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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Are mobile applications a rite of passage in the current business world?
In the current day and age, there are a number of different ways that organizations are looking to improve their overall operations and interact with customers. At the top of the list is the use of mobile applications.
In a recent column for Search Security, Kevin Johnson makes the case that more companies than ever are considering it a rite of passage to have more than one enterprise mobile application. In fact, companies that do not can be seen as being left behind.
However, this process is more complicated than it seems. Porting a desktop version of the program does not necessarily meet an immediate business need, but the creation of an entire new mobile app brings with it fundamental security and privacy concerns.
Then there is the need to decide which platform the application should run on. There are several popular options that can take the project in different directions. This will also affect the security protocols that are put into place. However, it should not change the need for proper testing that is required as part of the development process.
"Mobile applications are popular today and heightened security issues shouldn't prevent enterprise adoption," Johnson wrote. "If an organization thinks through its development and security testing plans, and developers build mobile applications that meet identifiable business needs, the benefits often outweigh the concerns."
Whether it is some rite of passage or just the cost of doing business in the current age, with the help of a custom application development firm, any business can rest easy making this leap.
What did we learn at the 2014 Mobile World Congress?
This is one of the biggest weeks of the year in terms of mobile device announcements, and a number of providers converged in Barcelona this week to showcase their latest offerings. The annual Mobile World Congress was held from February 24 through the 27th, and it gave providers the opportunity to network and unveil the exciting new features of their latest devices.
Notably absent from the major headlines coming from the event was, of course, Apple. While the company certainly has a presence each year at MWC, it plays its offerings very close to the chest, just as it has for as long as the iPhone has been around.
Instead, we'll probably have to wait until this summer's World Wide Developer's Conference to see anything from the Cupertino-based tech giant. At that point, we'll probably get a preview of iOS 8, although we'll likely wait until the fall to see the next iPhone and iPad designs. That's part of the allure of MWC – companies like Nokia, Samsung, Google and Microsoft can utilize this time to get a jumpstart on the year.
One of the headlines coming from MWC is BlackBerry's resolve to regain its spot in the business mobile market. The one-time ruler of the business mobile space has been all but left for dead in recent years as Apple, Google, Samsung and even Microsoft has substantially outpaced the smartphone and tablet maker in the past five years. An article in Mirror News detailed the company's big day earlier this week.
"If you thought BlackBerry was dead and buried then think again," wrote Jonathan Weinberg, the article's author. "The embattled Canadian manufacturer is to launch TWO new devices, despite previous launches not reaping the success they'd have hoped for. Bosses are betting that the Q20 could bring back lapsed BB users because it features the QWERTY handset's 'classic' look and functions alongside the latest operating system. The return of the trackpad and old-style keys could be key for continued corporate custom."
It's unknown if consumers or business users are actually yearning for BlackBerry's dated design, but the company is putting forth an effort. However, despite its best attempts, BlackBerry was undermined by Samsung. Most analysts suggest the South Korean company owned the week.
In addition to unveiling another version of its flagship device — the Galaxy S5 — it also showcased a number of wearable technology products. Among them were the Samsung Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit. In fact, much of the conversation at MWC revolved around wearable technology, a trend that many expect to catch on simultaneously in the consumer and enterprise markets.
As an organization interested in a mobile strategy, there is certainly plenty to choose from. This was just the tip of the iceberg and much more will likely come from this week as time progresses. One thing is for sure however, mobile business applications will soon have a number of new devices that they can be run on. This means companies should work with a business app developer to ensure they are making the most of their mobile strategies.
Planning your business application development project? What questions should you ask?
Before any organization embarks on a mobile application development project, there is a significant amount of planning that must first be conducted. Simply charging into the process by saying "this company needs a mobile app, so lets build one" is a recipe for disaster. Unfortunately, companies often get overly excited about the prospect of integrating mobile into their operations and don't allocate necessary time to the planning stage.
Application development planning requires organizations to ask a lot of questions. Whether you are creating HTML5 applications, or native apps on the Android, iOS or any other platform, you must ask yourself, and those tasked with building your app, important questions that will help ensure the application that is ultimately developed best fits your needs. An article in Business News Daily addressed this issue and listed three questions businesses should ask before building a mobile application.
