Tip of the Day – Iterative and Incremental Development

A useful way to achieve customer satisfaction in an incremental development approach is to always decide the priority of tasks picked in a specific development iteration. The priority order should be based on guidance from the customer, keeping them fully involved throughout the entire scope of the project. Complete customer involvement prevents unnecessary surprises and full understanding of the expected deliverable.

Throwback Wednesday: 2006 to 2011 – Tech Trends, Then and Now

This past year was a social and mobile whirlwind. From Facebook timelines and the mobile photo craze to the death of the great Steve Jobs, the social mobile landscape is changing the way tech is evolving. With 2012 predictions pouring in as quickly as 2011 went, I thought I would take a look back at some of tech’s biggest predictions from just 5 years ago, then recap the year in tech and some of the top predictions for 2012.

A Look Back: The Hottest Predictions in Tech 2006

  • WiFi Expansion: from mobile hot spots to city wide “hot zones” people will have wider access to the internet, but beware…you might have to pay a small fee.
  • Video Blogging: with blogging already  hitting the mainstream 2006 will introduce Vlogging. People will start incorporating video more and more into their daily posts.
  • Digital Living Rooms/Video on Demand: video will start to dominate not just bloggers lives, but your personal and business life as well. Not only will videos be accessible straight from your TV, but your TV will become fully customizable. Video will start to dominate your device with accessibility straight from your iPod and phone.
  • Internet Phone Service: with companies like Google, Yahoo! and Microsoft getting into the internet phone service business, you’ll start to see discounted international and long distance rates and phone to phone internet calls available for free.
  • Office to the Web: companies will be able to store important documents and information for their business on the internet. This will introduce more mobility and ease of access for the employer and their employees.

Recap: WiFi has definitely seen a massive expansion from customized hot spots to free access at some of your local hangouts.

With 48 hours of video being uploaded to YouTube every minute it’s safe to say that online video has shaped the way we view content online…and I don’t see it slowing down a second in 2012.

Improving technology give us easy access to the internet from our TVs, but with a massive surge in mobile and computer technology more and more people are using their devices to view videos and watch their favorite television shows online.

VoIP has exploded beyond a prediction to a worldwide commodity. Companies in every industry use internet phone services to conduct day to day business activities with clients all over the world. To throw in a quick example, VoIP technology is installed at every workstation at our NOC and TAC service centers here at WorldLink to help our employees communicate with our customers worldwide.

Advances in Cloud Computing and mobile technology enables employees to rely less and less on a daily office space. Companies are now allowing more employees to work remotely while utilizing apps like iCloud, Google Docs and Skype to communicate.

The Top Tech Trends of 2011

Technology and advances in mobility will continue to move at a lightning speed pace over the next few years. So for a recap of the year in tech, check out this lovely Infographic from the people at GPlus. Don’t forget to check out next year’s predictions below the Infographic from Mashable’s Pete Cashmore.

A Look Ahead – The Top 10 Tech Trends for 2012
Presented by CNN Tech

Pete Cashmore, the founder and CEO of Mashable.com, has put together the follow predictions for 2012.

  • Touch Computing
  • Social Gestures
  • NFC (Near Field Communication) & Mobile Payments
  • Beyond the iPad
  • TV Everywhere
  • Voice Control
  • Spatial Gestures
  • Second Screen Experiences
  • Flexible Screens
  • HTML 5
Read the entire interview with Pete Cashmore HERE.

What did you think the biggest trends in tech were in 2011, and what are your predictions for 2012? Let me know in the comment field below.

Introducing SorrisoOrtho for iOS – Now on iTunes

Say Cheese!

SorrisoOrtho, created by WorldLink Apps, is intended to WOW! the orthodontic experience for the patient, the parent, and the orthodontist. SorrisoOrtho captures your smile throughout your entire orthodontic experience and creates a fun video for you to share with your friends and family. Let the countdown begin to beautiful, pearly whites!

WorldLink partnered with industry leading orthodontists to create an effective application that will keep you on track, on time, and in touch with your dentist during the entire process.

Orthodontists use SorrisoOrtho to give instructions to kids and parents by recording videos right from the patient’s chair! If mom can’t make the appointment – send the video.  Patients can also send treatment updates to keep dentists involved in the process.

Patient Features

  • Time Lapse Smile – creates a video of your changing smile, day by day
  • Smile Countdown – tells you exactly when braces come off!
  • Clear Aligners – create a custom changing schedule with alerts!
  • Reminders – sends alerts to your phone to keep treatment on time
  • Updates – sends pictures instantly to Facebook!
  • Videos – create videos about you and your smile

Orthodontist Features

  • Your logo in the app when registered on http://www.SorrisoOrtho.com
  • Powerful practice marketing
  • List your referring dentists*
  • Communicate with dentists* and parents in a matter of seconds at the chair
  • High tech with high touch, no more letters!

Parent Features

  • Track multiple kids
  • Time Lapse Smile for each of your kids!
  • Appointments sync to iPhone calendar
  • Reminders to keep your child motivated
  • Quick and easy communication with your doctor

*Doctor subscription required

Visit www.SorrisoOrtho.com for more details

Download the app HERE

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