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WordPress vs Drupal: Core Web Vitals

Introduction

Ancient Greece had its Trojan War, the Romans waged their Punic Wars, and WordPress and Drupal are locked in an unending development war. And as you might expect, both sides proclaim themselves to be the best.

To know if your WordPress or Drupal site is up to the challenge of handling traffic, performance issues, and scaling, the Core Web Vitals scores are the best way to assess where you stand with either platform.

After hours (and hours) of researching and benchmarking, we at MpireSolutions have come up with the answer to the following question:

Which of the two content management systems – Drupal and WordPress – win the Core Web Vitals testing score in 2022?

This blog post covers the following information:

1). WordPress vs Drupal: Largest Contentful Paint (LCP)

2). WordPress vs Drupal: First Input Delay (FID)

3). WordPress vs Drupal: Cumulative Layout Shift (CLS)

4). WordPress vs Drupal: SEO Lighthouse Score

5). WordPress vs Drupal: Accessibility Lighthouse Score

6). WordPress vs Drupal: CMS Adoption Share

WordPress vs Drupal: Core Web Vitals [Test Report Summarized]

Importance of Core Web Vitals for an Ecommerce Website

 

WordPress vs Drupal: Largest Contentful Paint (LCP)

Largest Contentful Paint (LCP) is a Google Chrome performance measurement tool. LCP measures the time it takes for the largest visible element on your page to load, and it’s one of the most important metrics to track when you’re measuring web performance.

Why?

Because if your LCP loads in 2.5 seconds or less, you’ll see 75% of users have engaged with your content, but if it takes longer than 4.0 seconds to load, only 42% will have done so.

Fig.1 An image showing the good and poor LCP loading times (source)

In other words…

If you’re running an eCommerce site, and your LCP is taking between 2.5 and 4 seconds to load, you’re losing customers left and right due to poor performance. Therefore, if the largest visual element on your page doesn’t load quickly enough, users will abandon your site before they even see what it has to offer.

LCP is important because it’s a key user experience metric. If your site has a poor LCP score, you’re likely going to see increased bounce rates and decreased average time spent on your site – resulting in a negative effect on your eCommerce website’s SEO performance.

Who Wins?

We decided to put WordPress and Drupal through their paces in an LCP test to see which CMS would score higher. We used Google’s Lighthouse tool to perform an audit of desktop and mobile performance.

The tests were performed on WordPress and Drupal sites that had some basic content on them; both sites were hosted on our servers, running PHP 7.4 with no additional packages or plugins installed.

While both WordPress and Drupal are popular choices for website development, our LCP tests revealed that Drupal performed better than WordPress.

On desktop, Drupal scored 61% on LCP, while WordPress scored only 33%. On mobile, Drupal had a score of 47%, while WordPress mobile score was 25%.

WordPress vs Drupal: First Input Delay (FID)

First Input Delay (FID) is a metric that measures the time it takes for your browser to respond to an event after a user interacts with your site. It is measured in milliseconds, and the lower it is, the better.

In simple words, is the time from when a user first interacts with your website (i.e., when they click a link, tap on a button, or use a custom, JavaScript-powered control) to the time when the browser is actually able to respond to that interaction.

Ideal FID numbers are between 0-100ms, and a good number is less than 300ms. A score of 100 would mean that your site responds instantly to user interaction, and you should never settle for scores above 300ms.

Fig.2 An image showing the good and poor First Input Delay loading times (source)

When it comes to eCommerce, FID is particularly important in ensuring an excellent user experience for site visitors, because if there are significant delays in your site responding to visitor interactions, visitors will be more likely to give up and leave your site before making a purchase.

Who Wins?

We ran the FID score test on a WordPress site with the Twenty Twenty theme, and a Drupal site with the Bartik theme. We used an eleventh-generation Intel Core i7 processor with 16GB of RAM running Windows 10 Professional 64-bit version 1909, along with versions 84.0.4147.105 (Official Build) (64-bit) of Chrome and Chromium 84.0.4147.89 (Developer Build) (64-bit). We then tested both sites on mobile devices, using Google Pixel 3XL devices running Android 11 and Chrome 84.0.4147.89 (Developer Build).

The results? Both sites scored 100% on FID for their desktop version—meaning your clicks were registered immediately after you clicked them—but there was variation in the mobile scores: 88% for WordPress (which is really great) versus 76% for Drupal (which is still pretty good, but not as good as WordPress).

WordPress vs Drupal: Cumulative Layout Shift (CLS)

Cumulative Layout Shift (CLS) is a new metric that Google has introduced to its page experience ranking signals. CLS measures the movement of visible elements on the page. It is a metric that quantifies the number of unexpected layout changes that occur during the lifecycle of a page. A high CLS score is bad for your web page as it means that users have experienced unexpected layout shifts on your web page, which is not good for user experience.

Fig.2 An image showing the good and poor Cumulative Layout Shift (source)

What is a good Cumulative Layout Shift? Google recommends CLS to be below 0.1 for an acceptable score and a CLS below 0.25 for a good score.

Fig.3 An image showing the shifting of the page layout as the user tries to buy a product from an eCommerce website. The page layout shifts and the user’s finger clicks on the wrong area, instead of “Buy Now” button. (source)

CLS is often used as a measure of user experience because users find layout shifts annoying, confusing, and untrustworthy. It’s calculated like this: 

CLS = sum (impact fraction x distance fraction)

where…

impact fraction = 1 if an unexpected layout shift is observed in the viewport, otherwise 0

distance fraction = distance between the center-point before and after an unexpected layout shift divided by the viewport size

Low CLS numbers are great for eCommerce websites because they build trust with customers. Trust makes people more likely to complete purchases. If a customer clicks on “Add to Cart” and something else happens—a banner takes up half the screen, items rearrange themselves, etc.—they might decide not to buy anything. If a site has good CLS metrics, it means users will have a better experience, which in turn can lead to more sales.

The importance of Cumulative Layout Shift: According to Google, it’s very important because it’s closely related to user experience on the web. Users don’t like when elements on their screen are moving around unexpectedly, and therefore avoiding those issues with CLS can help improve your rankings in search engine results pages (SERPs).

CLS is also important because it’s one of three new metrics that will be used as part of Google’s core web vitals program. This means if you’re trying to improve your ranking in Google’s search results, then having good scores across all three metrics will help you achieve better rankings than sites without good scores.

Who Wins?

We first tested the CLS score of a simple WordPress website, which we created using the Twenty Twenty theme. We found that this site had a CLS score of 47% on desktop and 57% on mobile.

Then, we tested the CLS score of a simple Drupal website, which we also created using a standard theme (Bartik). We found that this site had a CLS score of 58% on desktop and 70% on mobile.

Our results showed that Drupal performed better than WordPress in terms of preventing layout shifts when displaying content. As such, we recommend Drupal for businesses seeking to create an efficient website that loads quickly and does not cause confusion or frustration for users via unexpected layout shifts on different devices.

WordPress vs Drupal: SEO Lighthouse Score

SEO Lighthouse is an open-source tool built by Google that provides you with insights on the health of your website and gives you suggestions for improving it. The tool gives your website a score—the closer to 100%, the better—on five different aspects: performance, progressive web app, best practices, accessibility, and SEO.

The good news is that there are no hard-and-fast rules about what makes a “good” score. Some websites might be able to maintain a high score across all categories without doing any work at all, whereas some sites might need to make significant changes to improve their scores.

If you have a high-performing website with amazing functionality and very few bugs, then the bar will probably be higher for you than other sites. To that end, it’s important to keep in mind that each website is unique, so there’s no single number or range of numbers that can tell you whether or not your site is doing well.

Who Wins?

We did a Lighthouse score test to see which CMS (content management system) is better for your SEO: WordPress or Drupal?

In this test, we wanted to see which one was more accessible to search engines and performed better in that sense. According to the results, WordPress scored 0.9 out of 1.0, while Drupal scored 0.83 out of 1.0. In other words, WordPress is slightly better for your SEO.

Why did WordPress win? It does a better job at helping search engines find your site—and it helps them determine whether you have any broken links or missing images (Google calls this “crawl ability”).

WordPress vs Drupal: Accessibility Lighthouse Score

Accessibility Lighthouse Score is an open-source tool that lets developers test the accessibility of their websites. It hooks into the Chrome Developer Tools protocol to access data from the browser and then runs a series of audits on this data to come up with a score for how accessible your website is.

Accessibility Lighthouse Score evaluates:

  • Best Practices – Ensures that your site meets all industry best practices for accessibility
  • Performance – Tests how quickly each page on your site loads, including its images and other media assets
  • Progressive Web App (PWA) – Scores how close your website comes to meeting the criteria for being classified as a PWA
  • SEO – Tests whether your website has any technical issues that could prevent it from showing up in Google’s search results
  • Accessibility – Checks whether your website complies with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 AA standard

Who Wins?

We recently conducted a study to compare the Lighthouse Score of a WordPress site versus a Drupal site. We wanted to see which CMS performed better in terms of accessibility, and the results were eye-opening.

WordPress and Drupal both earned an 84 on the Lighthouse Accessibility Scale, with Drupal scoring slightly higher in the areas of Color Contrast and Link Name/ID. However, both sites performed very similarly.

WordPress vs Drupal: CMS Adoption Share

CMS Adoption Share is a score that measures the percentage of websites that use a given CMS, relative to all websites.

If you are deciding on a CMS for your eCommerce website, you should consider the CMS Adoption Share of your chosen platform. Using this information, we can see which Content Management System platforms are gaining traction in the market and which are losing ground, as well as which ones have the most active community of users.

The CMS adoption share score for your eCommerce site is based on the number of global websites using the same CMS technology. So if your CMS adoption share score is high, it means that lots of other sites are using your CMS platform too. Needless to say, when you have a high CMS adoption share score, you know your website is good because so many others are using it.

Who Wins?

So, we ran a test to see which CMS (WordPress or Drupal) would be the best option. To do this, we looked at the sites of 100 Fortune 500 companies. We found that 31% of them were running on WordPress and 2% on Drupal.

What did we learn from this? Well, based on these results, if you want a CMS that will help your site get more Google traffic, you should consider using WordPress. It’s clear that WordPress is the go-to platform for many businesses because it’s easy to use and has lots of options for customization and growth.

WordPress vs Drupal: Core Web Vitals [Test Report Summarized]

When it comes to eCommerce, we’re all looking for the same thing: a website that’s easy to set up and manage, with a smooth customer experience. So when it comes to the two most popular content management systems (CMSs) in the world, WordPress and Drupal, which one delivers? Let’s take a look at our overall test reports.

➜ In terms of how fast the sites load, Drupal won: Largest Contentful Paint (LCP), First Input Delay (FID), Cumulative Layout Shift (CLS). What does this mean? It means that Drupal-built sites load faster than WordPress-built sites—and as an eCommerce site owner, you want your customers to be able to get up and running on your site quickly so they can start shopping.

➜ Meanwhile, WordPress won in two categories: SEO Lighthouse and CMS Adoption. If you’re looking for better SEO rankings with your new eCommerce site, WordPress can help you accomplish that faster than Drupal. For CMS adoption, WordPress also comes out on top because it’s so easy to use without having to go through extensive training or hiring developers.

Both platforms were equal in the Accessibility Lighthouse Score Test. This means they perform equally well in terms of making websites accessible to those with disabilities or impairments.

Importance of Core Web Vitals for an E-commerce Website

For an E-commerce website, Core Web Vitals are especially important.

These metrics give you an idea of how people are actually interacting with your site, which is exactly the kind of information that can help you improve sales and conversions.

Let’s imagine your site has a high First Input Delay (FID). When someone visits your site and wants to browse products or make a purchase, they have to wait for the page to load before they can even interact with it. That might be enough to throw them off—even if the rest of their experience on your site is great.

Or let’s say that you have a high Cumulative Layout Shift (CLS) score. You’ve got big, beautiful images on your homepage—but when someone tries to click one of them, it moves as the page loads. Now your visitor thinks they’ve clicked on something else entirely. They’re not sure what just happened, so they close out of it in frustration and leave your site.

Now that Google has started to add Core Web Vitals to its rankings, it’s more important than ever to make sure that your eCommerce website is optimized for these metrics. These three metrics—first contentful paint, largest contentful paint, and cumulative layout shift—measure how quickly your page loads, how long it takes for the page to display all its content, and how much the content shifts around on the page as it loads.

We know that you want to do everything you can to maintain a high ranking in search engine results pages, so we at MpireSolutions offer Google Core Web Vitals Optimization Service to ensure your eCommerce business stays at the top of the rankings and keeps getting new customers.

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The Evolution Of Virtual Reality

Introduction

Virtual reality is most widely utilized for entertainment, such as video games, 3D films, and virtual social worlds. Video game firms first introduced virtual reality headsets for consumers in the early to mid-1990s. Oculus (Rift), HTC (Vive), and Sony (PlayStation VR) all introduced next-generation commercial tethered headsets in the 2010s, igniting a new wave of application development. Sporting events, fine art, music videos, and short films have all utilized 3D cinema.

In this blog, we will be covering the following:

What is Virtual Reality?          

The Origin

First Invention

  • Virtual Reality in the 1950s and 1960s
  • Virtual Reality in the 1970s and 1980
  • Virtual Reality in the 1990s and 2000s

How does Virtual Reality work?

  • Pros of Virtual Reality
  • Cons of Virtual Reality           

Virtual Reality hardware and software          

VR Devices    

  • Virtual Reality Headset          
  • Software        
  • Audio  

Applications of Virtual Reality

  • Healthcare
  • Entertainment
  • Automotive
  • Education
  • Space & Military
  • Architecture
  • Digital Marketing
  • Occupational Safety
  • Social Science and Psychology
  • Tourism

Conclusion     

What Is Virtual Reality?

Virtual Reality is a technique that mimics vision, resulting in a 3-dimensional environment where a person appears to be immersed through it or taking part in it. It is a 3D environment managed in 3D by the person in the experience.

On the other hand, the user making 3D VR environments experiences or explores them using appropriate devices like VR headsets. The use of computer technology to create a simulated environment that can dig in 360 degrees is known as Virtual Reality or VR. Virtual Reality, as compared to traditional interfaces, immerses the user in the virtual environment.

The Origin

In the previous 50 years, Virtual Reality has come a long way, yet it is still regarded as cutting-edge technology. It’s strange how it works. The detailed history that led to virtual reality’s existence is unknown; however, it has been a subject of discussion for many centuries. But, in the last few years, technology has risen to turn fantasy into reality.

