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Custom Software Development at an Affordable Price: 8 Ways to Save BIG

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To do your job well, you need access to the right information at the right time. Unfortunately, that’s not always an easy task.But it can be. By designing effective dashboards you can view what matters most, so you’re able to make faster, smarter decisions.


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Custom software development is an attractive option for many organizations. Not only does it offer a more innovative approach—the solutions can create a solid competitive advantage when put up against off-the-shelf products. However, having custom software developed can come with a pretty hefty price tag if you don’t map out a plan.   

Helping point you in the right direction, we've highlighted eight strategies below that have helped clients reduce their costs without sacrificing the end product. Follow these tips and you’ll be on your way to getting the software you've always dreamed of without breaking the bank.

1.       Vendor Location

Outsourcing has become a standard business tool in many organizations, morphing into a multi-billion dollar business. Embracing offshore development as a cost-effective way to close gaps within their own organizations, businesses are saving up to 50%. That’s a huge reduction in cost for purchasing the same services from a different geographic region.  

 

2.       Define Clear Requirements

Although software developers have opportunities to ask questions when responding to RFPs, it’s hard to estimate every little thing. In order to account for the unknown, vendors can increase project pricing by up to 30% if they don’t have a clear picture of the task at hand. By being clear with your wants/needs from the start, you’ll help take the guesswork out of things, saving you and the vendor time and money.

 

3.       Determine Methodology

The processes used for project management might not top your list of priorities—however it can have a huge impact on the outcome of your project. Very traditional development methods are famous for unnecessary work, while more contemporary methods such as Agile, take steps to prevent excesses from happening.

 

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Waging the BI Battle: 3 Reasons to Migrate from Actuate to Jaspersoft

DASHBOARDS DESIGNED WITH YOU IN MIND

To do your job well, you need access to the right information at the right time. Unfortunately, that’s not always an easy task. But it can be. By designing effective dashboards you can view what matters most, so you’re able to make faster, smarter decisions.


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We live in a digital world that competes on time and information—however accessing that data can be time consuming and overly complex for the average business person. But why should it have to be? According to Gartner, analytics and business intelligence (BI) continue to be the #1 priority for CIOs. And with good reason—it’s becoming the main driver behind critical business decisions.

In order for organizations to stay on top—or ahead of their game, many have made the switch and migrated from Actuate reporting to Jaspersoft. Why Jaspersoft you might ask? That’s an easy one…their open source business intelligence is the world’s most widely used BI software, with an estimated 175,000 production deployments worldwide. They also provide end-to-end BI capabilities including pixel-perfect enterprise reporting, ad hoc query, dashboards, OLAP and in-memory analysis, and data integration – at a fraction of the cost of traditional vendors. So for most businesses, the Actuate to Jaspersoft migration is no brainer. 

3 Reasons to Migrate from Actuate to Jaspersoft

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1. Flexibility

Organizations want timely, well-informed decision-making, in operational settings and in the corner office—no matter what their mix of platforms, applications, or infrastructure environments. Jaspersoft's modular, scalable, standards-based architecture provides the flexibility needed to easily deploy in any environment.

2. Cloud Analytics

Unlike traditional BI tools, Jaspersoft allows anyone to easily self-serve and get the answers they need inside their preferred app or on their favorite device. And, unlike desktop visualization tools, it scales architecturally and economically to reach everyone.

3. Cost

Leveraging DIO-Soft’s Reporting2Jasper tool, an online application that converts Actuate and PowerBuilder reports to the popular Jaspersoft platform, organizations can save money, minimize risk and improve the reporting conversion process in less time. Saving customers up to 50%, businesses also benefit from a reduction in time-consuming operations. 

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How are you celebrating the 5th Annual Internet of Things (IoT) Day?

DASHBOARDS DESIGNED WITH YOU IN MIND

To do your job well, you need access to the right information at the right time. Unfortunately, that’s not always an easy task.But it can be. By designing effective dashboards you can view what matters most, so you’re able to make faster, smarter decisions.


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Today marks the 5th Annual Internet of Things (IoT) Day. Celebrated worldwide, it’s a day where makers, entrepreneurs, industry leaders and citizens gather together to discuss, design and develop the emerging Internet of Things.

The IoT is becoming a hot topic of conversation—both in the workplace and outside of it. Some analysts are comparing it to the Industrial Revolution, and with good cause. It’s changing the way we live and work.

The IoT Explained

Simply put—the IoT is the future of all connected things. It’s all about linking devices, sensors, actuators, etc. to the Internet. It’s between people-people, people-things, and things-things. This includes everything from cell phones, coffee makers, washing machines, headphones, lamps, wearable devices and almost anything else you can think of. It’s huge.

By the end of 2015, Gartner estimates that 4.9 billion connected things will be in use. And by 2020 there will be over 26 billion connected devices—that’s a lot of connections.

 

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Discover How IT Can Make Big Data Work for You

DASHBOARDS DESIGNED WITH YOU IN MIND

To do your job well, you need access to the right information at the right time. Unfortunately, that’s not always an easy task.But it can be. By designing effective dashboards you can view what matters most, so you’re able to make faster, smarter decisions.


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Most companies today are swimming in big data – some even feel like they’re drowning in it. Why? Because often times they don’t know what to do with their data, or where to start. Coming up with a plan and executing it can help your company predict the future, accomplish important business processes – and gain new insights. 

Ready to get started? Follow our tips below and start putting Big Data to work for you.  

Success lies in taking small steps with Big Data

Set goals and create a Big Data plan by embarking on a discovery process. In order to leverage data, you need to get a good handle on what data you already have, where it is, who owns and controls it, and how it’s currently being used. Are there any third-party data sources that your company relies on? Dig deep—you’ll gain more insight from creating a bigger picture. 

