Eikos Partners Framework Enables Rapid Delivery of Next Generation Applications
EPCATALYST is a rapid development platform created to deliver a stable platform, with all the display, communication, data, process management and integration tools needed to build sophisticated applications.
EPCATALYST helps you speed up development by offering you, not just a mere set of controls, but a carefully thought out application. It allows you to start with a shell, choose professionally designed themes, and add widgets to produce your own unique portal.
Creating a “One Pane of Glass” vision of the Enterprise Systems Infrastructure
Infront Consulting Group and Eikos Partners have announced a joint agreement to deliver a monitoring tool with a highly configurable visual interface to the Microsoft Systems Center Operations Manager (SCOM) technology branded “Infront InSight”. The product, based on Eikos Partners UX Framework – epCatalyst, interacts with data from the SCOM database, and provides a fast, interactive interface with the monitored services displaying. This fully customizable and extensible dashboard is built using Silverlight and exposes data through a set of selectable and configurable widgets making the presentation and organization of data limitless to the customer. The product has been built to allow for integration with other monitoring and information gathering tools allowing a customer to build a One Pane of Glass view that incorporates data from System Center, third party network monitoring tools and web analytic tools as well as in-house line of business tools. The firms plan the initial launch for June, 2012.
The pre-release version was shown and generated great interest at the Microsoft Management Summit in Las Vegas in April.
For more information or to schedule a demo of the Infront InSight dashboard solution, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Infront Consulting Group is a global Systems Integration and Management Consulting organization. We assist our large enterprise customers with the technical implementation and operational processes required to successfully deploy Microsoft System Center technologies. Our mission is simple. We strive to provide the brightest minds in the industry to our customers to allow them to effectively and efficiently deploy and operationalize technology that supports and empowers their business.
One of our core organizational values is community. Our roots are deeply integrated into the System Center community. Infront Consulting Group is a founder of http://www.systemcentercentral.com, one of the most popular community sites targeted at System Center. We employ significant number of Microsoft Valued Professionals (MVPs) who are recognized by Microsoft to be thought leaders in the industry and who regularly present at industry conferences like TechEd and the Microsoft Management Summit (MMS) as subject matter experts. (SMEs)
Eikos Partners is a New York based consulting firm built around proven domain expertise serving the financial industry. Partners have real world experience at the C-level and our team each have a track record of delivery to the industry. Eikos is an expert in using “Agile” techniques that rapidly drive the determination of a user’s requirements and deliver from an early stage a continuous stream of capability.
The firm has a deep and varied technology background, with extensive knowledge and use of Silverlight, making them a leader in deploying this for real-world business applications.
Eikos Partners has been involved in delivering front, middle and back office applications for all asset classes, as well as for credit and market risk. Clients include well-known Wall Street names, as well the hedge fund industry and retail brokerage.
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Eikos Launches New WordPress powered Website
Eikos launches its new website now powered by wordpress, making it easier to add content that immediately integrates into the great look and feel that we have applied to our website, we are continuing to work on providing further integration with WordPress so that we can integrate with social networking tools like Facebook and Twitter.
If anyone is interested in the Windows 8 Metro inspired theme we have applied to WordPress for our site, then please feel free to contact us at email@example.com
Numerix & Eikos Partner to Offer Numerix Powered Solutions for epCatalyst Platform Users
Partnership to provide Eikos clients with interactive access to Numerix CrossAsset pricing analytics and risk management capabilities within Eikos’ epCatalyst platform dashboard
NEW YORK – FEBRUARY 23, 2011 – Numerix (www.numerix.com) the leading provider of cross-asset analytics for derivatives valuations and risk management, along with Eikos Partners (www.eikospartners.com), a specialist in trading and risk applications for the financial industry, today announced their partnership to offer integrated access to “Numerix Powered” interactive pricing, analytics and risk display solutions within the Eikos epCatalyst platform dashboard which is available now.
Users of the Eikos epCatalyst platform dashboard, based on the powerful and flexible Microsoft Silverlight technology, which includes portfolio managers, traders and risk managers, will be able to access the extensive Numerix CrossAsset library of independent pricing models and methods to price and generate risk sensitivities across all asset classes. The flexibility of the Numerix CrossAsset library coupled with the rapid development capabilities of epCatalyst, will allow developers to tie into the Numerix pricing and risk environments to create robust solutions. Eikos epCatalyst enables front and middle office professionals to do deal structuring and trade entry on the fly, as well as calculate pricing-risk analytics and drill down on the aspects of virtually any Numerix defined or structured deal via a high impact GUI dashboard and series of interactive display gadgets.
“The tight integration of Numerix analytics within the Eikos epCatalyst platform offers users a powerful and robust pricing and risk solution. The wide variety of display solutions and available models means users can now value virtually any deal type using Numerix’s different methodologies and custom model calibrations. We look forward to a successful partnership with Eikos and to providing our customers with new and exciting ways to access and display our world class analytics,” said Steven R. O’Hanlon, President and COO of Numerix.
“We developed epCatalyst to create a highly flexible environment with a superior user experience, which enables users to be able to visualize and interact with the complexities of the information and services supporting their business, states David Lattimore-Gay,” Partner, Eikos. “The combination of epCatalyst and Numerix’s industry leading analytics services, brings this concept to an entirely new level, and allows our clients to create and view any pricing model and complex risk scenario using an intuitive interface in a few minutes across a diverse set of source systems.”
