The Greater Philadelphia Office Market Closes the Decade on a High Note

Philadelphia, PA (January 16, 2020) — Newmark Knight Frank (NKF) released its fourth-quarter 2019 office reports for the Philadelphia CBD and suburbs, Southern New Jersey, and Northern Delaware today. Across the region, the office market concluded 2019 with robust positive absorption, continued rent growth, new construction, and the promise of more demand-driven development to kick off the new year.

In Philadelphia’s Central Business District (CBD), market activity was largely driven by the “eds & meds” sector, which contributed significantly to the overall quarterly absorption of 142,976 square feet through notable deals such as Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Limelight Bio, each leasing a full floor at 3535 Market Street in University City. “Eds & meds” is also among the sectors catalyzing new development. Drexel University officially signed for a 258,000-square-foot build-to-suit in University City this quarter and exercised the option to expand the building to 454,000 square feet to accommodate multiple College of Medicine programs. This was one of two new build-to-suit deals signed in the fourth quarter downtown; Morgan Lewis & Bockius also signed with Parkway Corporation for a 308,000-square-foot build-to-suit at 2222 Market Street.

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Top Mobile App Development Tools for 2020

Contributed by Curotec.

Mobile application development is no longer an afterthought. Smart companies have moved to a mobile-first approach for both web and app creation, considering the features and functionality that will be most important to someone working on their phone or tablet before tackling the desktop version.

Whether you work for a mobile application development company or a company that is building an app for their teams or customers, it’s crucial to be aware of the tools that will make your job easier and ensure a better product. But mobile app development tools are constantly changing and evolving to adapt to device advancements, standards, and capabilities. We’ve compiled a list of modern tools that will help today’s mobile app developers create stunning and highly usable applications.

App Development Frameworks & Cross-Platform Development Tools

Xamarin

Despite being purchased by Microsoft in 2016, Xamarin remains cross-platform. It extends the .Net platform for mobile development and adds both cross-platform and platform-specific libraries, editor extensions, and support for XAML for building dynamic mobile apps using C#. Xamarin is free and open source.

Ionic

Ionic offers a number of tools for developers, including the Ionic Framework. This free, open-source UI toolkit for mobile development enables developers to create native apps for iOS, Android, and the web from a single cross-platform codebase.

Appcelerator

As its name implies, Appcelerator’s purpose is to accelerate the development of mobile applications for iOS, Android, Windows, and HTML5 applications. Pricing ranges from free for a single user to a Pro account with expanded features at $200/month. Enterprise licenses are also available. Appcelerator allows you to write cross-platform applications in JavaScript that run natively on devices.

PhoneGap

PhoneGap is Adobe’s answer to Microsoft’s Xamarin. Developers can use web development skills to create hybrid applications easily using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript giving you a single codebase to maintain. However, hybrid mobile applications come with compromises, so developers should consider the trade-offs of easy development and maintenance with reduced potential for functionality.

BuildFire

BuildFire marries no-code application development with custom development capabilities. It’s drag-and-drop interface makes it simple for devs and even business users to create interfaces quickly but also backs that with a developer SDK. BuildFire comes with hundreds of templates as well as plugins for common services like YouTube and Shopify.

Mobile Testing Tools

Experitest

Experitest is a powerful suite that offers mobile test development, execution, performance testing, and test analytics. Experitest integration with your IDE, allowing you to run Appium and Selenium test without changes. It works with a variety of testing frameworks, and tests can be developed in C#, Python, Java, Ruby, and more.

TestProject

Both cloud-based and free, TestProject is a community-supported end-to-end test automation platform for web, mobile, and APIs. As an open-source project, you can share actions with the community and leverage ones that other developers have built or download addons for the platform. And it’s built on Selenium and Appium.

Appium

Appium is a test automation tool for iOS and  Android versions from 2.3 and up. It’s open-source and supports a wide range of programming languages. It’s compatible with any testing framework. One of the most impressive things about Appium is the breadth of applications you can test, from hybrid and native applications to mobile web apps, making it a useful tool for web development companies that also do mobile development. 

Augmented Reality & AI Tools

Easy AR

The EasyAR SDK simplifies the development of augmented reality applications and functionality. With multiple subscription levels, app developers can use the SDK to create sparse and dense 3D mesh maps in real-time, track motion and relative positioning, and map and track 3D objects and planar images.

TenserFlow Lite

While TensorFlow opened machine learning to everyone with its open-source library, TensorFlow Mobile (and what will likely be its successor, TensorFlow Lite) open the world of AI for mobile development. TensorFlow Mobile gives developers access to functionality for speech, gesture, and image recognition, optical character recognition, voice synthesis, and object localization, and more. 

