Custom Software Development
Friday, May 21, 2010
Microsoft Office SharePoint Server i.e. MOSS services incorporate a suite of different server capabilities which can enhance organizational effectiveness by providing comprehensive content management and enterprise search. The CMS helps the acceleration of shared business processes, and promotes inflow and outflow of information for better business insight.
Microsoft Office SharePoint services scaled $1 billion mark in revenue, last year and are expected to rake in better returns this year. The main reason of its success is that it simplifies access to many people to both structured and non-structured information even across disparate systems. SharePoint is placed in the list at number ten of the most sought after skills in the IT sector, according to the report by WindowsITPro. Microsoft SharePoint is also viewed as very flexible software that is adaptable to a range of tasks and helps many businesses.
Companies now edit and make changes to Office documents through SharePoint. They also track whether a particular employee is online through the Exchange features incorporated into it. Microsoft has thus been successfully integrating its offline expertise and features in a more Internet-focused software line rather than ignoring them.
Analysts have also praised Microsoft Office SharePoint for its collaboration technology and have determined that knowledge workers who often spend more than 50% of their time searching for information find MOSS helpful for their work and saving on time. SharePoint is also helpful in building automated solutions and cut down on various expenses by storing information in a single source which can be accessed by authorized but disparate workers of the same project.
Communication and collaboration is vital to the life of any business organization and also its success, with respect to both external communication and internal. MOSS services enable businesses to communicate through a central source storing all information with access restricted to authorized users only. This keeps relevant staff informed and clients satisfied.
It is evident of the success of SharePoint services as a report suggests that companies are increasingly turning to these applications to improve efficiency and collaboration between the staff.
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Enterprise Content Management has emerged through the consolidation of diverse technologies. Enterprises create content every day; intentionally and unintentionally within the context of business processes. A strategic approach is required for the effective management of content, but more important is the focus upon the connections between people and content, and must also address behavioral barriers in the workplace.
A Forrester research report stated that about 22% of the respondents preferred SharePoint services for its ECM capabilities and about 52% of them said that it will replace their existing ECM system. Microsoft Office SharePoint Services is also viewed as flexible software that is adaptable to a range of tasks and helps many businesses.
MOSS 2010 services deliver a level of ease and functionality (specifically with regard to adding custom workflows and automating business processes) that are not approached by other solutions. Supplement these functionalities with the potential business value of utilizing an external security model to your SharePoint 2007 implementation - to open the platform to partners, customers, vendors, or employees from other business units – and organizations start seeing some real ROI. SharePoint 2010 provides one software platform, one support skill set, a physical hardware model, backup and disaster recovery solution, and governed “look and feel” that can replace so many costly and disparate solutions that it quickly makes real business sense and can actually add to your organization’s bottom line.
Analysts have maintained that SharePoint’s best-of-breed and fully-integrated components deliver the scalability one demands while your users realize Microsoft’s unmatched familiarity and ease-of-use. SharePoint even provides the full breadth of Content Management capabilities at a fraction of the cost of legacy ECM vendors. This Microsoft product provides one software platform, one support skill set, a physical hardware model, backup and disaster recovery solution, and governed “look and feel” which is unlike other costly and disparate solutions. According to ECM experts, Microsoft Office SharePoint Services (MOSS) quickly makes real business sense and can actually add to one’s organization’s bottom line.
Microsoft has remarkably found a solution to create connections between SharePoint and its previous products like Office and Exchange. Companies can now edit and make changes to Office documents through Microsoft Office SharePoint Services and also ascertain whether a particular employee is online or not through the Exchange features incorporated into it. Microsoft is thus pushing its old-line software in a more Internet-focused software line rather than ignoring them.
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Social networking services have undergone a revolutionary turnaround in the last five years. Such has been its power and reach that business, large and small, have leapt into the arena of "being social." Web 2.0 too has ushered in with the latest trends in design and development which appears to swarm in millions of innovative websites.
What about the ROI factor though. Just as the marketing manager of any company cannot measure the ROI of attending seminars, association parties, and going to networking luncheons, one cannot quantify the returns for custom social networking services. If harnessed accurately, social networking sites like Facebook can help in the company's success based on identification of potential strategic partners. Striking up a chat or a conversation may eventually form a relationship with the person resulting in an increase of clientele. This is social networking and its principles in the purest form.
According to Forrester Research, Enterprise 2.0, the corporate version of Web 2.0 will become a $4.6 billion industry by 2013. Additionally, social networking tools will top the list of IT spending in the regard, according to the report. Social networking sites like Facebook, MySpace, and Bebo rule the popularity charts in UK and have drawn attention of most of the corporate world for their promotional activities due to the mind-boggling traffic.
Social media marketing and social networking development services rely on the efficient utilization of online communities and the use of in-house or public social networking websites for promotional activities, creating business opportunities, and increasing the exposure of a particular company. Social networking websites such as Facebook, MySpace, Orkut, LinkedIn, allow businesses to be ravaged by millions of users worldwide which in the long run, help companies to target their niche customers and clients.
Companies strengthen their rapport with the average consumer and then fortify their future sales to good effect. Businesses can also ascertain what the customer really expects from them and try to fulfill them at the earliest. Hence social networking development firms are hugely sought after.
By identifying the company objectives for participating in the social networks, one can more easily choose the type of social network that make sense in the context, and the type of contact one need to create with others and the time to be devoted in this regard. Thinking strategically about social networking development companies will make the ROI picture much clearer.
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Though the current database archiving market is very small, with a small set of companies catering to database archiving like IBM Optim, Applimation's Informia, and Indusa Technical Corp's ArchivePlus, the future prospects are bright enough. Most of the demand is attributed to rising e-discovery costs, regulatory compliance clauses, and overall enterprise storage optimization needs.
