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Digital India- Great idea for public services integration


A step towards empowering citizens digitally is to provide a collaborative platform to have public services linked directly to them. In terms of technology, there is more than just the concept of cashless economy and online payments. If one comes to think about it, a lot more can be explored in digitization, rather than just online shopping or e-payments. The idea of inculcating digitization in governmental procedures is to make digital infrastructure a ‘utility’ for people, government and services.

National e-governance plan is an effort to escalate digital literacy to the next level by bringing public services closer to citizens via digital means. The sole objective of e-governance is to create transparency between public and government services. With the evolving idea of digital India, services by the government will be electronically delivered and the solutions to all the public queries are made digitally accessible. Citizens can now have easier access to all public services, information and policies. It helps in keeping track of the activities done by local authorities across various public domains like land records, municipal records, education, passports, birth, death and marriage records. Citizens can easily trace down the relevant details from these records as the scanning processes are automated, hence eliminating the tedious manual task of scanning through large public data. Traditionally, manual scanning was a very a time consuming task and was a potential to errors. With digitization, the effort and time spent on it is dramatically reduced, giving out error free and reliable data, hence increasing the credibility of government services.

Digitization for sure plays an important role in promoting economic development of the country. By making public services available, businesses can collaborate with the state government to leverage technology further and grow. In addition to reducing the operational and material costs, it meets the real needs of the general public as the interactions between the public and the government machinery is considerably made easier. With digitization as the core concept, public relationship for government agencies has improved like never before. The concept of ‘Digital India’ is an attempt to build a stronger infrastructure within the country by encouraging digital literacy among its citizens. When backed by proper infrastructure, digital transformation is no more a choice, but a necessity to fuel a potential growth.

How ERP system helps reduce operation and production cost in seafood industry.

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Integrating enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions in seafood processing can prove to be extremely cost effective for the industry. Dedicated ERP software can address all the interest specific details of procurement ,processing to Export . Before the ERP software came into play in the industry, the workers manually entered all the information which could be potentials for errors. Unlike this practice, handing over the charge to customized ERP software can give scrupulous results and demand lesser human attention, hence reducing staff cost.

ERP software can efficaciously take over the tiresome manual task of tracing and keeping accounts of warehouses as product tracking is made easier with real time input from each departments. For instance, when the vendor managing department gives its input of the product status, the department of sales and management instantly receives it and can immediately set their targets. Similarly, the production management department can update status of the raw material received, freezing and packing, product scheduling, pre-processing and other details, making it easier for concerned departments to track the product and takeover. End-to-end traceability is one of the key features of ERP software and it enables consistency and easy work flow saving time.

With ERP software, production cost can be widely cut down as resource utilization is made minimal by updating real time status of the product and therefore reducing wastage. This indicates that the money invested on the resources is effectively used. ERP method also helps optimize accounting processes and gives better control over the company’s finances. By making all the accounting automated, this user friendly software replaces the chaotic paper work that demands human effort, hence reducing operational cost.

By tailoring the software according to the company’s requirement, ERP can be the single most cost effective solution for managing sales and marketing, exports, production and FDA documenting, together.

Benefits of implementing Artificial Intelligence in Ecommerce industry

In the fast paced world, providing high availability and focused marketing is the only way to attain better market penetration. The basic goal of every eCommerce company is to bring, the best of offline shopping, by offering a seamless way to showcase the products. eCommerce brands focus on deep linking and Analytical algorithms, to automatically predict customer behavior and suggest suitable products.
 
It would be an understatement, if we say, “Artificial Intelligence is the next big thing”, for it is already here, and of course, SBL is gearing up to be a strong contender in Artificial Intelligence based eCommerce systems. Our customer centric operational strata, ensures personalized user engagement, using Iterative Machine learning and deep-linking algorithms.
 
Without a doubt, eCommerce has revolutionized the way people shop, but there are still gaps in the current system. With the incorporation of Artificial Intelligence, the gap will be closed by evolving the sales process intelligently managing customers, so they will no longer be offered solutions that are neither tailored nor appropriate. This will help organization make drastic changes to the way they deal with their clients, getting quicker access to information and harnessing their employees’ talent for better use

Five reasons why software outsourcing is still alive

Software outsourcing is still alive and even more relevant today than ever before. Competition has increased and customers demand better goods and services to be supplied faster and cheaper, a primary factor contributing to the same. Strategically then, it makes sense to do what you do best and take the services of those who can do the other functions better than you. This is especially the case with software development.

Another key causation is that outsourcing gives you more options and allows you to compare between service providers to identify the one that is best suited to partner with you. Having a wide range of options allows your organization to have the upper hand while negotiating for your specific requirements.

