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7 Ways to Boost Your Remote Team’s Productivity
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What Are the Trends Set for Outsourcing in 2017?
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Is the Offshore Outsourcing Venture Working Out for Your Business?
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Will Remote Work Eradicate the Need for Outsourcing?
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Github for Unity: Is That Good News?
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What are The New Features You Will See in Drupal 8.3?
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Will Unity Give a Push to VR and Better 3D Graphics With Its Game Engine?
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Why Drupal Stands out from the Other Available Content Management Systems?
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What are the Biggest Hurdles for Agencies & Small Businesses?
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Will Donald Trump End Outsourcing In 2017?

7 Ways to Boost Your Remote Team’s Productivity

These days companies overcome geographical barriers and are more prone than ever to hire employees from other states and, even, countries that are different from theirs. In this way, they are able to take advantage of labor costs as well as tax costs. Of course, you may face certain difficulties if you work with remote teams. Your team might lag behind if there is a lack of supervision, or the productivity of your team may decrease because of different time zones. In spite of all these challenges, it is worth having a remote team. All you need is to follow some tips to boost the productivity of your remote team. Here are some ways that you may consider to help in that process.

  • Develop a good relationship between your teams

The first thing that you need to increase the productivity of your remote team is to develop a good bond between the teams. If they have a good attitude, then it will affect their workflow in a positive way. This will help you to get efficient results. You can use apps or chat rooms and let your employees contact and communicate with each other, not only on a professional level but also on a personal level. Let them be a part of important projects of your company. Keep them well-informed about all the achievements of your company and always make sure to praise your team members for their hard work.

  • Tell them what you want exactly

If you are working with remote workers, it is essential to let them know what you expect from them. Tell them at what hours you want them to be available, how they will have to share files and how they should communicate with other members of the team. If there are strong guidelines for them to follow, then it will definitely help in increasing the productivity of your remote team.

  • Online file and document sharing

In order to get the work done, employees must have access to all the files and documents that they need. There are many companies that only use emails when it comes to file sharing. This has a number of disadvantages. Sometimes, employees forget to attach the file and sometimes the document can get lost. Above all, the document that is emailed stays only in the account of the receiver and the sender. To overcome all these problems, you can make use of social intranet document management systems. This will enable you to upload and share files from anywhere and at any time and all the members of your team can see any and all the changes made.

  • Share calendars

It is quite difficult to get all the members of a remote team to get together for a meeting for even a conference call. So to cope with this difficulty, you can make use of shared calendars and plan events and meetings effortlessly. All the members of the team can see who is available and when. Once the meeting is scheduled, everyone in the team will get notified.

  • Keep track of all the work

Your team members may become less motivated if the work schedule is flexible and if you have a team that is virtual. While it is possible in a physical setting to know when your employees arrive and leave, in a virtual setting, it is not possible. You can use Timedoctor for this, as this will let you know when your team arrives and leaves if they are working or chatting with friends, and much more. Also, you can use Basecamp, which is a great project management tool to track the productivity of your remote team.

  • Use virtual meeting tools

There are a number of means that an organization or a company uses in order to keep the workers of a remote team stay attached to their work. The importance of face-to-face meetings cannot be overemphasized. The lack of it can make your remote employees feel isolated and left out from the rest of the staff. You may find companies that require their remote workers to come to their office once a week or once a month. If that is not possible with your remote team, then you can make use of virtual meeting tools to make your remote team members feel validated. Getting to see all the other team members on a video chat will definitely let them connect with each other on a more personal level and help in strengthening bonds. This, in turn, will increase their productivity.

  • Communicate with clarity

In most cases, in-person communication can be regarded as the best means of communication. When you are face-to-face with someone, you get to pick up on things such as body language and tone. But when you are working with a remote team, this is not always possible and you need to make use of technology. To increase the productivity of your remote team, make sure you take that extra care to communicate with them. Use easy, clear and understandable language when sending messages. You need to state your needs explicitly via emails.  

Managing a remote team and giving their productivity a boost can be a real challenge, but if you make use of proper and effective tools and follow the above-mentioned ways, then you can make your remote team perform at their peak.

What Are the Trends Set for Outsourcing in 2017?

