Tuesday, May 06, 2008

YouTube is live in India

Your long wait is over, YouTube India is now up and running. Google has finally launched the Indian edition of YouTube at in.youtube.com, which will show you the videos reflecting popularity in India, apart from all the videos found on YouTube's global site.

To cater to the Indian audience, YouTube has partnered with local content providers who will distribute their content through YouTube India. Moreover, the Indian version will allow users to connect with local users more efficiently than ever before.Enjoy India, Happy Viewing. Watch the launch:

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Intelligent Solutions: "Outsourced Product Development” ranked top at IT Toolbox Wiki

Your content writer is chosen the top contributor at IT Toolbox Wiki for his article “Outsourced Product Development”. It is published in the March 7 edition of PM-Decision-Makers Newsletter.

Outsourced software product development is primarily a means of leveraging an organization's resources and infusing new thought, skills and expertise, while reducing time to market. Outsourced product development is the obvious remedy to the current market scenario where technology, skills and approaches are momentary.

Outsourced product development requires the offshore team to work in very close collaboration with the client's engineering team. In the process, partnering with an OPD service provider let independent software vendors (ISVs) leverage a strong value proposition, low time to market, reduced development costs and quality manpower.

Offshore outsourcing phenomenon has been making waves across the nations of the world for many years. Companies have long outsourced software and products development to offshore development facilities equipped with state of the art infrastructure and armed with best of the breed talented professionals, offering world class services at reasonable price. In spite of some concerns remains, such as job protectionism and intellectual property, the economic benefits continue to be a big differentiator, driving IT organizations to outsourced product development. Apart from cost effective business proposition, the massive growth and widespread adoption of offshore IT services are results of following interrelated global developments:

The depressed economic environment, rising globalization of business, increasing business complexity, and technological advances are, in combination, crystallized the adoption of outsourcing, causing the emergence of outsourced product development.
Apart from tactical objectives such as cost-effectiveness and focus on core competition, strategic objectives are playing more prominent differentiators, and more and more companies use outsourcing either to make a distinct marketing edge or to score over their competitors.
The emergence of new opportunities and the shifts in demand drivers are, in turn, causing an expansion and transformation of the competitive landscape for outsourcing services, throwing open the door to a diverse range of skills and capabilities, and strengthening the overall outsourcing value proposition.

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Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Intelligent Solutions: "Outsourced Product Development" widely seen

Bloggers have started noticing the articles posted by Intelligent Solutions, and one of the blog owners has invited me to contribute to the outsourcing blog of Go4outsourcing.com. The blogger has republished the article"Outsource Product Development- Time and Reason" published in ezinearticles that can be seen at blog.go4outsourcing.com

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Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Intelligent Solutions: When does outsource product development make sense?

Outsourced product development has caught the imagination of the entire business world. Sometimes, an enterprise opts for outsourced product development to manage costs, boost bottom line and save time for core activities. Other times, some strategic purposes such as dispense with some centers located at critical geographical regions have bearing on the option for outsource product development.

There are several reasons can be cited for outsourcing option. But the moot question is -When does outsourcing make sense?

What are the reasons to outsource product development?

Acquiring Expertise

One of the most plausible and successful reasons to offshore product development is to acquire expertise not currently available within the company. This lack of expertise could be because of a specific, non-core activity within the company, or it could be due to sudden rise in demand that exceeds the company’s existing capability.

Building Additional Resources

One very obvious reason to outsource is to supplement the number of development teams available to complete projects. Actually, in most of the cases firms prefer to staff below their total development capabilities in order to lower costs and risk, and with outsourcing they escape the possible burden of repetitive layoffs and hiring sprees.

This approach to outsourcing, or resource expansion, works well when the company outsourcing the project understands the capabilities required to effectively outsource a development project.

Minimizing Development Costs

One very pertinent reason to outsourcing is to minimize costs involved in the development of products. Outsourcing seems to be a better and cost-effective measure, if you take into consideration all costs involved in maintaining the necessary capabilities within your company, which include:

  • Employee costs such as salary, taxes, benefits, etc.

  • Overhead expenditure on office space, desks, computer, training, software and hardware tools, etc.

  • Supporting costs on information systems, management, human resources, payroll, etc.

  • Risk costs such as downsizing costs including severance pay, legal support, etc.

In addition, certain irritating questions keep recurring such as:

  • How do we build and maintain a high quality development team within our corporate culture?

  • What traits and skills are important? Are those traits and skills available in our area of geography and expertise? How long will it take? What will it cost?

  • How many teams will we need today and should we try to staff every project internally?

In addition, organizations having internal product development resources that choose to outsource product development projects can have the following benefits of outsourcing:

  • Gaining new perspective & process

  • Acquiring quality system reviews, and

  • Gaining industry standard practices

To glean the maximum benefit, the firm outsourcing the development should have systems in place to imbibe within the lessons-learned and to integrate them into its systems where appropriate.

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Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Intelligent Solutions: Steps to Ensure Successful Outsourced Product Development

Successful launch of product development hinges heavily on cautious planning, unambiguous characterization, and effectual communication. To completely define your outsourced product development projects and accordingly map out your road to success, three primary rungs of analysis must be done with a well thought out process, comprising Product Requirements, Project requirements, and Design Requirements.

Product Requirements

It usually starts with customer or marketing requirements and flows through the system engineering and regulatory process to fully define how the product will look, feel, and perform once it is complete.

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Project Requirements

Precisely, project requirement process sketches out a clear development plan that considers and documents interface points, tools, risks, and defines how information will flow, how system will be used, and how obstacles will be overcome.

