge for added Adobe services integrated into PhoneGap codebase.

Other than this, there is not much difference between the frameworks. If you are a developer, you might want to use PhoneGap if you want to build apps in the cloud without installing any additional local SDK. Otherwise, you can use any of the two frameworks to build app. Note that Apache Cordova is always free to use and always will be distributed by Apache.

How The Transition Changed The Framework?

Apparently, there is not much difference between the two frameworks. Any developer who wants to build a cross platform application with HTML, JavaScript, and CSS can use PhoneGap or Apache Cordova — there will not be much difference in that regard since Apache Cordova uses the same codebase as PhoneGap. However, you will Apache Cordova if you want to contribute to open source project powering PhoneGap. If you want to improve the Apache Cordova codebase, you have to use the Cordova framework. Apache is preferred by big names like Salesforce and Facebook who have customized versions for their SDK and Apache Cordova helps them to enable this use case.

One of the reasons that might make you want to prefer Apache Cordova over PhoneGap is Ionic Framework. The Ionic framework is a distribution of Cordova as well but it comes with additional ionic services. It also includes a full set of native-like controls and user interface bindings. The features/services of Ionic make it much easier to use it with Cordova that ensures a smooth performing application across all platforms.

PhoneGap lets you build applications that are platform independent or hybrid. However, Apache Cordova also lets you build application for platforms like Windows, iOS, Android, Blackberry 10, Amazon Fire etc. Apache Cordova may be a little complex than PhoneGap, but it is much more reliable when it comes to application performance, it allows you more control and is more of an open source. You can test the features and develop your application using Cordova. Although you do need to test features for an iOS on an authentic Apple device, however, in terms of performance Cordova has become much more trustworthy. Basically, the transformation of Cordova from PhoneGap has made it more powerful in its execution.

What Apache Cordova Offers

Cordova is flexible in the way it lets the developer build the application. You can use and re-use codes across platforms when you are building application for different platforms or hybrid apps. Cordova also supports offline scenarios. It will help you build your application by letting you access native device APIs so that the app you build is compatible with the native device.

The tools Apache Cordova offers have a wide range of command tools, JavaScript frameworks and cloud services that augments Cordova. When you are using Apache Cordova, you will get tools like Adobe PhoneGap, ionic, Monaca, Onsen UI, Visual Studio, App Builder, Framework 7, Evothings Studio, NSB/AppStudio, Mobiscroll, Instabug that will allow you to build simple as well as complex application across platforms.

Currently Apache Cordova is favoured by developers who are trying to bring Webview, Web App, Plugins etc. the freedom Cordova allows developers to build across platforms or build focusing a single platform has popularized it. Embedding Cordova allows the app to be mixed with native components.

Signing off

From PhoneGap to Apache Cordova — the journey was short and full of changes. PhoneGap is currently owned by Adobe and Cordova is a product of Apache. To sum up, both the frameworks can be used to develop mobile apps from scratch and can be used to develop mobiles apps across different platforms. However, you can think of Apache as the more powerful version of PhoneGap. PhoneGap originally was not an open source framework, but now it is open source and free and it will always remain that way. While Adobe PhoneGap may charge you for extra Adobe services, there will be no charges to use Apache Cordova. Any leading mobile app development company in USA prefers Apache Cordova as it is flexible, promises smooth running of mobile apps and is easy to download and install.

The journey from PhoneGap to Apache Cordova has been revolutionizing. While PhoneGap began in a schizophrenic manner, Cordova is more orderly and well-managed and therein lies the success of Cordova.

What Is Business Process Automation?

Thursday, January 23rd, 2020

And What are Its Major Benefits?

A smoothly running business requires a lot of effort to be run efficiently. Several complex processes need to get assimilated in their functions and integration of those processes leads to the development of hitch-free operations. There are two types of processes in business operations; one, the repetitive, mundane jobs that only need practice and the latest information, and secondly, the jobs that need actual human intervention to get completed.

Categorically, the latter category is still to be pursued for digital transformation, but for the former category of jobs, there are now digital functionalities that can complete these processes by ease. This discipline is called Business Process Automation (BPA) and can simply be demarcated as the digital automation of complex business processes.