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First Invention

In 1968, American computer scientist Ivan Sutherland and his student Bob Sproull developed the first virtual reality headgear. While it was the first instance of a VR system that looked anything like we have today, ‘virtual reality had been proposed in art and literature since the 1860s.

 To completely comprehend the development of this concept, we must first take a step back to discover how VR evolved from a mere hypothesis to a standalone reality.

Virtual Reality in the 1950s and 1960s:

Let’s look at the beginnings of this fictitious technology and how it came to be.

  1. The Sensorama, a theatrical cabinet multimedia gadget that allowed viewers an interactive experience, was designed by Morton Heilig, a cinematographer –1957
  2. Comeau and Bryan, two Philco Corporation engineers, designed the Headlight, the first head-mounted display (HMD) – 1961
  3. A military engineer named Thomas Furness created the first flight simulator for the Air Force –1966
  4. Ivan Sutherland, a Harvard professor, and computer scientist, developed ‘The Sword of Damocles,’ the first VR/AR head-mounted display -1968

Virtual Reality in the 1970s and 1980s:

  1. The Aspen Movie Map, created by MIT, utilizes images taken from a car in Aspen, Colorado, to provide viewers with a “Surrogate Travel” experience –1978
  2. The film Tron popularized the concept of Virtual Reality –1982
  3. The phrase ‘virtual Reality’ was coined by John Lanier, a computer scientist, researcher, and artist. He founded the Visual Programming Lab (VPL) and co-developed Dataglove –1987

Virtual Reality in the 1990s and 2000s:

  1. The Virtuality Group produced a series of games and arcade machines, making Virtual Reality accessible to the general public –1991
  2. Nintendo released the Virtual Boy, the first portable system with 3-D graphics – 1995
  3. The SAS cube was the first PC-based cubic room introduced. The Virtools VRPack was born from the SAS library – in
  4. Google announced Street View in collaboration with Immersive Media –

How Does Virtual Reality Work?

Virtual Reality technology permits the creation of a digital environment aimed at replicating real-world scenarios or creating an imaginary world made up of non-realistic components, for example, games that allow players to participate in different methods with risk-free options.

Virtual Reality is a complete immersion of the user in virtual reality. For these experiences, the user requires VR headsets to experience the entire 360-degree understanding of the virtual world. It’s a preferred technology in the entertainment and gaming industries and is entering other sectors, including construction and medical.

Pros of Virtual Reality

  • It creates an engaging learning area; students can practice their abilities with VR. For instance, medical students could practice performing surgery instead of looking through AR.
  • Improved cognitive abilities VR could aid the user in developing their thinking and decision-making abilities. A new pilot may wish to go through a risky scenario in a virtual world to gain experience and prepare for what is likely to occur within the actual world.
  • Improved social interaction: In the wake of events that will cancel around the globe in 2020 and 2021, VR programmers have developed a place where users can live stream the event from the virtual space. It makes people feel as if everyone is in the same area.

Cons of Virtual Reality

  • Addiction: Similar to AR, it is possible to run the possibility of addiction among VR users. It is precarious since users are involved in illicit activities in real life, which they can now transfer to the world of Reality.
  • User’s health: There are a variety of effects on the user’s health. There is a possibility that VR can cause loss of awareness and dizziness, disorientation, confusion, and nausea.
  • Loss of connections: This may occur when users depend on VR for social interactions, as they prefer to do it in real-time.

Virtual Reality Hardware And Software

We’ll learn about the VR hardware and software that makes Virtual Reality possible, the specifics of virtual reality headsets, and how they work.

Hardware

VR hardware can be employed to generate stimuli to control the sensors of the VR user. They can wear on the body or in isolation from the user. VR hardware utilizes sensors to monitor motions, for instance, the user’s button presses and the controller’s movements, such as hands, head, or eyes. Sensors have receptors that capture the energy generated by the user’s body.

The sensors within the hardware convert the energy it receives from hand movements or button press into the form of an electric signal. The signal is transmitted to the device or computer for the appropriate action.

VR devices

  1. There are hardware devices that enable VR technology. They are personal computers that can process outputs and inputs from users and phones, consoles, and consoles.
  2. Input devices: It includes VR controllers balls or the tracking ball, controller wands trackpads, data gloves, buttons for controlling devices bodysuits, motion trackers motion platforms, and treadmills (virtual Omni) that employ pressure or pressure to create energy which is then converted into an electrical signal that allows the user’s selection possible in a 3D environment. These devices help users navigate through the 3D worlds.
  3. The computer should be capable of rendering high-quality images and typically employs Graphics Processing Units to provide the highest quality and user experience. Graphics Processing Unit or Graphics Processing Unit is an electronic device in a card that receives information from the CPU and alters and manipulates memory to speed up creating images within the frame buffer and the display.
  4. Output devices include the auditory and visual or haptic displays that stimulate the senses and display the VR contents or the environment to users to create an experience.

Virtual Reality Headset

VR headsets are head-mounted devices that can offer virtual reality images for the eye. A VR headset comprises a visible screen or display lenses and headphones, stereo audio, or eye motion cameras or sensors to the same effect. Sometimes, it also includes controllers integrated or connected, which are used to navigate through VR content.

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  • The sensors that detect the head or eye movement and track it could comprise gyroscopes, structured lighting systems, magnetometers, and accelerometers. Sensors are used to decrease the load on rendering and deliver ads for advertisement. For example, in reducing the burden, the sensors are utilized to determine the user’s gaze and reduce rendering resolution to the user’s eye.
  • Image clarity is determined not only by the quality of the camera but also by the resolution of the display optic quality, refresh rate, and area of vision. Cameras also monitor motion, for example, to create room-scale VR experiences in which the user can move around a room while experiencing virtual real-world. But, sensors are more efficient as cameras typically have a more significant delay.
  • With P.C. Tethering VR headsets, the ability to move freely around while you explore VR surroundings is a significant problem. Outside-in and inside-out tracking refer to two different terms commonly used in VR. Both terms refer to how the VR system can track the user’s location and any accompanying devices when they move about the room.
  • The VR headsets are usually mid-range, low-end, and high-end VR headsets. The lower end includes the cardboards utilized in conjunction with mobile devices. The mid-range range includes devices like Samsung HTC Vive, a mobile headset with a dedicated portable computer, and PlayStation VR. Lastly, top-end models consist of P.C.-tethered and wireless headsets such as HTC Vive, Valve, and Oculus Rift.

  

Software

  • Controls the VR input and output devices, analyzes the input data and generates the correct feedback. All input for VR software must be in sync, and its output must be swift.
  • The VR developer can create their very own Virtual World Generator (VWG) by using the software development kit provided by a VR headset manufacturer. An SDK includes primary drivers that allow access to the tracking information and call graphics rendering libraries. VWG can be customized for specific VR experiences.
  • VR software relays VR content stored in Cloud and different sources through the Internet and assists in managing the content.

Audio

Some headsets have the headsets with their audio systems. Some headsets allow using headphones as an add-on. Virtual reality audio is a 3D illusion for the ear that can be created using a multi-speaker with a positional feature commonly referred to as positional audio. It gives the user clues to draw their attention or give the user some details.

This technology is now used in surround audio systems.

Applications Of Virtual Reality

Healthcare

The primary method VR modernizes healthcare is through education. VR creates a place that allows you to grow and learn from the classroom in real-world settings.

With VR, professionals who must perform precise operations can train without being in the middle during an emergency.

Practitioners who want to become familiar with the hospital’s environment can do this without stress.

This technology is used in cognitive behavioral therapy, where people suffering from anxiety or phobias work on their issues in a controlled space.

Entertainment

The entertainment sector was among the first industries to adopt VR and is still one of the best examples of its use. If you examine gaming on consoles and online, it will be apparent that VR has a significant presence in the gaming industry.

Similar to VR, HTML0 is now being introduced to theme parks and cinemas to recreate movie-like experiences and allow people to enjoy their favorite cinematographic works.

Automotive

VR assists car makers in analyzing road situations and the behavior of cars. Simulations allow the users to study and alter the models before constructing the next model.

Virtual reality is widely utilized in creating smart cars that will be flooding with new models in the coming years. Autos learn to drive, turn, and stop using AI (AR) and virtual reality.

Education

Although education is thought to be a slow business to adopt the latest trends and technologies, VR has already shown the potential of VR.

For adults, any business offers professional education to its employees. VR is a component of games for education and field trips and generally experiencing the world for younger students.

Space & Military

Because these two sectors must operate in hazardous environments that aren’t accessible, VR provides conditions for getting like reality feasible for training.

VR lets trainees prepare for their training with minimal risks. It also assists those who have suffered from trauma on the battlefield to overcome their injuries and prepare for unexpected scenarios.

Architecture

With VR architecture, architects can visualize what they are designing and what it feels. It lets them feel the space before its construction and implement real-time adjustments to provide the best customer experience.

Digital Marketing

Though most people aren’t a fan of commercials, the experience of a close-up view of a product can be fun and educational. There are numerous uses for VR in the realm of digital marketing.

For instance, retailers could explain what the product will look like at home to prospective customers. Nonprofits can also create more humane messages to address politics.

Occupational Safety

Safety and health at work (OSH) can be a significant concern for any workplace with machines or natural dangers.

The workplace hazards can be dealt with through a simulation environment where employees can be taught how to handle them without causing injury.

Social Science and Psychology

The majority of the industry is based on VR so that users can imagine themselves as another person and experience the world from a different angle or perspective. Immersive environments have positive effects on future interactions between people.

Tourism

Take a trip before you purchase it. No, seriously. One of the most popular virtual reality applications is tourism. You can take virtual tour tours through the hotels, landmarks, restaurants, and anything else you’d like to see during your next trip. If you decide to go, you’ll be sure that you’ll be impressed.

Conclusion

This comprehensive virtual reality article introduces you to the concept of the evolution of Virtual Reality, commonly known as VR. We also learned how lenses for the headset work with the eye by using light emitted in and out of sight, creating these visual illusions.

In this context, we also looked at the factors that impact the quality of experience provided by VR for the viewer and how it can improve. We also explored the various applications of VR, which included gaming and training.

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Everything You Should Know About Headless Drupal

Introduction

You can manage and deliver the content in a more efficient way using Headless Drupal. This powerful platform offers a number of advantages over traditional Content Management Systems. In this blog post, we will discuss what Headless Drupal is, and how it can benefit your business. You will get the answer to all your questions about headless Drupal and why it is such a powerful tool. We’ll also provide some tips on how to get started using this platform.

A traditional Drupal website is responsible to provide customized end-to-end solutions for users. The prime objective of Drupal is to create, display, and store content for the end-users. However, using a Headless Drupal you can still create and store the content except for the display. This is because it is focused on the back-end approach of a website. The front-end of a website is based on different technologies and communicates with Drupal through API.

In simple words, Headless Drupal enables the team of front-end developers to have complete control of the UI, UX, & presentation of the website.

Where Did Headless Drupal Come From?

As the web has evolved, so has the urge to manage and display content throughout several devices and platforms. Initially, this meant linking website data to native mobile apps for display, or interfacing with enterprise-level hardware and software.

The concept of headless Drupal actually predates the platform itself. The idea was first proposed by Dries Buytaert, the creator of Drupal, back in 2007. At that time, he suggested that it might be possible to decouple the frontend presentation layer from the backend content management system. This would allow developers to build better integrations with third-party software and services.

Can Drupal Be Headless?

Drupal is a powerful Content Management System that offers several features and benefits. However, it can also be used as a headless platform. Headless Drupal refers to the decoupling of the backend CMS from the frontend presentation layer. In other words, the Drupal CMS is used to manage and store content, while the frontend presentation layer is built using a separate framework such as React or Angular. This approach offers many advantages, which we will discuss in more detail below.

What Is Headless Drupal?

In a nutshell, Headless Drupal is a platform that allows you to manage and deliver content without a traditional web browser interface. This can be done through various methods, including APIs or other specialized software. By using Headless Drupal, you can create more efficient and streamlined workflows for managing your website.

What Are The Objectives Of Headless Drupal?

The primary objective of Headless Drupal is to decouple the backend of a website from the frontend. This allows developers to build websites and applications using different technologies, without being limited by the capabilities of a single platform. 

For example, a traditional Drupal site might use PHP for the back-end and HTML/CSS for the front-end. With Headless Drupal, you could use Node.js for the back-end and React for the front-end. This flexibility provides a number of benefits, including improved performance, scalability, and security.

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There are seven objectives of headless Drupal:

  • To make life easier for content creators and editors by providing them with a user-friendly interface that allows them to easily create and manage content.
  • To make it easier for developers to create and maintain customizations and integrations.
  • To improve performance by decoupling the front-end from the back-end.
  • To make it easier to scale Drupal websites.
  • To provide a better security model by isolating the front-end from the back-end.
  • To allow for greater flexibility in how Drupal websites are designed and built.
  • To make it easier to migrate away from Drupal if necessary.

Who Uses Headless Drupal?

Headless Drupal is often used by large organizations that need to manage a large volume of content. It’s also popular among developers who want more control over how their content is delivered. If you’re looking for a more efficient way to manage your website, this may be the right platform for you.

Why Use Headless Drupal?

There are many reasons why you might want to use Headless Drupal. One of the most common reasons is that it allows you to decouple your content from your presentation layer. This means that you can easily change how your content is displayed without having to make any changes to the actual content itself. 

This can save you a lot of time and effort in the long run. Additionally, it provides greater flexibility when it comes to managing and delivering content. You can use different methods to deliver content, including APIs or other software. This allows you to tailor your content delivery to your specific needs.

How Does It Work?

Headless Drupal relies on two main components: the back end and the front end. The back end is responsible for managing and delivering content, while the front end is responsible for displaying it to users. This separation of duties can lead to improved performance and scalability. Additionally, it allows you to use different technologies for each component, which gives you more flexibility in terms of how you want your website to look and function.

Headless Drupal is a decoupled approach to building web applications. In a traditional “monolithic” Drupal setup, the front-end and back-end are tightly coupled together. This means that you cannot make changes to the front-end without also affecting the back-end and vice versa.

With headless Drupal, however, the front-end and back-end are completely decoupled. This allows you to make changes to either one without affecting the other.

