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Outsourcing Development? Tips to Protect your IP

Outsourcing Development? Tips to Protect your IP

There are plenty of ways to protect the Intellectual Property for the outsourced development work! Introduction   Information Technology outsourcing accounts for 72.3% of the technology outsourcing spendings (USD 88.9 billion) in 2017, according to recent reports from Statista. Outsourcing is an imperative part of the global world. It is viable and often a necessary option for businesses looking to expand their product-range or services. However, this option comes with a caveat if not handled properly— the potential risk to your Intellectual Property (IP). Since the developed application is your property, it becomes necessary to take some steps to ensure the property remains under your ownership. Irrespective of whether your company is a startup or up-and-running company it is advised to seriously consider IP protection. Your outsourcing contracts must include clauses and thoughts that help you to protect your IP. While most of the IP protection processes are time consuming and expensive, it may prove worthwhile step at a later stage. IP are assets and have significant value and must be protected; here are some tips and steps that would provide some inputs to keep your IP rights intact. IP Rights and Outsourcing There are many reasons for outsourcing technology work like web development services, the following are some of them: Cost reduction by outsourcing from low-cost location Tax and business benefits for doing business in some countries Effective tapping of specific skills and striking the balance between knowledge, skill and labor costs. Opening up newer markets by expanding presence into newer locations Mitigation of certain work and business-related risks such as HR delays, attrition, and scalability. Balancing the...
Everything You Need To Know About PHP 7

Everything You Need To Know About PHP 7

PHP has cemented its place in the list of hottest backend technologies since its inception in 2005. It is loved equally by both developers and businesses looking for faster, better websites. PHP’s stable popularity worldwide can be credited to frequent, smarter releases. They started with PHP Tools back in 1995 and now have PHP 7. The latest version (PHP 7.3) is set to release in December this year. Take a look at PHP’s impressive statistics: About 83.6% of the websites on the internet use PHP, according to a recent stats by W3techs (June 2018). Of which, 15.3% use PHP 7. Which is a good number considering how new it is; 7.2.8, the newest version, was released on July 19, 2018 (just two weeks ago). In this article, we will discuss everything that’s groundbreaking about PHP 7 and how can your business benefit from it. Let’s start with new features in PHP 7: What’s New In PHP 7? Since PHP offers stupendous features which promise less maintenance and operation costs, it is good for Enterprises to beverage this new version of PHP. Some of the stan-attractors are as follows: 1. Newer Zend Engine (Zend Engine 2) The main objective behind the Zend Engine is to reduce the memory consumption. This helps Enterprises with large data availability. Zend Engine 2 is more scalable, reliable and better. It also boasts a reduced number of servers. This is to add great value to the user experience. Takeaway: Since a business would require a better system with less memory consumption and more users, this feature is more helpful to them in a lot of...
Getting started with Distributed Agile Development

Getting started with Distributed Agile Development

Your tryst with agile practices has been great so far, but with the company in expansion mode with larger teams, larger projects and distributed locations, are the current practices sufficient? Introduction Agile development is the most sought development method in the recent times. Its advantages are multifold and it looks to be the only way forward to eliminate project uncertainties. However, large projects and projects that require multiple talents and round the clock development require distributed agile teams. Agile teams often work well with fixed locations to eliminate delays and communication gaps to produce working software in short time periods. They strive to keep the inter-role interactions optimal and quality output (software) maximal. Agile teams work in specific time periods (sprints) to get their inputs (requirements and specifications) in the beginning and produce outputs (software or documentation) at the end of each period. The concept of distributed agile teams seem to be contradictory and complicated, but must be considered. For companies dealing with web and mobile development, practicing agile web development could become highly desirable and eventually necessary to reap advantages of both of these methodologies. Does Agile Work with Distributed Teams? Agile is all about project management with the following characteristics: Focused software development project teams Excellent team understanding about the periodic tasks with daily communication with stakeholders Requires elimination of communication gaps (no ambiguities) within any team Agile teams are positioned in fixed locations (to ensure complete understanding) The term ‘Distributed Development’ looks contradictory to these aspects as its purpose is to ensure certain advantages: Useful for large projects requiring Potentially available larger talent pools Minimize or...
Why We Love, Use, And Support Magento 2

