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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Examining the mobile development landscape
Recently, market research firm VisionMobile, released its 2014 third quarter "State of the Developer Nation" report. This tracks mobile developers and the app economy. The data comes from a survey of more than 10,000 application developers from around the world.
According to the numbers, the average number of platforms that developers target when creating an application comes in at 2.2. That is down from 2.5 that was recorded in the first quarter and 2.9 from last year. The number gets even shorter if you remove game developers. This drops it down to 1.75 platforms targeted for every app and 43 percent of those are only targeting one platform.
Unsurprisingly, Apple iOS and Android remain the dominant platform in the mobile realm, being cited by 55 percent and 70 percent respectfully. A surprising takeaway, however, is that the other platforms are also increasing in use with the Windows Phone (28 percent), Windows 8 (18 percent), mobile browsers (15 percent) and the BlackBerry 10 (11 percent) all gaining some points.
For companies that are looking for new mobile business applications, partnering with an experienced developer that understands how the landscape is changing and what the popular platforms are that will have the biggest impact.
Mobile business applications landscape faces dramatic shift
Regardless of the hardware you have at your organization, it is the software and services that bring a system to a new level. For Example, you would never own a top-of-the-line HD television, but only have basic cable or rabbit ears to get the picture, you are not getting the most out of the system.
In a similar scenario, many companies are using iPhones and iPads, but one of the only drawbacks to Apple mobile devices is that they have never been solely enterprise focused. The company has always been about consumers first and simplifying computing.
That is all going to change, as Apple announced this week that it has partnered with IBM to create more focused enterprise mobility solutions. This will happen with a new class of business apps, bringing IBM's big data and analytics capabilities to the iPhone and iPad.
According to the release, this "landmark partnership" aims to redefine how companies use these devices. The goal is to create a new class of more than 100 industry-specific enterprise solutions, including native apps that will be built from the ground up.
Forrester principal analyst Frank Gillett pointed out in a Wall Street Journal article that if this partnership is successful, it would not only impact the iOS development landscape, but also Android. This would happen if Google, which runs the platform, were to look for a similar partnership to help create a "credible alternative" to what Apple and IBM could start turning out.
Regardless of what Google does, the move from Apple and IBM is going to change how companies use mobile business applications going forward.
Price of ‘software developer’ talent on the rise
There are few skill sets in the business landscape that are increasing at the rate of software development. With more systems going digital, having the right solutions to optimize these new solutions becomes more important. Without the right software, It doesn't matter what hardware is in place, as companies will not get the most out of it.
Because of this increased demand, organizations are finding themselves paying a hefty sum in yearly salary and bonuses to bring in impactful talent and have stretched over $100,000, as a recent article from InfoWorld is reporting.
A Dice.com survey of 700 employers found that nearly two-thirds of those companies offered a bonus plan for software developers and other employees. On the site, there are over 12,000 hits when searching for "software developer."
One of the biggest problems with this growing trend is that many small and midsized businesses, which benefit greatly from a mobile application or custom web app, cannot afford to pay the six figures a year and bonuses that larger competition is shelling out, to land the top talent on the market. Because of this, it can be easy for these organizations to be left behind.
However, there is an easy way to get around this, which is to partner with third party application development services. Not only does this help a company immediately gain the experience that is need to create top quality application, but they are also able to do so at a fraction of the price that hiring a full time software developer.
OS X Yosemite sparks interest from developers
It has been just over a month since developers were given access to explore Apple's new OS X Yosemite. The latest version of the computer operating system was released at the annual Worldwide Developers Conference and has been met with a very happy user base since going into beta.
In a recent Computerworld article, Jonny Evans, the site's Apple guru, looked at the adoption numbers so far. In just three days, Yosemite was responsible for 0.15 percent of all North American OS X Web traffic. After 30 days, the unreleased platform had climbed to 0.20 percent. By comparison, the previous version, Mavericks, was only at 0.05 percent after the first month.
Evan chalks this up to the fact that OS X was made available to iOS developers for the first time because the two have become more intertwined than ever. This means a million Mac users have been exposed to the system and the adoption rates show that they are eager to try it to see what it is capable of.
"If four times as many developers are already working with the Yosemite OS for future products, then Mac users can look forward to a hugely expanded range of software titles for the platform," Evans wrote. "Driving further Mac adoption and use, and building better business for App developers."
The idea is that this will also help foster new levels of PC/mobile integration, which seems to be the goal for Apple.
All of these new platforms are going to change computer and smartphone app development. This is where a quality third party development team can make all the difference.
