High-Tech Halloween

High-Tech Halloween and How Technology Can Make Things Scarier

High-tech makes Halloween scarier than ever before. Nowadays there is an app for everything, and when it comes to Halloween, they range from keeping your kids safe to scaring the pants off of your colleagues and friends.

There are apps for chatting with your family and apps for keeping track of your family members’ locations. Parents these days can set boundary limits on where their kids are allowed to go and can get notified if they go too far (and no worries about cheating, kids will never leave their smartphones anywhere!). In terms of high-tech Halloween, it is a good way to keep track of where your little ghost went.

This year Google launched frightgeist a website that helps people find the most popular costumes. Also, the website suggests less popular characters so that one has a chance to be exceptional at a costume party.

Morph Suits has acquired Digital Dudz, a manufacturer of ingenious “high-tech” costumes. Their high-tech Halloween costumes  must be worn along with a smartphone and an installed app for the projection of scary and realistic animations, such as the twitching eyeball. This high-tech Halloween outfit idea has changed the Halloween costumes industry.

Creating high-tech Halloween costumes using fiber optic also went viral in the last few years. People use fiber optic to design dresses, wings, leggings, Iron Man outfits and more.

Fiber optics dress

Fiber Optic Dress by Natalina

There are spooky Halloween-themed animations that can be projected on the window or TV. In combination with wireless speakers and laser pumpkins the atmosphere around your house or office can be spine-chilling.

All in all, technology widens possibilities and scarring becomes more sophisticated while costumes turn out to be more realistic. A devoted and creative team of software developers can help you bring your idea to life (*wink*). DAS Solutions wishes you a spooky high-tech Halloween!

Data Visualization

This is What You Are Losing by Not Using Data Visualization

Data visualization is a life-saver especially when it comes to business analytics and planning. It makes it possible to find relevance among millions of variables and communicate hypotheses to others. Of course, data visualization requires complete, valid and organized initial data for it to be useful, otherwise the visualization may lead to misconceptions. But here are three critical things that you are missing out on by not using data visualization tools at all.

  • Data visualization helps grasp large amounts of information quickly.

In business, data visualization is used to demonstrate trends, gaps and anomalies. Using data visualization instead of dry presentations of numbers makes a report clear and eye-catching. The report becomes comprehensible and replicable. Visualizations are also more persuasive in comparison with textual format, which is so important in the business world and beyond.

  • Collaboration is improved by data visualization.

New ideas are born through communication. When a team sees the trends and dynamics presented visually, they can come up with more creative solutions to existing problems together. A study conducted by Mindlab International revealed that employees are 17% more productive when they use visual maps and other illustrative techniques.

  • Data visualization assists in the decision-making process.

Once the data is analyzed it provides business leaders with insights on business opportunities. It may demonstrate changes in customers’ behavior. For example, when a bank’s retail loans rise as a result of a successful social media marketing campaign, they can be replicated and aimed at other target groups as a source of growth.

Personalizing data visualization tools allows one to insert relevant charts on a dashboard in CRM or on the intranet site. It also allows for the creation of unique and attractive visuals for customers. Providing interactive data visualization on websites can increase traffic and time users spend on site. Ultimately, using data visualization in your business processes is not hard. All one needs is a good set of data to be visualized, and a devoted team of software developers who can help you in the quest for greater performance.

Fintech Trends

Did You Know about These Five Fintech Trends?

Keeping up with fintech trends may be uneasy for companies, however this can be crucial for business development and clients’ loyalty. Here are five trendy fintech trends you should know about.

  1. UX (User Experience)

Of all the fintech trends out there, User Experience has become a competitive necessity. Customers should enjoy both personalized financial offerings and attractive user interface. Therefore, financial firms tend to fulfill business needs by combining user-centered design with that meaningful experience for customers.

  1. Omnichannel experience

Customers can use services through different channels (ATM, mobile apps, desktop apps, web services, call centers, etc.) which empowers them to use the right tools in the right circumstances. This fintech trend helps understand customers’ activities on different platforms, analyze them, and improve the overall UX.

  1. Mobile payments

Mobile payment processing systems are a fintech trend that will become more popular in the coming years. Many big companies have introduced applications into the market that allow one to transfer money and even pay without reaching out for your wallet. These apps came in as a response to the need for fast transactions. The reality is, if banks cannot provide their clients a certain service, then software development companies will.

