Saturday, September 16, 2017

A series on taxi service apps-1

Curb Passenger App

Curb delivers the most extensive network for a Taxi service around the U.S. with coverage of 65 cities. Curb delivers a different level of security when compared to other apps with its verified driver roster. In each city, drivers who have certified licenses and insurance according to local specifications are registered. This makes it a Taxi app that provides total secure rides to its users as it does not stop with ensuring quick hailing but also goes ahead and creates a secure pathway to your destination.

Connect with a huge customer base
Taxi services that plug into Curb get customers across the U.S. to serve while maintaining the high standards that Curb applies to drivers. This ensures that any fleet that works with Curb has a high quality threshold by meeting the guidelines laid down by Curb. Not only do Transportation Service providers get customers across the country but also maintain zero tolerance for unprofessional drivers. When a professional driver utilizes the Curb app, they are assured of regular customer bookings with more rides per shift than the rest of the apps in the market.

Online booking avenue
Curb also provides the option to go in for online booking which is very useful when you are planning well ahead of your journey and need to customize various facets of your travel plan. At the same time, you can make bookings right from your app. The online experience is for those who like to do it with a bit more detail. Customers can plan for a trip 24 hours in advance. A crucial differentiator with Curb is you can make the payment with cash if you want to do so, thereby not closing any channel of payment that the customer might prefer.

Choice of vehicle
In addition to choice of payment, Curb also provides choice of vehicle which is a very crucial parameter for some customers.

Pair and Pay
Customers can hail a taxi on the streets and then pair the service up with the app.

Wide network of Taxi drivers
Curb is not confined to professional taxi drivers but also includes any for-hire driver after all the mandatory approvals with regard to local standards and insurance.

Payment is instantaneous
Curb delivers automatic payment leading to a complete elimination of any interaction between devices or any dialogue between the driver and the customer. A default tip percentage is applied with the automatic payment feature, which can be changed by the customer to set the tip percentage of their choice. Tips can be set for future rides and tips on past rides too can be adjusted down the line by contacting support.

Unique add-ons
Customers who want to engage Taxis for an event that they are organizing can get in touch with Curb and organize a more customized hail and dispatch.

Credit Card benefits
With credit card being essential in some jurisdictions, the payback for customers comes in the form of promos that add a great way of bringing down some of your customer’s transportation bills. Credit cards can be added by using a smartphone to scan the card and after the scan is configured by the App, entry of the expiration date completes the addition of the card to the account. With such ease of card addition, there is absolutely no extra effort needed by customers to get their payments off and running. The same can also be done by going through the menu of the app.

No worry about lost articles
When you lose some object on your Curb App ride, all you need to do is log into your account and identify the company whose service you have utilized.

Sharing benefits
Curb users can convert their travel into a shared one by sing the app to set the destination as well as the number of people that they want to share their ride with. After the request is confirmed, a nearby location where the travel will originate is notified to the customer. Such comprehensive customer benefits are not available in many other taxi apps. This feature is available in specific areas within New York City which can be identified on a map on the app. Once the ride is confirmed, four minutes are allowed before the ride can be started while the passenger who joins in has two minutes to reach the pickup spot.

Getting receipts
Curb will send customers receipts for the ride within 24 hours. Customers can also log in to the site and get their receipt mailed to them.

Using Curb without an account
The taxi company that customers frequent can be used to get the transaction routed through Curb but many features might not be available through this avenue.

Completion of the journey

Curb is completely paperless for customers who want to eliminate all hassle from their journey. It is this feature that makes it a futuristic mode of travel wherein customers can get their taxis in a matter of minutes, complete their journey and exit the vehicle without loss of any time for completion of the payment.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Stress in the workplace

Stress is Good
When Stress becomes an apparent issue, it is time to realize that you have entered a phase of intense activity at the workplace. It is an indication of your responsibilities becoming bigger and your career gaining exponentially in terms of expertise. To rise up to the occasion, the first step is to acknowledge that you are being required to deliver more as you have developed the foundation for the same. This is the time to make the move towards aiding yourself to cope with the responsibilities better.

