For as long as there has been copyright law, rightsholders and users have engaged in a pitched battle over how content could be consumed. First, book publishers waged a pitched battle to prevent public libraries from lending books to patrons for free (replacing a fee-based system that had been the standard previously). Later, the Recording Industry Association of America and industry partners tried, albeit unsuccessfully, to stop people from recording music on cassette tapes.
Then, as the digital age dawned – the battle intensified to a whole new level.
On the internet, filesharing services like BitTorrent have turned the swapping of movies, television shows, music, and software into an everyday habit for millions of people around the world. Music fans have replaced cassette (and CD-R) recordings with their favorite mp3 YouTube converter. Publishers have turned their attention to preventing libraries from lending eBooks. It's the same old fights on a new, bigger digital stage.
Meanwhile, legitimate digital services like iTunes, Netflix, and Amazon have helped push digital piracy to record lows. As it turns out, however, the decline may not last too long. The announcement of a whole raft of new streaming services is sparking fears that we're about to see a major escalation in the ongoing war over digital copyright enforcement. It's going to feature new DRM standards and an aggressive attempt at changing copyright laws this time around. Here's an overview of what could be coming for digital consumers, and why it should matter to them.
The Possibility of Fragmentation
Right now, there are several services getting ready to launch that threaten to fragment the online streaming market that Netflix has dominated for some time. Repeated studies on the subject have found that it's quite likely that all of the new services could fuel a massive resurgence of digital piracy in the coming years. The issue is that average users simply aren't willing to spend money on subscriptions to multiple services just to access the content they used to find all in one place. So far, nobody's quite sure how the new services plan to handle the anticipated spike in piracy, but we may have just gotten a big hint from media giant Disney.
A Major Escalation of DRM
They've just confirmed that their new streaming platform, Disney+, is going to feature Google's Widevine DRM solution much like their rival platforms, with one major difference: they're using the highest-level encryption possible to protect their streams. In practice, this means a variety of devices won't work with the service, including most Linux-powered devices and Chromebooks. For consumers, this represents yet another hurdle to overcome if they want to stay on the right side of the law. If the other streaming competitors follow suit – it's about to get a whole lot harder for people to stream the content they want, even if they're willing to pay for it.
A Troubling Update of Copyright Law
At the same time, a new update to the existing copyright laws is making its way through Congress. The CASE act, among other things, would create a three-person panel within the US copyright office that would have the power to hear small copyright violation cases. It's billed as a way for individual content creators to prevent unauthorized digital use of their work – with penalties that can reach as high as $30,000 per infringement. The problem with that is the fact that the law says nothing about who can use the process, which means it's open season for copyright trolls or big rightsholders looking to intimidate vulnerable individual users.
The Bottom Line
Taken together, these two new developments could represent a major shift in digital rights that would change the landscape for digital media consumers everywhere. It would mean that media companies would be free to ignore the possibility that their own actions in the market are leading to a spike in piracy while using the updated law to extract penalties from as many people as their legal teams can identify as potential violators of their copyrights. It would be a system that would fundamentally alter the balance between creators and consumers in the digital space, which could squelch future technology development as well.
It's too soon to tell if that's how things will ultimately turn out, but for anyone concerned about users' digital rights, all signs point to an ominous future ahead – and another dark chapter in the digital war between rightsholders and the real-world users of their content.
When it comes to digital marketing, most SMEs don't go far beyond the basics: SEO, social media, and content creation. Most don't even do it themselves. They find a great agency, hand them the reins, and wait for the customers to roll in. While that does yield good results for most businesses, it also causes many of them to abdicate their primary role in the process, which is providing the customer insight one only gains through direct relationships.
The thing is, though, the movement towards digital platforms has made such direct relationships rarer. They've been replaced with things like emails, customer service chats, and online reviews. That has made it easier for businesses to handle a larger volume of customers with fewer resources. It's also made it harder for businesses to really get to know their customers.
