Data Integration Tools

We do have some powerful breeds of search and data management tools to help us make sense of unstructured data. Text search tools like SOLR, Elastic Search, Amazon CloudSearch and 3RDi Search are few examples that help to organize amorphous text data so common in today’s business. These tools are equipped with an array of powerful text mining features that are designed for faster and more accurate analysis of unstructured data. Let’s take a quick tour of the tools on a high level. Let’s take a quick tour of the tools on a high level.

Solr and Elastic Search, both are based on Lucene that provides advanced search capabilities and the ability to grow as needed. These are open source licenses. Solr indexing with advanced pre-processing support includes tokenization as well as query support feature, along with spell-checking and highlighting. It efficiently searches for the subsets of the documents, and at the same time, implements full search and faceted search. Elastic Search stores documents in JSON format and the text fields are indexed. This doesn’t require scheme specification prior to loading the documents, as it detects the document structure from JSON documents directly. Support Services and add-ons development are available for both SOLR and Elastic search.

Amazon cloud based search is a managed service from AWS. The search services can be setting up AWS management console. Searchable documents can be managed in guidance to the common configuration.

The 3RDi Search – the technological innovation from The Digital Group – signifies the launch of a whole new growth of rich possibilities in the data centric world. It’s an open source infrastructure and truly a one-stop solution for all search and associated needs. It’s compatible with all major semantic enrichment frameworks and provides the full spectrum of domain expertise across most domains, verticals and locales.

Enterprise Content Management (ECM)

Scope of ECM

ECM saves the unstructured information in all forms, securely. It is compatible with most of the file types, including image files, email, office productivity suites, and more. When large volume content becomes critical to manage then a defined ECM plan can eliminate the operational inefficiencies. It simplifies storage, security, process mapping, and maintenance. Improved efficiency, better control, and reduced costs are the advantages for the business of every type.

With digital archiving, document management and workflow, it combines the search, capture, and networking of documents. So, how ECM is different from simple content management system? Unlike other applications, ECM is cognizant of the operations and processes of the enterprise it has been created for.

ECM focuses more on Business-to-Employee (B2E) systems. It evolves with an emergent of any new entity or component. For example, each use of the application generates new metadata for content, to some extent automatically. The system can configure new filters depending on the information for ‘how’ and ‘when’ people use ‘which’ type of content. Therefore, new search, routing, semantic networks, retention-rule decisions, corporate taxonomies, and pathways are created to foster the decision-making process. It consists of five components defined as Capture, Manage, Store, Preserve, and Deliver. Although ECM combines all the components, they can also be used as stand-alone systems without being integrated into an extensive enterprise system.

Methods of ECM

  • On-premises. ECM is developed as traditional software which different companies implement on their networks. In this case, each individual company maintains and manages both the ECM application and network storage devices. It is highly customizable to cater to the individual company needs.
  • SaaS. With software-as-a-service (SaaS), instead of deploying software on an in-house network, employees access to the documents and applications online. Also known as cloud computing, SaaS is widely promoting the use of ECM in business operations. The company doesn’t require buying any hardware, database, servers or configuring applications. Instead, the company can trade the capital for enhancing the storage capabilities and monthly operating expenses, which can grow exponentially with the content requirement.
  • Hybrid. In some case, the company combines both On-premises Software and SaaS to simplify the information exchange followed by acquisition. This is used when a company wants to manage its own ECM On-premises and also wants to provide an ease of access along with SaaS model. The hybrid method becomes imperative if both the technologies are provided by the same vendor to ensure the features and interface are in fine tune.

If you are thinking of designing the ECM for your business, it is vital to seek the expert assistance. With rich experience in development, the experts can help in bringing order to the complex business functions.

Become The Boss Of Augmented Reality Services

Check your options

Well it depends a lot on the kind of stream you are venturing into. Just because AR and VR are trending doesn’t necessarily mean that they can invade all streams. This is why you need to understand the stream, the utility of AR and VR apps and then decide whether or not to suggest your client go for it. Look for the possible alternatives, do feasibility and a cost analysis and then decide. If your client really wants to adopt AR and VR solutions, try to think of the best ways by which you can tap the most of this modern technology.

You do not always have to be too flashy

While we understand that ‘think outside the box’ is a very engaging concept, sometimes straight and simple works best too. For instance, Mandiri with WWF didn’t go for too much creativity or innovation banking. They made a simple gamified experience for their banking clients and made remarkable use of augmented reality. It worked wonders for them.

So, think of the possible ways by which you can use AR and VR and get something constructive out of it. This should work the trick.

Always hit at the utility factor. Remember, you need to make things productive and the utility value needs to be high. It is important because if you do not spot any use, it won’t really serve the need. If you want to champion the AR and VR field, you need to give something constructive to the end users.

