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February 3, 2021No Comments

8 Mobile App Development Trends to Watch in 2021

It’s easy to forget that mobile devices as we now know them have barely existed for a decade, considering how ubiquitous they are.

According to Pew Research, 81% of US adults own smartphones—including 96% of 18-29-year-olds and 96% of 30-49-year-olds. In 2018 the number of “smartphone-dependent” US adults reached 20%—that is to say, adults who relied on smartphones as their primary source of internet connectivity. According to Tech Times, 3.5 billion smartphones are in circulation globally.

The importance of mobile apps has marched hand-in-hand with the importance of the devices themselves. Tech Times notes that of the 2.7 hours per day consumers spend on smartphones, 86% of that time is spent on apps.

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February 1, 2021No Comments

How defining design principles strengthens products and teams

Is the time and effort invested in defining design principles worth it—especially when it might feel like self-indulgent make-work? Can a relatively new but growing design team find a shared purpose and principles that work for every team member? Do design principles even make sense for a consultancy whose product design work changes client to client?

We weren't certain of the answers to these quandaries when we started, but defining TXI's design principles helped unify and crystallize who we want to be as designers and teammates. This outcome feels like a resounding 'yes' to us.

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November 13, 2020No Comments

How Aiven’s open source cloud infrastructure makes DevOps data accessible

You absolutely can have too much data. 

Like when you’re sorting through messages trying to figure out where exactly an API call went wrong. Or when you’re paying for more and more cloud data storage with less and less performance. 

DevOps needs data to be successful. It drives the logic telling our automations when and how to fire, and the KPIs telling us if what we’re doing is really working. And there’s never been more of it. As good as we are at collecting data, however, we’re not always as successful at storing, accessing and analyzing it. 

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November 3, 2020No Comments

3 patient-focused trends in software design for medical devices

This article was written by Kate Smith with support from Table XI.

Medical software design has grown up, moved out, and left the clinic behind. With the application of new technology, innovative software products are shifting our healthcare experience from the traditional episodic doctor-in-clinic context to one where healthcare is an omnipresent part of our everyday lives. Our healthcare interactions now include a breadth of new experiences like smartphone apps, connected devices, retail interactions, home health delivery kits and telehealth video conferencing. Patients have come to expect that healthcare will meet them in their homes and on their phones. Now, more than ever,  software design for medical devices must focus on the patient experience in the context of everyday life. 

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October 12, 2020No Comments

The business imperative for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging

Anything we’ve wanted to improve on at Table XI has come with a plan. A couple of years ago it became clear we could be doing better with hiring and working with diverse groups of people so we started to discuss plans for it. We had guidelines for what this would look like and had a few programs running in the background of our day to day operations. 

Since the murder of George Floyd and the subsequent widespread civil unrest, it’s become clear to us that diversity equity and inclusion cannot be sidework to our overall product. It cannot be seen as a program of work or an initiative — but rather a core part of our company strategy. It has to be with all of us in everything we do.

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September 30, 2020No Comments

5 barriers to healthcare innovation — and how to avoid them

This article was written by Tim Berendt with support from Table XI.

Barriers to healthcare innovation are baked right in to the American healthcare system. The never-ending siloing of disciplines and expertise along with HIPAA regulations and archaic legacy systems are all barriers to driving new innovations in patient experience. 

Which is frustrating, because moving healthcare forward depends on innovation. Especially now. 

COVID-19 has made it clear that healthcare needs to be able to pivot — and fast — to meet the rapidly changing needs of patients. The users need care, they need it now and they need to leave the process feeling better than when it started. 

Yet healthcare is often cautious, with an old guard that’s slow to innovate. Insurance companies and hospital systems are not always built for rapid innovation and can be at odds with the way new actors seek to disrupt and improve the current healthcare landscape. Unlike many other industries in America, healthcare has dragged its feet when innovation is at play. But it doesn’t have to.

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September 15, 2020No Comments

Why DevOps is important to CEOs: Business value and benefits

Unfortunately, most business leaders find out why DevOps is important the hard way.

Like when you get a huge amount of publicity and surge of new visitors to your site, only to have things collapse under the sudden load. Instead of impressing a slew of new visitors — and potentially converting them to longtime users — you disappoint them with a blank server-error page. Not only do you lose the opportunity, you make anyone who remembers the experience less likely to click the next time.

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September 1, 2020No Comments

Our favorite accessibility testing tools for checking our work

Being an organization that’s truly devoted to equity means bringing accessibility testing tools into every part of our process. It’s not a box to check — making our products accessible makes them better, and we have a responsibility to make sure what we build works well for everyone. 

Still, accessibility isn’t static. Much like our commitment to anti-racism, our work with accessibility involves ongoing work and an evolving process. It’s also not work we get to grade. Ultimately, it’s the audience who determines whether our software is accessible, as we’ve written about before. 

Thankfully as our understanding of what audiences need grows, so do the tools to help us meet them. We surveyed some of our team to share their go-to tools for making products user-friendly for the widest audience.

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July 24, 2020No Comments

COVID-19 chased us to our screens — now telemedicine may rescue healthcare

This article was written by Larry Schor, with support from Table XI. 

Advances in medical science over the last century have more than doubled the average life span. Yet our experience as patients is almost indistinguishable from the days of rotary dial phones.

Show me another industry that unselfconsciously stacks its customers into a public waiting room; then makes them wait some more, now half-dressed in an exam room, still with no idea when they’ll be seen. That patient experience looks ripe for disruption, yet it took a pandemic to force widespread change.

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July 20, 2020No Comments

5G in healthcare: Telemedicine in a fully connected world

COVID-19 showed patients the possibilities of telemedicine — 5G in healthcare will make them reality.

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