As it turns out, lacking a personal understanding of customers can cripple digital marketing efforts just as much as it did in the age of cold calls and blanket mailers. To combat this modern problem, businesses have two choices: ramp up human, one to one contact, or turn to technology. IBM believes that the latter is the right way to go. That's why they've developed the Watson Personality Insights service. Here are some of the advantages it provides that should have digital businesses begging to make it a core part of their digital marketing efforts.
Supercharging Digital Advertising
Up until now, businesses have approached digital advertising much the same as they did for television and print. It's all about demographics, reach, and timing. The reality is, though, that AI-derived personality insights can enable a kind of ad targeting that nobody could have imagined a few years ago. Imagine delivering an advertisement to specific customers grouped by personality type. Now imagine doing it by allowing an AI solution to comb through text from that customer's social media posts, blog entries, and interactions with the company to figure out what kind of person they are to deliver an ad with the right tone for them. Research has shown that such targeting can double advertising ROI – and Watson can do it for you.
Zeroing in on Customer Behavior
One of the most elusive goals in digital marketing is delivering the right message at the right time to induce specific behavior from customers. That's because getting it right is less about what the company wants, and more about understanding what the customer is likely to do. For example, studies have linked people with neurotic personalities to impulse buying. Through personality insights, a business could detect customers with this likely trait and target them for promotions they won't be able to resist. Watson can tell you who to target, when, and with what kind of sale or promotion. It can also help you identify which customers aren't likely to respond to things like flash sales and limited-time offers so you can target them in other more effective ways.
Choosing the Right Influencers
Today, another critical component of any digital marketing strategy is using social media to spread your business message far and wide. Personality insights can help there, too. Analyzing customer text data can provide critical clues to what kinds of people they identify with and if they're likely to respond to influencers on social media. That can help your business choose influencers that are a good fit for your specific customers, instead of relying on things like follower counts and overall popularity. That's the idea behind Influential.co, which uses the Watson Personality Insights API to perform a detailed analysis of social media posts. The insights gleaned help their customers to identify which social media influencers to work with, and which customers they'll need to target in other ways. Again, it's another advantage that would be impossible without Watson.
Reinventing Customer Understanding
By now, it should be quite clear why Watson-powered personality insights can make such a valuable addition to a business's digital marketing arsenal. In ways large in small, it can provide detailed guidance on what to do to reach each individual customer or group. It also helps to eliminate wasteful marketing spend by preventing campaigns that won't be effective for targeted groups. In the new digital environment, it's reinventing the way businesses can understand their customers. Just like the salesman's instinct of old, Watson provides vital personality clues that can feed a business's bottom line and connect the right people with the right messaging. No modern business should do without it.
Ever since the Great Depression overwhelmed the global economy in the 1930s and forced most of the major democracies to reexamine their methods of providing a social safety net to their populations, various constituencies have been at war over just how to pay for it. Here in the US, that debate began with the New Deal programs of Franklin Roosevelt, ran through Lyndon Johnson's Great Society programs in the 1960s, and continues to this day.
Today, however, as federal deficits grow and the national debt spirals into multiple trillions of dollars – it seems that those who argue in favor of cutting or eliminating such social programs are winning the argument. Projections of the federal budget reveal that social spending is on the decline as a share of GDP, which is a trend set to continue until at least the year 2029. That means that social welfare agencies at all levels, from federal to local, are going to have to start learning to do more with less.
One thing that they have going for them is a raft of new technologies that are helping to streamline social services operations, helping agencies to spend more of their budgets helping people and less on overhead. Here's an overview of some of the ways that's happening.
Social Success in an Unexpected Place
If you're familiar with Sonoma County in California, you likely know it to be a beautiful place dotted with vineyards and picturesque coastal views. It isn't without problems, however. Although going unseen by outsiders, the county does have one of the largest homeless populations of any county of its type nationwide. That problem was magnified by a series of wildfires beginning in 2017, which destroyed homes throughout the region and created even more vulnerable populations.
