Instant Gratification Technology: Developing for the NOW Crowd
Press Button. Get Service. Be Happy.
As a part of the technology-hungry, instant gratification, loved-and-loathed millennial generation, the title of this post is a basic mantra of our way of life. The smartphone that we hold in our pockets is essentially the nucleus of our universe, and it provides us this luxury: Press Button. Get Service. Be Happy. The rest of society is starting to catch on to the greatness that is this way of life, and although it does make us seem somewhat useless at times, it does often make sense. At the end of the day, why work harder when you can work smarter?
The other side of the equation is the business side: Get Data. Provide Service (Product). Be Happy (Get $$$). And this should be heeded by all businesses of America—not just the big guys— the small and medium-sized guys too. Embrace technology! Because it’s not going anywhere. It’s getting smaller, more accessible, more affordable, more elegant, more powerful, more stylish, and simply smarter. No doubt, in the not-so-distant future, our computer overlords will overpower us, so let’s enjoy the ride before our smart watches start stealing bitcoins for whatever computers geek out on through Apple Pay.
But back to making people happy…
How can technology change your business?
From a behavioral perspective, it should have been a sign of changing times when my mid-80s, tech-laggard grandparents hopped on the smartphone train. From a business perspective, think how much revenue and/or savings you’re missing out on by not taking advantage of technology and software improvements. Additionally, you’re probably losing out to competitors who can do what you do better and faster with their technology. And how much time and resources are you wasting doing things inefficiently (ahem, we’re looking at you, US government)?
Two fantastic—albeit extreme—examples of transformational technology include the following:
The Burlington, VT, police department that took technology in their own hands and built crime reporting software using agile development process; and Uber, the transportation service that has utilized technology to transform the car service industry.
In the case of Vermont, after receiving quotes in the $3 million range, the chief of the Burlington police department said something to the effect of, “Nope, we can do it ourselves.” And they did. They became their own agile development company by embracing innovation—and they’re better for it.
On the other hand, Uber—a more traditional disruptive startup—came along and completely transformed the transportation industry. How did they go from a startup to a $40 billion company in the space of five years? They said give us your credit card information, press a button, we’ll come find you, and then we’ll take you where you want to go. Boom. Done. It borders on creepy, but it really doesn’t get any easier than that.
Luckily, there’s a happy medium for everyone else…
Silicon Valley startup and making your own agile development team from your workforce are probably the most two extreme examples we could find, so how does everyone in between access and leverage all of this great life-changing technology? That’s where companies like ours come in.
Because of advances in development methodology and understanding client and business needs, development cycles and final product are capable of being produced in reasonable amounts of time and without having to sell your first-born child. We call our unique development service offering cloud coding. We know that you’re just beginning to understand what “the cloud” is in general, but imagine instead of space to store your files that you can access from any device at any time, you have a team of developers that you can ramp up or down with minimal friction at reasonable prices to get projects done. We can help you build something mobile- or web-based, iOS or Android. Whether you just have an idea, or you know exactly what you want, contact us today to learn how cloud coding can benefit your business with technology so everyone can press a button and be happy.