Business Process Management always plays a key role in establishing an organized working culture and strategized business actions irrespective of the size and scope of any organization. It eases the business operations and enhances the growth of financial planning with ensured results. Also, provides clear cut transparency of all the working modules inside and outside the organization.
A completes guidance of business understanding, documenting, structuring, modeling, managing, and monitoring is laid down by the business process management which simultaneously increases the value of financial assets.
Besides all the boons, BPM also comes with a set of challenges to overcome in order to endure the complete fruits of the model implementations. Everything needs to be assessed and understood properly before taking a key decision. One thing, which is commonly missing in practicing the BPM model is the failure to correlate and collaborate all the actions under one roof, in short, the lack of governance is the main challenge here.
In this regard, we would like to portray the top challenges faced by present-day organizations while implementing BPM. The commonly faced challenges are classified mainly into three different levels…Strategic Level, Technical Level, and Operational Level.
#1. Challenges faced at the strategic level
No process defined
BPM model has its own roadmap designed, which is misunderstood by most the organizations during the initial level itself and there is no proper guidance with professional experience in enhancing the new user to understand the functionality and scope of BPM models. There should be a well-defined approach drafted predominately so that new users can adhere to it without committing major mistakes.
Different opinions or mindsets
People or the resources with different mindsets cast their own opinions which deviates the actual flow of BPM, which results in confusion regarding which functionality to implement first and what should be the priority order to follow next. Preconceived expectations and understanding also lead to the absence of a unique mindset in practicing the BPM models.
Lack of control or governance
There is no proper or centralized control or guidance in designing the new functionalities or planning new activities using BPM technologies or workflows. Every single module has its own author and owner, which results in a lack of central monitoring.
Missing customer satisfaction
The end-users or the customers using the BPM models always complain about the scope and scalability of BPM projects. Everything needs to be customized and optimized before implementing the right model your organization wants to fit in.
#2. Challenges faced at the technical level
The communication gap between strategic and technical levels
There is a dire need for a standard channel between the strategic and technical levels of the BPM model to establish proper communication to know about the progress of each functionality. The lack of proper integration between these two levels can also result in bad positioning of BPM investment.
Lack of common or standard practice
This is the major cause of the limited benefits of the Business process management model, which is restricting the future enhancements and progressions of the model. This results in unwanted pain points and unnecessary re-work of the existing models which is no way helpful to the business heads.
Complex process identification
Due to the absence of proper communication model between different modules, there are high chances to ignore the complex process identification as soon as they are triggered or demands attention. This directly lunches in threat welcoming or process failure.
Failure of life cycle management
Vendors have their own methodologies to implement in BPM, based on their past experiences or project related R& D work. But, there comes a time, when there is no proper guidance to the newly implemented lifecycle management techniques to understand their scalability factors.
#3. Challenges faced at the operational level
Lack of integration and collaboration
At the high end of an operational level, we always speak of integration and collaboration as the key roles in accomplishing any task, which is a drawback in complex BPM models. We have to address this kind of high priority challenges at the earliest, in order to ensure the increase in overall product performance.
Implementing the right product functionality
As BPM has a very large complex of models and sub-models functioning altogether, it becomes hectic in identifying the right potential functionality for each and every activity performed. Hence care should be taken to carefully assign proper key roles to every module with a though research and analysis.
By addressing each and every challenge within the same level of implementation can yields better results and provide clear tile visibility of all the process flows by establishing a standard mode of communication and functioning by adhering to the below mentioned best practices without fail…
• Always balance the terms between efficiency and its worth
• Plan your timelines well in advance in completing a task
• Know your limits and challenges
• Establish a standard mode of communication
• Evaluate both inner and outer difficulties and fix them as soon as possible
• Measure the profess and manage the business values
Right actions always lead to the right decisions benefitting both the business leaders, stakeholders and the end-users with prosperity.
Open source tools take to play a major role in defining your project scope and after deployment progress. In fact, the finances come down drastically when you choose to opt for open source tools and technologies instead of paid tools and technologies.
Whether it is a document management system or a development framework for any required business application system, open-source solutions provide you with the best tailor-made infra to design, develop and deploy your needs.
There are many benefits in using the open-source tools and technologies like no need to follow the regular updates and version changes, it happens automatically. All the technical trends are always taken care of. So, it is obvious that the stakeholders always tend towards using the open-source tools and seek a benefit of interest from them.
There are a lot of open-source tools available in the market catering different needs and requirements like from machine learning to web servers, automating the testing script, designing the source file, etc, it is in the hands of the developer to choose the perfect tool for addressing the requirements in order to prevent the future hitches.
In this regard, we would like to shed some interesting factors to consider while choosing your right open-source tool and what the points to remember in selecting one are.
#1. Check the initial requirements
- Is the software a licensed one?
- Is it easy to install?
- Is it easy to run?
- Are the issues and PR raised?
- Is the contributing doc provided?
- Does it have a docker file?
- Does it support tests?
- Does it have badges?
#2. Check for the license type
Open source tools come with different license types and different potential values. One should never miss checking the license type before opting for the tool of his choice. Permissive license is the best option to utilize your complete freedom in writing or developing the code. So, it is always advisable to choose the permissive license type open-source tools and technologies.
Also, there is also a copyleft open-source type of license, which comes with restricted permissions. So depending on the scope of your source code, choose the license type here and always be ever ready to counter the legal issues.
#3. Security assessment
Open source tools and technologies are always prone to high threats and exploitations easily when compared with others…so, it is advisable to stay alert in identifying the different behavior and only trust those tools which have a well-supported team in fixing the vulnerable patches as soon as they are unveiled. CVSS V3 is a scoring system, which assesses the severity of open source community and provides the score of vulnerability rate so that we can make a decision based on the given information in choosing the right tool.
There are two major roles that play a vital role in supporting open-source platforms. One is based on individual interests, who are readily offering their skill set to improve the efficiency of the tool and the others, known as dedicated contributors, provide their services for free and market their expertise indirectly by offering a paid long term support for the beginners, to implement the open-source tools and technologies in a better way.
Always have an eye regarding the policy factors of any open-source tools and technologies. It plays a vital role in enhancing the standardization of tools usage and implementation of related technologies. Seek the opinion of direct dependency roles of open source tools, in order to understand the scalability of stakeholder scope while coding, designing and deploying various projects.
#6. Ease of documentation
The documentation of the open-source tool must be easy to understand and readily accessible to everyone. The contributions of the community by both the freebase users and committed users help to maintain the stability of the platform and also reflect the recent changes in the document without fail. So, take care of choosing the tool, who is highly active in updating their documentation on a regular basis.
#7. End-user profile
Cross-check on the list of end-users who are actually implementing the particular open-source tool which you want to choose. The list can directly reveal the potential and the technical capability of the tool if the renowned company names are on the list and hence you can go ahead with a positive sign without doubting the security and endurance of the tool.
#8. Activities of community
An open-source community always has an active community where both the contributors and end-users play a key role in the activity sharing to enhance the forums, blogs, and messaging applications to share their experiences regarding the usage of the software as well as the issues rose at the same time. Check for such a community where the queries are addressed within in short span of time with high priority and the security patches are fixed in a timely manner.