In 2016, the SEO industry, as well as the outsourcing industry, have made their way to success with the help of technological advancements. The year 2016 has been remarkable for new trends in the outsourcing industry. We are now three months into 2017, however, and during this period outsourcing has increased in popularity and to a whole new level altogether. In terms of outsourcing trends for 2017, experts predict that the year 2017 will experience greater innovation and development in cloud technology, in data security, and in social responsibility. Below are discussed a few possible trends that may influence outsourcing to a great extent this year.

  • Outsource providers will level up their quality:

According to a global outsourcing survey (conducted by Deloitte) in 2016, businesses who outsource their work to their outsourcing partners, expect innovative and error-free services from them. They outsource not only to complete their project within budget, but also to avail other value added services that are offered by their outsourcing partner.

So, in response to this, it can be expected that outsourcing providers will increase the quality of their services by including more and more value added services and bringing innovation into those services. According to this trend, before starting a new project, both employers and their outsourcing partners will get SLA or Service Level Agreements before initiating a new project.

  • Virtual employees will be increased:

With the help of advanced and latest technology, it has become easier for outsourcing providers as well as freelancers to work remotely. Since there is a number of project management and real-time monitoring software, it is easily predictable that 2017 will see a significant increase in virtual agents. The advanced technology will make the future of offshore outsourcing industry brighter than ever.

Since virtual employees and offshore outsourcing offers a number of benefits including productivity improvement, low workforce cost and accessibility for extended hours (especially if the outsourcing partner is from a different time-zone), most companies prefer outsourcing their project.

  • IT delivery system can be centralized:

Looking at the streamlining business process of 2016, it is easily predictable that more businesses will switch to just one dedicated IT vendor rather than opt for outsourcing to multiple IT vendors. The more centralized the IT system is, the more standard and innovative and productive it would be.

  • Use of cloud technology will be increased:

Cloud technology became popular in the year 2016. It is expected that this year will be an excellent year for Cloud technology, especially for the Hybrid Cloud. The Hybrid Cloud refers to an integrated Cloud service used by both private and public Clouds in order to access business functions easily. According to many industry experts, more than 50% of IT vendors will use Cloud technology by the year 2018.  The remaining percentage will possibly partner with industry Cloud platforms.

  • Impact outsourcing:

This year, it is expected that a new social responsibility model for business processes may gather more attention. The primary aim of the outsourcing providers would be providing quality outsourcing services in a cost effective way.

  • RPA or Robotic Process Automation:

This year, RPA may enhance the ease and efficiency of BPA in 2017. It is predicted that it will develop productivity to a great extent and reduce costs while maintaining its quality. For repetitive tasks, software robots can replace humans.

  • Development in automation:

With the help of the automation process, it is now possible to increase production with efficiency. Experts predict that there can be a great development in automation and scalability in the year 2017 with the help of reusable platforms that offer better technical support.

With the above predictions, the year 2017 is looking to be a promising year for the outsourcing industry. These trends, however, focus more on streamlining business processes and enhancing the use of centralized technology. Indian outsourcing providers will increase their functional capabilities significantly.

Additionally, outsourcing companies are making data security a priority in the year 2017. However, it is just a prediction based on the trends of 2016. Only time will tell if the prediction will come true or not.

Is the Offshore Outsourcing Venture Working Out for Your Business?

There are many companies that think that as soon as a contract is signed, the process of outsourcing is complete. This is not exactly the case, as it is only the beginning of business. There are a lot of things that you need to do after that in order to be successful. If you have chosen to outsource your work, but are having doubts as to how you will be able to manage your work that is done overseas, you will need to be able to manage your offshore outsourcing project with great expertise. If you can manage your project well, you will you be able to see an improvement in the overall productivity. To get the best out of your business, always make sure to follow a well-developed plan from the beginning of the work. In order to decrease the overall cost and increase the overall performance, it is important to follow an effective management strategy. This will not only help you improve your business, but also achieve your outsourcing goals. Your offshore outsourcing venture will only be successful if you are able to manage your risks, improve co-ordination, have good control over the project and decrease the chance of failure of your projects.

If you have already started your offshore outsourcing efforts and want to know whether it is working out or not, here are some signs that will help you to know exactly where you stand and if you are on the path to success.