The county, for its part, knew that their existing siloed data approach to social services couldn't hope to cope with the scale of the problems, so they turned to IBM to build a unified data system based on its IBM Health and Human Services Connect 360 platform. It was intended to deliver Watson-powered insights to drive personalized services and support to the citizens that need it most. The initial version of the system produced insights into 90,000 individual case files, allowing workers to take a more proactive approach to provisioning services by reaching out to those in the most need.
Expanding Use of Existing Programs
It is an unfortunate reality that many locales that have comprehensive social services programs still have difficulty getting those eligible to participate in them. Sometimes, that's a matter of a perceived social stigma associated with the programs, and in other cases, it's a simple lack of awareness of what's available. In Illinois, however, one program faced a very different problem: an application backlog that rendered it ineffective.
The program, which extends tax credits to companies that hire individuals from certain populations, such as veterans, those receiving public assistance, and ex-felons, had no shortage of businesses willing to take advantage of it. With an application backlog that stretched to as long as several years, however, there was no way for them to do so. That's when the state government turned to B2B data firm Adeptia for help. Together, they built an automated system to accept and process tax credit applications using the firm's data integration suite – a system that eliminated the entire backlog in a few days and now processes most applications in under a minute. The automation has given the Illinois Department of Employment Security the ability to handle up to ten times the previous workload with no increase in staff.
Doing More Good
By overhauling the way that governments provide services and support for those in need, it should be possible to both minimize costs and increase participation rates. To those in the social services field, that's as close to finding a holy grail as one could hope. It's also becoming possible while budgetary constraints are making things considerably harder at all levels of government – so it couldn't be coming at a more opportune time. With any luck, technology should let us do more good for more people while meeting our fiscal goals – and we'll all be better off for that.
In today's business world, technology can make the ultimate difference between success and failure. That's one of the reasons that you'd be hard-pressed to find a business of any kind that isn't running or starting some kind of technology initiative, ranging from AI to big data and everything in between. That has had a profound effect on the labor markets in almost every developed economy – creating a well-known talent shortage across the technology spectrum.
That shortage is putting an increasing amount of pressure on businesses, and SMEs in particular, as they look for candidates with the skills they need to support their technology goals. Fortunately, there are several ways that SMEs can meet their talent needs, even within such a difficult environment. To elaborate, here are three vital tactics for SMEs to overcome the tech talent shortage and fill their ranks with the skilled employees they need.
Training From Within
The first thing that SMEs must realize when addressing their tech talent needs is that every company's in the same boat. That's because some of today's technology is so new, that there simply aren't very many qualified candidates to choose from. That's why it's a great idea for SMEs to train existing employees in the skills they require. First, this allows an SME to acquire the exact skill set they need, without having to hire a potentially overqualified candidate. Second, existing staff already have an intimate understanding of the business's inner workings, needs, and strategic goals, so they'll have a far easier time applying their new knowledge to the greatest effect. Some of today's biggest tech firms have already adopted a hire first, train later approach to filling their talent pools – and if it works for them, it will also work for the average SME.
Find Candidates Where They Are
Unlike the broader workforce, technology professionals tend to travel in tighter and more overlapping circles, which often makes them harder to find for SMEs hunting for the right candidate. To overcome this reality, SMEs must learn to look in places where top tech talent tends to congregate, like on a icrunchdata which is a tech job board, or sites like Github and Linkedin. By getting established within those kinds of online communities, an SME can build a reputation that will draw talented candidates in, especially if they're recruiting for interesting and challenging projects. It's important to remember that the best way for an SME to make this tactic effective is to get involved in tech communities before a specific need for talent arises. That way, they'll be regarded as a trusted community member, rather than a mere headhunter.
Be Open To Remote Workers
Even though it's still not common practice in the SME world, one of the best ways to find and acquire necessary tech talent is to expand the search to include remote workers. That simple shift in tactics can allow an SME to draw from a global talent pool, rather than just a local one. Many companies avoid doing this because they fear the management complications that come with offsite employees, or believe that the technology infrastructure necessary to support remote staff is going to cost too much or be too difficult to maintain. In truth, those are outdated notions. Today, an SME can conduct the majority of their technology initiatives completely in the cloud, which means even local employees will be using remote access to do their work. Even in cases where there's on-site infrastructure, the investment required to use an open-source solution like OpenVPN is minimal. In short, there's no real reason that SMEs shouldn't avail themselves of the widest talent pool possible – and those that don't are selling themselves short.