Always check twice and rethink before choosing any of the available open-source tools. It is obvious that they are so attractive to see because of their benefits and the low cost of investment and maintenance. But, one should be careful choosing the best fit in addressing their requirements by considering all the above factors.
An initial check on these five factors helps to establish a standard working model in the future, without the unexpected hassles and worrisome issues that can bring down your working performance.
Imagine the present Digital world without the use of Computers…..Can’t, right? We are entirely dependent on computer usage either directly or indirectly to address both our personal and professional needs. But the fact is that there is always a high-risk exposure awaiting to thrash our systems and conquer the entire information without authentication by just injecting a small piece of malware into our systems.
Malware is a piece of code intended to harm the residing resource. Understanding and analyzing every aspect of a given malware like its origin, functionality, and the impact under special conditions can be coined as the definition for malware analysis. It is highly recommended to assess malware behavior and take the respective preventive measures.
Need for malware analysis
- To examine the malware behavior
- To determine the damages that can be caused
- To identify the cause of vulnerability
- To analyze and define the compromising indicators
- To analyze the impacts of the attack and identify the primary victim.
Types of malware analysis
Malware Analysis can be generally categorized into three different categories, as shown below.
Static malware analysis techniques
#1. Analysis of memory and operating system
The memory and the operating systems must be thoroughly checked and verified frequently to investigate the new entries.
#2. Virus scan
A virus scan must be performed every time a new program or software is installed. Ensure to use only updated malware detecting software.
#4. Identify the Windows executable files
Examine and identify all the executable files residing in windows along with the associated compilers.
#5. Automate dis-assemblers
The Dis-assemblers can automate the code in a reverse manner and also upgrade its security levels.
#6. File fingerprinting
Always ensure to fingerprint the files so that the value changes can be identified easily and quickly.
#7. Identify the packed code
Never ignore the packed code existence and try different identifying software to detect it. Completely bifurcate the point and click packers as they lay the path to the intruder to take control of the system.
#8. String analysis
Every string must be deeply analyzed to know its purpose function and where it is located in the file.
#9. Safeguarding web search
Be careful with the IP addresses, different domain names, network issues, and email addresses while browsing, and avoid any imprudence with malicious code.
Dynamic malware analysis techniques
#1. Monitoring process and filtration
Process monitoring helps us to find the key attribute information like thread activity, process time, file activity, and registry activity. Filtration plays a vital role in monitoring.
#2. Analyze the network traffic
The next key factor of dynamic analysis is to detect the network traffic and to determine the prospects of it.
#3. Analyzing PE structure
Examine the PE file to identify interesting fields of code.
- .text: This contains the executable code.
- .rdata: This section holds read-only globally accessible data.
- .data: Stores global data accessed through the program.
- .rsrc: This section stores the resources that are required by the executable.
Dynamic linking and debugging always benefit in the early identification of malware and helps to attain protection.
Automation has also crept into the quality assessment by elevating its standards and also helped for effective testing with the most modern approaches. QA automation especially led to the enhancement of the final product performance much easier than ever. Bug identification and Bug fixing can be done very smoothly with the specified automation tools. The market is equipped with many Test automation tools which are best in their perspectives. Every organization has a different approach in performing the quality check, and various tools and methodologies are implemented and sometimes invented too.
We proudly say that Lumera expertise crown is equipped with a jewel of QA to help our customers to test and maintain the quality of their products and services with utmost trust and dedication. We have a well-trained and skilled professional Quality Analyst team who are highly smart and efficient in using the Automated Testing Tools.
Let us focus on the way and approach our QA team follows in attaining 100% quality assurance.
We aim to achieve quality customer experience with the most advanced testing mechanism. Our approach towards accessing the quality includes the mechanism which speaks efficiency.
We always implement well-defined mechanisms when it comes to auditing of any process. Our QA team follows the standard STLC approach customized in our way of testing different software applications.
#1. Requirement/ design review
A well organized and planned team meeting with the respective client is conducted regularly until and unless all the test requirements are gathered from the software application. We make sure that the client is involved in every aspect of the testing process to improve the quality assessment by taking constant feedback from them.
#2. Test planning
One all the required inputs for test design are gathered, we move on to design the Test plan which explains how we carry out the testing phase of the respective application like hat technologies must be used, resources, entry and exit criteria, etc.
#3. Test design
One all the required inputs for test design are gathered, we move on to design the Test plan, which explains how we carry out the testing phase of the respective application like hat technologies must be used, resources, entry and exit criteria, etc.
#4. Test execution
- Test-Driven Development (TDD) and Behavior Driven Development (BDD) testing, are implemented by using the Frameworks of Selenium WebDriver tools like Geb & Spock and Protractor.
- SoapUI & RestAssured are used for Web services testing (SOAP & REST)
- Load Testing is carried out with JMeter
- Jenkins is used to building and enhance the Configuration and Automation process.
- AWS (Amazon Web Services) tool is also utilized in case of testing the cloud-based applications.
- We use different simulators to check mobile apps.
#5. Test reporting
A perfect reporting and updating the identified bugs help to fix bugs immediately, which results in the accelerated performance of the application. We use specific tools such as to control the flow and mechanism of the testing phenomena.
The entire testing life cycle is carried out from the customer’s perspective, and we make sure that our methodologies are highly transparent and easily customized as per client requirements.
Security is not just a defense mechanism, but it is a matter of trust and dependence.
The new competitive age of digitization is seeking more attention due to the increasing rate of cyber threats. It is highly essential to safeguard the hardware devices before the software systems as the black hat hit rate is equally threatening to both software and hardware devices and take the calculated steps to bring up the digital mutiny.
In this perspective, let us shed some light on what happens if hardware security is ignored.
- Manipulations are carried on the system’s input and output functions
- Sensitive data is vulnerable to malware attack
- Software security is not enough ensured against cyber attacks
Sometimes we cannot even imagine the amount of loss incurred when a proper hardware security system is not installed. So, it’s high time that we start focusing on securing our Hardware as equally as we concentrate on software security.
What is hardware security?
Cryptographic Engineering is the baseline cause for the origin of the term Hardware Security. Ensuring the physical security which cannot be easily obtained by the software is the main reason for focus here. But, when it comes to a professional definition, securing over-all physical attributes like design, keystrokes, access controls, speed, power consumption, supply chain management together with crypto processing is called as Hardware security.
The entire securing process can be attained by using a physical HSM (Hardware Security Module), which is either plugged in or attached to the computer systems. The HSM performs the entire cryptography life cycle process, which includes provisioning, managing, storing, and disposing mechanisms. Some listed features of using the HSM’s are:
- Provides high alert security
- Encryption and Decryption procedures
- Digital signature protection
- Message Authentication codes
- Keystroke management
- Verifies the data integrity
- Accelerates the SSL connections and smart key generation
Types of Hardware Security Modules and their Applications:
The HSM’s are internationally certified modules that promise to provide unbreakable security walls and also validated successfully with FIPS 140 Security Level4 security standard. Such HSM’s are aiding the digital security systems with the following applications
#1. CA HSM
The Certification Authority (CA) HSM is widely used in the Public Key Interface environment to manage the entire asymmetric keystrokes and sensitive data. It helps in protecting the logical information with specific security measures and also performs the auditing of logs. Even the keystroke information is also bagged with a strong backup.
