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A Guided Approach to Building an Offshore Development Team

Do you outsource for your development needs? More than 20% of all information services are outsourced in the United States. 46% of companies state that the primary reason for outsourcing is to cut operational costs. The question though is, how do you build an effective offshore development team? Your organization might be missing out if it’s not investing in offshore development, which can improve efficiency significantly and make the process of delivering consignments highly cost effective. But does hiring offshore development team ease out all your worries by itself? Well, unfortunately not. You need to build an offshore development team keeping in mind your unique business model. The right outsourcing strategy can take care of well–defined tasks. Experts, in fact, believe that the process of designing, development and testing is particularly suited to the ‘offshore development’ model. Here is what you need to do to start with when hiring an offshore development team. When does an offshore development team suit your needs? First, it’s important to develop a clear expectation of your offshore development team. Understand how they can help – without a proper strategy, we have seen organizations floundering. Ask yourself questions like – If the task is way too small to be outsourced and isn’t proving to be cost – effective to be accomplished in – house? If you’re unable to find talent in – house? If you already have too many miscellaneous tasks to be completed in – house? If you’re looking to expand your reach in emerging markets and trying to make the process of delivery faster and highly cost – effective. Communication – The...

eCommerce With ASP.NET – Exploring the Possibilities

The eCommerce market has changed over the years. Amazon and Alibaba stand on their own, with billions of revenue each year. There are thousands of small players as well, selling everything from baseball bats to television sets. B2C e-commerce sales were more than $1.2 trillion dollars in 2013 alone. The numbers are expected to rise, with eCommerce sites picking up in newer regions and countries like India, with the market expanding phenomenally. Amazon’s entrance into newer markets and the rising dominance of newer players portray a bright outlook for eCommerce business. In turn, this seems to be the right time to jump onto the eCommerce bandwagon. So, how do you want your eCommerce site to be? Most website owners looking at eCommerce want to explore the different development options available. There has been an increasing focus on introducing a mobile friendly version of your eCommerce site. The reason for this is simple – going mobile increases customer loyalty and allows you to reach out to customers even when they’re on the move. With more people owning smartphones and the number of users using traditional desktops paling in comparison, it’s but natural to woo in those mobile users. Statistics suggests that 75 percent of mobile subscribers now own smartphones in the US alone. By December, the figure is expected to touch the 80 percent mark. You can even develop a mobile app for your site that’s easy to connect and fast to close sales. User interface can The question is, how do you go about your custom application development? Using ASP.NET for developing eCommerce websites Most website owners look at...

A Closer Look at the Role of PHP Development in Enterprise Applications

With the internet quickly becoming our primary source of content of any size or shape, the use of online business portals has increased manifold. The current state of user engagement has created the need to make websites and applications more dynamic and less static. PHP makes it easier for web developers meet those requirements and create dynamic websites. Short for Hypertext Preprocessor, PHP is a service-side open source programming language that is used to improve and enhance the web surfing experience. Compared to other programming languages that require complex and tedious scripting, PHP is an easy language that gives you maximum control over websites and works well with other languages and databases. According to a survey conducted by W3Techs, 81.8% websites are using PHP as their core programming language.   PHP’s Popularity This raises the question, why is PHP so popular in the web development world, and why should enterprises use this language to build their business applications? Here are the top four reasons.   It’s Easy One of the top reasons why most developers prefer PHP over other scripting languages is because it is easy to read and understand, and is based on both C and Perl. The dual experience of C and Perl makes development twice as easier than any other complex programming language.   Maximum Control Compared to other languages in the programming arena, PHP provides more control over websites and web applications and lets you complete the same functions with lesser lines of code.   Cross-Service Compatibility Another reason why PHP is usually the most preferred programming language is that it works well with other languages like...

iOS or Android – What First?

With an ever-increasing number of mobile device users, mobile application development is becoming progressively competitive and is considered one of the largest tech industries in the world. If you are looking to get an app built for your business, your first and obvious consideration would be, which platform should you opt for first, iOS or Android? Both iOS and Android apps have their own set of pros and cons, so it is necessary to have a good understanding of what each platform offers that the other doesn’t. Being a web and mobile apps development company ourselves, we have seen customers facing short and long term challenges due to lack of understanding, first hand. Some scenarios may even require getting apps built for both platforms simultaneously. Let’s take a closer look at the various criteria that need to be considered to decide what platform your mobile app should be developed on first. Global Market Share and User Base The Android platform occupies a very large global user base, taking up almost 85% of the mobile devices market share  all over the globe. However, the majority of iOS users is from a higher income group that is willing to spend more on applications. On the other hand, a large portion of Android users is from developing nations and lower income groups. Your target audience is one of the first and most important considerations before you start building your app, so choose your platform and market wisely. Type of Revenue Model Most of us build apps to earn some money from it in the long run. The revenue model used for apps may differ,...

Drupal for Intranet Development

Drupal, a content management system, is used by a number of website owners. Drupal is mostly used to create informational sites and social media sites, and not those regular content websites that we see.  But that’s not the only area where you look up to Drupal. True, we have seen the platform make web development be a lot easier from easy customizations to lowering the cost of ownership significantly. However, the myriad range of ways Drupal can be used is what we need to be thinking about. Did you know for instance that Drupal is available as open source? It means that you can customize it as necessary. But how effective is Drupal when it comes to using it for intranet development? For us, we need to understand that this CMS can be a great bet for even developing your intranet system. Building your own intranet system How does your organization look at increasing productivity? Most often, organizations tinker with working processes or buy in new equipment to boost productivity. Yes, we have the periodic bonuses and appreciation that keep employees on track. But doesn’t your company need more? What about investing in a structure that helps increase collaboration, information sharing and continuity? We need to look at how a reliable intranet system can benefit you. With an intranet system, employees can get access to important information easily and perform work systematically. There is a track of every work that’s due and deadlines that are to be met.  Employees can share updates with others and there is an environment where team members are updated with what others are up...