Why We Love, Use, And Support Magento 2

Adoption of Magento 2 by an e-commerce business requires good effort but in the end, it is all worth it! Introduction Consider the following scenario: It has been a year since the business proposition of online sales for M/s. Exquisite Wines. Owner and CEO William has everything under control— varieties of Wines, assembly and dispatch centers, distribution and logistics, and even the website www.e-wines.com (again, hypothetical) is ready to launch. Except for the software solution to run the business. On the other hand M/s. Furniture Stop started by Steve has been in business for 6 years in the online sales of furniture of all kinds. They have been on Magento 1 since the beginning. Furniture Stop is facing a major transformation and has felt the need for software upgrade especially keeping in view mobile devices. Here, hypothetical CEOs William and Steve represent two of our valuable customers who encountered a (somewhat) similar situation. Our suggestion to both was: Magento 2.   Let’s see why: Magento 2 Features Magento is an open source e-commerce platform written in PHP. It has been constantly evolving with time and meeting the demands well— Magento has released 30+ versions in its 10 years existence, clocking over 235,000 stores. Trivia: Adobe acquired Magento for $1.68 billion this June. Magento 2 in its current form (release 2.2) is studded with features like: Great User experience Superior Catalog Management Quicker Checkouts Mobility Support Faster/more-powerful Performance Excellent Analytics/Report generation Easy integration with other apps Many extensions Migration support and extensive developer support   Technically Magento 2 comes well equipped to help businesses like (M/s) Exquisite Wines and (M/s)...
List of Top JavaScript Frameworks 2018

List of Top JavaScript Frameworks 2018

The popularity of JavaScript has been incredible. It is the best scripting language which facilitates designing of exciting interfaces; enhance web application development (with robust features and functions) and employ elements in real time. JavaScript Frameworks have turned up as an elixir for web development. Developers easily concentrate on creating complex interface elements without bothering about the code structure or maintenance. Versatile JavaScript Libraries and Frameworks impart intense competitiveness to the language. Its robustness and scalable nature have made it a prime choice for software development services. Advantages of JavaScript Frameworks Secure: JavaScript Frameworks have a large community. The community members act as testers and delineate security-related issues and also provide solutions. Efficient: Inclusion of structured pre-built functions and patterns enable faster completion of projects. Developers end up writing less code resulting in the faster accomplishment of projects. Cost: The cost of website application development becomes lower with the JavaScript Frameworks since they are free and open source. Support: JavaScript Frameworks come forth with documentation, community forum, and support groups. Users can report bugs related to the pre-built functions. Bad user experiences and possible solutions can be figured out. The pioneer JavaScript frameworks are supported by giant companies like Google, along with regular modifications in the code base. Top JavaScript Frameworks to Watch Out in 2018   1. Angular 5 Angular 5 is a powerful and easy to use front-end development framework. It has made Angular faster, with improved loading times. GitHub Stars: 33000+ Features: The TypeScript 2.4 version is supported by Angular 5. Errors are detected as you type. The new feature of string-based enums has been introduced,...
Creating a HIPAA-compliant mHealth app: 6 Vital facts you should know

Creating a HIPAA-compliant mHealth app: 6 Vital facts you should know

The advent and the explosive proliferation of Mobile devices, particularly Smartphones has been one of the most profound happenings in the history of Information Technology. An estimated 4.93 billion mobile phones are in use in 2018 and estimated to touch 5 billion mark by 2019 (Statista.com). The advent of Smartphones brought with it the thousands of mobile Apps. Many of them are simple ones that are built for individuals or small groups but some of them are meant for a wide range of user groups (social media) or across large companies (enterprise mobility solutions). One such area of application is Mobile Apps for healthcare professionals. These mHealth apps connect a wide range of user groups such as patients, medical staff, relatives, insurance company staff, and pharmacies to quote a few of them.  Much useful audio, video, image, and text information is exchanged between the user groups in due course of healthcare activities. However one major concern in the use of these apps is the potential non-compliance with HIPAA regulations; this is due to the many risks associated with Smartphones like data hacking, data theft, device theft and data loss. While the loss of data and device could be a concern for the hospital, the concerned staff and the third parties such as healthcare insurance companies, the data, and information falling in the wrong hands would mean a violation of HIPAA privacy rules. Since medical software in general and mHealth apps in particular exchange information especially concerning patient health, general, insurance and financial details, complying with the provisions in HIPAA regulations is a necessity. The violation default can range from...
Migrating to Angular 5: 5 reasons why & 3 simple ways to do it

