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Tips for Hiring Offshore Developers

Tips for Hiring Offshore Developers

If you are looking for ways to save up funds for the development of your company, increase operational capacity and free up your key staff to work upon more important tasks, offshore outsourcing could be the bang for your buck! Offshore developers can help you save money and get your work done quickly. Making your work go offshore is different than outsourcing. Offshore Vs. Outsource Often, the terms offshore and outsourcing are used interchangeably but subtle differences exist. Outsourcing is when your compadecides to hire someone to do some work within your own country. If you hire an online contractor or agency to work on a project within your own country, it’s outsourcing. When a company obtains its services or products from outside the country where the company is established, is termed as offshore outsourcing or simply offshore development. The low cost services offered by countries like India is why companies love to offshore telemarketing services to that region. It spares them the high labour costs and is one example of offshore development.  Why Offshore? One of the prime reasons why any firm opts to offshore jobs is to reduce costs. A typical U.S. accountant would be paid an annual salary of $62,000 to do a particular job in a year; the same job could be done by an accountant in India for around $5,000 per year. This means that the organization saves $57,000 just by offshoring the job to a different country. If you can offshore the hands on projects, you can have your in-house team focus instead on the bigger picture and implement strategic decisions that can...
Website Development: Changing Trends 2015

Website Development: Changing Trends 2015

How should your website look? Today, with newer technologies coming in and user engagement being a key driver, companies are focusing on building just the right website design. In this quest, website development has just got a big leap and 2015 is host to some major developments. Website designing and development is a job that is constantly evolving. There are new trends every year, and some peter out, because they looked good only in theory; while others become so much a part of the Internet that it is difficult to imagine the Web without them. Here are the six biggest trends in website development in 2015: Big and Minimalistic One of the most evident changes you will have noticed is that everything has become minimalistic and big. This change can be attributed partly to Apple, and partly to the trend towards going minimalistic. Today you will find websites have hardly a few words on their home page, with their menu buttons obscurely hidden away or taking up a very small screen space. The Google Nexus too pushed minimalism to another level of popularity. Unusual and clean fonts have also become the new big thing. A background of imagery or video under very few words seems to be the fad. Big is the new beautiful, clearly. One Page Website designs are in fact getting more popular today. Integration and Customization of Google Maps This trend has taken the industry by storm. Every website today has Google Maps integration. You can find the address or location of the business on their website through this integration. It is often customized to go...
Tips for Start-ups to Outsource Development

Tips for Start-ups to Outsource Development

What does your startup do to increase its profits? For most startups, the question remains where should they invest and focus first. It’s always hard at the beginning. As an organization on a growth spurt, you need to establish a strong foundation. Aim to accumulate viable resources and invest in judicious use of resources. Businesses often follow the method of ‘outsourcing’ to save both time and money with the intention of increasing their brand value at the same time. An intesting point here is that for outsourcing to work, you’ll need to think of the outsourcing team as an extension to your organization than an indeendant one. Being integrated will help in better decision making, something that we all look forward to when running a startup. How Does Outsourcing Work? Outsourcing helps reduce costs and time by transferring work outside the organization rather than completing it internally. Here is how it works. If you’re bad at baking a cake and you need to bake a dozen of them, don’t bother yourself with the chemistry involved. You could rather approach someone who has an expertise in it and offer them a share of the sales in return. Most startups for instance may not have a marketing team. Creating awareness and publicizing your product can be a tedious task and a very expensive one at that. How does an organization achieve the publicity they require with not experiencing a huge blow to their financial budget? It’s simple, by simply outsourcing the task to an organization that has the expertise in that area. This would save both time and money for the...
Top 5 Content Management Systems Today

Top 5 Content Management Systems Today

Content Management Systems or CMS are in very high demand today among people who want to manage their websites and the content on it. These are usually easy to use and even non-technical users can centrally manage websites and add, delete, edit and manage all the content on their websites. These are really useful and very powerful tools especially when the content of a website has to be changed or updated very frequently. They are most commonly used in Blogs, News sites and E-commerce sites. The choice of the Content Management Systems is usually based on technology like ASP.NET, Java, Perl, PHP, Ruby on Rails, Python etc. Another classification in Content Management Systems is the Open Source vs Commercial License. While Open Source is free, the licensed one’s can cost you a lot and still not provide you with all the functionalities you need. In this article we look at the Top 5 content management systems for .NET technology. Umbraco This is an Open source Content Management System and has no licensing fee. In addition to being very simple and easy to use, it also provides various functionalities and features and can be used to design the most complex of applications. It can be used to create and edit content, schedule future posts and updates and track the project workflow. It is being used from small sites and brochure sites to major companies and media brands of the world. It is a very strong Content Management System and is known to be very stable and easily installed and customizable and comes with various plugins as well. It also lets...
How To Manage The Huffs & Puffs Of an Offshore Agile Team

How To Manage The Huffs & Puffs Of an Offshore Agile Team

Quite often, an offshore agile development approach is viewed with scepticism. A September 2012 Forrester report on agile development states that an offshore approach adds complexity in terms of communication of the workflow, tracing backlogs and other such troubleshooting. Hence one should leave no scope for wrong methodology or bad management decisions when an offshore agile team is the intended workflow. So then what are the proven ways of managing an Offshore Agile Development Team? Starting Small Keeping the agile team small at the initial stages is one of the proven methods to better management of an offshore agile development team. Give the pre-requisite time for better structuring of the work and better relationship. To quote an example, Hotwire opted to offshore agile development but then the approach was a success partly because for the 1st year and a half, Luxoft, their IT provider were associated with them only in terms of basic testing and simple automation. The small team ensures less team interdependencies. It is necessary to skim through the first few iterations and let the customer-provider relationship build. Effective time-boxing work can also be a smart decision Benefits of a hybrid model: A 50/50 offshore-onshore model is an ideal situation for an effective offshore development team. This model ensures a workforce a couple of hours away to tend to the customer directly and at the same time has an equal strength in the offshore team. The offshore-onshore model lubricates the difficulty in managing a completely offshore agile development team. Spotify.com’s Agile approach worked because of the well distributed workforce into clusters they called “squads”. The “Squads” were...