White Paper: Man and Machine
The growth of creatively named “Robo-Advisors” over the last few years has had many financial service organizations taking notice. Robo-Advisors lend a fresh new outlook on financial advising by emphasizing a more client-oriented do-it-yourself (DIY) approach. The standard formula for most robo-advising platforms consists of a simple and easy to use/understand user interface (UI) that also leverages various computer algorithms for the heavy lifting; hence the term Robo-Advisor. This new approach to financial advising focuses less on face-to-face interactions and more on reducing client investment costs. Robo-Advisors are able to offer lower investment costs due to lower overhead from the use of algorithms instead of human advisors, and by remaining fund agnostic and offering low cost funds, including Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs).
Market Research Mobile Dashboard
An international market research firm serving the media industry acquired a sophisticated Finnish company focused on performing mobile analytics. The Finnish company’s product offered a 360˚ view of the mobile consumer through passive on-device measurements. Proprietary software allowed mobile developers to create applications revealing usage patterns, signal strength, and user location in order to provide holistic audience measurements. The firm’s software worked on all major smartphone platforms (iOS, BlackBerry, Android, and Windows Phone). To complement the acquired capability, the Market Research Company sought to develop a web-based dashboard in order to deliver the data from the passive metering software to employees and external customers. Prior to engaging CapTech, the Market Research organization conducted a brief proof-of-concept to determine if the dashboard could be delivered using existing technology. As a result of the POC, the company determined that the dashboard would be delivered using SAP’s Xcelsius dashboard tools with a BusinessObjects Universe as the semantic layer on top of its Netezza data warehouse platform.
Windows Universal Apps: MVVM Design Pattern
There are many design patterns available when implementing a universal application in Windows. The common design patterns include Model-View-Controller (MVC), Model-View-Presenter (MVP) and, of course, Model-View-ViewModel (MVVM). MVVM is the more commonly used design pattern in Windows 8+ universal applications. This is due to its ability to decouple the business logic and view logic of applications in a way that provides the most reusable code across the two primary platforms - phones and tablets/pcs.
I had pondered writing a post called "Requirements Decay" about how requirements don't last forever. In my research I found that such a post, complete with "my" words "requirements decay" and "requirements half-life", had already been done comprehensively here. In a compact argument underpinned by half-life mathematics, the anonymous author proposes that a requirement isn't likely to stand forever and explores the implications. For me, requirements decay is an idea that helps us think realistically about project planning and improves our chances of meeting business needs. I've observed requirements decay in many settings, so I was surprised to find so few references that take this perspective. There are many, on the other hand, that talk about requirements volatility. Some, like this one, follow the traditional failed pattern of demanding business sign-off, "disallowing" changes after a certain point in the project, and applying a robust (and often dreaded) change control process for incorporating requirements changes.
iOS Mobile Developer
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iOS Mobile Developers at CapTech are part of an intelligent, highly motivated community of developers who strive to continuously learn the latest tools and architectures to deliver innovative solutions for our clients. They are involved in the design, development and delivery of innovative mobile solutions in partnership with a variety of Fortune 500 clients.
Dominion's New Digital Strategy
Almost since the invention of the light bulb, the power and utility sector has been largely dominated by monopolies. The enormous capital investment required to build turbines and dams, maintain massive power grids and service distribution networks always needs to be offset by the consistent, undivided demand that only large companies can guarantee. Today, operations of energy monopolies are being disrupted by a powerful combination of innovation (smart grids and smart meters that allow consumers to monitor their usage), the rise of alternative energy sources (wind, solar), new government regulations and federal incentives for new energy technologies.
Big Data Analytics with Hortonworks and CapTech
Join Hortonworks, CapTech, and Information Builders to learn how to master and transform big data into big business value. We can show you how to easily manage and analyze massive amounts of data – both structured and unstructured – for better business performance and lower costs. Register now to reserve your spot, as seats are limited. We look forward to seeing you there! June 25 | Noon to 1:30 p.m.
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Java Developers at CapTech are part of an intelligent, highly motivated community of developers who strive to continuously learn the latest tools and architectures to deliver innovative solutions for our clients. They are involved in the design, development and delivery of vital internal and customer facing systems in partnership with a variety of Fortune 500 clients. CapTech developers enjoy a collaborative... environment and have many opportunities to learn from and share knowledge with other CapTech developers, architects, and our clients. CapTech Java Developers deliver solutions for clients that include: REST and traditional SOAP based clients and services, JavaEE based integrations, cloud based deployments, and web and portal front ends.
Projects Need Predictive Analytics
Projects Need Predictive Analytics. And to convince you, I’m going to have to convince my heckler, Bob. Before you... even start, let me jump in. All you are talking about is adding more overhead and more resources, with no value. I can already tell. Hold your horses Bob. It costs money to have headlights, windshield wipers and brakes in your car but they add serious value despite the cost. Value is the appropriate way to perform this analysis.