Definition of Business Process Automation

You must be aware that a business needs several rule-driven, workflow-based functions to run smoothly. BPA can be used to implement the automation of these repetitive jobs that are governed by pre-set guidelines.

This functions to improve the workflow and develop the existing workforce to provide an output that is better in both functional and performance aspects. However, in many cases, it has been seen the complexity of systems in place is becoming a hindrance in implementing an effective automation solution.

Development from mechanical to processes

Now automation of processes is not uncommon in business, especially in the manufacturing sector. There have been robotic machines that were used to perform dangerous or repetitive tasks that ultimately produced a product with better specifications and the minimum amount of human error.

The reason for RPA and BPA is simple — organizations are losing a whopping $140 billion every year in wasted time, lost opportunities, and duplication of efforts. Plus, 90% of employees are burdened with repetitive or mundane tasks which can be automated to great effect

This means that BPA has the potential to not only cut unnecessary expenditure but also reduce the cost of getting the work done. This double upshot provides a massive impetus for organizations to go in for process automation.

At that time, the official processes were done solely by humans; with the application of computers, the process just became faster. Human efforts and labor were still there, only the calculation and analysis were done digitally. There was almost no digital involvement to manage the workflow of information.

New developments

With the advent of digital software and other programming assistance, the job became much easier. In recent times, the newly developed “software robots” are becoming useful in performing a double-pronged approach. Firstly, they are becoming instrumental in proficiently managing the data workflow, and secondly, they do not disturb the chain of work, but work in the background to complete tasks for the future, subject it to specified conditions and escalate it to ensure a greater sophistication and expansion of possibilities which were not possible through mechanical automation alone.

The benefits of BPA

The process of BPA is now becoming easier due to the application of “software robots”. The help they provide encompass the full process and the automation becomes stress-free. The advantages that this new approach of BPA offers to the business processes are;

  • Productivity

The foremost benefit that these software bots provide is the increase in productivity. This becomes possible because of two reasons,

  1. Efficiency gets a massive surge as these software programs work without getting tired, and does not commit any sort of mistakes.
  2. The software does not miss any deadlines provided the information required is correctly fed in the system.
  3. The completion of the assigned workflow becomes accelerated as the response time quickens to instantaneous.

Moreover, as the number of workers is reduced after the implementation of BPA; the company can save money on the overhead. Able-minded workers could be assigned to solving more complex yet unnecessary problems rather than wasting time behind a mundane repetitive process.

  • Precision and reliability of data

There is a popular adage, “machines do not make mistakes”. Quite true, as the machine blindly follows the person who gives it an order; either by vocal, switches or in the modern age, computer programming. This is also true for this new software bots. They never differ from their chosen actions, unless ordered to do so. This ensures better compliance with the existing laws and an audit trail. The inadvertent human error has less chance of occurring and the output of the process is guaranteed consistent.

  • Cost reduction and increased profit

Using this novel software tools ensure that the cost of completing a project goes down. When you can spare the cost of maintaining labors, the cost of overhead will go down. Additionally, the workers who were attached to these repetitive works could now be engaged in other high value and complex projects. Such a division of duties can be beneficial in the financial and work sectors. The workers feel their increased value and are subjected to a deeper sense of fulfillment.

  • Accessible and elastic

Being software, there is no chance of the human problem of achieving proficiency in a single subject. The software can be programmed to complete any type of job and it can perform the interlinking of two different jobs also. If the business requires so, the software robots can be commanded to work across departments, with a digital conversation across many projects, so that a single system can complete a lot of interrelated jobs.

Which functions can use BPA?

The jobs of every department are specific and are required to keep the company running. There are some functions which can be performed with these “workbots”. To know on which jobs you can apply this software, look for the following pointers in them;

  1. Tasks following a set of rules
  2. A job with anticipated inputs and outputs.
  3. Monotonous and/ or labor-intensive tasks.
  4. Tasks with high-volume of work.

Case in point, suppose you need to prepare a quotation for a client on-the-go. What are your steps to follow? These are more or less generating the quotation, letting your superiors know, getting approval, attaching the document, queuing it and sending it to the customers. To do each of these jobs will require considerable man-hours. With help from software used in BPA, the jobs could be done automatically and the person can concentrate on other complex targets.