Sign 1

You have chosen the right partner

The first thing that is required for a successful offshoring, is the relationship between your offshoring partner and you. This is one of the most important things. If you haven’t developed a strong bond between your offshore partner and yourself, it could have a negative impact on your business. You should be able to let your offshore partner know what you want from them, and how you want them to work for your project. The communication between both of you should be easy, clear and understandable. Know your partner well. Are there existing clients happy with their service? Do they already have a good name in the industry? Have they increased their client base? If the answers to all these questions are yes, then you are on the right track.

Sign 2

Have clear goals and responsibilities

It is important to have clear expectations of what you want from your partnership. It is helpful if you have everything in writing. Plan out how your offshore and onshore team can work together to help your business grow. Give detailed instructions about the roles and responsibilities of each team. Also, as mentioned in the above point, communication is extremely important. It is always good to have an offshoring partner who offers client-centric services and takes care of all your new process opportunities and new concerns. Does your partner have the capability to cope with all the challenges that get in their way? There are many companies out there that find it difficult to do tasks that are outside their normal course of business. Stay away from these types of offshoring companies.

Sign 3

Co-ordination with your offshore team

In order to have success in your outsourcing venture, you need to have a good and positive professional relationship with your offshore team. If this relationship is not positive or lacks co-ordination, then it’s time that you start looking for a new offshore partner. Always hire your offshore partner in the same way as you hire internally. In the beginning, people saw outsourcing as an order and deliver relationship, but now, things have changed and organizations are looking forward to developing a long-term relationship with their outsourcing partner.  In this way, both your company and your outsourcing partner work together and contribute to the success of your business.

Now that you know all the signs, it will be a lot easier for you to understand if the offshore outsourcing venture is working out for your business or not.

Will Remote Work Eradicate the Need for Outsourcing?

These days remote working has gradually become more acceptable by different organizations. Before, companies were mainly dependent on an outsourcing team and the staff of their office, but now the scenario is slightly changed. Various companies are now inducting remote workers into their task teams and workforces. The trend of outsourcing work is now somehow reduced with the popularity of remote.

However, there is some concern as to whether the remote team has eradicated the need for outsourcing or not. There is, therefore, a resultant confusion as to whether outsourcing is better or remote work. Some say that remote workers are a perfect choice for companies, but they cannot solve all the problems that are done efficiently by outsourcing. And for some, remote workers are the perfect solution for all your technical tasks, which would not have been managed well by outsourcing.

Below are some points that are explained by experts for and against the topic of whether or not remote work will eradicate the necessity of outsourcing.


          Remote Work Will Not Eradicate Outsourcing:

People  against the topic have expressed their opinions in these ways:

  • Remote work can never solve every problem that outsourcing does. This is because, firstly, you have to reach people personally, whom you would like to hire. Suppose you need one developer, then you have to find out an employee or a software house to work with. In case you require more than one developer, problems will arise, as you have to hire a number of people and you have to spend valuable time in this hiring process. With outsourcing, you don’t need to invest as much time, since you can outsource all your tasks to the outsourcing company.
  • Secondly, hiring an outsourcing company means you have not only hired an employee, but you have also hired a software house where everything is done using automated CI/CD, development tools, and assurance processes. You also have the added advantage of a CTO, a project manager and other developers that are there to support you with their valuable advice. In the case of remote work, when you hire a developer, s/he will do that one particular role only. You will not be assisted by him/her with other tasks/roles.
  • Thirdly, outsourcing is more flexible than remote work. During the project, you can change your demand for resources anytime you want. They can provide 3 people to develop MVP (which is better than one to support it while verifying on the market), then 8 people will scale it. In terms of remote working, you can only hire one person to complete the task.
  • Fourthly, getting hold of a remote worker is a complex process, since you have to hire resources one by one and then you will need to check their skill set, another time-consuming process. In spite of testing them, you cannot be sure if the remote worker is capable enough to manage your task or not.
  • Finally, the process of hiring outsourcing companies is smooth. Since every employee of an outsourcing company is efficient, you can be assured of the fact that your work will be done efficiently.


    Remote Work Will Eradicate Outsourcing:

       Below are discussed some of the opinions/points of those who think this is true.