Geolocation & Push Notifications

Pusher

Pusher offers a number of tools to help mobile developers create rich experiences. Pusher’s APIs enable real-time communication features, including in-app chat and programmatic push notification. It’s cross-platform capabilities are offered through hosted APIs and offers automatic scaling and high volume throughput and batch processing.

Amazon SNS

Amazon’s Simple Notification Service (SNS) offers a fully managed solution for many-to-many messaging. Not surprising, but SNS can manage high-throughput, push notifications. It’s backed by AWS, so reliability isn’t a concern, and the system is heavily focused on decoupling publish and subscriber services.

Urban Airship

Urban Airship has been around for a while, but it’s still a top application to help companies reach their customer in the moment they are needed – what Google refers to as “micro-moments”. With Urban Airship’s push notification service, brands can reach out to customers with personalized messages that are specific to their actions and attributes. 

13 Ways To Onboard Happy Employees and Increase Retention

A good onboarding process can help you increase retention and make sure new hires get up and running quickly. Get our favorite tips for better onboarding.

The onboarding experience is a crucial first impression for your new hires. As an employer, it offers the opportunity to set people up for success within your company, and feel that they’ve made the right choice in joining your team.

In this way, onboarding is also helpful for employee retention. A great onboarding process helps new hires become effective employees sooner, which builds their confidence and helps them grow.

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RSM Names Patrick Healey Financial Due Diligence Partner

Addition expands transaction advisory practice in the Northeast

CHICAGO (January 07, 2020)RSM US LLP (“RSM”) – the nation’s leading provider of audit, tax and consulting services focused on the middle market – is pleased to announce that Patrick Healey has joined the firm’s national transaction advisory services (TAS) practice as a partner in financial due diligence.

“We’re very excited to have Patrick join our transaction advisory practice to continue building on our strength in the Philadelphia market with our comprehensive due diligence offering, including financial, tax, operational, IT and cyber due diligence.” said Michael J Grossman, national leader of RSM’s TAS practice.

Healey has nearly 19 years of financial analysis and accounting experience, with the last 15 years solely focused on transactions. Prior to joining RSM, he worked for a Big Four accounting firm,  where he focused on both corporate and financial sponsors across several industries including chemicals, manufacturing, consumer products, technology, business services and communications.

“I’m excited to join the RSM team and to bring the full breadth of transaction advisory services to the Philadelphia market and our clients across the country,” said Healey. “Joining this growing team in Philadelphia, I will be able to bring our strength in financial, tax, IT and operations due diligence to meet our clients’ needs when and where they need it.”

Healey earned his master of science in accounting from University of Virginia, and holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance from Boston College. He will be based out of RSM’s Philadelphia office.

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LifeStance Selects Tridiuum to Advance Behavioral Health Outcomes; Reduce Suicides Nationally

Tridiuum ONE digital behavioral health platform to aid in rapid assessment of patient health needs, deliver evidence-based analytics, and enhance treatment progress

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Jan. 7, 2019 – Tridiuum, the leading digital behavioral health company for improving outcomes, access, and patient-provider engagement across integrated care environments, today announced that LifeStance Health, a national leader in behavioral healthcare services, has selected the Tridiuum ONE platform to drive improvements in patient outcomes, further enhance quality, and better demonstrate the value of its services to patients, providers, and purchasers. Both companies also view the relationship as a key driver toward their shared commitment to making suicide a “never event.”

“We are thrilled to support LifeStance in the essential work they do to treat mental health issues across the country – particularly as it relates to ending the suicide epidemic,” said Mark Redlus, Tridiuum CEO. “With demand for mental health services at an all-time high, LifeStance recognizes the need to improve the safety and quality of patient assessments by giving patients an active voice in calibrating treatment through continuous feedback. Ultimately, this translates into patients getting better faster.”

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Fairmount Partners January 2020 News

Fairmount is one of the largest and most active M&A firms based in the Mid-Atlantic, with a national and international practice. Since 2003, the firm has completed more than 220 transactions throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australia. Fairmount specializes in advising middle-market companies on sell-side, buy-side and capital placement transactions, and provides fairness opinions and strategic advice in the transaction context.

