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Month: February 2019

10 Reasons Latin America Should Be Your Next Nearshore Outsourcing Destination

Need a good reason to outsource your software development project to Latin America? We’ll give you 10! Latin America’s broad landscape of opportunities for nearshore outsourcing brings with it a multitude of benefits beyond just price and proximity. With over 30 years of experience in the tech space, PSL knows a thing or two about outsourcing and nearshoring software development projects. We know that choosing where to outsource your IT software projects is definitely a decision that requires quite a bit of consideration. That’s why we’re more than happy to help you spot a few aspects that might’ve flown under your radar. Here are 10 reasons why Latin America is the place to go when it comes to outsourcing software development. NEARSHORE SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT | OFFSHORE OUTSOURCING CENTER

1. Latin America is worth the extra $$ On average, blended rates in Latin America are 10-20% higher than India or China. But as we’ve mentioned, the sticker price isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. If you were to compare the cost of larger, more experienced firms in Asia to those in Latin America, you might find that the rates are actually lower! Besides, the real value becomes more obvious when you consider the next 9 reasons to choose Latin America as your nearshore option. 2. Latin America’s value lies in time-zone proximity​ When you think of IT outsourcing projects, you’re probably thinking about agile or scrum methodologies. Agile delivers software faster, in part, because written communication tends to be replaced by conversations about requirements—conversations you can’t have with a team that’s asleep while you’re awake. When does agile work best? When both teams can work in real-time or near real-time, so you need an outsourced team close to your time zone. 3. Latin America is a great cultural fit​ Culture is a tricky thing to navigate, especially when the difference is significant. As opposed to vendors in Asia, Latin America’s culture is much closer to that of the US and enables better collaboration. Workers in Latin America feel confident enough to push back or raise flags when something isn’t going well, admit mistakes and address issues before they get out of hand, as well as disagree or propose improvements as they see fit. [READ MORE: Intercultural Communications: How Does Culture Complicate Communication?] 4. Latin America means reduced flight times​ Speaking of culture, in our experience, nothing helps bridge the gap between an in-house and an outsourced team better than on site visits. However, if you have to fly for up to 18 hours, it’s not only an incredibly tiring experience but a costly one too! Visiting a software development partner in Latin America can take one day (back and forth) at most and is much more affordable than going halfway around the world. NEARSHORE SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT | OFFSHORE OUTSOURCING CENTER 5. Latin America’s creativity-driven culture​ As neighbors, North and Latin America share a lot in terms of aesthetics, culture and even taste in movies, music and art. These, no doubt, manifest in our GUI and UX designs, and fit in with American products seamlessly. Additionally, countries like Colombia and Argentina are known for their creative prowess in advertisement, game design and other creative endeavors. 6. Latin America is Agile​ When it comes to fast, cheaper and lower risk software delivery, nothing beats agile. Latin America, more than any other region outside the US, has adopted agile software development which makes it a strong competitor in the IT outsourcing world. Additionally, due to our proximity, Latin American universities have been influenced academically by the US and push agile as the preferred method to develop software. 7. Latin America’s experience in software development​ It’s been a trying journey for Latin American companies to learn to make good software. For many years, the region was closed off to software imports, which meant that large companies had to develop their own banking cores, ERPs, CRMs, and any other product they needed to run a business. This resulted in a heightened awareness of customer needs and experience, and, consequently, customer-oriented software products

8. Latin America’s significantly lower churn rates The problem with attrition is you face having to recruit and train more people as others move on. This is not only time-consuming but elevates costs every time a team member needs to be replaced. But, because Latin America has a significantly lower employee churn rate (11-16% a year to India’s 25-30%), an outsourced project in the region could benefit from greater stability, productivity and savings. 9. Latin America is safer than ever​ A couple of decades ago, thinking twice about outsourcing Latin America might’ve been reasonable. But nowadays, Latin America’s political landscape is much more stable and safer. Colombia, for instance, rose from a highly publicized era of drug violence to a rising star in Latin America, as well as an innovation hub. While basic safety precautions still need to be taken against petty theft, the only real risk you run is “wanting to stay.” 10. Latin Americans exhibit a strong work ethic​ We’ve mentioned the importance of culture before, but Latin Americans’ strong work ethic can’t be overstated. Yes, we party hard, but we also work very hard. It’s part of our culture to have a strong sense of loyalty, purpose, and pride in our work, so it’s not uncommon to see a deployed team burning the midnight oil to meet a deadline for their client. For more info: https://www.pslcorp.com/ PSL CORP – USA

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Free Online Marketing Tools

Free Online Marketing Tools refers to any online software or portal that can be used to create, build, manage and promote an online business within the Internet marketing arena. It is true to say that almost every job completed by any piece of software could actually be done by hand. The software is typically designed to automate the process and therefore save considerable time for the user. I decided to create an online business using only free online marketing tools and resources from around the Internet.