Benefits of Using Headless Drupal For Your Online Business

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Pros of Headless Drupal

There are a number of ways that Headless Drupal can benefit your online business. Here are some of the most notable advantages:

Increased Efficiency:

Headless Drupal can help you manage and deliver content more efficiently. This is because it separates the back end and front end, allowing you to use different technologies for each component. As a result, you can create workflows that are tailored to your specific needs.

Improved Scalability:

By using Headless Drupal, you can improve the scalability of your website. This is because it relies on a modular architecture, which allows you to scale each component independently. Additionally, you can use different technologies for each component, giving you more flexibility in terms of how your website scales.

Enhanced Functionality:

Headless Drupal offers a number of features that can enhance the functionality of your website. For example, it includes a robust API that allows you to easily access and manipulate content. Additionally, it provides a wide range of tools for managing and delivering content.

Greater Flexibility:

Headless Drupal gives you greater flexibility in terms of how you want your website to look and function. This is because it allows you to use different technologies for each component. As a result, you can create a website that meets your specific needs and requirements.

Easy To Function:

Headless Drupal is easy to use, even for beginners. This is because it relies on a modular architecture and a wide range of tools. Additionally, it offers a robust API that allows you to easily access and manipulate content.

Cons Of Headless Drupal

Even though Headless Drupal has a lot of advantages, it also has some disadvantages. Here are some of the most notable drawbacks:

Lack Of Documentation:

One of the biggest drawbacks of Headless Drupal is the lack of documentation. This can make it difficult for beginners to learn how to use this platform. Additionally, it can be challenging to find answers to specific questions.

Complicated Workflows:

Another downside of Headless Drupal is that it can create complicated workflows. This is because it relies on a modular architecture and a wide range of tools. As a result, you need to have a good understanding of how each component works in order to create an efficient workflow.

Lack Of Support:

Another drawback of Headless Drupal is the lack of support. This is because it is a relatively new platform and there are not many people who are familiar with it. Additionally, there are not many resources available for troubleshooting.

Overall, it has a lot of advantages that can benefit your online business. However, it also has some drawbacks that you should be aware of before you decide to use this platform. If you have the time and patience to learn how to use this platform, then Headless Drupal can be a great option for your website.

How To Get Started With Headless Drupal?

Now that you know all about Headless Drupal, how do you get started using it? Here are some tips:

Install The Core Modules:

The first step is to install the core modules. These modules provide the basic functionality needed to run a Headless Drupal website. You can find these modules in the Drupal module repository.

Configure The Back End:

Once the core modules are installed, you need to configure the back end. This includes setting up the database and user accounts. Additionally, you need to configure the file system and web server.

Configure The Front End:

After the back end is configured, you need to configure the front end. This includes setting up the theme and creating custom blocks. Additionally, you need to add content types and fields.

Test Your Website:

Once everything is configured, you need to test your website. This includes testing the back end and front end components. Additionally, you need to test the functionality of your website.

Is Headless Drupal For Everyone?

No, Headless Drupal is not for everyone. This is because it requires a significant amount of time and effort to learn how to use this platform. Additionally, it can be challenging to find support if you encounter problems. However, if you are willing to invest the time and effort, then it can be a great option for your website.

Is Drupal A Decoupled CMS?

Drupal is a content management system (CMS). In its early days, it was known as a monolithic CMS. That’s because it consisted of one large codebase that handled both the back-end and front-end of websites.

In recent years, however, Drupal has become more decoupled. This means that the back-end and front-end are now separate entities. The back-end still powers the website but the front-end is now powered by another application, such as a JavaScript framework.

This decoupling has many benefits, one of which is increased productivity. When you don’t have to worry about the front-end while working on the back-end (or vice versa), you can get more work done in less time.

What Is The Difference Between Headless Drupal And Decoupled Drupal?

The difference between headless Drupal and decoupled Drupal is that headless Drupal does not have a front end. This means that you cannot use Drupal to create the front end of your website. Instead, you need to use a different platform for the front end. Decoupled Drupal, on the other hand, has a front end and a back end. This means that you can use Drupal to create both the front end and back end of your website.

Here are some key differences:

  • A headless Drupal is a platform that uses a modular architecture and a wide range of tools.
  • A decoupled Drupal is a platform that uses different technologies for each component.
  • Headless Drupal is easy to use, even for beginners.
  • Decoupled Drupal can be challenging to learn, especially for beginners.
  • Headless Drupal offers a robust API that allows you to easily access and manipulate content.
  • Decoupled Drupal does not offer an API, which can make it difficult to access and manipulate content.

Conclusion

Headless Drupal can be the best option for your official website if you are willing to invest the time and effort to learn how to use it. However, it is important to be aware of the drawbacks of this platform before you decide to use it. Additionally, Drupal is not a decoupled CMS but it can be used as a headless CMS. If you are looking for more flexibility and control over your website, then Decoupled Drupal can be a great option for you.

In case you want to discuss how Drupal CMS can benefit your business, contact Mpire Solutions for a FREE Consultation.

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The EdTech Evolution in 2022 and Beyond

Introduction

EdTech is a broad, rapidly-changing field, with new developments emerging almost daily.

Reviewing the history of educational technology illustrates just how much this sector has changed and evolved over the past century.

From traditional modes of learning like lectures, to computers, interactive software, and more recent approaches such as flipped classrooms and MOOCs, each generation has been defined by the knowledge transmission methods it has used.

The technological capabilities have also advanced over time, leading to bigger and better tools that allow for more students to engage and learn online.

The sheer size and complexity of the field often make it difficult to see the big picture. But that’s what this article is going to do: we’ll look at how EdTech has developed over time, and talk about what to expect for the future of EdTech.

This blog post covers the following information:

  • Definition of EdTech
  • The EdTech Boom
  • The EdTech Evolution: How It All Started?
  • The EdTech Evolution: As of Today
  • The EdTech Evolution in 2022 & Beyond: The Future Trends

What Is EdTech?

EdTech, or education technology, is a broad term that covers any type of technology used in the education field. EdTech can be as simple as a digital textbook, as complex as an online learning platform designed to help students prepare for college entrance exams, and anywhere in between. The goal of EdTech is to take advantage of the power of technology in order to advance education.

The EdTech industry has been growing steadily over the past few years and has seen a recent surge due to the current global health crisis. Global spending on education has almost doubled since 2000, and it’s expected to grow even more in the next decade: the global industry will be worth $7 trillion by 2025. That’s an enormous increase from the $3 trillion in 2000, and it means that education will make up 7% of the world’s GDP.

Fig.1 A graph showing the market rise of global education and training.

While there are many different types of EdTech tools, most of them fall into one of these three categories:

  • Tools for assessing learning, like online quizzes and exams
  • Tools for delivering content, like online courses and ebooks
  • Tools for collaboration, like video conferencing and online communities

EdTech fits into the broader category of “learning technologies.” While EdTech specifically refers to educational technologies that are used in schools or other formal learning environments, learning technologies can be used anywhere—from online training modules required for new hires at companies, to virtual study groups for students preparing for the SATs.

The EdTech Boom

EdTech has been garnering attention for the past several decades, but it wasn’t until the global Covid-19 pandemic that it really caught on worldwide.

In fact, EdTech as a concept—using technology to help students learn or boost a teacher’s effectiveness in the classroom—can be traced all the way back to Plato’s Academy. At the time, platforms were built out of stone and mortar, not electronic ones.

In China, for instance, EdTech was already booming before Covid-19 hit. In 2003, after an outbreak of SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome), Chinese schools were closed temporarily and classes moved online. In Mexico, which was also hit by H1N1 (swine flu) in 2009, schools made plans to continue classes remotely and invested heavily in creating digital curriculum for their students, including ebooks and other digital resources.

But it wasn’t until 2020 that EdTech saw its first global boom. The Covid-19 pandemic had forced people to stay at home, which meant there were no schools open, no colleges, and no universities either. This led to students taking online classes, teachers giving online lessons, and universities and colleges offering virtual lectures.

Suddenly, everyone had to adapt to this new way of learning and teaching and many even benefited from the change. Not only did EdTech prove to be beneficial during the pandemic, but even after it ended, many universities and colleges continued with their virtual lectures and classes due to the ease of accessing these technologies offered for both teachers and students alike.

New York’s former Governor Andrew Cuomo announced in May of 2020 that he is planning to rethink education in the state with the help of Bill Gates and Google’s CEO Eric Schmidt. The pandemic has underscored how difficult it is for schools to meet the unique needs of every student, particularly those with special needs, and it has sparked interest in alternative models for teaching and learning across the country.

Schmidt’s planned to make New York a testbed for educational tech. He envisioned a partnership with the state to create tools for remote teaching, and he could use New York as a proving ground for experimental technologies like facial recognition software.

Online learning has been shown to be effective and efficient in previous crises, but this time around it really went global—and fast. Now that everyone is using EdTech in some form or another, it’s likely that we will continue to see its influence on education long after Covid-19 has left us behind.

As EdTech continues to grow, so does the amount of money being invested in it. In 2020, the education sector spent $227B on digital education. This spending is forecasted to grow 12.2% to $404B by 2025.

Fig.2 A graph showing digital spending on EdTech (2020-2025) Source

Many EdTech experts have noted that the rise in the number of people using EdTech is not just a response to remote education, but a genuine interest in using digital tools for teaching and learning. This means that as the Covid-19 pandemic subsides, EdTech will continue to grow and thrive in the U.S. and around the world.

As Microsoft says in its Education Reimagined paper:

“The fallout from COVID-19, continuing advances in digital technology, and intensifying pent-up demand for student-centered learning have combined to present an unprecedented opportunity to transform education across whole systems.”

The self-paced eLearning segment is expected to grow from $46.67 billion in 2016 to $243 billion by 2022, according to a recent report by Statista. That’s a compound annual growth rate of 36%!

The EdTech Evolution: How It All Started?

The EdTech industry has evolved immensely over the years in terms of technological advancements, pedagogical innovations, and financial backing. Its history is inextricably tied to the history of communication. From oral learning to written learning, to projectors with built-in software, EdTech has evolved alongside how we communicate and how we learn.

Fig.3 A pie chart showing the providers of EdTech by segment type (source)

Over the centuries, educators have strived to make learning as efficient as possible. Here we take a look at the evolution of edtech – from its earliest days in classrooms to how it is used in schools today.

Oral Communication as a Learning Tool

In the early part of human history, education was an oral tradition. Storytelling and memorization were the primary methods of passing knowledge from one generation to the next.

The advent of writing marked a major turning point in education. By the end of the 15th century, printing presses had been invented, allowing copies of books to be created more easily and cheaply.

Blackboard and chalkboard technology changed education again in the 18th century, allowing teachers to show their students how to solve math problems and other processes on a larger scale than ever before. Students could see the whole process in front of them, rather than needing to copy it down by hand or memorize it orally.

After World War II, projectors became popular among educators in America, as they allowed teachers to show students slideshows with topical information more effectively than ever before.

PowerPoint came along at the end of the 20th century and allowed teachers to include images and graphics into their classroom presentations. It also provided an easy way for students to create slides that could be used for projects or presentations with little technical skill required.

Writing as a Learning Tool

Most historians agree that the earliest form of EdTech dates all the way back to the Ten Commandments, which were invented by Moses in order to educate people about God and his will for them.

After this, the history of EdTech moved on to the invention of the printing press in Europe during the 15th century, which allowed educational materials to be printed out and distributed at a much faster rate than ever before. This helped facilitate education for all students, not just those who could afford it or had access to a private tutor. The industrial revolution created even more educational technologies such as chalkboards and calculators that were used in schools around the world until computers became widely available in homes starting around 1980.

Video & Radio Technology as a Learning Tool

Video and radio technology has been around the longest: the first educational adult series was broadcasted by the British Broadcasting Corporation in the 1920s, and it was titled, “Insects in Relation to Man.”

Not exactly a catchy name, but it marked an important step for EdTech. Educational television programs continued to grow in popularity throughout the 1960s—and in 1968, the UK government went so far as to form a program called Open University with a mission to televise educational TV series for university students.

The advent of satellite technology in the 1980s allowed programmers to broadcast their educational programs even further than they could before—and very soon, video learning became famous. However, experts note that efforts to spread video technologies to third world countries were short-lived because those countries lacked proper facilities. By the end of the 20th century, video learning became a common staple of online education in advanced countries.

Computer System Technology as a Learning Tool

In the 1930s, it was realized that the use of computing technology could be beneficial in education.

However, it was not until 1981 that the first commercial portable personal computer (PC) was developed by Adam Osborne. This changed the landscape of EdTech forever and made it possible to use technology to enhance learning in all areas.

In 1986 Toshiba launched portable PCs. A year later Apple launched the Mac Pro Powerbook, which became an important learning tool for students and educators alike, especially in the field of language learning.

By 1990, the World Wide Web had come into existence, which led to a huge boom in education technology and access to information in general. 1993 saw the beginning of another major shift in education technology: Personal Digital Assistants (PDA’s). These pocket-sized computers were incredibly useful for educators and students alike: they allowed users to access their email and calendars remotely and make notes by hand or voice as well as by keyboard.

And by 1998 almost every learning institution in the United States had a computer and a stable internet connection for educational purposes.

The EdTech Evolution: As of Today

Modern-day EdTech trends are broken down into three main categories: learning management systems (LMS), digital content/curriculum, and student-centric learning. These innovations help teachers, parents, and students understand the needs of each individual better than ever before.

Fig.4 A graph showing the skills targeted by the EdTech evolution as of today (source)

Some examples of modern tools and mediums used for EdTech include: online courses, interactive games for younger children, artificial intelligence programs that can grade assignments, mobile apps that help students stay on track with their course load, and applications that offer students the ability to create their own personal learning path based on their interests.

So what are some of the trends in EdTech today?

Virtual schools

Virtual schools are becoming more popular too. With virtual schools, students learn entirely online and work at their own pace using computers and other devices. Virtual schools have been around for a while now, but recently they’ve become more popular—especially in places where school budgets are limited or there aren’t enough educators for the number of students.

The Florida Virtual School (FLVS) is an example of a virtual school. FLVS gives students the option to choose when they start, so long as they finish by a certain date, what time of day they want to work, and where they want to work. For example, some students choose to work at night while others prefer working in the morning. Some students do their work on a laptop while others work on a tablet or phone.

