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The Top 2019 Software Trends You Need To Know

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Today, most companies can't be managed well without software. And we are not talking about buying new soft for laptops that employees can use at the office. In case you own a business that works on the Internet, you have to update your software strategies and tactics on a regular basis. Otherwise, technologies change literally every day, and your company risks to lag behind other, more innovative competitors. So, it is necessary to keep an eye on where the industry moves.


If you can follow the trends, you will not waste your time and money using outdated programs or approach, the best option is to pay for enterprise software development that will provide you with modern tools, to boost the development of your business. How to do that? Well, you have to watch where we are moving in terms of technology, and what works in a best way. Check out the trends that are predicted by experts in the field in 2019.

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

AI gets more and more complicated, and more and more intelligent. While some programs are already able to imitate intelligence, the main breakthrough has not been made yet. Still, if you are working with technologies, or apply complex digital technologies in your work, keep this trend in mind. It seems to boom soon.

Machine learning is more practically applicable today. The point is that a lot of tasks are impossible to be completed by humans, so it is easier to make the machine remember all the options and variations - this is learning. Machines do a huge chunk of the job when it comes to the digital field. So make sure you watch the trend and follow it for the benefit of your company.

Blockchain

This is a trend that everybody discusses, and many already use. In addition to its numerous features, one of the most discussed aspects is total security and anonymity, combined with full transparency. For now, experts claim that blockchain is the safest system of transmitting the data. In case your company works with sensitive data like personal data, or financial transfers, using blockchain guarantees you not only the increase of security in operation but more clients and more investments.

Improved Design

Design gets more and more intuitive. Instead of making the website “beautiful", complex, or “looking expensive", make it functional. Navigation should be totally intuitive and all aspects should be user-friendly. Check the design of websites of the most famous companies and you will notice a smart and sleek design. Make it your priority and your advantage in 2019.

Mobile Applications

Smartphones are everywhere, and people spend more time using their phone than their laptop unless they have to work. So, each and every business is looking forward to develop their own app, to reach out the potential customers at any time. Figure out whether your company can benefit from this trend, too. Keep those trends in mind to be successful in 2019!

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What Sexual Abuse Survivors Want You to Know

In 2016, I finally found my voice. I always thought I had one, especially as a business owner and mother of two vocal toddlers, but I had been wrong.


For more than 30 years, I had been struggling with the fear of being my true self and speaking my truth. Then the repressed memories of my childhood sexual abuse unraveled before me while raising my 3-year-old daughter, and my life has not been the same since.

Believe it or not, I am happy about that.

The journey for a survivor like me to feel even slightly comfortable sharing these words, without fear of being shamed or looked down upon, is a long and often lonely one. For all of the people out there in the shadows who are survivors of childhood sexual abuse, I dedicate this to you. You might never come out to talk about it and that's okay, but I am going to do so here and I hope that in doing so, I will open people's eyes to the long-term effects of abuse. As a survivor who is now fully conscious of her abuse, I suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and, quite frankly, it may never go away.

It took me some time to accept that and I refuse to let it stop me from thriving in life; therefore, I strive to manage it (as do many others with PTSD) through various strategies I've learned and continue to learn through personal and group therapy. Over the years, various things have triggered my repressed memories and emotions of my abuse--from going to birthday parties and attending preschool tours to the Kavanaugh hearing and most recently, the"Leaving Neverland" documentary (I did not watch the latter, but read commentary about it).

These triggers often cause panic attacks. I was angry when I read Barbara Streisand's comments about the men who accused Michael Jackson of sexually abusing them, as detailed in the documentary. She was quoted as saying, "They both married and they both have children, so it didn't kill them." She later apologized for her comments. I was frustrated when one of the senators questioning Dr. Christine Blasey Ford (during the Kavanaugh hearing) responded snidely that Dr. Ford was still able to get her Ph.D. after her alleged assault--as if to imply she must be lying because she gained success in life.We survivors are screaming to the world, "You just don't get it!" So let me explain: It takes a great amount of resilience and fortitude to walk out into society every day knowing that at any moment an image, a sound, a color, a smell, or a child crying could ignite fear in us that brings us back to that moment of abuse, causing a chemical reaction that results in a panic attack.

So yes, despite enduring and repressing those awful moments in my early life during which I didn't understand what was happening to me or why, decades later I did get married; I did become a parent; I did start a business that I continue to run today; and I am still learning to navigate this "new normal." These milestones do not erase the trauma that I experienced. Society needs to open their eyes and realize that any triumph after something as ghastly as childhood abuse should be celebrated, not looked upon as evidence that perhaps the trauma "never happened" or "wasn't that bad. "When a survivor is speaking out about what happened to them, they are asking the world to join them on their journey to heal. We need love, we need to feel safe and we need society to learn the signs of abuse and how to prevent it so that we can protect the 1 out of 10 children who are being abused by the age of 18. When I state this statistic at events or in large groups, I often have at least one person come up to me after and confide that they too are a survivor and have kept it a secret. My vehicle for speaking out was through the novella The Survivors Club, which is the inspiration behind a TV pilot that my co-creator and I are pitching as a supernatural, mind-bending TV series. Acknowledging my abuse has empowered me to speak up on behalf of innocent children who do not have a voice and the adult survivors who are silent.

Remembering has helped me further understand my young adult challenges,past risky relationships, anger issues, buried fears, and my anxieties. I am determined to thrive and not hide behind these negative things as they have molded me into the strong person I am today.Here is my advice to those who wonder how to best support survivors of sexual abuse:Ask how we need support: Many survivors have a tough exterior, which means the people around them assume they never need help--we tend to be the caregivers for our friends and families. Learning to be vulnerable was new for me, so I realized I needed a check-off list of what loved ones should ask me afterI had a panic attack.

The list had questions like: "Do you need a hug," "How are you feeling," "Do you need time alone."Be patient with our PTSD". Family and close ones tend to ask when will the PTSD go away. It isn't a cold or a disease that requires a finite amount of drugs or treatment. There's no pill to make it miraculously disappear, but therapy helps manage it and some therapies have been known to help it go away. Mental Health America has a wealth of information on PTSD that can help you and survivors understand it better. Have compassion: When I was with friends at a preschool tour to learn more about its summer camp, I almost fainted because I couldn't stop worrying about my kids being around new teenagers and staff that might watch them go the bathroom or put on their bathing suit. After the tour, my friends said,"Nubia, you don't have to put your kids in this camp. They will be happy doing other things this summer."

In that moment, I realized how lucky I was to have friends who understood what I was going through and supported me. They showed me love and compassion, which made me feel safe and not judged.