I began by making a list of all the tools I expected I would need to create a professional looking website that would be attractive and easy for my visitors to navigate. I had already researched my subject matter and considered that my new website would be reasonably unique, although that is not necessary as the Internet provides such a huge market. I had in mind to begin with such tools as an HTML editor, a WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) utility that would allow me to create source code, not just for a complete website but any little snippets I might require along the way. I would also need a decent image editor, or maybe more than just one, to create the unique visual effects that would add the attractive qualities to my website. I found a quality meta tag generator, a favicon maker, a button generator, text editor and one or two other free online marketing tools and I was good to go.

Now I’m ready to introduce one of the greatest free online marketing tools of them all! I decided to present my new website in Blog format. There are many reasons I chose to do that. There was a time when blogs looked very basic and uninspiring, but they served a purpose and the search engined loved them, as they were typically updated with new information often on a daily basis. Nowadays, with new updates, choice of skins and a plethora of plug-ins that will do almost anything, blogs can look much the same as regular websites, but they are easier to update, and the search engines still love them. Of the blog platforms available I chose WordPress, because of the high levels of versatility and support, and proceeded to download the latest version. WordPress boast a 5 minute installation for their blog software, and I can verify that is all it takes.

Within 5 minutes I had uploaded the blog software to my vacant domain, albeit a bare and uninteresting website, but I was ready and keen to begin work on the creative aspects of building my site.. The process that would, I hoped, set it apart from the rest. I perused the hundreds of different themes available for the WordPress platform, and in keeping with my desire to build my online business using free online marketing tools only, I chose a gorgeous free theme, the layout of which I considered would suit my needs perfectly.

Typically, when writing posts to a blog, they will appear ‘on top’ only until you write your next post. And therefore your latest post will always be the first to be seen by visitors. However, I wanted to write an introduction to my website that would stay there, above the fold, and guess what? I was able to find a WordPress plug-in that would do just that for me and keep my introduction post ‘sticky’ and always in full view. I took my time with that first introduction post, making sure it was informative, attractive and using images created using another of the free online marketing tools.. my favorite image editor.

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Can A City Be Smart?

Here is a rhyming query: How smart can a smart city be? As smart as Songdo? Or as smart as the proposed traffic controls in Amaravati? Forget London, New York, San Francisco and Paris for a moment. Will it be as smart as the ones being planned in Kuala Lumpur and Smart City Iskandar Malaysia?

If you think that sounds corny, think again. All these cities are in the global smart city sweepstakes. Songdo, in South Korea, was the world’s first smart city and Amaravati in Andhra Pradesh, India, is being built from the ground up to be the country’s first futuristic, hyper-connected and Singapore-supported smart city. There are about 1,000 cities worldwide, including 100 in India and 500 in China, that want to be “smart” — and as soon as possible, beefed up by stupendous investments.

Here are some stupendous numbers, for a start. International Data Corp (IDC) forecasts that global investments in the technologies that enable smart-city initiatives will reach US$80 billion this year. By 2021, that spending will cross US$135 billion, according to the first IDC Worldwide Semi-Annual Smart Cities Spending Guide, released in February.

Research firm MarketsandMarkets says the global market for smart cities will jump from US$425 billion in 2017 to US$1.2 trillion by 2022 — seeing a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 23% during the period — due mainly to rapid telecommunications connectivity and hyper-urbanisation.

San Francisco-headquartered Grand View Research reports that the smart-city marketplace will skyrocket to US$2.57 trillion by 2025, registering a CAGR of 18.4% between now and then. “Rising demand for smart-city solutions is anticipated to be driven by factors such as a growing urban population, the need to better manage limited natural resources and an increasing focus on environmental sustainability,” says the firm.

What is smart?

What is a smart city? Mark Deakin, author of From Intelligent to Smart Cities, defines a smart city as one that utilises information communications technology (ICT) to meet the demands of the market, which comprises the citizens of the city. “Community involvement in the process is necessary for a smart city. A smart city would thus be one that not only possesses ICT in particular areas but has also implemented the technology in a manner that positively impacts the local community,” writes Deakin.

IDC defines smart cities as those that attain digital transformation in an urban ecosystem to meet environmental, financial and social outcomes. A smart city begins to be developed when multiple smart or intelligent initiatives are coordinated to leverage technology investments across an entire city, use common platforms to decrease service time or maintenance costs, share data across systems and tie IT investments clearly to smart missions.

