Buying Items Securely Through Google Assistant

Voice services game players are doing a great job on enabling new ways to make life easier by using its voice products. In particular Google is pushing hard to

Customers already knows that people don’t just want to get know the weather forecast or something like that. They demand more value and smart solutions. Put simply, they want an easier way to get their shopping tasks done.

Recently (March 2018) Google announced Shopping Actions to let user to order products from stores directly from a simple web search, Google Assistant or any “Google place”.

In addition, Shopping Actions uses a pay-per-sale model, meaning you only pay when a sale actually takes place. Shopping Actions appear within the sponsored Shopping Unit on the Google Search page, and on Google.com/Shopping. No organic rankings are impacted or changed.

Source: Google Blog

So far, Google is encouraging companies to see it as an ally against Amazon. “We have taken a fundamentally different approach from the likes of Amazon because we see ourselves as an enabler of retail…We see ourselves as part of a solution for retailers to be able to drive better transactions,” Google’s president for retail and shopping Daniel Alegre told Reuters.

Google explains the main features of Shopping Actions to retail and e-Commerce industries:

  • Surface your products on new platforms like the Google Assistant with voice shopping.
  • Help your customers shop effortlessly with you, across Google. A shareable list, universal shopping cart and instant checkout with saved payment credentials work across Google.com and the Google Assistant — allowing your customers to seamlessly turn browsing into buying.
  • Increase loyalty and engagement with your highest value customers.

 

Over the past 6 months, Target said the number of items in shoppers’ Google Express baskets have increased by nearly 20 percent, on average, as a result of its tie-up with the internet company.

From now every single Google user (from mobile devices, desktop or Google Home) can buy products directly by voice.

Remember: Smart voice devices like Amazon Echo and Google Home will be installed in 55 percent of U.S. households by 2022, according to Juniper Research. This is a great opportunity to increase sales and engage users.

If you are into e-Commerce or retail industry and want to reach out more customers nation wide, please contact us to refer you the Google Shopping Action program.

How Robotic Process Automation can boost your company

Entire industries around the globe are looking for the way to achieve more results with minimal investment in time and money. But the thing is most of companies can not find the right way quickly, and obviously it will die, by being ate for some other smarter companies with no fear to change.

Thanks to technology today we have some tools (or ways) to get a huge ROI (Return Of Investment) with the minimal effort. This is not a calling to be vague or something like that: on the contrary, my purpose is letting know you about new smarter ways to make better business.

Ok. Robotic Process Automation (RPA) is the key. Basically RPA is to programming computer to do common tasks, quicker and safer. And you can put this concept on almost any are of your company. RPA is your new employee.

RPA is more than a simple chatbot, it includes Machine Learning to automate business process. For example, entering or updating data on your ERP (and other internal systems you use) as it new leads come. A chatbot triggers a RPA bot who creates the signature.

Myths and Truths

 

It’s 2018, but even there are small-mindset owners. That’s normal. It ocurres because they don’t have the right information.

Myth #1: RPA is for big companies

This is one of the most common phrase I have heard from small business owners, because historically the best and powerful business tools were only for big companies. It’s an understandable paradigm.

Thanks to modern technology, today small and big companies can access the same benefits. The difference is on their owner’s mindset. RPA is not only for big companies, in terms of money and infrastructure. The investment is proporcional to the quantity of customers/employees.

Myth #2: RPA is expensive

Sure, RPA does have initial implementation costs. These include the provisioning of IT infrastructure such as databases, servers, network, etc. Running costs are largely time related and centre around the ongoing delivery and maintenance of processes, maintenance of underlying infrastructure and support.

You already knows that an expensive investment is when your return is less than the initial investment. This is not a bet. So, in this case, by using tools your consultant company can help you to predict the final impact, in order to measure the building and implementation cost.

Remember one thing: RPA will be your 24/7 employee. No tired. No excuses.

Are you a startup with limited budget? Pay as you grow.

Myth #3: RPA will replace humans

I know tons of people, including CEOs and engineers, think that RPA will replace them, and it will kill their business. Please, stop thinking on that way. Forget it! Drop it!

I strongly see humans using the bot’s power to boost and do smarter business.

As I said before: bots will be your 24/7 employee.

 

RPA uses cases

Now you knows the benefit of implementing RPA skills on your business, to analyze or operate processes. So, please let me describe some RPA uses cases… hope it can inspire you.

 

Ok. Here at 4Geeks we love to help business to implement automation process, that it can be translated to better business performance, saving, growth. Let us know if you need help.

E09: Gitlab CI and Google Cloud

Gitlab is doing a tremendous job on their side by simplify complex process, not just storing code. On this episode Sergio and Allan talk about Gitlab CI and the perfect integration with Google Cloud Platform.

Some Auto DevOps features we mentioned:

  • Auto Build: Dockerfile
  • Auto Test
  • Auto Code Quality: Rubocop
  • Auto SAST (Static Application Security Testing):
  • Auto Dependency Scanning: Docker
  • Auto License Management: Docker
  • Auto Container Scanning: Docker
  • Auto Deploy: GKE
  • Auto Monitoring: Prometheus

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Happy listening!

Hosts: Allan Porras and Sergio Monge.

E08: Robotic Process Automation

Robotic Process Automation (RPA) is how business are getting a lot of customers, automatically. 24/7.

You can subscribe to this podcast on your favorite platform; iTunes, TuneIn, iVoox and YouTube included. Rate us and share with your community. You can always send us your questions by voice 🙂

Wait the next episode on next week.

