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How enterprises can benefit from developing cross platform mobile apps


With newer and different platforms, interfaces and software development kits, the mobile manufacturing arena is getting crowded as days pass. And understandably, developing mobile applications was getting strenuous, tiring and at times, uneconomical. Then came, cross-platform mobile application development and it began to conquer the mobile development landscape due to the advantages it brought about for enterprises of all sizes and scopes.

The lure of wiring codes that can be used across iOS, Android and Windows platforms was too much to resist as it brought a trove of advantages.

Some of the most important benefits are given below;

Recyclable codes: Cross-platform development made it possible for coders to reuse the same codes for different platform thus getting rid of drudgery. This helps the enterprises save a lot of time and efforts. Though it was not a novel concept to begin with, the value it brought for organizations was understandably too grand to dismiss.

Economy of operation: With cross-platform mobile development gone are the days when the businesses had to invest separately to develop applications that run on different platforms. Some organization tried to develop apps for platforms that are extensively used by their target audience in a market. However, it did not work for organizations with wide service and product lines in a market having evenly distributed multiple platforms. Cross-platform mobile app development eliminates all recurring costs at once offering better economy of operation.

Effortless Implementation: There is a trove of applications such as Appcelerator and PhoneGap that make it easier for developers to make changes with ease. With the possibilities and features such applications offer, it quite easier now than before to implement cross-platform mobile application development.

Brand uniformity and uniqueness: People associate certain designs, colors and elements with certain brands and cross-platform mobile application, unlike the older way, provides for that. It helps the organization to keep certain striking elements in all the applications to offer the unique user experience across various platforms, which was not possible before.

If you are hesitant to try cross-platform mobile application development, these advantages should get your interest piqued for sure.

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5 Latest Methodologies To Manage Software Development


Over the years, as information technology and the reliability over different software to automate the functioning has become more prominent, evolution of a multitude of methodologies to manage whole processes has also been observed. To an extent these methodologies have turned out to be mutually beneficial, as it curbed the errors, helping the end product to be flawless, conserves time and energy with reciprocated engrossments, resulting in the smooth functioning of the whole process.

Following a linear sequential (non-iterative) design approach for software development, in which progress flowing in one direction downwards through the various phases employed, known as the traditional waterfall methodology, has its own limitations. Considering the easiness to get accustomed with, the real fact that gets undermined, that it neither allows rectifications nor gives a glimpse of the end product. Many of such software development management processes have been refined, evolved, explored and executed successfully these days based on the requirement. 

Some of the latest methodologies to manage software development are as follows:-
Agile & Scrum Methodology:  Agile software development management process is considered to be one of the most reliable ways of development.  It not only helps in undertaking different projects but follows accuracy everywhere. The whole project will be scrum based which will be further divided into sprints. The scrum master makes sure to complete the sprints in the respective time, that too immaculately, allowing rectifications; client involvement to upkeep transparency thus helps in identifying mismatches at the early stages itself.

Rapid Application Development (RAD):  Here every step is correlated and it takes maximum advantage from the software development management process itself.  The requirements are gathered after which the UI design, prototyping and developments gets hand on hand and then subsequent testing is involved before actual delivery.  Though not economical, it makes the whole process unproblematic, driving comments from the client at different stages and is thus improved and made qualitative at every step.

Feature Driven Development (FDD):  It is considered to be one of the most advantageous software development management methodologies especially when it involves lots of complexities.  It’s a five step process divided among initial modeling and model stroming. It’s built on pre-standards and is programmed accordingly for easier development. Highly skilled developers are involved. 

Lean Development:  It’s a designed technique for software development management and is considered as far more advanced than any agile forms and aims at completing the project before time and in a highly economical way. This is considered one of the most adoptable ways for smaller projects.  

