2020 has been one hell of a ride. While human isolation is the reality of our world today, it is very important to stay connected to the world through technology now more than ever. Especially with the drastic changes in the economy, it has become a basic necessity to have an online platform for your business. Here’s why:
- Safety: As annoying as it is to sit at home and not be out and about, people have their fair share of wants and desires. While certain restaurants are open for business, there are people out there who don’t feel safe leaving their house for their favorite ramen! In this case, it would be beneficial to have a mobile/web app for your business, to cater to the crowd that wants to stay at home (This is a big plus, as it might also help with easier in-person management as it will reduce the number of people that show up).
- More business: While this pandemic will not last forever and things might go back to the way they were, having an online platform will help grow the business. Quick and easy access to your services makes the customers more likely to do business with you, especially because it saves time and takes much less effort than showing up in person. This will single-handedly play a huge role in the success of your business.
While there are many great technologies out there, we at Distro Systems know that our customers are the top priority and to keep it that way we like to use…*drumroll*, Firebase!
Firebase is a Google platform that allows one to build, improve, and grow applications that can be easily integrated across iOS, Android, and the web. This means that your app can have an iOS, Android, and a Web version on one smart platform. However that isn’t the only fun thing about Firebase, it also provides the developers with a wide set of features that allow them to focus on the end-user. What I mean by features is that it provides the developers with services ranging from authentication, databases to performance monitoring and Google Analytics, etc
In essence, Firebase is a backend-as-a-service backed by Google. For cloud skeptics, this has its advantage. Firebase provides the developer with everything crucial to the backend of the project (out-of-box), things like authentication, databases, storage, and hosting is all set and handled by Google. Basically what this does is it allows the developers to skip the part where they perform a wide range of formalities before catering to customer needs. This allows the developers to keep their focus on only one thing, the user experience.
There are so many other good things about this platform, however, nothing is perfect and it is important to understand both the sides of a coin. While the platform is a blessing for developers the same might not necessarily apply to the customers. Firebase is a great platform for small businesses that don’t have too many requirements in terms of data and backend functionality as it starts to get a little expensive for bigger businesses that are looking for a large scale and well set up the backend with other advanced features. This doesn’t have anything to do with the developers but has a lot to do with how Google has set up the platform.
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