If you plan to invest in RPA, or if you need help (or simply you need a friend), you already knows what to do.

Hosts: Allan Porras and Sergio Monge.

E07: QA process with Meli Arce

Hi 4GeeksNation! Welcome back to a new episode on The 4Geeks Podcast. Today we are talking with Meli Arce, our QA Lead here at 4Geeks, about all the entire QA (Quality Assurance) process.

You can comment always every single episode. Please rate / share to help us reach out more people. You can always send us your questions by voice 🙂

Happy listening!

Hosts: Allan Porras and Sergio Monge.

E06: Blockchain industries

Hey guys! Welcome back to a new episode in The 4Geeks Podcast. Today we are talking about Blockchain, and it can be used to disrupt some industries.

Banking, Supply Chain, Security, Insurance, Crowdfunding, Government, Health, Online Music and Real Estates are some industries that we talked about on this episode.

This was our agenda:

  1. Banking:
    • Citi Coin, from Citi Bank. (“equivalent to bitcoin”).
    • HSBC has made what it claims is the world’s first commercial trade-finance transaction using blockchain.
  2.  Supply chain (https://goo.gl/ntYkvW )
    • Supply chain is more complex than before
    • Difficult for customers or buyers to truly know the value of products
    • All process with IoT gaining transparency
  3. Security
    • Blockchain-based systems don’t have a single place to attack due to the technology’s basic principles, where each block is immutable and cryptographic.
    • Each block has previous hash references (composed from the data)
    • Proof-of-work (latency) and proof-of-stake(based on percentage)
  4.  Insurance
    • Fraud: $40B a year in loses for fraud, paperwork process increase fraud. Eliminate double booking, ownership and reduce premium division.  
    • Health insurance: records secured and shared between.
  5.  Charitycrowdfunding (Kickstarter, IndieGogo)
    • Most of the time we don’t know where the money is.
  6.  Government (https://goo.gl/exJmbu ):
    1. National Identity Management Systems
    2. More transparency to manage citizen’s data.
    3. Tax and Internal Revenue Monitoring
    4. Voting
    5. Dubai and Estonia
  7.  Healthcare
    1. Share your own data
    2. Portable around the world.
  8.  Online Music:
    1. Listen directly from artists
    2. April 2017 — Spotify acquires blockchain startup Mediachain to solve music’s attribution problem … Mediachain is an startup based on NYC (“they will work on developing better technology for connecting artists and other rights holders with the tracks hosted on Spotify’s service.”)
  9.  Real Estate (http://ubitquity.io  — https://imbrex.io/ )
    1. Title records
    2. Transparency on property improvements
    3. Easy to mapping available properties to buy, real time updated.
    4. Possibility to gain younger investors (equity fund).

Don’t forget to rate us and share with your team! You can always send us your questions by voice 🙂

Hosts: Allan Porras and Sergio Monge.

E05: DevOp tools

Hi there! Welcome to this new episode! Today we are talking about DevOp tools we use for all entire DevOp cycle.

We started describing and mention some tools we have used here at 4Geeks to build products. Some of them steps we talked about are Plan, Code, Build, TestRelease and Deploy, Operate and Monitor.

If you are a software engineer, or if you just are dealing with servers, coding and something like that, you will love this episode.

Remember you can subscribe on iTunes, TuneIn, iVoox or even you can listen it on our YouTube channel. Don’t forget rate us to reach more people. You can always send us your questions by voice 🙂

Hosts: Allan Porras and Sergio Monge.

E04: Native vs Hybrid Mobile Apps

Do you prefer to develop a native mobile app or a hybrid mobile app? Maybe this comparison can be useful if we talk more about the context… the pros and cons.

In this episode, Sergio Monge and Allan Porras talked about some important factors to consider if you plan to choose one “format”.

For example, one of the most important things on native mobile apps is the performance, security and the capability to access device so easily. The thing is you need to establish separated development teams for each platform (Android or iOS). It can increase the budget.

If you want to know the completed pros and cons, just listen this episode 🙂

Well, enjoy the conversation and remember to subscribe to this podcast on iTunes, iVoox, TuneIn, and rate us to help us reach more people. You can always send us your questions by voice 🙂

Hosts: Allan Porras and Sergio Monge.

E03: Chatbots

Hi there! Today we are going to talk about chatbots, and how it can help you to engage customers and do better business.  A chatbot basically is a program with capability to understand natural language (English, Spanish…) and trigger orders.

Some of the most popular companies providing chatbots platform are Google (DialogFlow), Facebook (Wit.ai), Amazon (Amazon Lex) and IBM (IBM Watson).

You can subscribe to this podcast on your favorite platform; iTunes, TuneIn, iVoox and YouTube included. Rate us and share with your community. You can always send us your questions by voice 🙂

Hosts: Allan Porras and Sergio Monge.

E02: Product Development Cycle, with Ivan Arroyo

Welcome back to The 4Geeks Podcast! In this new episode Ivan Arroyo, a software engineer here at 4Geeks, joined us for discuss about the 4Geeks Product Development Cycle.

This cycle includes Brainstorming, UX, MVP, UI, Coding, Testing and Product Release, and Ivan, Sergio and Allan discussed deeply about it on this episode. Hope you can enjoy!

Remember subscribe on your favorite platform, rate us and share with your team. If you have any suggestion to keep in mind, please write us. You can always send us your questions by voice 🙂

We also published a version to YouTube, check it out.

Hosts: Allan Porras and Sergio Monge.