The top security concerns for mobile app development
Today, as mobile internet use is poised to exceed desktop use, there must be an increased awareness of security threats in mobile web app development procedures. Consumers are using their devices for a variety of tasks that could leave their data exposed, such as online banking, shopping and investments.
As mobile apps become easier to use and more readily available, developers must take steps to ensure data security. Many apps that hold sensitive user information require only a single log-in, and then the log-in information is saved. While this prevents the user from being annoyed at having to log-in again and again, if their device is synced to their computer, then they could unwillingly be giving unauthorized users access to sensitive information.
In a rush to get apps to market, developers can also be tempted to use outdated but readily available encryption algorithms. The use of these algorithms can leave the user's data exposed to broken encryption, and unsavory characters could have unlimited access. Developers need to be certain that all encryption algorithms are modern and secure.
Now, as more than three-quarters of executives noted that security issues are the top concern for achieving their mobility goals, developers need to be extremely careful to be sure that they can keep user data secure. Unfortunately, according to Apperian's 2014 Executive Enterprise Mobility Report, 70 percent of respondents are still unable to detect data or device loss.
This is why it is so critical for developers to understand their clients' security concerns during the development stage, especially for applications that are intended for use in the business realm. A successful breach of a company's secure application can lead to significant financial loss, as well as tarnished consumer perception.
New tool for successful cross platform mobile development
This blog has previously explored many of the challenges involved with cross platform mobile development. The variety of mobile platforms and browsers available to consumers today has been a thorn in the side of developers attempting to make sure that every user has a smooth, predictable experience.
Currently, development involves thorough testing across a wide variety of devices, which not only represent a significant investment on the part of the developer, but can be a time-consuming process. For successful cross platform mobile development, developers must write apps for each platform, usually meaning one in Java, one in Objective-C, and other in C++ or HTML. That is why over the last year, Microsoft has been working in a partnership with Perfecto Mobile to find a solution that will help mobile developers in the process.
This week, Microsoft and Perfecto Mobile announced a new offering that is able to integrate mobile testing into a single process in Visual Studio. According to the press release, the Visual Studio template will offer automated testing on thousands of devices from their existing server.
"We're working on lot of things to help mobile developers, like improving emulators for these different platforms, but in the end nothing beats on-device testing to find the last 20 percent of problems with an application," said John Montgomery, Microsoft Partner Director Program Manager for Visual Studio, in an interview with eWEEK. "So most developers are confronted with a pretty hard problem, particularly in the Android ecosystem, which is very heterogeneous, they have to go and get a drawer full of devices to test on."
Of course, there will be challenges in the development stage of any mobile application, but this advancement could result in organizations facing less roadblocks during cross platform development. however, it remains best practice to partner with a custom software development firm in order to make sure that all issues are addressed.
New report shines light on mobile app investment strategies
As smartphones and tablets become increasingly standard business tools, paying attention to the expectations organizations have for their mobile mobile business applications becomes increasingly important. As demand for targeted applications grows, so does the importance of understanding the user's needs and concerns.
According to findings from application management and security specialist Apperian's 2014 Executive Enterprise Mobility Report, 70 percent of respondents reported that they anticipate equipping more than 1,000 users with mobile apps. This reflects the larger trend of media usage shifting from desktop to mobile.
But as more organizations turn their focus to mobile applications, Apperian's report discovers what they are looking for as a return on investment in the technology. According to the source, companies most satisfied with their mobility investments "put more emphasis on custom mobile apps, robust enterprise app stores and app management capabilities as well as offering bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies for workers."
The survey also found that the two most popular benefits of enterprise mobility are increased employee satisfaction and a competitive advantage, at least in the eyes of the 100 executives that were involved in the report.
"The report sheds light on important issues that executives at a range of companies embracing enterprise mobility face," David Patrick, CEO at Apperian, said in a statement. "As mobility in the enterprise continues to gain adoption, defining the optimal enterprise mobility strategy is absolutely critical and the information gained in this study will benefit all who lead mobility initiatives."
The reports findings also revealed that organizations that reported the most satisfaction with their mobility investments were those that focused on custom web application development. To further increase satisfaction, organizations should explore partnering with an third party developer that can increase the effectiveness of their endeavors.
Common mistakes can sink software development strategies
Software development is a complicated strategy for many organizations to deploy. With multiple platforms to pick from the growing use of mobile devices, it becomes increasingly important for organizations to keep this system moving forward.
A recent article from CIO covered several bad coding practices that have prevented software development solutions from taking off. In many cases these are common missteps that make overall operations easier to manage if they are avoided.
