Top Blockchain Platforms of 2022

Blockchain technology has become one of the most intriguing technology sectors in recent years, spawning a crowd of projects promising various innovations and competing for funding and adoption. Cryptocurrency is based on and intimately connected to blockchain technology, and one big reason for the interest in the latter certainly comes from the speculative market around cryptocurrencies. But blockchains are capable of much more.

The purpose of blockchain platforms is to facilitate the design, development, and deployment of distributed apps, removing the single point of failure of centralized apps. Although the first successful blockchain was specifically designed for cryptocurrencies, in particular Bitcoin, the next successful blockchain technology, Ethereum, was created as a generic platform (and also called Distributed Operating System) to provide the basements for the creation of all kinds of distributed platforms.

In particular, asset management has become one of the main uses of this platform, including the NFTs concept. These include DeFi applications and smart contracts that aim to decentralize and streamline current systems for transactions and verifications (consensus). Many legacy financial and business organizations worldwide are experimenting with blockchain integration, while other blockchain projects seek to supplant current centralized platforms altogether. These are the top blockchain platforms to follow in 2022.

Ethereum

Ethereum was designed to overcome the limitations of bitcoin and is well known for its cryptocurrency, Ether (ETH), the second-largest token by market cap. But Ethereum itself is a blockchain platform for the development of decentralized applications (dApps), referred to as the Ethereum Virtual Machine. It is the most popular blockchain platform used today and is the basis for many NFTs, DeFi projects, altcoins, and metaverse projects.

Ethereum continues to dominate the market, with an active and dedicated development community, but it is still innovating and improving. In 2022, Ethereum is set to upgrade from a proof-of-work to a proof-of-stake consensus model, within a project known as ‘Casper,’ making it more scalable, energy-efficient, more friendly to the environment, and cheaper to use.

Ripple

Ripple is a blockchain platform designed to improve the existing banking and financial services industries, effectively serving as a settlement layer between different financial institutions. The platform’s native token, XRP, consistently ranks among the top ten cryptocurrencies by market cap. Ripple can be seen as an improved version of SWIFT and is ideal for cross-border transactions.

The Ripple platform has partnered with many established financial institutions, such as Santander and Bank of America, but it has also come under some criticism from the blockchain community. Critics of Ripple highlight that the Ripple Foundation pre-mined and holds the majority of XRP, which could be seen as against the crypto principles of decentralization.

IBM blockchain

IBM is a familiar name in the tech industry, but the legacy computer company also has its own blockchain platform. IBM blockchain aims to integrate blockchain technology into the established IT world to improve privacy and efficiency. To this end, it offers developer tools and expert guidance to help companies build blockchain apps for their services, such as finance and supply chain management. It benefits from brand recognition and has partnered with banks and charities. Their technology is based on the Hyperledger platform, a project within the Linux Foundation umbrella, and their project is called Fabric. This is a game-changer, since it is a permissioned blockchain oriented for applications in enterprise and private business for processes such as chain supply management, health care electronic medical records among others. There are thousands of installations of this blockchain.

Tron

Tron is a decentralized blockchain platform built for online content creators, with the aim of enabling content creators to directly monetize their audience instead of relying on typical middleman platforms such as YouTube or Spotify. The creators are rewarded with TRX tokens by their fans but they can also create and launch their own tokens. Tron also supports the creation of smart contracts, dApps, and games on the platform.

Polkadot

Polkadot is an ambitious, open-source blockchain project that connects a complex ecosystem of specialized blockchains, facilitating the cross-chain transfer of data or assets. This multichain architecture enables developers to build chains called ‘parachains’ for specific purposes, but still have them be interoperable with other chains on the platforms. Parachains can even have their own tokens separated from Polkadot’s native DOT currency. Thus, Polkadot can serve as a basis for networked decentralized apps, which makes it attractive for Web3 development.

Avalanche

Avalanche is a blockchain platform supporting the development and deployment of smart contracts and DeFi services. Launched in 2020, its main selling point is speed and energy efficiency compared to blockchain projects based on older models such as Ethereum, as it claims to have the fastest time-to-finality speed of any existing blockchain platform. Its AVAX token is used for fees and governance on the platform and is burned through use, creating scarcity.

Solana

Solana is an open-source platform for building dApps that uses a unique Proof-of-History (PoH) consensus model, which is much more efficient than the traditional Proof-of-Work model pioneered by bitcoin. Solana’s PoH protocol allows for very fast processing, which greatly speeds up the validation of transactions and execution of smart contracts. Solana and its native cryptocurrency SOL have previously been touted as an ‘Ethereum killer’, but it has yet to overtake the older blockchain platform.

Integrating Blockchain with your Business

At AccelOne, our nearshore software development team is experienced in developing software that allows businesses to streamline their operations by integrating blockchain functionality, dApps, and smart contracts into their operations. Our developers and QA engineers have a proven track record in creating blockchain solutions for industry-leading organizations.