  • Remote work is not at all a complex process. In fact, you can choose workers according to your requirements. You can check their skill and then hire them.
  • If your remote employees are satisfied, they will give you their 100%. It is, therefore, a great benefit for your business.
  • They cost less. In terms of outsourcing your project, you may have to spend more money, but hiring a remote employee is always within your budget. This is because, if you have remote employees, they will reduce your rent and property cost.

From the above, it is clear that hiring outsourcing has more positives than hiring remote work, and remote work can never eradicate the necessity of outsourcing. Still, it depends greatly on your company as to what is more suitable for your business. Maybe your particular business requires remote workers, which can be cost-effective for you, but for a majority of businesses (who need to outsource more than one task), outsourcing is a perfect solution.

Github for Unity: Is That Good News?

Github with Unity is something many game developers and their teams will welcome. Github is the perfect haven for the world’s largest community of game developers and the product of their imaginations. Github is a cooperative tool where people come together and produce works of art by solving problems or experimenting together if they choose.  What could be better than collaboration when it comes to coding? Github allows developers to collaborate. Now, this feature will help you while you develop your game on Unity with the Github for Unity extension.

Unity 5.5 always finds room to become better with each new version, and they persistently work to bring out its best features. In version 5.5, a new set of features, like Unity Collaborate will prove helpful for developers. The support for file locking and Git LFS has been provided under Github for Unity, will help to bring workflow and other advantages of Github to Unity.  

Version Control Repository and Developers

Git is a SaaS based system for software coding files version or source control, which helps in tracking the change in code files. It also helps to coordinate the work of multiple people on these code files. Git is very helpful for development as it helps to keep track of all the changes made to a given file. Developers can keep track of any change that is made to a file. The focus is aimed at attaining the integrity of data and speed along with supporting nonlinear and distributed workflows. Thus, Git is important to game developers in many ways.

Github is a web-based source control (Git) repository. It also offers internet hosting services. Github is important to developers because it provides all the source code management (SCM) and distributed version control functionality of a version control (Git), along with some additional features. A wide range of collaboration and access control features which includes issue tracking, task management, feature request and bug tracking, are all available for every project. Github is basically used for code. Although Github focuses on problem-solving and work improvement it provides functions that are similar to a social networking site. These features include followers, feeds, etc. The social network graph displays developers’ work and an intuitive way of working in their file versions. Users first create an account, if they wish to contribute something. In a case of public repositories, an account is not necessary. It can be downloaded and browsed by anybody, but there are advantages of becoming a registered user.  This gives you access to discussions, creation, and management of repositories, reviewing changes in the code and most importantly the ability to contribute to different projects.

What Github for Unity Means?

Millions of developers around the world are able to write code and collaborate with other developers in code. While many might feel it’s not a good choice for the development team members processes to involve games, it is not so. It is the Git integration process that discourages game developers due to the fact that many get stuck on the steep learning curve.

Github for Unity extension provides a platform to game engineers, both the programmers and the digital artists. It allows unity developers to integrate Gits in a better way. The workflow will improve with Github, even in situations where large binary assets versioning is being done. With Github for Unity extension, Gits and Github can be directly integrated into Unity Editor directly. This extension will also include Git LFS version 2.0 which supports storage of large binary assets and locking of the file. This is very helpful when you want to communicate with your team in case of difficult file merging tasks.  The file locking feature of Git LFS 2.0.0 will allow the developer to lock the currently active tasks. This helps you to prevent others from gaining access to your files unless you unlock them. Therefore, the merge conflicts can be avoided. The work is not lost on the files that are hard to merge at the file system level. Although it might contradict the distributive and parallel nature of version controls, this is very beneficial for larger teams.

When the world’s ultimate game development platform comes together with a vibrant and unique community for developers like Github, one can expect things to get better. This is the first step of the Unity and Github unification which can be explored more in the future. It will be very beneficial for Unity developers as things are looking brighter.

What are The New Features You Will See in Drupal 8.3?

What are The New Features You Will See in Drupal 8.3?

Drupal 8.3.0 is set to release on April 5, 2017. This is a minor release of Drupal 8. As it was with previous minor releases, 8.3 also includes new features and improvements in API and usability. Steve from OSTraining has already written a detailed blogpost on this subject and we used it as the source of information. Without wasting too much time on introduction, let’s dive into the new features and improvements that you can expect in Drupal 8.3.