Use Magento Translation Modules

Not Every Internet User Knows English

Though English has its reach in all parts of the world, only one out of two people know it. Languages like French, Spanish and Arabic are also popular and have a good amount of share. So, getting a Magento Language switcher of even of these languages will expand its reach in multiple folds.

Embrace a Wallet Savvy Way of Branding

A multilingual website is a pocket-friendly way of marketing your business internationally. When you expand the limits of your website with a magento 2 language switcher, it communicates with a larger mass. Such interaction with a huge customer base will help your store to get recognition. When you further plan to expand your business outside your region, you can encase this communication as cost effective marketing.

Lot of Unique Customers

When your website pushes the regional limits of your business and go cross country, it reaches new users. These new users are unique and give you an opportunity to showcase your products with an international image. Thus, it becomes easy for you to convert them into a customer.

Get High ROI

A Magento Language Switcher does not cost you as much as it brings ROI for you. You spend for once and install the extension for your webstore. This one time investment will get you more customers and that too, for a long time. Addition of every language increases the potential to add 100% more sales.

Have a Customer Focused Business

When your web store deals only in a single language, it becomes region centric. But when you use a Magento Language Pack for your store, it becomes customers centric. This way of business operations helps your webstore to be more customer friendly and attractive to new regions.

Practice Management System

What are the responsibilities of your staff?

  1. Custom Benchmarking – Establish benchmarks for your practice based on the performance of other practices of your size, specialty or geographic regions.
  2. Applied Network Learning – By monitoring the network of providers, will get to know what helps your practice to thrive and can implement those tactics at your organization.
  3. Proactive Reviews and Coaching – Use specific medical practice management metrics to track your success, and analyze trends in your practice to pinpoint ways to increase collections, improve office efficiency and more.
  4. Visibility into our Entire Network – We can track the performance of practices throughout by network. Have the ability to share the best practices for practice management. This transparency produces real-time understanding about your performance. This way, be able to track your progress and quickly make improvements.

Practice Management Services that align with your success

Getting the providers to pay is not just the task, rather than charging a substantial monthly or software fee. Any billing company can directly invest in your success by charging a small percentage of collections.

As a plan to self-regulate a medical practice’s revenue cycle, the right practice management system (PMS) is the key to achieving the potential efficiencies offered by electronic transitions and workflows. Medical billing software usually automates and streamlines practice’s administrative and billing functions. PMS software should typically have the ability to capture patient demographics, schedule appointments; should also be able to pre-register patients and determine patient financial responsibility for collections at the point of care. Should also maintain insurance payer lists, perform billing and generate reports.

The cloud-based practice management service will have your financial well-being in mind. There are low up-front costs (no paying for software licenses, installations or upgrades). There is no fee for disruptive updates. It is an easy transition without any need of costly add-on modules.

Intelligent, Streamlined Practice Management Services

A smart, streamlined workflow is essential for any medical practice. Choosing and integrating an appropriate, well supported PMS can be daunting. Choose a billing company that delivers a 5-stage workflow for staff to swiftly move through patient visits, with efficiencies from check-in through check-out. When administrative workflows smoothly, providers can focus on the patient in front of them. The information about the patient is collected up front in the practice management workflow so the claims go out as cleanly as possible, and it takes up less time for the billing process. Thus, when administrative workflows smoothly, providers can focus on the patient in front of them.

Tech Support For Business

Everything from web hosting, DNS, cloud email and even the systems running web infrastructure (WordPress etc) require constant maintenance, assistance and support.

This is generally not covered by the large tech support providers, leading a number of “smaller” providers to fill the gap.

The scope is simple – if you have a problem with WordPress, Microsoft Azure, Exchange, Office, Photoshop or any other software service provider, there are a number of ways to get the fixes provided by a support company.

The difference is that the majority of support companies do NOT deal with code – only surface-level issues which are generally fixable by looking at tutorials online. In fact, it’s not uncommon to find companies just relying other [third party] information to help resolve clients’ problems.

To this end, if you have issues installing & customizing WordPress themes, managing inventory in Shopify, fixing Javascript errors, ensuring that web servers are set up properly, fixing issues with domain names, etc – there are presently *no* providers to provide this level of granularity, even for a cost.

This is where a number of “software” centric support providers started to provide services – giving companies & people the opportunity to get their entire digital infrastructure running as smoothly as possible with the provision of underlying software-level support.

The underpin to all of this is that there’s a “grey area” between where many “support” companies operate, and what clients end up needing.

This grey area has only grown in the past 5+ years, due to the increased importance of different “cloud” centric technologies, most notably Microsoft’s move forward with Azure and its accompanying services.

The “technology” business is undergoing a period of change. Soon, “software” will ALL be considered “services” – meaning that you’ll have apps for the likes of Amazon, YouTube and Evernote directly on your desktop – reducing the necessity of the web browser from a “do all” tool to simply an information consumption device.