“Smart cities have evolved from a collection of discrete flagship projects to a sizeable market opportunity that will drive significant tech investments in 2018 and beyond. Strategic priorities include intelligent transport, data-driven public safety and resilient energy and infrastructure,” says Serena Da Rold, programme manager for customer insights and analysis at IDC.

The smart city concept covers sectors such as healthcare, transport, assisted living, security and utilities. “Their implementation varies from city to city due to technological penetration in specific regions. A high amount of initial financial investments, the need for consolidation of different departments and sectors and a lack of a systemic approach may threaten industry growth. Nevertheless, the market is set to grow at a rapid rate in the coming years, driven by the industries’ renewed interest, availability of technology and all-inclusive participation of industry stakeholders,” notes Grand View Research.

Which geographies lead in smart-city implementation? The US is the largest market with a total spend of US$22 billion this year, reports IDC. China is rapidly closing the gap and will invest nearly as much — about US$21 billion — on smart-city technologies and integration in 2018 alone.

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China started smart-city pilots way back in 2012 to boost the use of artificial intelligence (AI) and Internet of Things (IoT) technologies in areas such as traffic management, law enforcement and energy efficiency in public buildings. Management consultancy Deloitte says China aims to nurture 100 new smart cities from 2016 to 2020 to lead the country’s urban planning and development.

Smart Malaysia

China is reaching outside its borders, first to Malaysia. Early this year, Alibaba Group Holding Ltd tied up with Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) and Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) to launch the Malaysia City Brain initiative. The first task: improve KL’s congested traffic flow. The solution will include AI and IoT in due course.

More brainpower is set to come from the Malaysia Tianchi Big Data Programme, also from Alibaba. This will expose big data professionals in the country to best practices and software from around the world to tackle smart-city problems. The aim? Incubate 500 data professionals and 300 start-ups in two years in Malaysia by collaborating with Alibaba Cloud’s Tianchi global community, which has 120,000 developers from 77 countries and regions.

In November 2017, the world’s first e-commerce platform outside China — the Digital Free Trade Zone (DFTZ) — was announced by the Malaysian government and Alibaba. Malaysia-headquartered Fusionex International plc will provide the big-data engine. “The DFTZ brings together a multitude of key parties, including trade facilitation firms, e-marketplace players, government agencies, logistics providers, freight forwarders and small and medium enterprises,” said Fusionex Founder and CEO Ivan Teh.

Smart-city projects are also popping up in Johor. The Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA) has teamed up with Mimos Bhd to develop smart technologies to be deployed in Kulai and Sedenak. IRDA has also signed a memorandum of understanding with the SAS Institute to design and deploy the Iskandar Malaysia Urban Observatory — a one-stop centre to collect and analyse data for a smart-city rollout.

KL made the list in the 2017 Smart Cities Index by Europe-based EasyPark Group, which offers smart car-park services in 600 cities. The firm listed 19 criteria, including smartphone penetration, smart traffic sensors, 4G connectivity, parking options and car-sharing apps. The study analysed 500 cities and ranked the top 100. “To round off the study, we asked 20,000 technology and urban planning journalists for their expert opinion on how the cities where they have lived are moving with the curve of digitalisation,” said the firm.

The top six smartest cities? Copenhagen, Singapore, Stockholm, Zurich, Boston and Tokyo — in that order. Taipei was ranked No 57, Hong Kong No 68, Beijing No 81, Kuala Lumpur No 84 and Shanghai No 85. “Big data has changed the face of the world as we know it because it allows us to create better solutions to real-world problems. Every city on this index deserves to be applauded for its efforts. While the results indicate those cities that are leaps and bounds ahead, it also brings to attention the admirable efforts of many cities looking forward to a smart future,” says Mauritz Börjeson, chief big data officer at EasyPark Group.

Last month, Intel Corp commissioned Juniper Research to rank 20 cities in terms of smartness measured by IoT integration and interconnected services in mobility, healthcare, public safety and productivity. Singapore was ranked No 1, followed by London, New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Seoul, Berlin, Tokyo, Barcelona and Melbourne.

The Big S

The big S in “Smartness” is security, points out management consultancy McKinsey & Co. Cities will never be 100% secure, nor can they avoid dangers entirely. But they can be resilient in the face of a wide range of stresses and shocks by making the right investments, in both the physical and cyber domains, to prepare for crises, react to restore normalcy and learn from and adapt to the new status quo.