Improvement of Workflow

Drupal 8 was developed with the intention to provide improved workflow. Large companies that adopted Drupal 8 were looking forward to this improvement. Large companies that use Drupal to develop their website, generally, have a large number of content creators. There are also various procedures that require approval and editing. Workflow is a new experimental module. This builds on the Content Moderation module which was introduced in Drupal 8.2. Workflows are considered a key module for all the content approval processes. There is a change in the workflow user interface in Drupal 8.3. The whole workflow can be seen on a single screen. You can create custom publishing states with the help of workflows. You can also control the transition between the states. The configuration screen of the workflow page is simple and easy to understand.  You can go to “people” and then select “permission” from there you can control the access to each stage of the workflows.

Layout Modules That Are New

There are some new modules that have been introduced in Drupal 8.3. The module that is new in Drupal 8 is the Field Layout. The Layout Discover is also a new module. Both these modules are experimental introductions. The code used in these modules is an adaptation of the Layout Plugin. Field Layout and Layout Discover modules will provide two introductory layouts. The additional layouts will be allowed so that you can add new layouts by using other modules. Drupal indicates its future plans with the layout options. Modules like CTools, Panelizer, Panels and Display Suite have been made compatible with an introduction of two new layouts.

BigPipe

BigPipe is the experimental module that was first introduced with Drupal 8 that has graduated and made its place in Drupal 8.3. The function of BigPipe is to facilitate the delivery of personalized content at a faster rate. Generally,  when the content is personalized and dynamic,  loading speed is reduced. This slow loading was targeted with the introduction of BigPipe. BigPipe breaks the process of page loading. Thus, first, the page skeleton is sent to the client. This happens at a faster rate. The rest of the page elements are requested and delivered later into the correct places. The client will not have to wait for the entire page to be generated.

The changes that have been introduced in Drupal 8.3 will also focus on improving the usability on mobile devices.

API Improvements

Significant improvements have been made in the REST and API-first support and certain new features have been added. These new changes have been given below:

Users can now register for REST API.

The performance of anonymous REST API will get increased by 60%. This will happen by utilization on the internal page cache.

The response bodies will improve along with the request status code.

In the case of 404 responses, the reason behind the denial of access will also be returned.

Apart from these changes, there are other API improvements as well. The additional API improvement includes routing system improvements, Symfony Compatibility, replacing Symfony, ExecutionContextInterface and in addition to Entity Published Trait and Entity Published Interface for a generic publishing API. The Original Revision ID is the new property added to revisionable entities. This will help in storing the old revision ID after updates.

There are also some changes that have been made to improve scalability and performance. Some experimental features that were introduced in previous versions have been updated in Drupal 8.3. Migrate API has been given the beta stability. Migrate will have full critical functionality support.

These are some changes and updates that can be expected in Drupal 8.3. Drupal 8.3 is a clear indication of what users can expect in the future. Drupal improvements are targeted to make it more friendly for users.

Will Unity Give a Push to VR and Better 3D Graphics With Its Game Engine?

For several years,  game developing companies have been using game engines to bring their games to life,  implementing their ideas into the game. Unity is not an exception. Team unity is always active and uses different types of high-end graphics to develop the latest game engines. According to Clive Downie, the chief marketing officer of Unity, if you are among those who earn less than 100,000 dollars revenue on their unity projects, you are offered unity game engines for free. As the revenue, and therefore needs, of a company increase, the company offers Unity Pro on a fee basis.

The year 2017 is highly important for Virtual Reality. VR game development has become a hot topic, but choosing a VR game development is a difficult task since there are multiple game engines available in the market. Among them, the Unity and the Unreal engine are the two most popular platforms. The question that arises is which one of them is the best for you? Describing the answer in one word is not possible, but it is clear that the votes for the Unity Engine are a little more than the votes for the Unreal Engine. Unity is transforming VR and developing better 3D graphics with its game engine.