Staff Up For Success
By putting these three tactics into effect, any SME, and indeed any business, can keep their tech needs satisfied without resorting to a desperate bidding war for scarce talent. They'll also end up with a workforce that is better suited to their specific requirements, which is a pleasant and welcome side effect of these strategies. The bottom line is, it's more than possible for an SME to thrive even in today's difficult tech hiring environment – as long as they are willing to eschew the tried-and-true recruiting strategies of yesteryear and embrace a new, more modern skill acquisition paradigm.
Embedded software in its basic nature is a software used to control devices not fully regarded as computers, these types of devices are called embedded systems. Synonym for such software is sometimes referred to as firmware.
With such devices, there are specific challenges and issues in their function. And where are issues, there is an embedded software development company that is specialized in resolving those problems.
In the following lines, we will address some of the major challenges of ESD in short notes.
Challenge #1 Stability
Stability is of supreme and greatest importance in the proper functioning of embedded systems. Unexpected behavior of a system poses some serious risks. End users are expecting proper functioning of embedded systems and their uniform behavior in order to perform necessary tasks without disruption.
Challenge #2 Safety
Safety is a specific feature of ES (embedded systems) due to their use associated with functionality in condemnatory environments. Software Development Life cycle specialized for embedded software is described by strict needs and constraints regarding quality and engineering expertise.
Challenge #3 Security
Security a major paramount of the digital world is getting more attention with every security breach and scandal in an online world. Risks are growing increasingly, especially for IoT devices which are getting more and more popular worldwide. Modern home appliances like washing machines, refrigerators are having connectivity features built in by default.
Challenge #4 Launch Phase
Tough indicators in embedded system development are most definitely time-to-market and time-to-revenue specifically for IoT branches. For this reason, applications and platforms are expected to support billions of IoT systems which are expected to circulate by 2020. Extreme flexibility and integration are required for fabrication of hardware components that are housing embedded systems. Longer IoT device lifespan, future updates, and releases are becoming an issue for component designers.
Challenge #5 Design Limitations
Most of the challenges in designing embedded systems have almost always been in the identical limiting requirements:
- Small-scale form factor.
- Low energy.
- Prolonged stable performance without upkeep.
Expanding market is demanding from designers to create more processing power and prolong the battery lives into spaces that are more compact, which is most of the time a tradeoff. Ultimately, in comparison of applications in IoT, there is an increasing demand for creating very scalable processor units ranging from inexpensive and low power consumption to topmost performance that are highly configurable. There is an identical demand for performance of system buses and memory caches.
Challenge #6 Integrity and Compatibility
Estimations are showing that currently most of the applications on the market are created and published by businesses younger than 3 years old. With their expertise in developing software, a good number of them are lacking experience in implementing and pushing updates to their applications in IoT environment, especially in regard to security regulations.
Expansion of IoT devices on the background of connectivity creates more pressure on their adaptive capability. Users need to be capable of managing the application via a simple UI and all available channels including over the air software updates that need ultimate compatibility through the entire ecosystem.
Integrity becomes a function of safety. To protect the IoT from attacks or being compromised, security must be implemented inside each of the devices at every level.
Key Issues of Embedded Software Development
Whether we like it or not, by 2021 the number of wirelessly connected devices by certain estimations will grow to 25 billion across the globe. Embedded solution developers are being faced with many issues throughout this way. We will not be covering the entirety of them in detail. So let’s just have a look at a few of them.
Pre-engineered software stacks are resolving the complexity of connectivity but only partially, the issue still remains for programmers to have enough skill and knowledge to understand a problem if certain modifications are required.
With IoT devices, the updates have to be delivered and pushed on their own without any of the users’ intervention.
