Google I/O 2016 Recap: Google Home, Android Instant Apps, Daydream

Contributors to this blog include Nathan Anaman, John Oberhauser, Noah Malmed, and Tyler Stewart

At this year's Google I/O Keynote, the Silcon-Valley giant displayed its vision for contextual technologies, the smart home, the next evolution of mobile apps, and much more. From Google Home to Android Instant Apps to Daydream, we pulled out the following key announcements for the enterprise.

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Developing with Amazon Echo and Alexa

What is an Alexa Skill?

With the recent buzz around Amazon Echo and its’ voice-enabled virtual assistant Alexa, many developers are trying to harness the power of developing for Echo using Alexa Skills Kit (ASK). But what exactly is an Alexa skill? An Alexa Skill is essentially Echo’s version of an application. Using voice commands, users can call to various skills by asking Alexa to perform different tasks. As Amazon explains, their Alexa Skills Kit is “a collection of self-service APIs and tools that make it fast and easy for you to create new voice-driven capabilities for Alexa.”

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The Beginner's Guide to Building An Intelligent Bot on Slack

In today’s workplace, it’s hard to come by a team that isn’t using some sort of team messaging service. Email inboxes have become so bogged down with junk and noise that it’s becoming extremely difficult for teams work efficiently and be productive. Employees are now recognizing that when in-person chats aren’t an option, a messaging service is the next best thing to help streamline and improve team communication.

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Build Better Mobile Apps: Data and API Best Practices

This post was originally published on LinkedIn.

As digital technologies and experiences have evolved rapidly over the last decade, new architectural approaches and patterns have emerged in order to better support robust, performant and elegant digital experiences. The consideration and planning of integration between client and server is more important today than ever before. Below are some common patterns and practices that have emerged as a guide to building exceptional client experiences.

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Why Product Analysts benefit by focusing on the customer experience

Product Analysts go by many names: Business Analysts, Delivery Analysts, Functional Analysts, etc. As customer experience (CX) increasingly becomes top-of-mind for leaders in the digital space, the Product Analyst's (PA) role will evolve beyond feature-based criteria to include customer success criteria; soon not just the purview of User Experience (UX) roles. Here at Solstice, we believe the PA's inherent adaptability and broad focus will be a great platform to provide distinct value to our designers and researchers, and in turn our clients and partners, by reinforcing Solstice's customer-centric focus. 

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How we celebrated Engineers Week at Solstice

National Engineers Week calls attention to the contributions that engineers make to society. And, it is a time for engineers to emphasize the importance of learning math, science, and technical skills. The annual celebration dates back to 1951 and is always during the week of George Washington’s birthday - our first president had a background in engineering and Land Surveying. Solstice is proud to have joined the celebration of our engineers across the globe and how they make a difference in our world.

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Tools and considerations when developing for Virtual Reality

Virtual Reality is just around the corner and, to some, it’s already here. What do you need to know to be ready to develop VR applications? Well, there are some specific considerations to make for VR development. There are also more VR frameworks, SDKs, and devices coming out by the day. So where do we begin?

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ROI for IoT Part 3: How CX Creates ROI Opportunities for IoT Products

Parts 1 and 2 of this 3-part blog series explored data generation and business models for the Internet of Things (IoT) products that may increase or demonstrate ROI for your organization. In part 3, we’re giving you one more leverage point: customer experience.

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Pioneering IOT with AWS

Contributions to this blog were made by Andy Koziol, Enterprise Architect, and Terrence Young, Technology Consultant.

Internet of Things (IoT) is a hot topic in the last 2 years. It is about connecting smart devices to exchange data and work better. It is driven by sensors and mobile processor units becoming smaller, more energy efficient and lower cost. It is also driven by the higher adoption of mobile devices and expanded internet connectivity. It has applications in a wide area, e.g. connected home, smart city, wearables and digital healthcare.

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Best Practices for Developing Firmware and Software in Parallel

As evident at CES 2016, the Internet of Things continues to grow and is here to stay. It seems nearly every day a well-known manufacturer is announcing one of their legacy products is “new and improved” and includes a laundry list of new features centered on internet connectivity.

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