Is the Realtime Database or the Cloud Firestorm the best option for your development project? In this article we’re going to take a look at what each one has to offer.
Prospus will be attending the 2018 Open Source Summit in Japan between June 20-22. We are looking forward to seeing many of our colleagues there, and sharing Prospus’ vision of open source for the coming five years.
Prospus is excited to be attending the annual Caribbean Investment Summit 2018 in St. Kitts & Nevis with its new partner, Lelogix. We will be sending a delegation to the five-day conference hosted by St. Kitts Prime Minister Dr. The Hon. Timothy Harris to promote our joint egovernment offerings under the LelogixProspus banner.
We’re proud to announce the beginning of our collaboration with Lelogix. Together, as LelogixProspus, we hope to bring private sector quality to public sector apps.
We believe that government will be one of the first institutions to deliver tangible and lasting value to its users by using blockchain technologies. There are three main reasons why blockchain is on the radar of virtually ever government organization in 2018.
The amount of software-based solutions required to meet our business objectives is accelerating, but the process is far more difficult than it should be. Customers have spoken: they want rapid engagements leading to quick solutions. It’s upon the agencies to build a more efficient process with better outcomes.
VesselWise is now Live for users with its first set of features. The functionality will allow vessel owners, captains, crew and other onboard guests to capture issues on the vessel on the go. This is the application’s entry level functionality and will focus on real-time collaboration in the identification and resolution of vessel-related issues.
Much of the technology we see today was already imagined many years ago. But some of the advancements previous generations imagined have not yet arrived, and when they do, beyond simply improving human lives, they may ultimately redefine humanity.
In my previous two articles (see The Digital Body, The Essential Digital Body Parts), I used the analogue of the digital and physical universes to define and understand the “digital body”. The analogy is useful because we really do seem to inhabit two distinct dimensions; the real one and the digital one.
In my previous article, The Digital Body, I introduced the idea of thinking of our digital universe as a parallel to our physical universe. At the core of this theory is the need for a consolidated digital body; a vessel for engaging in the digital realm similar in function to our body in the physical.
The technology world has given rise to many successful entrepreneurs over the past few decades. As the information technology sector boomed, we saw the rise of many large corporations. AT&T’s Bell Laboratories introduced the C programming language and the UNIX operating system.
VesselWise is an end-to-end, cloud-based, mobile-enabled platform for the management of all types of marine vessels. VesselWise will provide functionality for the various actors involved in the operation, management, acquisition and utility of vessels, including boat owners, captains, dealers, manufacturers, surveyors, contractors, brokers and more.
Computers powered by artificial intelligence have proven their capability by beating the world chess champion and defeating the best human players on the game show Jeopardy. As computer systems with AI continue to evolve, will they develop intelligence that matches, and eventually exceeds human intelligence?
Personal computers have evolved quite steadily over the past 50 years from BASIC (Beginner’s All-purpose Symbolic Instruction Code) programmable computers to traditional, fully assembled desktops to modern laptops. What will the personal computer look like in the years to come?
Technologies that emerged just over half a century ago seemed revolutionary at the time, promising to lead humanity toward new ways of life. And they did, yet many of those developments seem almost laughable today. That is how technology progresses. We have come a long way, but just imagine what lies ahead.
Yacht builders invest substantial resources into research and development to enhance their build processes so that they can deliver superior quality vessels to buyers. A yacht is an item of pure luxury.
Anyone who grew up with Lego is sure to appreciate how innovative it is. Now imagine the application of lego-like mechanics to the software world. The fragmentation and inconsistency of our current digital landscape can only be overcome with a truly universal, modular software system. What if we could combine individual software Legos to create a consistent digital universe?
The debate over whether or not we will ever achieve complete human–robot symbiosis continues. While we can imagine many possibilities, the reality might be that human and robot intelligence will never be comparable. Humans will ultimately control robots, and although robots may grow to be our greatest allies in the future, they won’t ever actually threaten our existence.
Tech disruption promises to improve many aspects of our lives, but our current crop of software is not entirely capable of leading this transformation. A decade-long growth opportunity lies ahead, but first, software itself must evolve in order to transform other industries. Incremental changes will only take us so far.
We need Commodity Functionality, core functionality that enables communication, collaboration and creation should be public domain; in order for software to evolve, we have to escape the limited function, shrinkwrap mindset where companies rush to market with incremental or insignificant changes upon existing functionality packaged to sell.
Businesses understand the need for effective and transparent communication in the workplace to enhance productivity and eliminate redundancies. But do they have the tools to achieve it?
Today’s world of enterprise is marked by intense competition. In order to survive and thrive, businesses have to be innovative, but in our quest for the new and novel, we haven’t really raised the bar. Instead, we have diluted true innovation.
Rational choice theory assumes that aggregate social behavior results from the behavior of individual actors making individual decisions. Finding commonalities between the behavior of the modern tech user and established social and economic behavior models, we apply the principles of rational choice theory to today’s digital economy.