Students have many choices for personalizing and individualizing instructions. Just like at a real school, there are teachers available to answer questions and provide guidance. However, unlike at a real school, there are no fixed times for discussion with teachers; FLVS teachers make themselves available through email or text throughout the day, so students can contact them whenever they need help. In addition to talking with instructors one-on-one, there are also opportunities for students to interact with other students online through discussion forums and scheduled virtual class sessions.

Students also have choices about how they respond to assignments. At FLVS, students can submit video demonstrations of science experiments instead of written summaries—they can even demonstrate their projects using Legos!

Interactive Whiteboards

Interactive whiteboards, which are also called smart boards and touchscreens, are like large touch screens that teachers can connect to a computer or other devices in order to enhance the learning experience for students. They can open up web pages for the class to look at, annotate over video, use apps on the board with students in real-time, draw diagrams, and more.

In 2019, data was collected by the Amasya University Turkey from a total of 877 high school students in order to investigate their perceptions of the new generation of Interactive white board (IWB). The data revealed that about half of the students believe that IWB are useful and effective, with a significant majority reporting that the IWB made learning more interesting.

Some examples of interactive whiteboard apps that can be used in the classroom:

Microsoft OneNote is an app that allows teachers to share their screen with students and annotate over what they’re showing. For example, they could open up a website and circle key information or add an arrow pointing to something important.

Google Classroom is an online platform where teachers can set up digital copies of worksheets and assign them out to students digitally instead of printing them out on paper. Students can type directly on this digital copy as if they were writing on a regular worksheet, but it’s all done online. This makes it easier for teachers to keep track of assignments, grades, and student work in general.

Digital Storytelling

Digital storytelling is a popular practice in the EdTech industry today. It refers to the use of digital technology to tell stories, including a wide range of media tools that can be used to create and consume digital stories. These include web publishing tools, video, sound recording and editing tools, graphics and animation programs, photo editing software, and more.

One example of digital storytelling is the Netflix movie Bandersnatch. The viewer watches an interactive TV show that puts them in the seat of a character playing a video game. The viewer then makes decisions for the character, who is attempting to create a video game himself. This story has multiple endings and dozens of decision points, so it’s up to you how long the story will last, who will survive and what will happen in the end. The viewer interacts with this story through their remote control or keyboard, which allows them to make choices that impact how future scenarios play out.

Blended Learning Environment

​​Blended learning environments are becoming more common in today’s EdTech. A blended learning environment is one where you combine traditional face-to-face instruction with a digital learning environment. When it comes to a blended learning environment, technology can be used for many aspects of the classroom.

According to the E-Learning Industry, “Blended learning allows you to use multiple learning modalities and helps your students retain 60% more information.”

For example:

In the classroom, teachers can use an interactive whiteboard or projector to display information and incorporate multimedia activities. Students can play online games that teach essential skills. Research projects can include posting student work online for feedback from peers.

At home, students can access the software and assignments that they use in class on their personal computers or tablets. They can also read ebooks and watch educational videos.

Students can collaborate on group projects by sharing documents online. Teachers can post announcements and syllabi online for students to access before class and at any time. They can also send out digital forms so parents can answer questions about their child’s progress without having to fill out a paper form.

Online Learning Platforms

Online learning platforms are part of the EdTech revolution, along with learning management systems and virtual reality. These platforms are basically where you can learn about anything you want to on the Internet. There’s no real structure for what kinds of things go on these platforms, but they can be anything from lessons to whole courses.

They’re popular because they offer the freedom to learn what you want when you want in an affordable way. You don’t have to pay to audit a class at a university, and often online courses are cheaper than in-person courses. Plus, if you’re working or have a busy schedule, it’s easier to find time and space to learn online.

Khan Academy is a great example of an online learning platform: it’s made up of tons of videos teaching everything from math to history, along with interactive learning tools that let students test themselves as they go through a video lesson.

The EdTech Evolution in 2022 & Beyond: The Future Trends

EdTech has come a long way since the days of the abacus and clay tablets. In recent times, though, it seems that the rate of change in this educational technology sector has quickened, and changed with it has been the associated vocabulary. It is worth seeing what we can expect in future as this area inevitably keeps on innovating to improve our lives.

Will teachers stop teaching and become employees? Will we no longer have classes as we know them? Will we need to spend more time online and in virtual learning environments like MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses)? This section here predicts how technology is radically changing the makeup of the modern classroom, and what it means for the future of education.

Fig.5 A graph showing current and expected future growth of different EdTech trends (2018-2025) Source

Animated eLearning

If you look at all the new products being released in recent months, it’s clear that one trend stands out above the rest: animated eLearning.

So what is animated eLearning? It’s exactly what it sounds like—animation that helps users learn. The beauty of animation is that it can give learners the best of both worlds: they get the flexibility and convenience of eLearning while also getting the visual stimulation and context they need to really understand information. And when you have an option like this, you don’t just have to choose between passive learning or active learning—you can have both!

The result? More engaged students, better retention of information, and more successful outcomes for everyone involved.

A study conducted by Ahi Evran University and Gazi University examined the effect of an online learning environment based on caricature animation on 46 students. The students were divided into two groups, with 23 in the experimental group and 23 in the control group. The experiment group used caricature animation as part of their lesson, while the control group used a more traditional learning environment. The results showed that those students who had access to caricature animation achieved better results than their counterparts in the control group.

Artificial Intelligence

AI has been making a big splash in education for the last few years, and it seems like that trend isn’t going to slow down anytime soon.

Why? Because AI is an awesome tool to help teachers—challenging and supporting them, allowing them to focus on the human side of their jobs and creating more time for thinking, planning, and connecting with students.

Imagine being able to create a personalized learning system that is based on each student’s strengths and weaknesses. Imagine teaching a class of hundreds of students without having to worry about grading essays or tests. Imagine having the ability to develop well-rounded lessons that focus on all learning styles—the visual learner, the auditory learner, and so on. With AI, you can do all that and more.

In addition, AI is beginning to be used in educational tools such as online learning platforms and virtual tutoring services. These tools are able to provide students with personalized guidance and instruction that helps them learn at just the right pace for them. This way, students get to tackle the exact concepts they struggle with most, but not so much that they become overwhelmed or frustrated by their learning experience.

When it comes to education, there are three main kinds of AI:

→ Predictive: Think of apps that tell you how long your commute will take, or answer questions like “What’s the weather tomorrow?” These are software programs that use data about what’s happened in the past to make predictions about what might happen in the future. They can also be used to predict how students might do on an upcoming test based on what they previously knew or struggled to learn.

→ Adaptive: Adaptive AI adjusts the experience to each individual student based on their learning needs. For example, if one student is excelling with fractions, while another student is struggling, the adaptive AI could create a curriculum or lesson plan that helps each student strengthen their understanding of fractions at their own pace without falling behind or getting bored.

→ Assistive: Assistive AI can help students learn by coaching them through problems and concepts. For example, it could tell students to try adding fractions using different methods until they figure out which one works best for them, or suggest taking time to re-read a passage and then find evidence for an argument within the text.

Virtual Reality & Augmented Reality

Virtual reality (VR) allows someone to exist in a computer-generated world that responds to their actions. Augmented reality (AR), on the other hand, takes a live view of the real world and superimposes computer-generated images on it—allowing users to interact with the data that is overlaid.

Both types of technology have been used to create immerse learning experiences for students. In math, for instance, how many times have you heard kids tell you they don’t understand geometric shapes or complex equations because they just don’t “see” them? Virtual reality can allow kids to walk around in these concepts and gain a new perspective on them.

Virtual and augmented reality (VR and AR) in educational technology (EdTech) is a relatively new field that is poised to explode over the next few years.

One of the most exciting aspects of VR and AR in EdTech is the potential it has to make learning more engaging. By allowing students to interact with an immersive environment—either one they’re physically present in or one they’re experiencing through technology—we can capture their attention and keep them engaged in a way that’s not possible with traditional learning models.

On top of capturing attention, VR and AR also allow us to create scenarios that are otherwise impossible to experience. We can incorporate virtual versions of animals into science lessons, simulate historical events for social studies class, or even bring abstract concepts like numbers or algebraic equations into a 3D space so students can understand how they work.

The use of VR and AR in EdTech is, at least for now, focused on high-level technologies that aren’t yet feasible for widespread adoption because of cost. However, we can expect to see two big shifts in the near future: wider adoption of high-quality VR/AR hardware such as headsets and goggles, and the development of more accessible software to take advantage of that hardware.

Blockchain

Blockchain technology has the potential to revolutionize many aspects of our lives, including education.

Blockchain is a system for keeping records that’s decentralized—instead of being stored in one central location, it’s distributed among hundreds or even thousands of computers around the world. This means it’s nearly impossible to exploit a blockchain system.

Because of their unique qualities, blockchains can be used to create a digital certificate system for students. One example is Holberton School, a two-year coding school that uses blockchain-based certificates to prove students have successfully completed their programs.

With this system, graduates are issued a unique certificate ID. The certificate ID links to the student’s private key, which allows them to sign documents digitally and share their proof of completion with employers.

Blockchain technology can also help make credentialing more secure by providing a way for students and employers to verify credentials without having to go through central institutions like colleges and universities.

There are many ways that Blockchain can help improve education. One of its most straightforward applications is in grading: teachers can use Blockchain to create more accurate records of grades and assignments, as well as store them securely. Blockchain’s ability to ensure anonymity will also make it easier for students who need accommodations due to disabilities or other factors—such as taking exams in a non-standard location—to access those resources without having their privacy compromised.

Another benefit of Blockchain technology for education is its ability to track student progress over time. If a school district wants to see how its students are doing on standardized tests year-over-year, they could use the technology by storing all data from those tests within one blockchain ledger entry per child.

Blockchain can also be used to create some other interesting educational technologies and platforms. Some of these include:

Smart Contracts: This is a type of contract that automatically executes when certain conditions are met without the need for human intervention. Smart contracts can help students keep track of the progress on their academic journey and provide them with the credits required for transcripts and other documents.

Cheating Prevention: Blockchain can be leveraged to combat cheating by tracking exam submissions, verifying test takers’ identities, and ensuring submissions are original work.

Transcript Management: Since Blockchain is tamper proof and records each transaction chronologically, it can be used to help manage student transcripts. This means that schools no longer need to worry about students tampering with their transcripts either through fake grades or forged signatures during their time at school.

Cloud Computing

Cloud computing has revolutionized the way we do business, and its advantages are not limited to money-making enterprises. As education technology grows in importance, cloud computing will continue to be an essential tool for educators, administrators, and students.

Cloud computing has transformed the way we learn and how instructors teach. In addition to accessing information on-demand, there are now online classrooms where instructors can connect with students across the globe. Students can collaborate with one another and share ideas through virtual whiteboards, screen sharing apps, and much more. In addition to enabling collaboration between educators, cloud computing may also facilitate connections between students who attend different schools. This could have a profound effect on the way schools approach knowledge transfer across the board—from grades K through 12 all the way up to the graduate level.

As it is now, students from different schools have little opportunity to collaborate with students from other locations. With cloud computing, this could change. Students from different schools could be able to work on assignments together with ease, and teachers could more easily collaborate with their colleagues at other institutions to pool resources and develop new teaching strategies.

CC is a major part of the EdTech landscape, allowing for educational materials to be accessed from anywhere, and for collaboration and research to be more accessible than ever before. As cloud computing continues to improve and to add new features, it will become increasingly important in education.

Here’s how cloud computing has been used by educators so far:

  • Accessing mobile apps and programs
  • Facilitating student collaboration
  • Automating administrative processes
  • Allowing teachers to access/create content that can be updated in real time or as needed
  • Reducing costs associated with IT infrastructure solutions

Cloud computing makes it possible for a school to provide access to software programs without having to install them on every single computer that’s used at the school. Instead, the programs can be accessed through the internet using a web browser. This saves time and money because the school doesn’t need to pay for a system administrator whose only role is maintaining software licenses, installing and updating programs, and troubleshooting problems with those programs. Furthermore, if the school uses cloud-based applications such as Google Docs or Office 365, students will be able to access their work from any device that has an internet connection. Cloud computing also makes it easy for teachers to collaborate on projects and share their work with students which can improve productivity and bolster enthusiasm for learning.

Conclusion

In our opinion, EdTech Evolution (i.e., student-centered learning) provides the potential to revolutionize education, while at the same time retaining the most valuable virtues of our current system (accessibility and adaptability). However, in order to realize this potential, we need to build digital tools which allow students to learn and demonstrate what they have learned in a way that is easy for both instructors and students to use and that serves as an effective bridge between informal and formal learning.

At MpireSolutions, we help you with EdTech Websites and Mobile Apps development as we understand the importance of custom development using top technologies & tools that are tailored to your specific needs and goals. Whether you need help creating a new web/app or updating an existing one, we can provide the assistance you need.

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All About Design Thinking

Introduction

Design Thinking developed from an investigation of theory and practice in various fields and sciences to solve our age’s human, technological, and strategic innovation demands. A designer’s job entails much more than designing creative logos or aesthetics for a company. It has made much noise all over the internet in recent years. Design thinking is a human-centered technique to creative problem-solving centered around the user.

People who are not designers use creative techniques to address a wide range of challenges. Asking the correct questions and then taking action are the first steps in the process. It is all about approaching things differently, with a new perspective.

Seem a little too overwhelming? Do not worry; we have split the guide down into easy-to-understand sections. Read on to find out all about design thinking.

This blog post contains the following information:

What is Design Thinking?           

Why Is Design Thinking Important?       

  • Tackling Ambiguous Problems
  • More Innovations
  • Saves Cost

Phases of Design Thinking          

  • Empathize
  • Define
  • Ideate
  • Prototype
  • Test

Design Thinking VS Design Sprint and Agile       

  • Design Sprint
  • Agile

Conclusion

What Is Design Thinking?

Finding it too complicated? Let me simplify do it for you. Design Thinking is an iterative process. It aims to understand the user challenge assumptions. It then reframes challenges to uncover alternate tactics and approaches. They may not be immediately apparent based on our initial level of understanding. Design thinking focuses on the needs of the user. It prioritizes humans, attempting to comprehend people’s needs. Moreover, devise practical solutions to suit those demands.

Design thinking is also a theory, a culture, and a philosophy. It also acknowledges that design should achieve the purpose and commercial goals, not only beauty. It is what we call a problem-solving strategy centered on solutions. It mixes desirability from the customer’s perspective and whatever is technologically feasible and economically viable.

