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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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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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.
For more enterprise app information or security developments, visit our website.
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.
For more enterprise app news and development, visit our website.
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.
Check out our website for more information.
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.
For more enterprise app developments, mobile platforms developments or other industry news, visit our website.
The importance of Excel-like software in small and middle-sized businesses
According to IT Web, 98 percent of organizations use Excel-based tools for reporting a range of information pertinent to daily activities, information collection and analysis.
A recent study from Curiosity Box found that Excel is an important, if not integral part of the day for most financial managers, accountants and other key office personnel.
Many business owners feel as if Excel doesn't do enough, or perform in the manner that they need for the best results.
Sage Alchemex, a business intelligence tool uses Excel with a host of add-ons to infuse an experience tailored to those that use it. Small and medium-sized businesses have different issues with Excel than larger businesses. Some of these can include:
- Data accuracy
- Multiple versions of the same sheet in different areas
- Time spent on manual entering of information and analysis of data.
Sage Alchemex was created to help with some of these issues as well as customization options and flexibility with its own Report Designer Module that can decrease the amount of time it takes to build financial reports through an "excel interface."
Sage Alchemex can also secure and unify different facets of information using Excel and software similar to Excel, but made for smaller entities.
Excel can be used for a multitude of business issues including information formatting, storage, analysis and data access. Allow employees to easily navigate and discover company trends with spreadsheet data. Implement Excel or software similar to Excel for easy to use, informative data access and analysis for all your business needs.
For more Excel tips, industry technology updates or enterprise app development advancements, check out our website.
Microsoft acquires Datazen technology
Microsoft has acquired Datazen, a mobile business intelligence and data visualization service, according to TechCrunch.
Datazen allows businesses to create mobile dashboards from Microsoft Excel data as well as other cloud and enterprise databases. It can be used on Android, Windows and IOS devices. It is also optimized for SQL server analysis services.
"This acquisition accelerates our Power BI strategy to help organizations create a data culture with easy-to-use, accessible tools to extract maximum value from data — from anywhere, on any device," said Microsoft partner director of cloud and enterprise Kamal Hathi.
By integrating Microsoft Azure with Microsoft Datazen, Microsoft can enable its services to work more seamlessly in hybrid cloud settings that include both on-premise and public cloud resources, according to Geek Wire.
Mobile business intelligence, (BI), is becoming increasingly popular in numerous facets of life, especially the technology industry. Microsoft can integrate Datazen technology in a number of ways including as Power BI for IOS and Android users.
Datazen was founded in 2002 as ComponentArt, a developer tool that built UI and data visualization technology.
These native mobile apps are currently available at no charge to those who already downloaded SQL Server Enterprise Editions 2008 or later.
This acquirement also highlights Microsoft's stance toward mobile-first, cloud-first technology. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella hopes to create devices with "assets and ingenuity" that cannot be replicated by others. Devices and services that are unique to Microsoft could be the answer the company has been looking for.
Before this deal, Microsoft had recently acquired Revolution Analytics, a large data company.
Microsoft is becoming a big player in the BI development community as well as big data in general. For more industry news or enterprise app developments, check out our website.
3 things enterprise developers should do
The enterprise app development field is still booming. Enterprise app developers make more money than other innovators, have a slight upper hand on creativity factors and the openness of a largely uncharted technology territory.
Despite the upward growth and sustaining market, developers must keep the following three tips in mind when working on mobile platform developments and custom application development.
- Develop with mobile in mind: Multiple platforms are available for users to utilize your creation. With this information in mind, create an app that caters to mobile experience. Ensure it's easy to access, can be viewed in multiple formats and uses mobile features to its advantage like GPS and camera technology.
- Encourage collaboration efforts: Apps should be developed by those that understand how to create them, but other input doesn't have to stop there. Encourage employee input and knowledge across your employee sector to incorporate the latest trends, corporate data and what is known to operate best.
- Speed is just as important as experience: Don't choose speed over user experience or vice versa. Customers will delete an app if seamless execution is not noted while using it. In addition, if your app is slow or makes their device lag, chances are they're going to delete it.
These are just three of many tips that should be kept in mind when building an app or hiring employees to do so. Remember that each app is unique, and in this, each development period should be treated as such.