Enterprise architecture has been widely used by governments as well as private businesses across many industries. With our personal and social lives becoming more and more digital, the principles of enterprise architecture may hold the key to improving our everyday lives. Can we create an individual architecture?
From its earliest applications, software was created to work for us. Today, it assists us in ways we couldn’t have imagined in the past, becoming more and more capable of mimicking natural human abilities. But does modern software actually work naturally? What if it did?
Every aspiring entrepreneur wants to change the world. We often feel inspired by business icons, worshipping them like heroes, and given their example, we tend to paint unrealistic portraits of entrepreneurial success. But have we really been inspired to improve human lives, or are we just chasing personal glory?
Automation is driving many remarkable changes across organizational functions. As an outcome of improved business processes, customers reap great benefits in the form of improved products and services. The future of digital business ultimately promises to be highly advantageous for society, yet amidst the broad positive change, negative impacts on the workforce also emerge.
As a boat owner, you understand that your boat requires a lot of care. The safety, integrity and market value of a boat depends on how well it is maintained. Regularly checking your boat can keep issues in check, but it is also important to occasionally get your boat thoroughly surveyed by a surveyor.
Over the past decade, technology has brought tremendous improvements to the way buyers consume products and services. It has not only enhanced service delivery, but also improved customer engagement by creating a key touchpoint between service providers and buyers.
The one aspect of boat ownership that owners would agree they enjoy the least is maintenance. It’s not that owners don’t appreciate that an asset so valuable and personal will require diligent maintenance, but rather logistical problems associated with surveying, maintenance
We discussed the need for used-boat surveys and what goes into a pre-purchase survey in an earlier blog post. We also addressed in our other blog posts why getting a new-boat survey is just as important as a used-boat survey. Now let’s delve a bit further into new-boat surveys and why they are important.
Today’s boats are equipped with an increasing array of electronic gadgets designed to automate and simplify operations. With this new equipment in place, including joysticks, radio controls and modern emergency, navigation and communication systems, more and more
Although robotics and artificial intelligence software continue to mature, we are still far from a true symbiosis between people and machines. In 1960, J.C.R. Licklider wrote about the possibilities of human–robot symbiosis in his classic paper, “Man–Computer Symbiosis.” Over half a century later, let’s consider how far we have come and explore the future of human–robot symbiosis.
If you’re purchasing your first boat or trading up from your current boat to a larger one, one of the first things you’ll consider is whether you should buy a brand-new boat or a pre-owned one. A lot of the people buying yachts over 30 feet tend to be long-time owners
Don’t get ripped off buying a used boat. When buying a used boat, you’ll want to make sure to go over every part and feature thoroughly before signing any documents.
So, after months of searching, and perhaps years of planning, you have finally found a boat that you like. Now you’re just a few steps away from owning it. But before you go ahead and sign a purchase agreement in a rush to get sailing, there are a few tasks remaining that are extremely critical for you to complete.
Any owner-operator, captain or yacht manager knows that managing a yacht is a complex affair. This is because the systems on board a yacht are very complex and problems can crop up quite frequently. If not regularly surveyed and serviced, a yacht can be damaged by the smallest of issues.
We have all heard two of the most common aphorisms about boat ownership. The first is, “Boats are holes in the water, into which you throw money.” And the second is, “The two happiest days of a boat owner’s life are the day they buy a boat and the day they sell it.” Although these sayings may have little truth,
Delivery captains carry great responsibility. Owners place a lot of trust in them to safely deliver their newly purchased boats. A skilled and reputable delivery captain will want to ensure that the client’s newly purchased boat is delivered quickly with no (or minimal) mechanical or cosmetic damage.
Most businesses understand the value of effective task and operations management. Executives rely on a variety of tools to manage their tasks, from basic apps for roles and operations management to complex enterprise software, depending on the type of work and the degree of organization required.
When it comes to identifying a quality marine surveyor, what boat owners and buyers look for is integrity and skill. In an industry where there are no written guidelines defining the required qualifications for a surveyor, the quality of the surveyor’s work is key to his or her reputation.
If you’re a boat owner, you already know the importance of a marine surveyor’s input in the maintenance and safety of your boat. And if you’re preparing now to take your first steps toward the boating lifestyle, you will soon find, as you research your boat purchase, that throughout the course of your boat’s life, the surveyor will be an invaluable aide.
Software is rapidly becoming an integral part of almost everything we do. From doing business, socializing, professional networking, and finding restaurants to booking tickets, finding a cab, downloading music, or buying gifts—there’s an app for everything.
Innovation is multiplying at a rapid pace. Never before have we seen user adoption and acceptance of technology increase at such rates—so much that old business models become obsolete and long-established ways of getting things done are threatened with extinction every day.
The internet-based-open-contractors marketplace
The internet has enabled many new innovative business models to flourish- fostering new developments through community sourcing, sharing, collaboration and solicited contributions.