The piece starts off by talking about the Pareto principle, where 80 percent of the outcomes can be attributed to 20 percent of the possible causes of a given event. This can be seen in every aspect of human behavior.
"In the field of software development, the principle can be summarized by saying that most problems are caused by a small number of bad coding practices," the article reads. "Eliminate them and your work will be very much easier and more productive."
The biggest coding mistakes are:
- Typos – Something that should not be common is typos. This is something that organizations prevent through editing and checkpoints.
- Failing to indent or format code – By indenting or formatting the code it is easier to read and correct during the length of the development project.
- Falling to modulate code – Keeping one function to one code helps prevent longer, complicated code from having typos.
- Letting IDE create a false sense of security – While an IDE can help productivity, relying too heavily on them can cause mistakes to sneak through.
- Hard-coding passwords – By putting passwords in the hard-code, anyone that breaches the network then has access to it.
- Failing to use good encryption to protect data – Keeping data and information safe is critical and taking a shortcut here is an immediate mistake.
- Optimize code prematurely – Instead of focusing on noncritical parts of the program and get fancy with code. This may make it fast, but can problems when trying to debug or troubleshoot.
- Failing to think ahead – Planning is key to successful project management.
- Adding hands to make up time – By adding multiple new hands to try and make up for lost time can lead to a drop in productivity and lower the responsibility that people take.
- Bad time estimates – Project management comes down to time management and failure here can doom any project.
By using reliable application development services, businesses can create custom programs while avoiding these common mistakes that trip up other projects.
Google makes some pre-I/O announcements
Yesterday, this blog made some predictions about what would be announced later this week at the Google I/O developers conference. While the keynote is still a day away and will feature the more headline grabbing announcements, the company has made same pre-event news by unveiling a few systems prior to the big event.
The first big unveil was Nest Labs. This is something we predicted yesterday and comes on the heels of Apple's HomeKit development platform. According to an article from Ars Technica, Google acquired Nest for $3.2 billion in January and today announced a new developer program and API that will allow software developers to create devices and apps that communicate with Nest's Protect smoke alarm and Learning Thermostat.
There are already several companies putting out devices that work within these systems like LIFX's lights that can flash red when the smoke alarm goes off to help the hearing impaired or a Chamberlain garage door that communicates with the thermostat to adjust the temperature as people come and go.
"It's not just integration for integration's sake, or connectivity just to connect," Matt Rogers, a Nest co-founder and head of engineering, told the news source. "It's 'what are great user benefits we could do?' Those are the kinds of things we're going to highlight. That said, it's a developer program that's opened up very widely. So whoever wants to build stuff can build stuff."
The other big pre-I/O announcement was an update to Google Glassware, the suite of apps available to owners of Google Glass. According to USA Today, there are several new apps and features included in the update which include:
- Runtastic – A fitness trainer that tracks workouts and creates custom experiences
- Duolingo – A language app
- Livestream – Live video service
- GuidiGO – Tour guide application with 27 destinations and 250 guided tours
- Shazam – Music identification app now has voice control
- Allthecooks – Recipe application
This is not believed to be the last time that Google Glass is addressed this week, as it is likely that Android Wear smartwatches are expected to take center stage during the keynote.
Google is going to take make some waves tomorrow during its developers conference and the eyes of all application development services will be watching. Much like Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference which was held earlier the month, there should be some new trends born out of this event that will change the way that app development happens.
Predictions before the Google I/O developers conference
Much of the talk when it comes to mobile device application development this month has been about Apple. This makes sense because the company held its Worldwide Developers Conference at the start of June and unveiled the beta version of iOS 8. This came complete with a series of new development kits, several features available to third party designers and a new coding language.
Since then, developers have had nearly a month to play with the platform and support some of these changes. However, other companies in this market are also going to get a chance to grab headlines, and June will end with Google as it hosts the Google I/O developers conference in San Francisco later this week.
A recent article from CiteWorld examined the planned sessions for this week and speculates as to what the technology company could have planned. What is clear is that nearly all of the major players — Android, Chrome, Google Cloud Platform and much more – will be on the docket. The big talking points from the show will follow the theme "design, develop and distribute" and could be:
Believed to be a new design framework that will work for all Google products, Quantum Paper's goal is to enable a consistent user experience across all platforms and browsers. This would address the issue that some users have with Android, in that there are multiple versions on hundreds of devices.
"Quantum Paper is a hugely ambitious project, looking to unify and codify paradigms for visual, motion, and interaction design across all platforms, including web, Android, and iOS," Liam Spradlin, a blogger for Android Police, told the news source.