Before going on to the advantages of Unity game engines, let’s  find out more about the Unity Engines:

  • In terms of game development tools, Unity can be considered one of the most popular ones. It was introduced to the market in the year 2005, and since then it has been holding its good reputation for creating 2D as well as 3D games. It is quite an unusual fact that a game engine is developing both 2D and 3D games.
  • Boo, UnityScript and C# are the three development languages that are supported by this platform.
  • Unity basically has two versions – one is free and the other is the pro. All the versions of Unity offer a support desk, the web, mobile and console platform. Whereas the free versions of Unity support Android, Windows, iOS, Mac OS X and various other mobile versions, the pro version offers support for Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii and PlayStation.
  • The Unity engines are cost effective and they have a wide range of developers. One of the most important features of this platform is that it offers the best value for the latest and highly advanced game development engine. The editing tools that are used in this platform are easily extended through plug-ins. Not only that, the Unity platform supports a wide range of asset formats.
  • The Unity engine has the longest track record with mobile games in comparison to all gaming platforms. The free version is enough for beginners as they would have very little to almost no use of the pro version features. Even though the pro version is fee-based, the cost is highly reasonable. The results that are received from Unity are unbelievably impressive.

Advantages of the Unity engine:

  • Supports a wide range of platforms:

The Unity engine offers a great deal of support to almost every platform, and approximately 95% of the work is shared between iOS, PC, mobile and web platforms.

  • Outstanding graphics:

The Unity Engine is famous for its incredible graphics feature. With its great material, it supports the latest audio-visual effects. The graphics are highly accessible and the visual can be scaled down easily while maintaining the quality, even on low-level access, and can be optimized with pixel shaders.

  • Easy deployment:

Unity is so accessible that any game can be deployed on this engine.

  • Stable code:

In comparison with the languages of other engines, Unity’s code is very stable and it consists of a good architecture for minimized errors and good performance.  

  • IDE:

Unity includes IDE, which is considered as the most powerful tool with extraordinary game development features and a user-friendly environment.

Without a shadow of a doubt, Unity is an outstanding platform for game development. If you are a game developer and you want to develop a creative two-dimensional or three-dimensional game, then Unity is highly recommended for you. To help you get started you can find a number of tutorial videos, which can help you get familiar with the process of game development on Unity.

Why Drupal Stands out from the Other Available Content Management Systems?

If you have a good CMS or content management system, it should be able to not only create and manage the content of the website but also manage the related tasks such as formatting, editing as well as organizing from a centralized interface. As there are many good CMS platforms available out there, you may get confused as to which one to choose. Well, Drupal can be regarded as one of the best content management systems. Nothing seems impossible with Drupal. You can choose to run a blog or a blogging community or even share photos, upload files and a lot more. Here are some reasons why Drupal stands above the rest:

  • Great SEO Tools

You probably know the power of SEO as it is the reason behind the number of visitors that your website gets. Drupal can be regarded as the king of SEO in this case. In order to make your website SEO-friendly, you not only need to optimize the content but also the meta tags and keywords. Drupal enables you to do all these with ease. You have complete control over everything and it’s totally free of cost. In the field of CRM, Drupal far exceeds expectations when used in combination with other SEO tools such as Google Analytics.

  • Huge Community

This CMS is incomparable with a well connected and organized a large community of programmers and developers. Drupal has been long in the game and its longevity is proof that it works, but that can be said about other CMS platforms as well. So you may ask, “Where is the difference between all the other available CMS platforms and Drupal?” It is in the way that the members of the Drupal community work together. The developers and programmers are devoted and passionate about Drupal,  helping each other and contributing on a continual basis to the well-being of the community.

  • Module Developer Practices

Everything is the module in Drupal CMS and you can get all these modules totally free of cost. They have neither widgets or plugins or components. If you check their website, you will see that all the modules are listed there in a categorized manner. There is no personal website that is used to sell a module. If you need or want to have a module custom built, you can have t it done by someone. The developers and programmers of Drupal use their expertise so that they can build these modules together as a team or a community. They don’t see each other as competitors but help each other so that they can give you the best modules/product.

  • The Drupal API

A hybrid of an extremely progressive Framework and a standard content management system, Drupal has an extraordinary API. Of course, they don’t claim to be Zend, Cake or CodeIgnitor, but Drupal offers you an attractive granularity of workflow control. Also, with Drupal, you get more time to add or tweak if required.

