If you are looking to bring about change not through standardization but through flexible, quick, swift and effective project management in your firm, investing in Agile is the next big move you need to make. From an IT perspective, Agile development is a method of project management whereby tasks are divided into short phases of work, reassessed based on demand and adapted as per the requirements. Under this method, cross-functional teams come together with customers and end users for effective software development. This development process is aligned with the concepts of the “Agile Manifesto” which was developed by a group of leading figures in the software development industry to indicate workable and non-workable approaches to software development. Continue reading AGILE – Best for Getting Better
With each passing year, technology is taking a bigger and much more important place in the lives of individuals as well as businesses. Information Technology possibilities for businesses and companies are developing at a very rapid pace and bring with them several opportunities through increased operational efficiencies, cutting down costs, bringing transparency through advanced computers, tablet-sized gadgets, POS Systems, smartphones, cloud storage, and data backup possibilities. Growth of the internet, digital media, and social media in addition to simple yet effective and ever-advancing software make the future look full of possibilities.
The pivotal cause to develop the Blockchain solution in the medicines and pharmaceuticals industry was to tackle the movement of pharmaceuticals and drugs in the entire value chain of the industry. Right from ensuring the raw materials procured by the suppliers to the end product reaching the hands of the customer; ie. driving the supply chain from the factory to the dealers and subsequent retail to hospitals and finally to the end customers ensure the safety and authenticity of the drugs. This breakthrough digital process of validating the ledger to the community can save lives of more than 1m people who die due to drug counterfeiting and low-quality drugs due to errors of expiry and ineffectiveness of raw materials.
We are a full-service development firm with an unmatched ability to deliver to companies of all sizes, from startups to enterprise businesses. Our skilled team of experts has delivered more than 70 software solutions to clients in industries like healthcare, travel, logistics, and retail since our founding in 2012. As evidence of our development prowess, Clutch considers iView Labs one of the top mobile app development companies in Ahmedabad.
Micro web-services is the new way for architecting software applications. These services are independent and autonomous and bring more scalability in the applications. As told by Martin Fawler in his book “micro services are used to compose complex applications by using small, independent (autonomous), replaceable processes that communicate by using lightweight APIs that do not depend on language.
People say that “Kitchen connects the Clan” but what happened on 08/03/2019 witnessed something totally magical at the office of iView Labs where “Creativity connected the clan !” In one of a kind theme party where the theme was to bring together health and happiness, iView Labs family gathered for a fruit juice party!
Catering to the new shift in IT industry of reducing bench resources
Typically, as most persons are familiar, Just in time is an inventory management method for materials and goods to be available “On Demand” or be replenished as required in the production process.
The general perception is that this method is most suitable for companies and industries where repetitive manufacturing functions are involved and are beneficial when the tasks involved are on an assembly plant or a job floor. However, with the rise of Information Technology and the advent of service-based businesses in the last one and a half decades, this has become an established practice in the IT circles too.
With a growing industry but season based demand for example in case of service businesses, it is highly time-consuming to build, maintain and manage the turnover of developers inventory through the traditional candidate pipelines. Moreover, despite the time and efforts put in it is not always as value adding for either the firm or the client since many software developers remain as Bench Resources in wait for a project and are a preventable cost to the company.
“Benched Resources” by definition are software developers who are waiting to get the project(s) to work upon. While these are important assets for the firm, it is also crucial to note that Benched Resources do not bring in revenues till such time that they get a project and hence remain more of a cost to the company. On the one hand, in situations or seasons where there are no or limited projects with the firm, it considers trimming down resources on the bench and on the other, the fact that he/she is waiting on the bench and a trim-down possibility can be demoralizers for the resource. Bench Resources were considered as the key strength of the Indian IT industry for a long time. However, with the increasing popularity and relevance of Developers being available on demand for short and fixed-term contracts, the environment is different. Added to this is the rise in automation and all these factors have reduced the average bench strength from 8% to 4% in recent years.