What do I want to gain from my app?
We brought this up yesterday when discussing the ROI of mobile application development. Organizations need to know what they want their apps to do, but perhaps more importantly, they need to ask how the functionality of the application will help the company.
For example, it's one thing to want an application that can process marketing data and display it on a mobile device, but why does your company need that feature? Are you integrating some sort of mobile control to your marketing applications? Are you creating marketing content in the cloud? Understanding the specific functions of your mobile application and how they will apply to your operations is a gigantic first step.
Should I make my own app, or become part of an existing app?
If you are already planning on developing a mobile application, then you might not need to address this particular question, but it's still important to determine how you came to that conclusion. Ultimately, application development can be a complicated process that doesn't really end when the app is deployed. Maintenance and upgrades are two integral parts of an application's lifecycle, and your organization must be prepared to manage them.
How you would go about joining an existing application depends on both your industry and the needs that led to your application development project. It's important to note that while joining an existing app can save on maintenance, it might cost you the flexibility and freedom you are looking for in your application. Building an application designed specifically for your organization gives you ownership over the solution and allows you to make the most of its functionality.
iOS, Android or HTML5?
If you decide you want to go ahead with creating your own application and you know exactly what you want it to do, the final step is determining where the application will be built and where it will live. This blog has spoken at length on this subject, but Nicole Fallon, Business News Daily contributor and author of the article, offers additional insight.
"Once you've made the decision to develop an app and figured out your end-goal for it, the final step is to determine what platform you want to use," Fallon writes. "While an app creator can make it much easier to develop an app on multiple platforms, including Windows Phone and Blackberry, maintaining a multiplatform presence will end up costing you more. HTML5 Web-based apps may not be as visible as those in major platform app stores, but they are compatible on mobile browsers of any operating system, as well as desktop browsers."
It's ultimately up to you to determine what the best course of action is. HTML5 development is growing, but there are still effective native applications. Either way, there's a good chance that answering the first two questions prior to the third question will push you in the direction you want to go. Ultimately, as long as you answer these questions and are able to organize a solid plan for development, you will be able to ensure your mobile business applications meet your needs.
Are you getting a strong return on your mobile investment?
Mobile is like any other business investment in that it must deliver a positive return to organizations that choose to spend on it. Many believe we are at the brink of a mobile revolution in the enterprise space, but that will only happen if companies can invest with confidence, knowing that their mobile devices will open revenue channels, save on everyday operational spending and ultimately make the company more productive and profitable.
Whether you are investing in HTML5 development or designing any other form of mobile business applications, it's important to ensure you have proper metrics in place to determine the value of your investment. The key is deciding what you expect mobile to do for your business, and developing methods to measure whether or not those expectations were met. For example, if you are using mobile to improve remote workforce productivity, is there a way to test whether improvements have been made?
The online publication CIO Insight recently spoke with Chris Hazelton, research director of mobile and wireless technologies at 451 Research, and Chris Marsh, a principle analyst of enterprise mobility at Yankee Group, about the future of enterprise mobility. The two industry experts discussed the need to identify the value of mobile investments. Marsh even spoke about the Return on Mobility scorecard, a product his organization created to assist with this process.
"The Return on Mobility scorecard is a new research methodology that calculates the value enterprises achieve from their investments in the platforms they use to develop, deploy and manage mobile technologies and services. It's an ROI specifically for mobility," he told the source. "With the increasing importance of mobile, social and cloud technologies enabling business success, it's crucial for companies to make the right, informed decisions concerning the solutions and platforms they use."
The ability to identify metrics and use them to evaluate your return on investment is an important aspect of a mobile strategy, but organizations must have resources in place to ensure those metrics are indeed met. If you want your mobile development strategy to ultimately improve operational efficiency, then mobile apps must be designed to do so. Working with a mobile platform development partner can allow your organization to obtain the apps that work best for your organization.