“While city leaders tend to have a solid understanding of the physical threats facing them — from earthquakes to terrorism — their understanding of how to mitigate against cyberrisks is often spottier. Building cyberresilience requires a profound shift in the way cyberthreats are dealt with and assets protected — from focusing on breach prevention to understanding that cybersecurity failures will happen, and that quick and efficient recovery capabilities are needed,” notes a McKinsey commentary.

Resilience can make a huge difference in the wake of a cyberattack. “Consider the UK National Health Service, which suffered a ransomware attack last year. But the hospital system had built in enough redundancies, backed up data and stayed on top of software updates. It was able to continue functioning with only a slight delay,” writes Paul Nicholas, a senior director at Microsoft.

“Its resilient data and security practices ensured that it could continue operations even in the face of an attack. On the flipside, a similar attack on several companies across the globe resulted in losses of millions of dollars due to significant business interruption.

Would it be smarter to include climate change into the city’s “smartness” equation? By 2020, half of all smart-city objectives will include climate change, resilience and sustainability factors, says research firm Gartner. Cities are defining new objectives and placing them into tangible programmes. This creates measurable outcomes that meet the targets agreed upon in Paris to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

“With the Horizon 2020 goals of energy efficiency, carbon-emission reductions and renewable energy in mind, many cities in Europe have launched energy sustainability, resource management, social inclusion and community prosperity initiatives. The uptake of ride sharing, electrification of public transport, support infrastructure for e-vehicles and congestion charging for combustion engines — all of those examples are driving cleaner air, producing fewer greenhouse emissions and saving energy while cutting noise levels and improving ambience on streets,” says Bettina Tratz-Ryan, a vice-president of research at Gartner.

What is the prognosis for Malaysia? To be a pioneer and combine “clean” and “green” with “smartness”. Clean, as in reduce, reuse and recycle. Green, as in reforesting denuded areas and being environment and ozone-friendly. And smart, as in an interconnected government, businesses and citizenry. That will be the golden smart triangle.

Plentiful In Best Gardens In Penang

Although Penang is actually certainly not popular for purchasing, one can easily take away some great gifts. One might seek complex inventions as well as hand-made fashion jewelry to professional items like check outs, natural leather bags and also sports apparel. A lot of travelers like to patronize the road-side outlets. If you like mall-hopping, go to Georgetown, the resources of Penang. For very first time buyers, buying in the ‘pasar malam’ or even the evening markets is actually a pretty pleasure-filled knowledge. These markets offer the website visitors a look right into the lifestyle in Penang. best place to visit in penangbest place to visit in penangVisit https://tropicalspicegarden.com/ for more details.

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Exploring Penang is actually consistently interesting. The only warning being actually that you should recognize what to perform certainly there. The isle possesses a listing of touristy presents. You merely must take advantage of all of them. The series of factors to carry out in Penang only shocks one. Being actually amongst the best checked out areas in Malaysia, it possesses one thing for every single website visitor. Possessing a lot traits of traveler worth, it is actually a spot one should certainly not overlook in the course of vacations in Malaysia.

Sightseeing and tour, as just about everywhere, is first point the vacationers to perform. First off, explore the coastlines of the similarity Batu Ferringhi as well as Teluk Bahang. When you possess sufficient of the beach fronts, you head to holy places like Mariamman, Kek Lok Si, Khoo Clan, Quan Yin or even Dhammikarama. Street George Religion, Esplanade as well as Municipal Government are actually a few other excellent spots to explore. Ape playground, flexing over 30 hectares of forested hillsides, is actually fairly prominent amongst youngsters. Those curious about nearby record can see the condition gallery.

You could possibly consistently occupy yourselves in clubs as well as clubs which are plentiful in Best Gardens In Penang. A lot of nightlife locations in Penang lie in Batu Ferringhi. As quickly as the sunlight collections, folks begin thronging these nightlife areas. Many of these areas were actually the moment nightclubs serving the citizens. Along with the development of tourist, the nightclubs, to accommodate the flavor of overseas vacationer, were actually repaired as western side design clubs. Nevertheless, a few of these are actually created in classic type, dealing with the demands of the citizens. Pulau Tikus ranges very most classic design nightclubs.

Penang is actually understood for great tasting local area meals. You would certainly discover hawkers in each component of Penang providing typical meals. A lot of all of them provide dishes modified to Western side choices. Thus if you intend to obtain the genuine local area flavor, talk to the chef certainly not to Westernize the planning. You can head to spots like Char Kway Teow, Lor Bak, Tau Sah Piah as well as Penang Laksa for taking pleasure in conventional hawker food items.

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