Amazon Dash – IoT in the simplest form

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Now a days, we hear a lot about automation, robotics, IoT, cloud services, digital transformation.  All these terms are not easy even for a techy guy to digest then how can we expect a common man to understand them. For a common man, its just another technological advancement happening in the background. Amazon gave it a thought and has brought the complexity out of one their innovations which is Amazon Dash – IoT Button.

IoT Button – Easy way to order stuff

Amazon Dash – Iot Button is so simple and easy to understand, program and use that a common man can use it with maximum utilization. It is one such small IoT device which can assist you in remembering things which we usually forget. The most common use depicted by Amazon is to order on Amazon.com through this button. You can put this button close to your washing machine and use it to order consumables related to it. Similarly, it will be for kitchen and office stuff also. I would say that these are easy things to consider for such an innovation.

Innovative ways to use Amazon Dash

One of the most important use which I think of it as a safety switch. Anybody can carry it along with himself/herself and press it in case of any adversity to send message to the dear ones. This can be very useful for people who needs to travel late night or to far off places. You might not have a chance sometimes to give a call to your loved ones but this button can be savior in such cases. It can also be used by elderly people to alert their loved ones in case of emergency.

Another innovative use of this button could be to call a waiter at a restaurant. Instead, the waiter keeps on watching the customer at all times for a call, a button placed on the table can be utilized to order. There have been innovations where iPad is being used to order stuff from the table but that takes away the simplicity out of the restaurant. Having IoT button will keep it simple and away from digital influence.

I like the way Amazon is leading the industry with its innovative products. These innovations are the key for them to become no. 1.

Innovation on the rocks – Alcohol as a Service (Hipbar.com)

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The idea is so compelling that I could not stop writing about it. Undoubtedly, you can innovate everywhere, just need to have that bent of mind. Hipbar is one of these ideas which is implemented differently and accustomed to Indian business ecosystem.

Alcohol as a Service(AaaS, A3S) is the latest on the cloud with its unique concept to give power in the hands of alcohol lovers to save money. We have many who really want to finish that bottle of Scotch in one go but there are a few who can’t and this service is for them. No need to buy in pegs (30/60) but buy the whole bottle everytime and use it at your own pace at your favorite bar.

Customer Delight

The idea is to give the powers in the hands of the customers and take the bars along with you to serve them better. Customers are always looking for sweet deals and it’s all up to us (Innovators) to get them what they want. Surely, this idea got generated at a pub as the other million ideas which changed the world. The problem statement clearly has Customer in focus and help them counter the ever rising prices of alcohol at their favorite bars.

Bar’s Advantage

This will bring the bar on the digital bandwagon and will also bring new customers. Every bar is looking to increase its footfall and what better way to have its presence on the internet and with a brand which has plans to fill a vacuum in the industry. Digital involvement of the business will make it more visible on the internet and association with a digital provider will increase its local reach.

Social Responsibility

“With great power comes great responsibility” – a famous quote from Spiderman franchise. Similarly every entrepreneur needs to work with social responsibility in mind. The customers who fulfills the age requirement will only be able to book on this app. This way the promoters are helping the bars to comply with local laws.

Ultimately, it has to be a win-win for customer and the business owner both for an idea to succeed. Hipbar gives them a platform to continue their activities with added advantages.

Webinar on Cloud Computing – An easy reference to the beginners

An excellent webinar on Cloud Computing by David. The webinar touches some of the basics and the most important aspects of cloud computing. Instead of reading the articles, watching them makes it more engaging and easy to understand. I recommend everyone to watch this webinar if you are interested in Cloud Computing.

Real Estate – Survive with Cloud

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A few titles on internet pages which tells the current story of Real Estate in India – “The Reality of the Indian Housing Bubble” , “Why India’s home prices will crash”, “Greater Fool Theory & Indian Real Estate”. These shows how bad Real Estate industry is in the current scenario. There are cash starved companies who could not even afford to operate on the current cashflow. Big Bulls of RE are today’s cat and mouse as they have not paid the salaries their employees for the last 6 months.

But, amidst all this, they have to run their business and move ahead with the process which have been setup by them for the current ongoing operations. As we all know that Software systems needs a refresh boost every 7-8 years, and it remains evident in case of RE industry as well. But as the costs are high for the previous system, they now have a better choice to keep their operations moving with the help of Cloud environment.

Outdated Hardware Infra

Any case of upgrade of hardware goes for extra cost and new challenges. Cloud has come the rescue, now you can have such capability through the cloud on your existing systems with the help of just a browser.

Real Estate Billing Solution

The expansion of RE happened when there were hardly any solutions on cloud. Cloud computing was at a nascent stage. But today Cloud Computing has reached its maturity, almost all solutions are available on Cloud through monthly, yearly subscriptions. Any cash starved organization would like to go for such systems which gives them flexibility to pay monthly, quarterly or yearly charges. It doesn’t take away a major chunk of cash on the spot, as in the case of earlier customized software solution. Now, RE organizations and opt for billing systems online to service their customers.

CRM Solution for Real Estate

Although, RE is known for the worst customer centric industry, but they still have to maintain CRM software to service their customers. Bunch of CRM solutions are available online now-a-days which can be opted with flexible subscription.

Cloud Computing – Work with ease

thecloudblog.inThe days of buying servers has gone by. Now, just go online and buy your server fully hosted and ready to work in hours with Cloud Computing. The kind of flexibility achieved through cloud is humongous . Although, a few critic used to write it off with just another gimmick to make profits by big organizations. But Cloud has emerged to be a pinnacle of hope for all the small businesses who doesn’t want to invest in costly hardware and know-how to setup such environments.

The basic requirements of every business are now on cloud – E-mail, CRM, IT & Help Desk, HR etc. Earlier, we used to have separate vendors for all these services with different software which required customization. Now-a-days, all these solution are online which have gone through a lot of process enhancements to suit every business needs.

A few challenges which you can counter with the help of Cloud Computing –

Team Collaboration

If you have members spread over multiple locations and they need to communicate effectively, then Cloud computing can help with readymade suites available from different vendors.

Digital Content Security

Although, Cloud computing was considered less secure in the beginning, but that image has changed. Now, organizations use these specially for keeping their secure content.

Flexible Infra

The biggest advantage of cloud still remains the same, its flexibility to provide infra on demand e.g. Memory, Processing etc.

Customer Relationship Management

All cloud solutions are flexible to use from any location. This gives enough flexibility to employees to capture and view information wherever they want and whenever they want. Undoubtedly, customer information is a key to customer relationship.

Human Resource

As a small organization, it is difficult to buy an HR solution to serve the employees better. With the availability of such solutions on the cloud, the organizations can keep their employees data on the cloud with less expense.