  • Fairmount Partners advised California-based THREAD Research in its sale to Water Street Healthcare Partners and JLL Partners. THREAD is an innovative provider of technology that enables virtual research approaches to modernize clinical studies and registries. THREAD’s platform and services are designed to make clinical trials and registries more accessible and less costly by replacing patient visits at investigator sites with technology-enabled interactions at more convenient locations, including patients’ homes. Water Street and JLL Partners, two of the most active private equity investors in the pharmaceutical services sector, will invest their combined industry experience and network of resources to further develop and expand THREAD’s offering on a global scale.
  • Fairmount Partners represented Haskell Office, LLC, a leading provider of innovative furniture solutions, in the completion of a debt recapitalization transaction with The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (“PNC”). Since its founding in 1947, Haskell has earned a global reputation for excellence by supplying superior quality furniture to its customers. Haskell has been supported by PNC since 2002 for its commercial banking needs, and as the Company has continued to scale (i.e., revenue, profitability, product portfolio, customer base), PNC has continued to expand its lending partnership with Haskell.
  • Fairmount assisted Philadelphia-based GSI Health, a SaaS provider of workflow, engagement and compliance solutions and related services, in its sale to Medecision, an integrated health management solutions provider. GSI Health has been an innovator in driving change in the industry since 2003, having pioneered workflow automation and system integration with community care providers to streamline care coordination and value-based payments for population health improvements. The GSI Health population health platform, GSIHealthCoordinator, will become part of Medecision’s Aerial™ solution, a HITRUST CSF®-certified SaaS solution that optimizes the delivery of decision support to care teams and family members.
  • Fairmount Partners advised Boston-based Cambridge Biomedical, a leading large molecule-focused bioanalytical and biomarker lab, in its sale to BioAgilytix. The transaction expands BioAgilytix’s global footprint into the heart of the world’s major biotech center, and adds further capacity by joining Cambridge Biomedical’s CLIA-certified, CAP-credited, and GLP-compliant facility with its GxP laboratories in Durham, North Carolina and Hamburg, Germany. Cambridge Biomedical has particularly extensive capabilities in kit production as well as a premier molecular suite equipped with the latest generation of PCR platforms, both of which will be immediately available to BioAgilytix’s customers.

Why independent software testing is the best way to approach Quality Assurance

Contributed by Cigniti Technologies.

Today, everything boils down to customer satisfaction. The technological advancements taking place across the industries are being undertaken to deliver enriched customer experiences and improve the user satisfaction ratio. Customer satisfaction, in today’s market dynamics, rely on three key factors – speed of delivery, cost effectiveness, and, most importantly, quality. If the customers are able to derive value from a product/service, their satisfaction levels will rise proportionally.

During 2019-2023, the global market of software testing services is expected to grow by USD 29.84 billion, accelerating at a CAGR of over 12%. Software companies are trying to break away from the legacy processes and methodologies as well as the old-school approach toward software development, where QA was placed at the bottom of the priority scale.

For companies to build quality offerings, they need time, which they do not have in spare due to fierce market competition. In order to align both quality as well as delivery speed, automation becomes the key. Consequently, the test automation services market is also growing exponentially along the software testing services. In fact, software test automation is one of the key reasons for the rising market share. However, neither automation nor quality comes cheap.

Hosting a test environment, maintaining test tools and test cases, developing the infrastructure is all too cumbersome and cost-intensive. Independent software testing services prove to be a boon here. Partnering with an external QA vendor for Independent software testing services allow you to leverage the advantage of a dedicated testing team without the challenges of maintaining such a team. Let us discuss why independent software testing is the best way to approach Quality Assurance:

Quality of testing

The developers who have written a code are often unable to look at it objectively, which means that there is a high chance that they will miss a critical bug. An independent testing team brings an unbiased and impartial view to software testing, which helps in maximum defect detection and minimum defect leakage to the production. This is all about bringing in a fresh perspective and a new outlook toward assessing a software for errors and glitches. More the number of defects found and resolved, higher the quality of the final product and better the performance.

Less effort, more focus

Traditionally, developers were expected to write, integrate, as well as test a code. This would lead to burnout, and therefore subpar quality of codes and a lot of defects in production. With an independent testing team to back them up, developers can center their focus entirely on writing an effective code while the hired testers will bear the responsibility of finding the bugs. Testers also come with knowledge of industry standards and compliance, which results in an end-product that is developed following the best practices.

Cost effectiveness

An independent testing services company has its own set of the required testing infrastructure. This removes the need for businesses to set up the hardware or software required for testing or to maintain testing practices, test environments, and tools. Also, as there is minimum defect leakage into production, the iterations for each software development cycle is decreased. All of this collectively results in reduction of overall costs.

Faster releases

With a separate testing team taking care of the quality aspect, development and testing can occur in parallel with each other. The automation expertise of the independent software testing services provider adds to the ability of delivering a quality software in shorter turnaround time. A dedicated testing team becomes key to ensuring success of such contemporary software development methodologies such as Agile and DevOps.

In Conclusion

As per Forrester, “much of the recent growth in outsourced application services has been fueled by customers engaging independent testing services where the development provider is separate from the provider performing the testing.” Independent pure-play software testing providers have all their resources dedicated toward quality assurance. They have all the required tools, infrastructure, processes, and resources, along with the expertise and experience.

