Choosing the ‘Right’ Programming Language for Your Business Solutions |

Most likely there are two reasons why you are reading this article at this moment. Either (1) you are starting a business and looking for the most apt software for the best price that will help you get ahead; or (2) you need to revamp your software and technology to stay ahead in this ultra competitive business world.

There are an endless number of programming languages out there – Is java the best technology for your project or is it .Net, PHP or may be Perl? There are an equal number of databases to choose from – Access, mysql, SQL server or may be Oracle. But the question is – how to choose the ‘Right’ technology which is affordable and can cater to not only your current business needs but to its future requirements as well.

Ideally deciding on the best software programming language for your business solutions, should be a team activity which involves heads of IT and relevant departments and experts from your solution provider. But in case you are a small business owner or just starting-up on your own, evaluating the following factors can help you too, to take the right decision on the technology front.

Key Factors

- Budget

The first thing to consider for your business is the costs and the possible return on that investment. Decide the budget based on the return, a product/service is expected to bring. If it’s a product with small shelf life and limited features, you might consider a boxed solution rather than a custom solution. It’s a quick and less expensive way to market. But if this application is the lifeline of your business then you need to evaluate the long-term business requirements and benefits of investing in custom build solution with a high-end technology.

- Choose the right features

What are the features you are looking in your software? What are the shortcomings in your business that can be resolved by having the right system in place? Identify the areas where technology can automate the processes, thereby improving business efficiency and productivity. What features would be required in the long run to accommodate more products or services when your business expands? Discuss these features with your solution provider to decide on a programming language which can handle your business for a long time without being outgrown by it.

- Time to market

If you are developing a time-sensitive product, the most critical factor in its success will be its timely release. It may be your best idea and you may have invested in the best technology, building an error-proof product. But if you are not able to market it at the right time, you may lose to your competition who would have captured the market impulse and brought the product at the right time. Quite possibly, you can lose out on a huge market share. Choosing the programming language which can quickly build the product is the key factor here.

- Scalability requirements

What is the intended life cycle of your product/application? If your business requires it for next 5-10 yrs, there is high probability that you might need to expand its functionality or increase usability. The technology used for such solutions should be scalable and upgradable, with or without vendor involvement. Imagine a situation where you have invested a good amount of money and time in training employees to use a software, which after 2-3 years needs upgradation to meet your business requirements but doesn’t has the capability to do so. Surely, you don’t want to land up in such a situation. So, a golden rule – always clarify with your solution provider about the future business requirements and capabilities of the chosen technology and programming language.

- Application demands

o Performance

If you application sees some peak traffic in certain time of the day which is crucial for your business, then performance is the key factor for your system. It will be important to choose a programming language with ability to handle a large number of simultaneous requests/transactions (supplemented by high-end servers) without affecting the speed and performance of the system.

o Security

If security of your application is of paramount importance, then short-listing a technology with focus on security features is what you need to do. For ex – Java security technology provides a large set of APIs (cryptography, public key infrastructure, secure communication, authentication, access control etc), tools, and security algorithms, mechanisms, and protocols. Zero-in on a programming language which provides the user or administrator with a set of tools to securely manage applications.

o Content change requirements

If your application requires a frequent change in the content or you need to change the look and feel of your website quite frequently, it’s good idea to go for a CMS with features and flexibility to be managed by the system administrator without vendor involvement.

Internet of Things – The Technology of The Future |

When the internet of things was first proposed back in 1982, it was considered wishful thinking. Today it is quickly becoming a reality and as it takes hold it promises to bring with it a whole new wave of opportunities in the technology field. With everyday objects able to transmit information directly, that means entirely new ways of tracking data and putting it to use for safety, productivity and marketing purposes, which in turn could lead to a whole world of business opportunities.

The idea of future technology driving business start-ups is hardly new. This has been the case since the dawn of the Industrial Age. As we create new ways of doing things, we see clever businessmen picking up on the possibility and creating opportunities for themselves by putting the newest technology to good use. This is certainly the case with the internet of things or the smart device industry, which is taking the ideas we started back then to a whole new level that we’d only been able to dream about before.

Many of us were fascinated by the idea of the technology we saw on The Jetsons. How amazing would it be to simply speak a command to your oven and have dinner automatically prepared? Now, with this newly emerging technology, that idea is quickly becoming a reality. We haven’t quite reached that level yet, but we’re getting there. We can program our lights to turn on or our water to heat up without even being home. Appliances that are breaking down can automatically download repair instructions from the internet and send them to your phone.

These are the kind of possibilities that we’re seeing take shape and this is why we are seeing future technology driving business start-ups. Because as this technology takes hold it opens the door to a whole new way of approaching marketing, sales and even manufacturing. And that means businesses springing up to take advantage of these new approaches.

And this can spell a big advantage for information technical professionals, because the more businesses that jump on the opportunities created by the internet of things, the more they are going to need skilled information technology assistance. They’ll want individuals who can understand the latest technology and help their business use it to its best advantage. They’ll also need to keep their own technology up to par so that they can remain competitive.

So, as we witness future technology driving business start-ups, we will also see a world of opportunities opening up in the technical business field. The more businesses that this technology creates, the better it is for everyone in information technology. That’s why you need to stay on top of this trend so that you can be in the best position to grab those opportunities as they present themselves.

The internet of things isn’t just about making life easier for individuals; it’s also about creating more business. It’s in your best interest to be aware of this exciting technology of the future and everything it promises for us. Because, as a knowledgeable advocate, you’ll be needed to help fulfill those promises for the many up and coming businesses it creates.