“Great vision without great people is irrelevant.” – Jim Collins, Author of Good to Great
How can IT companies then maximize the value for both the software developers as well as the company with appropriate planning and work allocation?
This is where Developers on-demand model comes into the picture. Traditionally, firms build and maintain candidate pipelines without an actual need but with developers on-demand model, IT companies are able to hire candidates that exactly match the needs or requirements of the project, at the time when they want them, in the appropriate number and at a mutually agreed cost or fees. Albeit, this does not provide the safety of the traditional candidate pipeline approach yet it is more targeted and rewarding. Also, with the advent of gig economy, business models where services are traded on the basis of access rather than ownership are picking up.
In some cases, many companies consider outsourcing projects for a specific duration when they want to focus on their core businesses. Many IT companies today send their benched resources to other companies for a project. In this way, the companies are able to leverage expertise from multiple talents for specific projects and also better utilize the available resources by sending them for specific projects outside.
Given below are some benefits of Developers On demand method.
- This is a pull system where the resource is pulled or utilized based on a need or demand. This permits IT companies to cover the staff requirement without having excess human inventory.
- Developer on Demand faster resource replenishment and lesser burden on the human resource department of the company.
- Developer on Demand model gives companies flexibility and convenience to get access to different talents which are existing across the industry. Moreover, since resources can be found quickly (usually within 24 hours) there is increased productivity and less slack time.
- This approach reduces the overall cost to the company, increases efficiency, productivity and saves on crucial organization time.
“The smartest business decision you can make is to hire qualified people. Bringing the right people on board saves you thousands, and your business will run smoothly and efficiently.” – Brian Tracy
With so many advantages on the table, still one cannot nullify the importance of having some benched resources in this industry. Resources which specialize in certain skills and are high on performance are contracted so that they can be called upon as needed
The Developers on-demand model is beneficial as it makes underused software developers, both tangible and intangible. If companies come together and start sharing their underused resources or services, this will decrease cost and also will make sure that every resource is rightly utilized.
– Team iView
A smart society is one that foresees the changing requirements of its people in every phase of their lives by taking into account new trends, technologies, resources, people and industries and provides the most effective solutions. In this fast developing world of technology, what seemed brand new just yesterday seems ordinary today and would eventually be outdated. Until recently, the world was raving about technology-based connectivity in lines of telephonic communication, real-time visual conversations and transferring of videos that are based on the Internet of things (IoT). Today the conversations are about Artificial Intelligence which will have a prevailing effect on all aspects of life that includes communication and staying connected. One of the biggest hurdles in staying connected is distance. Location, as said to be the heart of everything, is also the heart of doing things with a modern touch. Conquering locations in a faster, more accurate and efficient manner can become the focal point of a smarter society. Today the world has moved on to developing technology-based support systems along with the use of machines to not only stay connected but also to cover distances and geographies in a fast and accurate manner.
“If you think that the internet has changed your life, think again. The Internet of Things is about to change it all over again!” — Brendan O’Brien
Cloud capabilities have powered not only the location data, based on which we so confidently commute from one place to another, it has also brought millions of connected devices together, organized traffic information and accurately synchronized global maps right on to our mobile phones. Some call this the fourth industrial revolution of modern history. This technology is Cloud-based, AI-powered and can relate geographic contexts to business data to develop insights for multiple business purposes. Such tools draw on a variety of data sources, such as geographic information systems (GIS), aerial maps, demographic information and the database of the organization. Location intelligence is important for businesses across industries for their marketing, revenue and growth strategies. From the womb of the Internet of Things and with a partnership of cloud, machine learning, and Artificial Intelligence has given birth to the Location of Things (LoT). Three things work in tandem here viz. cloud, machine learning, and artificial intelligence. Machines receive large amounts of data in a regular and increasing stream. They then recognize patterns, form deeper insights and are able to contextualize or in simple terms make sense of their surroundings. This data comes from millions of sensors and is, therefore, both real-time as well as meticulously detailed.