Both Android developers and users would benefit from this because it will simplify design and make it easier for programs to be created for the laundry list of Android enabled devices.
The next version of the Android platform, version 5.0, is believed to be code named "Lollipop." While the name is subject to change, it is believed that the update will be significant. That is because it will feature the first major integration of Android, Chrome and search into a single platform.
It will also allow users to access functions and features from third-party apps without needing to open the app. There is also speculation that it will include Google Now, the voice-activated personal assistant.
Android Wear/Google Fit
The company has already confirmed that it is working on a smartwatch called Android Wear. While the operating system already dominated this market, this would be a Google-specific operating system that would run in hardware created by LG.
Google Fit is the company's answer to similar systems like Apple's HealthKit platform. While not confirmed, this trend is growing and would go hand-in-hand with the creation of wearable technology.
There are a number of smaller systems that could also be announced or touched on this week. These include:
- Android Silver is rumored to be the high-end replacement for the Nexus line. The only release date speculated is February 2015, so its possible that a prototype could be teased.
- Google Glass is finally openly available, so it is possible that additional announcements could be released.
- Nest is the smart home device company that Google acquired in January, and with Apple announcing a HomeKit, it makes sense that some kind of announcement will come.
- The future of Google+
The eyes of all Android app development firms will be on Google this week to see how their processes will change in the years to come.
Numerix HPC with Azure
This fully customizable workstation application enables users to easily see all of the positions in a portfolio across a wide range of asset types such as: Interest Rates, CDS, Equities, Fixed Income and more. more...
Cantor Fitzgerald Portal
The portal was designed and developed in order to provide clients access to full-featured reports, trade capture services and various portfolio accounting data across all asset class. more...
Fixed Income Trading
The FI Trading Application UI Framework is a set of display components, built using WPF that reflect the common requirements of trading applications. more...
Kaazing Real-Time Data
An equity trading system with tick-by-tick position, P&L and sophisticated stock charting allowing users to annotate charts with news and chat sessions. The charts and annotations update in real-time. more...
Numerix High Performance Computing With Azure
This fully customizable workstation application enables users to easily see all of the positions in a portfolio across a wide range of asset types such as: Interest Rates, CDS, Equities, Fixed Income and more. Using this intuitive browser-based interface, portfolios can be re-priced based on specific conditions or changes in market data. In the world of derivatives, many organizations could only run these calculations once a day. Now they can be done on-demand, all in a fraction of the time, thanks to integration with grid environments such as Microsoft Windows Azure. Decisions can at last be made on a near real-time basis using dynamic market conditions.
For example, users can select a portfolio of 1,000 complex FX trades, select a market environment, change it, and submit the selection for pricing and see the result all within seconds. Secure, user-based permissions enable the Back Office to use this workstation to perform End-of-Day Valuations across all portfolios based on the same underlying pricing and analytics information in Numerix.
From the same workstation, Heads of Trading Desks, Risk Management and Operations executives can also leverage PowerPivot to access historical pricing and analytics data stored in very large databases, such as Microsoft SQL Server. These detailed reports and dashboards let business users analyze what traders are doing across all markets whenever they want, wherever they want.
This solution augments existing trade capture, lifecyle, OMS, PMS, and risk management systems. Built using epCatalyst, the intuitive interface and integration framework from Eikos Partners, it runs on top of Numerix Cross Asset Server, the industry’s most comprehensive and sophisticated pricing and analytics engine. epCatalyst is a Silverlight Application Framework built entirely with the Microsoft software stack. It allows integration of multiple systems and data sources into a comprehensive infrastructure, and enables data and services to be transformed into actionable information.
The result is an equally superior experience for desktop, web or mobile users. Applications built with epCatalyst interact with Numerix CrossAsset Server to price all major asset classes, including: fixed income, inflation, credit, equity, foreign exchange and commodity instruments, as well as hybrids. Seamless integration with the underlying grid environment’s scheduler, such as Microsoft Windows Azure, enables authorized users to see the workflow of this request, which servers and how many nodes in the cluster are being utilized to price this complex portfolio.
Cantor Fitzgerald Prime Services Portal
The client, a major US brokerage, was entering a new line of business as a Prime Broker. The firm already had in place many of the services and systems needed to support the business, but they required a single, highly automated, means for prime broker clients to be able to monitor and manage the flow of business.
The client also wished to have this “portal” be a differentiating factor, against competitors, in the launch of this business.
Using a basic framework structure to separate the interaction of marshalling the movement of data from/to the backend systems, from the user interaction, our people worked with the client using an Agile approach to develop mock-ups of the client services.