To learn more about how we can help you leverage blockchain technology to realize your company’s goals, contact us online or call 800.863.6814.

Based in Seattle and with offices in Las Vegas and Buenos Aires, AccelOne aims to solve software development’s biggest challenge: delivering quality solutions on time and on budget. We offer custom software development, nearshoring, and IT staffing and recruiting services. Browse our site to learn more.

Announcing Lubo Popov, AccelOne’s New Director of Recruiting, North America

AccelOne is proud to announce that Lubo Popov will be joining the team as the recruiting director for our US branch. A veteran of the IT recruitment industry with glowing recommendations from across the business sector, Lubo will be bringing his keen eye for talent, commensurate people skills, and intimate knowledge of the tech sector to enrich our US-Argentina nearshore talent pool.

Lubo’s career in staffing started over 20 years ago after he graduated from the University of Santa Barbara. The young go-getter received a call out of the blue asking if he was interested in a career in staffing. Never one to let an opportunity go to waste, Lubo enthusiastically accepted, despite not having any idea of the staffing industry at the time. Clearly, one talented recruiter can recognize another’s potential, as Lubo went on to build a stellar career connecting business and individuals.

Over the next couple of decades, Lubo would build his career in IT staffing, putting in fourteen combined years as a Senior Recruiter at TEKsystems and Crescent Solutions in the Orange County area before joining Clarity Technology Partners, where he would eventually become the company’s Director of Recruiting. Although all these companies had their differences in size and culture, Lubo always enjoyed the sense of accomplishment that comes with helping people find a fulfilling job that makes the most of their skills. Both employees and companies have praised his straightforward and genuine approach. The following are just a couple of testimonials from people he has worked with:

“I had been in IT for over 20 years and without a doubt, I can say that Lubo is one of the best recruiters that I had ever worked with. Not only is he very effective in getting results, but he also listens to your needs and is able to address any concerns quickly and efficiently.” – Former Client.

“His biggest strengths are his committed relationships with both candidates and clients, as well as, his communication skills and follow-up. I strongly believe this is attributed to Lubo’s success year after year.” – Former Colleague

An Expert Connector for Nearshore Collaboration

The addition of Lubo to the AccelOne family is so exciting for us because of our US/Nearshore model and the wide talent pool it draws from. AccelOne offers a mixed teams approach where the client can choose to have, for example, developers and engineers in Buenos Aires, the project manager and the UX designer in the US, or any other combination that suits their needs.
To make the most of this flexible model, we needed a recruiter with top-tier skills in selecting the best talent, nurturing them in their role, and having an eye for the synergy between different people’s abilities and personal traits. And in our new Director of Recruiting, we are thrilled to say that we have found just the right person. Welcome aboard, Lubo!

Based in Seattle and with offices in Las Vegas and Buenos Aires, AccelOne aims to solve software development’s biggest challenge: delivering quality solutions on time and on budget. We offer custom software development, nearshoring, and IT staffing and recruiting services. Browse our site to learn more.

10 NFT Trends that could change the World in 2022

Over the last couple of years, non-fungible tokens, or NFTs, emerged from their niche to become one of the biggest technology trends around. NFT art sells for millions, influencers and celebrities tout their NFT avatars, and an entire dedicated NFT marketplace has sprung up to keep up with demand. What upcoming NFT trends could dominate the space in 2022? Let’s take a look at the exciting NFT innovations of this year.

1. Play-to-Earn Gaming

Following the lead of hit social games like CryptoKitties and Axie Infinity, multiplayer games in which players earn NFT items that can be traded, or corresponding cryptocurrency tokens, are taking off in a big way. Industry giants such as Square Enix and Electronic Arts have backed the concept, and it’s only a matter of time before big-budget AAA play-to-earn games are released.

2. Web3 and the Metaverse

Web3 refers to the upcoming new era of the internet, an evolution that will see social media, gaming, plus virtual, and augmented reality all join up with blockchain technology to have us interacting, shopping, and playing in immersive shared 3D worlds called metaverses. NFTs are key to this concept, providing unique identifiers to digital objects that can be created, traded, and transferred across metaverse environments. NFTs should, in theory, empower creators in the metaverses to create their vision and also monetize it in a fair way.

3. NFT Real Estate

NFT real estate can refer to both the use of NFTs to verify ownership of digital land in the metaverse (yes, it’s still called ‘real’ estate) or even in the physical world. Metaverses, such as Decentraland or The Sandbox, sell NFTs essentially as property deeds, but houses in the United States are already having ownership rights tied to an NFT via a process known as tokenization.

4. NFT Avatars

NFTs started out as collectibles – variations on art pieces, usually face profiles as in the case of CryptoPunks and Bored Apes. This makes them perfect for use as social media avatars. The holder of the NFT can prove their identity and ownership, and thus verify themselves on social media even if other users copy the same image. This dispenses with the need to give out personal information such as real names, important in a more privacy-focused Web3. Furthermore, NFTs like Bored Apes look similar enough to each other, but with unique identifying accessories or expression combinations. So users can look unique while also expressing their identification with a community, ideal for social media.