Many embedded software developers state that each embedded project incurs additional costs for debugging taking roughly 40% of devs’ time.
Embedded systems are getting increasingly more independent from the hardware which they are placed into. They will no longer be characterized by hardware obstructions, becoming capable of doing any operation to achieve a certain objective. Hopefully, points described in this article will help you to understand some of the key issues and challenges ESD has and possibly make you more aware of how to tackle them.
Ruby on Rails has common language and English-like syntax that makes it feel logical and native that some parts of the code are easy to understand. This turns Ruby into a self-documenting readability code. This also reduces the burden of writing help text or separate comments.
Both managers and programmers can read each other's code quickly and easily. This allows them to know the ongoings of a specific project. While it's not required to know Ruby on Rails, but it's important for you to understand Ruby as you learn about Rails. It's one of the easiest programming languages to learn.
However, the transition into the Ruby on Rails isn't going to be easy. That's why it's important to become a part of the Ruby on Rails community. The online community is open and welcoming to beginners and provides helpful information. This framework also has built-in solutions to common problems that most web developers face. If not, you can find an expert in the Ruby on Rails community who can help you out.
Faster Web Development
Ruby on Rails decreases the amount of time spent on web development by 25 to 50% compared ot other programming frameworks. Sometimes you're required to have a project online within hours. Web development with Ruby on Rails is made faster with a lean code base, modular design, and an open-source code helped developed by the Ruby on Rails community. It also provides a wide variety of features and plug-in solutions for future development.
Ruby on Rails requires fewer lines of code. One line of code can sometimes amount to six lines of Java code. One of the biggest advantages of Ruby on Rails is that the ability the develop a prototype is faster than other frameworks. This allows you to check the usability of a project and correct any errors early on, which helps with mitigating tasks.
Easy Code Maintenance & Updates
Ruby on Rails is also known for its predictability and stability, both of which are good things. Editing the existing code and adding new features have never been easier. This is valuable when working on a long-term project or a startup. If you have to make updates to an application or refractor its code, the Ruby on Rails conventions can help you learn everything in a timely manner. Since most startups have a low retention rate, it's good to know that the substitution of a team member isn't a concern when you choose Ruby on Rails web development.
Ruby on Rails is also known for its cost-effectiveness. If your business on a budget, you probably want to avoid the licensing costs for convention languages. Fortunately, Ruby on Rails is free for individuals and corporations to use. It can also run on the open-source Linux and can be used with many free databases and web servers.
There are a wide variety of libraries that help save you save time and effort, and many of these libraries are free to use. Your application can be deployed, developed, and maintained by various developers who have different rates. The ability of Ruby on Rails is to save time and money. And while the code updates and development process are performed quickly, you'll spend less money on the development of your website as well as its upgrades.
Ruby on Rails can help you save time and money while you ensure high quality. The maturity of your website will lead to fewer risks. This allows developers to create websites that follow the practices of good development. They don't have to boilerplate every type of code thanks to the use of high-quality libraries. All they have to do is focus on your business needs and help you develop a better product.
Ruby on Rails also comes with testing automation, which helps you create better software. In the end, it helps you make web applications and sites look more appealing. Potential uses are numerous, for example it’s great if you want to make a music app and maintain its features in the future - and also, with Ruby you’ll be able to develop a MVP (minimum viable product) much faster than with other frameworks. You can modify the application and add updates to improve its speed and performance.
Suitable for all Industries
Ruby on Rails was originally intended as a general-purpose solution. This full-stack framework includes front- and back-end design. The Ruby on Rails community has been focused on web development since its inception. The framework has grown more diverse in recent years.
The Ruby on Rails community is using this programming for a wide variety of purposes. Some of those purposes include advertising, back-end for mobile applications, content management systems, e-commerce, e-learning, FinTech, marketplaces, science, social networking, and more. Both startups and established businesses of all sizes have experienced the speed and agility of Ruby on Rails. While Ruby on Rails can be used for a wide variety of businesses, most of its products are web applications.