In design thinking, technical feasibility is crucial. When considering solutions, be sure that what you plan can accommodate your current products and processes. The designer should evaluate the economic feasibility of the project. An excellent solution for the user but prohibitively expensive for your company may not be the best option.

One significant advantage of design thinking is introducing technical and business limitations into your work. Aside from considering what the end-user requires, it pushes you to do your best with what you have in budget and technology. It reduces lofty ideas. It forces individuals to focus on feasible and accessible solutions.

Why Is Design Thinking Important?

The world’s most creative businesses that develop more effectively use design as an integrative resource.

In their article ‘Design Thinking: Get a Quick Overview of the History’, the authors Rikke Friis Dam and Teo Yu Siang give a historical perspective and talk about the following Design Thinking features.

Following the Design Thinking method alone will not result in high-quality content. Understanding and responding to quick changes in users’ surroundings and behaviors is critical in user experience (UX) design. It allows teams to conduct better UX research, prototyping, and usability testing, to discover innovative methods to address people’s demands.

Image: Design Thinking Organizations

2019 Design Thinking Field Survey: The Vision Gap

Source: Design Thinking Survey

Tackling Ambiguous Problems

Consumers usually do not know what problems need solutions or cannot articulate them. However, with careful observation, one may discover difficulties based on what they see from actual customer behavior rather than working off of their preconceived notions about the consumer. This assists in identifying unclear problems, making it simpler to innovative solutions.

More Innovations

Humans are unable to imagine impossible things. Hence, they cannot request things that do not yet exist. An iterative approach to solving those challenges usually results in unapparent, innovative solutions.

Saves Cost

Effectively bringing products to the market reduces costs and increases ROI. It protects teams from making expensive mistakes. Those waste time and money and lead to less appealing results.

Phases Of Design Thinking

Image: Phases of Design Thinking

1. Empathize

The first step of the process is getting to know the user and learning about their wants, needs, and expectations. In this phase, a designer observes and interacts to understand the emotions and psychology of the user. During this phase, the designer attempts to set aside their assumptions to get genuine insights into the user. You will conduct surveys, interviews, and observation sessions to develop user empathy.

Steps taken during this phase are:

  • Inquiring with subject matter experts about their insights
  • Engaging personally with an issue for a better understanding of a user’s perspective
  • Having in-depth discussions about the subject with other designers

The empathy stage is an essential step in the design thinking process. It allows uncovering the motivations and experiences of an audience. It will interact with a designer’s product. It is nearly impossible to solve a user problem without the empathy stage truly.

2. Define

In the second phase, you organize, analyze, observe and emphasize the user’s fundamental issues. The problem must be specific and relevant, and the goals must be practical.

Your problem statement outlines the specific challenge you will address. It will guide you through the rest of the design process. It gives you a clear goal to work toward and prompts you to keep the user in mind. A good problem statement is human-centered. It is broad enough to allow creativity while also specific to provide direction and guidance.

Steps taken during this phase are:

  • keeping the design challenge broad enough, the team has enough creative freedom.
  • Creating collages of observations, grouped insights, stories
  • Drafting a Point of View statement

3. Ideate

The ability to invent is essential during the ideation stage. Thinking outside the box is the game’s name at this stage, as designers are usually unconcerned about budget or expandability. Designers should have a good grasp of their user base at this stage, so it is a great time to get creative and not get too caught up in limits. Brainstorming sessions encourage free-thinking and broaden the problem space. It is vital to start the Ideation phase with as many ideas or problem solutions as feasible.

Another practice is “worst possible idea,” which is an example of a common approach in the brainstorming process. This technique helps establish trust and confidence among the design team by reversing the search for a solution into a brainstorming of what would not work. Since there is no such thing as a wrong concept in this process, designers develop good skills of confidently presenting their ideas.

4. Prototype

Prototype brings us one step closer to that one point of intersection of desirability, feasibility, and viability. Designers would struggle to solve the problem if they did not test newfound ideas. A prototype of an idea is necessary at this stage, but the results are still flexible.

Prototyping often includes the development of small-scale, cheap versions of the product. These can involve certain features to target specific problem-solving scenarios. Then create the stage for decision-making discussions about what works and what does not.

The prototype stage aims to understand any consequences or obstacles associated with bringing the product to life. Prototyping also discovers other user experience problems. It provides designers with a clearer picture of users’ behaviors, responses, and expectations.

5. Test

The testing step is the simplest of the five — we put the prototype in front of actual users. Let them try it, and collect their feedback. Following the testing step, you will know which aspects of your product people appreciate and which they would prefer to ignore. Testing provides teams with a solid base and information for revision and areas of improvement. However, it eventually indicates how feasible the idea is and allows teams to save time and money.

It is not unusual for the testing phase to “restart” the other design thinking stages, such as ideation or testing.  Emerging ideas may generate other possible solutions that demand a whole new approach.

Design Thinking VS Design Sprint and Agile

Design Sprint

The Design Sprint combines design thinking concepts into a procedure that works rationally. At the same time, Design thinking is a state of mind. It is a thinking style about problem-solving implemented differently for each new project. Both are legitimate and helpful in their way. It requires a lot of information, skill, and awareness of using various tools. Particular projects must follow this defined method.

A Design Sprint is a quick look into the future to observe how people respond before investing all your time and money into producing your new product, service, marketing campaign. However, the Design Sprint is about more than just efficiency. It is also an excellent method to replace outdated office defaults with a better, more considerate, and more successful approach that brings out the most acceptable contributions from everyone on the team and allows you to concentrate your time on work that truly matters.

Agile

After clients have confirmed your product idea and business plan, it is time to add some structure to the process. In particular, Scrum helps eliminate the uncertainty associated with the conventional “waterfall” method. They determine all requirements before designing and testing a product.

Agile approaches vary, but Scrum, Lean, Kanban, and XP are the most prevalent.  Whatever technique you use, the goal is to construct or execute anything interactively and iteratively. It is up to the product team to select how to plan and finish the job in their backlog effectively.

Whereas, Agile is a more organized method of working on projects. It is a workflow process that teams may use to communicate better. Also, schedule meetings, execute changes and decide on priorities. The Design Sprint is a formula for a one-time straightforward procedure. Design sprint does not contradict how people operate.

Conclusion

Design Thinking is essentially a design-specific problem-solving strategy. It includes examining the known elements of a problem and discovering the most ambiguous or peripheral factors that contribute to the conditions of a problem. A scientific method tests the actual and known characteristics to obtain a solution. Design Thinking is an iterative process. It helps to reframe an issue to discover alternative approaches and answers that may not be immediately obvious with our initial level of understanding.

If you are keen to start incorporating design thinking into your work right away, Mpire Solutions has both professional expertise and proven deliveries. Connect with us for a FREE Consultation.

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How to Choose the Best Cloud Storage for 2022

Introduction

Storing and sorting data is not a piece of cake, especially due to the limited space and the hassle it involves transferring to external devices. Data storage has become more important than ever from individuals to large enterprises. But with cloud storage, you can store and sort files with much ease.

As the name indicates, cloud storage offers you an easy and cost-effective way to store your data off-site. You can access data and share it with anyone using public or private internet. Additionally, it gives you an online backup if you lose your device or your computer crashes. It is an important cybersecurity measure as well.

A third-party cloud provider handles your data, secures, hosts, manages, and maintains servers. Its provider’s responsibility to make your data available whenever you need it. But there are multiple cloud providers in the market. They differ in their features and pricing. Choosing the right provider depends on your needs.

In this article, we will discuss four popular cloud providers: Google Drive, OneDrive, Dropbox, and Box. You will get a detailed know-how of how they operate, their features, and pricing. After reading this guide, you will be able to make the right choice for your business or personnel needs.

This article contains the following information.

Factors to Consider before Choosing a Cloud Storage Provider      

  • Security          
  • Backup           
  • Servers and Open Sourcing  
  • Pricing of Cloud Providers     

Cloud Storage Platform: Google Drive, OneDrive, Dropbox, Box   

1-Google Drive          

  • Major Features of Google Drive        
  • Pricing and Storage Options  

2-The Microsoft OneDrive     

  • Major Features of OneDrive   
  • Pricing of OneDrive   

3-The Dropbox           

  • Major Features of Dropbox     
  • Pricing of Dropbox     

4-Box 

  • Major Features of the Box     
  • Box Pricing

Google Drive vs OneDrive vs Dropbox vs Box. A Comparative Analysis.

Factors To Consider Before Choosing A Cloud Storage Provider 

As with cloud storage, you can store your data, particularly if you’re running a small business and you don’t have enough resources to manage your data. But what if you work at a large enterprise and need to store hundreds of gigabytes regularly. For that, you need to work with a reliable and flexible cloud provider so that you can negotiate with him for custom deals and pricing.

Here are a few factors you might consider carefully before choosing a cloud provider.

Security

The security of data is the most critical factor for an organization. It becomes more critical for organizations that handle sensitive data like credit card details and medical records. You need assurance whether your data is safe against cyber threats with the most advanced and up-to-date methods available.

You will want to have the latest endpoint protection, regular updates, and patches to stay safe against any malicious act. Your cloud provider should provide you with well-defined actress and authentication policies to ensure the safety of your data.

Most providers offer baseline protection measures such as user authentication, access control, and data encryption. Although these measures are enough for data security, some data need added protection to meet regulatory compliance. Make sure your provider complies with all regulations.

Data is always vulnerable to cyber attacks when in motion. Cloud providers mitigate these risks by encrypting data. Also, companies use dedicated connections instead of public internet to access data from a cloud storage server.

Backup

Backup is also crucial, like security. Companies need to backup data to access it when needed if they lose data due to a cyberattack, natural disaster, or human error. Cloud-based backup is very popular as it prevents business interruptions if data is lost. Also, it frees employees from extra work needed to replicate essential data to make it readily available in the wake of any crisis.

Cloud backup offers needed scalability, cost-effectiveness, and ease of access. Automation is the most prominent feature. It prevents any delays in data backups if users put it off or forget to do it on time. With automated backups, you have the flexibility to initiate backups on a daily or hourly basis whenever new data comes into your network.

As a third party from an off-site premise manages your data and stores it, so you have an added advantage. If your on-site backup system hits a natural disaster or attack, you may lose data permanently. You can’t recover it again. So using a cloud-based backup ensures your safety against such incidents.

Servers and Open Sourcing

Cloud-storage servers are virtual servers that emulate physical servers. A physical server hosts multiple virtual servers making it possible to provide services to many customers. This virtualization boosts efficiency as more customers can take advantage of a single physical server.

Virtualization also enables cloud providers to offer flexibility in pricing as they can charge only for the storage capacity you consume. Suppose the existing server is about to reach capacity. In that case, the provider spins up another server to add capacity or allows you to add your required capacity on your own.

If you have the required expertise in building virtual servers, you can opt for open-source cloud storage. In this way, you can inspect, study, and make better use of it. It gives you more control over administrative tasks and security. Another advantage of open-source cloud storage is cost-effectiveness. 

Although cloud providers offer you virtually unlimited space, it comes at a price. The more space you use, the higher the price gets. But in the open-source, you can scale capacity as per your coding and engineering expertise.

Different open-source cloud providers offer varying functionalities. Compare their features to choose the right provider as per your needs. Some key features are

  • Syncing files between devices in multiple locations
  • Tools for auditing and data encryption
  • Password protection, and access control

Pricing of Cloud Providers

Cloud storage offers cost-effectiveness by eliminating in-house infrastructure for storage.  You have to pay monthly fees per gigabyte of storage space used. It all depends on the policy of the provider you choose. The price plan usually includes all additional charges for transferring data between different networks.

Providers can charge extra fees besides the basic storage and data transfer plan. For example, you have to pay extra money if you make changes in data or move it between different networks. The cost increases with every time you access data to make changes.

The providers also charge for the number of users accessing the data and how far the data travels. They charge differently for different needs—pricing increases for extra security and regulatory compliance.

Which Cloud Storage Platform Is The Best? 

The most popular names for cloud storage are Google Drive, OneDrive, Dropbox, and Box. Which one is the best fit for your needs? Today, we will discuss their spec and features, and pricing.

Google Drive

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As the name indicates, Google drive is an excellent cloud-based service that lets you store files and data online. This service syncs documents, files, photos, and more across all user devices like mobiles, tablets, and PCs. Google Drive integrates Google’s other services like Google Docs, Gmail, Google analytics, etc. Other offerings include a word processor, spreadsheets, and presentation builder. Also, it offers 15 GB of free space to its users.

If you have a Google account, then you can access Google Drive. Just type drive.google.com and press “Enter”. My Drive will automatically appear, end-user can download the Google Drive application to one or more devices. The files that the user uplands on one device are available through a web app or Google Drive app on all devices.

When the user creates a file or folder, he automatically becomes its owner. He has complete control over its visibility and can transfer ownership using Gmail addresses. The owner can also regular access commands using predefined options like “can edit”, “can view”, and “ can comment”.

Previously, Google Drive had desktop and macOS apps, but now it has desktop apps for Backup and sync. These apps allow users to sync locally stored files to the cloud. Business companies can use the Drive File stream. It stores files online, preventing users from storing sensitive corporate data on their hard drives.

Users can access information from any device, but they must use separate Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides apps to create files.

Major Features of Google Drive

Google Drive integrates with the first-party and third-party extensions. You can search via the Chrome web store. End users can complete several tasks using these extensions. To connect third-party apps, simply click “My Drive”, “more,” and “connect more apps”. Third-party apps are free, but they charge for certain features.

Google Drive’s search feature allows users to sort results by name, file type, date modified, location, etc. Also, Google Drive offers a quick search feature by employing machine learning. It predicts and displays files based on user activity and workday schedule.

Pricing and Storage Options

The free version of Google Drive offers 15 GB of space, while the paid version ‘Google One’ has pricing options:

  • 100 GB for 2$ a month. You can pay 20$ for an annual purchase.
  • 1 TB for 9.99$ per month.
  • and 2 TB for 19.99$ per month.
  • 10 TB for 99.99$ per month
  • 20 TB for 199.99$ per month.
  • 30 TB for 299.99$ per month.

The enterprise version of Google Drive has unlimited storage, more control, can connect with existing business applications of the company, and more. Also, Google offers additional assistance and support.