The epCatalyst framework coupled with Numerix’s pricing and risk management capabilities provides users with a stable platform, with all the display, communication, data, process management and integration tools needed to build sophisticated risk management applications that are essential for the financial industry.
Eikos Partners Announces epCatalyst for the Financial Services Market
Eikos Framework Enables Fast Start, Rapid Delivery of Microsoft Silverlight Applications for the Financial Industry
NEW YORK – JULY 13, 2010 – Eikos Partners (www.eikospartners.com) a specialist in designing and developing Silverlight applications for the financial industry, today announced EPCATALYST, a rapid development platform created to deliver sophisticated Microsoft Silverlight-based applications.
The major EPCATALYST framework component manages the Silverlight display objects, or “widgets.” Within the display framework, the EPCATALYST widgets take on the overall theme, and perform direct business functions. Using the services of the display platform, widgets can interact with services in other parts of EPCATALYST, or with each other to create an intuitive response to user interactions. For customization purposes, Eikos Partners designed the EPCATALYST with many generic widgets.
“Our goal was to reduce the time, costs and risks of building new Silverlight solutions, or adding them to an existing systems infrastructure” said David Lattimore-Gay, Senior Partner, Eikos Partners. “EPCATALYST represents a stable platform, with all the display, communication, data, process management and integration tools needed to build sophisticated Silverlight applications that are essential for the financial industry.”
The framework also contains other key elements that financial services rely upon such as Database, CEP, Business Intelligence (BI) and Reporting & Document Management components. These are all connected by a communication layer that functions as a service bus, and provides connection over the intranet and Internet. EPCATALYST is structured to ensure technology choice remains open, and has wide ranging flexibility to add new functions and interactions. Interaction with data and services that are provided by an existing systems infrastructure or by external services are provided by web service components.
“Our experience of using EPCATALYST with our clients is that it easily saves 4-6 months in analysis and development time, and allows immediate focus on the business problem, with the opportunity to deliver real world capability within a very short period of time. Using EPCATALYST allows the focus to be on effectiveness, efficiency, differentiation and a heightened User Experience,” added Lattimore-Gay.
Eikos Partners Creates new Portal for Cantor Fitzgerald Prime Services Division
NEW YORK – May 6, 2010 - Eikos Partners (www.eikospartners.com), a specialist in designing and developing Silverlight applications for the financial industry, today announced it has delivered a complete business portal for Cantor Fitzgerald’s Prime Services Division.
Cantor provides equity and fixed income Prime Brokerage services to hedge funds, money managers, REIT’s, professional traders, broker dealers and ‘40 Act funds.
“We are delighted with the portal delivered by Eikos,” said Noel Kimmel, Senior Managing Director in charge of Cantor Prime Services. “The portal enables us to integrate all asset classes into a single environment, and is designed to enhance the client experience.”
The portal was designed and developed in order to provide clients access to full-featured reports, trade capture services and various portfolio accounting data across all asset class. It exposes a set of services being provided by Cantor Prime Services, and is built in Microsoft Silverlight 3.0. Eikos was selected because of their experience with Silverlight, and their process, which allowed for early and continuous delivery of capability.
“This is the culmination of 18 months of work in understanding how to build Silverlight applications and deploy them for mission critical business needs” said David Lattimore-Gay, Partner, Eikos. “We have built a reference infrastructure to support our best practices, and most importantly have a team in place that can quickly turn concept into reality.”
The layered structure that Eikos employed allows for marshalling and integration of data and services from the back-end, linked to an extendable front-end that contains visual elements, or “UI widgets”, that perform the business functions. The UI widgets communicate with each other to create an intuitive feedback to the user, and the user has control of how they are organized and displayed. Eikos’s Creative Design Team worked closely with Cantor to design a rich user interface that balanced form and functionality resulting in a superior user experience.
The capabilities offered by Silverlight to deliver Rich Internet Applications (RIA), with a zero touch install, to a wide array of browsers and OS platforms were proven in a mission critical environment, so that both Mac and Windows users can access the portal.
Eikos Partners Wins Innovator Award From Windows in Financial Services for Silverlight Integration
NEW YORK – June 23 2009 – Eikos Partners (www.eikospartners.com) a leading innovative business consulting and project-based technology services to large investment banks, hedge funds and asset management organizations, was chosen by Windows in Financial Services, “The Source on Microsoft Technologies for Financial Services,” to receive a 2009 WFS Innovator Award. The ceremony will be held at SIFMA’s Technology Management Conference and Exhibit in Microsoft Corp’s suite at the New York Hilton. Eikos Partners was selected for its development of financial applications for trading on Microsoft Silverlight.
Criteria for judging and selecting were based on the end result enabling a concrete resolution to an impending issue, solving practical business problems. Winners were selected for clearly implementing technologies on the Microsoft software platform that will redefine a new tomorrow in technology and demonstrate a clear-cut advantage in their particular sectors of the marketplace.
Eikos Partners was recognized for developing a zero-touch equity trading system running on Microsoft Silverlight with tick-by-tick position, P&L and sophisticated stock charting that allows users to annotate charts with news and even online chat sessions. The charts update in real-time, and the news and annotations made by users appear on the charts immediately. In addition, moving a mouse over a stock instantly brings up a choice of buy and sell actions, allowing users to make trades in a single click. The system culminates a year of work by Eikos Partners in studying different possibilities for Silverlight. The system also uses Enterprise Gateway from Kaazing to push real-time updates to the client, and Microsoft Azure for back-end processing.
