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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How can your company increase mobile enterprise app development?
Enterprise mobile application developments are still on the rise. Your company may be thinking about implementing their development into standard technology or creating some of their own. To ensure a smooth transition for both your IT department and your employees, implement the following three standards for maximum mobile enterprise benefits.
- Have a two-track IT system: Your organization must have a process in place to both sustain and enhance the IT department that creates these apps. Make sure that your IT department has access to the latest technology advancements and modules. If rapid development and changes can't be made then your company's overall integration can be hindered. Don't let old infrastructures hold you back from new horizons.
- Increase user engagement: Users won't return to your app if it's not perfect, or close enough to it. Minor bugs or delays will cause users to think that the software isn't ready or able to perform what they need. Make sure the app works across a multitude of platforms and types of technology such as phones and tablets.
- Keep it simple: Simplicity is key when it comes to app development. Use a multi-channel development platform instead of the platform for each specific type of technology. This can decrease the amount of time it takes to develop a new app, as well as cut costs for learning about specific software and changes.
- Know your IT team abilities: Hire workers that are skilled in the fields needing the most development and attention. Train and retrain employees based on changes and outsource work if necessary.
For more mobile enterprise app news, Microsoft Excel developments or other technology news, check out our website.
Microsoft announces new Azure App service
According to Mobile Enterprise, Microsoft has launched the Azure app service, a cloud-connecting solution for developers. Integrated with parts from the Microsoft Azure websites, mobile services and BizTalk Services, this system allows for the creation of consumer apps for a multitude of platforms and devices with any tool.
According to Microsoft Azure can:
- Authenticate new users easily for seamless collaboration on multiple platforms for enterprise-grade apps
- Auto scale for personal business needs and finances
- Build apps quickly using already created apps, different software and custom backend logic
- Connect apps that can consume data from a personal data center anywhere in the world
- Utilize apps even when offline or unable to connect because of network issues.
A range of apps are also included in the suite:
- API apps: Developers can host and manage API's, including built in support for enterprise systems. There is a library of API's available for use as well as room for creation of API's for public or private use.
- Logic apps: Developers can automate processes as well as custom API's to solve any integration problems.
- Mobile apps: Users can engage with push notifications, store cloud data offline and authenticate users with different software.
- Web apps: Include support for popular web development frameworks like Java and PHP. Users can connect with already existing apps while auditing and data retention is still available.
These apps will only be able to run on Azure, but data can be used from any cloud as well as within any other vendor libraries.
Microsoft has also started an imitative for student developers with free access to Azure services.
Prices for Azure can be found here.
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Microsoft partners with Samsung, Dell and other original equipment manufacturers
According to Information Week, Microsoft has partnered with Samsung and Dell to allow the pre-installation of Microsoft apps onto a range of mobile devices.
Android creator, Samsung will pre-install Microsoft services and apps through a Microsoft 365 and Samsung Knox Business Pack on its devices. Samsung will pre-install Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, OneDrive and Skype on select Android tablets. OneNote, OneDrive and Skype will also be available on the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge.
Samsung Knox is a mobile enterprise development that provides protection and management of devices. it also includes development options for system changes or enhancements as time goes on.
Microsoft's cloud-based Microsoft Office 365 will include access to:
- Office applications
The applications will be delivered with smooth precision across computer, tablet and phone components. Business to Business sales channel use will give companies access to Business, Business Premium and Enterprise Versions of Office 365 as well, according to Tech Times.
Microsoft also solidified a deal with Dell to pre-install different apps with their PC technology including:
Microsoft also partnered with several other original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) including:
- JO Sa Couto
This change is a drastic departure from the route Microsoft has usually taken with its competitors. It has seen a decrease in sales due to free software comparable to its own like Google Sheets and Docs. These new partnerships can foster shared creativity between the tech giants, as well as smooth one aspect of mobile app enterprise development.
If these companies share their technology and devices, it will in turn make these devices more user friendly. Developers can access different types of software on a range of mobile devices and create apps that can be used seamlessly for best user experience.
Everything you need to know about mobile app security
Are the applications you download on your mobile devices safe? According to a recent IBM/Ponemon study, 50 percent of companies have no budget for security development. This lack of security stretches from personal devices used at work to those downloaded for fun or entertainment.
The study concluded that:
- 33 percent of companies never test their apps before their release.
- 40 percent of larger companies don't scan apps before releasing them to the public.
- 77 percent of companies stated that they released apps before testing because of customer demand.
- Of the companies that do scan their apps, only 15 percent are checked as often as they need to be.
