What To Look For in a Cloud Technology Partner

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What does a company need in order to develop and implement a successful cloud strategy? With more than 50% of global enterprises predicted to rely on at least one public cloud platform in 2018, this is a question that deserves a closer look.

We’d argue that one of the most important components of any cloud initiative is an expert partner. Organizations thinking of developing cloud architecture or migrating to the cloud need a proven strategy and technology provider. An ideal partner will help them think through unique requirements, provide expert guidance, and deliver solutions that decrease time to market and improve capabilities.

While there are a lot of cloud technology outsourcers that claim to have this expertise, many focus on only a narrow slice of cloud capability. For example, some providers focus only on application development, while others focus primarily on storage or safety. Some may only have expertise with one specific cloud provider like AWS or Azure.

These types of outsourcers might work for a one-off cloud project, but as more and more companies migrate their operations and products to the cloud, a partner with more comprehensive expertise will be a better long-term fit. Outsourcers with a wide range of cloud capabilities are better positioned to grow with clients as their cloud strategy evolves.

So what capabilities should a company look for when choosing a cloud strategy and technology partner? Here are five areas of expertise that we recommend:

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1. Cloud Architecture

Look for a partner that has experience designing and building both the front end and back end components necessary for a well-integrated cloud system. This means that the partner will be able to provide guidance on both the UI and the systems supporting cloud-based apps like servers, data storage, security, and so on.

2. Cloud Application Development

A partner should also have experience building applications designed specifically for the cloud. Cloud-native apps will perform better, are more resilient, and are easier to manage than client/server applications or virtualized remote desktop applications.

3. Multi-Cloud Expertise

While AWS is certainly the 800-pound-gorilla in the market, its competitors are rolling out changes and specializations to appeal to different market needs. (Read more about this here). Look for a provider that has expertise with several cloud providers, so they can evaluate services against your company’s specific needs and customize a strategy accordingly. For example, DVmobile not only has expertise in AWS, but also works within Azure and Google Cloud Services.

4. Serverless

Serverless is the next big thing in cloud computing. Look for a partner who understands the efficiencies that serverless can bring: faster development, on-demand scalability, and reduced spending on infrastructure. You’ll also want to find a partner who has expertise with the leader in serverless functionality, AWS Lambda. For more information about how DVmobile approaches serverless, click here.

5. Replatforming & Cloud Migration

Moving custom apps and operations to the cloud enables organizations to act and react quickly and iteratively to changing environments. Look for a partner that implements quickly and tests rigorously to push iterative improvements based on automated app migration testing and user feedback. For more information about how DVmobile approaches cloud migration and replatforming, click here.

Developing a robust cloud strategy and successfully building against it can be a complex, sometimes overwhelming process. That’s why finding the right cloud strategy and technology partner is so critical. For more information about DVmobile’s cloud expertise, let’s connect.  


 
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Jamie Murphy

Marketing genius, busy mama, & strategy wiz.

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Considering New Product or Service Development? Meet PDaaS.

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Developing new software products or solutions can be intimidating.

The process is traditionally expensive, time-consuming, and resource-limiting. And when you consider that 28% of strategic IT and Project management initiatives are deemed outright failures, there’s no wonder that new software product and solution development comes with such a stigma.

We want to remove this stigma and help our client partners experience increased efficacy and successful project performance. That’s why we specialize in Enterprise Product Development as a Service (PDaaS), providing product development expertise and contributing reusable software assets (code+ process + tools) that accelerate delivery, lower costs, and drive success.

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What is DVmobile PDaaS?

PDaaS is a set of software development services that leverages DVmobile’s vast enterprise product development experience along with reusable process and software assets like: code, architecture, automation pipelines, etc.

Expert Developers, Just-in-Time Project Engagement

Our roster of seasoned, professional, enterprise-level product designers and developers rapidly build, deploy, and iterate our clients' projects. The appropriate development resource expertise is applied to projects at the right time in the product development life-cycle. This helps projects advance quickly and purposefully and, in turn, reduces waste and overall project costs.

Reusable Assets

We leverage a set of reusable software assets (code + processes + tools) that are built within the DVblueprint Framework - our proprietary methodology for accelerating software development that’s composed of reusable building blocks (modules), for both servers and native clients. Since we’re operating from an existing framework, rather than from scratch, we’re able to shorten time to market and better manage development budgets.

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Our approach to PDaaS is also:

  • MVP-based, so we don’t waste resources by building unnecessary features before getting the product out and receiving real user feedback

  • Agile, so we’re able to continually implement feedback and planning to optimize the product or solution

  • Scalable, so we’re able to adjust to an increased workload or usage (in tandem with our clients' product growth)

Through this process, clients like Collective Goods, Tradavo, and SkywriterMD have experienced the marketplace and bottom-line impacts of a new product/service, without experiencing the traditional development pitfalls. For more information about how DVmobile can partner with your organization for PDaaS, contact us.


 
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Shawn Davison

CEO at DVmobile, triathlete, and technological philosopher.

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21 CFR Part 11 Meets the Cloud

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Healthcare technology has celebrated major advancement over the last 20 years. From needle-free injection technology to laparoscopic surgery to bionic limbs, technology has advanced medicine in new and exciting ways.

While much of the technology has changed over the past two decades, one thing has remained the same: 21 CFR Part 11. 21 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 11 is the FDA’s law for how regulated drug makers, medical device manufacturers, biotech companies, and others must treat electronic records and electronic signatures. And since 1997, FDA-regulated companies have struggled to remain compliant with 21 CFR Part 11, as they advance their technology capabilities and electronic processes to remain competitive and cutting-edge.