Prospus has been working in Sydney, Australia since early November and will remain with team Entropolis to put finishing touches on the Entropolis portal for its beta launch in early 2015.
The Internet of Things (IoT) has been talked about in the media for a few years now. But in recent years, with the convergence of cloud, mobile and analytics technologies, IoT has evolved. The trend is gaining ground as supporting technologies and some degree of user acceptance (at least in certain industries) emerge.
Social engagement has existed for many years as traditional electronic and print media as well as word of mouth. But things have been changing dramatically over the past few years. The rise of Internet penetration and mobility combined with growing digital social networks has led to a massive paradigm shift—social engagement has grown manifold.
Marketers around the world and across a multitude of industries are constantly faced with one challenge—data. That is, turning data into relevant, actionable insights for more accurate, effective and timely decision-making.
An average user will probably visit half a dozen or maybe tens of sites a day (or a few dozen, if you’re in the web business), but only a few sites are not immediately forgotten. Which ones stick in a user’s mind is something that will usually be decided by him or her within the first few seconds spent on the site.
Mobile apps are everywhere. The number of smartphone users is rapidly growing across global markets and across industries, and businesses are making the most of the app revolution by integrating mobile into their marketing strategies.
Crowdsourcing is reinventing community collaboration and fostering innovation. It allows businesses to source ideas, solutions and contributions from outside traditional organizational boundaries and expand their workforce to include non-employees.
Modularity can enhance operational efficiency within a business. The benefits of modularity are not limited to the domain of software design alone,
On February 26, in a 3-2 vote, the American Federal Communications Commission voted to reclassify broadband internet access as a “telecommunications service” under Title II of the Communications Act, subject to tough new rules designed to preserve internet openness in the U.S.
The growth of internet-based networking and collaboration has contributed to the creation of a global playground for people to share and discuss ideas like never before. Professional social
Digital technology is rapidly changing the way we engage with one another. Disruptive technologies such as mobile, cloud, analytics and social media are altering traditional engagement models. With technology becoming increasingly democratized, human–technology interaction and customer experience take center stage.
With more advanced and increasingly affordable digital devices, the proliferation of the internet has been bolstered. This is redefining customer experience delivery and collaboration.
Gamification and crowdsourcing are not entirely new ideas, but recent developments in technology have given them a new platform to foster innovation. Businesses – large and small –
There’s tons of content you’ll come across if you look for the phrase challenges of being an entrepreneur. We all know it, it is not a piece of cake and it’s never going to be. An
I can remember when I was at university preparing to go backpacking between semesters to my far away favourite destinations in southeast Asia – things were slightly different. Travel, stay, food, getting around and such worries took the majority of my planning time and efforts.
Technology is causing massive disruptions across virtually every industry, redefining staid business models and forcing rapid, often uncomfortable shifts in the way businesses operate. The digital economy is paving additional pathways for delivering innovation like never before, bringing with it all of the characteristics of a paradigm shift.
I had a chance to meet with Brandon in Fort Lauderdale recently. Brandon is a well-traveled yachtsman, adventurer, and captain who has been in the maritime industry for well over a decade. Brandon recently finished working in Italy where he was sent as consultant by MarineMax
Following the Fort Lauderdale, Florida trip in October and November 2014, development of the VesselWise application is continuing in full swing. While attending the Fort Lauderdale Boat Show, members of the VesselWise and Prospus teams met with many key prospects and potential users, informing a development process that was already underway.
Robots and androids have always fascinated us. Thinking machines and artificial beings have been a subject of great amusement for us since early history, appearing in Greek myths as Talos of Crete, the bronze robot of Hephaestus and Pygmalion’s Galatea.
Through this paper: Sharing Must be Integrated into the DNA of IoT, we look to highlight why it would become necessary to have a more unified
With so much happening in the technology world in early 2015, we already have a lot to look forward to. Continuing research and development in the field of new-age, disruptive IT is fueling increased hype among analysts and enthusiasm in the consumer market, with wearable tech being one of the most exciting emerging segments right now.
Cloud adoption has been witnessing growing acceptance among organizations—big and small—and the trend continues to show steady growth. As businesses move beyond the testing and development stages and show steady signs of early mainstream adoption, the cloud services
As the “Yachting Capital of the World,” Fort Lauderdale, Florida, played host to the 55th annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show between October 30 and November 3, 2014, and team Prospus was there with a new innovative idea—software that can potentially change the way things get done in the yachting industry.
Businesses are increasingly benefiting from gamification by infusing problem solving, innovation and participation into their interaction with the masses, including their own employees, customers and stakeholders.
Prospus unveiled its new face this month. We gave our website a new, refreshed look and had great fun doing it, like we do with every other project! We have developed hundreds and hundreds of sites for our clients, but updating our own site was a rather challenging proposition—being our own client didn’t seem to be all that easy, we must admit!