“Silverlight is emerging as one of the most scalable and flexible visualization platforms for the financial arena, and Eikos Partners has been one of the pioneers in program development and customizing solutions,” said Craig Saint-Amour, U.S. capital markets industry solutions director, Microsoft Corp. “Its award winning technology reflects the key elements that are important to financial organizations: ease of use, rapid updates, and ability to process and share data in a customized environment.”
“We’re honored to be recognized by Windows in Financial Services,” said David Lattimore-Gay, Senior Partner, Eikos Partners. “Our approach redefines how real-time applications will be built, and raises the bar dramatically on performance, speed, availability and reliability, and most importantly, the user experience. Our goal is to future-proof functionality to parallel the presumed expectations that users demand as the scope and capabilities of financial technology services grows.
“We believe that the next generation of client side applications will have to have real time data, news and transaction services as a means of competing for market presence,” added Lattimore-Gay. “Web delivery means that solutions have to be reliable and have true scalability, as well as be technically agnostic. Kaazing fully meets those needs.” “Eikos has utilized the Kaazing Enterprise Gateway for what it does best—creating an entirely new user experience that’s only possible with low-latency delivery and reliable two-way communications,” said Jonas Jacobi, CEO of Kaazing.
“Innovation at the financial sector is proving to be a challenge accosting all entities in the financial realm, especially due to an economy that has had seismic rumblings,” said Joe Viviani, publisher, Windows in Financial Services. “This year’s 2009 WFS award winners were able to capture, isolate and overcome a business issue with a solid innovation – and extended its capabilities beyond the traditional limits. Whether on a local or global scale, each of these winners has been able to seamlessly integrate their new technologies into the daily workflow DNA and as a result, save time and worry. We salute all the entries and the winners who took the time to utilize their resources through the Microsoft technology platform to find the right business answer for their distinct business needs.”
Eikos Partners Teams With Kaazing to Deliver Cutting Edge Technology for Financial Services Organizations
NEW YORK – June 4, 2009 – Eikos Partners (www.eikospartners.com) a leading innovative business consulting and project-based technology services to large investment banks, hedge funds and asset management organizations and Kaazing Corporation, makers of real-time web acceleration technology, announced a partnership to collaborate on holistic application development, including the Microsoft Silverlight platform for financial technology customers.
The alliance of the two organizations was based on a mutual core expertise in the financial arena as well as business synergies. The collaboration will provide a comprehensive delivery solution for mission-critical, client-facing applications needing the ability to stream market data, news, chat and transaction services.
Eikos Partners recently developed a zero-touch equity trading system running on Microsoft Silverlight with tick-by-tick position, P&L and sophisticated stock charting that allows users to annotate charts with news and even online chat sessions. The charts update in real-time, and the news and annotations made by users appear on the charts immediately. In addition, moving a mouse over a stock instantly brings up a choice of buy and sell actions, allowing users to make trades in a single click. The system deploys Enterprise Gateway from Kaazing to push real-time updates to the client and Microsoft Azure for back-end processing.
“We believe that these capabilities in the next generation of client side applications will be important as a competitive benchmark for market presence,” said David Lattimore- Gay, Senior Partner, Eikos Partners. “Web delivery means that solutions have to be reliable and have true scalability, as well as be technically agnostic. Kaazing fully meets those needs and is the logical partner to take us forward. The blending of our expertise will be beneficial for our collective customer base since we both have deep level experience working with Silverlight, the next generation of application efficiency.” Part of Eikos’ solution is the Kaazing Enterprise Gateway, which speeds messages between Message Delivery Networks and real-time web clients. Applications like those built by Eikos must meet exacting performance and reliability requirements regardless of the technologies being used.
“Eikos is a recognized leader in the development of Financial Services applications,” said Jonas Jacobi, CEO of Kaazing. “We’re excited about pushing the boundaries of what’s possible with enterprise web development alongside them; we’re convinced that the applications we create together will set the standard for tomorrow’s financial service clients.”
Kaazing’s solutions, based upon their patent-pending HTML 5 WebSockets Acceleration technology, make it possible to deploy Rich Internet Applications that can handle unprecedented amounts of traffic quickly and reliably. As such, they’re the ideal partner for the high-traffic, low-latency web applications that Eikos develops.
Kaazing Enterprise Gateway, the company’s flagship product, is built to the exacting demands of industries like financial services, telecommunications, social networking and online gaming. There’s no software to deploy on the client, and a wide range of protocols, browsers, and Rich Internet Application clients are supported. “Eikos has utilized the Kaazing Enterprise Gateway for what it does best—creating an entirely new user experience that’s only possible with low-latency delivery and reliable two-way communications,” continued Jacobi. “Kaazing’s patent-pending HTML 5 WebSocket Acceleration technology helps financial services clients redefine how realtime applications will be built, and raises the bar dramatically on delivery speed, message volume and dependability.”
Worldflow and Eikos Partners Form a Strategic Alliance
NEW YORK – May 13, 2009 – WorldFlow, a leading provider of software and consultancy services to the financial services market, and Eikos Partners, a leading innovative business consulting and project-based technology services to large investment banks, hedge funds and asset management organizations, have formed a strategic alliance to better serve their clients with innovative end-to-end solutions on both sides of the Atlantic.
