Posts on Jan 2018

IOT Trends for 2018

 

We spoke with a number of IT leaders and industry experts about what to expect from IoT in the coming year and what could be the latest trends for IOT which will dominate 2018.

Following are the Internet of things trends to watch out for in 2018.

1.The IOT industry will bring a changed awareness around security and risk:

Security concerns will be high on the list. We have reached a point in the evolution of IoT when we need to re-think the types of security we are putting in place. Have we truly addressed the unique security challenges of IoT, or have we just patched existing security models into IoT with the hope that it is sufficient?

IOT presents a different kind of risk. Businesses need to understand that sensors and machine-to-machine communications are also stored in the cloud. In particular, facilities implementing devices connected to the IoT need to think about communication and the security protocols between devices: sensor-to-sensor communication, sensor-to-gateway communication, and updating and maintaining all on-premise equipment to better secure their data.

Tom Smith is a research analyst for DZone.com and he queried these IT professionals to get their insights on predictions for 2018. Here’s what IOT experts shared their thoughts on IoT trends for 2018.

IoT security will continue to dominate as a major concern, and I would expect the rise of several IoT-driven platforms to rise to the surface in an attempt to address and manage this. Says Lucas Vogel, Founder, Endpoint Systems

My hope is that there will be some adopted regulations around IoT security and compliance, otherwise, there will undoubtedly be more frequent and massive attacks. The fully-connected home will move closer to being a reality, and there will be unique solutions that address actual needs instead of just being “internet-connected”. Says Mike Kail, CTO, CYBRIC

2. Businesses will need to embrace the implementation of edge and cloud computing: 

Edge computing, also known as fog computing, will continue to rise. The ability to run software at the edge is turning out to be one of the most promising accelerators of IoT adoption, given the cost savings and the ability to quickly achieve largescale systems.

3. Connectivity Management: 

Another exciting new area involves the management of whole IoT systems or solutions. Device management and connectivity management has been around for several years already, but now that the pieces of IoT systems are coming together to form whole enterprise-scale solutions, management of these solutions has become higher up on the “tech wish list” for organizations.

4. IOT vs IIOT:

In addition, the separation between consumer IoT and Industrial IoT is becoming clearer all the time. One key distinction that is now apparent is that consumer IoT can often focus on greenfield installations but IIoT must enable brownfield installations. The investments in systems and equipment that were made by industrial firms over the last decades will continue to be in place and will need to be incorporated into IIoT solutions.

We’re seeing a trend towards a lot more IIoT use cases. As we move into 2018, we will see a much higher adoption of industrial IoT where sensors are making a big impact in the manufacturing, automotive, aerospace and engineering sectors. Other areas where we expect greater uptake of IoT systems include shipping, retail, agriculture, and healthcare. This expansion will trigger a need to hire many more IoT professionals and will likely see the rise of many new types of IoT specific roles within companies.

Many verticals still have business operations that involve manual observation of equipment status, inventory levels, and other key metrics. Where there is currently manual observation, there may be a great opportunity for a high-ROI project involving IoT. Some verticals that have a lot of manual observations are Oil & Gas, Energy Distribution, Supply Chain, and Telecommunications. The repeating theme is high-value infrastructure that is spread out geographically.

Thanks Kilton Hopkins, IoT Program Director forNortheastern University-Silicon Valley and the CEO of IOTRACKS, for providing your inputs to this article.

 

 

Latest PHP Trends in 2018

 

PHP is one of the most simple to use the server-side scripting language. PHP frameworks are developed to complement PHP in many ways as they cater a basic structure and enforce the developers to use coding standards and development guidelines to stabilize the product and standardize the process. So this helps to reduce complexity & facilitates developers with all the comfort to focus on their specific areas without affecting the development of other modules.

I have listed down some of the main PHP frameworks which will remain the popular choice for developers in 2018 as well.

Laravel

According to our recent analysis of Google Trends, it can be clearly noticed that Laravel framework stands out & stands above all the frameworks listed and shall stay at the top in 2018. Since 2015’s Sitepoint survey showed that Laravel framework has an excellent documentation, robust features and a growing support community which made Laravel a clear winner in the list of PHP frameworks. Till now with the launch of Laravel 5.5 framework Google Trends has witnessed an increase in Laravel search results across the globe.

