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Big Data for Restaurants: 3 Opportunities for Developers

The Big Data movement and the cloud platform technology that makes sense of it all are changing the quality and speed at which powerful applications are created and implemented. What’s more exciting, is that it doesn’t matter how big or small the operation is-it’s all there for the taking at a cost that doesn’t give […]

The Big Data movement and the cloud platform technology that makes sense of it all are changing the quality and speed at which powerful applications are created and implemented. What’s more exciting, is that it doesn’t matter how big or small the operation is-it’s all there for the taking at a cost that doesn’t give executives sticker shock.

Developer Opportunity #1:

Idea to Market in 60 Days

Using today’s cloud platform technology, developers can turn an idea into an app and take it to market in less than two months. If that sounds bullish, it’s because it is. And that’s what makes it an exciting new prospect for CIOs and their teams.

Without a ton of a muscle or money, developers can pull big data out of the platform, sprinkle in some business logic or data modeling, add a dash of programming skill (i.e. javascript) and whip up an application that makes it easy for front line managers to easily digest the data and take action.

Deployment is a breeze too. Whether there’s six units or 6,000, every employee with a mobile
device and the credentials can visit an app store to download the proprietary application. Just like the Apple or Google Play app stores, anyone can make their product public and sell it in the marketplace.

Developer Opportunity #2:

Mobile-First Momentum

As of 2016, there are over 1.5 million apps in the Apple App Store. Over 2 billion people across the globe own and use a smartphone. By 2020, 6.1 billion people will have a smartphone.

Just two years ago, it was considered bad practice for managers and other employees to be using their phone while clocked in. Now, operators are encouraging (if not mandating) that smartphones and other mobile devices be used in every aspect of their job.

Developers who take advantage of this transformation-by creating applications using the platform-as-a-service model-could launch an entire business on a single application without much (or even any) up-front capital.

Developer Opportunity #3:

Increase Profitability Over the Long-Term

The true test of financial sustainability comes after developers launch the software. Using cloud platform technology, maintenance is low, hardware upgrades are a thing of the past and the infrastructure is easy to manage from both a time and resource perspective.

Now the long-term financial benefits of a platformas-a-service model can become a reality for small to midsize companies.

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