To conclude

Although, the implementation of BPA in the existing system has to be done with care. First and foremost, it must be understood that the existing resources must be adapted to the working of BPA so that the cost of implementing a system from scratch is lessened. To add on to it, you must also ensure the assured chance of productivity improvement, error-free delivery, and scalable system of programmed job accomplishment.

What is Salesforce Billing & CPQ?

Thursday, January 23rd, 2020

Things You Need To Know About Billing And Salesforce Billing

The modern business landscape is constantly growing and changing according to modern technological trends and customer demands. It is a market of tough competition and only on-point services to a customer can ensure a successful prospering business.

Traditional methods of maintaining and keeping track of customers have already started to fall short. To stay updated with the current tides, businesses have started to shift towards using software and automation to deal with the business transaction. Even customers now prefer to deal through online methods thus pushing vendors to upgrade their business with the integration of automation.

What Is Salesforce Billing?

When it comes to billing and customer subscription, companies lean towards automation as it is much easier to use and hassle-free. That is why keeping in mind your needs and requirements, Salesforce has brought for you automated billing. Through cloud salesforce billing you can create and automate the invoices, payments, and revenue.

Salesforce billing is an add-on package that uses the key records and information from Salesforce CPQ. After an order is placed under Salesforce CPQ billing picks up the order and generates a record for an invoice, payment, and revenue. Using Salesforce Billing requires you to integrate with Salesforce CPQ.

What Is CPQ?

The term CPQ stands for Configure, Price Quote. The CPQ is a sales tool for businesses to generate quotes for orders swiftly and accurately. Quotes generated with CPQ software automated according to rules that are set beforehand so that you can do pricing that is error-free and according to the product’s quantities, discounts, customization, and optional features. Automation in pricing means you will not have to manually calculate the price which is time-consuming and subject to human error, so you can maximize your profit while providing reliable service to your customer. CPQ is a software program that is useful for both big companies as well as small businesses.

You can avoid incorrect pricing, unapproved discounts, and all the hazards by using CPQ. CPQ allows the process of pricing to be faster and accurate and therefore avoid any conflict with your customers regarding pricing, configuration, etc. When you have done away with all the time-consuming process, you can spend more time with your customers. Even your sales staff will be free to approach and deal with more customers. Study shows that only 35% of a salesperson’s time is available for selling which means that if they were free they could utilize that time to make great sales. Good use of CPQ will immediately increase their efficiency.

CPQ can also help your business with savings and revenue. It will not only ensure an efficient sales process but will also help you to grow your profit margins. Users of CPQ have seen 4-fold growth in their net profit over 5 years. This increase was only possible because of time savings, limits on discounts and the ability to offer a variety of options to the customer.

How Salesforce Billing Works?

With salesforce billing, you can invoice an order and manage its balances through credit and debit notes. You can automate customer payments and process them through a third-party payment gateway. You can also maintain and keep track of all the transactional data into finance books and map that data into an ERP.

  1. Step one: Salesforce billing runs on several rules that decide when and how to create the transactional records. Many order products can look up to the same rule which in turn lets you manage groups of products under one rule based on how you want salesforce billing to handle them. Some of the important rules are:
  • Whether to create an invoice
  • How the invoice line’s pricing and date values influence the billing periods, dates, billing cycles
  • Whether to create a revenue schedule and revenue transaction
  • Whether to calculate tax
  • How to calculate tax based on tax integration and tax data
  1. Step Two: After quoting in Salesforce CPQ, you can create an order and a contract. The contract will be used for future sales transactions that will help users to create amendments and renew their subscriptions. When you create an order from a quote, its order products have an un-activated status. Keep in mind that only activated products can be billed. So you can provisionally keep a product un-active until it is ready for billing. Orders also lookup usage summaries that store information about usage-based products.
  2. Step 3: salesforce billing also lets you create and manage reports on your revenue for a product or service. It is a process of accounting for revenue for a product. You can spread your revenue over a set period, or you can use bundled products and services for calculating the revenue. Bundled product refers to all the products you deliver at once or overtime. You can add discounts or credit on your products. Add on orders, contract amendments, customer acceptance, and service deliverability, selling the product to new customers or new regions — all of these can be ways to report your revenue.
  3. Step 4: ERP or Enterprise Resource Planning platforms are complemented by salesforce billing by converting Salesforce CPQ’s data into transactional data. The ERP system will inherit the matching data which can then be used for creating general ledger and financial reports. This process helps salesforce billing and salesforce CPQ to manage customer financial touch-points. You can create an invoice, manage all the payments, revenue calculations, identify key stakeholders and do much more with ERP integration with your salesforce billing.