Some analysts also view an opportunity for database vendors to tie up with database archiving solution providers to deal with data explosion which is bursting the seams of enterprise storage systems. According to Enterprise Strategy Group estimates, the number of primary databases is escalating at the rate of 25% annually, with a subsequent boost to secondary databases as well.
Further, IT managers and CIOs in many companies lament that the average retention period for data is very high. According to a survey, the approximate average retention period for records in a database is roughly 6-10 years. Most of the information which is required for e-discovery purposes is rarely accessed and non-transactional database information. Analysts say that soon organizations will realize the risks of creating too many copies of data and will utilize database archiving as a much viable approach to follow.
Large enterprises today are neck-deep with information flooded from all directions in their respective storage mediums. Unused data is continually eating up resources, and gobbling up the organization's profits. Megabytes gave way to gigabytes, gigabytes have acceded to terabytes, and in the near future, terabytes is sure to escalate to petabytes. The data is growing relentlessly with organizations waking up to the reality of data explosion. The latest data retention clauses for pharmaceutical companies are at least 20 years while nuclear facilities will have to hoard data for 50 years. Database archiving solutions help in reducing costs, retaining data, and also aids in complying with regulation procedures.
In the face of exploding data filling up servers in the world over, information lifecycle management has become complicated to be implemented efficiently. Database archiving software helps in managing data effectively; releasing data is rarely used or redundant to other cost-effective storage mediums. Data retention compliance issues are also resolved through such an approach.
Database Archiving solutions are widely used process of plucking out selected records from operational databases which are not to be used quite often. The archived data is then stored in a non-erasable format like XML files where they can be searched and retrieved if needed.
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Software development is a cumbersome task in itself. It requires great expertise in the relevant programming languages on the part of the maker. Many companies outsource their software development work to software development companies because it is cost-effective and also that they can concentrate more on their core expertise.
Many software development outsourcing companies have been created in hordes over the past decade because of the increasing demand of personalized software development. It has been seen as a regular feature in these software development organizations that they are highly professional and prefer to recruit only the best in the field. Most software development companies try to complete their tasks in the shortest time possible and also offer their services in reasonable costs to retain their clients for future business.
In the US, as orders are down, and most of the computers remain idle, owners realize that software outsourcing IT work appears the only way to get back to profitability. Many companies are working offshore software development firms, and some are considering it. According to a major weekly in the US, there have been many instances when US companies have burned their fingers through software outsourcing, but the low costs prove as an added incentive for them to try again.
Here is where custom software development plays an important role. As competition between companies is increasing day by day, offshore software development centers seek to capitalize on their manpower and economy to promote cheap services in the IT field. Looking at what the current economic scenario demands, the role of customized development of software cannot be ignored. It has been proved time and again that offshore development centers in India, China, and Philippines have been instrumental in the profitability of many western markets within US and UK. Companies tend to save at least 75% of the costs through outsourcing software services to the eastern countries.40% of the Fortune 500 companies are strongly interested in the software outsourcing model because the approximate cost savings by adopting this model is at least in the range of 40% to 70%.
It is also essential to approach a right company or right software developer. The requirements should be properly conveyed to the offshore company before it starts work on the project. The software developers one engages should also have sound software coding sense along with the ability to comprehend the business requirements. It is also essential to take care of the expenses and the estimation which the provider has quoted for its services. Any deal between the software provider and the client company should be beneficial and lucrative to both the parties to commence on custom software development services project proposed by the client.
Thursday, May 6, 2010
As Microsoft Office SharePoint is fast catching up with enterprises and is surely making an impact with the businesses far and wide, many companies have geared up with added services in the domain. Recently, Dice.com survey found out that skills in Microsoft Office SharePoint Services are one of the most sought-after skills. SharePoint is placed in the list at number ten, according to the report by WindowsITPro. Microsoft Office SharePoint Services is also viewed as flexible software that is adaptable to a range of tasks and helps many businesses.
Many offshore software development companies use SharePoint create websites for information sharing and document collaboration, thereby helping increase individual and team productivity. Most SharePoint Experts help to configure, customize and develop intranet and internet portals based on Microsoft SharePoint 2007. Hundreds of companies and enterprises have embraced and integrated SharePoint with Indusa’s help.
SharePoint also scaled $1 billion mark in revenue in recent years and is expected to rake in better returns this year because of it simplifies access to scores of people to both structure and non-structured information even across disparate systems. Many offshore development companies help in its implementation to be done in a variety of conditions across several enterprises.”
There have been reports which reveal that big shot companies like Ferrari, Starbucks and Viacom have utilized Microsoft SharePoint Services to create their sites and boost online presence and some other crucial tasks.
Microsoft has remarkably found a solution to create connections between SharePoint and its previous products like Office and Exchange. Companies can now edit and make changes to Office documents through SharePoint and also ascertain whether a particular employee is online or not through the Exchange features incorporated into it. Microsoft is thus pushing its old-line software in a more Internet-focused software line rather than ignoring them.
MOSS services even help business people who are not into technical stuff, a way to work with business applications. Moreover, when starting a new SharePoint deployment or customizing your existing implementation, one is benefited from having a SharePoint consulting partner that can reduce the many complex details down to the most essential next steps.
The SharePoint developers can provide custom parts, add-ons, administrative tools and other services to an existing MOSS setup. SharePoint professionals also help in the configuration & deployment for efficient collaboration, migration from other document systems and integration with other content management systems and scattered document applications. One can even commence on branding using SharePoint’s MOSS services and its web content management features.