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AR-Assisted Software Development

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Software development has always been the meeting point for technology enthusiasts and process experts who endlessly opine about the best ways to go about it. Paradigms, methodologies and techniques have changed over the years. Whether it is the Kanban system or Aspect Oriented Programming, it all comes down to achieving more efficiency and meeting that often elusive deadline with a robust product.
Topics: Augmented Reality AR

DevOps for improving productivity and software reliability

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Now-a-days, DevOps is very popular buzzword in the IT industry and is gaining good traction by companies to adopt DevOps culture and practices to improve software delivery and reliability.

Topics: Benefits of DevOps DevOps

Tech stories handpicked for you - Week 30, 2017

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Most efficient cloud migration techniques

Moving huge amount of data to cloud can be risky and expensive. Enterprises who are struggling with cloud migration seek for options that are effective in terms of flexibility and cost. These tips can really help in smooth, secure and cost-effective cloud migration.

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Topics: big data analytics cloud migrations Sharepoint Online Enterprise Mobility SharePoint Framework

Understanding headless digital commerce

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Digital commerce has been impacted by all the changes and trends in technology, ever since it took shape and form. The earliest entrants of digital commerce are leading a new trend today that might lean towards the future of this industry. This new trend ‘headless digital commerce’ is promising in the face of lightning fast changes in consumption channels and the competitive UX landscape.

Topics: ux Magento Digital Commerce Headless Digital Commerce

5 steps to enhance the reach of your SCORM content

The SCORM standard is still an important option that organizations consider while devising their training agendas. The courses that are then churned out with much hopes of boosting productivity, engaging the workforce and at least, meeting training milestones, are often seen going ‘out of fashion’ quickly. It is not just the evolving content needs that render the existing course outdated. Skilled instruction designers are able to garner all the training requirements and extrapolate them to ensure scalability. This way, the content stays relevant even going ahead. But then, SCORM courses have begun sporting frighteningly low shelf-lives.
Topics: SCORM SCORM Offline Player SCORM content

Spark versus Hadoop and using them in collaboration

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Now-a-days, whenever we hear the word “Big Data”, two words comes into our mind: Spark and Hadoop, and the question that arises is which one should we use. Before debating over Apache Spark and Apache Hadoop, let us understand the architectural difference between them that decides their speed while dealing with different applications.
Topics: Hadoop Apache Hadoop spark

Tech stories handpicked for you - Week 29, 2017

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How to make sure your cloud is secured?

Cloud computing offers lot of benefits that include cost savings, streamlined management for critical information and data processing. However, with all these benefits enterprises must make sure that their cloud environment is secure as well.

Topics: enterprise collaboration tools Big data cloud computing Enterprise Mobility

How the world of e-Commerce payments is evolving?

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When the first e-commerce transaction was made in 1994, little did we know that one day e-commerce would rule the industry! Today, it has become an indispensable component for all the business units. It has cast huge impact on the way we shop today and has led to the formation of a whole new industry of e-commerce businesses and support services. According to latest statistics, global e-commerce is predicted to grow at around 19 per cent CAGR up to 2020.

Topics: e-commerce digital payments

Accelerating your digital-transformation journey with Artificial Intelligence

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The momentum in digital innovation in today's digital game is seen coming not only from newcomers born in digital era but also from the traditional biggies - read Tesco, GE and Amazon of the world. Large enterprises are making a conscious push to transform themselves from digital followers to digital transformers. For business leaders, the coming years will be only about determining the right technologies to keep their place in the digital world. AI is that one technology which is catching the attention like wild fire.

Topics: Digital Tranformation Artificial Intelligence AI

Best Salesforce tips to simplify the life of enterprises

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Salesforce, a renowned customer relationship management software offers numerous features and capabilities that help enterprises to develop customer relationship and build loyalty among them. It also enhances their sales and manage their customer contacts effectively.

Though Salesforce provides enterprises with lots of benefits, managing the platform can be complex at times. However, below are few tips to help enterprises in effectively managing their Salesforce software.
Topics: Salesforce Salesforce for enterprises

Conversational UX will drive next wave digital transformation

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2016 witnessed what we call the ‘Big Bang’ of conversational services. Companies like Amazon, Google, Microsoft and Facebook introduced a new paradigm of computing experiences that welcomed the new wave of digital transformation. One of the important changes that marked the new wave of digital transformation was the shift from traditional GUI-based digital products to more customer-centric products, leveraging human-centered design while adopting a rapid experimentation mindset. This has led to the emergence of the need for Conversational UX.

