Remote Work Trends In 2019

Remote Work Trends In 2019

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First things first, Let me begin with saying developing a survey report is a lot of effort. Phew! Trust me, the process is hectic – You have to find people to talk to you; then you have to look at what they said, analyze it, compose it & then put together all the information in an easy to read format. So, Kudos to all those who make reports. As for us, we were set on preparing a comprehensive survey report on remote work. The number of work from home jobs are constantly on rising, it’s no shocker that more and more millennial are inclined toward working as and working with remote workers because of the flexibility it provides. The report itself is a guide for entrepreneurs who are looking to jump into remote working space in 2019.

Here are a few major takeaways from the Report:
1) A shift in work culture
2) A shift in reasons to work with remote teams
3) Difficulties faced in working with remote teams
4) The current average cost of outsourcing

Let’s look into each one of those points in detail

1) A Shift In Work Culture –

It was observed that 86% of CXOs said that they had or are currently working with Remote Teams. This goes to say that there is a shift in work culture from the traditional culture wherein you come in at Nine work till Five and then leave. Now companies want more accountability and responsibility on the employees part. Thus, when somebody is working remotely, they get the freedom they are looking for but with it comes accountability to finish work within a given time.

2) A Shift In Reason To Work With Remote Teams –

Cost is the most obvious reason that companies go for outsourcing their work, but it was found that flexibility seems to be almost as popular a reason as cost. It is definitely a welcome change in the industry, and companies now want employees to work the hours they want, where they want and how they want. The best example of this would be world industry leaders like Facebook, Google & Microsoft who give their employees unheard freedom to do their work.

3) Difficulties Faced In Working With Remote Teams –

If you’ve never had an experience in working with remote teams, you’d wonder how difficult would it be to tell someone what to do. It wouldn’t be until you actually hire a remote worker, that you’d realize it is night, IF NOT DONE CORRECTLY.

How to outsource correctly is a blog for another time, until then let me tell you the difficulties faced majorly in a remote environment

a) Communication

Communication tops the chart in problems in working with a remote team. Your remote team might be based out of a different country, having a different culture & language. All of these pose a difficulty in communication. You might not sometimes understand what they mean and vice versa. Cultural references are misunderstood on both sides. Sometimes you and your team might be on a different page altogether; it isn’t until you see the result, that you release what they were understanding and what you were trying to explain.

b) Timezone Difference

This can be a boon or a bane. As a matter of fact, I’ve written a complete blog about timezone difference difficulties which you can read here.

There are a lot of more difficulties but these two make up for most of them, if you can overcome these you can win the outsourcing war.

4)Current Average Cost Of Outsourcing –

According to our survey, it was found that you can get the same job done in south-Asia for almost 50% of the cost in united states. Not to misconstrue that outsourcing doesn’t come with its own set of challenges, there’s more than a few. But if you learn how to deal with them, you can definitely will this outsourcing battle and save yourself a tonne of money to buy a boat maybe. HAHA!

6 Essential Elements Of An App Marketing Strategy

6 Essential Elements Of An App Marketing Strategy

Contrary to popular belief, the core of the success of the applies in marketing rather than the design or development of the app. A very simple (but well made) app that is cheap to make, but well marketed, could provide a better return on investment than a more extensive (and expensive) app that has just been added to the Market.

App marketing requires a multi-faceted approach that is coordinated and coherent. You have to create a great app and consistently promote it through as many channels as possible for a shot at success in the app store ecosystem.

App marketing is an activity that starts even before the real marketing for the app could start. Right from the planning stage, one needs to get in the shoes of a marketer.

Here, we are going to cover the various opportunities for marketing that app developers can use and increase their ROI.

Pre-Development Stage

The pre-development stage is the base from where you start your journey. It is said that well begun is half done.

1. IDEA

Idea

The first step we need is an idea that inspires us. If you yourself don’t have a strong belief of the idea, how would you spread the enthusiasm to others?

Think Novel and Think differently. When one idea has already become successful, there is minimal chance that a clone too will repeat the success. Nobility, innovativeness, and solutions to an existing problem have the best chances to succeed. Hence you should make sure that your app either solves an existing problem or if the problem has already been solved then provide an intuitive or unique solution.

2. RIGHT ECOSYSTEM

Right Ecosystem

Each actor who is part of your app development process- developer, designer, and even the sales team need to be chosen with due diligence.