5. Decentralized Branding

Any marketer will tell you that consumers love to identify with a good brand. But the traditional model of the company controlling a brand and using it to sell products is quite one-sided. NFTs provide a way to build a brand while still allowing the community to profit from it. The Bored Ape Yacht Club is the standout example of this, but successive projects could take this concept to new heights.

NFTs and Music

The potential for NFTs to revolutionize the music world is only just starting to be explored. Traditionally, large music labels hold most of the power in the industry, taking the lion’s share of monetization and sometimes locking artists in unfavorable contracts. The currently popular streaming model used by Spotify does not have an artist-friendly business model either. NFT music tracks, such as those recently released by Snoop Dogg, not only offer artists better monetization models but also grant certain rights to remixers that could energize a scene of mixers and DJs putting their own spin on songs.

7. Ticketing and ID

Because each NFT is unique, this makes them perfect for verifying owner identity and serving as an authorization method. As such, they are well suited to serve as tickets for events, social club gatherings, or even access to corporate organizations. NFTs could see used as digital IDs for travel or “know your customer” for business and finance.

8. NFT Personalities

NFT personas for artists, influencers, and so on are becoming popular because one can exist under a created persona, participate in metaverse events, etc., all while maintaining control of your identity. Are we on the cusp of seeing the first celebrity known only as an NFT?

9. Ethereum Upgrade

Most NFTs are built on the Ethereum blockchain. This means that the NFT space is limited by Ethereum’s proof-of-work consensus model for minting new ETH. However, Ethereum is set to update to a much more energy-efficient and scalable proof-of-stake model, which should make NFTs much easier and more sustainable to create.

10. NFTs in Fashion

The fashion industry certainly knows how to market exclusivity, so NFTs offer an exciting opportunity for clothing brands to cultivate their followings and create digital desire objects. Gucci, Tommy Hilfiger, Paco Rabanne, among others, have already stepped into the NFT space, as have athletic labels such as Nike and Adidas.

How To Develop NFTs for Your Business

At AccelOne, our nearshore software development team is experienced in creating solutions that enable industry-leading businesses to integrate blockchain elements into their operations.
To learn more about how we can help you streamline your business using NFTs, contact us online or call 800.863.6814.

Based in Seattle and with offices in Las Vegas and Buenos Aires, AccelOne aims to solve software development’s biggest challenge: delivering quality solutions on time and on budget. We offer custom software development, nearshoring, and IT staffing and recruiting services. Browse our site to learn more.

What Is HIPAA and How to Develop Medical Software that Complies with HIPAA Regulations

When it comes to developing medical software and apps, developers and software engineers must ensure that the resulting application is HIPAA-compliant. This means that the application meets the technical and physical safeguards of the HIPAA Security Rule.

What Is HIPAA?

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) was passed by congress in 1996 with the goal of establishing national rules and standards to protect the privacy of patient health information.

The law’s intention is to restrict access to patient records to authorized healthcare providers while keeping the same data secure from potential abuse. In 2013, HIPAA was extended to include the recording, storage, transmission, and retrieval of digital data.

In today’s digital world, data privacy and security are more important than ever. The HIPAA Journal reported 642 data breaches within the healthcare industry in 2020, a 25% increase over the previous year.

This is where HIPAA comes in. HIPAA regulates the flow of patient health data to protect it from fraud, theft, and breach.

The rules and standards enforced by HIPAA include the following requirements:

  • Privacy: Patients’ rights to PHI (protected health information). Any use or access to the information requires patient authorization.
  • Security: Physical, technical, and administrative security measures. This includes a number of measures, such as data backups, encryption, avoiding storing data in local storage of user devices, and all typical infrastructure security measures (activity tracking monitoring, firewalls, and any other strong protection against breaches and attacks).
  • Monitoring: All the platform services must be monitored for any change and access, in order to find out if there is any breach at any point in time.
  • Breach Notification: If a security breach is discovered, the authorities should be notified.

What Does This Mean for Healthcare Software Developers?

If you are looking to build an eHealth or mHealth app that collects patient data, then your app will be subject to HIPAA regulatory compliance for medical software applications if that personal data will be shared with a medical professional or other HIPAA-covered entity (e.g., doctors or health insurance companies).

The US Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights can impose fines to punish breaches of PHI, Even if no breach of PHI occurs, non-HIPAA-compliant software could be still subject to a penalty.

To avoid potential fines and penalties, it makes sense to employ experienced development teams that understand the ins and outs of HIPAA compliance, as the process can be complicated. For example, even if you are hosting an application in a HIPAA-compliant environment, that does not automatically make the application HIPAA-compliant. This means that the whole software solution and cloud architecture must meet HIPAA standards. In the case of any SaaS product, it is highly recommended that it should also be SOC2 (Systems and Organization Controls 2) compliant to guarantee data security to a high standard.