As you can see, Ruby on Rails is a development platform that's dedicated to building database back-end applications for businesses of all sizes and is suitable for many industries. The benefits of the Ruby programming language is that it provides easy to understand and quick web development. Its benefits reduces configuration code and allows Ruby developers to write code in less time. All of these benefits make Ruby on Rails an efficient and quick way to create websites and web applications.
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Small business owners know that there's always something to be done, and you often don't have the staff needed to take on important chores. Between putting together a sales plan and managing contracts, the IT department's to-do list can quickly get forgotten about. This means your firm could be missing out on needed improvements. In the worst case scenario, your company's custom apps and eCommerce tools might actually be insecure as a result of deferred updates.
Outsourcing your company's needs to a remote teams of software developers can help your personnel focus on these other pressing matters. A large number of larger enterprise-level businesses have recently started outsourcing IT support and code development chores to Eastern Europe because of the following benefits. There's no reason that smaller firms shouldn't be able to take advantage of these five following highlights as well.
1) Dramatic Cost Reduction
Almost every company that shops work out to another organization is looking to save money. This is true whether they're working with domestic coders or people located overseas. Firms often can't afford to hire a full staff of people, and they, therefore, have to look elsewhere. Training and maintaining in-house IT staff is prohibitively expensive, especially for firms that only need to write code once in a while.
Labor costs in Eastern European nations tend to be much lower than those in Western states, which makes it a particularly attractive region to find programmers in. In spite of the fact that these programmers are located in a geographical area that's thousands of miles away from the physical plant of the companies that they're working for, it's still easy to keep in touch with them.
Remote devs can use secure HTTPS and FTP servers to transfer files to and from the agencies that hired them, so you won't even have to worry about your code getting leaked in the process.
2) Consistency of Knowledge & Experience
When you put together your own IT team, you have to ensure that they're all familiar with the kind of software and hardware they're going to be working with. More than likely, your company manages a number of unrelated platforms that all have to be maintained.
By hiring teams of software developers, you take all of the guesswork out of this equation. Eastern European service agencies follow a strict procedure of documenting your IT environment. They make this knowledge visible across your organization and match you with specialists who have experience with the kind of technology you're working with. Since these agencies fulfill orders for so many different Western businesses, they're able to maintain massive teams that have the experience to support a wide variety of programming languages and libraries.
3) Guaranteed Levels of Service
When you sign a service contract, all of the relevant details are spelled out to you in great detail so you'll know exactly what you're getting. According to anecdotal evidence provided by technology experts at NCube, problems can occur at any time of the day. By having an IT service contract with a reputable Eastern European agency, you'll always have ready access to help even if it’s the middle of the night.
4) Access to Additional Resources
A majority of companies outsource their technical support and product development departments. This has made the marketplace more competitive than ever. In order to gain an edge in the international community, many Eastern European agencies have added cloud storage, cryptographic ledger auditing, and other services to their software development packages. This means your company might gain access to more products than you'd even originally hoped for.
5) A Renewed Focus on Business
Perhaps the most important service these organizations can provide is the ability for your personnel to focus on running your company. By taking care of all the behind the scenes details inherent in doing business in the digital age, an Eastern European agency can free your crews up to better serve your customers.
Academics in Eastern Europe have heavily emphasized computer literacy in recent decades, which has led to a large number of trained engineers willing to fulfill the terms of decent contracts. Regardless of why your company needs to look overseas to hire technical leaders, you may find what you're looking for in this region of the world.
If you run a small business, you know there's always something to do. Between finances, marketing, operations, and sales, IT security can quickly become an afterthought. As IT development prices out West increases and the in-house teams get busier, more small businesses are turning to the concept of outsourcing.
Outsourcing to a group of dedicated software developers can help you focus on these other tasks. What's the use of having the latest technology if your business isn't equipped to manage and use it? Here are some reasons why small businesses have been outsourcing their IT support and solutions to East Europe.