Don’t wait until the last minute to find a developer. Start early and take your time to find the right person or firm. Otherwise, it will cost you, both figuratively and literally.

3. DESIGN

Design

Create a wow app! Everything else will fall into place. The war of apps is fought on user experience. Make sure that you are well prepared. Develop a small but solid app and launch it. Gather feedback. Once you know what the audience liked and yearn for, plan for phase 2 accordingly. When you focus on excellent design, your product becomes your marketing.

Bonus Tips
Tip 1 – Don’t go with the crowd
Tip 2 – Your idea should solve an existing problem
Tip 3 – Software development requires an odd mix of attention to detail, creativity, and tenacity. It is mentally challenging, and an experienced developer is worth paying a Premium

Post-Development Phase

App Marketing is considered incomplete without online Marketing. Online marketing can help you reach to a worldwide audience. With up to 100% of your target audience spending most of the time surfing the internet, an online presence and availability become crucial.

4. WEBSITE

Website

The main reason to have a website is to provide an easy way for the users to find you, learn about you and research about you.
There is ample chance that people will hear your app name and then Google it. Here they need to land on a page that makes them feel comfortable and create confidence to download and try the app.
Remember you don’t need a giant website for your business, just a simple site that tells about you, your plans and how the app works.

GET STARTED
a. Get professional help
b. Keep it simple
c. Use it for market research
d. Get feedback

5. VIRAL VIDEOS

Viral Videos

A successful viral video can help brands engage with consumers on a much larger scale than a TV ad and is much cheaper to produce. Once the video is shared among hundreds and thousands of people, it becomes “viral.”
Viral videos are a great way of getting away from the interruption of pushing messages at people and instead using entertainment and an emotional connection to encourage consumers to pull your message to them.

CHECKPOINTS
a. The video must be entertaining for the viewers
b. Get apt metatag descriptions to go with the video
c. Encourage people to enjoy and share your content
d. Analyze the metrics

6. BLOGGING

Blogging

Blogging about your app is an efficient and effective way to enhance your profile. The blog should usually describe the overall experience behind creating the app and the enhancements you wish to do. It’s a way to communicate your ideas to your customers and engage them in your business. The followers on your blog are the ready market to reach out.
SEO can be potentially increased by sharing the blog on various social media sites.

QUICK FACTS
a. Pinterest is the fastest growing social media network and diverts the maximum traffic
b. Facebook gets 83 percent of the target audience for most apps
c. LinkedIn and Quora also contribute to generating leads

Conclusion: App Marketing can be a tough hurdle to overcome. When dealing with app marketing, every detail counts. In order to succeed it is advised that one should focus on what users want from your app and develop an app which would provide a feeling of satisfaction to users. By following the points mentioned in the post you can overcome this hurdle. If you are interested in app marketing and really eager to build a product which could be the game changer, try hiring top curated resources from RemotePanda. To know more contact us HERE.

RemotePanda at Techday

While RemotePanda had a gala-time at TechDay here are the 10 really great businesses the Panda could spot on

1) JADE INSIGHTS

Jade Insights strives to facilitate the revolutionary growth of the US Cannabis business and to spread that growth and wealth to those who historically have not had access to it. The aim is to create groundbreaking data tools for the cannabis industry that will allow business owners to run their business smooth and successfully.
Jade Insights provides a comprehensive view of all major departments of a cannabis company. With easy-to-use dashboards, users can understand their Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), then compare their operations to industry benchmarks. Users are also able to set up regularly scheduled alerts, emails, and reports to manage by exception.

2) HOTELS BY DAY

HotelsByDay is a startup based in New York City and made up of a team of hospitality industry veterans, technology experts and entrepreneurs who decided that there should be a better way for hotels to leverage their unused inventory during the day and for guests to be granted flexibility of check-in & check-out of a hotel room outside the conventional hours. It is observed that travelers need more dynamic options when they shop for hotel rooms. Hotelsbyday provides intra-day hotel spaces: offering travelers flexibility, comfort, and a space of their own.

3) MAZ

MAZ products empower leaders in media industries to become pioneers in OTT and mobile technology. MAZ aims to provide tools that aid in building and maintaining apps across all platforms without any technical expertise. By using these tools and services, one can eliminate additional hiring of editorial, marketing, and design teams.MAZ was named one of Entrepreneur’s “Best Entrepreneurial Companies in America” as well as one of Inc.’s “30 Under 30 World’s Coolest Entrepreneurs”.

