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According to a 2015 Silicon Valley Bank report, there will be more than 1 billion employee-owned smartphones and tablets in the workplace by 2018, each of them bringing in their own flavor of mobile messaging — everything from traditional email and SMS to wildly popular consumer apps like WhatsApp, Kik, and Facebook Messenger. As these … Read more

Our world is changing fast. Today, more of us access the internet on our mobile devices than on PCs or laptops. The need for immediacy has never been greater. While businesses are discovering endless possibilities for mobiles, there are new productivity and security challenges. That’s where Soprano Design comes in. Founded in 1994, Soprano Design … Read more

A growing trend away from consumer apps to secure messaging apps is about to get a significant global boost as some of the world’s biggest software companies embed mobile payment platforms in their messaging applications.

Identity theft and hacking until now have been the main drivers for the enterprise and government sectors to move to secure messaging. But that is rapidly changing. And everyday transaction payment capabilities in secure messaging apps will be a key driver with the ubiquitous spread of the “app culture”.

Soprano Design, a world leader in developing secure messaging technology, told the OTT Summit in Sydney the introduction of payment apps in everyday business by banks and credit card companies is going to accelerate the introduction by the mobile messaging giants.

Soprano Design discusses secure messaging and the future of SMS and payment platforms at the Australian OTT Summit

“In the history of mankind, the strategic landscape has not changed as quickly as it is at the moment and in this messaging space it’s certainly accelerating,” the company representative said.

“As one of China’s biggest online companies, TenCent’s WeChat, moves successfully into the mobile market, acquiring hundreds of millions of users, they’ve already introduced payment capabilities into the mobile apps.”

He said the simple daily activities like paying for a coffee will be transacted using an app.

“I click the icon of the coffee shop as I would if I wanted to be friends with you, if we’re just going to chat, and I can then pay for my coffee in the actual messaging app,” he explained.

“They only launched it last year and they’ve got 200 million credit cards. Of 600 million, one-third have now put out their credit card, linked it to their messaging application and are using that to conduct transactions.”

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  We’re wrapping up a fantastic year here at Soprano with the receipt of the prestigious Export Award for both New South Wales and all of Australia for information and communications technology. Now in its 53rd year, the Australian Export Awards recognise Australian companies engaged in international business that have achieved sustainable growth through innovation … Read more

The Deloitte Technology Fast 50 list was just announced, and Soprano Design is proud to be recognized as one of Australia’s 50 fastest-growing tech companies for the second consecutive year. Image: Deloitte “The Technology Fast 50™ program celebrates technological innovation, entrepreneurship, leadership and rapid growth. Now in its fifteenth year, the Deloitte Technology Fast 50 … Read more

Soprano Design recently appeared on Sky News with Peter Switzer to discuss enterprise use of mobile messages and how business messaging is different from the personal messages most consumers send every day. View the video above or take a look at the transcript below. Peter Switzer: Welcome back to Switzer. A small firm in North … Read more

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The growth of the enterprise mobile messaging market in Australia is set to accelerate following the commercial release of a world-first integrated and encrypted group messaging application that enables businesses to extend messaging beyond traditional messaging workflows such as SMS password verifications, delivery alerts and internal communications. The world’s largest mobile messaging technology provider to … Read more

Last week, we were interviewed on Sky News’ SkyBusiness TV segment about Soprano GAMMA, our award-winning, encrypted enterprise mobile messenger. We discuss the state of mobile messaging security in today’s enterprises and how Soprano GAMMA, the award-winning encrypted mobile chat app, helps businesses communicate while staying secure. LEARN MORE ABOUT GAMMA Interviewer: My next guest … Read more