The Next-Gen Technology Landscape of the Healthcare Sector

Contributed by Cigniti Technologies.

The healthcare sector is expected to touch $390.7 billion by 2024. Let us discuss the next-gen technologies that are going to impact the healthcare sector.

  • Internet of Things (IoT): Sensor-embedded devices exchanging information over the internet (IoT devices) are finding their way across technology landscapes. These have found usage in the healthcare sector and are making a profound impact on the health of users. By redefining or reshaping diagnostics, disease management, and preemptive care, IoT devices, including the wearables, will become more common in future. To ensure the success of these devices so that they are able to manage life threatening conditions, healthcare software testing should be the norm. Let us understand how IoT devices can be of help in the healthcare sector in the days to come.
    • Tracking locations in real-time: One of the major challenges the healthcare staff needs to grapple with is locating medical devices in real time. For example, portable devices like nebulizers, scales, defibrillators, and ECG devices, among others, are often moved across the healthcare facility. They are often left at places where finding them can become a challenge, especially when there is an emergency. However, should these devices or apparatus be equipped with IoT sensors, they can be easily monitored in real-time. This can help the stakeholders to monitor and manage the healthcare environment.
    • Share health data: Physicians are often challenged by the lack of data concerning the vital parameters of patients. These may include blood pressure, heart rate, and calories burnt, among others. In the absence of such data, carrying out correct diagnosis can become difficult leaving the patients in limbo. However, wearable IoT enabled devices can allow the sharing of vital parameters of patients leading to a quicker and accurate diagnosis. To make sure these devices perform to their optimum and do not suffer from glitches, conducting healthcare application testing becomes a critical requirement.

As IoT based devices capable of providing real-time data become commonplace, efficient diagnostics and care will increase. They will help healthcare professionals in saving lives with the help of data, analytics, and better decision making.

  • 3D Printing: This technology is used to create physical objects from digital data. The examples of 3D-printed prosthetics and human heart model are helping amputees and medical professionals, respectively. The global market for this technology is expected to reach $2,319.5 million by 2020. Let us discuss the latest innovations in 3D printing.
    • Prosthetics: One of the major challenges amputees face in wearing prosthetics is a lack of customization. Prosthetic devices made in the assembly line are made as per general measurements. This is where 3D printing has come as a godsend for physically-challenged patients. Here, patients’ exact specifications concerning the body part(s) are obtained digitally and personalized variants of prosthetics are built. These provide greater maneuverability to the patients, helping them lead their lives with ease.
    • Tissue engineering: The technology helps to recreate damaged tissues and intricate body parts – printed ears, hands, livers, eyes, or hearts. This can be of great help in trauma cases where patients have lost a body part, organ, or tissue. Tissue engineering helps to create functional constructs for damaged tissues or organs. Here, engineered materials combined with stem cells can create the required cell type.
    • Surgical tools: Surgery is becoming more precise with less incisions to be made. This calls for personalized surgical tools to help surgeons in making precise incisions and implanting medical devices. 3D printing with its disruptive application can bring about greater personalization and cost benefits.
  • Artificial Intelligence: This is defined as machines induced with intelligence having the ability to mimic human brain functions. The healthcare sector can benefit immensely by embracing AI. It can drastically improve patient outcomes with medical professionals leveraging AI-enabled medical knowledge. AI-enabled systems can help medical professionals with real-time, relevant, and quality information to derive suitable inferences. These can help in reducing the cost of treatment, elimination of unnecessary procedures, streamlining workflows, and building patient-centric treatment protocols.

AI systems can help in diagnosing chronic health conditions like diabetes, coronary heart disease, and cancer, among others, within minutes. They can do so by analyzing the vital parameters of patients saved in electronic records. Thus, the systems can reduce the need for unnecessary biopsies or even surgeries to diagnose a condition. However, these systems must be subjected to intense healthcare compliance testing to ensure they function as per the expected outcomes.

  • Liquid biopsy: Today, the diagnosis and monitoring of cancer are costly, time-consuming, painful, and invasive. With liquid biopsy, cancer cells can be extracted from a blood sample without having to conduct costly and painful recurring biopsies. The technology will help to monitor tumors in a non-invasive manner even better than a CT scan.

Conclusion

The healthcare industry is going to face disruption thanks to the advent of advanced technologies. To ensure these technologies perform to their optimum and deliver expected outcomes, they should undergo healthcare QA testing. Moreover, since technology is not always flawless and can engender a number of glitches, even driven by human factors, healthcare tech QA can be of help. It can ensure continuous testing of the devices or built-in software as part of the delivery pipeline. Healthcare tech QA can lead to reduced technical errors, better compliance with regulations, and save lives.