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[Infographics] – Why Mobility?

Today mobile phones can do much more than making calls. There’s been a massive evolution in mobile technology. With an app for almost everything, mobile phones are an indispensable part of our daily lives. We’re in the era of handheld devices and chances are you are reading this infographic on your mobile too. Here are 5 ways mobility is impacting businesses.

How is IoT leading a smart medical revolution?

The Internet of Things is leaving footprints in all industries and businesses. Here’s how the Healthcare industry is being reshaped with IoT.

We live in a world where watches tell more than just time and mobile phones do more than just calling. Internet of Things (IoT) is not just a buzzword; it is a revolutionary technology. The concept of IoT is beyond laptops and mobile phones.

It is a new wave of connectivity that brings daily objects to life using internet. IoT is impacting all walks of our lives, and gradually becoming an integral part of the urban lifestyle.

The breakthrough concept of IoT is spreading like wildfire and impacting all industries and businesses significantly. One key industry that is using IoT to its maximum advantage is healthcare. The global market for IoT in Healthcare alone was worth $20.25 billion in 2015 and is expected to reach $135.87 billion by 2025. Healthcare IoT, also known as Internet of Medical Things (IoMT) offers smart medical care, improves public health and saves millions of lives.

Here’s how IoT is bringing about a smart medical revolution, transforming the healthcare industry phenomenally.

Remote Patient Monitoring
Remote Patient Monitoring or Telehealth is the practice of using technology to deliver healthcare to patients at a distance. Medical professionals are now making use of connected devices to monitor patient health remotely and act whenever required. It is also enabling patients to access healthcare from their places of comfort without having to visit in person. It is especially helpful providing proactive care to elderly patients and in case of critical medical conditions.

Real-time Location Tracking
The real time location system typically runs on location sensors attached to assets and people. Today, about 47% healthcare organizations use location based services in their daily operations. Doctors now track medical assets such as surgery equipment, medicines and apparatus with the help of sensors and access them immediately. Similarly, location tracking devices are also being used to track hospital staff in case of emergency.

eHealth Applications
Now accessing healthcare is easier than ever before with eHealth applications. Top healthcare organizations are designing mobile applications to enable round-the-clock communication with patients, promote fitness and healthcare awareness. Hospitals are also designing eHealth applications for internal communication between medical professionals and to administer day-to-day activities. The revenue from the global eHealth market is expected to be around $12K million in 2018.

Wearable Medical Devices
Wearable healthcare technology is gaining a lot of popularity worldwide among all age groups. The wearable medical devices market is expected to reach $14.41 billion by 2022 from $5.31 billion in 2016. There are literally hundreds of wearable medical devices and gadgets in the market that are promoting healthy lifestyle and fitness. Hospitals also use wearable technology to observe patient health status and improve patient care.

Virtual Health Assistants
Virtual Health Assistants are reshaping healthcare in several ways. A number of voice and chat based virtual assistants are being installed in healthcare organizations to help medical staff improve performance and enhance patient experience. These virtual assistants remind patients to take medicines on time, offer health advices, and also train them to follow treatment procedures. They also assist medical professionals with routine tasks.

IoT has introduced the healthcare industry to a smart world; and this is just the start. Almost 60% of the global healthcare enterprises have already introduced some connected services. Internet of Things (IoT) is soon going to become Internet of Everything (IoE), impacting all industries, all businesses and all aspects of human life in multiple ways. It has just begun to seep in the healthcare industry and the potential for the growth of IoT enabled services in healthcare is endless.

Why is your loyalty to legacy systems costing you?

Have you been carrying on with your old-school systems for too long? Here’s why you need to modernize your enterprise soon.

Digital transformation is at its peak and it’s becoming more of a necessity than an initiative for all digital enterprises. As much as businesses want to transform digitally and embrace latest technology, it’s not a perfect world.

Almost all businesses carry decades-old legacy systems and disposing off the old school hardware and software can be an overwhelming process.

CIOs often face a dilemma between retaining legacy technology and bringing in latest technology to their enterprise. The question is how far can you take your legacy technology in this competitive, rapidly evolving IT space? If you too are torn between continuing with your aging technology and modernizing your enterprise, here’s why legacy systems are no good for your enterprise anymore.

Legacy systems are slow and complex
Businesses running on legacy technology know how frustrating it is when it takes forever to load data in an application, hours to perform simple tasks and ages to generate reports. Regardless of how trustworthy these legacy applications are, they’re not as fast and agile as modern technologies. Moreover, they come with complex structures and manual intervention. With changing times, businesses need to speed up their operations and depending on legacy systems will only cause performance hiccups.

Maintaining legacy systems is a costly affair
CIOs believe that migrating to new technology could be an expensive deal, and hence it’s better to continue with the aging systems. Let’s break the myth here. The truth is, maintaining ancient applications involves greater costs as opposed to replacing them.  On average, organizations spend from 60 to 85 percent of their IT budgets maintaining bulky hardware devices, staff training, vendor payments and support costs. So, if you’re thinking you aren’t yet prepared to spend on technology migration, you probably are already spending more than that on maintaining your legacy systems.