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Now, as technology embarks on its newest frontier — Cloud-based solutions and infrastructure — FDA-regulated companies will be forced to reconsider validation, security and output from the Cloud that will stand up to the rigor of regulators.  While software solutions can provide essential validation, workflow, and archiving services, this is far from a complete picture. Drug and healthcare device companies will have to again adjust their thinking to keep up with emerging technology.

 
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DVmobile is a trusted partner for healthcare organizations and has deep experience helping companies develop HIPAA-compliant SaaS, PaaS and Cloud-based solutions that take into account 21 CFR Part 11. To learn more about how we do it, contact us.


 
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Jamie Murphy

Marketing genius, busy mama, & strategy wiz.

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Integrating Payment Gateways – Why We Trust Braintree

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As more and more consumers demand online payment options and retailers move to provide online access to their goods and services, the global payments and ecommerce markets are exploding.  For example, did you know that:

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The great news is that technology is well-positioned to support this migration. In fact, there are many payment gateways designed to help organizations transition into the ecommerce space or begin accepting online payments.

One of the payment tools that we work with most frequently – and to the greatest effect – is Braintree, a payment gateway technology that allows merchants to accept credit card payments from customers through their website and mobile app. We like it because it’s:

 

 
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  1. Universal – Braintree accepts many forms of payment beyond the typical credit card, including PayPal, Apple Pay, and Venmo, and it can process payments in more than 130 currencies.

  2. Secure - The service has advanced fraud protection.

  3. Automatic – Braintree includes subscription capabilities so our clients can charge their customers automatically in monthly increments.

  4. Flexible –Braintree can integrate within your existing UI for a seamless user payment experience.

  5. Impactful – Because it’s easy to use, seamless, and integrates with many other tools (like accounting, inventory management, ordering, etc.), our clients are able to get to market more quickly, provide their customers with a consistent UX, and streamline their operations to great effect.

What are some of these “great effects”? Here are just two examples of how we’ve integrated Braintree within client environments and helped improve their operations, customer interactions, and bottom lines.

 

Collective Goods was looking to transform from a paper-based, manual cash-and-check transaction system to a digital mobile-enabled system supporting Paypal and Card payments. We worked together to design a mobile app for iOS and Android, in addition to a tablet Kiosk. To support these tools, we created a new Order Management System that integrated with the Braintree payment gateway and allowed Collective Goods to bring their orders and payments to the mobile era.

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The result? Collective Goods now has full visibility into its end customers and sales data (quantities, products, locations, order history). Orders and money are managed automatically instead of manually, and they are traceable in case of errors. And customers have the ease and convenience of online ordering and payment. All of this has led to significantly increased sales per order transaction for Collective Goods.


JobBox provides mobile collaboration solutions for the construction industry. They launched their service in 2013 and within the first 12 months were already serving more than 1,000 companies in the United States.

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To help them meet this rapid growth, we architected, designed, and deployed an end-to-end SaaS solution that could scale to millions of users. We also enabled online payment options through Braintree. This online payment and recurring payment capability helped JobBox scale quickly and provide multiple flexible, recurring plans for different user personas.


If your organization is looking to explore its online payment or ecommerce options, we’d love to connect. Contact us directly to learn more about how we’ve helped companies like Collective Goods and JobBox design, develop, and deploy solutions that integrate with Braintree to deliver bottom-line value.


 
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James Shelby

CTO, multiple patent holder, & flip-phone collector

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Healthcare Tech Compliance in the Wake of GDPR

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The year of GDPR is upon us. On May 25, 2018, the European Union’s new laws regarding the privacy and protection of individual data will go into effect. While these laws are far-reaching, they will have particular impact on the healthcare industry.

 

What is GDPR?

According to the GDPR resource site, these new regulations were designed to “harmonize data privacy laws across Europe, to protect and empower all EU citizens and to reshape the way organizations across the region approach data privacy.”

 
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Essentially, GDPR is designed to improve the way that companies collect, handle, process, and archive personal data. Personal data that needs to be protected under the GDPR is any information regarding an individual that can be identified from that data, such as names, address, job, etc. Sensitive data includes information like racial origin, sexual orientation, political opinions, etc. This also includes biomedical, genetic, and other forms of healthcare data.

 

How it Affects Healthcare in the U.S.

If you think the GDPR is a concern only for companies based in the EU, you’d be wrong. In fact, one of the primary distinctions of these new privacy laws is their extended jurisdiction. These laws will apply to any company working with the data of any EU citizen, regardless of whether or not that company is in the EU. That means that U.S. healthcare companies that have operations or deployments in the EU will certainly have to comply with GDPR laws.  

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And the penalty for non-compliance could be steep. Organizations in breach of GDPR could be fined up to 4% of annual global turnover or €20 million.

 

Working Toward GDPR Understanding

As a development partner for clients in the healthcare industry, we’re steadily working to understand the GDPR requirements so we advise our clients and help them make informed development decisions based on these new laws. Just as we’ve become experts at building SaaS and solutions that are HIPAA compliant, we’re confident that we’ll soon be able to offer similar expertise with GDPR.

In that vein, we’re already working with our friends at ClearDATA – the only Cloud-based infrastructure that’s already GDPR compliant – to understand the challenges and opportunities of GDPR, so we can bring that information to our clients and partners.

 
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We’re excited to see how GDPR affects the U.S. healthcare technology market in the coming years. For more information about our work in healthcare join us at our January 23rd event: Healthcare's Innovation Tipping Point!

 
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Kris Soden

SAFe SPC4 certified consultant, proud dad, and former CU Buffs linebacker.

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