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Microsoft Build Tour 2015

On Friday, our development team attended the Microsoft Build Tour in Midrand which showcased demos of Windows 10, Visual Studio 2015, Microsoft Edge, Team Foundation, Power BI and Azure. From a developer perspective the content was extremely hands-on and provided insight into the underlying technology and API’s that are available. One of the features that stood out was the Universal Windows Platform (UWP). Universal Apps in Windows 10 will have responsive UI capabilities for deployment on all devices. Developers can create applications using XAML and the .NET Framework that will display fullscreen on a desktop and adapt to smaller mobile ...

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Retail Business Technology Expo 2014 – Our Thoughts

This year, our development team at SCS Solutions were privileged to go to the annual Retail Business Technology Expo held at the Earl’s Court Exhibition Centre, London. Our mission was to go there, be inspired and gain knowledge of how the retail sector is changing. The exhibition was filled with retail stands of industry leaders, entrepreneurs and visionaries. Seminars were held throughout the day and we attended a few of them. In a very short summary, what it boils down to is that retail is changing rapidly and we wanted to know, from industry leaders, what we can do to ...

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Reactive Programming & Applications

Software environments can change multiple times during the lifetime of an application or product. This often leads to scalability issues or incompatibility between different technologies. “In computing, reactive programming is a programming paradigm oriented around data flows and the propagation of change. This means that it should be possible to express static or dynamic data flows with ease in the programming languages used, and that the underlying execution model will automatically propagate changes through the data flow.” – Wikipedia “Reactive applications are fundamentally different to the traditional web-based or mobile applications seen today and are distinguished by having one or ...

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Epson EPoS Expo 2013

Almost a year later and we are finally starting to see some of the technology showcased at RBTE 2012, in action, in South-Africa. On Wednesday 24 April 2013, Epson showcased their new range of EPoS products and gave visitors the oppertunity to try out the various products from their mobile phones and tablets. The new EPoS range allows applications to  interact (via an xml based protocol) with the printer and other devices without having a driver installed. This is a significant breakthrough for the mobile market and software providers with cloud based solutions. Another great feature of the new EPoS printers ...

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Retail Business Technology Expo 2012

Last week, we found a new perspective to retail solutions in Earls Court, London. The Retail Business Technology Expo is truly an exceptional event with a series of presentations and seminars with key industry speakers. The main focus of the exhibition was omnichannel retailing, which is similar to cross-channel and multichannel (mobile and web), but focuses more on social networks, kiosks, in-store displays, interactive televisions and how it improves your customer-experience. Let’s face it. The days of spam e-mails with flashy adverts are gone. “SoLoMo” (Social – Local – Mobile) was the buzzword that got everyone thinking about how social ...

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CeBIT 2011

As many of you already know, CeBIT is the world’s largest computer and technology expo. We sent a team of our own to explore the vast possibilities unfolding in the world of computers. The latest trend in computing and hitting the market by storm is the presence of the new mobile computers most commonly referred to as tablets or tablet computers. We found many different makes, models, sizes and uses for tablet computers and were surprised at how fast tablets have established in the world of retail. While lots of exhibitors focused on the new mobile platforms and devices, others ...

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