Developing HIPAA-compliant medical software

Because generic software does not meet HIPAA’s exacting standards, medical software must be built from the ground up to transmit, receive, and store PHI securely and privately. To protect from data breaches or losses, software must be carefully tested for any vulnerabilities or exploits, both during development and during its lifetime deployment.

The following functionalities are essential to HIPAA-compliant software and must be included by developers:

  • Secure data encryption and decryption: All data must be encrypted at all stages – prior to transmission, the transmission channel itself, and at the end storage location.
  • Restricted access: User authorization and authorization monitoring functions to ensure that only authorized persons can access patient records. This also extends to system administrators, to protect the software from being altered. Users must be automatically logged out after a set period.
  • Data storage: The storage systems must be able to safely store PHI.
  • Safe and secure backup: To safeguard against data loss, software should be designed to recover and restore lost data in an encrypted form.
  • Emergency mode: The software should be able to protect the data in case of power outage or system failure.
  • Documentation processing: consistent with the standards of formatting and secure storage used in healthcare.
  • Oversight: HIPAA requires healthcare providers to conduct regular audits to ensure compliance and monitor potential vulnerabilities. The software should be able to analyze audits, assess compliance, and provide risk assessments/recommendations for improvement.
  • Remediation plan: this is required to allow providers to correct errors and enable data recovery.
  • Disposability: PHI that is no longer needed should be permanently deleted.

As a major solutions provider for one of the most important pediatric hospitals in the US, AccelOne has years of expertise and development experience when it comes to developing medical software that must take into account HIPAA regulations and the safeguarding of protected health information (PHI).

To learn more about how nearshore software development team can help you achieve HIPAA compliance with your healthcare software, contact us online or call 800.863.6814.

Based in Seattle and with offices in Las Vegas and Buenos Aires, AccelOne aims to solve software development’s biggest challenge: delivering quality solutions on time and on budget. We offer custom software development, nearshoring, and IT staffing and recruiting services. Browse our site to learn more.

Best Front-End Web Development Tools & Software in 2022

Websites are an essential consideration for any organization, large or small, in the digital age, especially if it wants to command a global reach. A company’s website has become the first point of contact for many of its prospective customers, and as such, it is of utmost importance that the website is of the highest possible quality, taking into account functionality, aesthetics, and user experience.

Front-end web development is the creation of the user-facing aspects of the website, such as the graphical interface, interactive elements, and SEO. Developers use programming languages such as CSS, HTML, and JavaScript to create these elements. This can sound like a complex and arduous process, but thankfully, plenty of useful front-end web development tools are available to help you to design an optimal website faster and more efficiently. They all have strengths and weaknesses, but choosing the best tool for the job can make all the difference. Below, we run through some of the best front-end web development tools in 2022.

Best Frameworks for Front-End Web Development

Front-end frameworks assist in developing user accessibility. The top tools include a few well-established market leaders that have proven their value in the industry, but there are also some newer platforms gaining traction that are worth considering.

The Market Leaders

React
React, an open-source framework created by Facebook (now Meta), is no doubt the most in-demand tool, used by the vast majority of the front-end developers according to Stack Overflow Developer’s survey 2021. More of a library than a proper framework, it owes its popularity to its excellent functionality, stability, user-friendly interface, and availability of helpful guides. Another strong selling point is that it is not only suitable for web apps, but using React Native, it can also be used to create cross-platform mobile apps. It is a perfect tool for new developers, high-traffic platforms, or web-and-mobile platforms and comes highly recommended.

Angular
Angular is a popular TypeScript-based framework that stands out due to its two-way data binding feature, which quickly synchronizes any changes between the view and model states of your app or website. However, compared to React, it is considered more difficult to learn from a developer standpoint.

Vue
Although less popular than React, the Vue framework has a good reputation for simplicity and clarity, as well as easy scalability for large projects. Because it is not so widely used, however, there are fewer plugins and community-created extensions for Vue.

The Latest Trends

Next.js
This open-source web development framework enables React-based web app functionalities, and its main advantage is server-side rendering, which significantly boosts the speed and performance of your web app. Although the copyright and trademarks for Next.js are owned by Vercel (a private company), they maintain and lead its open-source development.

Svelte
Svelte is quite a new tool and has yet to catch up to React, Vue, etc., in the market, but it is steadily gaining popularity at an unprecedented pace. The Svelte framework is more lightweight than React, using less code. It is easy to learn, and most suited to smaller, bespoke projects.

Front-End Hosting Cloud Solutions

Cloud computing solutions for hosting your website are essential for the smooth and stable operation of your online service, especially in the case of high traffic. There are a few ready-made solutions on the market via cloud hosting platforms, such as Vercel, Gatsby Cloud, and Netlify.