Both firms have an established track record of providing solutions to Investment banks and Hedge Funds using a deep understanding of the businesses needs and innovative approaches to meet them.
Eikos Partners “right shore” model balances the strength of its highly skilled New York staff with the cost efficiency of its team of professionals based in Panama, specializing in Microsoft .Net 3.5 technologies.
Eikos has developed a set of User Experience Frameworks that takes the traditional interactive UI for trading and financial applications to a dynamic new level. EP Trader is Microsoft WPF based, and EP Trader its Silverlight solution set.
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Microsoft updates range of apps for Office programs
According to Newstactics, Microsoft office apps including Word, Excel and PowerPoint have been updated to function with iCloud. It was previously impossible to upload documents and spreadsheets created by these apps to the cloud.
The apps can now be opened, and their work can be edited from any connected Apple device. As of now, though, they are only compatible on iOS 8 or higher. The apps are still functional with OneDrive and Dropbox. Updates include:
- Change the format of slides, add photos and videos in the PowerPoint video gallery.
- New templates for word creation in Microsoft Word.
New plug-ins have been expanded for Excel spreadsheet enhancement. This can only be used on iPads with iOS 8.2 and higher.
Excel can be an extremely helpful tool for businesses. Although it is a great program on its own, as with any Microsoft program, knowing key tips and tool uses can enhance the experience. Some of these include:
- Calculation abilities: Excel formulas can do most of the work for you, if you know how and which ones to use. For basis math issues use the + sign to add, the – sign to subtract, the * sign to multiply and the / sign to divide. Remember, as with regular math problems, parentheses can be key to obtain the correct information.
- Filter function: Don't force yourself to continuously read through all the information on your spreadsheet again and again to find one small piece of data. Filters can help focus on only one column at a time and can be added to each column of your data. Keep in mind to copy and paste values in the spreadsheet when using a filter to perform additional analysis in another accompanying spreadsheet.
- Using pivot tables: These tables are used to reorganize data in a spreadsheet, according to HubSpot blogs. A Pivot Table can be automatically filled with information, but this information can be changed or moved around as the users needs it to be. The four options that can be used with a Pivot Table include the report filler, column labels, row labels and value. Read more about each of these options here.
- VLOOKUP Function: This function can be used to simplify the process of combining different spreadsheets into one. The formula: VLOOKUP (lookup value, table array, column number, [range lookup]) can help users working on multiple sheets with a catch. Users must remember to have at least one column that appears identically in both places for the formula to work. If you're not trying to move information that includes matching data, another function such as Index or Match may be better for you.
Excel can be used for a range of functions, both inside and outside of the workspace. Some of these other uses for Excel can include using a spreadsheet as an editorial calendar, an SEO template or to report and keep track of any monthly or weekly marketing numbers.
With a range of capabilities and new emerging trends, Excel should be considered one of the most important, efficient parts of your business.
Read more about Excel, tips for using the spreadsheet developer or other industry information on our website.
IBM partners with Ionic for mobile enterprise app development
According to Fierce Mobile IT, IBM has partnered with the startup Ionic to create a better enterprise mobile app development process. In an effort to increase the process speed as well as reduce complexity issues the two hope to help non-developers ease into the building process.
The two will incorporate IBM's technology with Ionic's MobileFirst Platoform for a better, less stressful prototype building experience.
Ionic, known for its drag and drop function capabilities was chosen by IBM for a number of reasons. Along with this function, IBM also hopes the platform will become a cloud-based technology with "up-front app ideation."
Oftentimes, developers are separated from the rest of the company team such as marketing, HR and leaders. IBM believes this fusion of collaboration will instead bring different sectors of the company together.
"Many organizations still struggle with their mobile strategies because there isn't an environment that fosters strong collaboration between business leaders and developer teams. This divide not only slows down development and increases backlogs, but can also lead to poor quality apps that aren't delivering on the needs of the user," said senior principal at OpenLogix Steve Lokam.
Business managers and other non-tech workers will be able to use Ionic's easy to navigate interface to develop much-needed applications. Utilizing the duo's existing infrastructure and systems, the natively created app can be uploaded through the MobileFirst Platform.
According to IBM statistics, only one-third of business enterprises use three or more mobile applications. The pressure to increase this number to attract both customers and savvy employees may be quelled by this newest partnership innovation.
Why should businesses be investing in application technology?
- Build your brand: Enhance and build your brand with technology. The more apps your business chooses to use, for both customers and employees, the more recognizable you will become. In addition, direct interaction with users as well as accompanying information can be a boost to sales and job understanding.
- Improve customer engagement: Speak directly with customers and allow them to see another side of your business. Engaging customers can increase business. Engaging workers through enterprise apps will foster communication, create a place for collaboration and infuse the latest technology advancements as well.
- Maintain visibility at all times: Americans spend two hours a day, or more on mobile devices. Even if they don't use your app, seeing it available in the app store, or being used by friends, is free advertisement and a second or two in front of their eyes.
A recent survey conducted by mobile backend-as-a-service (MBaaS) provider moBack indicates that 85 percent of businesses believe mobile app development is "important," "very important," or "essential" to their business. About 40 percent of respondents also said they were planning to incorporate 10 application or more into their company within the next three years.
What does this mean for your company? For some mobile applications are a longstanding tradition, and for others, they can be a new, profitable world to explore. For more information on mobile app development or the latest enterprise app news, visit our website.