Whilst this doesn’t matter, what it shows is that the “market” is moving towards a completely software/service centric model.

Thus, we get a number of businesses who end up in a curious position.

They may need their digital infrastructure managed, maintained and supported… but presently have no provider in a position to help.

It might sound trivial… but things such as how to get Evernote set up in the most effective way, designing & implementing effective systems with Zapier, or building out a strong spreadsheet for new businesses on Google Docs… no provider has the ability to go to such lengths to ensure that companies are running their digital infrastructure as smoothly or effectively in the “new” cloud era.

  • The “older” providers are too focused on hardware implementation / “infrastructure” level problems… new providers typically focus on menial issues with the likes of iPhones, Android and other tools.
  • The “software” centric provider gives users the ability to maintain this infrastructure as effectively as possible – essentially providing a shoulder for many businesses / consumers to lean on if they have *any* issues with their systems.

Both providers work in a similar way (providing “online” support staff, contactable via email, livechat or phone – and “offline” support dealing with localized fixes) – the difference lies in the effectiveness they bring to the work.

Software centric providers generally have much more experience of the different software tools for users. For example, they may have a particular way that WordPress is set up – or some Photoshop trick to ensure the best work.

This is what has lead many companies to begin looking at them as a means to ensure their growth.

Evolution of Marketing Automation

Fortunately, from radio to internet and smart-phones, nowadays technology has revolutionized the ways marketers can reach to their potential customers. But, back then in the late 50’s, with almost no effective marketing channel, companies were finding it challenging to approach a huge customer base.

This is how automation technology came into existence. It has traced its origins back from a Customer Relationship Management or CRM that came out of Rolodexes and a pack of business cards. It acted as a rescuer for the companies who were endeavoring to maintain their employees and client’s records into a central knowledge group. But, in no course of time, it became the fundamental business element and started finding its applications in professional business services as well.

During the late 1980s, CRM platforms had gained more power in terms of customer support servicing, sales management, and forecasting. But, the high price tag kept it confined to few multinational corporations.

In 1999, Mark Benioff, the founder of Salesforce, invented the Monthly Licence (MLC) fee model, with aiming to offer cost-effective and agile business model, that further introduced SaaS or Software as a Service. And in contrast, this technology evolved out as an amalgam of email capability, web analytics, and the Marketing Resource Management (MRM). With the advent of the internet, marketers were seeking potential ways to reach their customers. The pioneer of this space Eloqua came in 1999 and developed a product, later renowned as automated marketing service in 2003.

Soon, the success of this trend led to the arrival of more players in the market such as Pardot, HubSpot, WhatsNexx etc, and industry started gaining momentum while shifting marketing automation services to cloud platforms.

By 2008, new platforms such as HubSpot, Act-On, ruled the market, and the advent of social media marketing, content management, search engine optimization made marketers incorporating a variety of automation tools.

In the period 2013-2014, the automation industry witnessed a huge growth financially through acquisitions when a giant marketing software company ExactTarget acquired a marketing automation company Pardot for $95.5 million and in turn, salesforce.com spent $2.5 billion to acquire ExactTarget, This is recorded as its largest acquisition ever.

I found people wondering if CRM and marketing automation co-exists. In fact, few consider the later as a subset of the CRM industry which follows one of the marketing laws suggested by Al Ries and Jack Trout. To clarify, CRM is sales focused software while the other is user-centric software that completely focuses on marketing strategy. Where a CRM manages company’s interactions with their customers, a automation software streamlines company’s marketing tasks, and work-flows. However, these two, together, go hands in hand and reinforce company’s insights and efficiencies. A good CRM-marketing automation integration unleashes an opportunity to handle data management and strategies marketing plans.

It can filter relevant data and required fields to standardize tagging and data, and ideal processes. Also, it can run auto-cleaning processes to clean the dumped data in a CRM system. Businesses utilizing automation software have witnessed an incredible growth of 451% in qualified leads and 14.5% in sales productivity as well as 12.2% marketing overhead reduction. We can conclude by saying that the future of marketing completely belongs to Marketing Automation.

About Business Analysis and World of Indicators

Measurements and business analysis are closely linked. If we can’t measure something, we really don’t know whether we performed well or something needs to be improved. At the same time, let me warn, everything that should be measured can’t be measured, and same time everything we measure, are not necessarily worth measuring.

I have seen umpteen organizations who measure wrong things and then create trouble for themselves. That’s another topic for discussion. Today, let me try to explain how these terms related to each other and where to use what.

The very first outer universe that you can think of is indicators. Everything that we will discuss now is essentially a subset of indicators.

So what’s an indicator? In simple terms, an indicator indicates something that is of interest to stakeholders. All of us know traffic light indicator which tells you whether should move or you should stop.