Turning insecurity into resourcefulness
If you are having insecurity with regard to your abilities to handle added responsibilities, planning and learning are the key words to address it. This stress is good because you have identified the areas that need more focus, either consciously or sunconsciously. All that remains to be done is to work out the ways to address them with the development of a mission statement for the particular challenges. By linking with the required resources, half the stress is addressed while the remaining half is overcome with a roadmap for application of the resources.

Ramp up communication

Communication is crucial in creating the right atmosphere for all reactive and resourceful action plans to be put into practice. Develop a new vocabulary of communication to handle the new or the unfolding situation that is causing the stress. In the long run, stress is good because it drives you to make the changes required to wade through it and perform your responsibilities to the most optimum. Step up into a rich new phase of both your professional and personal life.

Is it time to start looking at AI for your business

Artificial Intelligence has acquired breakneck speed of late to the extent that warnings have been issued of machines taking over too fast. In Business, the time to make full use of the technologies underpinning the field is surely now or never. With delegation of noncreative tasks to the machine, employees will have the time to focus on key aspects of the business that deliver added value to customers. The focus will shift to research and the development of jobs related to the availability of rapid-fast deductions by machines on what is going on with customers and markets.

Aiding business intelligence
With machine-deduced insights, decision makers will have their hands full in responding to alerts that are generated by the system. Further detail can be picked out by using the customization capabilities of the Machine Learning process. With all future business patterns discerned in advance and all events responded to with precision, businesses are going to be beehives of activity with activities that are guided to the last detail. The next stage of business development will be led by analysts who assist the AI system to generate key knowledge streams.

Staying on Track
Businesses that get into the AI revolution will be able to mop up all the small bits and pieces of profitable activities while keeping even the miniscule loss-making parts out of the equation. As companies master this efficiency phenomenon, they will discover more advanced capabilities of AI down the track. It is Win-Win when AI is adopted early, in the near-term and the long term. Without an AI game plan, businesses will be falling back more and more with each quarter.


Thursday, August 31, 2017

Digital Transformation-How to go about it?

Digital Transformation is the flavor of the season with all talk about bots replacing humans and the Internet of Things holding out great promise for transformation of all current practices. As companies embrace this buzzword or react to it, it needs to be realized that this is quite a major revamp of the entire setup and not just the introduction of newer technologies. The convergence of a whole lot of innovation and their continuous adoption and further innovation is delivering an environment where efficiency is maximized over all activities and processes.

What is the basic prerequisite for Digital Transformation?
It is the involvement and integration of every component of a business operation. For Digital Transformation to really achieve its potential, every part of an organization and its staff need to be connected to the transformation as too needs to be all operations and data. The interlinking of data to feed and refine decision-making processes translates into all data becoming crucial for every decision. Insights will be gleaned from across the organization and not any more from specific departments.

Who benefits the most?

It is ultimately the customers who are going to be struck by this new approach and delivery wherein the buying experience becomes elevated to rarefied heights. To create such an outcome, the tools and the ways and means that employees have at their disposal will be radically advanced thereby making employees work better.

From Chief Information Officer to Chief Integration Officer

The times are a changing and technology is gaining rapid momentum. When one grasps the momentum of the event, it is clear that these are the times of maximum revolution in all spheres of business. Technology is bringing about a new kind of existence where there is no room for vagueness. It is all about learning and adapting. To rise to the occasion, CIOs need to be afraid of complacency.

Restructuring comes to the Enterprise
Digital Transformation is raising the bar all around the organization. All activities and processes are going to be ultra-refined and revamped beyond recognition. Leadership is crucial now and CIOs need to get on their battle gear. This is a challenging time and most importantly an exciting time. It is going to be a time where employees are going to get into the great learning evolution. Like the Ice Age and the Dark Ages, we are now entering the Age of Learning. This is going to make humans ultimately realize the great wealth of knowledge that is out there to be delved into.