Applications: Networking Systems, Industries, General systems, E-Platforms, etc.
#2. Bank HSM
A unique and specially designed HSM’s are used in all the payment systems nowadays. These are designed to support all the banking or other financial transactions with highly defined security terms. They help in verifying the user identity to validate the entered PIN each time. Encryption mechanism is also carried out in the entire transaction process with enhanced secure key management.
Applications: Banks Systems, Financial Organizations, Online Payments, Money Transfers, etc.
#3. DNS SEC
This HSM manages the Zone file signatures and handles the sensitive information.
Applications: Digital Signatures, Confidential Information Gathering, Security Agencies, etc.
#4. Cryptocurrency wallet
The HSM aims to bestow the guaranteed cryptocurrency transactions by storing and managing both the public and private keys.
Applications: Bitcoin, Ethereum, Dogecoin, etc.
#5. Establishing an SSL connection
The concerned HSM engineers the performance of HTTPS protocols and increases the speed of SSL connection by eradicating the unwanted RSA operations. Also, Keystroke management is handled in this type of HSM.
Applications: All HTTPS protocols.
Importance of Maintaining Hardware Security
Proper maintenance of hardware security is a much-needed concern and should be taken on a serious note to break down the speed of physical cyber-attacks. Any weakness, either in keystroke or other related physical devices such as routers, CPU’s, etc., can attract and invite the multiple attacking modes to invade.
For example, let us consider a Side-Channel attack and Power Glitch attack, which directly conveys a message stating what happens when we ignore hardware security.
This attack mainly concentrates on the technical information of the system’s internal structure and then starts to implant the violations in it. The gathered information includes the System Timing, Keystrokes, Power consumption, electro-magnetic leaks, and sound system. The side-channel attack has different forms of attacking modes and can be triggered at any point in time once the system’s information is stolen. The listed ones are:
- Power-Monitoring Attack
- Timing Attack
- Cache Attack
- Electro-Magnetic Attack
- Sensitive Data Theft
A glitch can be defined as a suspicious attack on the performance of any device. Targeting the consumption features of the device and altering it with the malware inputs, which results in the machine break down, is referred to as being a glitch attack. Manipulating the device power, time, and memory inputs are the main motto of the attacker here.
- Clock Glitch attack
- Power Glitch attack
Hence, hardware security must be given the top priority to ensure highly secured transactions or communications in the present digital environment. The easiest tip to tackle hardware security is to use the most suitable and effective HSM without fail.
A safe and secure digital environment is an evergreen dream of the present computing era. Even the routine activities of day to day life can’t be imagined without digital assistance these days. The digital dependence is increasing rapidly, and so is the cyber-crime.
A cyber-attack has many different forms, and botnet is one among the top listed ones and is also regarded as the severe threat call to the IoT ecosystem, which is the backbone of digital communication. The bitter truth is that most of the IoT devices can be easily converted into IoT botnets and can be used as cyber weapons to destroy or break the IoT ecosystem.
What is a botnet?
Let us begin with understanding the term BOTNET. A Botnet is the fusion of two different words, robot and network. We all know that a Robot is the synonym of automation. So, a group of robots or any automated code in a web of systems to exploit the IoT environment is referred to as a Bot (Zombie Computers) or Botnet. With the help of command and control services that use different security protocols, these Botnets took over many forms from the traditional IRC to the recent advancements.
Botnets are always referred to as be a group of malware-infected systems controlled by a botmaster remotely and are targeted to implant the malicious code into different devices like computers, internet devices, mobiles, laptops, etc. The malicious attacks include the denial of service, data theft, unauthorized access, and send spam data. Client-Server Model and Peer-to-Peer Model are the two types of Botnet architectures identified to date. The existence of these Botnets has been discovered in the year 2000 itself, i.e., more than a decade ago, and the number of botnet attacks is increasing in a lightening manner whereas the countermeasures improvement is lagging behind.
How botnet attacks impact the IoT ecosystem?
The botnet has different attacking modes, and each way of attack has a different impact on the system. One of the most common attacks is DDoS.
Distributed Denial of Service
Ever wonder why your calls are not connected in the first attempt during New Year's Eve?
Why are your tickets not booked during the high thrust seasons in any travel platform?
The answer is simple; the server of the respective software is loaded heavily with a large number of users. Hence the system slows down occurs or you may have to wait for a significant amount of time for the software to be responsive again.
Similarly, when portrayed in a negative sense, in DDoS, the botnet tries to overload the target system by hitting the server continually with fake accounts or anonymous accounts which affects the system’s response timely initially and finally a breakdown occurs causing the authorized and other regular customers to face the accessing issues. This also leads to the closing of service temporarily by the affected systems or networks. The frequency of DDoS attack differs from one protocol to another protocol and also how long the system can be in infected mode is also different for each attack.
Let us consider the trending Mirai Botnet example to understand better about the subject.
Mirai has awakened the sleeping phase of security threats to a new model and has been one of the most hitting IoT threat with unexpected results. With the help of Mirai, hackers have created the spinoffs of various original malware and started attacking the target systems.
Open Telnet ports were the main cause for the rise of Mirai Botnet as they helped to login to various software with fake and default passwords causing a DDoS attack.
- The Mirai Botnet is one such malware that can convert the LINUX networking devices into remotely controlled Bots and can trigger the DDOS easily.
- The attack on Brian Krebs’ website, Dyn Cyber-attack and the OVH attack are some of the DDOS Mirai Botnet attacks
How to secure and safe-guard an IoT ecosystem?
The only way to protect and prevent cyber-attacks is to act alert. Especially when coming to IoT devices and networks, every single neglected issue can turn out as a weapon against you. The scope of the IoT ecosystem is so vast that the security methods should be altered and improved for every different type of device and network we use. Hence, after in-depth research and understanding, the following countermeasures can help you to overcome the Botnet attacks and also helps to immune your IoT ecosystem better than ever.
- A thorough understanding of Botnets, their impact, and training the resources accordingly can help to identify and prevent the botnet attacks easily and early
- A robust network must be designed which doesn’t allow the C&C protocols easily
- Use only trusted IoT devices, internet connection, and other networking operations
- Early detection of malware
- Stay-Update with security patches
- Monitoring the network behavior closely
- Anti –Bot mechanisms must be installed and updated regularly
Of all the above, Early detection of malware is the most important thing which enables you to react to the Botnet attack quickly before it entirely rules your system. A well-defined and secured website and its services is always a prior choice to all the customers and clients.
Blockchain is not just about cryptocurrency. In today’s world, every player in each sector wants to get ahead of its competition. Providing better services and reducing the cost of the service are the two main elements of sustainable growth in the business world. With the help of blockchain, many industries are on the verge of a major breakthrough to revolutionize the industry.
Overview of blockchain technology
In simple terms, the blockchain is an impenetrable digital ledger, which aids in the transaction, sharing of data, and recording information. It allows information to be shared transparently, but it does not allow alteration without permission. This strength of data security and transaction has made blockchain, the next revolutionary technology in almost all the industries.