  • Versatile Theming System

The theming system of Drupal is extremely versatile and makes it perfect for users who are new, who are slightly experienced and who are professional. In other words, they have everything for everyone. They offer a number of free themes that you can make use of if you are a new user. These themes not only look beautiful but also professional. You can even customize your theme according to your choice and you can do all these things with extreme ease.

  • Content Types

With the Content Construction Kit (CCK) of Drupal, you can construct any type of content you want. The flexibility that this kit offers is something that no other content management system can offer. It offers thirty types of content and each of them is different from each other. To make it more understandable for you, here is an example. If you want to have real estate listings,  you can input things such as the number of bathrooms or bedrooms into fields that are already there in the modules.

  • Smooth User Management Including E-commerce

Drupal allows you to control everything from member profiles and registration to role assignments. You even have the power to restrict or allow the communication between members. When it comes to e-commerce, Drupal offers the very popular Ubercart. With this, you can do a number of things that you thought you could only dream of from calculating taxes and creating and controlling inventory, to handling fees and accepting payments from any of the available payment gateways – and there is no limit.

In conclusion, you can see that if you are planning to build a website that will have the possibility of huge growth, then Drupal is right for you. Drupal is definitely the best content management system available in the industry.

What are the Biggest Hurdles for Agencies & Small Businesses?

If you own a small business, you may feel that the problems that your business is facing are unique. But this is not exactly true. The biggest hurdles that your business is facing are similar in essence to those your competition. There are several challenges that are acting as major roadblocks to the ascent of agencies and small businesses. Some of them are discussed below:

  1. Marketing

One of the biggest obstacles to the success of relatively small concerns is marketing. To get the word out about your business is important for its success. With the help of technology, you can now test and bring a product to market easily, but it is quite difficult to cut through the noise on social media as well as other marketing channels and differentiate your brand and business.

  1. Hiring new employees

A hurdle that several small concerns must overcome is while recruiting a workforce. They find it particularly difficult to handle problems related to the hefty costs associated with getting a workforce on board. Sometimes the total cost of the process of bringing them on board  – bonuses, training, equipment, benefits, taxes etc. – can range anywhere between 1.5 and three times the salary assigned to that particular designation. That is a really notable amount of investment for companies that are usually already hard pressed for money, to begin with.

  1. Relationship with customers

According to experts, the key to keeping your small business blooming with success is proper communication and the relationship that you have with your customers. Not all businesses see the face of success. Small businesses that achieve success and continue to survive are the ones where the owners, as well as the employees, have a great relationship with their customers. Know what your customers want and ask them how you can do better or what can be added. For agencies and small businesses, relationships are of paramount importance. In this digital age, it has become important to develop a bond with customers.

  1. Relationship with the government

To make local government work for you, take the idea of relationships to the next level and use those skills. According to experienced businessmen, small businesses which reach out and become a staple in the community are the ones that get the most support from the local government. You can be present at community events or join the chamber of commerce so that the local governments support you. If you make an investment in your local community, it will affect your business positively. Also, to build valuable customer relationships, you can volunteer to work on events or serve on local boards.

  1. Cash flow management

A variety of problems related to cash flow is the cause of a headache for many companies. And for agencies and small businesses, the main problems are to do with unexpected outgoings of cash, clients deferring payments and expenses that seemingly need to have been paid for yesterday. However, these problems do not come without solutions. While product demand is far more difficult to control in-house, cash flow related problems can be resolved. In order to improve on your invoicing and budgeting, there are a number of newly designed solutions that are available. All you have to do is to find a suitable one.

  1. Increasing profits

Agencies and small businesses that have five to ten employees face problem such as increasing profits. There can be many reasons behind this, but the main reason that it highlights is the inability to remain a low-cost leader against the competition. To stay ahead of your competitors, what you can do is to innovate and optimize constantly.

  1. Not becoming dependent on major clients

Client dependence is a huge issue for several organizations, mostly those with under ten employees. In case the organization has to depend on say just one or two clients for the major chunk of the money they make, then that is a sign of hitting the danger zone. The balance of power is disturbed unfavorably for the firm if this were the case. It would be hard for them to survive – to just remain operational with minimal profits. Reaching this stage is not at all recommended. If you want to your firm to grow, you must necessarily diversify your clientele.