Microsoft OneDrive

                                         

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OneDrive is an online storage platform that offers its user a significant chunk of space. Anyone having a Microsoft account can use it. It’s part of the Microsoft 365 subscription module, and Users get Microsoft official plus 1TB of cloud space. It also offers a free space of 5GB for its users. oneDrive integrates with Windows 10 and offers file storage as a default option.

Like Google Drive, OneDrive also enables users to store files and access them on multiple devices. This means you can access the file from many locations and work on them. It allows easy access to cloud storage, and you can share files with much ease.

OneDrive integrates with Microsoft office. Using it, you can access Excel, PowerPoint, and Word files. It is already present in Windows 10. Users just need to sign in using a Microsoft account to access it.  Users can edit office documents and browser content and create and share folders. It offers Facebook integration and a camera roll backup option.

Users have the option to scan and save data. They can select whether to choose OneDrive or File Explorer to save data. Save data on both locations if using OneDrive as a data backup platform.

Major Feature of OneDrive

OneDrive lets you share files with anyone. You can also set passwords for shared files for extra security. Select a file or folder and share it using the share button on the toolbar. You can enter the email address of those you want to share the file with. You can allow recipients to edit files if they have office 365 installed on their device.

Users can also choose additional access privileges using options in the drop-down menu. They can generate links to share the file. Just copy the link and paste it to whoever they want to share. OneDrive is also available on Mac, IOS, and Android phones.

The personnel vault is another essential feature that lets users store personnel information with added security. Users can access files in the personnel vault via a strong authentication method or by adding another layer of identity verification.

Pricing of OneDrive

OneDrive has a free plan of 5GB. Users can upgrade to other home or business plans as per their needs. Home plans include

  • 100GB a month at 1.99$.
  • 1 TB of storage office 365 personnel plan at 69.99$.
  • 6 TB of storage office 365 family plan with 1TB for six different users.

OneDrive business is a standalone product. It is separate from office 365 but comes with the office online. The business version has additional features like multi-factor authentication, built-in compliance standards, and auditing and reporting capabilities. It also has three plans.

  • Plan 1: 5$ per user per month.
  • Plan 2: 10 $ per user per month.
  • Plan 3: 12.50$ per user per month.

The maximum data storage reach is 1 TB per user.

Dropbox

Image Source: Dropbox.com

The fantastic thing about dropbox is that it’s easy to use, reliable, and somewhat of a personal nature. You can access it using any platform from the website, windows, Mac and Linux, iOS, and the Androids. It offers online sharing of files, photos, and documents. Dropbox also boosts collaboration when working in a remote group.

The service offers 2 GBs of free space in the free version, and space reaches 100 GBs for upgraded versions. Dropbox is very flexible in making changes to data files. You can install the Dropbox app, and it appears in the menu on the user’s device. You can drag and drop files, add new folders and save files like a local file explorer. You have the option to recover files that you’ve deleted in the past 30 days.

Major Feature of Dropbox

Accessibility is a prominent feature of Dropbox. Users can generate a URL from the website and share it with recipients or send invitations for sharing files. Recipients that don’t have Dropbox accounts will have to sign up to view the files. Once the user accesses the folder, it appears in the system.

All recipients can make changes to the files, and the system automatically saves all new versions. Working of Dropbox favors consumers, but its use is increasing at the enterprise level, especially in the IT sector. Its name relates to banks and post office repositories that securely allow people to drop items.

With paid versions of Dropbox, users can benefit from additional features like live mobile support, offline folders, and remote account wiping.

Pricing of Dropbox

Dropbox offers a free version with 2 GB of storage space, backup, collaboration, and file sharing features. It has several paid plans with additional features.

  • Individual professional plan with 3 TB storage space at 20$ a month.
  • Standard professional plan with 5 TB of storage space at 15$ per month
  • Advanced team plan with unlimited storage at 25$ per month.

Box

Image Source: Box.com

Sounds very similar to Dropbox, but Box is a separate cloud storage option for saving files, photos, and videos. It is very similar to Dropbox in its operation like group collaboration, assignment handling, leaving comments on other work, and many more.

You can manage accessibility permission by password protecting shared files, allowing specific persons to upload and edit files, and even setting an expiration date for your shared folders and files.

Major Features of the Box

The overall working of Box has a focus on enterprise needs. It offers built-in features that explicitly benefit businesses.  Box has three main areas of focus.

  1. Integration with enterprise applications.
  2. Content security.
  3. Collaboration over the extended organization.

Application integration promises a new outlook to customer communication management (CCM). Delta Material DMS, a division of Delta Airlines, uses Box. It shows how Box is helping enterprises achieve their goals. DMS relies on Box to power a new B2B application to reduce sales time and boost efficiency. 

Similarly, a private equity firm manages its documentation within its collaboration portal. Box ensures the security of documents and allows only authorized persons to access the documents.

The company is investing to boost content management security and enhance compliance capabilities. Box utilizes machine learning to detect discrepancies in data and enforce classification-based policies to avoid data leakages. Once the customer selects a security policy, Box checks and monitors its pattern and alerts administrators about potential threats.

Box also offers more flexibility in collaboration by offering a shared repository.  Cascading folder-level metadata, simplified sharing, thumbnail previews, and large file size support are prominent features of the Box. These features make Box more competitive for team computing.

Usually, tech-savvy employees rely on emails. They first envision the workflow and structure of the steps in the activity stream. Although emails are good for coordination, there is always a risk of overflowing mailboxes. Box mitigates such risks and reduces the reliance on emails.

Box Pricing

The free plan of Box is 10 GB with a maximum upload limit of 250 Mb. It also involves several business plans.

So if you don’t want to own physical data centers and servers, but still want to have access to storage, software, database, network, and other services, Mpire Solutions provides a variety of Cloud Computing Services. Let’s connect.   

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Elon Musk And His Disruptive Innovation

Introduction

Elon Musk is a behemoth of the entrepreneurial world. Not only has he built an empire, but constantly innovates in multiple industries across the board. Starting from Zip2 and X.com (which became PayPal) — Elon Musk has come to be the epitome of ‘disruptive innovation.’ He has had his fingers in each of the technologies we use today. From electric vehicles, to space travel, to artificial intelligence, and recently Twitter. Elon’s Twitter deal, however, is still on hold until the publication of this article.

This blog post here covers information on the following topics with relevance to Elon Musk:

  • All You Need To Know About Elon Musk’s Current Companies
  • SpaceX
  • Tesla
  • The Boring Company
  • Twitter
  • Conclusion

All You Need To Know About Elon Musk’s Current Companies

Fig 1: Elon Musk’s empire of companies and their current valuation. (source)

Elon Musk is a name you can’t miss these days.

The man who is credited with the electric vehicle revolution, who has created the biggest privately-owned aerospace company, and whose venture will build tunnels under major cities, is one of the most newsworthy people in the world right now.

But what are his intentions? How is he going to get there? And most importantly, can he do it?

In this post, we’ll discuss four of Elon Musk’s companies—Tesla, SpaceX, The Boring Company, and his recent bid to buy Twitter. And analyze whether or not they’re going to be successful in achieving their missions. So if you’re curious about Elon Musk’s ventures. OR just want to know whether you should invest in one of his companies (or start tweeting like him), read on!

1). SpaceX

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SpaceX is a United States space transport services company founded by Elon Musk in 2002.

The organization’s primary purpose is to reduce space transportation costs and enable the colonization of Mars.

It has developed Falcon 9, the world’s first partially reusable heavy-lift launch vehicle; Dragon, a free-flying, reusable spacecraft; and Falcon Heavy, the world’s most powerful rocket.

SpaceX has also manufactured and launched the first commercial spacecraft to visit the International Space Station (ISS) as part of NASA’s Commercial Orbital Transportation Services program.

Elon Musk began SpaceX intending to reduce space transportation costs to enable the colonization of Mars. To achieve this goal, SpaceX developed the Falcon 9 launch vehicle family and the Dragon multipurpose spacecraft.

In 2012, SpaceX was awarded a contract from NASA to continue developing Dragon, with the ultimate goal of transporting astronauts to the ISS.

In April 2019, New York Times stated that “SpaceX routinely flies two versions of its Falcon 9 rocket, one to carry NASA cargo to the International Space Station and one to lift satellites into Earth orbit.” Source  

On May 30th, 2020, SpaceX became the first private company in history to launch humans into orbit, when astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken flew on Dragon using a Falcon 9 rocket.

What is Elon Musk’s master plan for SpaceX?

The real reason Elon Musk started SpaceX was to make humanity an interplanetary species.

Fig 3: Elon Musk’s idea of colonization on Mars by 2069. (source)

Elon Musk believes that if we don’t get off this planet, the human race will go extinct. He thinks that eventually, either (1) we’ll run out of resources and die, or (2) we’ll destroy ourselves with nuclear weapons in a war over those resources.

That is why he wants to build a city on Mars. Elon Musk sees a future where humans live on Mars. But also come back and forth between Mars and Earth frequently.

He sees a future where there are millions of people living on Mars—a fully self-sustaining civilization.

SpaceX is currently developing and testing their Starship rocket and Super Heavy booster with the ultimate goal of using them to send people to Mars. The Starship will be able to hold 100 passengers, but will also be capable of short-distance trips within Earth’s atmosphere. Musk has spoken about his desire to use Starship to colonize not just Mars. but other parts of our solar system as well.

Fig 4: The cost distribution chart of different spacecrafts and what makes SpaceX spacecraft the most favored option by NASA. (source)

Will SpaceX be able to achieve its mission?

Elon Musk, founder and CEO of SpaceX, is not just confident that his company will be able to send people to Mars. He’s also confident that they’ll be able to do it by 2029.

Musk claims that for a planet like Mars to be colonized, it must support 1 million people. For that many people to live there, the planet would need to support an economy and be self-sustaining. To get that done, he hopes to launch Starship—a reusable rocket that the company has been developing—in the next couple of years.

Fig 5: The SpaceX Business Plan from Point A to Point B. (source)

In 2023, SpaceX will launch Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa into outer space (and beyond) via the Starship. “I choose to go to the moon with artists,” Maezawa said in announcing the mission. He has invited six to eight artists from different fields like painting and music along with him as part of a project called dearMoon. The moon trip will last five days and circle around the moon before returning home.

If all goes well, the company will continue to perform developments on the Starship and eventually use it as a means to begin the first human colonization of Mars by 2029.

Musk is optimistic that in 2029, humans should start building the first Mars city. And by 2060 there would have been enough infrastructure built on the red planet to support a population of a million people.

But on the contrary…

The majority of scientists think SpaceX’s plan to colonize Mars will fail because of the dangers present on the planet. But Musk is firmly behind his mission. Even if Elon Musk doesn’t succeed, most believe that SpaceX will still have a bright future. Experts predict that the company will instead become known for its space tourism services, rather than its interplanetary ambitions.

SpaceX’s Recent Investments & Current Valuation

With its most recent funding, SpaceX has joined the ranks of the world’s rare “hectocorn” companies, which are private businesses valued at $100 billion or higher.

SpaceX’s share price has jumped 33% higher from $420 apiece to $558, and its total raised in 2021 was $1.5 billion. Its most recent funding was $337 million in December 2021.

SpaceX currently has 10,000 employees and 109 investors who are all eager to see what new projects Elon Musk will come up with next.

2). Tesla

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Tesla Motors is an American company headquartered in Palo Alto, California. In the past decade, they have become a global leader in electric vehicles, solar panels, and photovoltaic products. 

Tesla began as a startup that was focused on building electric cars. The company’s CEO, Elon Musk, has been very involved in building these cars—he has helped design them himself using CAD software.

Their first car was the Tesla Roadster, which went into production in 2008 and quickly became the world’s fastest production car. This vehicle ran on lithium-ion batteries (which were more powerful than other types of batteries at the time) and could go from 0 to 60 mph in less than four seconds.

By the end of 2021, Tesla has sold over 1,917,450 electric vehicles globally (since the company’s inception) and is now producing some of its solar panels for use on roofs or in parking garages (where there isn’t enough sun exposure). The company also offers battery packs for energy storage systems like those found at homes and businesses.

Fig 07: All of Tesla’s products acronymize to spell sexy cars. (source)

What is Elon Musk’s master plan for Tesla?

Elon Musk’s master plan for Tesla can be summed up in a few words: to accelerate the advent of sustainable energy so that we can imagine a world without fossil fuels. Because, as Musk describes it, “our goal when we created Tesla a decade ago was the same as it is today: to accelerate the advent of sustainable energy.”

Source: Wikipedia

Will Tesla be able to achieve its mission?

Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla Motors, has a mission to change the world by promoting sustainable transport with high-end electric cars that can compete with gasoline-powered vehicles in terms of performance and price. His goal is to make electric cars more affordable and accessible to everyone. He also wants to use solar energy as a source of renewable power for his company’s automotive products.


Fig 08: The chart shows a surge in Tesla’s production and deliveries from 2012 to 2021 Q4. (source)

While the idea of creating a mass-market electric car may have seemed far-fetched when Tesla was founded in 2003, today there are hundreds of thousands of people driving Teslas around the world. Many of the Tesla vehicles are already topping the global charts as being the best-selling electric vehicles. So there’s a definite chance of Elon Musk achieving the Tesla mission.

Is the automotive future electric? We think so.

Several major car manufacturers have announced plans to shift their production models—from 2025 for Jaguar and Lotus, from 2030 for Volvo and Ford, and by 2035 for VW—toward electric vehicles.

The largest automotive markets in the world (including Europe, China, and California) are planning to produce only electric models by 2035—so it’s not just a matter of some companies taking an initiative. The entire industry is embracing the future.

But on the contrary…

1). The main challenge for Elon Musk is that most people still prefer gasoline-powered vehicles because they are cheaper than their electric counterparts; thus, the demand for these cars remains high despite environmental concerns over fossil fuel emissions from burning oil.

2). In addition, many people do not have access to a charging station or residential rooftop solar panels that would allow them to charge their vehicles at home overnight. Gas stations are everywhere, so even if you forget that you need gas until the last minute, there’ll probably be a station near you.

With electric cars, if there’s not a charging station nearby when your battery dies, then tough luck. You’ll have to find one and wait for your car to charge before you can go anywhere else. Plus, you can’t just zip into a charging station for five minutes and get back on the road.

Therefore, Musk must convince these individuals why owning an EV will benefit them financially long term as well as mitigate global warming due to carbon dioxide emissions caused by burning gasoline versus electricity generated from coal plants which produce fewer greenhouse gasses per unit of energy produced compared with their gas-fired counterparts.

