Why you should create custom APIs and SDKs for your business

There are so many options out there for businesses to help increase efficiency, save money, help customers, and so on. It can be a bit difficult to determine what technology to use for what. Businesses fail because they can’t keep up with all the changing demands of customers. With the use of custom APIs and SDKs, businesses can integrate many different functionalities that work together as one.

What are Custom API’s?

Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) is the technology in which a business or a developer can manage the interaction of two different services. For example, the ability to share youtube videos on your facebook page is due to custom APIs. It has enhanced the way we assemble web applications with the ability to communicate with each other and consequently make use of one another’s functionality. The core reason why custom APIs matter so much for businesses in modern markets is that they enable faster innovation by helping them overcome the common barriers to change. With APIs in place, a company can create better products to become more competitive and help create a presence on more platforms.

Businesses, in general, have their own unique integration needs so using readily available APIs by themselves will not do much for the business. There comes a time where you have to develop more customized APIs that fits your business requirements and needs perfectly which will enable a stronger customer relationship and better decision making. It’s essential to conduct a thorough research process on the custom APIs you need because the wrong choice might cause redundancies and potential overlaps, which may, in turn, derail your system.

What are Custom SDK’s?

SDK is an expanded Software Developer Kit that has all the information and pieces needed to build a specific application. For example, think about constructing a model car. The pack that contains all the necessary utilities is called the SDK. An SDK for an API has all sorts of information and pieces required to build an application that utilizes that API in a better and smart way. It resembles a guidance system for API integration or customization.

The main components of the SDK include libraries, tools, relevant documentation, samples of code and implementation. It also includes the process explanations that act as a guide for the developer which facilitates building functions that makes use of the API.

What is the importance of APIs in Business?

Custom APIs have become a vital tool for businesses across all industries. To be upfront APIs offer companies tremendous opportunities to scale, foster innovation, and reach out to a wider audience range. Despite your company’s size or industry type, success factors depend on how well your software system connects with 3rd party apps, devices, and services. There are several reasons why a business requires APIs:

1. To increase their revenue and sales potential exponentially

2. Extend customer loyalty and brand equity

3. Being the backbone for marketing and sales initiatives

4. A proof of their technological innovation that keeps them at the forefront of competition

5. Streamlining the integration of backend data and software applications

Let’s take a look at some examples of how other businesses who successfully use these custom APIs/SDKs:

Gyms

APIs definitely have the ability to disrupt the gym and fitness sector by offering customers more personalized experiences. APIs can collect massive amounts of data from phones, heart rate monitors, watches, and power meters that embrace a collaborative approach to developing new experiences for gym customers.

Hospital & Healthcare Industry

APIs have extensively impacted the hospital and healthcare industry because it has helped to create traction between their existing internal apps, electronic health records, and other data exchange tools by managing the flow of information and data between separate systems. With APIs, doctors can finally have all the patient history consolidated in one place so it is very easy to access and evaluate what needs to be done. This goes right alongside the use of wearables in the health industry as well.

E-commerce

With tons of eCommerce APIs available, online retailers can offer customers a seamless experience starting from product search, comparing prices and offers, shopping experiences, social sharing, shipping and payment options. Amazon has leveraged the power of APIs to activate robots and double-check the order placed by customers.

Custom APIs, when used effectively for your business, can give existing and potential customers new reasons to interact and connect on a personal level. It helps businesses overcome all the traditional strategies that are expensive and time-consuming and offers the best breed of components to make your business operations more effective. It is also important to be wiser in hiring the development team to build a custom API/SDK for your business. SDI has an extended team of professionals with ample experience in leveraging the power of APIs/SDKs starting from conceptualization all the way maintenance.

Recently, we have developed a super robust sand delivery management system. This system scans trucks license plates that enter the sand facilities using a camera and a beacon. The system then alerts the driver which port they must go to. Upon arrival at the port, the system knows exactly how much sand to load, and then tells the driver when loading is complete and where the driver must take it to. All of this creates a seamless and very efficient process saving money, time, and eliminating errors.

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What is artificial intelligence and how it is changing the restaurant business?

Technology is taking our day to day life and businesses to the next level. Yes, the days of doing everything manually is no more. Imagine if someone from the 1950s traveled through time to 2019, they would marvel at the way we use our handheld devices to navigate around the town, the way assistants such as Alexa, Cortana, and Siri are responding to our queries, and would be stunned by our addiction towards social media platforms.