Conclusion

Therefore, in short, salesforce billing allows you to manage the billing order, see product ratings and processing status, helps you to generate the invoice, apply taxes where needed, manage payments, understand your revenue, keep track of financial periods and generate reports on a different stage of the billing process. The salesforce billing makes it so much easier, faster and efficient for businesses to manage the whole billing process. The best iOS app design company leverages salesforce billing to manage their billing process. So, if you are one of them, it’s time to embrace the power of Salesforce!

Future-Proof: Leverage Technology To Drive Innovation And Success In The 2020s

Thursday, January 23rd, 2020

Technology has completely taken over every aspect of our life. The business landscape is no different, and constant changes in the tech world have revolutionized business processes as well. Seagate said that 2/3rd of CEOs will start focusing on digital strategies to boost customer experience by the end of 2019. Also, IDG says that 44% of the companies have already begun their march towards a digital-first approach for customer experience.

It is clear that technology is coming up in a big way to drive customer experience. If you are not taking initiatives for digital transformation then you are bound to be outpaced by forwarding looking enterprises with a focus on stellar customer experiences.

Moreover, technology is not a static concept. It is always evolving, dynamic and volatile. This is bringing about a paradigm shift in the way we think, act, buy, and make a decision. BE it genomics and advanced DNA for spousal choices or autonomous vehicles, the world is fast embracing digital. If you too want in on this high impact sphere of technology then the first step would be to know the different trends that will propel the digital transformation pace in 2002 and beyond. Read on to know what these trends are –

  1. The Rise of AI

AI or artificial intelligence is no longer the stuff of science fiction novels and those bizarre shows. This is the age when machines are getting at par with the human brain. Developers and data scientists are coming up with new and interesting frameworks for AI. It started with the RP-ing games and has now ventured into the simple everyday aspects of our daily life. The AI system can control everything from our smartphones to GPS navigation. Companies like Amazon and Google have come up with their personalized AI models. You can have human-like realistic interactions with a machine.

The upcoming year would see further improvements in AI. The rise of supercomputers and robotics have further contributed to this trend. Smart homes, smart TVs, smart cars are no longer a dream. We have automated, digitized systems at our disposal.

2. All About AR/VR Reality

Augmented reality and Virtual reality were usually associated with video games in the yester changes. All that changed when AR was introduced in mainstream media. Machine learning scientists and coders are constantly working at making our lives easier, convenient and more time-efficient. AR or augmented reality is a concept that allows people to stream live content and get digital updates on any device connected to the network. Almost every platform has now become optimized for the mobile phone. Mobile e-commerce, app development, and database management have become very lucrative fields with a lot of scope for research.

Virtual reality, on the other hand, is a space where a person gets to experience a different world altogether. It is a complete audio-video holistic experience. This immersive exercise helps you shut out the real physical world for a while and enter a different sphere. In 2020, we can expect a mixture of these concepts. The rise of MR or mixed reality would be a framework that would allow for more transparent interactions with digital assets and machines. Microsoft’s HoloLens is a good example of how MR can change our lives.

3. Intuitiveness and Code-free Platforms

Every device or platform that we use these days is programmed to make things simpler and more value-adding for the user. A simple web store or a full-fledged application- intuitiveness is the bind that connects it all. Also, website development is no longer the domain of developers and software engineers. These days, anyone with an idea and an internet connection can build their website in a matter of minutes.

The rise of WYSIWYG website builders gives you a preview of how the content would appear on the user-end browser. You even get the provision of making real-time changes to the content with the on-site editor. And the best part? You can do all this and more without having to write a line of code.

