International trend and analysis agency Gartner recently published this year’s top 10 tech trends, and there was no mistaking them: cloud solutions, intelligent data and advanced mobile units and platforms. At TimeLog, we’ve tested our own level of trend readiness …
We’ve chosen three of the most relevant trends and taken a closer look at both TimeLog and TimeLog Project. As a web-based business system supplier, we feel it’s crucial that we operate with the necessary technological standards required to meet not just the needs of customers, but also those of the market.
WAR OF the SMARTPHONES: mobile apps and html5
According to Gartner, this year’s smartphones will surpass the good old PC as the preferred means of accessing the Internet. This trend has been in process for some years now, and it is hardly surprising that every self-respecting company now has an Android and iPhone app. For TimeLog, developing an app was a natural progression from our core product, as time registration on the go can prove tricky; human beings tend to be more forgetful than stopwatches. Developments in the mobile industry have made their mark on our three new websites, which all contain HTML5 features such as call links, allowing you to give us a call from anywhere in the world between 9:00 and 17:00 CET.
Focus shift: from product to user
Another theatre in the war of the smartphones sees giants Apple, Microsoft and Google (Android) going toe-to-toe, undoubtedly leading to platform developments of a more nuanced quality, and therefore something to keep an eye on as an app developer. That’s why TimeLog is looking to implement the Windows 8 mobile platform in our system by launching a Windows Phone app. Apps offer a particularly attractive means of customising technology to meet the user’s requirements – not the other way around. For several years, TimeLog has been focusing on our product. We will of course continue to do so, but we’ll be considering the user experience and perceived value of using our system too. That’s why we’ve allotted 4,000 hours to redesigning the TimeLog Project user interface to create a more user-friendly and flexible solution.
Watch Gartner’s outline of the coming mobile trends:
According to Gartner’s trend analysis, data access from a multitude of sources and placements is a highly attractive feature. In short, being able to access and share content across multimedia platforms is the way ahead. Gartner also emphasises that companies must develop in-house cloud computing skills in order to accommodate this trend, and that, increasingly, the role of IT companies will be to act as consultants for users looking to implement cloud computing functionality. As of 1 January 2013, TimeLog has set up a new independent business unit offering users the training needed to unlock TimeLog Project’s full potential.
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TimeLog Project – your company’s know-how portal
TimeLog Project is actually one of the many web-based business systems on the cloud computing market. All data are accessed online, and no software needs to be installed on local servers. One of the main benefits of cloud solutions is the free TimeLog Extranet system, available to all our customers. Our solution offers a shared, online platform on which you can share project and time registration data as well as invoices with your customers. Additionally, all our Help Desk support is now managed online via the TimeLog Extranet system, where both parties can report issues. As a result, time is saved on calls and emails, and both parties benefit from an online know-how database.
BIG DATA – analyses to act on
Despite TimeLog Project data not exactly being categorised as ”BIG data”, there are certain overlaps between TimeLog Project and the future headlining trends predicted by Gartner. According to Gartner, companies will eventually discard the concept of using only one data warehouse. Instead, they will implement several systems generating different data depending on what is needed: decisions or analyses. In general, BIG data analysis is expected to gain momentum, replacing old-fashioned hunches with concrete documentation. This will place demands not only on data quality, but also on data use as well as on the skills needed to locate and combine key data for useful analyses.
TimeLog’s short-term strategy is to offer a customisable system capable of integration with multiple business intelligence systems, making everyday work for our customers easier without having to maintain data in several systems. TimeLog Project data can be used actively using our reporting API, which retrieves data from multiple systems in the form of specialised reports for use in extensive BIG data warehouse solutions.
In addition to the trends outlined above, Gartner emphasises the use of in-memory technology based on Flash instead of hard disk memory; integrated eco systems such as Apple’s fusion of its own software and hardware; and the so-called Internet of Things (IoT), which, for example, utilises mobile technology payments in new types of applications. You can see the exhaustive Gartner trend analysis here.