How AI is disrupting every industry

Artificial Intelligence may be considered a central tenet for the disruptive changes of the 4th Industrial Revolution by offering more transformative experiences than any other industrial revolution before. It is the core concept where computers and machines exhibiting intelligence like humans. Instead of programming machines manually on what to think, AI helps to observe, analyze and learn from data and mistakes just like our human brains can. There has been researching done about what the next big marketing trend is. Close to 30% believe that it will customer personalization accounts, 25% artificial intelligence and related concepts, and a little over 20% believe it will be voice-based search. Keep in mind that AI applications cover about 75% of that market which tells us that AI is most likely going to be the winner.

For instance, with AI, almost all the industries can be enhanced for greater efficiency and streamlined processes. AI, in general, takes over time-consuming and tedious jobs. Human counterparts are given more time for impactful contributions with greater value and thus focus more on core activities of businesses. Many argue that AI completely removes the human touch but it is important to remember that it does drive strategic and creative thinking on a huge scale.

How AI can help Restaurants Operate Seamlessly?

The restaurant industry is growing because of new and innovative disruptive business models like food trucks, pop-ups, and ghost restaurants. Their shares account for over $800 billion in total restaurant sales in the U.S. Starting from the cash register to the kitchen, technology is becoming an integral part of how restaurants operate. Technological enthusiasts and innovators are constantly coming up with new brilliant digital solutions that help restaurants operate easier, faster, and become more profitable.

Artificial intelligence is undeniably the key to helping improve many aspects of a business. Restaurant owners are embracing this next-gen technology to change and boost the entire food service experience, not only for their customers but also in their back-office operations.

Traditional restaurants face a wide array of challenges while running their establishments which starts with hiring staff and managing their schedules, inventory management, food preparation processes, marketing their services, managing their POS effectively, and other operational needs.

Artificial Intelligence can be a one-stop solution to manage multiple facets of a restaurant’s operations and thus helping the business owners break new ground and turn a serious profit.

How AI can help the Restaurant’s Customers?

The real-time application of Artificial Intelligence in restaurants is amazing. This is especially true for customers who enjoy a variety of things, like customizing their orders, getting that personalized guest experience, quick resolution to inquiries, and more.

For example, Domino’s, Pizza Hut and Starbucks are currently offering voice ordering virtual assistants that utilize natural language processing (NLP) to interpret and place orders instantly.

Artificial Intelligence has driven food apps further where it identifies the patterns of one particular customer’s dining choices and syncs that information with the customer’s location to suggest relevant restaurants that the user may be interested in. Some AI concepts can help boost a customer’s experience with restaurants are:

1. Chatbots Usually, customers expect quick customer service responses. Restaurants can make use of chatbots and virtual assistants to answer their questions and to deal with customer orders instantly.

2. Recommendation Engines

AI has powered restaurants to recognize their customer’s food preferences, even allergies or dietary restrictions (if any) and based on the results they can suggest food varieties that help gain customer satisfaction in return. Food ordering apps, on the other hand, can remind your customers of the dish they loved last time and recommend similar items.

3. Self Ordering Kiosks

The concept of self-ordering kiosks in various counter-service and fast food restaurants, including famous brands like Panera and McDonald’s. With this, as a restaurant owner, you can take away the need to train and pay for employees to operate POS systems and at the same time provide your customers more control over their ordering experience.

4. Smart Ordering System

By harnessing Alexa, Google Home, Mobile Apps, Call or SMS, AI enables your customers to place their orders over multiple channels at the same time with zero hold time.

How AI can make employees Serve their Customers Better

When the restaurant employees offer a personalized guest experience, the customers have a better dining experience. Smart ordering system, self-ordering kiosks, and related AI applications help to automate the routine processes and thus freeing up restaurant employees’ time to prepare more orders and spend their time in creating a more seamless restaurant experience altogether. The employee benefits of implementing AI properly into restaurants can be:

1. Efficiency

Using AI in the form of robots in restaurants could result in a consistent experience for customers and employees who can then spend their time greeting and offering them a special guest-like experience.

2. Fewer mistakes

AI can be used to automate processes and eliminate human errors. Employees won’t feel pressure during peak times since stress is the primary reason behind mistakes.

3. Customized Servicing

With customer data like food preferences, previous order history etc..the restaurant employees can provide the best offers and customized services.

Future of AI For Restaurants

Operational cost reductions and the ability to create a personalized customer experience drives AI technology trends in the restaurant industry. Beyond just customers and employees AI can also help with your logistics and supply chain. Restaurants of all sizes are realizing the benefits AI provides. One thing to keep in mind is that it doesn’t matter what type of AI you adopt in your restaurant, you will still need employees, although you may need to adjust what tasks they need to perform.