Laravel Framework facilitates many specific packages such the Blade Templating Engine, Artisan, eloquent ORM, Middleware, PHPUnit for Unit Testing, RESTful controllers & being the first one to introduce routing in an abstract way. All because of these extensive features many companies started providing Laravel Development Services to grow their business.

One of the most important functionalities of Laravel is the way it handles NoSQL structures like MongoDB & more. It is easy & comfortable for any developer to get started with Laravel because of its excellent documentation. If you are a developer who wishes to work with PHP then it is very useful to become a PHP Laravel developer.

CodeIgniter

This framework, which has more than 11 years, shot to fame thanks to the relatively unassuming use of resources, simplicity, convenience, a huge number of documents, designed for developers of any level, the absence of restrictions. At one time, Laravel is beginning to develop as a competitor CodeIgniter, so that until recently it was a universal benchmark.

  • CodeIgniter Reactor great support community, including libraries, modules, templates, and documentation;
  • Templates to work with databases, which are very similar to SQL syntax
  • The possibility of caching on the server side;
  • Using the package manager for quick connection of the libraries from the command line.

Symfony

Symfony has been touted for a while now as a very stable, high performance, well documented, and modular project. Symfony is backed by the French SensioLabs and has been developed by them and its community to be a fantastic framework.

  • Symfony defines MVC while many other frameworks try to simply follow MVC rules.
  • The standards of Symfony also make it easier to catch errors and to write high-quality code; its community is growing every year.
  • Symfony is The leading PHP framework to create websites and web applications
  • Laravel uses Symfony

Symfony is used by many big name companies like the BBC and open source project such as Drupal and eZpublish. Symfony was written with stability in mind in a very professional way. Its documentation is extensive, and its community is just as vast. Hence used for building both performances REST APIs, as well as fully fledged web applications.

Yii 

Yii is considered as the best framework in a lot of PHP frameworks. This framework facilitates the development of any kind of web app. It is known for being fast & flexible. Yii 2 is easy to install as it utilizes modern technologies & is backed up by the extensive set of features. Moreover, it supports high extensibility with great security & encourages testing. The launch of Yii 2.0 beta has started attracting developers with its new functionalities, features, changes, bug fixes & more. Yii 2 supports PHP 5.3 and some of the functionalities have been inherited from Yii 1.1

CakePHP

Being one of the oldest frameworks CakePHP retains its user base & is gradually but continuously growing. It also has an impressive portfolio comprising of big brands such as Express & BMW. Alike CodeIgnitor, CakePHP is an ideal framework for beginners. It also supports the rapid development of commercial web apps. It has built-in code generation with a scaffolding functionality to increase the speed of development & numerous packages to carry out general functionalities. Configuration process of CakePHP is a breeze as it reduces the need for unwanted complicated files such as XML or YAML config files. Faster builds are one of the main features along with the security features which include measures to prevent cyber-attacks.

ZEND

Zend Framework is prominently known for its go-to professional framework. It is commonly used for powerful enterprise-level applications. It is built with an extensive set of features such as security, extensibility in mind & performance. Zend isn’t ideal for rapid application development as it was developed with a focus on enterprise applications hence it has an enterprise driven nature with the support of numerous components such as feeds, forms, services and more.

Here is the link to know what were the trends in 2017, Latest PHP trends in 2017

 

Top JavaScript trends to watch in 2018

I am trying to bet on how many new Javascript frameworks will be released each month. I think, the best developer’s game in the past 5 years. I really think 2018 will be the perfect time for learning one framework for one problem and being able to mix them without (I hope) too much issue. At least before the “next big framework” 🙂

Some of the main frameworks to watch in 2018 are here:

GraphQL:

Brings a new way to query data from server to frontend. You can think of it as a new protocol, a communication standard between client and server. Not only for websites, but also for desktop and mobile apps. This concept of “fetching only what you need” is important and should be at the core of every front and back end development. Reducing the size of every network exchange is crucial, especially for users with slow networks. I believe that GraphQL could become a standard in 2018.