4. One System to Rule Them All

Technology these days is all about fragmentation and yet having a distinct hierarchy. There are super systems, huge databases and frameworks to control all the aspects of your business. This gives you better control and flexibility over the operations. It also boosts your reach, performance, and productivity. The rise of social media has changed the face of marketing. There are different updates on social media networks that allow developers to advertise their brands and get more views.

Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram have entered the eCommerce game with great gusto. Everyone wants to build a substantial social media presence to become more reliable and relevant. Trending on social media is a sure shot way to success. And in the forthcoming year, we have predicted more of content marketing and social media boost. The rise of influencers, bloggers, vloggers, and other internet celebrities bears testament to this fact.

5. Growth of the IoT Framework

IoT or the internet of things is a framework that gives developers space where they can connect multiple devices and platforms in a single network. This simplifies the data sharing and customization process. You can now access, share, and compute information quickly and conveniently. It also gives you better online visibility. SEO optimization, CRM systems, and content management are some of the biggest trends that show immense potential in the next year. Brands will try to make their services more user-friendly and relevant to the average web user. Gone are the days when a few big shot companies ruled the market. Today, the competition is ruled by demand patterns and market metrics.

The developers need to have an in-depth idea of the market, the competition and the techniques they’re using. IoT gives you a better grasp on things. It makes information more accessible. You have better control over the data you’ve collected. It also reduces the risk of cybercrime as you can set firewalls, antivirus programs, and encryptions to protect the information. IoT is being used by several companies these days, including industry leaders like Google and Amazon.

The Business advantage

Leading an enterprise and a team of talents isn’t an easy task. Technology can play the role of an indispensable asset. Whether it’s creating a unique enterprise infrastructure, designing a UI, integrating Salesforce into the existing system, or adopting web application security, technical upgrades are necessary for every enterprise.

As we say welcome to 2020, the latest tech trends are surely going to make a pronounced impact. Enterprise owners need to adopt these changes and make their venture future-ready!

Unique And Famous Apps Built On React Native

Thursday, January 23rd, 2020

Internet and Smartphones have become an inseparable part of our lives. We depend on our Smartphone for everything — from setting an alarm to scheduling a meeting or booking a table at a restaurant.

Smartphone are phones that have a great number of utility applications for easy execution of your tasks. Not that all, business owners and enterprise leaders across the world are relying on smartphone apps to promote their products and reach out to target prospects.

However, behind these easy to use apps lies a lot of hard work. Developing a software program is not an easy task. A lot of time and energy needs to be invested in order to build a smooth running, error free application. Most importantly, the application needs to be user friendly, and to do that developers need to make the User Interface or the UI simple and easy to understand for every user. If we are talking about building UI, React Native becomes an indispensable option.

What Is React Native?

React Native is a cross platform mobile application framework that was created by Facebook. It is a JavaScript library to build user interfaces. React Native will combine the parts of native development with React. It can be used to edit the UI of your existing android or iOS apps, or you can simply build a whole new user interface with the help of React native.

The best thing about React Native is that it can create platform-specific versions of elements so that a single codebase can be shared across all platforms. Basically, two different platforms can use one common technology. React renders to native platform UI, so your app will use the same native platform APIs as other apps. React native also lets you build native apps that will not compromise with the user’s experience. It can also wrap existing native code and interact with native APIs using React’s UI paradigm and JavaScript.

React native has proven to be extremely useful when building a user interface. It contains a good variety of new features that other platforms lack. Therefore mobile app developers rely on React native to create mobile apps. It has become popular among both the android app developers and also iOS app developers.

React has contributed immensely to create many successful apps. Not only has it proven to be useful, it also promises a good deal of future possibilities for app developers. Now React is used by many of World’s top tech companies like Facebook and the best node js development agency. Here’s a list of few famous and successful apps that were built using React Native.

Facebook Ads Manager

Facebook Ads Manager was built using react native and it has proven to be extremely useful. This particular app enables organizations to keep track and control their advertisement no matter where they are. This app lets you build your own Facebook ads very easily from your phone. You can use photographs and recordings in your phone to create your advertisement. The Facebook ads manager is smooth running and the UI is route natural, so it is very easy to
make advertisement using Facebook ads manager.