SDI, a development company with immense experience in natural language processing, deep neural networks, reinforcement learning, predictive analytics, and computer vision that helps to redefine the way your business operates to give you a competitive edge.

Do you want to get started or learn more? Schedule time to chat with one of our experts at 1.408.621.8481 / sakshi@sdi.la.

Build Customized Apps and Super Apps for Local Audiences

Most businesses are building mobile apps to help improve very aspects of the company. There are multiple reasons why you should invest in a mobile app. If your business does not currently own a mobile app, then it means you are behind your competitors since we live in the mobile-first world. Your business is most likely missing out on huge opportunities to attract customers. Having a website isn’t good enough anymore. You will not beat your competitors if that is all you have.

Why mobile apps are Important?

The mobile app industry has the ability to grow by as much as $100 billion by the end of 2020 and these metrics have prompted many businesses to embrace mobile apps so they can engage with their customers far better and get solid insights into their users about their business. Here are some of the ways mobile app development is beneficial for businesses.

1. Direct Communication And Geo-Targeting Marketing Mobile apps are always quick and very effective when it comes to keeping your customers engaged. It helps to boost customer interest and a better platform to promote product launches, promotional offers, improved features, and discounted rates. Direct communications also bring valuable information such as demographics, geographical locations, and shopping behavior with respect to your products and services. This, in turn, will help you understand the market demand and increase your sales and marketing strategies.

2. Building Customer Loyalty Acquiring customer loyalty is a very tricky concept when it comes to marketing a business. Building a mobile app helps smoothen this loyalty-building journey by establishing a strong affinity between the customer and your brand through personalized experiences. This encourages the customers to make a purchase and stay with the brand in the long run.

3. Websites Create Awareness and Mobile Apps Make the Sale When a potential customer is searching for a product or services, they will most likely use their smartphone to search for it rather than on a laptop. Most of the searches are made on-the-go during traveling, socializing, and waiting for appointments. Mobile apps being quicker and more interactive will probably nudge the customer to choose you for their purchase. Websites in general help to create brand awareness but many sales are being made through mobile platforms.

4. A Great Tool For Customer Engagement business-to-customer communication is an essential element for marketing. Reverse communication is equally important to maintain customer loyalty. Customers would love your products when their concerns and complaints are being heard and resolved with very little lag time. This helps businesses to build brand loyalty. Having a mobile app for your business helps to maintain and streamline this critical relationship via online help desks and support systems.

Why Should You Consider Location as an Important Factor?

Just because you have a brilliant idea to build a mobile app doesn’t guarantee success. Knowing your audience well will help you to be more specific with your goals and objectives. You should never underestimate your target audience’s location because it’s an integral component of any app’s success. Performing proper research to analyze all the necessary points and creating a list of factors and features based on the geo-location factors will be a more helpful strategy before you start your mobile app development process.

The choice of mobile app platform varies depending on the region. For example, Android accounts in India is estimated to be 60% of the market share and for iOS, it’s just 7%. Even in European countries, people prefer the Android platform over the iPhone. In the US, the market for iOS way more popular than Android. Augmenting the necessary features that could impress customers for the local market is essential for any business to survive. Thus, spend quality time considering the location factors before you start your development process will help you succeed. A newer concept that will also help is considering super apps.

What are Super Apps?

Super apps are like the Superman of apps. To be more accurate, it is an app that provides several services which are mostly unrelated to each other under a single umbrella as a single standalone app. Just imagine an app that allows you to interact socially like Facebook, chat as you do in WhatsApp, book a cab like on Uber, and make payments as you do with Paypal. It is like having every service in one app. 2019 is quickly becoming the year of super apps.

WeChat, Grab and Go-Jek are great examples of this new breed of software called the Super App. WeChat with more than 1 billion users is considered to be the pioneer and king of Super Apps. Grab and Go-Jek started as ride-booking platforms, but gradually got transformed into a Super App offering other services centered around payments. With tons of data generated from the app users, these Super Apps gain more insight into their daily behavior and utilize these to offer more personalized services.

Customizing Super Apps for local audiences

1. Payment options & discounts Super apps have a lot of interesting options that amaze users. Offers and promotions are a great icebreaker to bring in new users. If you are planning to build a super app, you should focus more on this concept. Customers love to purchase things at a discount and it helps to build a loyal user base as well. Offering discounts based on the local market will help you reach more customers and will help you increase your app’s user base. For example, Grab identified the need of discounts for Senior citizens, students and PWD’s in the Philippines under LTRFB (Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board) so they offered 20% off in GrabCar and GrabShare fares. This is a very good example of adapting to the local market.