The question that still comes to a layman’s mind is – how does it work? Thousands of smartphone users are contributing to this database from a particular location at a given point in time and this data is continuously collected, sorted and analyzed to convert to accurate and precise information.
What benefits does this offer to both the business and the consumer?
From a consumer perspective, information on products, services, localities, and geographies can be found easier and faster. Comparison of timing, weather, and distance becomes possible. This makes both commute and connectivity simple.
From a business point of view, location intelligence can provide one’s firm with the information of the latest trending places, businesses and localities which would help them recommend and advice their customers. This is in general for both brick and mortar as well as brick and click businesses. In particular, location intelligence can help different industries in different ways. For example – Service firms such as travel companies can connect with reviewing platforms such as Trip Advisor whereas credit card companies find it easy to connect with their merchants. With this technology, a business can stay connected with its customers both online and offline as well as via mobile. This was all about connectivity, but how about the combination? When a business combines the location intelligence information with data such as customer profiles, interesting insights can be generated in areas such as which offers made a customer move to an offline store after viewing the options online and vice-versa! These possibilities can offer great opportunities for a business to target the right customer at the right time. Location-based customer engagement makes it possible for firms to measure customer activity as he moves from one location to another, identify key anchor points of contact with the customer and design communication or advertisements in such a manner that the customer would be most likely to avail the offer made to him. This technology also makes it possible to gather and monitor data from different websites, blogs, social media platforms and analyze this data based on various metrics such as time spent on the page, click through rate, content sharing, comments, and inputs, etc. These insights provide inputs on the positive and negative sentiments that the brand is generating online and this information can then be used for designing effective marketing strategies.
“The data fabric is the next middleware”–Todd Papaioannou
However, not everything is as smooth as silk. A few aspects need to be kept in mind when strategizing with the use of location intelligence. What is the probability that all customer data that we have available is accurate and updated? What is the possibility that a customer for whom a business has worked so hard in customizing the advertisement will certainly look at the advertisement and not choose “Skip Ad” option? With the amount of information overload that customers have today and options to install ad-blocking software, this is not a surprise. What should be done then? Critics say that while customization is the key, so is patience. There is no assurance that a perfectly planned advertisement is going to impress the already occupied mind of a busy customer.
“Consumer data will be the biggest differentiator in the next two to three years. Whoever unlocks the reams of data and uses it strategically will win.” – Angela Ahrendts
Geolocation data is useful if used efficiently along with other information and tools. It can’t be used in isolation and needs the right software and analyses as support. Both artificial intelligence and human intuition with logic become necessary for effective strategy design for business.
– Team iView
A simple word ‘Day out’ when I heard, gave me exhilaration and happiness. Thoughts were racing in my mind about the venue, activities etc. The idea to visit this place was to refresh, relax, and to switch off ourselves from a busy schedule. Everyone was eagerly waiting for this day to come as we all were gear up to end our year 2018 with a lot of fun.
A fresh morning of ‘29th December’ we all gathered at a decided spot and began our journey to Nature’s Abode Homestay, with a purpose to experience and explore new things which we don’t get to do in our daily routine. The details related to location and activities were surprised for us which turned into a small treasure hunt activity to reach at the location, as we were visiting this place for the first time and it was not available on google maps. Finally, we reached the venue and were ecstatic to see the surroundings so beautiful with a delightful atmosphere. Everyone seemed to feel energetic & rebellious. Activities were organized in the structured play by our host #wandergupt but we were asked if we wanted to do something on our own. So we decided to play cricket. Two teams were made, coins were flipped and the game of cricket begins. In the end, a friendly atmosphere was developed amongst each other.
After a good play of cricket, we had breakfast to regain the energy for the remaining activities. All the members gathered for some unusual activities as organized by #wandergupt. The host made sure to keep us on our toes with brilliantly planned activities. We had some activities related to fun, brainstorming, nonverbal communication etc. which made us realize how effective the work can be done in different constraints. These activities brought all of us together and made us understand each other better. As a team member working in a company, we always know one side but such activities are important for team bonding and communication.