They’re incompatible with modern technology
In the modern business world, staying stagnant is not an option. Most mainframe applications are not compatible with new-age tools and software. This lack of flexibility restricts enterprises from being able to catch up with changing times and utilize latest market capabilities. This is a huge setback in terms of customer satisfaction and revenue management. Sticking to rigid legacy systems that fail to integrate with modern technology will put you much behind your competitors in the market.

Cybersecurity threats
Another myth associated with legacy systems is that they’re more immune to cybersecurity breaches compared to modern systems. While modern systems may be more vulnerable to security threats, it does not mean legacy systems are completely safe. Most businesses use mainframe systems for decades and they obviously carry huge sets of historical data, which could be exposed to malicious attacks at any given point in time. In fact, the older your legacy systems, the more they’re vulnerable to malware and security attacks.

Legacy systems do not support mobility
Your customers no longer depend on a desktop to access the internet. They use mobiles, smartphones and tablets to browse products, carry transactions and stay updated. As the need for mobile enablement grows for businesses, it is also imperative that the technology you use supports mobile engagement. Most legacy frameworks do not integrate with mobile technology, hindering mobile enablement for digital enterprises. If you want to catch up with your customers through mobile technology, you must consider migrating to a more modern and mobile platform.

Legacy systems were a thing back then. But today, a new wave of technology has taken over, and enterprises need to keep up with the changing times if they aspire to succeed. While technology modernization could be a very daunting decision to make, it is important to consider the pros and cons of continuing with mainframe systems. The wise option is to keep the ones that are still delivering business benefits, and replace the ones that are not.

DevOps: Significantly improving the Build-Test-Deploy cycle

There’s been a lot of buzz around the term ‘DevOps’ lately. What is DevOps all about? And why does a business need DevOps? There’s no one definition for DevOps, because DevOps is not just one thing. For someone who’s not very technically inclined, DevOps is simply a blend of the two words, Development and Operations. But if you dig in deeper, DevOps is a wider term and unfolds several aspects.

DevOps is not a tool or software. It is a set of best practices that builds a bridge between the software development and the operations professionals in an organization. The entire idea behind bringing DevOps into the picture is to improve the relationship between the two business units by better communication, and collaboration; and eventually improve business performance.

Adaptation of new methods and practices is a challenge for any organization. But, an understanding of the fact that software development, testing, QA and operations teams are mutually dependent is very important. Whether you believe in it or not, DevOps is not just a buzzword; it is a culture; a change in the mindset of individuals.

Why Do You Need DevOps?
Conflicts between development and operations are not new to the IT industry.  Developers write codes and build applications. Testers test the applications, which work perfectly in the test environment, except a few bugs that are duly treated. But when the application is deployed in the production environment, things start falling apart, and the blame game begins.

In a typical IT enterprise, this is a continuous game, and no one really benefits. In spite of similar objectives, the conflicts between development and operations eventually get in way of organizational success. This is where DevOps comes to rescue; to ensure functional efficiency and create a win-win situation for everyone.

Benefits of DevOps for Your Business
Ensures Quality
 – Initially, a newly developed application has several flaws. It is only when it is tested several times that a few bugs are fixed. Once approved by testers, the application is put to production, where obviously more bugs are noticed.
With the presence DevOps through the deployment process, more bug fixing can be done at any stage, with constant monitoring, and better communication; and the finished product (application) turns out to be of high quality.

Reduces Conflicts – The primary objective of DevOps is to fill the gap between operations and development professionals. By introducing better monitoring techniques, by improving the communication between the two ends, changing mindsets, and building team spirit in the organization, DevOps reduces communication gap and debating situations between ops and development teams.

The Agile Development – DevOps is backed with the advantages of Agile Development. In an Agile scenario, with tools like Scrum, the entire build-test-deploy cycle is condensed from weeks and months down to a couple of hours. DevOps and Agile go hand in hand to ensure a quick deployment procedure, ensuring higher productivity and efficiency.

Continuous Delivery – DevOps addresses all the major bottlenecks in the deployment procedure; people, processes and tools. It ensures that the development and operations work together right from the coding stage, where the operations can suggest necessary inputs, and that bugs are fixed immediately. This continuous interaction between teams, and improved coordination makes the procedure less complex, and easy to implement, leading to continuous delivery of quality applications.

When you decide to adopt DevOps in your business, you’re about to bring in a huge, constructive change in your organization. It’s a change in the mindset of people, a change in the way the IT industry traditionally operates, and like all changes, there’s resistance to the concept of DevOps. But, at the end of the day, it is all aimed at reducing conflicts, building stronger teams, improving the delivery process, and ensuring that organizational goals are met successfully.