Banking is one of the major industries, which has started its experiments with blockchain technologies. The Barclays and Swiss banks have implemented blockchain in their services and facilities. According to a report, with the blockchain, the banking sector can reduce its operating cost by 20 billion dollars. In May of 2019, Barclays started using blockchain in the payment process and automatic digital invoice generation. Today, blockchain stands as a base technology in numerous banking giants for the cross-border transaction, which amounts to over 27% of total global transactions, according to a report by McKinsey. With blockchain techniques, many financial institutes have provided a platform for individuals to use mobile phone-based payment system, without using a bank account.
#2. Energy sector
The gas and oil companies have started using blockchain to reduce concerns regarding optimization, transparency, efficiency, and others. Starting from power grid automation billing to real-time payment facilities, many areas in this sector uses blockchain. Blockchain network also allows them to share data with pre-approved entities with uttermost privacy. This security and immutability are also great features when it comes to commodity trading in this industry.
#3. Election system
The election system requires authentication of the voters’ details and keeping a record of those votes. With blockchain techniques, voter fraud will drop down to zero. No vote can be removed or altered or added illegitimately. With the end-to-end voting system, this technology has been proved to avoid any fraud or misconduct during the process. The 2018 Sierra Leone election is the best example of this technology.
#4. Data security
The current architecture of the internet is prone to attacks and hacks. Thus, major companies have started to use blockchain ledgers for sharing data in their network. With this ledger, the communication is secure and transparent. Building on this application, there is a potential use of this ledger in this genre. The ledger could favor mass authentication and verification of large data transfer. Many cybersecurity companies have started prototypes of such a system.
#5. Transportation industry
In the transportation industry, car sharing has become a major form of commutation, thanks to mobile-based apps like Uber and others. Today, these companies are using blockchain to log interactions between the driver and the rider. This technology helps to build an interactive customer database, which will allow the service provider to provide additional value-added services. This blockchain technique forms a base for arranging a decentralized rate system. Under this system, the drivers can assign their rates and pay a percentage to the company, automatically.
#6. Digital advertisement
Digital advertisement is not something new to the world. With blockchain-based browser, the viewers can filter out ads and get ads that suit their preferences alone, without any malware. This technology also allows advertisers to get profitable pay per click or pay per action.
#7. Academics and educational industry
Using blockchain, the educational institutes can verify the academic credentials of the students automatically without the lengthy manual process, candidate by candidate. IBM has deployed blockchain to create a platform for institutes to share the records of the students securely.
#8. Legal industry
The legal industry is one of the industries with very slow modernization. With the use of blockchain technologies, the legal sector can be made more transparent, allowing zero space for misinterpretation. Streamlining documents and managing data are made much easier with blockchain technologies. According to a legal trend report of 2018, more than 48% of a lawyer’s career time focuses on mundane administrative tasks. With blockchain, one can reduce time in transaction-related work, administrative paperwork, billing, and so on. This technology can, in turn, reduce the overall legal cost for a proceeding.
#9. Global trade
With the rapid globalization fever, the global finance industry is struggling to create a secure platform to withhold all the regulations. With the help of blockchain technology, many institutes have managed data security and reduced fraud incidence. With blockchain technology, the transactions can be made transparent, allowing to increase trust among operators and the general public.
#10. Healthcare and life science
On the one hand, the transparency and data security provided by the blockchain technology allows the industry players to share data securely and faster. The transparency reduces fraudulent activities and easy maintenance of resources in this ecosystem. With blockchain, the manufacturers of pharmaceutical products can create a concrete record of products, and thereby, illegal production of counterfeit drugs drops tremendously. The risk of data fraud during any research can be reduced and thus increasing the reliability of new scientific studies. With accurate results of research, the collaboration of different industries will be much easier. Trustworthy results lead to avoiding re-testing, which would save a considerable amount of money, time, and other resources.
#11. Entertainment and media industry
With digital piracy at its peak, the entertainment industry has turned towards blockchain to avoid the distribution of illegal copies. With authentic digital sign and tracking, every copy of the digital content gets tracked and authorized. Thus, illegal copies cannot be made or distributed.
The ability of blockchain to decentralize data and at the same time, making it incorruptible, allows this technology to be useful in a transaction, security, and storage in many fields. EU plans to spend 180 million Euro in blockchain technology development in 2020 and potentially will add 300 million Euro to the same cause in 2021. If you wish to stay with the competition, it is time to shift to blockchain technology before you lose your customer base.
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Over the years, the environment for business has changed rapidly. In this cyber age, you need to be very competitive and agile to be successful in any business. Staying ahead of the technology world and avoiding becoming obsolete are essential. The Business Process Management (BPM) system, which helps you controls different aspects of your business. This process will help your team to work cohesively and help you gain reputation and customer retention.
Business Process Management Solutions has completely brought down the complexity of heavy business flows and other crucial modules of any important workflow. Even the intricacy of major technical architectures is been simplified with BPM solutions better than ever with utmost optimized solutions.
BPM services play a vital role in each and every stage of product development life cycle handling process design, integration, execution, and monitoring mechanisms to the implementation of cognitive BOTs and case-style workflows. BPM services and solutions redefine and re-build the processes implemented while building a software product or any other related workflow.
BPM services are said to be well-defined approaches with the maximum success-proven rate which enables the software industries to achieve the target within fewer investments with assured high ROI, also strengthening their market presence with the help of innovative implementations.
BPM consultancy services serve also stand as the core supporting pillar for the emerging industries with low investments.
What is BPM?
BPM is a process of studying, analyzing, and monitoring the daily flow of activities. BPM is a continuous process aimed at improving every stage of your product or service development and delivery.
How BPM helps your business standards?
BPM is not an easy process or just a one-time activity. Why should a company spend resources in BPM? BPM can help you elevate the standard of your business, and here are some of the ways it helps you do so.
#1. Betterment of product design and supply
BPM system helps you understand the trend of the market, and help you design your product/services better. This process helps in creating a high-quality product, which would attract customers. Customer retention is the first step in a business’s survival. BPM helps you serve your customers better, who, in turn, would become your loyal customer base.
#2. Reduction in cost
For any business, the primary reason behind adopting BPM is saving money. The BPM system lets you analyze your business expenditures and give you a clear understanding of your finances. It helps you detect unnecessary expenditures, allowing you to reduce the cost of operation in the business. By implementing a BPM system, you can reduce redundancies and improve the quality of your product/services.
#3. Taking your business overseas
With new advances in technology, the old methods of analysis, manufacturing, marketing, or planning might not be practical in a modern business environment. The Business Process Management system gives you the freedom to work at any time and stay connected with your team from any part of the world. In this rapidly changing socioeconomic condition, you can work with the rest of the world and outsource tedious works to other countries. With the implementation of BPM, you can take your brand to a wider audience with ease.
#4. Increase productivity
Elevating business standards do not imply quality improvement alone. With better utilization of resources, your concern should be able to improve productivity. With an overhaul in productivity, you can achieve more with limited resources. BPM helps in improving the business standards by strengthening your base with SWOT analysis, market study, market factor study, and so on. These analyses will help you create a promising work environment, which would help in improving productivity without compromising quality.
#5. Understanding competition
Analyzing and understanding your opponent is essential in creating a ground-breaking business strategy. You could serve your market better if you were able to develop a new strategy to stay ahead of your competitors. The BPM system can help in analyzing the business standards of your competitors and make you stand one step ahead. If you do not want to be left behind in this race, it is time to utilize BPM on your competitors’ strategy to better yours.