You know that training and maintaining your in-house IT team can get expensive. Even some of the most basic IT professionals from the West are costly. Labor costs aside, the costs for backup programs, network monitoring, security software, and software licensing can quickly amount. Implementing and maintaining your computers, firewalls, network, servers, storage, wireless connection, and more can exceed your business's capital. Outsourcing your IT team can turn those fixed capital costs into variable operating costs, which allows you to budget accordingly. You only pay for the services that you use.
Focus on Business
Outsourcing your IT team also allows you to focus on your business. It's difficult to wear many hats. The accounting department should be focused on A/R instead of trying to backup Quickbooks. Your marketing agency should focus on creating brand awareness, not trying to figure how to sync their calendars to their smartphones.
Distractions such as these decrease employee productivity and make it impossible to meet your bottom line. Outsourcing an IT team means they're accountable for their own tasks, not your employees. They handle all of the IT tasks so your employees don't have to worry about them.
When you hire an in-house IT tech team, you know how much money, time, and commitment it takes to hire and train them so they're up to speed on your IT systems. What happens if they happen to leave your company for a lucrative position? Outsourcing solves this problem by following the strict processes of documenting your IT environment and making this knowledge known across your organization.
This means no one person has control of your IT systems. An entire team of IT professionals know the ins and outs of your business, including its processes, systems, and requirements. If you ever have to part ways with your IT team, it's important for them to transfer that knowledge to another someone else within your organization.
Every business will carry a certain level of risk in their lives. The increasing concern over competitors, economic conditions, government regulations, and technologies make this the case. Companies that provide IT support know about this risk and work hard to reduce it. They have the industry knowledge and expertise on compliance and security issues. With their knowledge and skills, they can avoid potential risks.
Guaranteed Service Levels
Do you ever find yourself in the need of IT support after hours? Things can go wrong anytime of the day, including nights and weekends. An in-house IT team isn't going to be there all the time. Outsourcing provides you with the processes and staff to guarantee that your issues will be addressed and resolved in a timely manner. Outsourcing companies provide you with a staff that works around the clock to ensure these issues are handled as soon as they happen.
Access to Expanded Resources
While corporations have the resources required to maintain modern technologies and services themselves, smaller businesses aren't as lucky. Not only does outsourcing provide you with a diverse pool of technical talent, it allows you to develop relationships with IT vendors. Small businesses can establish a relationship with their outsourcing company to get access to additional services such as Cloud Hosted Servers, Desktops and Applications as a Service, and Mobile Device Management. Outsourcing your IT support to East Europe has too many advantages to ignore, especially for small businesses. Some businesses are never sure about outsourcing due to cost reasons. When determining your IT costs, don't forget to add in costs like data loss, employee productivity, and other risks involved with an in-house IT team. Outsourcing is more affordable than you think.
Planned obsolescence is also known as built-in obsolescence is an economic or industrial measure of designing a device or a product with timed in or designated lifespan to increase revenue for the company in the near future.
There is no doubt that car makers, appliance producers, software companies and other manufacturers knowingly design their products to last to a certain extent of time. One of the best ways to fight and curtail this practice is to repair and maintain your product, either by yourself or using professional services such as https://zeto.ua. And finally, if consumers and general public doesn’t push against this practice, it is likely to continue.
That is why it’s important to raise your voice about this, stop supporting companies that are the worst offenders, and demand durability. We had it before, and we can have it again. But for now, let’s dive deeper into what this trend is.
Simply put, contrived durability is a market strategy abbreviating the products lifetime prior to market release, by a quicker deterioration.
The strategy of abbreviated durability is mostly not approved by the law. On the other side, manufacturers have the freedom to determine the durability of their product.
This strategy is also known as stylistic obsolescence. In other words, it occurs when designers alter the stylistic perception of the product in order to lure customers in more stylish and fashionable products, thus making increased purchases.
An increasing amount of products are desired for their looks and aesthetic compared to their functional benefits making perceived obsolescence one of the top strategies in planned obsolescence.