If you are planning to establish your app in the global market, you have to focus on the payment options available locally. For example, countries such as Bangladesh restrict credit card usage among their population so you would have to look for alternate payment options.

2. Economy Factors Adapting to the economic structure of a country and offering affordable services is the key to any apps success. Grab took over Uber’s market in Southeast Asia with strategies that focussed on the income potential of the people. Grab offered cheap and inexpensive car and bike rides whereas Uber was offering expensive cars. Thus, harnessing the economic privileges of the local market must be considered.

3. Features Selecting the best features for the mobile app is one of the most difficult parts of the decision-making process. Consider the location of your target audience and offer them with the best possible features which will keep them engaged with your super app. For example, offering uninterrupted mobile experiences for consumers in countries like Nigeria, some parts of South East Asia is difficult due to low or poor network coverage. App developers should make use of protocols with WebSocket, XMPP which provides a seamless digital experience.

Do you have a killer app idea? SDI has the right skills to make it real. Hire Android developers or iOS programmers at affordable prices and get your next big super app built.

Why you should build an original content short video streaming app like Quibi

Watching videos on your phone is now very common, but how do you avoid the apps that don’t stream correctly? How do you avoid the constant reliance on YouTube and the tiresome search for videos that are not always on there? The answer could be in a specialty video app, one that good enough for Hollywood actors to produce short films for. That app is currently being developed by Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman and is called Quibi. It will cost $20,000 to create. But the money seems to be worth it for several reasons.

Why a video streaming app like Quibi is worth the investment?

Great media material on phones is an untapped market. If Hollywood makes ten-minute videos with famous actors, then more and more people will want to download the app. The people watching these videos on their phones won’t have to worry about excess advertising cutting the material off, and there won’t be any problems with long videos or credits. The idea is to get more people to tune in to shorts and feel like they’ve gained something from it and to make a decent amount of money doing so.

Individuals who download or buy the video streaming app won’t have to spend a lot of money on it. The main goal is to have the app become a global success, then small amounts of money will amount to huge financial success. The interface of the app will be attractive to users (because UI/UX is very important) who until now are used to programs that are online and ask for a monthly subscription but can’t seem to provide a relaxed way to watch videos.

Some other issues with current options are: the video content is sometimes on the side of the screen, there are a lot of instances where the video gets stuck mid-program, and also where the content is completely taken down altogether. This could be because the program’s server isn’t authorized or various other reasons. Quibi will bypass these problems by being an app that specializes in streaming to large numbers of people. Its servers will make it possible for content to run without interruption much more often and will have the option to show videos in full-screen mode.

These differences will make the video streaming app more user-friendly and will make the people who use it more trusting of its quality. Quibi might become the premier video streaming app on the market, but we will know for sure once it is launched.

How can your video streaming app be successful?

Quibi will most likely succeed more if it has videos that are available are not found anywhere else. If the videos can stream successfully on the app it might be the leading app out there. It might also draw more companies to develop programs that resemble it in quality, therefore raising the overall expectation to deliver exceptional video streaming services.

It will also push other programs to provide exceptional quality programs because its short videos will most likely get more views than the long series being watched on others. It will also have high-quality acting and editing and will be made specifically for phones. Other programs will want to do similar videos to be able to stay in the market, the competition will increase but so will the quality standard of video streaming.

People tend to watch long series together but many times they aren’t able to watch it at the same time which means someone is always ahead in the series. It can be frustrating when you hear people talking about an episode you haven’t watched yet. Quibi is made for individual watching and will end these conflicts, now it’s possible to watch longer series with friends, family, or a significant other, and still watch media content when an individual wants. You can do multiple things at the same time.

Since Quibi series or episodes will not take more than a few minutes each because they are actually shortened mini-series, they can be watched in an instant. They can be watched during a break at work or while waiting in the car for someone. They can eventually become programs to be watched together, but separately. It’s actually possible to skip ahead of the people watching the same series without that guilty feeling. Not everyone commutes to work together or takes their breaks at the same time. Watching Quibi programs in a group can be planned or left up to each person to do on their own.

What do you need to build a video streaming app like Quibi?

The exact pricing of Quibi for users isn’t defined yet but it’s not going to be expensive. Putting it together, however, will take the best team of editors, writers, actors, producers, directors, and designers, and app developers like SDI. The app development cost is a decent amount but there is a lot of buzz over Quibi and excitement about it. Why not? The possibilities are endless, there could even be partnerships with other streaming services or search engines.