You might, in all probability, as the owner of a small concern, have to face hurdles that CEOs of large companies may not face. However, to look at the brighter side, being small business owner does have a number of benefits. Being small in size, you are much better equipped to respond to volatile circumstances, as well as more flexibility. Pay more attention to the strong points of owning a small business and make more effort to emphasize and use them in advantageous ways for you to overcome challenges. The first step would be to overcome them.

Will Donald Trump End Outsourcing In 2017?

With Donald Trump finally making it to Presidency, there has been a lot of turmoil and panic in countries such as India and China with the threat of ending outsourcing to these countries. At first glance, it seems quite impossible since all major American corporations have utilized this resource as a long-standing practice, outsourcing their manufacturing to  China (notably tech firms such as Apple and Hewlett-Packard) or customer service/data management jobs to India. For years, outsourcing has been the norm in the world of American corporates and now, it appears that President Trump is threatening to bring it all down. He has already started working on doing a complete overhaul of the H-1b visa system, which has left the fate of hundreds of Silicon Valley workers hanging in the balance. Among the widespread panic that it has caused, aspersions are being cast regarding the steps that would be taken with regards to putting a stop to outsourcing.

A lot of company spokespersons are trying to assuage fears by stating that it would be next to impossible because manufacturing goods in the United States would mean a hike in the cost of production (owing to monumental labor costs), and thus cutting down on worldwide profits significantly. According to Andrew Rassweiler, Director of Materials and Cost Benchmarking at IHS Technology, products like an iPhone (Apple is one of the most prominent firms to engage in outsourcing) would cost around $2000 if all its components were to be individually manufactured in the US. That, needless to say, is far beyond what most people would be able to afford. Apart from the production losses that Apple would incur, it would also lose a lot of the political goodwill it enjoys from its consumer base worldwide.

From this alone, it is clear that it would be next to impossible to put a total stop to outsourcing (or to describe the term more precisely, offshoring). However, it is definitely possible to resort to protectionism. Tariffs and import duties can easily be imposed upon Chinese-made mobiles or automobiles made in Mexico  (Ford, to be precise).  That would set the US back 100 years as far as economic development is concerned; setting aside the fact that it could likely create trade wars with countries like China. This action could create political instability worldwide. the process has already kick-started with the US, under Trump, withdrawing from the landmark Trans-Pacific Partnership that had been inked between a host of countries with the aim to lower tariff and nontariff trade barriers. On the domestic front, too, the scenario would not be too cheerful with widespread unrest owing to a 30% dip in consumer spending on electronic and other goods of daily use.

Plus, here’s another point: The “rust belt” of the United States (i.e. states such as New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Michigan and Illinois) were the primary swing states (a few of the aforementioned ones) that voted in favor of Trump. So, it’s not surprising that his administration would rush to fulfill its promise. However, this isn’t the fifties when the bulk of the American middle class were working in the manufacturing industry as a primary livelihood. Ever since the base of manufacturing shifted to China, rust belt workers have had to find alternate ways of living.There is a portion of this society who sustain their livelihood through assistance programs such as food stamps and others have joined the service industry. It’s an unfortunate fact that workers who do not have a college education/degree aren’t in great demand any longer in the United States. With technical degrees not as highly sought after by current American college students, there is the question as to who would be able to fill the ranks of the new (technical) jobs created by automation in various fields. The only option that companies may have is to either hire from abroad and pay relocation expenses for these skilled workers  (and let’s not forget that H-1b visa is already in the eye of the storm), or simply remain to outsource them to IT hubs abroad. Forcing these companies to get back to the pre-automation period and rely on unskilled laborers is simply not possible anymore. Manufacturing is all but dead in the USA; there’s simply no demand for home-grown workers in this field anymore. Reversing this is not just difficult, but simply impossible.

What the future holds remains to be seen, but with very real and practical concerns that surround the thorny issue of outsourcing. Considering all the facts, there’s little chance it will be stopped soon. Already a lot of foreign Silicon Valley professionals are boarding flights back to their home countries because of the new measures were taken regarding the H-1b. If outsourcing is targeted next, Trump will surely risk his credibility and respect as a president, and may possibly even have to contend with the threat of being impeached due to corporate lobbies alone in Congress who may push for his removal.

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