Migrating to Angular 5: 5 reasons why & 3 simple ways to do it

Angular is a structural framework for dynamic web apps, specifically for single-page web applications. It is a JavaScript-based web application framework that binds the HTML with the JavaScript. AngularJS is the original version of Angular MVC (Model-View-Controller) framework created by Google; Angular, in general, provides the synchronization between the Model and the View in what is known as 2-way data binding. Angular, even in its initial form (used only with JavaScript), was and still is a popular framework for web application development. Angular 5 is an advanced version of the Angular framework that supports Typescript (a syntactical superset of JavaScript) and works with multiple platforms across various media such as web, desktop and mobile applications of various types and versions. Angular was created in the year 2016 by Google. It was one of the effective frameworks to create dynamic web applications. Subsequently, Angular 2 and Angular 4 were also released (3 was skipped), with more capabilities in the framework. Eventually, Angular 5 made its release in the month of November 2017. Significantly, the support of Typescript from Angular 2 onwards makes Angular framework different from its predecessor. Angular 2 supported Typescript 2.0, whereas Angular 4 supported Typescript versions 2.1 and 2.2. Although, Angular 4 is backward compatible with Typescript 2.0. Angular 5 is the latest version and is the subject of discussion in this white paper. Overall, the Angular framework is used by millions of developers, a fact that could make the availability of skilled developers possible. Sometimes the term Angular is used synonymously with any version of Angular. It would suffice to understand that AngularJS is the initial...
Choosing between Amazon AWS, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud

Choosing between Amazon AWS, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud

Shifting to Cloud Computing: Why Do It at All? Cloud storage has taken the world by storm and there are some significant reasons behind it. Everyone remembers the days when every bit of office work had to be documented in triplicate. Not only did it waste money, it also wasted a lot of time. This is where technology enabled a leap – and things started moving to the cloud. But even that had its shortcomings. The process was still redundant and the document shared online would not be automatically updated across its multiple copies whenever someone edited them. Some would argue that this was a good thing as it afforded a simple but effective form of security. However, with the advent of cloud computing solutions, none of these things are of  concern any longer, and here are a few reasons why: Increased Flexibility and Convenience: Create a document and upload it to a cloud platform. Anyone with unrestricted access can change it accordingly; can track the changes as well. There is a unique copy of the document that is reflected uniformly across all users. Reduced Management Issues: Cloud computation solutions are usually billed on the go. As a result, the budgetary and management issues can be minimized using the cloud. Scalability: It is extremely simple to scale up the magnitude of any operation when on a cloud platform. Through cloud application development, new resources are instantly available at a very cheap rate and the more people use it, the cheaper the services get. The Showdown – AWS vs Azure vs Google Cloud   Amazon AWS Amazon Web Services has...
Web Design Quirks: Are we headed towards a ‘Responsive’ world?

Web Design Quirks: Are we headed towards a ‘Responsive’ world?

Mobile-revolution has taken the world by storm. Everything that was once only desktop-friendly, can now be easily accessed on smartphones – all thanks to the existence of the responsive coding. If your favorite website runs just as smooth on your mobile phone or tablet than it does on your laptop, then it is designed to be immaculately responsive. A responsive website, as the theory states, ‘responds’ to the environment it is set in, eliminating any apparent malfunctioning that comes with the change in the handling device. It ensures an ultimate user-experience regardless of the interface- device, browser, screen size, resolution or orientation -they are using. But there’s a lot more to the responsive design that screen-size adjustments and resolutions. We’ll get to that, first let’s look through the idea behind this awesome design!   The ‘Tale’ behind Responsive Web Design (RWD)   ‘Responsive web design’ is a brainchild of Ethan Marcotte, a famous web designer. He was credited with the term following his publication ‘A List Apart’ in the year 2010. The article actively discussed how building separate sites for every device, browser, screen size and resolution was not a sustainable option. The same year, Ethan came up with a more fluid and adaptable option- a responsive option- that would fit every screen possible. Before the responsive evolution (even before the birth of iPhone), there were different development methodologies and concepts for every device. While it saved a lot of development costs, developers and users alike were faced with a number of limitations including hiked maintenance costs, decrease in SEO ranking owing to different devices, the list goes on....
Looking to invest on professional web development? Consider these factors.

Looking to invest on professional web development? Consider these factors.

A lot goes into creating a perfect website. Starting from the basic inputs like colors and layout, to more complex parts like functionality and behind the scenes inputs (read: coding)- there is a lot of hard work and brainwork that goes in building even a simple static website. Not to forget the initial budget and strategy mapping on the client’s end. In the last few years, there has been a huge shift towards professional web development. More and more companies are opting for website development experts who would assist them in creating something attractive that works out of the box. Reasons vary – from previous time engagements to lack of backend development abilities; not a lot of us are coding geniuses. In short, we all want a beautiful and functional website; after all, it’s going to represent our brand; our hard work. You need to work closely with the web developers to ensure credibility, functionality and later on, conversions. But, that’s all for later. Seeing how you are going through this article, it’s safe to say that you have decided to jump the professional assistance ship. (Good choice!! Investing on a good website is always the best bet). But, before you go ahead and actually invest, we would like you to ponder over these points (after all, website development is doesn’t come cheap!):   1. Have you prepared a personal investment roadmap?   Actually, this should be the first step before you make any investment decision – share market, education, web development or anywhere else. Do a market research. Sit down and sort out your priorities. Be honest with...