Instagram

Instagram is another famous and successful app that is used by 1 Billion monthly users. Instagram was built using React Native, which has helped the app to build a super user friendly interface. One can easily follow or unfollow an account, easily look up people they know, or follow pages and contents they like. It is extremely easy to like an Instagram picture — you simply need to double tap on it! React native has also made it easy for Instagram users to
upload and edit a photo. React native has made the app easy to use on both android and iOS platform.

SoundCloud Pulse

SoundCloud is one of the biggest music libraries in the world with more than 150 million tracks and allowing new artists to upload new music all the time. SoundCloud is also built using React Native which lets you deal with your record, check your details, answer to remarks and so much more.
If you are an independent music composer, then SoundCloud is the right place for you to be. Here you can easily deal with your content and keep track of them. SoundCloud adopted the react native model despite the difficulties they encountered because it is much simpler than unadulterated native methods.

Uber Eats

We all have used Uber Eats sometimes in our lives, whether to order lunch or to satisfy the midnight craving. Uber Eats is an extremely popular app all around the world. The developers of Uber Eats chose React native to build the UI of the app which is used mainly by Smartphone users. The Uber Eats app used web application to render interface on client’s portable which often resulted in delayed or incomplete service. To get over this crisis, Uber Eats used React native to give their client a better user experience.

Skype

Skype is a video calling platform where you can chat with your loved ones. Microsoft used React Native to make Skype available on Windows smartphone. React native not only lets you save money and time, but it also lets you use Skype more easily and swiftly so there is no hindrance in your important ongoing video conferences. React native has enabled Microsoft to integrate Skype in mobile phones in a way that voice calls, video calls, sharing photographs and recordings are very easy.

Pinterest

It is another mobile app that has millions of users worldwide. Pinterest is used to search for any topic — from art, music, tv shows, anything and everything. You can simply download, or save an image in your board, or create a list or pin a particular post you like. You can also add comments to the posts. React native has enabled the app to be user friendly so you can browse easily anything you want.

So, if you wish to leverage React native for your venture, getting in touch with the best node js development agency would be the best thing to do.

Airbnb Now Bookable with Bitcoin and Lightning Network via Fold App

Thursday, January 23rd, 2020

One of the most popular Bitcoin payments app Fold has recently announced that users can now book Airbnb using the app. The short-term rental giant is now a part of Fold’s rewards program known as Fold Kickbacks, which supports Lightning Network (LN), Bitcoin’s second layer. It allows users to buy gift cards for Bitcoin with a reward of 3 percent cash back.

This means that with every stay and/or experience booked on Airbnb using Fold, users can get 3 percent cash back in Bitcoin (BTC). The announcement is surely an exciting feature on the Fold Kickbacks rewards program, which already has some well-known brands such as Uber, Amazon, and Starbucks.

Currently, the Fold app only works in few selected countries such as the US, Canada, Mexico, Australia, Ireland, and the United Kingdom. Soon, Europe is expected to be able to use the app as well.

Fold facing new competition

The Fold may be among the oldest and the biggest Bitcoin shopping rewards apps in the market today, but it definitely isn’t alone app. There are several similar apps that have come up in recent years, offering users with an increasing number of options to “stack sats”.

One of the biggest competitors of Fold may be Lolli, which has partnered with Petco, a popular American pet retailer. In addition to this, the Bitcoin rewards shopping app also partnered with Safeway, a huge grocery chain in the US in order to provide users with an attractive offer of 3.5 percent cashback in BTC on all of the purchases they make at Safeway.

In an attempt to stay ahead of the competition and provide users with more payment options, Fold added a new feature that allows the app to accept fiat currency as payment at in-store and online retailers apart from Bitcoin. Users can do so by adding either their Bitcoin Lightning wallet or credit card. This new feature was added after the firm managed to raise $2.5 million in late September 2019.

Even Asia is not far behind and is rolling out Bitcoin rewards shopping options. Earlier this year, Amaten, which is the largest gift card platform in Japan announced that it partnered with Aelf, a blockchain network provider in order to issue tokenized gift cards to users.

With the growing popularity of blockchain technology and cryptocurrencies, we can expect to see more of similar services in the coming years with investors, tech companies and top UX design firms working together to bring improved services.

GraphQL | A query and manipulation language for your APIs

Thursday, January 23rd, 2020

Before starting on the blog we would like to share why we are writing this when there is already a well-written document provided by the GraphQL community on the official site https://graphql.org.