- Only 41 percent of company employees believe that their company has an adequate team of application security experts
Mobile application development is steadily becoming a large source of revenue and employment for creators. An average of $34 million is spent annually on developing apps that we use for social networking, shopping, banking and games. Only a little over five percent of this budget is used on security.
According to IBM X-Force research, malicious code is wreaking havoc on more than 11.6 million devices at any given time.
There are ways that you can protect your device, and in turn, your personal information.
- Use encrypted wireless transmissions: Ensure your information is secure when you're online or sending and receiving information.
- Understand what you're downloading before you hit download: If the app seems too good to be true, or slightly sketchy, definitely don't put it on your device.
- Update operating systems and security software: Having the latest version of phone protection or software could prevent hackers and malware infection.
- Use the protective services offered on your device: Place a passcode or pin on a home screen to thwart thieves from accessing your information if stolen.
For more cyber tips and app developments check out our website.
A sneak peak at Microsoft 2016
According to PCWorld, Microsoft Office announced its 2016 developments for Office 365 Business subscribers. Microsoft said that these IT Pro and Developer Previews include changes and enhancements to:
- Accessibility: Excel features like PivotTables and Slicers have been improved for better keyboard access. Visually impaired users have been given a dark theme option and all other users will have a clearer readability.
- Click-to-Run Deployment: Only available to office 365 subscribers, IT users will have better network traffic management, an enhanced management distribution, flexible update periods and simplified management activation access.
- Data Loss Protection: Gives users the ability to secure Office documents in centralized sharing policies and authority access.
- Information rights management (IRM): Allows users to prevent editing and sharing of certain documents. This change has also been extended to Visio files.
- Outlook: Multi-factor authentication and email delivery systems have been updated to protect against hackers and ensure information is sent in an efficient, timely manner. Other changes in this category can be seen here.
Skype for Business Client will soon replace Microsoft Lync, according to TechCrunch. This change will enhance user communication and signifies the steps Microsoft is taking to adapt to software interfaces that users may encounter elsewhere. This video service will be built into the Office suite, and include standard features such as presence and online meetings.
No changes are being made to Microsoft Macros or Add-ins which can result in one less change to compatibility for users.
No official release date has been announced for Office 2016 but many believe it could come within the next few months. Microsoft will continue to release updates as the unknown date comes closer.
For more Microsoft suite updates, Excel features or financial news, check out our website.
5 enterprise app myths debunked
Mobile app development and changes are made daily. Enterprise apps are an emerging and lucrative field for tech savvy developers new to the field and seasoned in its roots.
According to Forbes:
- 43 percent of enterprise app developers make more than $10,000 per month.
- 20 percent of all developers are entering the enterprise market.
Despite these advancements, some are still wary of this type of cross platform mobile development.
Five common enterprise app fears include:
- Data-heavy loads will have an effect on mobile function: According to FierceMobileIT, enterprise apps oftentimes store data in places other than the actual device. Data can be transferred from other places where it needs to go, reducing battery demands and storage space.
- Extended periods of development: Some developers believe that enterprise apps take too long to make. In reality, these apps can be created and released in two to three months.
- Lack of accessibility to legacy systems: Enterprise apps can access legacy systems by leveraging them as a service with an API infrastructure, said CIO Insight.
- One person must be in charge: Most enterprise app developers collaborate within large groups. Often, enterprise apps have more than 20 people working on an idea.
- Too many types of coding: Use your own tools and knowledge to create your own codes. It's not necessary to know numerous types of codes if only a few work best within the framework of your group and company.
Enterprise app IT developers make up eight percent of the developer community. From projected sales to future development ideas, it's clear the enterprise field won't be disappearing any time soon.
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Enterprise app developments aren’t just for the IT department anymore
What would happen if your IT department was behind on its work requests? Would you be able to solve a problem on your own? A recent study conducted by K2 concluded that the number of employees who can handle their own technology problems is rising.
Over half of the American office workers polled stated that they would look for solutions from outside sources, such as Google or other search engines before seeking out IT for a problem. About 38 percent stated this was due to IT having too much to do already without their problem as well.
Many agree that IT simply cannot keep up with the growing mobility offered by enterprise apps, software developments and other advancements.
According to the study:
- 83 percent of workers believe "everyone should have the power to make their workplace more efficient."
- 66 percent agree that all workers should have the means to fix a problem if they need to on their own.
- Over half of respondents believe that too much time is spent on managing how a process should be handled rather than actually getting work done.
A divide can be clearly seen between the rapidly growing mobile industry and the slower to catch up process it has to go through to see results. Mobile app budgets are growing, according to a CDW study, and in this, companies must grow and adapt as well.