Digital Transformation of Everything

It is going to be an age where humans are going to shake away their immersion into straitjackets of learning. This is going to be the age where the Learning of Everything is going to come about. An unification of all learning disciplines is the new model. And the CIO is the person making the first move in taking over the entire organization as the ambit of operation. To be afraid of this overarching venture is to be prepared fully. It is time to get down to work, to move out of the Department and into the Organization.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Artificial Intelligence in Medicine

Is Artificial Intelligence going to transform Medicine?
Artificial Intelligence in Medicine requires the collation of vast sets of data combined with detailed inputs from doctors and other medical professionals. With a steady agglomeration of data, AI can deliver the possibility of machine diagnosis of diseases and the ideal treatment regimen. Together with all of the data, algorithms can create the best models based on either rules or on inferences.
Initial Interest in the 70s
INTERNIST-1 was designed in the early 70s with a partitioning algorithm and exclusion functions. Prior attempts had been based on statistical models developed by Thomas Bayes and on Pattern Recognition. Ineffectiveness in diagnosing complex conditions led to INTERNIST-1 being redefined with the introduction of a microcomputer as Quick Medical Reference (QMR). Another system that was developed in the early 1970s was Mycine written in the Lisp programming language. Present Illness Program (PIP) and CASNET were the other systems developed in that period.
Revival in the 2000s
After a period of stagnation in the 90s, the turn of the millennium brought technology to te forefront of all business and lifestyle endeavors. This period was marked early on by the defeat of Chess World champions by computers, the victory of computers at popular games and the spread of smartphones and networked homes. Through the 2000s, processors kept getting better and better while also getting cheaper. This brought AI back onto the fast track of innovation.
Peculiar case of Medicine
In medicine, physicians and experts develop their knowledge by a process of slow and incremental learning through the years. No amount of educational brilliance can surpass a doctor who has seen and observed patients and diseases progress, retreat and be treated or overcome the bodily and chemical responses. Now with digitization and standardization, it is possible to let AI systems scour through all the electronic documents and accumulate learning and intuitions. It is but a matter of time before a well-designed system comes into the practice of diagnosis of diseases after going through each and every document that is out there in a clinic, hospital or in way-bigger systems.
Faster evaluation of test/scan results
AI systems can be trained to look into the images that are a fundamental feature of medicine today. When a system looks an image of a scan, it will have the ability to pick up the minutest patterns that are present in the image. These are jobs that usually occupy the time of the doctors and which will be freed up by relying on AI. Further, the job is not only done fast but also probably better, which makes it an ideal situation when doctors with experience are not available.
Building the system
The more wider the system that feeds into the AI machine, the better that machine learning can come up with better outcomes. When physicians train the AI system, it gets the right directions in which to drive at as it goes about bettering itself each day of its evolutionary existence. Even with the earliest systems of the 70s, it was observed that improvements are dramatic when the early errors are corrected and the system is pointed in the way to go.
Exciting and futuristic probabilities with AI
Epidemics are one of the main target areas that AI can address with great effectiveness. When it comes to handling multiple variables and analyzing them comprehensively, an AI system can help develop just-in-time alerts for healthcare systems. Another equally futuristic possibility is that of detecting when diseases are going to occur in risky sections of the population. This makes disease treatment a highly-enhanced area of medical operation wherein there is no surprise at all when a disease is found in a person.
A whole new outlook on disease
In the dramatic future that AI can deliver within this decade itself, diseases will end up being similar to greying of hair or wrinkling of skin as they are known well in advance. This can transform the very model that medicine is based upon, from that of having patients who have no clue on what is going to happen next to one where patients know about its imminent arrival and all that can be done to stave it off even before it has reared its head.


Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Should your Startup be based on your passion?