However, using a fixed platform for hosting can be limiting, and it is strongly recommended to use a custom cloud infrastructure based on AWS services (e.g., S3, CloudFront, WAF, Route 55). An experienced software development team can be hired to create a custom infrastructure that best suits your business needs. MS Azure and Google GCP also provide similar services and features to host your application.

Best CSS Libraries

A CSS library is a collection of ready-made and reusable components for a website, such as user avatars, buttons, images, etc. Using an existing popular CSS library can greatly simplify the task of web design, providing tried-and-true, widely-recognizable elements for the user interface.

Recommended CSS libraries include:

  • Bootstrap: The most popular CSS library, Bootstrap is well documented, with a large community of supporters, and has a reputation for being beginner-friendly and reliable
  • Tailwind: A relatively new CSS library, Tailwind is easy to use and more customizable than Bootstrap, better for creating more unique-looking sites, even if the community support is smaller.

Front-End Web Design Made Easy With Expert Knowledge

At AccelOne, our nearshore software development team is experienced in developing software for customer-facing web and mobile platforms. Our developers and QA engineers have a proven track record in creating front-end solutions for industry-leading companies.

To learn more about how we can help you create the perfect website for your needs, contact us online or call 800.863.6814.

Based in Seattle and with offices in Las Vegas and Buenos Aires, AccelOne aims to solve software development’s biggest challenge: delivering quality solutions on time and on budget. We offer custom software development, nearshoring, and IT staffing and recruiting services. Browse our site to learn more.

Meet Diego Varela, Our New VP of Solutions and Delivery

AccelOne is thrilled to announce that Diego Varela will be joining the team as our new Vice President of Solutions and Delivery. Diego will be based out of our Bay Area office and will be working closely with all levels of the company to help support the teams and provide insight as AccelOne continues to grow at an accelerated pace.

Diego’s Journey

The Argentinian native started from humble beginnings, working cleanup at McDonald’s facilities in Buenos Aires and studying for his university exams after his shifts. Although always ambitious, little did Diego know at the time that he would be joining the next generation of Argentinian professionals blazing a trail in the global IT sector.

Diego’s occupational journey took him through various professional roles, from database administrator to developer, business analyst, and tester. In 2007, Diego became one of the first of 30 employees of Globant, a tech outsourcing company pioneered in Argentina but which has become a global and public company traded on the NYSE. Throughout 18 of Globant’s 19 years of operation, he saw the company grow from just 30 employees to more than 25,500 by 2021. Through its stratospheric growth, Diego learned what sort of people, practices, policies, and structure were needed to support the company as he rose from project manager to delivery manager to VP of delivery at the company. To this day, he fondly remembers the mentors who guided him through the professional and personal development that made him the sage expert that he is today.

Never one to get stuck in his comfort zone, the pandemic slowdown afforded Diego the chance to consider the next stage of his career. That’s when he met with Scott Craig (CEO and Co-Founder) and Mike Heindel (Managing Director of our Henderson, NV location).

In Diego’s own words:

“The values were clear: Transparency, accountability, and responsiveness. My meetings with Scott and Mike showed me that they weren’t just fancy words, but values that they actually practiced in front of me. AccelOne is a much more sophisticated organization than the typical outsource IT staffing vendor, and I saw an opportunity to really stretch myself with something bigger and more challenging than before.”

Inspired by AccelOne’s company values and excited by the prospect of leading the organization through its next stage of evolution, Diego became a member of the AccelOne team.

The Future of AccelOne

AccelOne specializes in the outsourcing of expert IT professionals, thanks to our cohort of experienced developers based in our nearshore office in Buenos Aires. Providing professional services of building solutions end to end, D2C, B2B, and B2B2C, we work with top-notch tech tools such as Blockchain, Flutter, React, Vue.js, and Python, accommodated through any cloud infrastructure.

Our experienced developers have contributed knowledge across a variety of different industries, including fintech, media and entertainment, health care, insurance, retail and e-commerce and e-Learning. AccelOne is poised to grow our talent pool and reach across the most exciting areas of the technology sector today and in the future because of it’s culture, mindset, and approach to creating solutions for leading global organizations and companies looking to change and improve how people buy, work, and exist.

Scott Craig boasts, “We are very excited and honored to be able to welcome Diego to AccelOne’s leadership team. Diego’s vast experience working within blended teams from the Americas in all areas of the software development delivery lifecycle makes him uniquely qualified as a technology solutions leader, but his passion and care to want to help make the things and people around him better make him incredibly qualified to align with our values and staff which embrace those values.”

As our new Vice President of Solutions and Delivery, Diego will be applying his passion and expertise to guide AccelOne as it becomes bigger and better than ever, while staying true to our core values. If you’d like to know more about AccelOne, our mission, and specialized services, don’t hesitate to contact us online or call 800.863.6814.

Based in Seattle and with offices in Las Vegas and Buenos Aires, AccelOne aims to solve software development’s biggest challenge: delivering quality solutions on time and on budget. We offer custom software development, nearshoring, and IT staffing and recruiting services. Browse our site to learn more.