Well, Here you will get an idea of how GraphQL works and how the GraphQL will implement.

According to the GraphQL community:-

GraphQL is a query language for your API, and a server-side runtime for executing queries by using a type system you define for your data.”

After spending time on understanding the GraphQL workflow using many blogs on the internet, people are still not aware of the exact use. That might be due to the reason that the blogs are focusing to start the work using GraphQL/Apollo rather than explaining the idea behind this.

It would be good for beginners If we can explain what GraphQL is and how it works rather than focusing on its code or implementation.

Let’s start with the most frequently asked questions that are misleading us:-

If we are using GraphQL we didn’t need REST APIs?

It was a negative hype and, It is not correct. GraphQL worked on the data which is provided to it. So data source can be either an API or any other source which is providing data to GraphQL.

For example, just see the below image:-

In this image, the GraphQL server will receive the data either from the REST APIs, JSON data or any of the database sources.

GraphQL is not a replacement of the REST APIs but it is a way to use the REST APIs or any other data by adding an extra layer.

If we still need the APIs to get the data, then why are we using GraphQL?

GraphQL was designed by Facebook to reduce the over and under the fetching problem of APIs. GraphQL was able to overcome this problem.

How it was reduced by the GraphQL we will understand it later in the blog.

As per the official site of GraphQL,

“GraphQL is a query language for your API, and a server-side runtime for executing queries by using a type system you define for your data. GraphQL isn’t tied to any specific database or storage engine and is instead backed by your existing code and data.”

Explanation of the above lines:-

  • It means that GraphQL is a query language that makes the query on the API data (like SQL for your DB).
  • And also it is a server-side runtime to execute our defined queries(which is strongly typed with its data) on our data(get by API or hardcoded doesn’t matter)
  • Now it is clear that GraphQL is not connecting with any DB like MySQL.

Let’s see a diagram to understand Graphql flow between the client and API:-

In the given diagram, there are two types of client-server architecture. First one is not using the GraphQL while the second one is using the GraphQL.

In the first client-server architecture, the client is directly hitting the APIs to get the data returned by the API. Once a request from the client to the API server will arrive at the endpoint. The API server will return the complete data to the client without making any further modifications.

In the second client-server architecture, we can see there is another server named GraphQL between the client and the API server. This server is containing the GraphQL implementation and it will work as middleware on the API.

In this architecture, the client will never know about APIs that will be returning the data in place and the user will be hitting the endpoint that will be provided by GraphQL.

Whenever a request will be made on the GraphQL endpoint, the GraphQL server will get the data by requesting on the API server.

Here the GraphQL will do its job that is the GraphQL can modify the API data before sending it to the client.

Let’s understand it using an example:-

Consider an application that is running on the mobile as well as on the web. And there is a user listing page in both(web & mobile) platforms.

Assume, Below is a GET API for user returning the following response:-

  • Name
  • Contact
  • Address
  • Email &
  • Description

Consider a user list page in the application where on the web we are showing all the 5 fields in a row and as the mobile will be having a small screen and need to show only the two fields.

Those fields are name and description of the user.

But to retrieve that we need to hit the GET API of the user which is going to return all of the above-listed fields along with the name and description, Hence, the result will be over fetched(also containing other unnecessary fields like contact, address, etc.).

Now you will be thinking that it will not be more than 1 kb of response data but consider the case when you will be needing this data on a page for multiple users(like facebook).

In that case, there will be more than 1 kb data that will be fetched from the backend unnecessarily & it will be stored on the frontend which in result will impact the app performance.

To avoid the frontend load either we need to modify the existing API or we need to create a new API that will be returning only two required fields. But doing so will result in repeated work or breaking the rule of single responsibility(SOLID principles). And also may affect some other existing functionality.

Here the GraphQL provides us the solution for this problem at hand, As we know GraphQL will be working as middleware between client and API server, GraphQL will check which API (or any other data source) we need to hit(will be defined in the query) and then it will check what data(data asked from the client(web/mobile)) it needs to return.

If GraphQL will be hit by the web then GraphQL will return all the 5(as all the fields asked in the request) fields but if it is hit from the mobile app then it will return only two fields(asked from the mobile) that are required on the dashboard.