 

4) BESTEST

 

Bestest brings “polling to the people” through a dedicated mobile app that gives everyone the power to collect usable insights, answers and feedback on the issues of the day through real-time opinion research. Bestest assists users in making better decisions. Using the dedicated application users can ask friends, teammates, classmates, co-workers or constituents to weigh in on picture and text polls that they create.

5) INVENTAPRINT 

Inventaprint’s goal is simple: help ideas come to life. Inventaprint is working diligently to connect inventors and businesses with vetted local or large manufacturers to simplify the creative process and achieve lower manufacturing costs. Inventaprint believes that the process of creating products should be smooth and accessible for everyone, Inventaprint cuts out the hassle of vetting manufacturers. To ensure that the businesses get top of the line manufacturers, Inventaprints carry out multiple assessments and screening processes. This approach aids in making smarter decisions.

 

6) FIXIONAL

Fixional began as a publisher trying to organize the world of online fiction onto one site. In the process, they came to an understanding that they could best serve the world of writing by offering software to other authors, editors, agents, and publishers. Fixional provides state of the art software that reviews writing and offers advanced manuscript editing. The software helps authors edit and think about their work; it allows editors to find the manuscripts that best match their publication. Additionally, it acts as a recruitment platform for agents to find authors to represent. Fixional helps review and explore thousands of manuscripts within moments, providing new insights and possibilities which assists in maintaining high standards.

7) VACAYO

Vacayo leverages technology to help people obtain financial freedom through real estate. Vacayo is a platform which allows individuals to rent their home for a year or more. Vacayo provides high monthly rent and management of cleaning, maintenance, and insurance. Vacayo aims at revolutionizing vacation rental management by offering homeowners high profits, total coverage, and better options.

8) SWOOGO 

Swoogo created an event management software that helps a planner execute an event with minimum hassle. Swoogo believes that event planners are always juggling multiple tasks, in order to provide them the element of relaxation the tool was developed. Swoogo combines heavy-weight event creation, management, and marketing features with easy-to-use, easy-to-understand reporting. To conclude it is safe to say that Swoogo is the best choice that anyone can have when concerning event management.

9) SPECTRONN 

Spectronn is an innovative and creative company focused on providing WiFi for transportation. The company is driven to provide transformatively, AI-driven, cloud managed cognitive radio networking and mobile edge computing technologies.Spectronn’s SiFi — an AI-driven cognitive wireless technology that provides resilient and high-speed WiFi in buses, cars, trains, trucks and other forms of transportation by dynamically connecting to multiple wireless networks (3G, 4G/LTE, satellite, etc.) simultaneously. Smart mobile edge computing supports video streaming, gaming, and other applications even if no mobile Internet.

10) AIRPORT SHERPA 

Airport Sherpa was founded by two frequent travelers ready to transform the airport experience. Airport Sherpa enables travelers to discover new and existing retail and dining options across all airports. Airport Sherpa is focused on delivering an improved traveling experience. Airport Sherpa allows travelers to grab orders as they walk through the airport. Travelers can check real-time updates for the orders and flight status.

Conclusion:

The time spent by RemotePanda at TechDay was phenomenal. RemotePanda experienced a truly blissful day full of opportunities to gain and absorb knowledge and information. The whole environment was encompassed with the entrepreneurial excellence. To sum it up in a few words it was just a truly amazing experience.

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5 Best Strategies to Reduce your AWS billing & Monthly Save Up to 1000$+

5 Best Strategies to Reduce your AWS billing & Monthly Save Up to 1000$+

 

Save 1000$+ monthly on your AWS Bill with these Simple Hacks

           Recently I did a short video on how to bring your AWS billing down by more than 80%, which went quite viral on the internet achieving thousands of impressions within a day. It made me realize that there are many founders/CXOs who face this issue of the high bill on AWS or any similar cloud platform. This post is a further extension on the points I mentioned in the video and provides additional ways on how you can save money on AWS.

 

01. Selecting the appropriate size for the AWS server –

 

It is crucial for every organization to choose the correct size of the server. At the initial stage of your startup, it is advised to start with a small server. Apart from that setting up auto-scaling really helps. Auto-scaling option continuously scales the servers dynamically based on the traffic. This means that your server will scale up and down automatically based on the traffic on your website, so you don’t need to pay for a big dedicated server. So definitely it helps to reduce your AWS billing.

