Monday, 24 February 2020

UX Design Sprinting

I had chance to conducting a short UX Design Sprint at ••W Industries for their new mobile app which will integrated with current app for 'on-demand'-like system and mobile apps. 

There are about 10+ people participated, from few different departments: technical, marketing, call center and higher ups. 

The techniques of my UX Design Sprint is having :

- Using paper to be fold for 4 or 8 small screens.
- As the facilitator Process flow by the end-users's standpoint.


Here are take away from the session:
- At first, I have explained why we will doing the activity: based on the Goldilock principle it’s to use shortest time to get ‘good enough’ information or specs. 
- UX is not always about how beautiful the user interface design but rather the usability. Just draw simple shapes like rectangle or circle then add on some text for explanation are okay.
- ‘together alone’ way to note down ideas then share with the facilitator. The facilitator will take note from the unique ideas from participants. The result was the participants were engaging to give their solutions based on their own experience.

So currently we will bring the noted, sketches, process flow into a solid wireframe ( + design ) for next review.



Sunday, 9 February 2020

Learning More about Business

The premise of business at first is giving a solution to a problem faced by a human. In return, we are getting paid by providing a solution.

And to run business we also need humans to provide the solution.

However in business there is two worlds: making money and managing money. The sides of making money are: marketing, sales, operation. While managing money are: admin, HR and finance.

There are 6 types of people needed to run a sustainable business.

It's not simple for one person can do all types of works. But with technologies we can delegate those types to technology. Or take some courses to understand the fundamental inside the business management.


Sunday, 12 January 2020

Tech Stack for 2020

Tech Stack is something that a person or a company can offer for development.

Right now I am not open into all kind of tech stack that we can serve.

For Business Case:

Mobile App:

• React Native
• iOS (Swift/Objective-C)
• Flutter

Web App:

• Laravel/PHP
• ReactJS
• Bootstrap
• SCSS




A New 2020, A New Decade

Hey guys, it's 2020, and it look and sound awesome. And it's a year that start yet another decade for our life.

First of all, let pay a grateful to Allah for giving us a chance to live in this world. We human are not eternal, and all the live we have and the belongings are rezq from Allah. Let's be grateful, always :)

2020 in my perspective it's a whole decade for me as in Information Technology (IT) industry. 10 years in the industry gave me some the basic training ground to get started in this industry.

To be honest this industry is never been growing this much, and the demand is expected to grow.

For those who want to learn IT / Computer Science / AI, I highly recommend that.

Overall Business Improvement

I am honestly looking forward to bring my business to the next step.

As using the technology as the base. As I am the software engineer. Not only I should think about the tech, I need to do research on the demands and market.

I need make things that can give value to the world. At the same time, I am also have the problem, so that I am solving my own interesting problems, with passion, and also solving other's people problems too.

Innovative & Futuristic 

Innovative things that should I make so that it can be picked up by people and people can amazed with how clever the new solution could be.

I should not just creating the hype but really can help people, with some twist. Hey, that should be the business, part of the marketing, which is at first make people recognize you. Let people know you, then like you, then love you, then become your raving fan.

Back to Basic

Prior 10 years's stint in the industry, I have been an avid fan of tech. Like doing HTML we since I was teenager ( maybe at 13-year-old at that time ) to build a website. Back-then of course I was using some of WYSIWYG tool like FrontPage and Dreamweaver. Those things are short-cut to develop web.

Yes I was into the web things. And then landed into PHP & Flash world.

But then I jumped into mobile app development for a quite long time like 5--7 years now. The first app I build was 'Calc Drill' in 2009 on iPhone 3G. I published the app on 2010, it was picked up in Japanese market because Japanese people like to train their calculation strength.

Now the trend and the business shall going first to the web.

Web technologies nowadays is super cool, I feel it's like an app.

With the core web technology, I have been started servicing clients for Laravel web development since 2019 and will keep continue.