Could it be based on anything else but your passion? It might be! But then, that would never have the potential to be a spark that lights up the standard commercial model and turns into a new wave. Yes! It is passion that leads to path-breaking innovation. When it is accompanied by hordes and hordes of hard work! What do we mean by hordes? It is the contribution of a team of people who sync into your passion and pitch in to turn the idea into commercial fruition. Therein lies the crux of entrepreneurship! Building a team that connects with your passion.
Startup Entrepreneur Team
A startup can be a garage-outfit at its inception but very soon it will need to make its move into the cool new office. This is the moment when an entrepreneur taking big risks has received financial backing and is moving on to stage two. At this point, it is passion that makes the concept fully flower into reality. Outfits that sustain their passion into their journey are the ones who make it to the crème -de-la-crème of technology and business. When your passion permeates the work place, it sets in motion a continuous storehouse of energy that keeps the team focused on transforming your passion into a business.
Love your business
How do you do it? It works out when you are having the drive to be totally in charge through every new learning and every new application of the learning. What triggers a successful venture is passion at the outset and passion all through. What does passion mean when you have a setup that is well to commercial operation. It needs a focus on visualizing the development curve of the outfit over the next 365 days and into the next 3650 days. When you have a vision for the long term in place, that is when your build capabilities are most effective. Love your business just as you love your family. Be aware that it is a labour of love and that each day is the greatest.
Prepare for failure
This is what is most important. Be ready for failure not as a bad event but as a fundamental part of the process. Setbacks and failures are inherent to business. Your passion must include the chutzpah to realize this. So, always be ready for failure and keep the basics of a way out ready. For this ability, it is essential to retain the thought that the idea always lives on. It can take one avatar that might stutter but it will come back to life in another avatar. The journey is always being improved and soon you have a tough-as-nails outfit that makes a flawless landing.
Passion to overcome pain
There comes a time when you would feel let down either by your financial backers or members of your team. The overall economy might have its own fits and starts. When you have put in the hard work to build brick by brick, you have a fully evolved and developed idea that stays on its feet and stands up tall to full success and acclaim.
Enjoy the journey
There is a great deal of learning, unlearning and brainstorming to be done to build up over the solid foundation that is made of your passion. Be ready for work, a whole lot of it, and enjoy every step of it. Never ever be totally assured of what is the best way. You will never know what is possible as long as you are sure. Always be unsure. But, keep that passion for your idea as your most assured capital. It is this capital that is in short supply and which gives rise to the most exciting companies that arrive on the scene each year.

What does SuccessFactors software do?