#6. Rapport with customer
In this rapidly changing business environment, a company can only find long-term success if they can develop good relationships with the customer in the long-term. A loyal customer base is what it takes to with the business war. There is a difference between serving your customers and maintaining a positive rapport with them. Serving them with the best product or service is just one part. Communicating and maintaining the relationship is also equally essential. The BPM system gives you multiple options to establish communication with the customer. So you can retain customers in the long run.
#7. Standardize the service
As your business expands, it gets very difficult to establish an equal standard for every product. Without a good standardization process, your product or services can lose their quality drastically. It can be disastrous for your company’s brand value. The BPM system helps you standardize the products by creating business models, compliances, and more. With more focus on the use of resources and time management, the BPM process can be used to standardize your manufacturing, planning, marketing, quality assurance, and other departments and processes.
#8. Develop cohesive employee collaboration
In every business, multiple people work to reach a common goal. Their cohesive work effort determines their success. Without cohesive effort, no business can succeed in the modern times. Any miscommunication in the organization depletes the company’s resources and diminishes business growth. BPM makes sure that your employees get a fair opportunity to collaborate. The BPM system provides an excellent platform for your employees to share their ideas and contribute positively to your business growth.
BPM helps in creating a transparent and simple method of business processes, which can lead to definite productive results. There are numerous ways to handle this process, and it is up to you to choose the right way to analyze, modify, standardize, and implement the processes.
MS Dynamics is a mix of ERP and CRM solutions provided via a network. A dynamics is a group of solutions suitable for different types of businesses, used for various processes like finance, marketing, retail, workflow, customer support, and others. Why is MS Dynamics important for enabling IT solutions?
A one-stop solution for entire enterprise resource planning and customer relationship management based organizations. It helps to gain increased productivity in less time, streamline traditional procedures with well-planned approaches and working models, building robust and strong relationships with existing and new customers for longer periods of time, etc.
MS Dynamics plays a vital role in designing and customizing Industry-specific frameworks as per the need and demands of the customer. Implementing the MS dynamics core principles always benefits with optimized investments and maximum return with assured product quality and performance.
With the help of MS Dynamics, Dynamic and real-time conversions can be processed quickly with ensured quality and security which in turn enhances the ease of complex workflows. It is also termed and defined as a user-friendly approach which completely concentrates on customer goals and adopts the required working environment which involves the end client feedback in an engaging manner and seeks their suggestions throughout the working procedures promising a transparent working culture which results in gaining more customer confidence.
An introduction to MS Dynamics
The current common product, Dynamics 365, is one of the products of the MS Dynamics line. Dynamics is a line of software solutions for operational and financial management, launched more than a decade ago. It started as an integration of several solutions and suites of Microsoft like Outlook, Office, and others. Today, Dynamics family has moved way beyond just CRM and into incorporating for any specific business process, cross-process integration, and even cross-industry platform. If you are looking for a progressive interface, MS Dynamics is the best solution.
Significant Features of Dynamics
Some of the most interesting features of Dynamics are listed below -
- A complete, one-stop solution for all the business needs of a company or firm.
- A cloud-based solution focused on reducing the burden of modern businesses.
- CRM and ERP solutions aimed at different types of enterprises.
- The platform and associated solutions will transform digitized organizations.
- A 21st-century product that helps businesses leverage more power for profits.
Importance of MS Dynamics
Have a look at the significant gains that are bound to impress the 21st-century customers and clients – to enable superior business IT solutions.
Dynamics has a modular licensing model. The customers do not have to buy all the in-built solutions en masse. They have the flexibility to choose select apps from the product as per their requirements. The chosen solutions can be tailored to meet their unique needs.
Also, Dynamics has a plethora of extensions and add-ons. As a result, buyers can use plug-ins of various useful apps when required. This level of flexibility and user-friendliness is bound to make performance more impressive.
Cloud and flexibility go hand-in-hand in this 21st century. The web-interfaces provided by Microsoft are intuitive and friendly. The cloud-based nature allows the user to log in at their convenience. All they need is a good, reliable, and speedy internet connection. Thus, your business can create a global IT solution to incorporate employees and customers from around the world, with no regard to the location or time zone.
When it comes to IT solutions, just the efficiency of the process is never enough. Your model should have the ability to predict behavior or processes to enable strategic thinking. The tools of Dynamics ensure that the user gets quick access to a large variety of reports. The analytical insights from the various apps are also top-notch. Also, Microsoft's cloud-based BI guarantees clear, actionable, and concise feedback. You can make use of powerful data visualization to take your business to newer heights.
The most needed element in the 21st-century business environment is group dynamics. Teamwork and individual genius can mix and produce miraculous results. However, tunnel vision and a silo mentality are counter-productive. A centralized system with a decision making power at every stage is essential to overcome incongruous data problems. Reliable information sharing processes also strengthen this type of data access. As a result, the company's productivity gets a much-needed boost. The IT platform generates a complete picture of the enterprise allowing better synergy.
Creating an IT solution isn’t enough. You ought to make sure that the data is secure. The cloud-based solution ensures that your online infrastructure is safe and secure. Your IT staff would benefit immensely due to less pressure. The secure solution can also be updated without any glitches from the company's end, either.
Your data on the cloud will be kept fully private and secure. Besides, the administrator has complete control over the system. He or she can assign privileges and permissions to users as needed.
The problem with large scale IT operations is the distribution of data. Vowing to this, IT staff face different types of problems in day-to-day activities. They have to toggle between different types of apps to provide the bare minimum. They also have to overcome the challenges posed by data transfer across diverse programs. With the use of Dynamics, all these difficulties vanish, thereby enabling you to create a streamlined process.
Make use of Microsoft Flow to come up with customized apps and solutions. Integrate the Dynamics apps quickly and seamlessly with other solutions. Draw up advertising plans using social media inputs in a timely fashion. Set up workflows that ensure real-time productivity in terms of both information and processes, and the list of benefits of Dynamics goes on and on.
Microsoft Dynamics is a breath of fresh air. Customer relations and enterprise planning are any firm's lifeblood. Now with this innovative and enticing platform, companies can try and aim for newer possibilities.
Giant companies always speak big and perform big. Yes, The gigantic IBM is such an example which proves that continuous dedication and innovation can help to conquer the world beyond the borders. Association with such big companies also benefits the mid-size or budding firms to build their future products in a more composed way.
The International Business Machines(IBM) Corporation has a presence in over 170 countries. It is a well-known corporation and has been present since 1911. It is also a research organization that is working on improving technologies for decades. It has invented the floppy disk, the hard disk drive, ATM, and many other technologies that have played great roles in our generation and given a fillip to the rise of new technologies.
IBM is a corporation helping other companies around the world. The services from IBM come as a lifesaver for IT companies, big and small. Many big corporations work with IBM for their excellent handling ability of any project. Before considering IBM, you need to have an understanding of the services IBM offers.
Services which are catered by are considered as assets for the future digitalization. IBM provides a lot of services. It is present in different fields and has been a famous name for decades and it’s products and services have been used in different fields for decades.