IDC: Worldwide tablet shipments in fourth quarter reached 76.9 million units
Tablets continue to be a hot commodity and estimates for 2013 from the International Data Corporation (IDC) prove it. The fourth quarter alone accounted for 76.9 million deliveries, putting worldwide tablet shipments for the year at 217 million units.
As more users embrace these devices, it seems like that they will become a larger part of the professional world. Companies that haven't started mobile platform development plans may want to do so in 2014, because the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) trend is becoming increasingly widespread and mobile apps can help improve your staff's productivity. However, IDC's findings did give some cause for concern.
"We expect commercial purchases of tablets to continue to accelerate in mature markets, but softness in the consumer segment—brought about by high penetration rates and increased competition for the consumer dollar—point to a more challenging environment for tablets in 2014 and beyond," IDC's Research Director of Tablets Tom Mainelli said in a press release.
This can be hard to believe when the year-over-year growth reached 50.6 percent, but things can change quickly in the tech market, which is one of the reasons why companies may want to focus on cross platform mobile development. For the time being, Apple's iPad continues to be one of the most popular tablets on the market. Based on reports from online ad tracker Chitika and mobility management vendor Good Technology, many consumers have their hands on the iPad.
Their findings on exactly how dominant Apple is differ slightly because Good's research includes the use of iPhones, but both firms agreed that Apple products are one of the most popular devices on the market. However, competition from Amazon, Lenovo and Samsung may give Apple a run for its money this year as more people are exposed to more affordable options.
Regardless of what type of tablet your staff utilizes, IT teams can benefit from having applications that can work on multiple devices. Instead of spending more time and money developing different software for different platforms, try to cover as many functions as possible with HTML5 applications.
The value of creating an in-house mobile business application store
Businesses are becoming more open to bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies that allow employees to bring their smartphones, tablets or laptops into the workplace, but with all of these gadgets in the office, it may be time to consider securing these devices.
Before doing so, it is important to understand why employees are bringing these devices to work. If the goal is to expedite daily tasks, Citrix suggests that an organization may want to consider gathering licenses for useful software and implementing an in-house app "store." Going with this approach reduces the likelihood that workers will inadvertently install a program with malware, which would create the potential for a data breach.
Nowadays, more information is readily available in data centers, emails and work systems, it is important to tighten loose ends that could let intruders into the network — that includes devices that come an employee's home.
"[I]t is no longer an option for IT teams to deny users the ability to use devices such as tablets and smartphones to conduct business," Citrix's white paper reads. "At the same time, organizations must be mindful of their fiduciary responsibility to protect confidential corporate data."
Implementing a company-wide app store may come with cost initially, but this action can be useful to IT teams. They will be aware of exactly which iOS, Android or HTML5 applications are being used during business hours and allow them to more easily identify programs that may have bugs that threaten the organization's security.
However, don't forget to include programs that are pertinent to everyone's day-to-day like excel plugins. The availability of these tools can ultimately boost work productivity, while neglecting to provide them may encourage staffers to install them from unaccountable third-party providers.
Executives that continue to deny the rise of BYOD are putting themselves at a disadvantage because today's workers are more comfortable with these technologies than ever. It helps them work more efficiently, which in turns brings in more revenue to the business.
HTML5 gaining international popularity among mobile developers
Smartphones are becoming more readily available these days, forcing app developers to react to changes in the market as users embrace new devices. Although iOS and Android both remain popular, due to differences in the technology, applications developed specifically for type of one device will generally not work on another.
On the other hand, HTML5 applications have the flexibility to work on just about any device with a web browser. Recent findings from Vision Mobile show that HTML5 is gaining traction — surpassing iOS as the platform of choice for developers in several emerging markets. The versatility of HTML5 is why its developer mindshare has gained two percentage points in the past year, while Apple's has dropped by four points, according to Read Write.
However, this is not to say that Apple is losing its touch, because it is still extremely popular in developed markets such as North America and Western Europe, where it takes up at least 60 percent of the developer mindshare. Globally, Android continues to be the most commonly used platform for smartphones and mobile applications.
Because there are so many different mobile devices on the market users are going to be increasingly interested in applications that are not limited to one type of device. HTML5 works in a multi-device world, which is why it is becoming more popular among developers, relative to iOS and Android, Read Write contributor Matt Asay explained.