Moving away from pure indicator which does not have a numeric value, we could start looking at providing a numeric value to the indicator. That’s when we call it as a metrics.

For example, we could say our profitability is 25%. This indicates that it’s a healthy profit margin that the organization is making. Metrics are measurable indicators.

Next comes is among the metrics which ones are key indicators or key performance indicators. An organization may have hundreds of metrics that it collects over a period of time, but not all metrics are equal.

Some metrics are critical to the operation of the business and must be monitored very closely. That’s what we will call it as a key performance indicator. For example, the cash in the bank is a great KPI for any organization to monitor. If you run very low on cash, then your business can stop.

Now, what’s a scorecard? A scorecard typically provides a combined performance indicator using multiple KPIs. We can create a performance scorecard for a department where we include key performance expectations that we are expecting from the organization.

A balanced scorecard is one which is balanced with respect to different perspectives, such as financial perspective, people perspective, process perspective and customer perspective. It is also balanced with respect to past performances and likely future performances.

In my personal experiences, most organizations build balanced scorecard at an organization or enterprise level than building it at the system level. Metrics and KP are typically used at the processor system level. However, these are not iron cast and you may be able to use any of this at any level.

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WordPress Staging Revealed

Well, we need this feature for many different reasons. They all are described here -Testing the Site – The most important reason is related to testing of the site. When a website is made, the owner wants all the things to be completed, and thus a testing is required before the implementation of it on the professional level. So, it is a very important feature to provide all the testing functions.  Verification – This is a term associated with testing. After previewing all the content,function of the site, you can show it up to the world, as you have done all the verification during the section. This will be helpful for you to check the site’s overall functions. Error checking – Well, you can make small/big any sort of mistakes, whom you may not be able to consider while making any site. But using this function, you can easily eliminate errors, in case they occurred. Updation – For updation purpose also, this feature is especially helpful. This makes it really easy for you to see your site from every aspect, and change the things wherever necessary. Thus the updation becomes one of the key elements of this feature.

Here I will let you know about the testings that you can perform using this feature – Test Plug-Ins – The very first thing to test in the site are the plug-Ins. So, the feature provides plugin testing options, where you can check the different plugins on the website. Test Themes – The different themes applied to the site can also be tested. Themes are really important for any site’s reputation. So, you should check your site’s theme properly before launching it.  Custom code – Management of Custom Code snippets is really a necessary thing right! Well, not to worry when you are using the feature, because you can easily manage the things out there.

It creates an exact copy of your real site on any other server, normally known as WP Staging servers. From there you can develop your site, add/edit/eliminate content/functions to it, and update the changes before finalizing and launching of the website.

In another way to notice, you get a complete assurance that your site is fully checked, and functions well on every aspect. In this way, the overall operations is done.

Koala-App Is Pretty Awesome

Fast forward to present time, and I couldn’t imagine my life without Koala. I actually had to write plain CSS for a quick project a little while ago, and it was the most painful experience ever. It was a grim reminder of what life would be like without a pre-processor. As for JavaScript, with performance ever on the brain, you would have to be crazy not to compile your scripts down to one, and minify that. That’s just easy bandwidth to save. To do both of these things, you need a compiler.

There are quite a bit of compilers out there in the world, some are command line, and some have a GUI. Personally, command line compilers can be a little annoying to get up and going, as you have to learn commands. If I can find a good program with a GUI, I’m going to use it, for sure. The more visual approach is a welcome site when you are trying to focus on bigger problems, like your project that the program is supposed to be helping you create. Though, it does look cool typing commands into a command prompt, I’m not gonna lie.

Koala is a great compiler with a very easy to use GUI. It can do quite a few things for you including: compile SASS/LESS, compile Compass, compile CoffeeScript, compile and minify Javascript.

Getting it set up is a breeze. Once the app opens, you can easily tell it what folder to watch. After that, it automatically detects all of the valid files that it knows how to compile. Simply click on one of those files, and a set of options opens up.

For instance, let’s take a SASS file. Whenever you click on a SASS file, you get quite a few options. The most convenient one would have to be auto compile; this option makes sure your compiled SASS stays up to date after every save. You can also choose to generate a source map along with the compiled CSS for easy debugging. Autoprefix is a life saver; one little checkbox and you never have to worry about prefixing a bunch of CSS properites. Lastly, you can choose to minify the compiled CSS, which is always helpful.

There aren’t as many options with JavaScript, besides minifying the script, which is useful. Other than that, you can use special comment code within the script itself to tell Koala to pull in other scripts. It’s pretty nifty for combining all of your scripts into a single export. The only downside of the JavaScript compiling is it doesn’t really play nice with frameworks, such as Angular.

In the end, I feel that Koala is a great app that can get you and your project up and running very quickly. All you have to do is install and run the program, tell it where the source files are, and you are off to the races. It’s hard to beat that simplicity.