- Cloud computing
- Internet of Things (IoT)
- Data and analytics
- Artificial intelligence
- IT infrastructure
IBM also provides cloud-based services. It a server called IBM SoftLayer, and the company’s cloud services can help IT companies big and small that need to manage their data. Recently, the company has started using AI to make its cloud system better. IBM provides the following cloud services:
- Infrastructure as a service (IaaS)
- Platform as a service (PaaS)
- Software as a service (SaaS)
IBM produces top-notch hardware, built with the state of the art technology. Its microprocessors are used in many famous gaming devices such as the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360. Its services can help an IT company greatly.
IBM’s outsourcing services should be taken advantage of by IT companies to bolster their growth. IBM has more than 40 offices in the world, and the demand is rising as business around the globe is booming.
Why your company needs IT outsourcing?
Many tasks need high-quality experts. IMB has some of the best individuals with high expertise that can help IT companies with any tasks. Nobody would want to miss the offer to get help from one of the world's best IT companies.
Fields where you can consider IBM
IBM has a lot of products and services which can be used in different fields. They are:
IBM's hardware does not need any introduction as they produce hardware that is used in many devices. An IT company can find its hardware highly useful for their work.
IBM’s software services can be used by anyone. They are different in terms of usage. One can choose the type of software service they wish, depending on the demand and the scalability factors.
#3. Cloud computing
Cloud computing is one of the most important services of IBM. IBM’s cloud services are of the best in the world and highly useful for IT companies, big and small. Many times, we need cloud computing for doing work that needs more hardware abilities.
Nowadays, every company is using AI to improve services and productivity. AI’s best feature is that it learns by time and improves itself accordingly. IBM's AI is being used in web-based services for marketing and many other projects. Its cloud service is also enhanced by the usage of AI.
Why consider IBM?
IBM has a lot of services to offer for enterprises, small and big. Its hardware, software, cloud-based services, and IT outsourcing makes them an all-in-one company that has all the things to offer than an IT company needs. Here are the reasons for considering IBM technologies and services.
#1. Expert crew
The IBM team is well trained and has the required domain knowledge in catering to the expected needs. They have a lot of potentials and can provide great services along with the required suggestions and professional guidance in some cases. When your company needs IT outsourcing or any help, IBM can help by providing expert support staff. Being, one of the largest companies in the world, IBM has every right expertise you are looking out for and can satisfy the IT needs as per expectations.
Management has a greater weight in any domain. It plays a vital role in addressing each and every need of management activities, right from the infrastructure management No other company is comparable to the management service provided by IBM, and the company’s cloud management is one of the best in the world.
#3. Reduced Cost and Time Investments
The amount of time you invest, completely comes down, when you leverage your needs with the help of IBM technologies and services. IBM technology reduces the cost of IT companies by 25% by bringing in innovative methods and lower cost of maintenance. This may cause a significant improvement in the overall revenue of your company. One may think that availing corporation’s services can take a lot of money away from their company, but it is entirely opposite; it adds a lot of financial and non-financial value.
So, when you can’t be the one, Be with the one you desire. Yes, great associations land you in great places. IBM can become your company’s best choice for strengthening your market presence. The more a company can handle different projects, the higher its strength in the market. IBM has been working in various fields, and that is why it can be your best choice, as opposed to approaching multiple IT service companies. If you are willing to take your IT company to the next level, you can consult with IBM by visiting its website.
With the utilization of an Agile environment and DevOps becoming necessary in all software development companies, the QA and testing teams are facing new challenges.
Although Agile and DevOps are essential for an enterprise to meet the growing demands, it poses several testing and QA challenges as these departments are not equipped with the proper tools to meet the requirements of these new environments.
The concept of intelligence testing in comparatively new, but has helped QA and Testing teams in facilitating seamless test cases.
Let’s briefly discuss Intelligent Testing and how it can help in unlocking the power of data.
Intelligent Testing: An overview
Intelligent testing is the process of utilizing artificial intelligence and machine learning to automate the testing process. Intelligent testing services provide perspective analytics and automation for optimizing test cases, along with reducing defects in DevOps and Agile product lifecycle and improving test coverage and code quality.
Intelligent testing services help companies transform their testing strategies, and adopt an agile, comprehensive, and end-to-end approach that focuses on test automation & optimization, test equipment & tool rationalization, and test environment consolidation. Intelligent services are highly applicable and useful in multi-domain, multi-technology, multi-network, and multi-domain settings across pivotal industry verticals.
QA and testing challenges
Some common challenges enterprise development and test organizations encounter in agile environments are:
- Wastage of time in communicating and clarifying test requirements
- Increasing test environment costs along with a massive backlog of test cases
- Frequent application changes leading to high script test maintenance costs
- Wastage of time spend on fixing applications
- Execution of similar testing apps leading to inefficient use of resources
- Hurdles with managing and assessing test data
- Lack of experience and expertise with the latest tools and technologies essential for providing predictive insights
How can Intelligent Testing services help?
Quality is everything that markets your presence both directly and indirectly. Yes, the importance of Quality is always highly expected in delivering either a service or a product, that it can either gain you or ruin you based on outcomes. So, it is always important to invest more time and money in ensuring the end quality, which in turn signifies your customer satisfaction.
Great Industrialists say that quality itself has the power to build your business enterprise alone. But, there are many hurdles when it comes to delivering the promised quality, that too, sometimes in limited budgets and tight timelines. So, there are many different approaches implemented to assess or check the quality of a product based on many terms. Data plays the hero role in all the quality check process and is considered as the soul of QA. So, here, techniques like Intelligent Testing services are helping a lot in unveiling the real stamina of data in delivering the desired quality of end products or services as required by the customers.
QA teams encounter several challenges, including feaster development, evolving requirements, short release cycles, and unclear accountability for quality. However, with the integration of artificial intelligence services with QA, the new QA tools are capable of encountering these challenges.
Here is how intelligent test services can help in unlocking the power of data.
#1. Easy test creation and maintenance
Existing automation frameworks require scripting expertise, which is not the case with the next-gen QA tools. Moreover, these tools will provide intuitive interfaces that will offer seamless test creation and management.
Therefore, intelligent testing will help QA teams extend their test coverage and transform their test coverage according to the evolving products and technologies.
#2. Seamless adaptation to change
Intelligence testing brings in durable and sophisticated methods for replicating user behavior in automated tests, which helps avoid brittleness that is associated with existing automation frameworks.
Tests will not be refrained to mercurial elements in the front-end codebase but will utilize machine learning to build and sustain sophisticated test models. It will help tests to adapt to changing testing conditions rather than failing when locators like paths change.
#3. Cloud-based quality analysis
Presently, many teams struggle with performance, operational overhead, and costs of on-premise testing frameworks. Intelligent testing helps the next-gen QA tools to take advantage of cloud computing resources for executing tests quickly and efficiently.
The cloud support helps in unlocking the power of data by providing robust data processing and data analytics services for delivering insights by analyzing test results. Moreover, it ensures delivery as a service, which offloads the operational and management strain to tool vendors.
#4. Integration with delivery pipeline
The new QA tools will be integrated into automated into CD/CI pipelines. When integrated, tests will automatically trigger when teams make modifications to a product under test and on-demand.