The third one would be development is a time consuming and complex process which can eat into your time and bottom-line, if not properly managed. There are companies that have become highly efficient in the process and can achieve results at a fraction of the costs you may require. Partnering with them can ensure that you remain profitable.

The fourth reason is that expertise is hard to find and increasingly unaffordable in many parts of the developed world. This is why top companies seek out partners in countries like India or Philippines where obtaining and managing human resources is affordable. This is evident from the statistics within the last decade. 57% of companies increased the use of outsourcing. 46% of companies have cited their top reason for outsourcing to be the need to reduce operating costs with 12% desiring to access world class capabilities. It is also estimated that 300,000 positions are outsourced annually.

Now, the final causation is the achievability of overall objectives. Software development once outsourced, frees up organizational resources which then can be focused on ensuring effectiveness in the other areas of goal fulfilment.

How ERP is a Technical Aid to the Seafood Industry

The sea food industry can attract quite a few benefits if it has a right approach to the needful technology. The advantages of adopting ERP software application in the sea food production sector extends to both traceability and cost curtailing.

The implementation of software system in the industry can make the entire procedure of sea food processing more reliable and effective. Each phase of sea-food processing, from catching fishes from the water bodies to its distribution, customized ERP solutions, can help keep track of the exact quantity, quality and all other necessary details. Unlike the past, the storage of sea-food products, its primary grading and similar aspects go through several accountable procedures with the help of software applications. The application can also help notify the next required step to be taken like cutting, cleaning or preserving till the ultimate delivery of the products.

The long run needs of the seafood industry can be sorted with customized ERP software. Each department within the company, when linked to the application, provides consistency and traceability. For instance, as the vendor managing department updates the status of the primary and secondary products in real time, product tracking is made easier and therefore reduces wastage.

Another key feature that ERP solution offers is the optimal use of resources and progressing sales and marketing procedures in the industry. It also keeps an account of all the articles and books related to revenue and sales. The ERP solution simplifies the production management in seafood companies as it replaces the disorganized paper works with a well-organized application, making it cost-effective as it depends less on resources.

SBL bespoke solutions offers an ERP architecture that can be customized according to the industrial needs. ERP solutions help in refining the quality and utility of the resources involved, assuring to reduce production cost. It improvises the work efficacy, hence augmenting profits for the industry.

Offshoring to India-a reality check!

Offshoring is an excellent way to lower operating expense and boost productivity levels. But there are certain challenges that need to be addressed before jumping on the off shoring bandwagon. The first question to ask is, whether the cost savings projected are based on reality or is it just a myth? While operating costs can certainly be lesser else where, you need to look at quality and feasibility. In India the labor costs are 30-50% lesser for software services as compared to US and Europe. The cost savings does not affect the quality of work as expected in usual off shoring scenarios. In fact, there are numerous offshore software development companies that are CMMI level 5 certified and ISO 9001 certified. Combine this with the continuously improving infrastructure along with top notch connectivity capabilities and you have the recipe for a successful offshore partnership.

Offshore software development and IT services is one of the fastest growing sectors here. The primary reason for this is the availability of a large pool of qualified professionals who have exposure to the international work ethic. In terms of project management too, the customer satisfaction levels with projects and its overall management is higher for ones executed in India. Whether it be the quality of delivery or the meeting of delivery commitments, Indian companies show a greater success ratio. One of the reasons could be that better project management models like Agile, XPM etc. is actively utilized for project management. India also boasts of an ecosystem of service providers who can handle mega projects as well as domain specific niche services. The plethora of benefits offered by India is currently unmatched and will remain so for the coming years.

Why IT enabled Automation is on track?

With businesses becoming more complex , the IT staff is subjected to increasing management challenges. Technology vendors offer a proficient method as an effective way to solve this problem through automation.
Unlike the initial method that demands human effort, this alternative enables all the mundane and repetitive tasks to be done with the use of control processors. It consequently cuts down the operational staff cost as it eliminates human intervention.

For instance, manually updating security tools of every single machine in the organization was a periodic tiresome work done by IT admins before the invention of automation. The burden on IT admins reduced significantly as the updates can now be automated. The possibility of errors to occur has also reduced because the automated actions are performed identically, leaving no room for mistakes. This method assures reliable and predictable results and is coupled with the advantage of saving time.

One of the additional benefit of automation is job scheduling. Once the work is scheduled, automation executes it meticulously in the correct sequence, parallel to any other work that’s currently being done. This procedure of multitasking will expedite business processes and hence increase productivity of the organization. Automation plays a key role in implementing superior strategy as the key metrics can be recorded, based on which long-term development plans can be made. Adding to the competitive advantages, IT enabled automation offers well-grounded services and gains customer satisfaction.