Topics: ux Digital Tranformation Conversational UX

Elements of B2B ecommerce success

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Today when we speak of ecommerce, we usually think of the conventional, consumer-based online shopping sites. Little do we know that these B2C ecommerce sales are almost half of the B2B ecommerce sales! So, what exactly is covered under this beast called B2B ecommerce? B2C and B2B are two types of commercial transactions where B2B stands for business-to-business. B2C is a process for selling products directly to consumers while B2B involves selling products or services to other businesses. When the transactions are carried online, it takes the form of ecommerce. It is important for the businesses to implement the right system for their customers as B2B and B2C differ fundamentally in complexity, scope, scale and cost etc.

Topics: B2B B2B commerce B2B customers

Technology stories that are worth - Week 28, 2017

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What are the best practices of cloud risk mitigation?

If you are considering cloud migration, it is essential to carefully choose a service provider. This process involves various stakeholders including members from IT, legal, business and finance. Enterprises must also consider the risk associated with the cloud migration.

Topics: Big Data technologies cloud migrations SharePoint Enterprise Mobility Cloud Computing Mobile Transformation Power BI

A look into Salesforce IoT cloud

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Topics: IoT Salesforce Cloud IoT cloud

Opportunities for organizations in the Artificial Intelligence (AI) era

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Your journey in the AI era is determined by many factors, only if you are watching closely the many facets of AI, you can also see that AI brings with it an entire constellation of opportunities. I wanted to know what the future of AI would look like, and the opportunities they could bring. So I reached out to our experts who work in this space to ask what their thoughts are. Our experts explain how AI will change the way we work and also change the future of productivity. Their thoughts were insightful.

Topics: IoT Big data Digital Transfrmation Artificial Intelligence AI

PSD2 is pushing European banks to innovate

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The change that first triggered in 2007 is about to complete the circle soon in the form of Payment Services Directive (PSD2), disrupting how Europeans transact and finances are operated in Europe. Bill Gates once said, "Banking is necessary, banks are not." PSD2 is going to transform the banking sector which is known for regulation, compliances and incumbency.

Topics: API PSD2

Strategically managing the governance

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Corporate governance has become a buzzword in recent times, as the businesses are now paying more focus on balancing profitability with sustainability. It is quite a difficult concept to explain, although easy to define, which says, it is the act of balancing the interests of an organization’s shareholders, management, customers, suppliers, financiers, government and the community.

Topics: 10 success mantra’s Corporate governance Strategic management

3 P’s of effective team engagement

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In today’s team centric era, team members expect the talent management team to anticipate and meet their needs in real time.  At e-Zest, engagement is all about encouraging the team members to interact, share their expectations and experiences like an extended family.
Topics: Employee engagement Team engagement

Making the Operational Excellence – Digital Transformation Story Real

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How does your organization define digital transformation? Especially when your digital future is heavily tied to your workforce efficiencies. Many enterprises are aspiring to find Operational Excellence Through ‘Digital Transformation’ whereas Operational Excellence itself is a stepping stone to Digital Transformation.

Topics: digital transformation operational excellence Operations

How blockchain will disrupt Digital Commerce?

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In January, news broke of a card hack at Neiman Marcus where the hackers were able to access the debit and credit card information of customers who shopped at this chain between the 16th of July, 2013 to the 30th of October, 2013. In a similar case, a hotel franchise management company that manages 168 hotels in 21 states suffered a data breach that exposed hundreds of guests' debit and credit cards information in 2013. There have been many more such incidents of data breach in the past.

Topics: Technology Blockchain Digital Commerce

Getting started with ReactJS

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Topics: JavaScript React ReactJS

Big data in digital commerce

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Introduction

The evolution of big data and analytics have brought enormous opportunities for digital commerce industry. The large number of audiences offering massive amount of raw data are enabling digital commerce industry to add value and enhance the customer experiences.  

Fundamentally, big data follows two initiatives in digital commerce world. First is bringing in new opportunities and second is nurturing the existing and core value chains. By leveraging these approaches, digital commerce enterprises can expand their offerings and improve customer satisfaction.  

Topics: Big data Digital Commerce

Tech stories handpicked for you - Week 27, 2017

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Enterprise cloud 2017

Today every enterprises are heavily investing into cloud market. Considering the year 2017, enterprises prefer Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI) i.e. enterprise cloud. It provides an ability to manage virtualization and storage by integrating various services.

Topics: Big data Enterprise Mobility Cloud Enterprise Cloud SharePoint communication sites

3Es to enable effective employee engagement

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In today’s VUCA (volatility, uncertainty, complexity, ambiguity) environment, trust and care are the buzzword. More predominately with millennials generation, it is one of important expectation from organizations. Our motto at e-Zest is to engage, encourage and enable our team members to contribute in most positive way.  
Topics: employee management Employee engagement

The basics of how digital commerce works

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No one is accurately aware of when mankind started trading! From horses to ships, from trucks to airplanes, the need to trade goods has shaped some of the best innovations for mankind. With more and more ideas shaping up the business arena, digital commerce is one trend that is slowly concurring the enterprise world. So, what is digital commerce or digital commerce? Put in simple words “Digital commerce involves buying and selling of goods and services by the use of internet, mobile networks and other commerce infrastructure.”

