Killer Web App in custom software development – Part I
Agriculture, mining, education, heavy industries, finance – these are just a few examples of areas in which custom web application development is becoming more and more decisive as a tool that increase the effectiveness and productivity. In the first part of the Killer Web App series, we’re going through a list of 7 areas in which web based custom software development is increasingly more popular. What vertical are you trying to tackle?
As general purpose web applications such as the CRM system SalesForce or the note taking app Evernote enjoy large popularity, it may not be obvious to some that these are actually industry-specific applications that are truly taking global market by storm. According to Gartner, vertical software represents the largest segment of the worldwide software market in 2016 with a whopping $114 billion revenue. As applications like these are usually covered in industry web portals and magazines and each industry is only relevant to a specific kind of people, it’s easy to see why this fact could go unnoticed by the general public…
In the first part of the Killer Web App series, we’re taking a look at some of the most notable vertical markets that are increasingly adapting web applications and use them to take their productivity to the next level. It’s also a perfect opportunity to see how various horizontal trends such as big data, machine learning or SaaS solutions fare against the specific needs of various vertical markets.
Web interfaces for Manufacturing Execution Systems
Manufacturing execution system (MES) is a generic term that refers to very industry-specific solutions. Namely, it consists of computer and automation components and electrical equipment that make it possible to track and analyze manufacturing processes. As the automotive, aircraft and other heavy industries wish to constantly optimize their production and engage as many people in the process as it’s possible, they often require web applications that provide user interfaces for all the data that results from tracking the manufacturing processes. Translating large quantities of data into simple to analyze and visually pleasing tables and charts is not an easy task. But Sensinum has gained experience in data visualization, having developed an angularjs app that provides a web interface for VirtusLab’s Production Management System used to power industry-specific MESes. Another important expertise that comes in handy when it comes to MESes is data integration.
Web based custom software development in agriculture
With the emergence of companies such as Mavrx, the image of agriculture as an industry for the old fashioned may be gone for good. Mavrx provides farmers with actionable insights based on extremely powerful imagery-based analysis. The data is gathered by Mavrx’s network of aircraft and satellites. They use custom-built multispectral sensor arrays to compute health indicators for each crop separately. The data is processed in 24 hours and delivered to the customer. Where are apps in it? Mavrx provides its customers with both web and mobile applications. The web app allows you take a look at the data yourself, analyze the images of your field and localize the areas that need your attention. The mobile app is always there with you to guide you to those areas on the go. And it’s just one of many examples of how apps are used in agriculture.
Evaluate your creditworthiness without a bank
The finance sector has been using general purpose web applications to increase productivity for many years. Most of them focused on tasks such as project management or decision making. The Polish startup FriendlyScore is a particularly interesting example of a fintech solution. It is a web app that helps the underbanked get a loan. FriendlyScore’s algorithms are based on over 800 factors, including the quality of online social profiles. They sit on top of traditional factors such as the amounts owned or credit history. FriendlyScore’s solution allows one to estimate their creditworthiness faster and without the human bias.
How do religious communities make use of web applications?
Religious communities are more and more interested in using new technologies to provide both their potential and existing members with various offerings. In order to follow the strict guidelines of their faith, they often turn to services such as the Covenant Eyes. It’s a SaaS web app, which provides Internet accountability and filtering. Conservative communities as well as worried parents use it to filter the online content to avoid anything that could go against their ethics. They can also generate accountability reports to see what sort of content each registered user browsed in an accessible format.
Web apps for the smart home
Home automation and control market is another area that is increasingly on the radar with an estimated growth by the year 2020 in the region of $13 billion worldwide. Building Management Systems (BMS) have many advantages. On top of convenience they provide, allowing to control various devices remotely and from a single interface, they can be used to effectively monitor factors such as temperature or humidity to adjust energy usage automatically. All of this and more can be achieved using standards such as KNX. But developing a web application that provides an intuitive interface that covers all of those functionalities and is easily accessible for everyone may prove challenging. During the custom software development of a web-based building management interface, Sensinum also created voice command recognition lthat gives people with disabilities the same level of control over the building like anyone else. Learn more about the web-based building management system here.
What can web apps do for health care?
According to the “Healthcare Analytics/Medical Analytics Market” report, the global healthcare analytics market is set to grow from $5.8 billion in 2015 to about $18.7 billion in 2020 (annual growth of 26.5%). A lot of national economies that succeed in rapidly improving the quality of their healthcare and its use of innovative technologies list web applications as one of the contributing factors. Sensinum saw the power of web applications in healthcare first hand. On one occasion, we were tasked with developing a web-based system that would provide a touchless method of assessing a patient’s motor dysfunctions in neurological diseases. Our system uses 3D cameras to analyze upper limb movements and specialized algorithms that analyze the digital signal-based data. We’re convinced that gradually the healthcare sector will be even more dependent on data engineering to the benefit of patients.
Changing the face of education
If you are in your 20ies or older, your school memories may have something to do with long and boring hours behind the desk and with a several pound book in front of you. Don’t get us wrong. We love books. But there should be more to the learning experience. Something that would make it more exciting and give students the ability to test and see a lot of what they’re learning about. Web applications make it possible. Schools all over the world are already starting to use horizontal apps such as Pocket or Dropbox to increase productivity. But what we would like to see is the increased popularity of web apps such as Kahoot! This online tool allows you to easily create fun quizzes that will test the knowledge of your audience. Students can answer the questions using a variety of devices and they will be quick to notice the interactive game-like nature of those tests. Why don’t you, as a teacher, have them make a quiz for each other or for you! It’s just one of many examples of how to kill the monotony of the learning experience using free or so-cheap-it-feels-like-free apps. Not to mention, the majority of web and mobile apps specific to the education field can be purchased by schools with generous discounts.
Custom web application development provides many amazing opportunities.What do you think of these vertical markets? What would you add to the list?
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