T-Mobile, AT&T, Verizon, and even Disney might want to produce material for Quibi in the future. More of their material will be watched, so why not try to partner? That’s one reality that might happen even if Quibi dominates the market, it’s all about waiting and seeing. This technology is new but very promising.

Hopefully, they can deliver technology that users need and want to see. If you want to get in on this video streaming app idea then don’t waste time and get your app completed now to get to market fast. There are so many opportunities here to improve the video streaming service industry. You can speak with experts like Sakshi Sharma at 408.621.8481 or email team@sdi.la for more information on how to do this.

How 2019 will be the year of Instant Apps and Super Apps

It’s pretty obvious that just about everyone uses a smartphone to help assist with their day to day activities. Smartphones have evolved from being just a communication tool to a highly effective business tool over the years. The importance of Mobile Apps in Business has grown significantly in the past few years. More specifically, the younger generation has more capability to interact with e-business. Mobile apps have made it easier for users to get any business’s information with the touch of a finger and stay connected to their favorite brands. This is the core reason why businesses are building their presence on mobile platforms.

Why Mobile Apps Are Important For Your Business?

Currently, mobile apps are widespread in areas such as communication, social media, banking, health care, and education bringing in multiple facets of growth and transformation. Furthermore, business visionaries have predicted that mobile apps are one of the best ways to create loyal customers through engagement. Mobile app development firms are working hard to foster the demands of their customers as they look for the best apps. Here are some benefits of having a mobile app for your business:

1. You can reinforce your brand in a smart way 2. Enhance your business visibility 3. Easily connect with ‘on-the-go’ consumers 4. Augment the power of online sales 5. Increase exposure across mobile devices 6. Increase accessibility of your products 7. Have a ready database of prospects/clients 8. Establish a direct marketing channel 9. Engage your customers in a more interactive way

What are the Mobile App Development Trends in 2019?

For more than a decade, we have experienced and enjoyed a long drive with numerous mobile applications, and now we are progressing towards highly impressive technologies that make everyday life even more amazing. The number of smartphone users is expected to reach about 2.5 billion in 2019.

We are in the decade of technological excellence where a huge number of industries are disrupted by next-gen concepts like Internet of Things (IoT), iBeacon technology, machine learning, Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality, etc. The mobile app development industry is booming and growing like anything by harnessing the aforesaid advanced techniques to a huge extent. Below are the 6 mobile application trends that you have to watch out before getting started with your mobile app development in 2019.

1. Acceleration and Mobility

The need and demand for developing accelerated mobile pages are becoming more obvious. The main reason for this is because Google is offering the Accelerated Mobile Pages (AMP) project to the public which has the ability to load pages into a mobile gadget. Currently, Google has made a loud statement that they are offering a more isolated search index for the mobile network which will lead to new, conceptual changes in the mobile application development industry. The AMP concept will exponentially increase the number of visitors, increases clickability, pages will get higher ratings, and advertisements will have greater visibility.

2. Augmenting AI & ML

Integrating machine learning and artificial intelligence into apps is one such futuristic technological concept to keep in mind while talking about the trends of mobile app development in 2019. Apps like Siri, Cortana, Alexa, and Google assistant are making our everyday routines like reading, writing, sending messages, switching camera and microphone on and off, searching the internet for information, setting reminders, etc much easier through their artificial intelligence capabilities.

Businesses of all types, after seeing these real-time simplifications of complexities finally decided to take advantage of this technology. As a result, AI/ML integration in mobile apps has resulted in increased sales, customer retention, and profitability for businesses. Azure, IBM Watson, Google’s TensorFlow, Wit.ai, Amazon AI are some popular AI/ML tools leveraged globally making mobile app developers change the way to program.

3. Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality

The concept of Virtual and augmented reality has revolutionized the entertainment and gaming industry. In 2019 AR will heavily transform industries like health, engineering, real estate, retail, etc. For example, a wall decor business can build a mobile app that asks potential customers to pick the wall/paint decor they want then preview what it would look like. Then, they can ask the business owner to do the same kind of design which is a win-win situation for both the business owner and the customer saving potential time, cost and overhead. Virtual reality is extensively used for the simulation of scenarios which are difficult as well as expensive to create. Since millennial consumers prefer to be online through their smartphones, businesses need to have their own mobile apps to provide these kinds of experiences.

4. The Power of Connected Devices

Internet of Things is a concept which is slowly and steadily defining the way we live as well as the way we work. IoT is definitely a useful tool for industries such as healthcare, e-commerce, construction, and transportation, and many others. It has enabled the evolution of controlling and operating non-connected devices even with the internet. Overall, IoT is expected to be a game-changing technology with an estimated revenue potential of $1.335 Trillion US dollars by 2020.