Topics: Digital Commerce Challenges of Digital Commerece Digital Commerce platform

Ways to develop an excellent SharePoint intranet

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We were all excited about the recent SharePoint 2016 release including the innovations and enhancements offered by it. The hybrid search, cloud, new user experience and OneDrive features have raised the bar for SharePoint as an intranet platform.

The new feature suite in SharePoint 2016 is definitely great but enterprises often face difficulties on the user front. There is nothing to do with the platform but the tricky point is implementation. This kind of issues generally spoil the reputation of SharePoint.

How can you make sure the SharePoint intranet implementation is hassle-free? We understand every organization follow different methodologies but here we have shared few common approaches applicable in every scenario. Follow them and have a great intranet platform.

Topics: Hybrid SharePoint 2016 SharePoint Framework SharePoint intranet

e-Zest successfully sponsors the Global DevOps Bootcamp, 2017

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The Global DevOps Bootcamp takes place once a year on venues all over the world. It is built on the foundation of local organizers and locals. This time the Global DevOps Bootcamp was organized by e-Zest Solutions in Pune. It provided a global platform for different communities and professionals passionate about DevOps on the Microsoft stack to come together to learn about the latest trends. Professionals collaborated and shared knowledge around the DevOps methodology and various Microsoft tools such as Visual Studio, Azure and Xamarin in this event.

Topics: DevOps News & Events Technology

SaaSification for Big Data application

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“Products as a Service” or “Software as a Service” models have innate abilities to potentially scale and be cost effective for both the service owners and the consumers. They also boost the ability to effectively manage the business operations & management services. In one such instance, we have a customer with an on premise Big Data (Hadoop) based application which they were interested to offer as a Multi-tenant SaaS based solution. The customer pressed for a solution that would induce zero to minimal code changes in the existing platform’s codebase. Other specific requirements consisted of having a relatively lower cost of cloud infrastructure per customer while enabling automated on-boarding of new tenants.

Topics: PaaS Hadoop bigdata SaaS Saasification

New technologies shaping new user experiences for digital commerce

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‘Are you being served’, a popular sitcom in 1971 that ran for around 14 years, defined the shopping mall culture as we know it today. However, ‘are you being served?’ question today gone far beyond the mall. Newer technologies are being invented constantly and are used innovatively by marketers that keep shaping our buying experiences. We are at the cusp of interesting time where infusion of the technology in the form of Personal Assistants like SIRI/Amazon Echo, AR, VR, AI, machine learning, speech to text and IoT in the buying process is about to explode.

Topics: ux Technology User Experience VR AR Digital Commerce

Innovation updates from SharePoint Virtual Summit 2017

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At the time of SharePoint Virtual Summit 2017, Microsoft shared latest developments for SharePoint and OneDrive that include powerful integrations across Azure, Office 365 and Windows.

Topics: SharePoint Framework SharePoint Virtual Summit

Microsoft Inspire - A place to be in every July!

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Friends, last year I attended Microsoft World Partner Conference (now known as Microsoft Inspire) in Toronto. It was full of energy. Watching CEO Satya sharing the new Microsoft, the new vision that he is set out for, listening to CEO Jeff Immelt from GE and executives from other great companies was a great treat. It was a carnival- carnival of thousands of individuals who are passionate about making a difference using Microsoft technologies and I was immersed into that for all the days. Cherry on the top was regional offsite to Nigara, a peculiar way to have knowledge-fun balance.

Topics: Microsoft Microsoft Inspire

Key payment trends enabling the digital commerce industry

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Importance of payment in digital commerce

Payment is the fundamental need for any online transaction. Payment entails the exchange of monetary information, funds and services between various parties. In the context of digital commerce, it forms an embedded agreement encompassing goods delivery and services including post-sales support and all liabilities and risks.

Topics: Digital Commerce Payment Trends

Ways to create a successful e-commerce strategy

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Impact of dynamic e-commerce system on businesses

With the advent of digitization, the e-commerce system is transforming. Considering the past decade, the varying e-commerce paradigm has generated massive confusion amongst businesses that are willing to establish and optimize a successful e-commerce strategy.

Topics: e-commerce

e-Zest Solutions is digital experience engineering company with facilities in the United States (Detroit & San Jose), Germany (Hannover), United Kingdom (London UK) and India (Pune) with global clientele. Our services include custom software development, offshore software development, UX consulting, BigData, Managed cloud Services (Azure & AWS), SharePoint consulting/Migration, Enterprise Java application development, Automated software testing services.