  1. Cryptocurrency

Cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin offer many benefits such as lower costs, increased privacy, and extremely fast transactions. The idea of sending money almost anywhere at a low price is compelling, however there are big and established competitors in this area that are hard to pass over. Bitcoins are facing adoption problems because people don’t tend to break their habits easily so no one pays for their dinner in cryptocurrencies – at least not yet. But the benefits provided by bitcoin should be evaluated, and fintech companies are quickly working to find ways in which these can be brought into the mainstream.

  1. Crowdfunding

Crowdfunding platforms became a popular fintech trend a long time ago. They help people bring their ideas to life. Traditionally, these platforms have been used by start-ups, but recently Sony organized a successful crowdfunding campaign, and it is currently raising funds from the public for a second time to launch a product. Of course there are other platforms that enable large transactions, offer payment processing, escrow accounts, etc. The big difference is that companies are now targeting crowd funded equity and debt issuance. The crowd funded platform allows to accelerate a company’s growth by leveraging its easy to use tools.

If financial institutions do not keep up with the newest technology, they risk becoming uncompetitive. A deep knowledge of fintech trends and the adoption of innovative technology will provide new opportunities to drive revenue and expand product portfolios, especially in the medium and long term.

Secure software development

Secure Software Development and Its Importance

With the emergence of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policies, it is crucial  that employees use secure programs and applications on their devices.

Cyber criminals can break into networks in various ways and one of them is through third-party applications installed on workers’ personal devices. If the software solution is vulnerable, it can be exploited with costly consequences. Companies in the financial sector are especially at risk, but companies in the insurance and lending business are usually high on the target lists as well.

According to a recent study on mobile travel apps  developers have been more focused on the usability of applications than on their security , leaving sensitive data vulnerable to breaches. Many companies recommend to their employees that they download only those applications (used for work, and otherwise), that come from certified Android or iOS app stores. Moreover, employees should use the latest versions of both OS and application and should be careful while using unsecured wireless networks.

Taking into account the ever-changing ways to bypass security, companies’ IT teams should be responsible for InfoSec inside a company, therefore it is their duty to raise this question in discussions with upper management. If the company has a consistent security policy where all employees understand the importance of usage of secure applications provided by trusted vendors then the likelihood of successful attacks decreases.

Flaws are inevitable in the process of creation of new software products. At the same time, secure software development is a practice that ensures that the code and processes used while developing applications are as secure as possible.The secure software development lifecycle takes into account security considerations at each step of the software development process: requirements assessment, design, coding, testing and deployment.

If you consider purchasing software for your company make sure that your vendor follows secure software development principles.

Customer experience

Customer Experience Is Vital For Your Company’s Growth

Personalized, fast and smooth customer experience guarantees the success of your business. The one who understands how to engage and maintain today’s customer will leave their competitors behind.

The prevalence of mobile devices, WI-FI zones, as well as 3G/4G technology has significantly changed consumer behavior. In the world of information overload data must be accessed quickly and easily from a smartphone or tablet. This means that your company’s website has to be adaptive and user-friendly at the same time. Therefore, a mobile website or application is now a priority, and not a “nice-to-have” in terms of customer experience.

Customers expect you to be there for them 24/7, and if your automated email response is: “We will get back to you in 24 hours”, that is not good enough to your busy customer anymore.

Users are actively sharing their thoughts and experiences online, and expect to get a prompt and direct response to comments and suggestions left on a company’s social media profile. This means that we are now bound to constantly monitor what our customers have to say about us on social media and beyond as a way to gauge our company and brand reputation. If you are given ideas on how to improve your product or service, show your customers that you care, respond and implement the good ideas. Take the customer experience to a new level.

Employee experience is as important as customer experience. The members of your staff are the ones who present your company to your customers.

If a bank employee fails to assist the customer and does not offer a solution to the problem a client addressed, the bank’s image is spoiled (or worse — you can lose a customer!). According to the findings of a recent study, an unhappy customer is 20 times more likely to share negative feedback about an experience than a satisfied one.

Make sure that employees understand your brand’s philosophy and feel an emotional attachment to it. Customer experience is more than a purchase of a product or service, it is an association with a certain lifestyle.

Failing to deliver an appropriate customer experience will make people turn to your competitors, whereas adaptation to new strategies of managing customer experience is one of the milestones of your success.