I can say, for business, web is not only become the backbone to support their online presence on the web, but also serve as the backend for mobile app as well.

And the web can be more dynamic and interactive, yet easy to make changes, make the webapp deployed almost at no time, I can also say web is so much important to utilize and master it.

For starter my stack for web development is Laravel/PHP + ReactJS + jQuery + SCSS.

Building an awesome web app has never been this dynamic and better developer experience.

Let's Move Forward

Thinking for the future is what we do everyday. Innovation by the big companies come at the rapid pace. We have to adapt it. The world is very interconnected and with internet everything is at the search result.

So as business owner, utilizing the tech is key for your competitive advantages.

We really want to help business owner to grow their business in 40% by utilizing mobile app and cloud system.

We have the result from Bateriku.com which they improve their sales by using mobile apps to get quick order from customers.

We hope to move forward together as a tech partner.




Friday, 13 December 2019

< /2019 >


👋🏻 

So 2019 has come to the end let’s reflect what iReka Soft has done during this year of 2019. 

Let’s list down some projects we have done (aka active revenue). 

1. UX design, hi-fi wireframe. 
2. Marketing app. React Native, Laravel, React, Pusher, real-time chat, Push Notifications. 
3. AR viewing asset loads from the server. Swift, ARKit. 
4. Front end consultation. React native development. 
5. Laravel + react marketing website. 
6. Publishing Unity apps with Vuforia. AR App. 
7. Judge at school
8. Update Google’s Maps SDK. Publishing iOS IoT app. 
9. Webapp hi-fi wireframe. 
10. React native app update to support 64-bit and API handling update. 
11. Laravel webapp with react, design sprint, wireframe, webapp. 
12. Design sprint webapp / system in logistic. Hi-fi wireframe. 

This year is the return of the investment made from last year on 4 things: systematic wireframing, React Native development, leads to Laravel + React, and also deploying to VPS properly with git.

I would like to say thank you to all of our clients. The services hopefully gave a meaningful value to the clients.

Ok, let’s talk about passive revenue. You have to maintain at least yearly to make the apps relevant to the App Store. You know with the new iOS and what not. 

1. Apple App Store, app purchase & in-app purchase. 
2. Google AdMob. Advertising. 

Sunday, 1 December 2019

A month Away to 2020

Hello Readers, It's Already December 2019, and it's a month away to 2020.

2020 is poised to be a futuristic year for Malaysia to become a developed nation as 'Wawasan 2020' goes.

And here we are. To be honest nothing has changed so much. But... for the last decade we can see the technological changes to our society. And especilly with the advent of our phone, now become a smartphone, and the things and services that we can use to excelerate or at least help our live better.

10 years ago, in 2009, I was in Japan, while studying Computer Science in Tokyo University of Technology. So at that time I was also celebrating 2010 also in Japan. I just want to reminessance how much changed of 2010 in Japan and now 2019 (moving forwards to 2020) in Malaysia in technological perspective.

Japan is so called highly technological place, where people are, very highly-class minded, where always thinking forward. They just want things get better. And their works ethic are at the absolute best as worker, to produce best things and best customer support. Thus make their economy turns up. They are details oriented, leads to high quality products. And people like that is quite a lot. They like to do quality works, and also deserved quality goods as well.

Things like good-sense, leads to good work. It's their want to have a good sense of the product, and work hard for it. I think it came from good inspiration and good environment. When people get motivated with good quality things, they will also want to product good quality thing as well.

Compared to here Malaysia, we will produce with the inspiration what we had exposed so far. With the help of the internet, we can learn a lot from outside of our country.

And, what I realized is that not many people in Malaysia is going on the nitty gritty of the technology. Poeple would talk about the A-B-C-D things (the cutting-edge technologies) but usually don't goes deep in to learn that so much. 'Business' people who will use the terms to get some projects or grants, and then find some technical people to execute it, but most of the time the technical people would not being compensate as much as business people. This thing can decrease the motivation for many people to become more technical and more business.

