Enterprise Solutions

Choosing the Right Engagement Model for Offshore Development

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Offshore development has become highly popular due to the sheer amount of benefits it offers to reduce and control expenses, accelerate company transformation and reduce the time to market and most importantly improve your business focus. However, all these benefits are only possible if you select the right provider and the right engagement model.

When it comes to engagement models, there are majorly three different models available:

  • Fixed cost Model

  • Time and Material Model

  • Dedicated hiring model

Every model has its own pros and cons and you should analyze your requirements before you select one.

Fixed price model: In this model; the scope, requirements, and timeline are defined first and a pre-agreed fixed price is paid for the final product. So, if you have a short term project and are clear with the goals and workflow, this is your best bet. This model, however, provides less flexibility.

Time and material model: In this model, the development is gradual and continuous. If you are willing to invest in gradual progress in the development process, this model is perfect for you. This is a pay per use engagement model and the billing may be hourly, weekly or biweekly, depending on the vendor’s requirements. It’s perfect if you want a flexible and agile project execution. The project requirements need not be as well defined as the fixed price model. The price, however, varies based on the time and effort used.

Dedicated hiring model: In this model, resources are hired for the purpose of development and project management happens in-house. A fixed monthly fee for hiring resources is charged. You have full control over the resources you hire and serve as a good model for long term or ongoing projects.

So, depending on your project and type of engagement you wish with the offshore team, you can select the right model by analyzing the kind of flexibility, control, and type of resources you want. Which type of engagement model do you wish to explore?

Data Analytics

Analytical Dashboard: Speeding up the decision making

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Decision-makers have a crucial role to play in any form of business planning. Their judgments need to be based on proof and a solid foundation with relevant facts and figures. This is exactly why they need tools to transform data into information and information into a presentable business format that can provide them with the required information to back their decisions.

Dashboards are undoubtedly the most preferred Business Intelligence tools that are not only implemented because they are easy, but also because they provide accurately – at a glance analysis of the most complex data available.

Just getting a dashboard up and running doesn’t guarantee that it’s a success. Well, it’s essential to look deeper and see if the data and it’s visualization actually improves the decision-making process and how. It’s important to note that, successful dashboards are organized, useful and include targets that could enable businesses to have insights into trends and predictions.

Define the audience and type of dashboard

Dashboards need to be customized in order to make the decisions more effective. It’s important to know who will use the dashboard and collect the data. Dashboards can be strategic, analytical or operational. Any dashboard cannot be all three at the same time. So, organizations need to have a clear understanding of what data they need for decision making.

Dashboards help people engage with the data they have collected

A dashboard is a window into the data and can help you understand whether the information you have is good or bad or enough to base your business decisions on. These dashboards should be aligned with the indicators that link to the strategic goals and directions and stay focused. Dashboards should make complex data available to users in an accessible way to determine what is useful, productive and credible and leave out what is exciting but extraneous. IT should also give a deeper look into the outcomes and impact.

Analytical dashboards are not only visual representations of data, in fact, but they are also the perfect tool – or a business solution to gain insights into the more crucial data that is required to make strategic business decisions. They provide a level of evidence that is required to make good decisions and have perfect data served up into a perfect visualization to make these decisions easy.

Virtual Reality

VR Optimized WordPress themes

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The way in which we experience and interact with technology has undergone a massive change ever since the advent of Virtual Reality (VR). Despite this fact, it has failed to burst into the mainstream – at least not yet!

VR today is limited to cardboard boxes that turn smartphones into virtual reality headsets. Developers, however, are pushing for VR standards for web browsers. Virtual Reality and the web are now getting closer and closer.

So, what about website support for Virtual Reality?

For successfully implementing Virtual Reality for the web, we need libraries that support it. WebVR is a JavaScript library that offers access to the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Samsung Gear VR and Google Cardboard on your web browser. Essentially this kind of libraries makes virtual reality available in regular web browsers rather than specialized apps.

These capabilities are already built in the nightly builds of Firefox and Chrome and their adoption is increasing by the day.

Now, imagine a site that provides information about different famous places. Instead of reading about it, you could actually experience these places virtually.

WordPress and Virtual Reality (VR)

WordPress just announced that all WordPress.co sites will now support virtual reality images and videos.

VR views help you embed 360-degree mono and stereoscopic images and videos into your WordPress site. It uses Google’s VR Views library which makes it compatible with Google Cardboard.  In order to handle the issues with responsive design, and users who do not have Google Cardboard, the plug-in defaults to a magic window that will work on any desktop or mobile browser – regardless of hardware. This magic window allows users to move their screens around to view the image in 360 degrees but lacks true virtual reality.

For WordPress, you will need the WP-VR-view plug-in. It lets you add the Google Cardboard compatible virtual reality media to your WordPress site. Smartphone users can easily move between the regular mode and take advantage of their VR hardware.

With the inclusion of virtual reality for WordPress blogs, virtual reality images, and videos, it seems that technology is already taking hold and is waiting to be accessible to everyone. A few years will see more widespread implementations of virtual reality – it’s only a matter of time.

Java

Benefits of Javascript for your Project

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Known as one of the most simple, versatile and effective languages; Javascript is used to extend and enhance the functionality of your websites. It uses a range of on-screen visual effects for processing and calculating data on web pages with ease. It also has the ability to use third-party scripts to add many handy features to make your website look and function uniquely. Above all, Javascript is a dynamic language and is the foundation of nearly all the interactive frontend programming.

Let’s take a look at some of the advantages of Javascript for your project:

  • Executed on the client side

The Javascript code is executed on the user’s processor, rather than the web server. This is particularly advantageous because it saves a lot of bandwidth and reduces strain on the web server.

  • Relatively easy language

Javascript is relatively easy to learn. The syntax is close to English and has a very small learning curve. It uses the DOM model that provides plenty of ready to use functionality that can be implemented on various objects on the pages to solve a custom purpose.

  • It’s fast

As the code is executed on the user’s computer, the results are delivered and the processing is completed almost instantly. As mentioned earlier, the code does not have to be processed on the web server and then sent back to the user – hence consuming less local as well as server bandwidth.

  • Extends functionality

Javascript has a number of third-party add-ons that enable developers to write snippets of Javascript which can execute on the desired web pages to extend its functionality. If your website requires a customized feature or functionality, it can easily be included by either a ready add on, or by writing a customized code.

  • Mobile Ready

JavaScript has numerous extensions available for responsive mobile app development too.

Along with HTML and CSS, Javascript is arguably the most ubiquitous client-side languages. HTML dictates the content of the page, CSS dictates the look and feel of the page and Javascript dictates the behavior or functionality of the page!