The intelligent testing tools will notify team members regarding potential issues, enabling them to address the problems before they perturb the users. The testing process will be simple: run tests and analyze outcomes across environments and builds. The integration of QA into the delivery pipeline will also automate the decisions around deployments, promotions, rollbacks, and releases.
#5. Enhanced quality
Traditional QA tools are limited to validating particular assertions in tests, whereas, intelligent testing services will use machine intelligence to detect and highlight probable regressions in the applications. Thus, instead of settling for the “Pass” or “Fail” results, QA will be more about degrading or improving the user experience.
It will help QA teams focus less more on product coverage and less on code coverage. Additionally, it will help organizations look beyond the passing and failing of tests, and will chase a more holistic approach to appraise the risk linked with a provided build or deployment.
Wrapping it up
Quality Assurance has always been a tedious task, primarily due to the accelerating pace of software development and technology evolution in recent years. However, the introduction of intelligent services has led to the use of next-gen QA tools that are powered by cutting-edge machine intelligence.
These tools are derived from the cloud and ingrained into modern development workflow to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of software quality assurance significantly.
What catches your eyes when you visit a new web page or a commercial site? The design and layout of the page mostly right?
Yes, the experience you have when dealing with a webpage or any particular software program is defined by UX/UI services and solutions. The term UX refers to User Experience and UI stands for User Interface. These two services work hand in hand to create an interactive and effective portal or platform which plays a vital role in enhancing the end-user experience and smoothens the functioning of inbuilt modules during page interactions and navigations. If you believe that only those who stand to benefit from a website to attract customers use UX/UI, you know only a part about this service. Here are the top industries thriving with solutions from UX/UI services for various elements.
What is the UX/UI service?
UX is the analytical part, and UI is the design part of the portal. UX creates an easy and simple interface for the customers and management to use, interact, and learn. The scope of UX includes content, navigation menus, pictures about the service, and so on. UI deals with how the customer views the UX. The scope of UI includes graphic designs, a pleasing spectrum of colors, usage of sounds, and so on. No, UI is not just about graphic design. UI attaches the customers emotionally to the platform with the use of graphic design, trigger elements, and so on.
Industries using UX/UI services
Interesting data visualizations, Easy web page interactions, flexible e-commerce site functionalities are some of the boons delivered by UX/ UI services. They contribute a good amount of weight in attracting the naïve users towards the sites with its enhanced features.
As mentioned before, it is a little more than just your e-commerce site. Today, almost all industries use UX/UI development solutions, and we have listed some of the top and trending areas.
#1. Big Data
Big Data, an integral and vital part of the software industry, deals with a colossal amount of data combined and analyzed to create meaningful and actionable ideas. With a good UX and UI design, one can create a simple and effective dashboard, which uses data visualization. When it comes to analysis, the human brain creates more meaning from pictorial representation than just a bunch of numbers. UX designers can create visual elements to present data like a graph, chart, pivot table, and so on. This interactive platform will enrich the analysis output.
#2. Government sites
With better UX, the government sites can interact with the public, helping them engage more. The success of a government agency lies in its reach to the public. With a good UX/UI platform, one can get more attention and feedback from citizens. Spreading awareness and information become easier and effective across different modes of communication. UX/UI stands as an important element in bringing the new generation towards the wellness of the country.
#3. Internet of Things
Did you know that UX/UI creates the base platform for the Internet of Things? IoT stands for digital revolutionizing, with which you can control your fridge with your smartphone or even large manufacturing can be carried out with just an iPad. Creating an easy and interactive platform becomes the core of IoT. Starting from the inception of a concept with IoT, UX/UI is involved. If you want your lighting systems controlled by a smartphone, you need a portal, where customers could log into their lighting system, adjust brightness, and so on.
#4. Manufacturing industry
The manufacturing industry is one of the few industries where portals focus on streamlining processes rather than attracting customers. With an interactive UX/UI design, one can manage, interact, and integrate every department and process on the floor and also reduce manufacturing cycle time. With a better interface, making decisions and identifying problems become easier and can be de-centralized with control from top management.
#5. Sales and marketing department
Attracting customers with UX/UI is the first element. However, this is not the only thing that can come out of a good UX/UI. Creating a good UX/UI can help employees to monitor their progress, compare with peers, and get motivated. This interactive comparison also helps management to keep control of the KPI of their team.
#6. Travel industry
A flawless UX/UI interface will help in integrating numerous travel based service providers like airlines, hotels, rental cars, and others. The customers can personalize the portal, allowing better retention gained due to superior customer experience.
When it comes to a digital product, an effective UX/UI is inevitable. A good design will help customers to overlook the advantages of traditional learning. Effective sharing of information is the basis of the e-learning sector. And, good user interface and design are scientifically proven to improve the brain’s ability to analyze and retain information.
HR is all about human interaction. Starting from screening to exit interviews, the HR department works with human emotions and behaviors. Having a smoother and organized induction is essential for employee retention, and a good UX can help you gain the same. When you integrate a good UX/UI into your HR process, transparency is possible without forgoing privacy and data security. This transparency allows employees to get a personalized experience, and this allows motivation and retention.
As mentioned in several points, the UX/UI should be simple, effective, and interactive. A confusing interface will lead to the downfall of your brand within the shortest time possible. It is always advisable to concentrate more on the user interfaces when entering into the digital market, as sometimes it can solely determine your market presence. If you wish to stay ahead of your competitors, providing an unparalleled experience to customers, and providing an easy work environment for your employees is essential. So, it’s time to stop seeing UX/UI services as just glorified web designers. Instead utilize these top trending technologies of UX/UI to enjoy sustainable growth and reach of your organization in terms of assured user experience satisfaction with convenience, commitment, and challenge.
Our evolution is defined based on how much we have changed during the past decades and how well we are adapting to the new technology as well as cultural trends. Some things never change, and ‘change’ is one such static element. Every product, every service, and other elements of this world are hungry for new modules, skills, and SAP is no different. After analysis and survey with more than 1,500 specialists and consultants in SAP, here are the top trends and technologies of SAP that are quite certain to catch on. Some of these are fairly new, and most are iron-clad technologies, which have survived for many years in this genre.
Learning how technology has taken its birth and how well it is reshaping the digital world is one of the most suited assets contributing to the growth of industrialization is always an encouraging factor. At the same time, it is also important to get skilled in the current trends and technologies of the most demanded skill around the globe which helps to stand best in industrial competition in a healthy way.
#1. S/4 HANA
S/4 HANA started its journey in 2015 with a rocky beginning. It slowly improved itself, and by the end of 2018’s first quarter, there was a 43% hike in the usage. While the strategists are planning a re-implementation or a complete upgrade of ERP, the S/4 HANA comes handy. This module helps in transferring the in-house information to its cloud. You can choose between the private and public cloud version of S/4 HANA. Data accessibility and mobility are the main reason for the increase in demand for S/4 HANA specialists. In simpler terms, this module helps in solving complex administrative work when it comes to handling a colossal amount of data.
#2. SAP with the Internet of Things
Internet of Things has emerged into connecting every device to the cyberspace. With this connection, the data accumulated is unparallel and using unique analytic tools, unique information mining is easy. With SAP implementation, the IoT can create a platform for businesses to improve security, get a better insight into data, market data analysis, and much more. SAP also provides a possibility to integrate it with other applications to create predictive analysis, behavior mapping, and others. The best example of SAP with the Internet of Things is Sap Connected Goods.