The delivered portal, used by internal support staff, as well as external clients, allowed user to create and manage their own “dashboard” view of the data and services using a selectable set of gadgets.
The portal was designed and developed in order to provide clients access to full-featured reports, trade capture services and various portfolio accounting data across all asset class.
The portal allowed the user to select and view, request and search reports, manage trades, file uploads. Considerable design effort was given to reducing user interactions, and to have intuitive responses from the portal.
It exposes a set of services being provided by Cantor Prime Services, and is built in Microsoft Silverlight 3.0. Eikos was selected because of their experience with Silverlight, and their process, which allowed for early and continuous delivery of capability.
The layered structure that Eikos employed allows for marshalling and integration of data and services from the back-end, linked to an extendable front-end that contains visual elements, or “UI widgets”, that perform the business functions. The UI widgets communicate with each other to create an intuitive feedback to the user, and the user has control of how they are organized and displayed.
The work was all performed in Silverlight, with web services as the back end integrator. The capabilities offered by Silverlight to deliver Rich Internet Applications (RIA), with a zero touch install, to a wide array of browsers and OS platforms were proven in a mission critical environment, so that both Mac and Windows users can access the portal.
Eikos’s Creative Design Team worked closely with Cantor to design a rich user interface that balanced form and functionality resulting in a superior user experience.
Fixed Income Trading Framework
Our people have worked designing, implementing and deploying an anonymous Fixed Income Trading environment. This included:
- Designing an application that provides anonymous auction capabilities for a number of different Fixed Income products.
- Providing for ASP deployment capabilities which allow the application to run in a hosted environment and provides the user with a secure downloadable application that can be run on their desktop.
- UI’s were built also for WPF and Silverlight, WPF for the Desktop, and Silverlight for Web Users.
Eikos Partners have created a platform to achieve a dramatic improvement in how user facing applications are built, and the experience that a user gets, by taking full advantage of the capability of WPF to separate the development of the UI from the need to have detailed understanding of the business function.
This allows UI designers and developers to focus on developing new UI solutions while another set of developers focuses on the business logic. This decoupling allows change to happen faster as well as providing a cost effective solution to the need for tailored individual solutions. Eikos Partners uses SOA services; techniques and best practices to further enhance the separation between designer and developer.
The EP Trading Application UI Framework is a set of display components, built using WPF that reflect the common requirements of trading applications. There was no linkage between the designer involved with the UI and the developers of the business logic, in fact they were in differing locations, using a human ergonomics graphic designer in New York, and our team of highly qualified developers in Panama.
Eikos Partners is active in extending the framework to cover a wider set of classes and functions, and is adding display methods that change the user experience dynamics, such as display cubes. Key design elements are creation of an easily customized intuitive environment, and the ability to be able to interact with significant amounts of information without visual clutter.
The framework is designed to meet both the needs of building new applications, as well as “re-skinning” current applications. Microsoft’s .Net environment is flexible and allows it to operate easily with other technologies, allowing new development using the optimal technology infrastructure, as well as legacy applications to benefit from dynamic improvements in the user experience.
The system was built using .NET 3.5, WinForms, WPF, Silverlight, C# and SQL Server. Eikos Partners is taking advantage of Silverlight to create the same capabilities, and a feature rich user experience, delivered over the web to the browser.
Kaazing Real-Time Data Delivery
To further convey our R & D capabilities, we recently developed a zero‐touch equity trading system running on Microsoft Silverlight with tick-by-tick position, P&L and sophisticated stock charting allowing users to annotate charts with news and even online chat sessions. The charts update in real‐time, and the news and annotations made by users appear on the charts immediately. By moving a mouse over a stock symbol, it instantly brings up a choice of buy and sell actions, allowing users to make trades in a single click. The system also uses Enterprise Gateway from Kaazing to push real‐time updates to the client, and Microsoft Azure for back‐end processing.
We believe that the next generation of client side applications will have to have real time data, news and transaction services as a means of competing for market presence. Web delivery means that solutions have to be reliable and have true scalability, as well as be technically agnostic. Our partner Kaazing fully meets those needs.
Communications between the client and the back‐end application run across an HTML 5 Web Socket. If the connection fails, the Kaazing Enterprise Gateway will reconnect automatically; the connection is secure, fast, and able to tunnel through firewalls and proxies.
We believe that the future of the Web looks like this: fast, reliable two‐way connections fronted by intuitive, visually engaging user interfaces that maximize user productivity. Kaazing’s patent‐pending WebSockets Acceleration makes this possible.