To ensure you are taking necessary steps to grow your business in the mobile field, ask yourself there TK questions:
- Do my employees understand how to fix problems on their own?
- Is my IT department up to date on recent changes, improvements or ideas?
- Is my business changing with the mobile platform development movement?
- Is my business a place that encourages innovation and cross platform mobile development?
The real importance of Microsoft Excel skills
Understanding and being able to utilize Excel could help land your next job. According to a study from the career analysis firm, Burning Glass Technologies, software such as Excel, word processors and other computerized data filings are becoming increasingly popular and necessary in portions of the job sector. These "middle-skill" job areas comprise about 39 percent of the overall U.S. workforce.
Important points from the study include:
- Eight of 10 middle-skill jobs require digital skills. 78 percent of these types of jobs require basic proficiency.
- Jobs that require these types of digital skills are growing faster than jobs that don't. In effect, if your trained correctly in these skills, you could have a larger possible job pool at your fingertips.
- Many of skills are seen in professions such as healthcare, operations and technology, said The Wall Street Journal.
- These types of skills pay an average of 18 percent more per hour compared to their counterparts.
The study also noted that job sectors that may not utilize these skills such as construction or installation are slowing in growth and pay. This lessens the opportunity for those searching in this employment market as well as limits change for those already in it.
Middle-skill digital jobs are growing at two-and-a-half times the rate of non-digital jobs. Many of these skills can be taught outside of a college setting, meaning, you don't have to obtain a Bachelor's degree for possible qualification. This emerging market is waiting to be capitalized on by millennials and other generations alike.
A pay raise or job change could be as close as taking a basic Excel learner class.
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Apple-IBM partnership releases 3 new enterprise apps
According to 9TO5Mac, Apple and IBM released a recent mobile web app development in the form of three new enterprise apps under their 'IBM MobileFirst for iOS' partnership. The announcement was made at the Mobile World Congress last week.
The IBM-Apple partnership has created a total of 14 new apps between 2014 and 2015, said TechCrunch. The innovation between the two powerhouses has four main app development goals: fix old app issues, build on what is actually working, aid and enhance mobility and change the way employees get the job done, said IBM-Apple global leader Katharyn White.
The newest apps are Advisor Alerts, Dynamic Buy and Passenger Care. They were created using both iPhone and iPad software.
Advisor Alerts: Geared towards wealth advisors, this app provides updates on transaction approvals, trade issues, account maturity and client dissatisfaction, said Apple. Time-sensitive trades can be made using the up-to-date real time financial news and changing markets.
Passenger Care: This app was created in hopes of taking even a little bit of stress out of customers airport experience. It has real-time access to seat availability for discounted prices before takeoff. It also works with airline agents to fix problem areas like long waiting lines and flight delays or cancelations. The app can also search for alternative flights, overnight accommodations and vouchers.
Dynamic Buyer: Solely for the iPad, this app allows retail merchants to respond to shopping trends and performance in real time. Users can view inventory and sales data, for both this year and previous, to change or overhaul purchase plans for the upcoming season. This could allow vendors to make on-the-spot buys as a new item becomes available and profitable.
The IBM-Apple partnership began to develop mobile applications, especially in the enterprise market, said TechCrunch. IBM also said that over 50 of their clients have received or will receive these apps.
4 reasons why enterprise apps should be implemented into your business
Enterprise apps are becoming increasingly popular among companies in the U.S. and the U.K. According to Business 2 Community, companies spend almost $297 billion annually on just enterprise apps.
If your company doesn't use enterprise apps, consider these four reasons why it should.
- U.S. Android and iOS users ages 18 and older spent 65 percent more time on mobile apps than two years ago, according to 1to1Media. To enhance your credibility with perspective clients and new hires, you should be on the same playing field as your competitors. If you are on the outside of a major IT development business partners may believe that you are incapable of adapting with the times.
- According to a recent Gartner survey, 79 percent of organizations will increase their mobile spending by 36 percent. This mobile spending will be used in both application development services and data analytics, according to Forbes. Infusing these two platforms can enhance app utility and give new insight to what is working in the company and what isn't.
- Enterprise Apps can change the way your business runs. Creating an app that can be used by all employees regardless of platform, or one that can be used to simplify the way customers use your services, could be a key to growth. Using an app could create a free environment where employees don't all have to be in one specific place at one specific time. The ability to incorporate maps, GPS technology or communication platforms into every day use could attract new clients while keeping current clients updated in the best manner possible.
- Though it is growing rapidly in popularity, it is still a largely unexplored territory, as compared to consumer apps. Mold an enterprise app the way you want it to be. The possibilities can be endless.
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.