#3. SAP with Blockchain
SAP with BlockChain is an add-on to the SAP with the Internet of Things. With the information gathered by the Internet of Things, companies would require a secure platform to store, access, and transfer data. With a combination of SAP and BlockChain, it is possible to create a secure environment for information, and at the same time, it is possible to create transparency among stakeholders.
#4. SAP FSM
SAP Field Service Management creates a platform for the complete service procedure of a concern. It starts with customer requests to delivery of the service. With this technology, a concern can automate major functionalities of service management, and extract useful information for decision making. SAP FSM is also clubbed with the Internet of Things to reduce numerous real-time mundane activities. SAP FSM integration into a platform for handling assembly operation is trending today, and it helps in dividing the operation for easy delegation.
#5. SAP analytics cloud and big data
Big data is not something new. With the information found in the cyberspace, the companies are trying to make the best out of the data collected to use it for their decision-making strategies. With the SAP analytics cloud, creating AI-based data analysis becomes easier and thereby creating insightful information for the wellness of the company.
#6. SAP Ariba
Ariba was once a California-based technology, which was acquired by SAP in 2012. While it did not make quite a steer in the past, Ariba focuses on streamlining of contract and vendor management. It is famous for its process simplicity and network capability. Using SAP Ariba is also argued to be a better resource management technique by many specialists.
#7. SAP Process mining
Process Mining is the brainchild of SAP and Celonis. This platform provides a clearer picture of task management and project administration. The process helps in determining the sites of the bottlenecks, resource idleness, and also helps in pinpointing ineffective business practices. The main aim of SAP Process Mining is to analyze data to create a model for process optimization. This high data-processing ability comes from SAP HANA (discussed before).
#8. SAP MM
The SAP MM is called the Materials Management module. As the name indicates, it focuses on the logistic department. This module helps in managing data related to procurement, planning, control, and other processes involving inventory.
#9. SAP Marketing cloud
In early 2019, SAP introduced numerous innovations in the Marketing Cloud technology. These new technologies will allow users to create personalized event management, campaigns for specific KPIs, quality checking, and so on. SAP Marketing Cloud creates a platform for easy management of several campaigns at the same time. Analyzing and comparing data from many marketing events can be done automatically, allowing top management to create better solutions for forthcoming campaigns.
There is no particular stop point for a technology scope and scalability. It keeps changing each and every time, with each and every function or with each and every new demand arise. So, there are a lot of possibilities to witness many more changes in SAP in the future without any doubt and the above-articulated ones are just the trends as in 2019, and there could be a tremendous transformation in various genres of SAP. Staying ahead of your competitors will help you gain sustainable growth in today’s market. It not just about learning new processes; for better results, complete integration and transition are essential. Thus, adaptive learning and acquiring an essential skill set are essential, even if you are the monopoly of your market. Learn to adhere to the new changes or else trust a partner who best fits in your domain, to delegate your software technology needs.
Open Source Technologies…The buzz word, which is motivating any mid-level and even small-sized startups to take up the big digital challenges to prove their capacity. Yes, the open source technologies are acting as real assets o many of the global organizations to cater to some crucial and on-demand services within an optimized budget and no maintenance hassles.
Selecting the right technology for your business is a very crucial decision, and it could affect or benefit the growth of your business over the long run. For more than a decade, there are numerous arguments regarding the use of open-source technologies for the long haul. Is it advantageous to use open source technologies, or it is better to stick with traditional software solutions?
What is open source technology?
Open source technology or software is the term used for products, projects, or modules, which work with source code, available to all to modify, distribute, alter, and so on. The source code is available to anyone on the internet and is viewed by all. Some of the top open-source software are Python, Apache HTTP, Firefox web browser, and others.
Advantages of open source technologies
The benefits of using open-source tools and technologies are beyond imagination and also proven as the most profitable ones.
It is always a tedious task to develop and maintain complex tools and high maintenance technologies when you have limited scope or meant to use them for only shorter periods. Open-source technologies serve as an option in such scenarios to add benefits while implementing the same services with the help of alternatively available tools and technologies for reasonable cost investments.
Numerous enterprises are willing to shift to open source, and many have successfully implemented their business using open source. Here are some of the reasons why it is advantageous to follow such enterprises.
Most of the available open-source tools and technologies are free of cost. Also sometimes, with open source technology, you will be spending very less of your working capital on technologies. In a practical view, you would be only spending time and resources on training your employees to utilize the software. You can use open source technology, free of cost, and thus, the overall overhead falls. If you are planning to start small, this is a great option.
The administrative cost is also lower as you need not pay for the license, usage, or compliance. It also reduces mundane administrative work of license tracking, usage management, and others.
The hardware cost reduces as the open-source technologies are compressed and portable. Thus, it takes lesser hardware power and requirements to work effectively. Even if you are using second-hand hardware components, open-source technologies will work at desired speed and efficiency.
#2. Upgrades are frequent
No need to worry about manually checking for the software upgrades or version changes. You will be promised to use always the latest updated version. When compared to the paid software packages, the open-source products get more frequent upgrades. It is because the source code is available to many. Thus, the time taken for fixing a bug or creating better performing elements is much less. These frequent upgrades can help you build a robust technology for your company.
Will it be a time-consuming process to upgrade every frequently? Well, if you worry about time, you can opt for automated upgrade processes, which automatically upgrade after notifying the changes.
#3. Independent of any supplier
When you are using a specific technology from a supplier, you are bound to the particular vendor for all your requirements, starting from plugins to services. With open-source code, you are free to modify anything at any time. And, at the same time, you will have a large active community that can help you with your problems and solutions. Remember that there are numerous communities available for each open source technology, and not all are reliable. Avid developers build some of the communities, and some are just gimmicks by service companies. Thus, choose wisely.
The most common point that any paid software company would put forward is security. The big companies question the security of data while using open source. When more people are testing and monitoring a particular module or software, the security of the product gets better with time. And with a community of developers working on it, personalized security flaws can be solved immediately. We do read many incidences about paid software hacked every day, and thus, owning a paid software does not grant you security.
From the eyes of many avid developers and users, the open-source technologies account as a more reliable element than the priced counterparts. With a large community working on the code, it is much easier to test the code and address any flaw. According to statistics, more than 90% of the cyberspace depends on open source, and this will give you a big picture of the percentage of the population believing open source technologies.
#6. Integration and flexibility
The open-source technologies work with a common information model, which allows you to integrate the technology into various applications, services, and others. This flexibility helps in easy administration and integration. It includes easy scaling while integrating.
#7. Do not go obsolete
While the whole market is walking towards open source, it would be suicidal to stick back to traditional methods. Resistant to change is the main reason for many major brands crashing down. If you wish to advance along with the crowd and ahead of your competitors, it is time to adapt to open source technologies.
Remember that there is no process, product, or element, which is 100% good and effective. You ought to learn about the pros and cons of open source technologies and analyze whether it would suit your industry and mission. When open source technologies are redefining the way businesses take place, it would be a fool’s move to not adapting to it. But, make sure to proceed with caution and backup.