02. Using S3 + CloudFront instead of EC2 –

 

Many people use EC2 servers for hosting their website. If you use static or dynamic website go for the S3 + CloudFront option instead of EC2 as it is more scalable and more secure as well as it costs less. Instead of paying for the dedicated EC2 server you can go for the cheaper S3 + CloudFront option so it can save your AWS cost.

03. Terminate development and QA environment when not required –

A simple trick to reduce the cost is to turn-off the development and QA environment on weekends and holidays when no one is using them. You can easily setup Lambda function which triggers the turning on and off of the servers. Just by applying this you can save up to 50% of the cost whenever you are not using it. We also apply this facility to many of our clients. When our working hours are done, and on weekends when no one is using the service, the servers shut down automatically, so it leads to AWS cost optimization.

 

 

04. Use AWS Reserved Instances –

Another great thing about AWS is that it offers the ability to reserve instances. Suppose you scored a great project whose duration is going to be around one year and you know what all instances you will need from the AWS. in this case, you can reserve the required instances with AWS. All you need to do is tell Amazon that you will require these instances for one year and Amazon brings down the cost for those instances, so it leads to control on AWS cost. 

05. Using the complete AWS features optimally –

Have you heard of SSL certificate? An SSL Certificate is essentially a digital certificate that authenticates the identity of a website and encrypts information sent to the server using SSL technology so it gives assistance in AWS cost optimization and helps to reduce AWS billing. Many of our clients buy SSL certificate from GoDaddy or any other providers, they have to pay a considerable amount for it, but AWS on the other side provides SSL certificate for free if you set it up correctly. So with AWS, you don’t have to worry about buying an SSL certificate, moreover at the time of renewal and again setting it up AWS takes care of it all.

Conclusion

I am sure that by applying these best practices you can also save a few extra bucks just like we did. Also, feel free to DM me if you want to discuss or want me to look into your AWS instance, I’d be more than happy to help. I can be reached on pravin@remotepanda.com

Reactive Programming – Future of Programming

Reactive Programming – Future of Programming

Developing great apps nowadays require many things like handle User Interaction, handle network related stuff, manage data as well as present them. For that Developer has to write lots of concurrent as well as asynchronous code.

Nowadays if you take a look on the internet as a developer than somewhere, you have read the term “Reactive programming.“ You might wonder what’s this term actually means and why it takes storm between the developers. Many developers say it is the “Next big thing” in the programming world. Maybe as a developer you are still unaware what the world is talking about so you are curious to know on this and make yourself to be the part of this incredible world of programming.

So if you are bibelot about this topic and search on the internet than here is what type of definition you will find:

 

“Reactive programming is an asynchronous programming paradigm concerned with data streams and the propagation of change.”

-Wikipedia


At the initial stage, it is tough to understand what it really meant. This is the reason why I am writing this blog. So that everyone is able to know how reactive programming will help you in coding with an easy and understandable way.

I will try to explain to you in a straightforward and fun manner that how it will attract you to use in your real-world apps and projects. I am sure you will definitely understand this by the fun conversation between me and my friend Taral.

Reactive Programming
Reactive Programming

As an application developer, we always need to make our app smooth as butter. For that we have to handle many things like below :

  • Handle multiple URL responses at the same time

  • Multiple UI changes

  • Manage Database

  • Handling all the other frameworks, we are using

  • Many more things

To tackle all these, we often use many frameworks also use some logic by putting UI related changes to the Main thread and other time-consuming stuff in a background thread. We’ll try to keep our main thread free. Writing code that truly runs in parallel, however, is somewhat complicated, especially when different bits of code need to work with the same pieces of data. It’s hard to argue about which part of code updates the data first, or which code read the latest value.

So for an alternative of all these, here comes the Reactive Programming to give you power and fight for your code.

Reactive Programming ~= Asynchronous programming

Basically, Rx is asynchronous programming that handles your code to react the data in observable sequences. It defines the basic programming in which one component emits the data, and other parts which are registered to receive will propagate those changes.

There are three building blocks of Rx

  1. Observables — Component that Emits the Data

  2. Observers — Components that subscribes to observable to get changes

  3. Schedulers — schedule the different pieces of data coming from observable

For example :

X = Y + Z

X is an observer here because it subscribes to the result of y+z

Y & Z are observables here because it omits the changes.

Reactive Programming

Conclusion:

This Blog Explains you Reactive Programming is the most straightforward way. If you want to know more about Reactive Programming, you can visit our blog Reactive Programming in SWIFT or could contact RemotePanda.