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Does anyone remember what happened on March 11, 2011, in Japan? Anyone remember Fukushima?

Fukushima

The large-scale earthquake called the “Great East Japan Earthquake” and subsequent tsunami attacked Japan on the same day in 2011. During the disaster, there were many problems, and around 16,000 people died as a result of the earthquake and tsunami. The infrastructure was devastated, and there was a nuclear meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station.

After the earthquake, many people were stranded in the area. People who made it to shelters had insufficient supplies and no way of reporting their conditions to authorities. According to the officials of Miyagi Prefecture, if people needed medical supplies, food, water or clothes, the only way to report this was by using a pen and paper. People were also suffering with emotional problems and needed help.

Basically, Japan was unprepared for such a big disaster and its effects, and perhaps many more could have been saved if there had been adequate preparation. Japan is a country where a disaster can take place anytime. So we Japanese have learned that it is very important to be prepared in the future. One valuable lesson for those of us who are involved in IT is the importance of SMAC technologies (social, mobile, analytics and cloud). Not only did these help us during the Great East Japan Earthquake, but they are becoming even more important for disaster preparedness today.

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PaaS train

I recall making my first steps into this industry as a fresh-faced computer science graduate. I quickly learned that with each generation there are a few relics that end up falling by the wayside. I’ve heard stories of how software releases that can now be done instantaneously would take hours to compile. Or of how programmers had to struggle with Notepad rather than what we have nowadays—the fancy integrated development environments (IDEs) with automated code completion, color-coded syntax highlighting and complicated debuggers. And I can just about remember the time when an Excel file was a valid tool for defect logging and tracking. It’s amazing how things have changed in just a few years. Continue Reading »

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Mobile industries

Mobile technologies are undoubtedly changing the way businesses operate and interact with their customers across industries, elevating them from solely a means to communicate to a primary channel for both business and personal transactions.   Fundamentally, mobile devices have changed the way businesses and consumers conduct commerce, search for information, communicate and collaborate  – regardless of the industry.   Travel, for example, is one of the fastest growing industries for mobility with approximately 25 percent of all travel related Internet searches being conducted on a mobile device.   It’s clear mobile devices interact with every step of the travel process, such as, planning and booking, searching for destination information, such as events, venues, points of interests, restaurants, weather forecasts, etc. and even tangential services, such as dry cleaning, and then posting reviews about each of those experiences on social media. Continue Reading »

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What is the Internet of Things?

The Internet of Things, in general, refers to uniquely identifiable objects and their virtual representations in an Internet-like structure. If all objects and people in daily life were equipped with identifiers, they could be managed and inventoried by computers. This tagging of things, besides using radio-frequency identification (RFID), may be achieved through such technologies like near field communication (NFC), barcodes and QR codes. In the IT world today, the term Internet of Things (commonly abbreviated as IoT) is used to describe the advanced connectivity of devices, systems and services that goes beyond machine-to-machine communications; it covers a variety of protocols, domains and applications.

So how does the IoT change our lifestyle?

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After months of effort in defining requirements, designing and developing our lovely mobile application, we are now prepared to test it. Here are five essential types of testing that are recommended for any mobile enterprise application to make sure the user will love it. Continue Reading »

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