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Design Transfer Definition

The design transfer definition comes at the final step to ensure successful outsourced product development. The optimal end result from this process is a sender that fully understands the formats, templates, and best-practices expected by the receiver and a receiver that knows which outputs will be sent and in what format and timeframe to expect them.

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Bottom Line
With careful, up-front analysis of the product, project, and design transfer requirements as a critical first step, your company will be on the road to outsourced product development success.

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Sunday, November 13, 2005

Intelligent Solutions: Outsourced Product Development - Rising Phenomenon

Outsourcing today is no longer seen as an option only for repetitive, non-innovative, and non-strategic functions; it is increasingly being evaluated and regarded as a viable option for more strategic business functions. One such area that has seen new and growing interest in outsourcing is outsourced product development.

In the backdrop of speedily changing business environment, stiff competition, and declining market shares, companies have been challenged to expand into new markets, introduce new and innovative products, and apply the latest offshore product development technology to their development work.

Major outsourcing driving factors:

•Cost efficiency
•Focus on core business
•Reduce/manage risk
•Solve business process issue
•Access to technology
•Optimize application investment
•Headcount reduction
•Transfer management and maintenance
•Achieve cost variability
•Asset reduction
•Access to global expertise
•Derive incremental revenue

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Thursday, November 10, 2005

Intelligent Solutions: Optimized Articles

7 Techniques to Ensure Higher Rankings on Search Engines

Optimized articles help web sites get higher rankings on search engines. Webmasters love to link such sites which provide relevant information. To maximize the benefits of writing unique articles, it makes smart business sense to go for optimized articles to get the web site of those posted articles placed higher on search engine results pages.

Optimized Articles: Techniques
To write an optimized article, you need to apply a host of search engine techniques throughout the content of the article. Given are the 7 techniques of writing optimized articles:

Optimized Articles Technique 1
Select Targeted Keywords

Optimized Articles: Technique 2
Put Top Targeted Keyword in the Article’s Title

Optimized Articles: Technique 3
Spread the Keywords throughout the Content

Optimized Articles: Technique 4
Place Keywords in the First Paragraph of the Article

Optimized Articles: Technique 5
Incorporate Keywords in the Final Paragraph

Optimized Articles: Technique 6
Enclose subheadings with h HTML tags

Optimized Articles: Technique 7
Article submission
to online publishers

Optimized Articles fetch increased ranking on various search engines.

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Friday, October 28, 2005

Intelligent Solutions: Why Search Engines Love Quality Content Web Sites?

What Makes A Web Site Successful?
Content, content, and content. To have a successful web promotion, you need to have quality content as search engines understand content or plain html text. Content with right mix of keywords not only ensures higher search engine rankings but also drives increasing number of potential customers to your web site.

Driving traffic to your web site is just one aspect of search engine optimization. What makes the difference and enhances your visibility on Google, Alta Vista, Yahoo and other search engines is the content, a treasure trove out of the ordinary and valuable information that keep your visitors coming back frequently. Beyond doubt, content of a web site must be interesting if it is to be effective.

What Makes Quality Content?
In today’s Information technology driven world flooded with information and content glut, what makes quality content that get your visitors hooked to your web site? And, how do you charm your visitors with interesting content?

What Makes Content Friendly to Visitors & Spiders?
Given are the ways of good content creation with which you can grab the attention of search engine spiders and targeted traffic:

•Plan and Identify Keywords and Audience before You Write
•Use of Interactive and Active language
•Write Articles & Blogs
•Place regular Press Releases
•Use of Anchor text
•Avoid Over-optimizing

Creating good content is a facilitator that lets your visitors to delve deeper into your web site. Taking the time to develop your content and strategy to optimize for spiders will pay off in returning visitors and good search engine rankings.
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Monday, October 24, 2005

Intelligent Solutions: Web maketing with Article writing

Promotionworld, the free search engine submission and website promotion site, has published recently my write-up on Article writing, which has steadily become a proven web promotion tool for your website/online business/ online services. Out of various ways of web marketing, article writing related to your business field and distribute them for free is an effective and low-cost way of web promotion.
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Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Intelligent Solutions: Outsourcing content development: ensure a WIN, WIN situation

Outsourcing content development requirement to an offshore content development writer asks for serious deliberation as writing optimized content in tandem with business objective and strategy demands in-depth understanding of industry vertical for which content is developed.

Usually, people find quite intriguing the idea of hiring offshore content developers as they need to:
•find a right content writer that does outsourcing for this sort of thing.
•understand the benefits and hazards of outsourcing content development requirements.
•understand the privacy and security issues.
•set a standard pricing policy.

If all such questions keep recurring to your mind, then one thing is very clear that you understand the significance of website content development, which is just not the replication of printed content. Website content development incorporates distinctive writing talent and skill that integrates well with all search engines. A content developer needs to have a strategic understanding of search engine optimization techniques while developing content for websites.

How to outsource content development project?
To resolve perplexing situation, one needs to take into consideration following points while outsourcing content development requirements:

•Look for established website content development provider specifically one who has proven expertise of writing in your industry vertical that can help you achieve the desired results.
•Ensure a clear cut communication and specify your requirements before the start of the project.
•Remunerate the content writer either monthly or make payment based on project and types of research and skill required for developing the content. Precisely, it means describe the target audience and what you aim to achieve with the content at the beginning of the outsourced project. Once this is done, there shouldn't be any anomalies in getting your content developed.
•Make your outsourcing deal with credible and well established content writers. Make the content developer aware of your Intellectual property and other privacy and security issues.