Apps, mobile devices and business
According to Mobile Enterprise, a recent poll of over 1,000 key decision makers in a range of businesses concluded that the use of mobile applications is on the rise.
About one-third of respondents said they used more than five mobile business applications in 2014. Almost 70 percent of respondents also said they were able to build a business app in one day or less.
The findings of the second annual Canvas Mobile Business Application survey indicate a shift in many businesses from the historically used paper forms and manual processes, to a more mobile, technology based form instead. These industries include healthcare, manufacturing, government, construction and transportation.
"Organizations are not only using multiple mobile business apps, but also building and deploying them to their mobile workforce faster than ever before — an indication that businesses of all sizes are shifting from expensive, resource-intensive custom app builds to cloud-based mobile business app solutions," said CEO and co-founder of Canvas James Quigley.
Other key findings of the survey are:
- App usages for DropBox, Google Drive, Box, and PayPal Mobile increased between 2013 and 2014.
- 20 percent of respondents used 10 or more mobile business apps last year.
- 17 percent of those that switched to mobile apps saved between $25,000-$100,000 annually. 81 percent indicated savings between $1,000 and $25,000.
- Most businesses are using mobile apps for inspections, work orders, checklists and survey purposes. These were the top four uses last year as well.
- 64 percent of businesses believe using core business applications such as Salesforce, DropBox and Quickbooks has great value for overall experience and production.
According to Apps Tech news, by 2017, mobile apps will be downloaded more than 268 billion times and generate more than $77 billion in revenue. How can businesses make this process easier and more productive?
- Step away from company silos: The IT department, creative team and management leadership shouldn't be completely separated. A recent study from the International Data Corporation indicated that more than 50 percent of businesses still regulate enterprise mobile strategy to one certain team. This quells collaboration as well as overall affect.
- Integrate mobile across the business: A company wide mobile initiative is vital for effective mobile output and benefit. Mobile aspects can often be used in almost every sector of a business. Don't let one side fall behind as another develops.
- Take on employees that are open to mobile initiatives: Hire employees that enjoy change, that are open to the next big technology change or that can see it coming before it occurs. Employees such as these will spur overall company growth.
Keeping mobile enterprise as an important part of company culture and innovation has been proven to increase sales, decrease overall costs, improve competitive advantage and create a better decision-making atmosphere.
For more mobile business applications development news visit our website.
Google goes Java-free with “Sky”
According to TechWorm, Google is using a new forum for non-game Android apps. Google Dart, Google's in-house web development language aims to focus on speed and unification.
A main goal of Sky's development is to be fast and responsive for users. The team aims to expand the speed from the well-known 60 frames per second (FPS) to 120FPS. At the moment, it's not possible to even view 120FPS on the phone screens that exist today.
Sky's web background can also be used in mobile spaces as well. The code will run on Android, iOS or anything else that has Dart VM. The majority of the apps can be streamed over HTTP.
HTTP streamlines the development process due to their code's ability to be edited on the HTTP server. The code can be refreshed as well by closing and reopening the app.
In it's Android development feature, creators will have access to Material Design buttons such as action bars, touch effects and moveable navigation panels.
As indicated by Ars Technica, the demo app cannot be run offline. It also takes a moment or two to start up because of its need to download data.
Sky apps will have full access to all Android capabilities and APIs. Developers will also have the ability to change code and make updates by updating code on their own servers. Coders will no longer have to wait for sweeping updates, or make updates that may not necessarily relate to issues they may be facing.
In addition, even though the behind the scene work may be slower than usual, such as processing in the app, the interface will be built with little to no frame skips or lagging. Both of these issues can cause users to delete the app.
The app is still in its demo stages and a release date has not been set.
How can developers build better mobile apps? There are numerous thought processes and ideals that go into developing. Three tips for successful cross-platform apps include:
- Keep web service in mind: When developing for cross platform apps, it's important to remember building for web service. According to InfoWorld, building apps independent from other screens and platforms can help them run across a variety of modems.
- Knowing what your target audience expects: Your app should appear different on an iOS tablet as opposed to an Android or Windows phone. Interface is known to be different across different providers and users know this. Even if they look different, most apps can coded in the same manner.
- Perform tests regularly: Testing regularly can help you discover issues before they arise. If something doesn't work on one platform, check to see how it works on another. Put yourself in a user's shoes… would you use an app you developed?
For more mobile platform development news or enterprise app developments, visit our website.
Enterprise app development is continuing to grow
According to Business Wire, Xamarin, an enterprise mobile development platform, recently announced new company updates focused on mobile strategies.
Xamarin has grown 98 percent in the past year, with one million unique developer downloads to date. New mobile developments of Xamarin include:
- Code sharing across mobile device platforms with Xamarin.Forms. This allows developers to share 90 percent of code across platforms. Shared native data such as this can dramatically speed up the development process. This includes Windows 8, and private beta of its support for Windows 10.
- Comprehensive native development support for building smartphones, tablets and smart watches.
- Mobile application lifecycle feature using Xamarin Test Cloud and Xamarin Insights.
- Expanding its Visual Studio support to help grow its iOS, Android and Windows development fields.
The mobile enterprise app field is continuing to grow. A recent survey from Forrester Research's Global Tech Market Outlook indicates that enterprise spending on mobile apps will grow exponentially between 2015 and 2016.