Once you’ve got a grip on where you’re data is, you’ll be able to:

  • Determine how many data sources you have and how much overlap exists.
  • Identify knowledge gaps in data sources.
  • Discover and weed out duplicate data. You might find large amounts of data in some areas of your business – and no data in others.   
  • Find out if you’re dependent on third-party data and see if it’s up to snuff. 

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Choosing the Right IT Vendor: Five Critical Considerations

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To do your job well, you need access to the right information at the right time. Unfortunately, that’s not always an easy task.But it can be. By designing effective dashboards you can view what matters most, so you’re able to make faster, smarter decisions.


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Big Data is here to stay. And not surprisingly—it’s on the rise. A recent study conducted by IDC reported that this year the big data and analytics market will reach $125 billion worldwide. That’s a hefty price tag. Who’s contributing to it? According to Gartner, 64% of organizations are currently investing or planning to invest in big data this year. If your organization is part of that percentage—or still on the fence, here’s something to ponder: 

Most organizations are struggling to find skilled workers in the big data arena—and the shortage will continue to persist. In the U.S. alone there will be 181,000 deep analytics roles in 2018 and 5x that many positions requiring related skills in data management and interpretation.

As Gartner estimated, only about one-third of global demand for big data-related jobs will be met. So how will organizations move forward with their projects? They’ll outsource. And the advantages are obvious—they’ll have access to a larger pool of highly qualified personnel that can do the job for less. 

However—there’s a lot to consider when engaging an offshore vendor. But if you do your research it can be a win-win for both parties. Consider these 5 tips when deciding which company to partner with:

1. Research Countries & Cultures

Often time the cultural differences (and similarities) of your outsourcing vendor determines the overall success of your entire project. The country and culture is important to consider while choosing your offshore vendor because that will tell you about the economic and political condition of the region. Also, if you notice that outsourcing is popular in that country and many overseas clients are selecting offshore teams from that nation, most likely it means the quality of service from that country can be trusted.

2. Discuss Price

If you buy cheap, you’ll get cheap—but that doesn’t mean picking the highest price tag will get your better results. The cheapest offshore vendors probably don’t employ the best developers.  The most expensive ones are probably making too high of a margin on you. Try to find a vendor that rests comfortably in the middle.

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30 Years Later: The New Face of Offshore IT Development

DASHBOARDS DESIGNED WITH YOU IN MIND

To do your job well, you need access to the right information at the right time. Unfortunately, that’s not always an easy task.But it can be. By designing effective dashboards you can view what matters most, so you’re able to make faster, smarter decisions.


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Once upon a time, everything was done in-house. IT, operations, payroll, customer service—you name it. Throughout the last three decades—outsourcing has morphed into a multi-billion dollar business and has become a standard tool for many organizations. And with good reason: the benefits are endless. 

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How Big Data will Impact Super Sunday: BIG Data VS. the BIG Game

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This year, the financial services industry is projected to spend a whopping $6.4B on Big Data—beating out every other sector. Why? Because they’re learning that business intelligence holds the key to making smarter, faster decisions.

Check out our latest BI guide to learn how financial institutions (like yours) are designing business intelligence tools to turn data into dollars – and everyday employees into heroes.


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As America preps for Sunday’s Big Game, the anticipation is building. And—like it or not, it’s not just about football anymore. From choosing which commercials will air—to predicting the winner—we’ve combed the internet to find out how big data will impact Super Sunday this year. 

Betting on the Big Game is risky. However, business intelligence software is making it easier for some to predict who will win and more. PredictionMachine.com uses some of the most advanced analytics available today and analyzes them through a machine they call "The Predictalator.” 

According to the Predictalator, if the Super Bowl were played 50,000 times, the Seattle Seahawks would come out on top 57.3 percent of the time. To reach this conclusion the Predictalator analyzes everything about the two opponents facing one another: strength of regular season schedule, injuries, record against common opponents and even the most important individual players on each team among many other things.

SAP also uses an algorithm based on the NFL’s public statistics database—while Facebook tries to predict a winner from an analysis of social media data. 

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The 5 Biggest Pitfalls of Dashboard Design

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This year, the financial services industry is projected to spend a whopping $6.4B on Big Data—beating out every other sector. Why? Because they’re learning that business intelligence holds the key to making smarter, faster decisions.

Check out our latest BI guide to learn how financial institutions (like yours) are designing business intelligence tools to turn data into dollars – and everyday employees into heroes.


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bi-dashboard-design-mistakesDoes the thought of using your company’s dashboard stress you out? Hey—we get it, we’ve seen some pretty bad ones in our day. Although I’m sure their intention was good, bad dashboard design makes your job harder. Seriously, who likes staring at a screen of cluttered information that shouldn’t be there in the first place? We don’t. Below are five dashboard design pitfalls we come across over and over again.

Take a peek—do they make your list?

1. Displaying too much information

It’s time to cut out the clutter. When you display irrelevant information you force the viewer to process data he/she doesn’t need to complete the task at hand. Every element displayed in your dashboard should have a direct meaning and message. Remember; the point of the dashboard is to provide at-a-glance understanding of KPIs. While users might need to drill to further detail to understand the underlying cause behind a pattern or trend, a dashboard should focus on quickly drawing attention and showing the need to act.

2. Arranging the data poorly

When designing a dashboard, each piece should fit together like a puzzle so viewers can see the whole picture. If a dashboard isn’t organized with proper placement of information based on importance, along with visual design that separates data into meaningful groups, the result is a cluttered mess. The goal isn’t to make the dashboard just look good; it needs to tell a story. The most important data should be prominent. Data that requires immediate attention needs to stand out, and data that should be compared must be arranged and visually designed to encourage evaluation.

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