Tesla’s Recent Investments & Current Valuation

Tesla, the world’s sixth most valuable company, has raised a total of $20.2B in funding over 36 rounds. The latest funding was $565M raised on May 9, 2020, by the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China.

The company has 42 investors and 15 lead investors. The share price increased 740% in 2020, from $130 to $870.76 as of 2022. Its market valuation is $902.11 Billion as of 2022.

3). The Boring Company

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The Boring Company is a tunnel-digging venture started by Elon Musk. The company’s mission is to create an underground network of tunnels that will allow cars to travel at high speeds between cities.

In 2016, Musk said that he was frustrated with traffic in Los Angeles and wanted to fix it. He started digging a tunnel under his SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California. He posted photos of the tunnel on Twitter, where they went viral and inspired him to start The Boring Company.

Musk’s goal is to reduce traffic by making it easier for people to travel between cities. His plan involves building an underground network of tunnels so that cars can go faster than they do on roads today.

He believes that this will help ease congestion in big cities and make transportation more efficient overall.

What is Elon Musk’s master plan for The Boring Company?

The Boring Company is a self-described infrastructure and tunnel construction company that aims to solve the issues of traffic congestion by building 3D networks of tunnels below cities.


Fig 10: A visual prototype of the TBC tunnel presented by Elon Musk. (source)

The mission of the company is to alleviate traffic congestion by transporting vehicles on autonomous electric sleds at speeds up to 130 miles per hour through underground tunnels. The tunnels are designed to accommodate cars, freight vehicles, mass transit systems (such as buses and subways), pedestrians, and cyclists.

The vision of the company is to build safe, fast-to-dig, straight, and long tunnels; enable high-speed transport; provide an affordable solution to transportation congestion; create multiple levels of tunnels to increase capacity; use an electric sled system for cars and other vehicles; only transport people or goods not both at once; use autonomous vehicles on a fixed schedule.


Fig 11: A Tesla zipping through a tunnel in Las Vegas. (source)

Will The Boring Company be able to achieve its mission?

Elon Musk is a man of genius, and his company The Boring Company does not fail to excite. Currently, The Boring Company’s main objective is to build tunnels under Los Angeles with the hopes of reducing traffic. There are several reasons why this company will be successful in its endeavors.

Easy Tunnel Construction: The company has developed a system of tunnel construction that is faster and more cost-effective. Digging tunnels is no longer a huge hassle and eyesore for the community above ground. With this system, digging can be done at a quick pace with less manpower and equipment needed—all while creating less surface noise and vibration.

Weatherproof: The Boring Company’s tunnels are designed with weatherproofing in mind. No matter how bad the weather aboveground gets, it doesn’t affect your commute—which means you don’t have to worry about rain or snow stopping you from getting where you need to go. That also means you don’t have to worry about flooding or water damage if there’s heavy rainfall in your area—the tunnels will be able to handle it without issue.

Comfortable and Convenient: With The Boring Company’s technology, getting around can be both comfortable and convenient. Their tunnels are spacious enough for full-size vehicles like SUVs, but are also small enough for individuals on foot—so you can choose your transport based on your destination and your personal preferences rather than being stuck on whatever path the city has laid out for you.


Fig 12: Tesla’s tunnel boring machine called the Prufrock that has revolutionized the tunnel boring process with its fast speed. (source)

Easier To Create More Tunnels: Another advantage that The Boring Company has over other tunneling companies is the fact that it is much easier for them to create more tunnels. This is because Tesla’s machines can excavate more rock per day than older tunnel boring machines (TBMs) can. These newer machines are also able to do faster work than previous TBMs did because they have been designed with better sensors and software that allow them to be operated remotely without having any human operators present during excavation.

But on the contrary…

The company’s initiatives have been rejected by several states and cities because of safety concerns. The main reason for this rejection is that the tunnels lack important safety features, like emergency exit corridors, ventilation systems, and fire suppression systems.

1). The tunnels do not support an emergency exit system. In case of an emergency, such as a fire or earthquake, there must be an emergency exit from the tunnel. People who are trapped in tunnels without emergency exits are at risk of death from smoke inhalation or other causes.

2). There’s no ventilation system in the tunnels. This means that if there is a fire or other emergency underground, smoke will fill up the tunnel quickly and choke everyone inside. There’s also no fire suppression system—so if there is an electrical fire or something else that starts burning down your tunnel, you’re going to have to go find another way out before you suffocate.

3). They also do not have fire suppression systems, which means that if there were an explosion or fire in a tunnel, it could rage out of control before anyone noticed. This could lead to many deaths before firefighters could even get there.

4). Another biggest problem is that the tunnels are projected to be only one lane wide. This means that if there is an accident or mechanical failure, or any other traffic obstruction, it will have a domino effect on all other cars in the tunnel. If this happens, then all cars trying to pass through would be stuck until the malfunctioned car gets out of the way.

Several important projects have been dropped due to the above-mentioned reasons.

Therefore, Elon Musk needs to address the above issues on a high priority basis if he wants The Boring Co. to be a successful venture. 

The Boring Company’s Recent Investments & Current Valuation

The Boring Company has raised more than $908 million in funding, with a recent raise of $675 million in April 2022. The current valuation of the company is $5.7 billion. This is up from the previous valuation of the company in July 2019, which was between $800 and $920 million.

4). Twitter

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On April 14, 2022, Elon Musk offered to purchase Twitter on April 25, 2022 for $43 billion. He has been trying to buy the company for some time now. Musk’s interest in buying Twitter was sparked by his desire to advance the platform and make changes to its design and structure. He also wanted to help protect it from censorship and meddling from foreign governments.

The board of directors at Twitter was hesitant at first because they were concerned about losing their independence after being taken over by a larger company. However, they eventually agreed. But as of May 2022, the said deal is on hold due to Elon Musk’s concerns about fake and spam twitter accounts.

What is Elon Musk’s master plan for Twitter?

a). Elon Musk wants to make Twitter a private company.

First, the company will be able to focus on its core users and product, and by making your timeline better and improving the quality of tweets overall.

Second, privatizing Twitter would allow Elon Musk to quickly implement new features or make significant changes in policy or direction.

Thirdly—and perhaps most importantly—privatizing Twitter would allow Elon Musk to remove any outside influence from investors who might want to sell their stock at some point down the road.

b). He wants to free the world from censorship and content moderation policies on Twitter.

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Elon Musk believes that Twitter should be a place where people can speak their minds without fear of being censored, and he wants to make sure that all users feel safe on Twitter. Elon Musk is not happy with Twitter’s current content moderation policies, which he believes are too strict.


Fig 15: Elon Musk decided to introduce an Edit Tweet button after a majority of Twitter users agreed in favor of this feature in a recent poll on Musk’s official Twitter account. (source)

c). Elon wants to add an “edit tweet” button. This button will enable users to correct mistakes quickly and easily.

d). Elon wants users to pay for Twitter Blue subscriptions with Dogecoin. This will make it possible for anyone who uses cryptocurrency to subscribe without feeling limited by their payment options. Since Dogecoin is a popular cryptocurrency among Elon’s followers, this move makes sense from a business standpoint as well.

e). Third and finally, Elon wants to eliminate spam bots from Twitter. These bots can be annoying and even dangerous, so removing them is a priority to make Twitter safer for everyone who uses the site.

Conclusion:

While there is certainly a lot of buzz around all of the Elon Musk companies, it’s unclear how long each will last or how much value they will add to their shareholders. With that being said, each company added to his roster has made him one of the most influential entrepreneurs of our time and come a long way in shaping what is likely to be a legacy worthy of the history books. It remains to be seen whether Musk can stay on top as the years roll by, but given his track record thus far, few would bet against him achieving new feats in the future.

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Key Mobile App Features That Help Improve User Experience

Introduction

According to top mobile app design and development consultants, mobile phones and mobile apps have become a necessity rather than an accessory. They have evolved from being a source of mere communication to being so important that some of our key chores on a daily basis are dependent on them. Most of the urban population now owns a smartphone device. It has been termed the most frequently used device ever.

As per bankmycell.com, the number of people that owned a smart and feature phone in April 2022 is 7.26 Billion, making up 91.54% of the world’s population.

Now the question arises, why are these portable, hand-sized devices being given so much importance and value?

These devices might be seemingly small and cool, but in actuality, you get to hold the whole world in the palm of your hand. Mobile Phones have connected us to different parts of the world, and we can easily view what’s happening on the other side with just a click.

Now that we have given an overview of mobile phones in general, let’s also discuss the importance of applications installed in our mobile phones. These applications make it easier for us to use our phones. Switch on your phone and click on any app you want to use.

Even though mobile apps take up space on our phones, they are more easily accessible. It seems like a hassle for someone in a hurry to first go to Browser, then type in the desired URL, and then put in all of the details.

In contrast, mobile apps do not require such long procedures for simple tasks such as ordering food or clothing or making an online payment. They also save your basic information so you do not have to enter them every time you log yourself back in.

Mobile Apps are now becoming the face of millions of businesses worldwide, in fact a great number of such businesses exist and function in the form of these apps only.

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So how do mobile apps help improve user experience, add efficiency in your day-to-day operations, increase productivity, and create satisfied customers.

Let’s find out. 

Table of Contents

Mobile App Features That Help Improve User Experience

  • Usability
  • Performance and Speed
  • Easy Communication Channels
  • Responsive and User-Friendly Interface
  • Payment Gateway Integration
  • Loyalty Promos
  • Push Notifications
  • Multi-Device and Platform Synchronization
  • Secure Customer Data
  • Search Option
  • Functional Categories
  • User Feedback
  • Frequent updates

Conclusion

Mobile App Features That Help Improve User Experience

Since we have already talked about the importance of mobile apps, we will now discuss what customer service actually is and how can a mobile app help with it?

There are certain Must-Have features required by a mobile app to ensure good customer service and to receive valuable responses from customers by making their experience easier. A mobile app should have the following features for achieving a happier customer base:

Usability

Making sure that your mobile app has excellent design and user experience is probably the most crucial element to look into. Your app should be creative and lively, easy to navigate and robust. Mobile Usability is probably the most critical element to look into while designing and developing a mobile app.

Performance and Speed

Make sure your mobile app rates at least 9/10 in terms of both efficiency and speed. From the users’ perspective, it is highly irritating to watch a loading symbol for more than a few seconds and the user is likely to move on to a different app, probably to your competitor’s.

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A high-speed app will lead to higher business sales. When a customer opens an app to order, they are sure of what they want to get. So if the mobile app works fine, they will be out of checkout in no time. But if the speed keeps lagging, they might just change their mind. According to a study, 47% of users expect a page to load in under 2 seconds or they backtrack from there.

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 Easy Communication Channels

Creating automated replies in response to customers’ messages gives out a good impression that the customer will be handled promptly. Setting up 24/7 customer service so the customer always has an attendee to attend to them and guide them through the app swiftly along with Frequently Asked Questions will also help in satisfying customers as they won’t have to wait or move to a different app / solution or service provider. 

According to research, sales increase by 20-25% when a knowledgeable customer service staff deals with the client.

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In a recent survey, it has been stated that around 70% of customers have a waiting time of around 5 minutes or less, after which they abandon their shopping and move on. The customers have now resorted to mobile apps so that they do not need to wait in long queues or wait for their turns. 

Having an efficient mobile application which does not make the customer wait, will help in skyrocketing your sales. Having good communications with your customer builds a relationship of loyalty and trust as well.

Responsive and User-Friendly Interface

Mobile apps are likely to get more orders if their interface is easy-to-use, responsive, and take you straight to wherever you want. Remember that not all users are tech savvy. A simple navigation is best for people who want a convenient and swift way to get done with their shopping or billing. Difficult and fancy interfaces are loathed by them as they only see it as an obstacle.

Creating an easy-to-use interface is removing another obstacle between your business and its success. People will always choose apps with an easier interface, thus increasing sales for your brand.

Payment Gateway Integration

If you are selling a product online, efficient integration of a payment gateway with your mobile app is as important as creating the app itself.

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Loyalty Promos

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Everyone loves a discount, a promo code, or anything that helps you pay less and buy more. Whenever your customer is checking out, give them a bonus discount or some reward points. This creates a bond of trust, loyalty, and appreciation that the customer feels for the brand. These tactics will ensure customers come back to your brand on their next online shopping spree.

Push Notifications

Many people do not check their text messages anymore. So, even if they receive a sales message, there are chances they might not have seen it. Sending notifications through the app to the Notification Center, customers are bound to read what’s being delivered to them.

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Another tip is to make Sale announcements first on your brand’s mobile app. When a customer would know that special Sale and Discounts are available only through the app, they will definitely install and use it.  

According to Mathias Brandt, users love these notification alerts as they get reminded of several things which they usually forget during the day.

Just having your brand’s app on a customer’s phone is surety enough that they will check it out sometime. So once you make sure your mobile app is there, the business is bound to take a turn for the better.

Multi-Device and Cross Platform Synchronization

You must make sure that your mobile app is available for both the operating systems (IoS and Android) and most readily available platforms too. Android is relatively easy to use and the app can be readily updated on PlayStore but Apple has some of its own rules. So make sure to run the app on both systems.

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Secure Customer Data

Since customer service usually includes sharing of sensitive information like credit or debit card details or sharing home addresses and phone numbers, it is essential that the app must be highly secure. Creating SSL certificates for your app and sharing it with your clients is another way to show them how trustworthy your app is and they should not hesitate in sharing their personal information.

If, ever, your app gets hacked because of low security maintenance, the relation of trust between your brand and customer would be completely lost. In fact, in today’s social media behavior patterns, your disgruntled customers would also spread the news amongst their friends and family.

Search Option

The development team behind every app should look for ways to make the shopping process faster and easier. With a manual search function, people can easily find what they are looking for without wasting any time.  

Functional Categories

Your app needs to be organized properly so customers don’t get frustrated when they cannot find what you’re selling. For example, if a client wants information about eyeliners but all of your categories are empty or not maintained well enough for their needs – this could lead them away from buying any product at all! They may even leave mid-search and search elsewhere.

User Feedback

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While you may believe your app is perfect and bug-free, it is always good to ask for your customer’s opinion. To be fair, they are the ones who are going to use the app. Conduct different surveys, ask clients what your app lacks or how it could be improved, and then address their concerns. It is more likely for customers to go through the survey if it’s on a mobile app as it’s much easier and quicker rather than re-directing them to other websites. 