Many companies polled agreed that focus on mobile aspects is very important to company success. Lopez Research indicates that over 80 percent of companies are building strategies for application development.
Some companies focus on one of these types of development, whereas others combine the three.
Although many companies cite enterprise development as a critical part of their company stance, some haven't begun building. This may be caused by a number of reasons, the most common being the number of ways apps can be built. Apps can be developed in a number of ways including using HTML-5, native and hybrid means.
According to the SD Times, other factors that could be slowing down enterprise app development include:
- Development costs
- Performance issues
- Security concerns
- Skill shortages.
Enterprise apps will continue to develop based on consumer trends to an extent. New technology such as wearable the Apple watch and Fitbits highlight the growing reach of technology is daily lives. Developers must be ready for their apps to work on regular modems of technology such as smartphones and tablets, while also establish seems execution on newer technology as well.
It is not enough to just release an app every few weeks or months. Apps must be released with speed and innovation in mind, according to Forbes.
Xamarin research indicates that about 41 percent of survey respondents said they release their enterprise apps at least monthly, or more frequently. Many are released in the same frequency as consumer apps.
"Consumer apps are the ones most often in the news, but the real economic impact of mobile is happening behind closed doors in the enterprise," said CEO and co-founder of Xamarin, Nat Friedman.
If mobile development isn't scaled to meet these requirements, than the apps will fail and businesses will lose out on revenue and development.
It is not if businesses will release enterprise apps, but when. Businesses must weigh the pros and cons of each type of app development before pursuing new ventures. In addition businesses must remember the importance of mobile facets and accuracy when releasing new enterprises. Consumers and other businesses will not use apps that lag, don't secure data or inhibit company technology. Cross platform mobile solutions will continue to be of importance in developments as well.
For more enterprise app developments or mobile platform development changes, visit our website.
Android, iOS apps emerge on Windows 10
According to The Verge, Microsoft has revealed a plan to bring iOS and Android apps to Windows 10.
Developers will be able to port their apps and games directly to Windows universal apps with two different development kits.
- For Android, Microsoft has enabled developers to use Java and C++ code
- For iOS developers, Microsoft has enabled their existing Objective-C code.
Project Islandwood will allow iOS developers to take their apps and build them for Windows. Android will use Project Astoria, which will allow Android apps to run on Windows Mobile. An added Android runtime layer let's existing Android apps, both Java and C++ to run unmodified for better user experience.
The main goal of these changes is to allow developers to get their apps on Windows 10 without having to completely rebuild them.
Developers hope the installation, updates and uninstalling (if necessary) can be done in a clean, efficient manner. Many users won't keep an app if it lags, takes a long time to download or in any way slows down their phone or tablet.
Microsoft has also launched a new way for websites and Windows desktop apps to be included in the Windows universal apps. This will allow them to use system services such as notifications and in-app purchases.
Microsoft's ultimate goal seems to be attracting developers by letting them use the code they understand and are familiar with. In doing this, they can create any app they like and have the option to create it in Windows as well. If a wide variety of apps are added to Windows, with developers, it can only continue to grow as an effective building platform.
For more mobile platform development news or enterprise app developments, visit our website.
What are some common threats to enterprise apps?
As a technology developer, do you know what the most common threats are to your enterprise applications?
According to Macworld, one of the most dire threats to enterprise apps isn't exactly alive. Security company, Appthority, has released their most recent security report concluding that "dead apps" are the biggest risk to the enterprise market.
Almost 43 percent of apps are either "stale" or "dead." A stale app means the application has been updated in the store, but on the device remains the same. Dead means the app has been removed from the app store but remains on a user device.
The report also concluded that Apple iOS dominates the enterprise market with 85 percent of employee devices as compared to Android.
There are numerous threats, some new and some old, that have become very apparent to users and developers of enterprise apps. Some of these include:
- Authentication attacks: As the cloud becomes more popular, according to director of product security at Websense Bob Hansmann, mobile devices will be attacked more frequently. Mobile devices must have plans in place to protect company information.
- Hostile Enterprise-signed mobile apps: Apps that use private OS APIs are capable of gaining sensitive personal information, change settings and search address books. They then disseminate this information to cyber criminals.
- Lack of a mobile device policy: Mobile device policies should be in place within any company that uses technology. Both employees and customers must be able to identify and prevent their data from being taken. The signs of an infiltration can be learned when both are made aware of the consequences.
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ServiceNow launches enterprise app market
According to Business Wire, the cloud company ServiceNow Store, a server for both paid and free apps developed within the ServiceNow platform, has created an enterprise app store.
At launch, the store offered about 80 applications developed by third party service providers and partners including Cloud Sherpas and Fruition Partners.
Some of the initial applications include:
- Cloud Sherpas Legal Services App: Transitions legal workflow documents and information off of emails to help increase visibility. This can allow the user to track and report without affecting day to day experience.
- Cloud Sherpas Security Incident Response App: Monitors and detects security events and routes responses. This provides a private, secure network for resolving issues as well as streamline monitoring systems searching through social media feeds.
- Fruition Partners Telebridge IT Alert Management: With Twilio software, which can be used with the internet, mobile software and desktop components, generates voice call alerts for IT teams. It also accepts assignments over the phone, bypassing issues caused by online communication associated with IT.
- MobiChord Mobility Management Solution: A suite of apps that allows the user to automate interactions with mobility management teams and a self-service portal for faster fixes and makes less hands-on work necessary.