In South America for example, HTML5 has a 64 percent mindshare, Vision Mobile reported. This year is expected to be one of the biggest for mobile applications and technology, and with HTML5 development becoming more popular, companies may want to consider using this platform to build their upcoming mobile applications.
What can Flappy Birds teach us about the value of HTML5 development?
You might have heard about the controversy surrounding Flappy Birds, the Super Mario Bros-esque mobile game that made users control a flying bird through worlds that had a striking resemblance to those found in the classic Nintendo game. While it was popular, it was notorious for being incredibly difficult to play and was criticized by many for "ripping off" the Mario franchise. Ultimately, despite its success on the iOS and Android app stores, it was pulled from both earlier this week by the developer.
But that doesn't mean the game is going away. In fact, Flappy Birds could now soar to new heights of popularity, now that it is the product of HTML5 development. The game has found new life as a Web-based platform and is now available for free on several different websites.
While Flappy Birds isn't going to provide much benefit in a corporate environment, it's story does showcase the value of HTML5 applications. Because the game has found a home in that environment, it can reach a number of new users and become more popular than ever, simply because of increased access. The same is true with business apps.
When you create mobile business applications in a native format, only a handful of users will have access to them because they are developed for a specific device and operating system. HTML5 applications live on the Web and can be used by any mobile or desktop browser. This enhances their value in the workplace, just as Flappy Birds will experience with consumers.
Good Technology report showcases rise of iOS in enterprise
Good Technology, a provider of mobile security products for enterprises, released its quarterly mobile activation report, and the results showcase Apple's surprising dominance in the business realm. Good has over 5,000 enterprise customers in more than 130 countries and, according to its most recent data, a large number of them are using Apple products.
The 2013 Q4 report says that 73 percent of Good's customers that activated devices last quarter used Apple products running the iOS platform. Android came in second with 26 percent, which means that BlackBerry, Windows Phone and any other mobile platforms totaled only 1 percent. Among the 73 percent of iOS activations last quarter, iPhones represented 54 percent and iPads represented 19 percent. However, as the iPad continues to evolve, the popular tablet may take over a larger share in the future.
The abundance of iPhones and iPads among Good's user base doesn't necessarily represent the entire enterprise mobility picture, but it does provide a snapshot of the sector that could prove to be important information for a number of organizations. Apple's presence is certainly growing in the enterprise, particularly at organizations that have embraced mobility. Businesses considering the development of mobile business applications should be mindful of the proliferation of iOS in the corporate structure.
That's not to say Android or even Windows Phone platforms should be ignored. Developing HTML5 applications that are slightly more optimized for the iOS platform but can run on any mobile browser may be an ideal strategy at several organizations.
Developers transition from Windows to HTML5 applications
There was a time when Microsoft and its Windows operating system ruled the development industry. The Seattle-based corporation was the undeniable leader of the business software market, which meant developers had to ensure their skills were aligned with the requirements of the Windows platform. Times have changed.
Microsoft's decline began when it failed as a company to react quickly to the smartphone trend that began around the mid-2000s. When Apple changed the game with the first iPhone, it was Google, not Microsoft, that had the most effective response. Today, as the lines between traditional enterprise solutions and innovative mobile applications become increasingly blurry, Microsoft may soon find itself on the outside looking in.
According to a survey conducted by tools vendor Sencha, developers are turning away from Microsoft. Their waning support is being focused instead on new application development processes. While Apple's iOS and Google's Android platforms lead the native app market, the fastest riser in the sector is HTML5 development.
The survey of 2,128 developers found that 70 percent did more work with HTML5 applications in 2013 than they did in 2012. That trend should continue as more users yearn for an ecosystem that allows them to control and share content between devices.
"We're seeing more enthusiasm for HTML5 and more HTML5 feature usage than we have in previous surveys," said Michael Mullany, Sencha CEO.
The enthusiasm is being mirrored by organizations that want the user experience HTML5 mobile business applications can provide. And while some are still holding onto Microsoft's Windows operating system, those with an eye for the future are making this necessary change.
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
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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.