When IT enabled automation is tailored according to the organization’s need, it ends up saving time on management processes assuring a reliable, productive and impeccable end results.

Security in IOT

IOT is definitely the grand future of technology. The fantasy of having your appliances and devices connected making them ‘smart’ has now become a reality. But at what cost? Imagine your appliances and devices, all constantly receiving and sending data and connected to the worldwide web. Doesn’t that also open them up to security infringements and hacks to anyone in the cyber world? Human faults and laxity can be misused by a skilled infiltrator to gain access to the networks and do as they please. We humans are usually careless and ignore the need for constant vigilance in the monitoring of networks. For a skilled infiltrator, it is quite easy to crack passwords, use network sniffers to analyze network traffic and even launch methods like man–in the middle (MITM) to attacks, Address resolution Protocol (ARP) manipulations etc. A weak module anywhere within the network can throw the network wide open for access for anyone from anywhere.

IOT poses a greater challenge than traditional networks as there are umpteen number of communication protocols and standards as well as varying device capabilities. The continued evolution of IOT will create increasing complexity of the networks as the security systems and standards need time to mature to cope with the expansion. At SBL, we are constantly improving our solutions to match the changing technology demands. The increased convenience provided by IOT should not blind us to the necessity of building capabilities in protecting our networks from hackers and attackers looking to infiltrate and access sensitive data.

Importance of content management system for businesses

Regardless of the size or sector of any business, managing the content has always been an organisation’s priority. However, a manual approach to this has proven to be incompetent as it’s time consuming and expensive.

Alternatively, implementing a content management system (CMS) can expedite business processes and simultaneously reduce staff costs as it doesn’t need programmers or web designers to customize or configure the site. In a CMS, publishing and editing contents doesn’t demand coding effort. It can be done by multiple authorised users, contingently saving time and increasing efficiency. It enhances the search engine ranking of the company as it helps site publishers keep the content fresh and relevant by offering dynamic content extensions like forums, remarks, polls etc. In addition, CMS simplifies the management as it gives an overview of the status of all the contents on its website- whether it’s saved as draft, being reviewed or published. Workflow is one of the core features of the CMS. It ensures that the business supervises the entire content that is going up on its website.

Furthermore, it gains visitor satisfaction as they can instantly find the required content more easily through search engines. CMS indexes the new content from the engines automatically as the URLs created by CMS are both, search engine and web-user friendly. Simultaneously, it reduces cross-selling efforts as it learns user behavioral and preferences to personalise your site. CMS website is dynamic and database driven, making it an appropriate solution for a business model that generates large amount of data in a short period.

Amazon Web Services: Multiple features and benefits

Moving to the cloud is one of the most logical and sensible migrations for any organization, given the innumerable benefits it offers. From increased efficiency, improved cash flow, flexible bandwidth, zero hardware costs with pay as you go option, automatic software updates, mobile working style, security and leaving no carbon footprints are just a few of the cloud computing advantages.

Amazon, almost a pioneer in the pack introduced its first AWS service and has continuously innovated to offer a comprehensive suite of services and solutions for the cloud.

Storage Services: Cloud storage is integral to cloud computing, holding key information used by applications. Elastic Block Storage (EBS) ensures applications are matched with the right storage capacity, performance and cost. Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) is a scalable, high-speed, low-cost, web-based cloud storage service. AWS storage services are a great choice and allow organizations to focus on business problems rather than on hardware and storage.

Database Services: AWS offers full suite of database services to fit application requirements. Amazon Relational Database web service provides an easy to set up, operate, and scale a relational database in the cloud. Dynamo DB is NOSQL DB which allows storing and retrieving large amounts of data. While the ElastiCache is also a simple option to deploy, operate, and scale an in-memory cache in the cloud that improves performance of web applications.

AWS offers a plethora of compute products that enables organizations to deploy, run and scale their applications as virtual servers, containers or code. EC2 web service provides secure, resizable compute capacity in the cloud. Applications can be uploaded and Elastic Beanstalk takes care of capacity provisioning, load balancing, scaling, and application health monitoring. Lambda is a service that is used to run codes for applications without any need to manage a server.

Artificial Intelligence: Provides high quality, high accuracy AI capabilities that include Natural Language Understanding (NLU), Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR), Visual Search and Image Recognition, Text-To-Speech (TTS), and Machine Learning (ML) technologies.  

Mobile Services: There is a spectrum of services that AWS offers to develop mobile apps that can scale to cater to large number of users.

Increasingly, both small and big organizations are embracing AWS owing to compelling features such as, pricing, performance, speed, security and flexibility. At SBL, we have integrated different AWS services for British Army Ancestors project and have sufficient expertise in performing such migrations.