ServiceNow certifies all its apps and integrations for performance, security and compatibility with other apps in the store.
ServiceNow caters to the needs of many different occupation fields including IT, human resources, field services and other.
With the creation of the ServiceNow app store, along with other developments, indicate that cross platform mobile development and enterprise apps have found their place in the industry while carving out new territories as well.
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Are mobile data breaches blown out of proportion?
Reports are seemingly being released in a more frequent, frenzied routine, calling for an upheaval of electronics security and defense mechanisms. Is this really necessary though?
According to a new study published by Verizon Enterprise Solutions, mobile threats may not be as common, or bad, as many seem to think.
Although mobile devices can be attacked, and data breaches are made daily, 95 percent of mobile malware threats last for about a month. In addition, four out of five threats lasted less than a week.
Only 0.03 percent of smartphones were infected with "higher-grade" malicious code, as opposed to other attacks. Although Verizon maintains that they will continue to monitor for outbreaks and enable better smartphone app development, these devices may actually be more secure than we are lead to think.
"Mobile devices are not a theme in our breach data, nor are they a theme in our partners' breach and security data," the report said.
Although Android devices are more likely to be targeted for a hack, service carriers should not focus all their attention on just their protection and leave iOS on their own.
When data hacks do occur though, their devastating reach could be broader than companies have suggested.
Verizon estimates that data breaches don't cost just $2 or $5 million, but can actually have a cost up to $80 million depending on the total number of people affected, the data lost and the security issues surrounding it.
Verizon has put together a new method to figure out how much a data breach could actually cost, including more than the total number of lost records and estimates. It takes into account a "real-world data loss" too.
Despite these findings, securing all your technology devices is always the best route to take when preventing attacks and loss of personal information.
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TigerText, the Apple Watch, and medical technology advancements
Apple Watch users have another method of communication at their wrists end, in the form of TigerText.
TigerText is a mobile application and web console that allows users to send messages, view when they have been sent, delivered and read. The watch allows wearers to dictate messages as well as preview them before sending.
This tool is being pitched to organizations that need to send direct, private data in the quickest amount of time possible, such as in the medical field.
The secure enterprise app development meets the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA), requirements and is currently being used at Boston Children's Hospital, according to iMedicalApps.
The app can be used to send:
- Group texts
- Media and video related to patient care and treatment
- Protected patient health information.
It can be used by doctors, patients and family advocates alike. According to Mobile Enterprise, TigerText includes the following features:
- Receive automated alerts and notifications directly from a phone to the watch.
- Record and listen to audio.
- Speech-to-text dictation: In medical situations this can not only save time, but a patient's life as well, when minutes can become critical.
The app is guaranteed to be secure, encrypted and federally compliant and will be available for download on the Apple Watch beginning April 24.
Since the cost of the Apple Watch is so high, it may be a while before the medical community can actually enact a device such as this. But TigerText can also be used on other devices such as smartphones, tablets and computers. The cross mobile technology sector doesn't seem to be going anywhere any time soon.
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Numerix HPC with Azure
This fully customizable workstation application enables users to easily see all of the positions in a portfolio across a wide range of asset types such as: Interest Rates, CDS, Equities, Fixed Income and more. more...
Cantor Fitzgerald Portal
The portal was designed and developed in order to provide clients access to full-featured reports, trade capture services and various portfolio accounting data across all asset class. more...
Fixed Income Trading
The FI Trading Application UI Framework is a set of display components, built using WPF that reflect the common requirements of trading applications. more...
Kaazing Real-Time Data
An equity trading system with tick-by-tick position, P&L and sophisticated stock charting allowing users to annotate charts with news and chat sessions. The charts and annotations update in real-time. more...
Numerix High Performance Computing With Azure
This fully customizable workstation application enables users to easily see all of the positions in a portfolio across a wide range of asset types such as: Interest Rates, CDS, Equities, Fixed Income and more. Using this intuitive browser-based interface, portfolios can be re-priced based on specific conditions or changes in market data. In the world of derivatives, many organizations could only run these calculations once a day. Now they can be done on-demand, all in a fraction of the time, thanks to integration with grid environments such as Microsoft Windows Azure. Decisions can at last be made on a near real-time basis using dynamic market conditions.
For example, users can select a portfolio of 1,000 complex FX trades, select a market environment, change it, and submit the selection for pricing and see the result all within seconds. Secure, user-based permissions enable the Back Office to use this workstation to perform End-of-Day Valuations across all portfolios based on the same underlying pricing and analytics information in Numerix.
From the same workstation, Heads of Trading Desks, Risk Management and Operations executives can also leverage PowerPivot to access historical pricing and analytics data stored in very large databases, such as Microsoft SQL Server. These detailed reports and dashboards let business users analyze what traders are doing across all markets whenever they want, wherever they want.
This solution augments existing trade capture, lifecyle, OMS, PMS, and risk management systems. Built using epCatalyst, the intuitive interface and integration framework from Eikos Partners, it runs on top of Numerix Cross Asset Server, the industry’s most comprehensive and sophisticated pricing and analytics engine. epCatalyst is a Silverlight Application Framework built entirely with the Microsoft software stack. It allows integration of multiple systems and data sources into a comprehensive infrastructure, and enables data and services to be transformed into actionable information.