5. Mobile Payments & Beacon Technology

The concept of mobile payment options and payment gateways have simplified the way people buy by offering the opportunity to pay through clicks rather than standing in queues. Many people have shifted to shopping online so we look out for several safe and secure payment methods on our smartphone which will complete our transaction quickly and easily. Integrating a payment option within your app is essential if you are developing a mobile app for your business.

Integrating Beacons is becoming very prominent in assisting various industries including healthcare and retail with its ability to detect a location and trigger an action respectively. A lot of airports have enabled beacons for security purposes. Beacons help collect and securely store the necessary information in a virtual guide that could be retrieved and used for further development.

6. Cloud-Based Apps

You can make use of the cloud in mobile app development to easily use data that does not involve the internal memory of the smartphone which is great for the end user. Mobile app developers are eager to harness the power of cloud management just like Google Disk and Dropbox does.

Taking these trends into account will help you develop a more scalable and better performing mobile app that can help solve real-time business problems and increase your sales and profitability index. Make sure you find a mobile app development company like SDI who has extensive experience creating amazing mobile apps that use the latest technologies like AI, ML, Blockchain, and more. This will ensure your instant and/or super apps are the best quality and keep all users coming back for more.

What are Super Apps and Instant Apps?

Super Apps

With a single unified mobile application called “Super App”, you can enjoy seamless services and support starting from communication, shopping online, booking rides, reading books, playing games, food deliveries and pay for anything. A Super App is said to be the concept of the decade with great potential globally.

WeChat, Grab and Go-Jek are great examples of this new breed of software called the Super App. Tencent Holdings Ltd.’s WeChat with more than 1 billion users is considered to be the pioneer and king of Super Apps. Grab and Go-Jek started as ride booking platforms, but gradually got transformed into a Super App offering other services centered around payments. With tons of data generated from the app users, these Super Apps gain more insight into their daily behavior and utilize these to offer more personalized services.

Instant Apps

Instant Apps is the concept of offering a lightweight version of their Android app to web users without the need to visit the Play Store and install it. A simple click on a browser link allows the user to enjoy a real app experience. Instant apps are basically the essential feature of the main app, with every single feature being a fully functional standalone app. This means to be a global Android solution combining the speed and power of a native app with the ease and immediacy of a web app. Check out the list of features which is specific to Android Instant Apps:

a. Apps that do not require installation

Android Instant apps allow users to run your apps instantly, without any installation prerequisites.

b. Access from anywhere

The web users can get the native Android app experience from just a URL which includes search, social media, messaging, and other deep links – without the need to install your app.

c. Works on the latest Android devices

These Instant Apps support the latest Android devices starting from Android 6.0 across more than 40 countries. Google is planning to extend its support to more devices and countries in the near future.

d. Upgrades your existing app

Android Instant Apps functionality is an upgrade to your existing application. It is not a new or separate app. It’s just the same Android APIs, the same project, and the same source code.

Super apps and instant apps are evolving like nothing we have ever seen and it is going to be a gamechanger in the app market for sure.

Are you looking to develop a Super App like Wechat, Grab or Gojek or an Instant App for Android? Check out the top-rated mobile app development expert to help improve your business. Talk with Sakshi Sharma today at SDI by calling her at 408.621.8481 or email her at sakshi@sdi.la.

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What are machine learning models and how can they help?

There are 3 main machine learning models that can help accelerate your business in a variety of ways:

1. Automated machine learning models

The use of traditional machine learning methods to solve real-world business problems is time-consuming, resource-intensive, and challenging. Automated machine learning is an incremental shift in the way organizations approach machine learning and data science. The core objective is to make machine learning accessible and easy by generating a data analysis pipeline that includes pre-processing of data, a selection of features, and engineering methodologies along with machine learning methods and parameter settings that are optimized for your data sets.

2. Managed to compute

Just imagine an infrastructure that delivers secure, seamless and flexible support that your workloads require. Yes, with managed compute, you can experience a scalable infrastructure that balances on-and off-premise, enabling you to run at peak performance. This model helps you transform your IT operations through a cohesive set of services that could span cloud, network, and management. You can choose scalable, hybrid, private, or public cloud solutions and managed services that include managed hosting and multi-cloud management that helps you increase your business agility.