Keep their suggestions at top priority so the next time a client uses your app, they do not have to go through the same troubles again.

This will give back a fantastic impression of your brand. It will prove that these surveys aren’t just formalities but you do listen to what your clients have to say.

Frequent Updates

 
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Constantly fixing bugs and updating your app will make it user friendly and also help in tackling latest security issues. Updates keep the app up-to-date with the latest trends so your mobile doesn’t give off an old and obsolete vibe.

Periodically improving your mobile app and improving user experience is directly proportional to your business sales soaring high in the sky. These are some of the must-haves your mobile app should have for a satisfied clientele. So, do check if your app has something missing from it and update it now.

Conclusion

Mobile apps have quickly become the face of most leading businesses and brands of all sizes. In fact nowadays customers would rather use a mobile app than call customer service, with good reason. Mobile apps provide an easy way for customers to access information about your company, product, and services, as well as communicate with your team. 

If you’re not yet using a mobile app to improve customer service that translates in business success, now is the time to consider creating one.

At MpireSolutions, our team can help you get started today with building an efficient mobile app. 

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Best Software Solutions for Emerging Boston Tech Industries

Introduction

The Boston technology scene continues to evolve. And with it grows the demand for software solutions in several key market segments.

Boston is the innovation capital of the world. All thanks to its large concentration of outstanding academic and healthcare institutions, as well as its silicon community. All of these factors come together to form one of the most technologically advanced cities in the country.

However, all of this doesn’t mean a thing if it isn’t translated into tangible results. Right?

The entrepreneur community in Boston strives to innovate every industry outside of tech. And emerging tech industries are no exception!

The article will shed light on some of the top emerging Boston tech industries that are experiencing exponential growth in the bustling business hub. Along with some promising Boston software solutions that can help propel these emerging IT industries even further into the spotlight. 

This blog post covers the following information:

Best Software Solutions for Emerging Boston Tech Industries 

Importance of Software Solutions for Emerging Boston Tech Industries

Top 5 Reasons that Make Boston Good for Tech Startups

Best Software Agency in Boston

Conclusion

Best Software Solutions For Emerging Boston Tech Industries 

1). Life Sciences

Boston is an incredible city for Life Sciences startups, and it has been for quite some time. Over 1,000 Life Sciences companies call Boston home. The city is among the top 5 Life Sciences hubs in the world, and Boston-based Life Sciences companies raised a record high of more than $13 billion in 2021 alone.

The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center offers a tax incentive program and has awarded more than $241 million to relevant companies in the state. You can also find other resources like the Angel Capital Association’s Massachusetts chapter (which offers capital to early-stage companies), as well as programs like MassBIO’s BioLaunchpad incubator program and its BioStar competition (which awards cash prizes to promising early-stage biotech companies).

All of this makes Life Sciences an excellent idea for a startup business.

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What could be the Best Software Solution for Life Sciences?

The best software solution for the life sciences industry would be a cloud-based software solution that automates and streamlines all aspects of the life sciences industry.

The platform should combine data from multiple sources—from regulatory documents to clinical trials—into one central location. Users can then search across all of their data by keyword, date range, or type of document. This will make it easier for the user to find exactly what they’re looking for when they need it.

The platform should also support a wide range of document formats, including PDFs and Word documents. This will allow users to access data from any source without having to worry about converting files into another format first.

In addition, this cloud-based software solution should make sure everyone has access to up-to-date information about what they’re working on, so there are no surprises when it comes time for an audit or inspection from regulators. The software should make it easy for everyone on the team to access information about each product—so if someone needs help tracking down a formula or data point somewhere in their files, they can find it quickly.

2). Advanced Manufacturing & Robotics

Employing more than 4,700 people, Robotics is one of the leading Boston tech industries, and they’re all working on some pretty incredible things. Some of these companies have become so advanced that they have partnered with NASA. In July 2021, Boston-based accelerator The Founder Institute announced partnerships with NASA Ames Research Center and MassRobotics to help their startups develop products for space exploration.

So why are Advanced Manufacturing and Robotics such a good startup idea? These companies are shaping the future in every way: from building robots that can perform surgery to designing drones that will help us explore Mars.

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What could be the Best Software Solution for Advanced Manufacturing & Robotics?

The best software solution for the Advanced Manufacturing & Robotics industry would be an ERP system that automates the complete process of production. It will help in optimizing the manufacturing process and reducing the cost of production. It should provide an integrated view of all aspects of the manufacturing process, from suppliers to customers, products, orders, and more. With this software, the business can make sure that their manufacturing runs smoothly with no delays or errors in delivering products on time.

With this software, a business can also get all the details about their production processes and analyze them efficiently. They can keep track of how much each product costs and monitor stock levels. This will help the business plan ahead so that it does not run out of stock at any point in time. This way, the business will be able to meet customer demand without having to worry about production issues affecting its profitability.

Other important things that this software solution should incorporate:

  • Visualization of data with user-friendly dashboards
  • Provide real-time insights on the operations using predictive analytics
  • Tracking of all the assets in one place with the asset tracking module
  • The ability to integrate with legacy systems such as SAP or Oracle databases
  • Helping manage the production line more efficiently by monitoring the inventory levels and making sure that everything runs smoothly from start to finish.
  • Increasing productivity by providing real-time updates on what’s happening with each step in your manufacturing process so the company’s management knows when things go wrong and can act immediately if something goes wrong

3). Research & Development

The R&D industry is a booming one in the Boston tech sphere. Several institutions invest heavily in R&D in the Boston area. The CARB-X Institute has invested $550 million in antibacterial R&D between 2016 and 2021. Toast, a restaurant technology company, has pledged to invest $1 billion in hardware and software R&D till 2024.

The R&D industry is important because it helps develop new technologies that can be used to improve our daily lives. The fact that many investors are willing to fund startups working on research and development proves how profitable this industry can be. It also shows how much money investors are willing to put into projects that promise them great returns on their investments.

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What could be the Best Software Solution for Research & Development?

The best software solution for the Research & Development industry would be custom-built software that is specifically designed to meet the needs of this industry.

The software should be able to use natural language processing (NLP) to comprehend what users are saying and respond appropriately. It should also be able to use machine learning algorithms to learn from previous requests and provide better responses in the future.

In addition, it should have a feature where users can ask questions about R&D topics; for example, if someone wanted to know about the history of artificial intelligence (AI), they could type this into the search engine and get an answer back immediately.

This custom software solution should enable the experts of the relevant industry to easily organize and analyze all of their research, development, and production data—from raw materials to workflows to product testing and more. This way they’ll be able to see exactly how much time is spent on each step of the process and where bottlenecks occur. Plus, they will know what parts of the company need training or extra staff members to meet deadlines or increase productivity.

4). HealthTech

HealthTech is one of the most exciting and fastest-growing sectors amongst Boston tech industries. Since 2013, there have been 248 healthcare deals in Boston, with a total invested capital close to $1 billion. The average company receives $1.5 million in funding.

The city’s thriving health tech community is working on solving some of the most pressing health issues that we face today. These companies are working on solving advanced health issues like aging and chronic disease, as well as helping patients manage their health and wellness through wearable technology and data-driven solutions.

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What could be the Best Software Solution for HealthTech?

The challenge is that there are so many different elements to health care, from managing billing and insurance to tracking patient data.

Therefore, the best solution for the health tech industry is a software package that can manage all of those disparate pieces and put them together into one cohesive whole.

It should be able to track patient information, create reports on billing and insurance status, and even have features like scheduling appointments or sending emails directly from within the program itself.

The software should also have a feature that allows users to share their medical records with other doctors and medical providers, meaning that everyone involved in your care has access to all of the information they need to help you.

For example, if you have just undergone surgery and need follow-up care from another doctor or clinic then you can easily send them your medical records so that they can start treating you right away. This saves time and money by preventing unnecessary trips back and forth between doctors’ offices.

5). Biotech and Cleantech

Boston is a city known for its history, but it’s also an emerging startup capital. The biotech and cleantech industries are booming in Boston tech domain, and there are over 1,100 startups in the city today.

The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MSLC) is a nonprofit organization that supports biotech startups by offering research grants, accelerator loans, and tax incentives worth $1 billion. This money helps many companies get off the ground without having to worry about funding issues or overhead costs until they’ve proven themselves in the marketplace.

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What could be the Best Software Solution for Biotech and Cleantech?

The best software solution for the biotech and cleantech industry is one that can be used to manage the entire life cycle of a product, from design to production, and then disposal. The software should also be able to integrate with other systems and databases so that it can be used effectively in a company’s workflow.

Many features would help companies in this industry manage their processes more effectively. One of the most important is being able to create an itemized list of materials used in a given process. This allows companies to keep track of what they have on hand and how much they need at any given time. It also helps them get rid of waste by giving them an accurate picture of how much material they need for each task ahead.

Another feature that would improve efficiency is automated scheduling for production runs based on customer demand. This would allow companies to predict when they’ll need more supplies and make sure that there are enough available before starting production runs.

Finally, being able to share data between different departments within an organization makes it easier for everyone involved with product design or manufacturing processes to stay informed about what’s going on at any given moment during production cycles so they can plan accordingly when making decisions about future products.

Importance of Software Solutions for Emerging Boston Tech Industries

Software solutions are a critical part of any emerging tech industry. They help companies and individuals to manage their data, automate processes, and improve efficiency. These solutions are so important that many companies rely on them for their entire business model. Without them, they would not be able to function as effectively or efficiently as they do today.

Software solutions can be used by anyone who needs to store and process data, share information with clients/customers/partners/etc., or automate processes. They can also be used by people who want to learn more about their industry and how it works from the inside out.

Similarly software solutions can greatly help emerging Boston tech companies gain recognition among their peers in the industry. They can help provide a framework for new technologies and can be used as a means of testing new ideas and concepts.

Top 5 Reasons That Make Boston The Best Place For Tech Startups

The Boston tech industry has made record-breaking progress: it’s among the top five global leaders in the GSER rankings. Even more impressive, Boston is ranked number one in North America when it comes to supporting female-founded startups. This is truly an accomplishment worth celebrating!

Not convinced yet? Here is the latest insight into Boston’s technology ecosystem.

1). Boston ranks 5th in the Global Startup Ecosystem Report.

Boston ranks 5th in the Global Startup Ecosystem Report, which means it’s a great place to start a business. The report ranks Boston ahead of other cities like Los Angeles, Tel Aviv, and Shanghai, which are often considered to be more established tech hubs.

What is the Global Startup Ecosystem Report? It’s an annual study that looks at how startup ecosystems are doing globally, including factors like the strength of their startup community and the quality of their local policies.

This means that Boston is an ideal place for startups not just because of its proximity to Silicon Valley or its large number of universities. It’s also because Boston has a lot going for it as a startup hub itself, from its strong network of investors and mentors to its ability to offer affordable office space and high-quality living. In addition, its ecosystem is young, vibrant, and growing quickly.

The chart shows the constant position of Boston as the 5th ranking in GSER reports from 2017 to 2021.

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2). The Top 10 Startup Funding Events of 2021 added more than $7 Billion to Boston’s economy.

The Boston startup ecosystem is thriving, and it’s easy to see why. In 2021 alone, the top 10 startup funding events added more than $7 billion to Boston’s economy. This was an incredible year for startups in Boston, with big wins from companies like Amazon aggregator Thrasio ($1.85 billion) and health care startup Devoted Health ($1.15 billion).

The money raised by these two companies alone shows what kind of opportunities are available in Boston for young entrepreneurs who want to start their businesses. With these kinds of figures at play, it’s no wonder why so many people want to move here.

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3). VC Deal Sizes are Ballooning.

The VC deal size in Boston’s ecosystem is ballooning. The city has been a hotbed for tech startups for a long time now and the trend continues. VC deal size increased by almost 40% to reach $28 billion last year, up from $19 billion in 2015.

What are VC deals? Venture capital is a type of financing that gives small businesses access to capital by providing them with funding for their operations. This money is often used for research and development or marketing purposes. The goal of venture capitalists is to make a profit from their investment when the business sells or goes public.

The increasing VC deal size signals that investors believe in the future of many startups and are willing to put their money where it counts.

Graphs showing Boston’s startup ecosystem by the numbers.

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4). Boston’s Ecosystem Value is worth $266 billion.

Boston’s Ecosystem Value has increased to $266 billion in 2021. This means that a lot of people are investing in Boston’s ecosystem, which will help grow startups and make it easier for them to thrive.

The importance of increasing ecosystem value for tech startups cannot be overstated. Entrepreneurs need money to start their businesses, but they also need community support and access to resources that will help them grow their businesses faster.

Increasing ecosystem value for tech startups also means that more people will want to work in Boston because there are more opportunities available than ever before. This means that there will be more jobs available for young professionals who want to work at startup companies.

5). Boston Ranks in the Top 10 list for Technology Talent.

According to CBRE’s 2021 Scoring Tech Talent report for North America (the USA and Canada), Boston ranks in the top 10 list for Technology Talent. The report states that “Boston possesses a high concentration of talent in digital media and software development, with 46% of its population having graduated from college or university” and it has “a strong base of tech talent with an average annual salary of $84,000.”

This makes Boston an ideal place for startups looking to grow their business quickly by hiring talented people who can help them achieve their goals efficiently and effectively without wasting time on training new employees on how things work at their company.

Looking For The Best Software Development Agency In Boston?

As one of the top software development agencies in Boston, MpireSolutions is well aware that emerging tech startups have a lot on their plates. That’s why our goal is to provide the best software solutions in Boston that are relevant to the tech industry you are working in.

Our team can build the tools you need to get your business started, grow your current product offering, or take your company in a new direction.

We work with a wide range of technologies and can provide support for mobile apps, web apps, and desktop applications. We’ll work closely with you throughout the entire process to make sure we deliver exactly what you need. We also offer ongoing maintenance and support plans so that as your needs change over time, we’ll be there to help keep things running smoothly.

Conclusion

The Boston area is a hotbed for countless emerging technologies, creating an opportunity for software development companies to thrive. To that end, we hope this article has provided you with some useful information on the emerging industries and software solutions with the perspective of Boston tech sphere, allowing you to make an informed decision about what path best suits you or your company. Get a quote for software solutions in Boston.

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