The result is an equally superior experience for desktop, web or mobile users. Applications built with epCatalyst interact with Numerix CrossAsset Server to price all major asset classes, including: fixed income, inflation, credit, equity, foreign exchange and commodity instruments, as well as hybrids. Seamless integration with the underlying grid environment’s scheduler, such as Microsoft Windows Azure, enables authorized users to see the workflow of this request, which servers and how many nodes in the cluster are being utilized to price this complex portfolio.
Cantor Fitzgerald Prime Services Portal
The client, a major US brokerage, was entering a new line of business as a Prime Broker. The firm already had in place many of the services and systems needed to support the business, but they required a single, highly automated, means for prime broker clients to be able to monitor and manage the flow of business.
The client also wished to have this “portal” be a differentiating factor, against competitors, in the launch of this business.
Using a basic framework structure to separate the interaction of marshalling the movement of data from/to the backend systems, from the user interaction, our people worked with the client using an Agile approach to develop mock-ups of the client services.
The delivered portal, used by internal support staff, as well as external clients, allowed user to create and manage their own “dashboard” view of the data and services using a selectable set of gadgets.
The portal was designed and developed in order to provide clients access to full-featured reports, trade capture services and various portfolio accounting data across all asset class.
The portal allowed the user to select and view, request and search reports, manage trades, file uploads. Considerable design effort was given to reducing user interactions, and to have intuitive responses from the portal.
It exposes a set of services being provided by Cantor Prime Services, and is built in Microsoft Silverlight 3.0. Eikos was selected because of their experience with Silverlight, and their process, which allowed for early and continuous delivery of capability.
The layered structure that Eikos employed allows for marshalling and integration of data and services from the back-end, linked to an extendable front-end that contains visual elements, or “UI widgets”, that perform the business functions. The UI widgets communicate with each other to create an intuitive feedback to the user, and the user has control of how they are organized and displayed.
The work was all performed in Silverlight, with web services as the back end integrator. The capabilities offered by Silverlight to deliver Rich Internet Applications (RIA), with a zero touch install, to a wide array of browsers and OS platforms were proven in a mission critical environment, so that both Mac and Windows users can access the portal.
Eikos’s Creative Design Team worked closely with Cantor to design a rich user interface that balanced form and functionality resulting in a superior user experience.
Fixed Income Trading Framework
Our people have worked designing, implementing and deploying an anonymous Fixed Income Trading environment. This included:
- Designing an application that provides anonymous auction capabilities for a number of different Fixed Income products.
- Providing for ASP deployment capabilities which allow the application to run in a hosted environment and provides the user with a secure downloadable application that can be run on their desktop.
- UI’s were built also for WPF and Silverlight, WPF for the Desktop, and Silverlight for Web Users.
Eikos Partners have created a platform to achieve a dramatic improvement in how user facing applications are built, and the experience that a user gets, by taking full advantage of the capability of WPF to separate the development of the UI from the need to have detailed understanding of the business function.
This allows UI designers and developers to focus on developing new UI solutions while another set of developers focuses on the business logic. This decoupling allows change to happen faster as well as providing a cost effective solution to the need for tailored individual solutions. Eikos Partners uses SOA services; techniques and best practices to further enhance the separation between designer and developer.
The EP Trading Application UI Framework is a set of display components, built using WPF that reflect the common requirements of trading applications. There was no linkage between the designer involved with the UI and the developers of the business logic, in fact they were in differing locations, using a human ergonomics graphic designer in New York, and our team of highly qualified developers in Panama.
Eikos Partners is active in extending the framework to cover a wider set of classes and functions, and is adding display methods that change the user experience dynamics, such as display cubes. Key design elements are creation of an easily customized intuitive environment, and the ability to be able to interact with significant amounts of information without visual clutter.
The framework is designed to meet both the needs of building new applications, as well as “re-skinning” current applications. Microsoft’s .Net environment is flexible and allows it to operate easily with other technologies, allowing new development using the optimal technology infrastructure, as well as legacy applications to benefit from dynamic improvements in the user experience.
The system was built using .NET 3.5, WinForms, WPF, Silverlight, C# and SQL Server. Eikos Partners is taking advantage of Silverlight to create the same capabilities, and a feature rich user experience, delivered over the web to the browser.
Kaazing Real-Time Data Delivery
To further convey our R & D capabilities, we recently developed a zero‐touch equity trading system running on Microsoft Silverlight with tick-by-tick position, P&L and sophisticated stock charting allowing users to annotate charts with news and even online chat sessions. The charts update in real‐time, and the news and annotations made by users appear on the charts immediately. By moving a mouse over a stock symbol, it instantly brings up a choice of buy and sell actions, allowing users to make trades in a single click. The system also uses Enterprise Gateway from Kaazing to push real‐time updates to the client, and Microsoft Azure for back‐end processing.
We believe that the next generation of client side applications will have to have real time data, news and transaction services as a means of competing for market presence. Web delivery means that solutions have to be reliable and have true scalability, as well as be technically agnostic. Our partner Kaazing fully meets those needs.
Communications between the client and the back‐end application run across an HTML 5 Web Socket. If the connection fails, the Kaazing Enterprise Gateway will reconnect automatically; the connection is secure, fast, and able to tunnel through firewalls and proxies.
We believe that the future of the Web looks like this: fast, reliable two‐way connections fronted by intuitive, visually engaging user interfaces that maximize user productivity. Kaazing’s patent‐pending WebSockets Acceleration makes this possible.