3. DevOps for machine learning models

Normally, there are tremendous synergies between DevOps and Machine Learning Analytics. DevOps is the process of bringing together business, development, release, and operational expertise to deliver a solution. Implementing DevOps for machine learning helps to solve both data science and data engineering problems. Allowing DevOps automation in machine learning projects accelerates the process of going from development to production. Integrating DevOps will help in achieving the following objectives:

• The time it takes to train the data will reduce with large data sets and increased accuracy rate. • The inference would be faster with the ability to rapidly retrain • Deployments would be faster • Increased capability to observe model behavior • Delivery would be more secure with an intense ability to identify anomalies • Better tracking of application delivery by making use of activity data from DevOps tools like Jira, Git, Jenkins, SonarQube, Puppet, Ansible

How can I incorporate machine learning into my business?

As time goes on it’s going to get harder and harder to be successful without using some sort of machine learning or artificial intelligence tool. It can be used for just about anything from managing the water level in your swimming pool to helping doctors diagnose diseases. Machine learning is advancing our everyday life at lightning speed. However, getting started with machine learning can be daunting and requires deep insights. Here is a 4-step process that can help you get started with Machine learning:

Step 1: Having a Clear Mindset Machine learning is a huge and exciting field of study where you can achieve impressive results and find solutions to very challenging real-time problems. First and foremost to get started with anything, you should prepare your mind. Do intensive homework and practice sample machine learning programs which are available online. If you understand what it does and your options then you will have a better understanding of how it can help your particular business.

Step 2: Picking up a Process The process we follow defines the quality of output. When it comes to machine learning, following a systematic process will help you achieve better results.

Define the problem: In this phase, you have to list down the problems along with the related assumptions. Also, validate the points on why you need to solve that problem and how you are going to do that.

Prepare data: Data preparation, analysis and summarizing plays a major role here. During this phase, you have to start collecting the data with which you have to preprocess the same and transform the processed data using features like using scaling, attribute decomposition and attribute aggregation.

Spot check algorithms: With this spot check method, you could find the best predictive models for a given data set. Following this approach provides a lot of information in a relatively short amount of time.

Improve and present results: After spot checking, it’s time to get the best results and present the findings to the stakeholders.

Step 3: Tool Selection There are numerous machine learning tools available in the tech market. The tools you choose makes the applied machine learning faster, easier and more fun. The best thing to do before choosing a machine learning tool is to segregate them into platforms and libraries. The difference between both is, a platform has and provides everything you need to run a machine learning project whereas with a library you will have discrete capabilities or parts of what you need to complete a project.

Examples of machine learning platforms: ♦ Alteryx ♦ H20.ai ♦ KNIME ♦ RapidMiner ♦ R Platform ♦ Teradata ♦ TensorFlow

Examples of machine learning libraries: ♦ scikit-learn in Python ♦ Keras ♦ JSAT in Java ♦ Accord Framework in .NET

Step 4: Continuous practices on data sets

Holding high-quality, real-world, and easily understood machine learning datasets to practice will keep your efforts going with more accurate and robust results. You will most likely have to spend some time measuring and collecting the data which in turn helps you acquire more accurate results. When it comes to different machine learning models, you need a development company that can properly build, train, and deploy these models. At SDI, we leverage the power of deep learning, natural language processing (NLP) and neural networks that could clone human decision-making abilities and allow for real-time applications of machine learning.

How to get Azure machine learning services for free

SMB’s can visualize viable and exponential growth with machine learning. However, they are unable to integrate this with their business due to cost, special coding skills, and hardware requirements.

Fortunately, Azure offers Azure Machine Learning to provide a robust environment for the development of Machine Learning solutions which allows Small and medium businesses to explore and find reliable solutions for their real-time business problems. You can register for free by following these basic steps:

1. Visit www.microsoft.com and sign in/sign up

2. Once you login to your Microsoft account, go to All Microsoft menu at the top and click the Microsoft Azure option from the available list of services.

3. Click the “Start Free” button and you will again be prompted to Sign in to your Microsoft account.

4. Enter the necessary details required. You will be asked to provide your personal details along with the credit card information where you don’t have to pay anything with your credit unless you upgrade your subscription.

5. Once you are signed in, “Go to the portal” page and you will be redirected to the Azure ML dashboard.

6. To access the Azure Machine Learning Studio, go here.

7. Once you do that you can start your Machine Learning Project.

Building an advanced analytics solution with an Azure Machine Learning Tool is more approachable and simple which does not require in-house expertise. It will also help you connect the data sets, algorithms, and modules. Need more insights and help with incorporating machine learning into your business? Contact Rob Lapointe at 408-802-2885 or rob@sdi.la.