Employee Central
Employee Central takes Core HR activities as the foundation to build a resource pool that directs its unique abundance of information to wherever it is needed throughout the organization. With Employee Central, the organization has an engine for driving implementation of strategy, one that is running at full steam. Administrative processes and business processes related to HR are automated to achieve connectivity with all processes organization-wide and not just particular transactions. It enables the provisioning of services that employees need along with all the information they need to create an organization that is always fully engaged.
Stepping up to being a Strategic Asset
Employee Central rises up above operations and comes into the plane of strategy and its implementation. It guides Strategy with its overarching view percolating through localized issues. Core HR Data is used better with support delivered to the decisions made on revising strategy towards better business results. Core HR now becomes central to the business with support to all activities on an ongoing basis.
Vast metric streams deliver exceptional data strengths
With 2000 metrics for analyzing the workforce, an exceptional array of ways to measure the result of people-focused strategies is available with Employee Central. This is where strategy is defined and redefined. The organizational structure for implementing strategy is developed and is used to deliver support for all levels including at the level of individuals. The accent is on social-equivalent engagement.
Effective achievement of Compliance
Situated in the cloud, all regulatory issues are automatically updated. Thus, a seamless management and implementation of strategy is achieved. While the focus is global, local issues are always addressed and brought under comprehensive coverage of all business strategy.
To look at Employee Central in summary, it is a consumer-type model where the focus is on continuous engagement. The qualities that mark the organization are built up into all aspects of employee engagement while delivering information across the board to every part of the organization. Action begins here.
Recruiting Management
Recruiting Solution of Success Factors delivers a network to talent across the world. The ability to find talent within a budget is a prime functionality which is made possible with sourcing analytics. For candidates to discover a company’s career web page, the module performs Search Engine Optimization as one of its crucial capabilities. Companies can generate savings on this very challenging aspect. When a company is focused on keeping spending down, the Recruiting Solution serves out the analytics that makes it possible. The analytics include breakdowns on campaign and on source and on many other fronts.
Presenting the right image to prospective talent
With site design that is best-in-class, a career page is elevated to top-notch rating among candidates. Page design is designed to adapt and optimize for devices across all platforms and regions. The Recruiting module generates a work in progress with continuous identification of talent. This brings selection closer to finalization from the time a search is initiated. This feature brings down cost per hire to levels of major savings. Recruiting network spans 3000 locations across the world from academic environments to social networks. It works in 46 languages.
Making hiring a simple exercise
Every component of the hiring process from approval for recruitment is made possible without any of the bottlenecks that are commonly witnessed. Every step of the process is automated and candidate selection is data driven. After candidate ranking and selection, offer letters and acceptance letters are also generated by the system.
The system enables talent to be fully aware of what is going on during the course of the recruitment process and managers to be aware of positions that are taking time to fill and which consequently need to be focused upon.
Onboarding
Employee retention in the first year is related to the quality of onboarding. This crucial phase can lead to a company losing out on high-potential candidates if it is not optimized and performed to meet all guidelines. When candidates perform above expectations, it leads to expansion of revenue generation. Success Factors delivers an onboarding experience that is personal and automated. New employees are enabled to connect with other employees and mentors with ease in accordance with their timely need.
Auto Walk through procedure
All procedures are simplifies and candidates are enabled to go through all essentials without any guidance. As all stakeholders will be occupied with their respective responsibilities, the Onboarding module is designed to achieve productivity without much of effort from managers and HR. Introduction to other employees is made possible with a virtual functionality. All the required content that new hires need is delivered with a social network of all the essential experts within the organization.
From the perspective of the manager
Hiring Managers have a similar automated procedure to identify all they need to work with the new hire. HR can track all activities of new hires on one layout. All documentation that needs to be done is delivered by the system.
Creating a smooth landing
The manager can set up a number of goals for the new hire such as those that can be achieved in 30 days, 60 days etc.  Training is delivered in line with the role of the new hire leading to accurate delivery. The same processes are applied when an employee moves across the organization or is promoted. Essential knowledge is always delivered customized for the role.
Compensation
SuccessFactors delivers a Compensation Solution that connects the investment that is being made to results in the form of effect on earnings. The Compensation solution is an integral part of the talent management strategy and also a part of the overall business objectives. Performance is focused upon which generates the right environment for employees to excel. This strategy of working on triggering employees to achieve makes the solution a part of the larger business growth strategy.
Moving from a process-focus to Model-able
The Compensation solution delivers a modeling capability that moves way ahead of automated capabilities. Bonus and incentives can be modeled over the long term to deduce the right fit for business strategy and competitive compensation. As business needs change, compensation plans can easily be reshaped to meet the proposed objectives.
Customization and Flexibility
Plans can be changed to meet different local conditions while bonuses can be crafted to meet particular business, team and individual requirements.
Adherence to rule book
Approval rules can be set up as are validation checks. Reports can be generated to check on the exactness of budget with compliance also being tracked through the reports. Process efficiency is another element that is monitored through reports.
Transparent presentation to employees
When employees are presented targets and rewards, the statements can be customized. They are always kept informed of the possibilities that can be achieved with specific targets. The focus is on goals which leads to a new compensation environment. Achievements are always translated into rewards as they have been specified upfront and are also done so through the year.
Employee Central Payroll
Employee Central Payroll is all about keeping cost down in an in-house solution and is a part of Employee Central solution. The process works in real time and is capable of monitoring policies on a continuous basis. This delivers a solution wherein a situation of trying to locate errors is totally eliminated. When an error is spotted, managers are alerted and the issue is transmitted down to administrators to resolve. Support to operations in 30 countries is delivered by the solution with further expansion afoot.
Unique design
Self-service is the key design concept of the Employee Central Payroll solution. As users do the processing, approval is done at another level. Adoption of the solution is achieved with rules, charts and inline comments.
Flexibility with other cloud services
While Employee Central Payroll is integrated with Employee Central, it can also be linked with other cloud services.





Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Developing apps for all mobile devices

A bit of old news to start out with, but one which is quite symptomatic of the evolution of technology is the collaboration of Xamarin with Microsoft. This took place in November 2013. In two years of existence prior to that, Xamarin had 440,000 developers working on its standard platform for enterprise mobile development. Developers could use Xamarin and develop native apps for iOS, Android, Mac and Windows, working with a single code base. According to Xamarin, 75 percent of the source code would be the same.

With the technical collaboration, Xamarin was integrated more fully into the Microsoft system of tools and services for developers.

Microsoft acquired Xamarin in 2016.