Designing for the Future … and the “Future” is NOW (Part 1)

Usability in Ubiquitous Computing and Interactivity

Once upon a time, we used computers exclusively at our desk to look for information, or to use a specific application. But, increasingly, computing devices are becoming an extension of human experiences, as we go about Preview_Wireless_technologyour daily schedules. Event-based, contextualized presentation of information is introducing new demands to the usability factor for applications running on mobile devices. Now, more than ever, usability  needs to hone the user experiences that are enabled by ubiquitous computing.

To consider the implications of the lack of usability in a mobile application, the interactivity modes in which a user incorporates its capabilities into their daily flow, need to be analyzed. A badly designed interface in a mobile application, which is used in short, five-second episodes throughout several periods during the day, can cause a lot of pain for the user solely due to the frequency mode. Other high-context applications need to take a deeper anthropomorphic view of the users’ needs to ensure that specific interactions deliver the usability components for a superior experience. A lack of insight into these aspects will cause the user to abandon the application due to the mismatched impedance. [Read more…]

Converged Solutions Help Transform Healthcare and Financial Services

It’s almost impossible to name an industry that hasn’t been transformed by technology. But as technology advances, so do the opportunities for transformation.

Consider two of the biggest industries in the US: Healthcare and Financial services. Not coincidentally, they’re also two of the most affected by new business demands and new technologies.



Source: Infiniti Healthcare

This industry was burdened with cost challenges even before the enactment of the Affordable Care Act; now, the industry has been mandated to improve patient care and reduce costs. It must get better at identifying patients with chronic conditions, to shift services from in-patient care (more expensive) to outpatient care (less expensive).

One of the best ways to tackle these challenges and achieve transformation is to focus on making data-driven decisions—that is, using data to predict trends. Being truly efficient about this, of course, means compiling data from a variety of sources. In healthcare, these days, this means being able to compile and analyze data from electronic medical record (EMR) applications, from medical devices that are part of the growing Internet of Things and even from social media. [Read more…]

Has Apple gone crazy?

Apple Store GeniusesThe answer is “yes.” Probably, when you read the title, you had guessed the answer to be “no,”  and thought that this was just a teaser to draw your attention. Unfortunately, it’s not so! In fact, I was in California a couple of days ago and had visited an Apple store there. The experience was …. quite an experience. I needed to buy a small and a big thing. The small one, because I forgot my chargers for my iPad mini and MacBook (Damn!). The big one, because this would be a great excuse for me to buy the new MacBook. [Read more…]

Defi H Series (Part 1): Orthofunny to help kids with speech disability

logo_defi_HIn this series, we are going to showcase the innovative solutions for disabled people created by students of French IT Schools and Universities, at the Defi H 2015 competition, organized by Sogeti France.

In the first article of the series, we will present the winning web application – Orthofunny.  [Read more…]

How immersive can a world be?

Importance of Bibles

In my last article, I introduced ‘Transmedia storytelling’ (TS) and the way bible-sunset-2it can use new technologies to achieve its goals. Now, we’ll inspect, in depth, the fundamentals of TS.

One of the main pillars of TS is the capacity of its diverse literary and creative works to converge into a single, well identified experience. This is the ‘immersive world’. What is important to understand here is that ‘immersive’ does not refer to any specific engagement, but a mix of correlated things. Usually, we speak about the latest things, but now it’s time to investigate the prior.

Achieving that goal is not simple. First of all, an author cannot obtain an immersive world by himself/herself. We know that nature is not ‘monochromatic.’ When a writer creates something, he/she etches the history in his/her own style. The people in the story is a reflection of how he/she visualizes things. Therefore, the total experience of this world is not converging, it’s flat! So, TS makes  the need for contributors, the prosumers, quite obvious. The stories, having different creators, offer a kind of 3D vision of that world. More contributors lead to more depth. [Read more…]

Seven Best Practices for Salesforce Validation Rules

mobile-web-app-testingAn opportunity must be closed and must always have an order number. Whenever a lead is created, an email address must be provided. If the client has a UK address, then the account must always be handled by the UK Sales Office.

These are classic examples of scenarios where you may choose to use Validation Rules in Salesforce. In short, validation rules ensure that your data in Salesforce meets the necessary requirements. It can be anything from business requirements to the requirements for your integrations.

The 7 Good Practices:
  1. Never, ever create validation rules directly in the Production environment
  2. Run rules as narrowly as possible
  3. Remember to notify users when there are new rules
  4. Be careful not to create too many rules
  5. NEVER use specific IDs in a validation rule
  6. Please be aware of the difference between layouts and validation rules
  7. Do Testing, Testing and more Testing

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Challenges of a CIO (Part 1)

Image Credit: CIO Vietnam presentation

Image Credit: CIO Vietnam presentation

In the following months, I will be blogging on typical CIO challenges and describe potential ways to approach the challenges, exemplified with the story of a fictitious person. The story begins when he assumes the post of CIO in a typical medium sized company.

Peter Sommer joins Olfama Company as CIO. During the interviews, he learns that management is not pleased with the performance of the IT organization. All change projects involving IT are running late and have overshot the budget. Many of the critical IT-systems are old-fashioned and parts of their functionality are already outdated. Most of the systems were originally bought as standard systems, but almost all of them have been modified and adapted heavily during the last two decades. The IT‑budget has had a history of constant increase until it was cut significantly last year. This led to lower quality of IT‑services, particularly, service desk response time and system availability. [Read more…]

Are you a T-shaped individual?

In an earlier post, I had warned about mini-waterfall in disguise, putting forward ‘cross-functional’ as a better term to describe team cooperation than ‘multi-disciplinary.’ So, how do you recognize cross-functional teams that are not multi-disciplinary teams in disguise? Well, they form the category of T-shaped professionals.

T-shaped as in tester-shaped? No, not really… T-shaped refers to the shape of the letter T. It refers to how well one performs, both individually and as a member of a group.

A combination of these two dimensions result in four possible quadrants: [Read more…]

Bitcoin 2.0 Enables Networks Where Trust Is Not Needed

22A problem mathematicians have been working on for a long time is how different parties can know if information exchanged online represents the consensus, without the need to rely on a third party. Until recently, this was considered impossible. This problem is also known as the Byzantine Generals’ Problem. To quote from the original paper defining the problem: “[Imagine] a group of generals of the Byzantine army camped with their troops around an enemy city. Communicating only by messenger, the generals must agree upon a common battle plan. However, one or more of them may be traitors who will try to confuse the others. The problem is to find an algorithm to ensure that the loyal generals will reach agreement.” In a system with intermediaries, it is always possible that one of the parties is consciously or unconsciously filtering or changing information. The solution to this problem must by definition therefore be a system where trust is not needed. This requirement can only be met by decentralized systems. [Read more…]

Get started on building Apps

I’ve put together a series of videos on getting started with Apps creation. Check them out:

The first video focuses on things that you should keep in mind before starting an application project.

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