How and Why Accepting Global Payments Can Help Your Business

Why you should accept global payments Entrepreneurs and business owners who are seriously thinking about the global market should consider accepting payments using the most well-known global payment methods not only their home country but in other countries as well. Today, global e-commerce ensures huge opportunities for business owners but, as is often the case with buried treasure, there are many challenges to overcome without any clear road map to follow. Almost 70% of consumers have abandoned an online retail site because of how slow the payment process is. Close to half of the customers have chosen not to complete a transaction because they could not pay with their preferred payment method.

As a business owner, you can understand how crucial it is to offer prospective customers with their preferred local payment method of choice. This also helps you stay on top of new payment options as they become available in the market. In this fast-paced world, business owners have to extend their brand globally and thus adhering to the global payment terms. Accepting payments internationally will always give you a competitive edge. Offering a single payment mode doesn’t cut it anymore. For instance, some countries credit cards don’t use credit cards to pay for purchases, they have other methods.

How to start accepting global payments The payment processing industry is filled with jargon which requires patience and in-depth understanding. Think of it this way, if you can’t explain it to a kid, you don’t understand it yourself. When a customer gets on your website, picks an item and goes to the checkout or the shopping cart page to pay for it, you should provide them with the payment option that they prefer.

You must understand your market and customer payment preferences and incorporate the best possible solutions to keep customers engaged with your business. Small business owners should also use global payments if they want to capture global markets. You do not need any special licenses or permits to start accepting money from customers globally.

If you are an entrepreneur or SMB owner who is planning to accept global payments for your e-commerce or related businesses, follow these steps:

1. Set up your business account If you have incorporated your business and have chosen a name, you must first set up a business checking account so that you can deposit checks made out to your company. This is the first step in accepting global payments. Meanwhile, to open a business bank account, you will first need to request a tax ID number from the respective financial body of your country where you intend to do business.

2. Set up a merchant account A merchant account is essential in case you want to accept credit card payments. To accept credit cards, you need three things:

-A credit card merchant account -A bank account -The way to process the actual payment

A merchant account enables your customers to pay their bills through various cards where the fund will be transferred to the bank account you designate. The actual start-up fees for setting up a merchant account would be $50 to $200, plus monthly and per-transaction fees. There are multiple merchant account providers like Paypal, Square, Cayan and more.

When money is involved, you should ensure that your customers’ purchasing experience on your site is seamless and so that your customer’s experience is as positive as possible. There is no denying that Paypal is the best when it comes to accepting and receiving payments online. Alternatively, technology has opened doors for a number of competitors like Due, Stripe, Dwolla by offering cheaper options, faster transactions, and enhanced security provisions. You must be very careful when choosing your payment gateway because each has its own and unique features.

What are some options for accepting global payments in developing countries If you are planning to expand your business in developing countries, you definitely want to do some research first. For example, countries such as Bangladesh restrict credit card usage among their population where you have to look for alternate payment options. There are many countries that hardly use credit cards such as South Asia, various places in the Middle East, and many areas in North Africa.

Business owners must have alternative payment options to help ensure you have a wide range of business. It’s very important to understand the rules before you start making sales. Be prepared to find payment solutions for your customers, especially in markets that are different from the U.S. Here are some alternative payment options that you could consider in 2019:

Blockchain – Within the realm of e-commerce or any kind of international transfers, the most logical use for blockchain is to expedite the transfer of funds from one party to another. With Blockchain, you can receive funds on behalf of your business from your customers globally directly, securely, and instantly with very low fees.

Amazon Payments – With the technical strength of an established platform you could offer a swift checkout and payment process for your customers to pay for what they purchased on your website. If you are using AWS it can help simplify your internal processing by having everything with 1 company.

Google Wallet – Offer a cool, easy & engaging shopping experience with Google Wallet both in-store or online. There is an option called Wallet Objects API where the merchants have the option to showcase savable offers or integrate a loyalty program.

MasterPass – This is a MasterCard’s solution to streamline the customer’s checkout process. After selecting the MasterPass button on your eCommerce store, a customer can choose the integrated digital wallet to use and then initiate their payment process.

Local Options – Whichever countries you decide you want to see your products to, ensure you research what is popular there, that way you can integrate it.

There are numerous options available to accept global payments online. The one that works best for you depends on the nature and size of your business. The next step would be figuring out your fulfillment services to ensure your customers receive their items. If you are planning to expand your business globally and wanted to build a scalable E-commerce website integrating blockchain & online payment gateways, it is advisable to reach out to a trusted digital partner like SDI. We have helped entrepreneurs, SMB owners & enterprises establish their online empire globally.

Get in touch with Rob LaPointe today for a free consultation at: at 1.408.802.2885/rob@sdi.la