Answer for the question “Why we are using the GraphQL?” is that it works as middleware using a server which resolves the request of the frontend by using the backend API and filter the API data as per the frontend needs.

GraphQL server reduces the number of APIs required and gives more control/ease over the APIs or the data source.

Salesforce Lead Management Best Practices

Thursday, January 23rd, 2020

One of the key factors that determine the success of any business is its lead management practices. Salesforce is among the top CRM platforms that business use, helping you to convert leads into loyal customers. Here are some of the best Salesforce lead management practices that you should follow.

· First, define what leadership means to your business

The first step is to know your leads and for this, you need to clearly define who the perfect lead is for your business. The perfect lead will be different for every business, which means that it is imperative for every member of your team to be absolutely sure who your perfect lead is. You have to clearly identify their interests, problems, their preferred communication channel, and other behavioral traits.

· Attract leads with targeted content

After you have successfully established who the perfect lead is, it is now time to attract them with targeted content. A study has found that companies that publish blog articles generate 67 percent more leads, which should be good enough reason for you to create well-written, search engine optimized blog posts. Doing so not only helps you attract the exact audience you want but also helps to establish your company as an expert in your area.

· Have a standardized lead management process

It is important that your company has a standardized lead management process so that everyone is on the same page. This helps to minimize errors too. Bring the entire team together and put together a distinct and comprehensive process for your lead management from start to finish.

· Make use of automation solutions

Today, it is important for a business to have the right tech stack to help them streamline their activities and automate processes. Lead management can benefit greatly from automation solutions, especially when you automate the best-performing lead channels. This increases efficiency and saves a lot of time.

· Have a lead scoring method in place

Lead scoring is important because it helps in monitoring the behavior of your prospects and their level of interest in the products or services that you offer. This helps you plan your marketing strategy better as you will be able to determine the amount of time and effort to spend on each lead.

· Plan and implement a nurturing process

The nurturing process is an important part of lead management as it helps in building successful relationships with leads, while also retaining the lesser qualified leads for future interest. The nurturing process is often neglected, but shouldn’t be.

How DevOps Changed the Face of Application Development

Thursday, January 23rd, 2020

Today, the top UX design firms are investing heavily in advanced technologies that can help them in the faster development and delivery of products. As competition rises, the need to stand out from the crowd by delivering high-quality and reliable apps in shorter periods increases.

To achieve this, DevOps has emerged as one of the best technologies for the best app design agency developers, allowing them smooth integration and deployment. We discuss the benefits of DevOps below:

· Better build quality

Through DevOps, companies can combine operations and development smoothly, thereby creating a suitable environment where build quality can be nurtured. It brings together development-centric focuses, including performance, features, reusability, and so on, along with ops-centric focuses, such as maintainability and deployability, thereby bringing together the best of both worlds to positively impact the build quality.

· Accelerated time to market

With DevOps, apps can reach your target audience faster, thanks to Disciplined Agile Delivery. Rather than having the development team building and testing in an environment that is separate from the operations teams working on productions, DevOps allows every change to be delivered to a production-like environment, thereby ensuring that the code is deployed to the production environment.

This puts away any chance of complexities that arise due to misunderstandings and miscommunication between the two teams, thereby accelerating the entire production process. This allows the best UI UX design services to cut down release time so that the app can reach the audience faster, and you can stay ahead of your competitors.

· Automated and reliable processes

With DevOps, you have access to various tools and principles that can help you develop apps through automated and reliable processes. This makes way for a better application quality as your teams can thwart many drawbacks of version control, continuous planning, continuous integration, configuration testing and management, deployment, as well as continuous monitoring.

Thanks to this automation, you don’t have to worry about the chances of errors caused by time-consuming manual processes. This means that you can develop, package, and deploy an app with increased ease, accuracy, and reliability.

· Improved team collaboration

Last but not least, DevOps leads to improved team collaboration between development and operations. Initially, these two teams worked separately on their specific tasks, which was not very efficient or productive. Now, thanks to DevOps, both of these teams understand the other’s workflow and processes better, thereby enabling a culture of collaboration and increased efficiency within the app design agency.

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