“ Be creative and explore yourself by accepting the challenges “ –Anonymous
After lunch, some played badminton, throw and catch the ball and had a group discussion about upcoming activity. The next activity in which we divided ourselves into 3 teams and to create a play on any of three different types “Mime, Street play and Musical”. We took 20 minutes to come up with a plot for the play and enacted the entire play. Everyone got so involved in the act they made props with available surroundings. All three teams, though little nervous, were ready to enact. This task explored a complete non-techie side of all the team members. One team took a standing ovation by ending the play with our national anthem. All these activities were followed with all the positive messages for the coming year and also an introspection for us to be build gratitude towards the good things happened in 2018.
“ If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be “ – Maya Angelou
The sun was setting, birds were chirping and soft musical notes were being played on the guitar was a perfect way to end our day out. It was a day full of smiles, happiness and a memory to cherish forever.
A DAY TO REMEMBER WITH LOTS OF MEMORIES AND LEARNINGS.
– Team iView
A coding challenge hosted by the Team “iView Crafters”
With such a successful event of Hackathon 2018, the idea of Hackathon Dobara was an exciting event for us and this time iView Avengers decided to go one on one. As soon as the date was announced, the eagerness to compete and bring out life to our burning ideas increased. The goal was not just being a refreshment, but also learning vanguard technologies and pushing past limits. The problem statement of the event was decided as “To create Developer on Demand system”.
“If passion drives you, let reason hold the reins.” —Benjamin Franklin
I, amongst some of the other developers, was new to the environment of Hackathon. An expression of curiosity and excitement could be seen on our faces. The enthusiasm spread amongst everyone. Finally, the day came, and the combat began at 11:00 am. With high spirits and confidence, the minds of our developers started churning.
After a little bit of coding and lots of thinking, came the discussion part. One by one, everyone projected their doings and conveyed their thought process. Every developer had a different perspective and approach towards the job. Our senior android developer mentioned that developers are already present in the market, but to find one which matches the requirement is the real issue here. To solve this issue, he suggested that a business model should be created which has bidding dialectics. Further explaining, he said that a company can post their projects and developer with the highest bidding would get hired. Next came our full stack developer, according to him there are many developers but it would be confusing to choose the right candidate for the job. He created a single interface like a chatbot where you just need to type in your requirements and let the chatbot take care of the rest. His basic notion here was a simple UI and powerful backend. “If the backend is powerful, we will get astonishing results”, he said.
Finally, I presented my thoughts. I recommended that by assigning ranks to developers, the quality of their work could be judged.“Initially, everyone will have 0 rankings, how is one supposed to choose then?”, a counter question was thrown at me. An excellent question to which I answered that we can create a testing portal where one can appear for a test suitable to his/her experience level and get ranked accordingly. Once they get ranked through our website, those rankings would also be visible. The discussion was concluded and it was time to declare results.
It was mind-blowing to see how everyone has something new in their projects. It was like a recipe made with a special ingredient. “Developer on Demand” was an interesting and elegant topic where we, “the developers”, could judge on what basis a company would hire a developer for a required period of time. With the mindset of a developer, the idea was to get as much work as possible. Trying to get in the shoes of companies head, the purpose solely was to get the best developer suited for their project.
“If you are not willing to risk the usual you will have to settle for the ordinary.” –-Jim Rohn
A developer can think of every scenario possible in a project and will definitely provide a solution for the same. The ideas were so different and magnificent in their whole that the result of the Hackathon was declared and everyone won. Cheerful roars were heard and everyone applauded for themselves. The whispers of friendly spats made everyone giggle.
How amazingly everyone participated and crafted eye-catching and mind-blowing ideas in just a few hours.
Team iView again proved its potential and that given any problem, we Avengers will suit up and fire our best tincture.
Cheers to the Hackathon and with a strong vision to take it to the next level!
– By Shweta and Team