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Business Intelligence Reporting and Data Analysis: Microsoft’s Business Intelligence Software Stack

Business Intelligence Reporting and Data Analysis: Microsoft’s Business Intelligence Software Stack Business Intelligence (BI) is a smart data analysis process that businesses adopt to boost their performance by gaining valuable insights into their critical operations, using reporting applications and analytics tools. A growing number of BI tools, software applications and infrastructures are being developed and deployed by enterprises around the world. From the identification of inefficient practices within an organization and the discovery of new operating opportunities to better work management and a real competitive edge in the market, businesses have been reaping dynamic results from the use of BI tools and applications. It is thus not surprising that, according to a report by the Redwood Capital, the cloud-based BI market will be worth around $2.94 billion in 2018. Best BI Software Tools The goal of everyday BI is to get the right information to the right person at the right time so that positive changes can be made to a business. Choosing the right tool in changing the BI landscape is the key to realizing your BI goal every day, but it can be a matter of great confusion. A large number of BI tools have been launched in the market that are tailored to the specific data needs of large- and small-sized businesses. Amongst the most popular and widely used BI software tools include Pentaho, Sisense, Board, Birst, Targit, SAP Crystal Reports, MicroStrategy, QlikView, Tableau, IBM Cognos, Quadbase Systems, Profitbase, and Microsoft Business Intelligence Technologies. Microsoft’s Dominance in the BI Space One of the reasons why Microsoft is dominating the BI space is, as reviewed by a BI expert, that the...
Zend vs Symfony: Our Take on Frameworks

Zend vs Symfony: Our Take on Frameworks

A web development framework facilitates in improving the performance and efficiency of a website development activity. Web development frameworks are available in abundance with new ones appearing at a rate beyond comprehension, but deciding on a framework to develop sizzling web applications is much more difficult than developing the application. With over 12 years of web development experience under our belt, we have delivered some very cool web applications which were developed on a number of different frameworks. So in this article, we will compare two frameworks that we find too irresistible (Symfony and Zend Framework) which are currently the most popular and largely used PHP development frameworks globally. Open source frameworks have been a milestone in providing free, customizable and economical platforms for application development. Both Zend and Symfony are open source frameworks, with all the inherent benefits of this universal model. With incessant research and development, these two have gained recognition as the next generation web development frameworks. Both are decoupled and component-based and they use almost the same naming, coding and autoloading conventions. According to VsChart.com, Symfony is preferred by 53% and Zend by 47% of developers worldwide. So, here we share our experiences and we hope that by the end of this article you will be able to understand the differences and similarities between these two powerful and competent frameworks. Sponsors and Partners On the one hand, Zend is backed by Zend Technologies and this is its corporate sponsor. Its valued partners, including Google, Microsoft, Adobe and IBM, have further accentuated its popularity. Symfony, on the other hand, is sponsored by a French Company called SensioLabs. It offers a full range...

A Definitive Guide to WordPress Website Development

Building a new Website. Have you ever feared the time-consuming task and complex coding involved with the design and web development? Yes, almost all of us have experienced this fear! This is because we have seen the former days when the task of developing a website involved plenty of HTML code, Flash or CSS that were not easily understood by non-technical persons. But with the changing face of website development globally, we have now reached a stage where it doesn’t take much time to develop websites because this task doesn’t require one to know complex coding or possess design skills. The advent of Content Management Systems (CMS), such as WordPress, provides a very efficient and user-friendly platform to create websites and manage the corresponding content online. WordPress is everywhere these days! The kind of website builder tools, themes, and plugins that are offered by WordPress have made it an extremely reliable and highly-popular website creation CMS platform. And statistics do not lie! If you go by the latest CMS usage statistics shared by Built With, approximately 48% of the websites built with CMS technology use WordPress as the CMS platform. The second best CMS usage is for Drupal at around 14%. Now that’s a massive difference which clearly indicates how popular and reliable WordPress is.   Having worked on numerous web development and web framework design projects ourselves, we can completely relate to these statistics in favor of WordPress. Let’s explore the process to create your own websites using WordPress as well as WordPress’ advantages and disadvantages. How to Develop Websites Using WordPress Here are the step-by-step instructions on how to get your...

Finding the Best .NET Talent Pool – Are You Looking at the Right Places?

Recruiting top technical talent, especially software developers, is not an easy task. With the proliferation of startups in the market, increasing numbers of large tech companies offering remote working offers, and highly competitive counter offers, the odds of finding the proverbial rock star .NET developers are growing increasingly slim. It’s no secret that good .NET developers are hard to find. However, what makes finding the best .NET developers such a challenge? What path would lead you straight to the best resource in the market? Here is what you need to know to find your answers. What Should You Be Looking For? This hiring challenge is more than just an issue of demand and supply.The disconnect, as we call it, between the right resource and the recruiter is because many of them are using the term ‘.NET developer’ too broadly for anyone’s understanding. Simply stating you need a .NET developer is like telling your barber to give you a haircut without specifying the exact style you’re looking for. Without specifying the set of expertise and skills, you’re looking for in a developer, the chances of finding the right person or in this case, any person would grow significantly slim. Be Clear About the “Must Haves” and the “Nice to Haves” It is quite possible that what you’re looking for is lying right under your nose, but you don’t see it. A lack of understanding about what makes a good fit for your company sometimes blindsides you about hiring the right person even when they are right in front of you. Thus, knowing the difference between “must have” and “nice to have”...

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...