April 08, 2016

Opportunities and Risks in 5 Global Outsourcing Locations

The Indian government launched Digital India in 2015 to transform the nation into a digitally empowered society and knowledge economy. The initiative aims to integrate government departments and the people of India by making government services available electronically.
Featured Resource The initiative also includes connecting rural areas with high-speed Internet networks. This initiative has three core components, i.e., creating digital infrastructure, delivering services digitally, and increasing digital literacy. Each of these components can potentially create several opportunities for the global services industry, across India-based and multinationals firms. Digital India offers four key opportunity areas for companies:

Banks finally welcome cloud computing cover

“One of the big challenges is the capital risk models that must be maintained according to regulatory demands. Banking CIOs must make that part of the opex rather than the capex,” an international banking CIO says of the increasing regulatory demands placed on banks which has created a demand for cloud technology in the sector. Regulatory demands don’t show many signs of a let-up, though Sir John Vickers, who was appointed to head the Independent Commission on Banking inquest, recently accused the Bank of England of being too light on the financial services industry. Though there have been numerous extensions to the Basel III accord, its BCBS 2329 regulates the principles of data aggregation. This means CIOs and their organisations have a responsibility to be accountable for the data they hold and who the data owners are.

CIOs lack faith in IT’s ability to meet digital demands of business

Many lack faith in the ability of the IT underpinning their organisation to support such a speedy product release cycle, with 68% raising concerns about the pressure this will put on their existing infrastructure and staff. This, in turn, could have dire consequences for the customer satisfaction they can deliver, and their brand reputation, according to 69% of respondents. Nigel Moulton, CTO for EMEA at VCE, told Computer Weekly that the survey highlight a difference in opinion between the IT department and the wider business about IT’s abilities. “When we looked at the CIO and the estimation of their IT organisation, they tended to be more critical of its capabilities than the business leaders were,” he said.

Red Hat's open source success story built on killing complexity in IT

What used to be a matter of "helping [customers] carve out costs" has become a matter of "building new architectures." I don't personally feel OpenStack has the same resonance as things like Docker, though Red Hat begs to differ, but the general point is correct: Open source increasingly drives innovation, and as more developers pile into open source, the complexity quotient keeps rising. ... The challenge for any would-be open source vendor is two-fold: First, they need to stop trying to exclusively sell whatever project they first developed. Second, they need to stop selling software and instead sell subscription services around the software they corral. This sounds simple, but in practice virtually no open source company follows both of these principles.

Organizations Confirm Big Time Need for Real-time Data

In the midst of all the technology innovation, data scientists and architects still suffer similar challenges of the past. Slow data loading is perhaps one of the most prevalent. With increasing volumes, it simply becomes harder to ingest and store new data. Legacy data architectures based on disk drives or single server systems simply cannot meet today’s performance needs. Slow queries also pose a challenge for similar reasons that disk-oriented and single node systems quickly reach a limit on performance. The lack of concurrency, otherwise known as multi-tasking, further inhibits what older systems can handle. Ideally you have fewer data systems that can handle more types of workloads and models to simplify infrastructure and reduce costs.

Restaurant waitlisting app NoWait rolls out mobile payments

Now that the company has established a large enough business customer base and consumer user base, it’s been expanding what’s possible on its platform. For example, it more recently rolled out a way for diners to privately rate their experience and for restaurants to respond, instead of turning to Yelp. With mobile payments, NoWait is looking to close the loop between the restaurant and consumer, explains CEO Ware Sykes. The company has already been testing payments in its hometown of Pittsburgh, and early results are promising, the CEO claims. “Restaurants are seeing faster table turns, servers are seeing substantially higher tips, and consumers save five to ten minutes at the end of the meal,” he says.

Hybrid cloud: The smart person's guide

In optimal deployments, hybrid cloud provides the best of both worlds of computing. Public cloud providers offer the ability to instantly provision computing resources on demand, without the extensive upfront costs and time needed to build on-premises solutions. The private cloud component delivers information quickly, and does not rely on internet connectivity to operate — an important consideration as ISPs consolidate, and struggle to provide service. Having a private cloud component provides peace of mind; with an on-premises server, a disruption to internet connectivity will not bring your business to a complete standstill. Cost is a substantial factor for many organizations. For industries with seasonal or variable workloads, assembling a private cloud to handle normal workloads while relying on public cloud providers to handle burst workloads can be a budget-friendly IT strategy.

How To Handle A Zero-Day Attack - From Lawyers

When it comes to analyzing or even manipulating the data, try to avoid using any custom code. It’s going to be much easier for all concerned if you use products and methods that can be easily reproduced, even if a clever AWK script with some APL matrices would be more elegant. Any settings and parameters for the apps and databases used in your analysis should be recorded in your journal entries, and use screenshots liberally to substantiate the details.  Of course, anyone with an interest in the outcome of the case should not be analyzing, let alone manipulating, data. Typically, this means consultants should be doing all the data crunching. Make sure that the consultant has no investments in your company or the opposing party, and that your contract with them contains no incentives or bonus payments for specific outcomes.

Dealing with digital disruption in Africa

“No African company can afford to face these kinds of changes without having some kind of digital strategy,” Southwood said. “But this kind of strategy is to some large extent going to be reactive whereas the smarter corporations will begin to make innovation a core part of their business so that they help disruptive start-ups launch and invest in them so that they know how to shape their businesses in the future.” Regulations could also pose a challenge to disruption. Southwood gave the example of mobile money in Kenya and Nigeria. In Kenya, mobile money was allowed to operate until the regulatory bodies understood its implications. “But by the time Nigeria drew up its m-money regulatory framework, it insisted that the banks - not the mobile operators - were formally responsible for offering the services. If disruption threatens powerful players in the economy,

0 Bugs Policy

Bugs that were opened during the development of a new feature. If you are working in Scrum for example (or any other agile iterative methodology), these are the “in sprint” bugs that were found for the new user story you are currently implementing. These kinds of bugs must be fixed right away, otherwise the story/feature is not really DONE, and you are violating a basic agile rule saying that: DONE is DONE is DONE; which means, the story/feature is really completed, only after it was fully tested and approved by the product owner. No loose ends. If this concept is not crystal clear, than we need to go back for agile basics, but that is another article…

Could the Internet of Things morph into the Abandonment of Things?

As developers, we understand that even the simplest of IoT products represents a significant investment. They contain embedded software to make the thing work, server side applications to process messages or send out alerts, databases for maintaining user accounts, iOS and Android mobile apps for controlling devices from your reclining chair, and more. There are license fees for software libraries, too. I can understand the underlying economic reason for leaving the past behind, but in this connected age, before you arbitrarily put a bullet through your products and applications, you’d best provide a soft landing for the people who paid for the privilege of using them.

Quote for the day:

"To improve is to change, so to be perfect is to have changed often." -- Winston Churchill,

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