¿What Are Smart Contracts on Blockchain?

Aside from cryptocurrency, “smart contract” is probably the next most-used phrase you’ll encounter in discussions of blockchain technology. Simply put, a smart contract is a program stored on the blockchain that runs when certain predetermined conditions are met.

Smart contracts are often used to automate the execution of an agreement between several parties, hence the ‘contract’ part. While a paper contract legally compels participants to act in prescribed ways and fulfill certain responsibilities, interested parties must trust each other and spend time (and likely money) on verification and intermediaries. The smart contract does all this automatically, eliminating risk, saving time, cutting down on bureaucracy, and notifying all participants immediately. Smart contracts are also used to speed up workflows. A chain of smart contracts can execute one task after another when the necessary conditions are met, streamlining a work process between multiple participants who may be in different time zones, speak different languages, etc.

How Smart Contracts Work

Smart contracts are structured with logic statements, implemented in languages such as Solidity or Rust (derivates from C), coded onto a blockchain, which are triggered when a transaction is initiated. Smart contract development can be complex, as the various stipulations must be agreed on and exceptions, edge cases, and disputes must be accounted for. However, specialized teams of blockchain developers may be hired to develop bespoke smart contracts, modify templates for others or offer interfaces and tools for building them.

The network of computers on the blockchain verifies the conditions in a similar way to how cryptocurrency is verified. Because of the decentralized nature of the network, it is extremely difficult for one participant or an outside party to falsify any information on the blockchain. The network then executes the programmed action. This could include remuneration, such as releasing funds (including cryptocurrencies) to the appropriate parties for services rendered; verification, such as sending notifications to confirm a task is completed; approval of a loan; granting access to a database; or the simple issue of a ticket or registration number. The execution of the smart contract, including any related transaction, is recorded on the blockchain upon completion, once more making it impossible to reverse.

How Smart Contracts Are Used

Various industries already use smart contracts to make complex, multi-participant activities faster and more efficient. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Governance systems Because of the extreme difficulty of manipulating a blockchain and the level of encryption involved, smart contracts provide a secure environment for voting systems. This can be used by governments, company shareholders, or by decentralized organizations such as a collective or group of collaborators who desire a less hierarchical, more peer-to-peer method of organizing a project. Because of automatic execution, voters can be assured that the result voted on will be carried out.
  • DeFi DeFi, or decentralized finance, refers to the use of blockchain technology to improve upon traditional financial services. Smart contracts play a crucial role in this. For example, checking insurance claims, loan applications, mortgages, payment for services rendered, etc. Smart contracts streamline bookkeeping and secure the accuracy of accounting records, make sure that transactions are executed in a timely manner, and eliminate the need for intermediaries and manual verification.
  • Supply chain and inventory Supply chains, or any system that requires a high level of bookkeeping, can benefit from a blockchain that shares an accessible and secure digital record of activities inventory to all parties. This cuts down on falsification, human error, and time spent on manual checking.

Why Smart Contracts Are Important

Smart contracts bring several important advantages to businesses that adopt them, including:

Savings
Automation eliminates the need to spend time and labor on paperwork, filling out forms, checking and carrying out transactions manually, checking and correcting mistakes, etc. Because there is no need for intermediaries to facilitate transactions, money is saved on fees.

Security
As the result of operations ruled by smart contracts are stored in blockchain transaction records, which are encrypted and extremely difficult to hack, security is granted. Multiple backups are also created automatically on the blockchain, safeguarding work from accidental data loss.

Trust
Smart contracts also reduce risk because they eliminate the need for trust within disparate parties. All participants can access encrypted records of transactions, without the possibility of tampering.

Crafting Smart Contracts for Your Business

At AccelOne, our nearshore software development team is experienced in developing software that enables businesses to integrate blockchain and smart contracts into their operations. Our developers and QA engineersQA engineers have a proven track record in creating blockchain solutions for industry-leading companies. To learn more about how we can help you streamline your business using smart contracts, contact us online or call 800.863.6814.

Based in Seattle and with offices in Las Vegas and Buenos Aires, AccelOne aims to solve software development’s biggest challenge: delivering quality solutions on time and on budget. We offer custom software development, nearshoring, and IT staffing and recruiting services. Browse our site to learn more.

Virtual Reality Trends in 2022

Virtual reality technology has been around in some form or another since the early ‘90s. While full of promise, VR adoption has been very slow over the intervening decades, but that looks all about to change. With the newly rebranded Meta throwing its weight behind virtual metaverses as part of the vaunted Web 3.0, VR is seeing renewed interest from companies across various industrial and financial sectors as well as gaming and entertainment. Improvements to hardware and accessibility from manufacturers have also contributed to increased adoption and familiarity with VR and AR among the general public. But which trends will define the development of virtual reality in 2022?