For more application development tips or industry information concerning Excel and cross platform innovations, visit our website.
MicroStrategy introduces enterprise security, MicroStrategy Usher
MicroStrategy Usher is a platform recently revealed by MicroStrategy Incorporated as an advanced security and analytics for enterprise businesses and process systems.
The platform has numerous features including:
- Access restrictions based on time and geographic access
- Biometric mobile identity tools
- Digital badges
- Multi-factor authentication process
- Streamlined security administration capabilities
- Touch ID access on mobile devices.
According to Software Development Times, MicroStrategy Usher allows enterprise developers to:
- Has tools to pick up on possible malware, hackers and other abnormal users with a real-time 360 degree view into user activities.
- Secure physical entryways with digital keys with access to PAC systems
- Utilizes a single Usher badge for users to log into enterprise, cloud and other applications
- Validates user identities in-person over the phone with numeric codes and other tools.
Microsoft Usher also allows users to utilize its software development kit (SDK), including logical access, into their own pre-existing mobile, web and enterprise applications and software. This type of technology can allow already existing applications and software to perform authentication and identity verification tasks for better user security and access.
With recent enterprise app developments increasing the range of enterprise innovation, security is a must for both users and investors. Cyber security techniques like double authentication password processes, awareness of who is logging in and other features are vital for the growing market.
Delivering a fast, secure space for mobile users to perform a range of activities and research will ensure apps will continue to be downloaded and developed.
For more mobile application development news, the latest updates and enterprise development or Microsoft Excel tips, visit our website.
3 tips you need for creating optimal Excel macros
Excel macro programming can help speed up lengthy processes, avoid repetitive tasks and automate common numbers or names in a specific spreadsheet. Implement the following three tips into your next macro creations for an overall better Excel experience.
- Navigate the spreadsheet with direction keys: Using directional keys such as End, Down, Ctrl Up can help reduce mistakes made when formatting or changing information. Oftentimes, using the mouse for navigation purposes can make it harder to change exact information or guarantee that a correct change was made.
- Use relative, not absolute cell addresses: Using the absolute key means that the exact cell locations are recorded into the macro. This can limit the ability to change data or add and remove different information. Using relative cell addresses enables keystrokes to record relative to the cell's location instead. Absolute is the default choice in Excel but it can be changed in the Stop Recording toolbar.
- Use small, but specific macros: The bigger a macro becomes, the slower it will run. If it has to perform many required functions or calculate numerous formulas in one spreadsheet, it may not run as well as you need it to, especially on a deadline. Locating a point of failure can also be difficult if the macro is extremely long. Using smaller macros instead can decrease the amount of time it takes to complete a function as well as enable easy troubleshooting access for when problems do arise.
Excel can become easier to navigate the more it is actually used. Discover other helpful tips on your own as well.
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IBM-Apple team-up creates enterprise mobile health applications
According to Chief Information Officer, the mobile enterprise partnership between Apple and IBM has created more apps for iOS devices including the health care and industrial production management.
This partnership has the two forces creating enterprise apps together. It also allows IBM to sell and support Apple hardware. IBM doesn't sell its own devices like smartphones and tablets and its partnership with Apple signifies its shift into different areas of technology. The partnership also indicates Apple's willingness to work with others for overall innovation and creativity.
The four health care apps include:
- Hospital RN: A replacement of a nurses pager and phone with an iPhone that has access to patient records. The App uses iBeacon technology to identify patients and display a range of vital information for medical personnel including patient requests and lab testings.
- Hospital Lead: For iPad use, this app helps nurses prioritize patient care and needs based on real-time information. It can also update information such as patient requests, safety alerts and delegated tasks.
- Hospital Tech: For iPhone use, helps nurses prioritize patient needs and changing daily activities based on diagnosis, care plans and length of duration information.
- Home RN: For iPhone, this provides aftercare plans and discharge instructions for at-home nurses and also allows communication collaboration with video, text and voice notes.
According to Health Data Management, these apps are only four of 22 industry-specific IBM-Apple creations.
Other specific field apps include banking and financial markets, energy and utilities, government and retail. More information on these apps can be found here.
The partnership has a goal of 100 new apps by the end of the year.
For more mobile enterprise app developments, Microsoft Excel tips or cross platform developments check out our website.
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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.