While it's not wrong doing the business, which is about the management, finance, HR, admin and so on. In fact, it's quite important, when you are on the business, and want to sustain and grow it. It's rather to be quite important, trust me, and learn more about it.

However, for those who are technical at heart would like to tinker more about the technology. Well this is also depends on how deep the level technical people want to tinker. Maybe in general, more deep, or super deep. This will determind what kind of product that can be produce, or how innovative the products can be. Surely, understanding things can leads innovation.

So back to the comparing 2010 and 2020 ( soon ), in terms of mobile internet, Japan has long time using mobile internet, in 2010 it's already mainstream, with Japanese old-school feature phone. Nowadays it's all iPhone, or Android phone. Japanese uses QR code a lot in 2010, to access mobile site. Now it's become mainstream also in Malaysia, just about everywhere can find QR code.

And also we have a multitude services based on the smartphone apps. Also leads to wannabes.

On this thing, quality apps and good services win. Take look at Grab & foodpanda, those apps that I started used this year. They are reliable, make things done.

The technological advancement for those apps are not the simple, to make it just work in any given time. And the apps is evolved by weekly basis. It's a living apps, it's on improvment and evolving eversince as the business is keep growing rapidly.

I cannot overstate, that we need to maintain the technologies event after we have launched to the public, the services has to be updated in monthly or yearly manner. Man.... 2019 was so fast. But I would say that 2019 is the best year yet so far for our business.

This is because we have open up the other posibilities in our services: websystem devleopment & depoloyment. We can make custome backend sevices to our client. And coupled with mobile apps make the services even better user experience by bringing it to your palm of your hand.

Yes, the possibilities is endless, and we will keep striving in this mobile technological area.

Thanks,
Hijazi

Sunday, 3 November 2019

UX Design • Laravel / ReactJS • UAT Scripts

Hello readers, it's November 2019.

A bit of reflection for the past month, what's happening inside the business.

More Educational Instagram ( social media ) Posting

We have been updating some of the cool and useful content for general people but specifically for developers & designers alike. Usually the idea came when we facing challenge on our work, and like to teach to more people about the subject in more casual way.

UX Design 

We have been into designing a web-system in ecommerce. Therefore, we have to do lot of researches regarding to this topic. This is especially to gather screenshots from various places of web or apps.

Understanding what's out there, learn and find way to improve something. It's important to understand why is something is build that way. What's are benefits or advantages of something designed in that way. Take those learning into your own UX design as planning for future's development.

In any case, when designing something for the web. We need to have the basis. I mean that we need to have the concrete guideline for designing for the web. For example when designing for web, we need to know how would the web will be build in real. Let say the developer would use Bootstrap 4 framework for responsive style. So as designer we have to get the 'measurements' of fonts, layouts (the 12-lines grid) and so on.

This is because whatever I designed on the Sketch will be backed by the real object. In this case the design of web layout based on Bootstrap 4. So the thing would be doable with default standard. The designed stuff is mostly for planning purpose. We want to care more about the UX, 'what's the flow' (WTF) of the screens. How to get things done, by someone (persona).

Laravel / ReactJS

Along-side with the design, not only layout, the functionalities also must be backed by something real. The functionality of the UX designed app, also being prototype in real technologies. In this case building the web with Laravel / ReactJS or just jQuery.

It's quite time consuming, but it's just solidify the design is doable. So prototyping a bit give a development boost when we ready to move on.

UAT Scripts 

UAT - user acceptance scripts is like the features and unit testing scripts.

We write a note how doing things then what is the expected result. Do we get it right? If yes tick, and give some commentaries.

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So in general, we are getting more experienced in development, we know how to build, but we just want to make it as more plannable, and we want to make sure what would we build is what the client's thought. See, building websystem are not WYSIWYG for now. There is system to build system, but we are not into that right now. We are just using the coding method, but before we code, we have to plan ahead, use visual to visualize what the outcome we want to have.

Until next time. Peace.