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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If you can follow the trends, you will not waste your time and money using outdated programs or approach, the best option is to pay for enterprise software development that will provide you with modern tools, to boost the development of your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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How I Turned my Fine Art Drawings into a Temporary Tattoo Empire

I have always been in love with all things art- I was obsessed with drawing and painting before I was even walking. In high school, I started a career selling art through various gallery art shows and on Etsy. I then went on to study fine arts at the University of Southern California, with an emphasis in painting, but took classes in ceramics, printmaking, cinema and architecture to get a really well-rounded education on all sorts of art.

During my senior year of college, my career path went through a huge transition; I started my own temporary tattoo brand, INKED by Dani, which is a brand of temporary tattoos based on my hand-drawn fine art designs.


The idea for the brand came one night after a themed party at college. My friends, knowing how much I loved drawing, asked me to cover them in hand-drawn doodles using eyeliner. The feedback from that night was overwhelming, everyone my friends saw that night was obsessed with the designs. In that moment, a lightbulb went off in my head... I could do some completely unique here and create chic temporary tattoos with an art-driven aesthetic, unlike anything else on the market. Other temporary tattoo brands were targeted to kids or lacked a sleek and millennial-driven look. It was a perfect pivot; I could utilize my fine arts training and tattoos as a new art medium to create a completely innovative brand.

Using the money I made from selling my artwork throughout high school and college, I funded the launch of INKED by Dani. I had always loved the look of dainty tattoos, but knew I could never commit to the real thing, and I knew my parents would kill me if I got a tattoo (I also knew that so many girls must have that same conflict). Starting INKED by Dani was a no-brainer.

I started off with a collection of about only 10 designs and sold them at sorority houses around USC. Our unique concept for on-trend and fashion-forward tattoos was spreading through word of mouth, and we quickly started growing an Instagram following. I was hustling all day from my room, cold calling retailers, sending blind samples and tons of emails, and trying to open up as many opportunities as I could.

Now, we're sold at over 10,000 retail locations (retailers include Target, Walmart, Urban Outfitters, Forever 21 and Hot Topic), and we've transformed temporary tattoos into a whole new form of wearable art.

My 4 best tips for starting your own business are:

  1. Just go with your gut! You'll never know what works until you try it. Go day by day and do everything in your power to work toward your goals. Be bold, but be sure to be thoughtful in your actions.
  2. Research your competitors and other successful brands in your category to determine how you can make your product stand out. Figure out where there is a need or hole in the market that your new offering or approach can fill.
  3. Don't spread yourself too thin. Delegate where possible, and stay focused each day on doing the best and most you can. Don't get too caught up in your end goal or the big picture to a point where it overwhelms or freezes you. You're already making a bold move to start something new, so try to prioritize what's important! I started off in the beginning hand packing every single tattoo pack that we sold and shipped. If I wanted to scale to align with the level of demand we were receiving, I needed to make the pivot to mass produce and relinquish the control of doing every step myself. I am a total perfectionist, so that was definitely hard! From that point on, overseeing production has been a huge part of my daily schedule, but by doing so I've been able to free up more time to focus on design, merchandising, and sales, allowing me to really focus on growing the business.
  4. Prioritize great product packaging and branding. It's so important to invest time in customer experience- how customers view and interact with your product. The packaging is just as important as the actual product inside! When we were starting off, we had high demand, and I definitely jumped the gun a bit on packaging so we could deliver product to the retailers when they wanted it. Since then, we've completely revamped the packaging into something upscale and unique that reflects what the brand is all about. Our product packaging is always called out as being one of our retailers' and customers' favorite part of our product!