Joint Application Development:  As the name itself suggests, it allows the client involvement right from the designing stage. A set of workshops are organized called the JAD sessions.  Frequent offset conferences are organized to understand and analyze the software development management process.  Rather than the methodical efficiency it concentrates more on the business plan, exertion involved and the probable difficulties. Hence every time the process is evolved out of the requirement rather than having a pre-set stepwise methods.

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Why eLegislature is the best form of governance

As businesses become more dynamic and digital in nature, the government is also prompted to keep up the pace with them. However, unlike businesses, the government doesn’t have the liberty to choose its customers and has to serve all. To be a ‘smart’ government of a ‘smart’ nation, a transition from governance to e-governance is more than necessary.

eLegislature has a lot more to do than just inculcating information technology to deliver their services. It is, in fact a step towards digital literacy, not just for the people but also for the government. The flagship initiative by the government of India, the ‘Digital India’, is an attempt to shape the ability to communicate, exchange and share between citizens and the government. This re-engineered model of governance can provide services like utility bills, certificates, landholding records, taxation and education, completely digitally. The services, unlike before, are paperless and are more secure and accessible to the public. As the government beholds the responsibility of transparency in its dealings, e-governance enables all the data to be available online for public peruse.

Given the population of the country, government officers often have to manually scan through a large database to pull out a few relevant information. With this newly adopted paperless technology, documents from multiple storage, can be retrieved within a matter of seconds. If the same technology are to be implemented in legislative assemblies, it can help in reducing the cost to a large extend. Traditionally, crores were spent by the government for the usage of stationary and printing. The paperless technology eases the entire assembly proceedings as it eliminates the need of laying papers manually. Answers to questions during the assembly, reports and copies of bills proposed or approved can be completely digitized, and hence requires no shambolic paper works. This technology could help government expedite analysis and create full transparency in its decision making. Digitiizing legislative assemblies is also a huge step towards reducing its carbon footprint in the world.

eVidhan offers an end-to-end solution that enables the entire proceedings of the legislative assembly to be automated. With this out-of-the-box solution of e-governance by SBL, Himachal Pradesh legislative assembly became the first state in India to carry out its entire assembly proceeding paperless. And also The Himachal Pradesh Vidhan Sabha has been honored with the SKOCH award 2017 for smart governance through  eVidhan solution.

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Google Tango; what is it and can it change that landscape of smartphones?

Google has always been on the forefront of technology and they have the panache to bring something that looks complex and blend it with the daily life of people—like the way it did with smartphone.

One of such things to have come from Google, in the recent times, is Google Tango. It is the realization of Google’s endeavors to get tablets and smartphones to see everything the way we, humans, see.

It simply means that your smartphones become more intelligent. They become fortified to have better and full spatial awareness and the capability to understand and intercept the environment and the relationship you have with it.

So, the next question you might have on your mind must be; why does Google even want to do that?
Well, why must they not?

Google, like many other technology giants, wanted to make ‘Virtual Reality’ (VR) more accessible to people. However, with many things with Google, they went a step ahead and wanted to blend the elements of virtual world with real world.

And, they went with ‘Augmented Reality’ with Tango so that they can bring AR to the most common device that most population on the planet has—smartphones. A perfect confluence of incredibly powerful hardware VFX and cool software programs makes it possible for everyone with a Google Tango enabled smartphone

It sure does sound interesting, doesn’t it? Let me assure you it only gets more interesting.

In a nutshell, Google Tango is just more than your average technology or hardware; it is capable of blending real world with virtual world for what may be called unlimited possibilities.

Google has already primed up with the motto of with Tango to make and help people ‘see more of the world they live in’ and the environments they interact with.

The applications of Tango in real life is undoubtedly astounding; in scientific education, research and expeditions, entertainment business and in measuring various spaces and locations.

While these are the potential of Tango, as it is in its infancy, we have a long way to wait until we actually experience any of it. Even though there are devices with Google Tango, it still has a long journey ahead, if it wants to change the landscape of smartphone industry and AR.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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