Systematic obsolescence is the intentional disablement of a product to prevent its functionality, thus forcing the consumer to purchase a substitution. One of the popular examples is the situation when inkjet producers create a placement of smart chips in their ink cartridges for further prevention of operability after a designated threshold. This is labeled as “programmed systematic obsolescence” for there is no random component giving a contribution to a functional decline.
Planned obsolescence today
A perfect example of such practice is the popular “Apple performance scheme”. The company has acknowledged what the customers were getting aware of. They admitted of slowing down the performance of outdated iPhone devices.
Reason to justify this as it was stated is that performance curtailment was put in place to compensate for battery degradation. An obvious reason for this is to force consumers to upgrade to a newer model, just to face the same issue in the near future. Hence repeating the process in order to create an increasing amount of yearly profit for the company.
When the market becomes competitive field lifespans of the commodities are inclined to increase. A supreme example is when Japanese automobiles back in the 60s and 70s were imported to America with increased lifespan compared to the American. The American car industry was forced to put out a more durable product on the market.
In 2015, as large civil movements continue to fight companies and product makers in their goal to create an impermanent product across the European Union, different countries including France have passed law legislation obliging that appliance producers and distributors declare the considered product lifespan. In some cases, mandatory warranties of two years are applied.
Let us not forget the software
Software companies from time to time discontinue the practice of customer support in their older created software in an ever-increasing attempt to pressurize the users to update to more advanced systems. Software that is discontinued or cast aside is often referred to as abandonware.
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With a steady growth of its use, software is becoming one of the major contenders for market share and such requires specific regulations with licensing system applied by many tech companies.
It is indisputable that for a great number of sprouting StartUps and companies superior management of software licenses poses an important objective to work for since having a throughout process of the licensing system proved to be essential for the future.
Software licensing is a legal tool for authorizing consumers to operate or redistribute the software. Licensing may present itself as a complicated concept, consumers should undertake and learn the notions in order to improve software upheaval.
Besides practices that will be unveiled in this article to give you a broader perspective on the process best way to ensure that your software stays compliant with all the latest trends is to apply some of license key management software.
Collect your software licenses & pertinent data
Create a sheet of all your software licenses and deposit them in a general repository. Doing this you will gain an important insight into your license entitlement, giving you a better perspective which licenses you to have the legal means to assign to your members of the workforce. In this day and age this includes desktop applications and every cloud subscription so keep in mind you are cover in all areas. Adding to the previously gathered licenses collect all related data that will be of importance to have when you when the need occurs. Some of the data may be pieces of information about purchase expenditures, maintenance contracts, and various types of service fees.
Create a solid proof
After creating a repository with all the relevant data, it is of the highest importance that you are able to create a proof of your entitlement to them. As described in the paragraph above, this means keeping in reserve all your licenses but all related contracts and information. Should your company be examined, you are required to provide proof of every purchase, and this may be variable based on different vendors. You assuredly don’t want to have any touch with the issues of the law providing proof of your assets.
Track your costs and spending
A large number of companies find themselves that they are unintentionally misspending their capital on licenses for their lack of understanding in managing these costs. Doing a summarization of your software expenditure you will have a clearer perspective of all costs per user. Also create an accord to have a better awareness of future, current and past expenditure for future reference and planning.
These accords can prove a valuable reference in optimizing your budget in time to come.
Create a schedule
During the busy business days, it can certainly be strenuous to memorize all of the duties and tasks that are needed to be completed. Similar to creating an every day task list or a schedule on your mobile phone or desktop start practicing a process for license reminders.
Maintenance times, license subscription resumption and approvals need to be set as reminders through a service of your preferability. Without these daily reminders, crucial events may go slip unnoticed, which will unquestionably appear that you fall behind with the compliance and latest license management.
Make a software license management a crucial part of your business
Last but not least, making license management a top business priority is one of the highest markers in successful company administration. Essentially this represents informing all obligatory employees of necessary steps to be taken, and directly outlining the procedure to others, even if other departments are involved. The IT team is obliged to take the reins and create processes and procedures to be used by other teams.