For one of the leading smartphone vendors, Auriga implemented a unique service that transcodes video from its original quality stored in the cloud to the quality that matches the capabilities of the receiving device and channel. The service allows users to store a single media file and convert it to the right quality on the fly instead of storing several file copies of different quality for different types of receivers. Continue reading
For Auriga’s Customer—a worldwide leader in mobile consumer electronics—Auriga released a multi-platform mobile (Android, iOS) and Windows client for a Dropbox-like cloud-based storage solution. The application emphasizes multimedia content, can play online audio/video, and supports download resumption after connection problems. The application allows working with pictures, video and audio clips, and PDF documents. Continue reading
To stay ahead of the changing market, Auriga engineers developed a comprehensive mobile banking application for customers to manage their bank accounts, transactions, and payments. The application was created in close cooperation with banking analysts and experts. It combines the best practices of our core service lines—financial and mobile development. The app is targeted at iOS, Android, Windows Phone 7, RIM (Blackberry), and Bada platforms, and it follows the stringent security standards of private personal and banking information. Continue reading
One of the most topical issues among both members of the banking sector and analysts is the prospect of remote banking growth. To keep up with the latest market trends and to be able to provide customers with the most up-to-date solutions, Alexander Videnev, Auriga’s Business Development Director, took part in a number of specialized events. These included the third international ‘Remote Banking 2012’ forum and a panel discussion ‘SME Crediting: from Single Operation to a Conveyor Line’ organized by CNews Conferences, Marketing Communications Agency.
It is evident that remote banking in Russia is developing rapidly and has become an integral part of bank-customer communication. However, the remote banking solutions offered by banks today are not yet eagerly sought by their customers, and at the same time, the share of customers using remote banking services in Russia is still lower than that in western countries. On average, around 40-50% of all Internet users in Europe, the USA, and Australia take advantage of Internet banking. In Russia, only 6-12% (based on various estimates) of online users make use of Internet banking, and even fewer users opt for mobile banking.
Nevertheless, banking sector representatives are predicting the perceived benefits of remote banking in Russia: experts forecast a surge in the growth of the demand for remote banking services in the coming years. Ultimately, integrated, multifunctional, and reliable remote banking systems that promote the availability of banking services and the simplicity of their use will attract the most interest from banks and their customers.
What should we get as the result from the standpoint of end users? Every actively involved banking customer wants to have complete access to his/her accounts including the option of accessing a wide range of banking operations, from account information displays and payment systems to loan applications. However, customers want to complete their transactions at a time and place suitable for them. Various remote banking systems—mobile banking, in particular—are revolutionizing the banking services sector in terms of comfort, mobility, and flexibility.
Why do experts think that mobile banking is a safe bet?
Analysts forecast that mobile service penetration with reach nine billion users by 2017, while the number of actual users will amount to five billion people, 85% of which will be able to use high-speed 3G mobile Internet.
The logical consequence will be the increase in the number of smartphones users. According to the estimates made by Ericsson experts, the number of smartphone owners will increase from 700 million to three billion by 2017. And while at the moment, the smartphone user base in Russia accounts for less than 50 million people, the situation will change dramatically in the coming years, because based on the data provided by retailers, every third phone sold in Russia these days is a smartphone. Cell phone service providers confirm that by the end of 2013, 70%-80% of cell phones will be replaced by smartphones.
In summary, currently, the positive environment allows business development adjustments with a focus on remote services for customers. But it is important to note that customers are not merely individuals but also SMEs that have not yet been covered by remote banking services. The SME share of production volume in Russia’s GDP grows year-by-year, approximating one third of GDP. Putting two and two together, we can now talk about a warmed-up market that can be penetrated with new and interesting solutions.
Traditional ideas that mobile applications, unlike Internet-banking, are created for the comfort of individual customers only hamper the dynamic development of such applications. However, a new, interesting solution with functionalities for corporate accounts and adequate data-security levels could significantly change the market balance and lead to a boom similar to the Internet-boom of the 2000s.
Auriga actively developed its own mobile banking application for SMEs. This application will allow SMEs to carry out their transactions quickly and effectively on the majority of existing mobile platforms anytime and anywhere in the world.
It will considerably simplify clearing and settlement transactions, payment-order creation, currency purchases, and cash-inflow monitoring for bank customers. Thanks to these functionalities along with the adherence to stringent security standards and positive reactions from a number of banks that already took interest in the solution, we can now confidently say that this is a timely product that will be in demand on the remote banking services market, and in the mid-run, it will obtain a wide circulation.
Every project manager knows that one of the dreariest tasks in a project is the constant control and problem management. An experienced PM applies his skills and experience to organize the control process, keeping in mind the major milestones and indicators of the project, but even experienced PMs cannot respond quickly while out of the office.
Some control freaks visit their project servers while on vacation at the Goa Beach or Mount Everest, but the fact is that there are few such freaks among project managers. Consequently, the mere mortals must either come to terms with the need to sift through the mountains of tickets after the holiday or trust the technology designed to solve such problems.
Recently, Auriga engineers developed a mobile client for project monitoring web-services based on MS Project Server. In accordance with complex business logic, the application collects information from various project management systems and, if a problem occurs, sends a notification to the manager’s smartphone or tablet. The push-notification service shows the number of open escalations in the corner of the widget icon of the phone or tablet desktop. At the same time, it’s not just a pure notification service; it’s also a tool that allows managers to work with escalations instantly: for example, to send an SMS or call back the responsible person. The solution includes the following functionality:
- Displays a list of escalations in the application
- Ability to close the escalation in the application
- Provides user authorization and authentication
- Calls/SMSs to employees responsible for the escalation
- Sorts escalations based on several parameters (date, customer, type of escalation)
- Integration with web-services notifications (e.g., if established deadlines, costs, budgets, or working hours are exceeded)
- Apple push-notification service
- Displays detailed information within the application without using a web-portal
The client is developed using complex business logic of the project compliance with the state of critical points (triggers). It is optimized for MS SQL database and MS Project Server. At present, the application is available for two main mobile platforms: iOS and Android. The next-step modifications of the solution include:
- Business logic algorithms customization, based on project triggers list expansion
- Cross-platform support for other mobile platforms
- Synchronization with other project servers or databases
Alexander Videnev, Auriga Business Development Director:
I am sure that our application has a bright future in the market. At present, there are many applications for project management, and the mobile segment of these solutions is very active. I mean, the share of mobile devices is growing very fast. However, our analysis revealed that really simple and effective solutions that allow users to obtain timely information about projects, to contact the project manager promptly, and to get comprehensive first-hand information about the project are quite rare. However, regarding such applications for Microsoft Project Server, I can assure you that we are pioneers: Our mobile monitoring application is the only one on the current market.