Affordability

The hefty price tag of the hardware has been a major barrier to entry for consumers when it comes to VR. All the equipment required for a high-end VR experience could easily total around $1,000, not including an accompanying PC! With the upcoming metaverse applications in mind, manufacturers are competing to produce an affordable headset for mass consumption that can serve as the average person’s entry point to the technology. Meta itself likely sells its flagship hardware, the Meta Quest 2, at a loss, and as the sector becomes more competitive, we can expect to see more fully complete VR kits priced around the $300-400 range.

Standalone Headsets

Early VR sets were display and tracking systems that needed to be connected to a computer that actually ran the applications. They needed to be physically tethered via cable arrays to a powerful PC that provided the processing power to run graphically demanding software. Separate tracking sensors known as base stations were required for body tracking accuracy. The new generation of headsets includes standalone ranges, with onboard CPUs and tracking sensors. The original Oculus Quest was a game-changer in this way, but competitors such as the HTC Vive Focus or Pico Neo ranges show the wider industry pushing in this direction.

Integration with Online Services

As we prepare for Web 3.0, e-commerce and social media platforms will integrate VR and AR elements to enhance the experience of users who will be using the next range of affordable headsets. Think try-before-you-buy avatars, and games linked to one’s social media accounts, clothes or furniture, virtual meeting rooms, workshops, design studios, and VR tours of hotels and tourist attractions. Upgrading an existing e-commerce business to include VR features is more easily accomplished by outsourcing to an experienced development team.

Blockchain Partnerships

Blockchain, cryptocurrencies, and non-fungible tokens (NFTs) are slated to be important components of the Web 3.0 metaverse, in which digital items will be represented and interacted with via VR and AR technology. Consequently, many blockchain companies are collaborating with VR developers and vice versa to create metaverses, many of which resemble multiplayer VR games with a native cryptocurrency and VR objects verified by NFTs.

Developers who are proficient in both blockchain and VR technologies are especially valuable for this purpose, as they are able to both create the virtual objects and integrate them into a blockchain and crypto-economy for gaming, collection, or metaverse uses.

Mixed Reality

Virtual reality can be considered the most immersive end of the extended reality (XR) technology spectrum. On the opposite end, augmented reality (AR) superimposes digital items over the real world. The space in between can be considered mixed reality (MR). Because different levels of immersion are best for different customers and situations, forward-thinking platforms will try to integrate interactions across the spectrum to capture a wider customer. Building VR, AR, and MR requires different hardware, design, and development skills. Hence, a specialized team with experience in those 3 fields is a must for the success of your projects. Use of an experienced VR development company is recommended to design features for the appropriate level.

Developing VR Software Solutions for Your Business

VR and AR technologies, in general, will be an increasingly important space for companies looking to integrate themselves into the economy of the future, especially with metaverse and Web 3.0 services. VR development requires advanced knowledge of graphics development and interactivity design, and an experienced development team is crucial in creating VR experiences that actually add value to a product or service.

At Accelone, we specialize in helping businesses integrate VR and AR into their products and processes in ways appropriate to their industry and long-term goals. Our nearshore software development company includes a team of veteran augmented reality and virtual reality developers with proven experience in building high-quality 3D models and designing complex interactions for expertly designed VR and AR experiences and enhancements. To discuss how we can assist your business upgrade using VR, contact us online or call us at (800) 863-6814.

Based in Seattle and with offices in Las Vegas and Buenos Aires, AccelOne aims to solve software development’s biggest challenge: delivering quality solutions on time and on budget. We offer custom software development, nearshoring, and IT staffing and recruiting services. Browse our site to learn more.

AccelOne Appoints Heidi Mendes as Senior Director of Business Development

AccelOne names Heidi Mendes Senior Director of Business Development from its new office in Gilbert, Arizona.

PHOENIX, AZ — April 4, 2022 — AccelOne, a leading custom software development services and staffing company today announced Heidi Mendes as its new Senior Director of Business Development. Based out of the company’s new office in Gilbert, Arizona, Mendes will focus on strategy and management of business development, account management, client retention and revenue growth..

“It’s my pleasure to welcome Heidi to AccelOne,” said CEO Scott Craig. “Her experience selling nearly identical services to AccelOne delivered by both US- and nearshore-based resources makes her a perfect fit for our business to accelerate growth.
Heidi’s background at Microsoft and her successful performances as both a technical recruiter and a business development director uniquely qualify her to fully understand and appreciate the needs of our clients, and structure successful outcomes for them.”

Throughout her 22-year career in tech and sales, Mendes has held a variety of customer-focused positions with progressive successes.
Her extensive C-level background brings together the intricacies of technical recruiting, sales, and field mentorship which she’s leveraged to drive bottom-line growth and customer satisfaction. Prior to joining AccelOne, Mendes gained experience leading sales and business development in North America and globally for a wide range of companies while bolstering brand credibility and building long-term client and team relationships.