React:

who doesn’t know React in 2018? React is actually not easy to learn, I see my students challenged by it everyday. But when all concepts of props, state, life cycle, actions, etc. are mastered, it is a very powerful tool. It will remain a strong Javascript framework in the year to come.

Vue.js:

we witnessed an interesting fight between React and Vue.js in 2017. Both are powerful, but Vue.js is easier to learn than React. The community around it is starting to grow really fast and we hope the industry will continue to adopt it in production.

React Native and Electron:

Two frameworks for desktop and mobile apps. While they are still not at the level of native app languages (iOS, Android and desktop), their performances are really impressive.

Reason

The new way to write React applications; bye bye pure Javascript! It can be trendy, but I believe that with the support of Facebook it could be the next standard for writing React applications. We should keep an eye on it and watch how the language evolves in 2018.

Next and Now

React has a strong ecosystem. Next and Now are proof of it. Easy to use and make React projects ready for production. Deploying and distributing React applications at scale can be challenging, mainly for  small teams. Next and Now are designed to make a developer’s life easier.

Honorable Mentions for 2018:

  •   Lona (created by AirBnB – https://github.com/airbnb/Lona): Transform Sketch files from designer to UI code: iOS, Android, Web and Web mobile. It’s based on a simple app that can solve a lot of communication issues between Designers and Developers. Trust me, both of them think of themselves as rock stars, and like every rock star, they don’t like compromises. Now with Lona, designers can directly integrate and test their creation easily without bothering developers.
  • Aurelia (http://aurelia.io): Is a complete solution for creating your online presence: web, mobile and desktop. I think it can be a good start for any new project or start-up: easy to learn, easy to put in place and good support.

Inputs provided by Guillaume Salva, Full-Stack Software Engineer at Holberton School.

Here, you can find out the trends and frameworks in 2017

 

Mantra Labs Journey 2017 – Major Highlights

2018 is here! and so are we with our updates for the year. Mantra Labs has completed 8 years in product and services industry.
We started rolling out yearly updates last year and it has been great. We wish to continue this and bring to you what we have been doing in 2017 to make a promising future in 2018 a beyond.

Our focus for Fin-Tech Industry:

This year we have focused on digital transformation in Fin-tech Industry and have helped many of our leading clients like Religare and ForwardLane on the path of Digital Transformation.

Let’s take a look at our 3 major Fin-Tech areas:

  • Customer Experience Consulting
  • Plug&Play products for Digital Insurer
  • Deep Technology Services

Our New Apps and Products:

When we posted updates last year we mentioned that you should lookout for two apps SellFash and Touchkin. We did deliver on that promise and some more.

Here is a snapshot of all the Apps and works we did.

1. SellFash is now a full-fledged Reseller App with more than 8000 resellers on board. It was a challenge when GST was implemented however we persisted through to deliver our customers the best.

2. We are the co-creator of Wysa, a Mental healthcare assistant app with more than 5 million conversations.

3. Xavi: This is our first product and delivers the best TV viewing experience. We have this product in the field for beta already.

4. AI Hybrid Chatbots: We delivered multiple chatbot platforms. One with Religare is worth a mention here as it supports more than 1 million impressions each month.

5. Doc to Parser: We have worked on this product to make Digitization a success for various companies. This allows them to convert paper documents to digital ones with 95% accuracy.

This year we added Mantra.design to our initiatives that started with Mantra.ai last year.
Mantra.Design is a boutique design consulting initiative to provide high-value design solutions to our clients.
Mantra.ai continues to be our flagship Artificial Intelligence and Deep Learning practices.

We have grown

Our team size has increased to more than 100 members and this made us move to a new facility in Kalyan Nagar, Bangalore. We have also established our headquarters in Delaware to help our US-based customers have a direct access to us as well.

Announced our New LOGO:

To align with the new technology and world, we also updated our logo to represent the collaboration, connected devices, IOT, product design, development and communication between multiple nodes. The red color signifies passion and internship while the Blue color signifies Technology.

Our collaborations with IBM Watson, Nvidia development partner, Amazon AWS

This year we added some prestigious logos as our clients

        

 

While this year was great we aim to achieve even more in 2018 by focusing on Artificial Intelligence, Fin-Tech and Product incubation. Keep an eye on us!!