“I am thrilled to join the AccelOne team as the company opens its new office in Arizona. AccelOne is uniquely positioned to help clients across diverse and innovative industries to digitally transform their businesses and deliver better experiences for customers and staff,” said Mendes.

AccelOne’s new office in Gilbert, Arizona, comes at a time when the company continues to experience growth domestically and abroad. AccelOne’s focus remains on building custom software solutions and talent sourcing for a broad range of industries such as eCommerce, Media, cryptocurrency and blockchain, digital health, VR/AR, and many others.

About AccelOne

AccelOne is a recognized leader in custom software development and talent sourcing. Headquartered in the Seattle area, with offices in Nevada, Arizona, and Argentina, the company was founded by a team of senior business owners and operators with a shared goal of solving software development’s biggest challenge: delivering innovative solutions on-time and on-budget. The company provides affordable and experienced technical work teams from both South and North America to solve client challenges through technology-based solutions. AccelOne prides itself on delivering successful outcomes for its clients using better communication, fresh ideas, and a devotion to its guiding principles of transparency, accountability and responsiveness. From mobile apps to web applications, AccelOnedesigns and develops cutting-edge solutions and engaging experiences that consumers and businesses love.

For more information, visit https://www.accelone.com or call 800-863-6814.

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Why Connection Is Key to Collaboration:
A Post-Pandemic Story

All of us have been forced to adjust our professional and social lives to the realities of the COVID-19 pandemic. People now realize how much we crave real, face-to-face human interaction. This is just as true in an industry where remote working is the norm, as is the case in our own field of software development.

I recently had the pleasure of visiting the AccelOne nearshore office in Buenos Aires to meet new team members and reconnect with old colleagues. We also took the opportunity to engage in a team-building event with a major client. The unusual circumstances imposed by the pandemic had made such a gathering impossible for just over two years, and the long-overdue reunion impressed upon me the need to actively connect with one’s team, customers, and colleagues personally. The energy and hospitality shown to me was nothing short of invigorating. Our personal relationships are what drive us to excel in life, and our technologically connected world has only made that more apparent.

Bonding in Buenos Aires

AccelOne’s Buenos Aires office is our nearshore development office–close enough to our headquarters, culturally, but also capable of drawing from the diverse perspectives and talented individuals found in the Argentinian capital.

Our team of software specialists and supporting staff are an invaluable part of our global operations, bringing their expertise to everything from the standard application development, to virtual reality and blockchain platforms. When a company has offices in multiple locations, care must be taken to ensure that none of them feel secondary or ancillary. We are all organs of one body, working toward the benefit of all. Everyone should feel valued, and the best way to demonstrate that appreciation is with your presence – and if you have time, in their native language.

I visited our main office in Buenos Aires, as well as our co-working spaces, to meet various team members within every level of the company organization, from co-owners to developers and HR staff. The experience was made more special by my attempt to speak mostly in Spanish, when I could (and validated the years of Spanish lessons I’ve been taking). As Nelson Mandela said: “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.” He’s right.

The workspace tours were capped off with a relaxed team-building event at a rooftop bar in Buenos Aires. Over local food, drinks, and stimulating conversation, I got to know my colleagues not just as team members, but as people.

Face-to-face time with colleagues does wonders for team cohesion. We naturally want to support and impress those with whom we have personal relationships, and we celebrate their achievements. We also feel much more comfortable reaching out for help and collaboration with people we know. It’s that human touch that gets you vested in the successes of your colleagues.

Clients and Colleagues Alike

The bonding didn’t stop with our Argentinian team. One of our largest clients joined us all the way from Chicago for a team-building event at the Sofitel Resort, just outside of Buenos Aires. Accelone is building an entire blockchain crypto NFT platform for them as part of updating their services with the latest in decentralized infrastructure. So far, the developers and client team had only been in contact via Slack, emails and short video calls, but with some time to unwind together in the resort, both sides got to know the humans on each end of the partnership.

Relationship management between a specialized service provider and a client benefits just as much from the human connection. The face-to-face time enables for a more vested and personal relationship. Even after a short time together, we get to know more about the personality behind the voice on the phone or the talking head on the screen. We better understand and anticipate each other’s needs and goals, and are even more motivated to help those friendly people with whom we shared refreshments on that memorable day in Buenos Aires!

Connection Quality

It was great to see everyone and meet after not being able to for so long. It may sound trite, but the truth is that long-distance communication only goes so far as to bridge the gap. The social distance imposed by COVID-19 has taken its toll on morale across many industries as we’ve felt isolated from the colleagues that kept us motivated during our day-to-day work. These in-person visits post-pandemic are important and crucial to keeping your employees happy and your culture strong. And a culture of communication, of human connection, is what makes AccelOne excel at, and be proud of, what we do.

Interested in hiring an experienced development team to integrate blockchain, virtual reality, or custom software solutions for your business? Connect with us online or call 800.863.6814.

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