What Obama’s Immigration Plan means for Indian Techies?

The latest immigration reform of President Barack Obama, which was revealed last Thursday, brought little hope for the Information Technology Outsourcing industry in India. High-skilled techies in India were eagerly waiting for the US President to increase H- 1Bs or the number of skilled-workers visa. However, Obama bypassed the Congress in order to protect over a million illegal immigrants from deportation. The reform also included minor benefits for organizations with overseas workers.

The President, in his address to the nation, said that it would now be easier and faster for entrepreneurs, graduates and high-skilled immigrates to stay in the U.S and contribute to its economy.  This has brought a cloud over India’s outsourcing firms who were waiting for the H-1B visas to increase, so they could send across more Indian engineers and programmers to meet the needs of their customers in the U.S.

This is indeed a big hit to Indian software companies, considering the fact that Indian technology giants (Wipro, TCS and Infosys) have been sending thousands of skilled workers year after year.

The reforms bill, which was first introduced last year, was initially supposed to triple the H-1B visas to 180,000 a year, but was thwarted after several lawmakers felt that such a change would result in an influx of illegal immigrates. Based on this fact, market watchers were sure that Obama would not drastically increase the number of H-1B visas issued annually.  Continue reading

Top 5 Outsourcing Risks & How to Avoid Them

Outsourcing is often used as an effective business strategy to reduce cost, bring in innovation and get access to better software products. However, there are risks that can sidetrack your project. What are the most common risks that a business can face in outsourcing and how can you effectively manage them? How do you ensure that your outsourced project is successful amongst these risks? Let’s examine the top five outsourcing risks and find out how to combat them.

Outsourcing Risk #1: Loss of control/ visibility over the project

Losing control over the outsourced project is one of the biggest fears that haunt CIOs. Lack of communication or slow responses may result in a costly product. The key to facing this risk is to understand that your outsourcing project should be equally managed by your company and the vendor. Start by improving the communication with your outsourcing team and also ensure that your in-house team understands how to handle the outsourced project.

Outsourcing Risk #2: Hidden costs

Though outsourcing is cost-effective, it is not an end-all to your problems. If you are to see success in your outsourcing relationship, you will still need to incur cost, like the salary of the project manager or the cost of transitioning. The ideal way to combat this risk is to keep yourself aware about the potential hidden costs in your new outsourcing venture. This will give you a clear view about the exact cost reduction that outsourcing can bring to your business.

Outsourcing Risk #3: Language problems

As you might already know, communication is a crucial factor in outsourcing. Communication can falter if your development team is unable to speak your language (For example: English). To avoid this risk, carefully choose the outsourcing country and vendor. Choose a service provider who can guarantee that their remote team will be able to communicate to you in the preferred language. Continue reading

5 Reasons Why Outsourcing is Here to Stay

Even though the tech services industry may be in the middle of a downturn, outsourcing is not going anywhere, as it offers too many benefits. Outsourcing, now a staple business practice is not likely to meet its end in the near future. Here are five reasons why outsourcing is here to stay:

1. Make considerable cost savings

Although the cost of labor and other related costs are rising in popular outsourcing destinations like India, Brazil and Easter Europe, it is still considerably cheaper to offshore work, than to do it domestically. The recent data collected by Staff. Com has shown that while a senior programmer in the U.S may charge $90,000, the very same work can cost as low as $14,000 in India.

2. Fill the skills gap

You might have heard the same story from most technology giants. It has become extremely difficult to find workers with specialized skills in key areas like data analysis, the cloud and mobility to name a few. Global companies and businesses are still turning towards outsourcers to fill the gap, as it is tough to get access to good talent right now. Until the supply increases, outsourcing is definitely something that tech companies will be looking forward to. Continue reading

The 3 R’s of Outsourcing: Reasons, Risks & Rewards

As the owner of a company, you would have definitely thought about outsourcing one or more aspects of your business. You are aware about the benefits of outsourcing, but want to know if there is more to outsourcing than just the bottom line. Before you outsource, you want to know why companies have taken the outsourcing route.

Well, you can get your questions answered by knowing more about the 3 R’s of outsourcing (Reasons, Risks and Rewards):

The reasons why companies outsource

  • To effectively reduce and control operating costs related to hiring new employees
  • To improve company focus and to concentrate on core business activities
  • To get access to exceptional capabilities at a cost-effective price
  • To free up internal resources for other important work
  • To make up for the lack of internal resources in a specific domain
  • To maximize restructuring benefits
  • To manage a business function that is difficult or gone out of control
  • To make capital funds available
  • To reduce risks

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How to Plan a Real Estate Video Tour

One of the most important steps in creating a great real estate video tour is the first step, which is the planning process. Far too often, a real estate professional simply picks up a hand held camera such as a cell phone with video capabilities, turns it on and walks through the house providing some verbal information about the home. In order to make a great real estate video tour, a lot of planning should be done. The script should be written out and practiced, and the video should move from one room to the next in an order that makes sense. Ideally, the video will showcase the best features of the home first. Here is some information on how to create a real estate video tour that not only looks good, but also leads to bigger and faster sales.

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How to Make a Real Estate Video Tour Look Professional

One of the most important things when putting together a real estate video tour is to make sure that it looks professional and well done. When done properly, a real estate video tour can have a huge impact on a listing. It can bring in more interest, helping a home to sell faster and get a bigger offer. On the other hand, when poorly done, a real estate video tour can be a negative. If the video is low quality, the lighting is bad and the shoot is not well planned, the negatives of a home can be highlighted.

The best option is to work with a professional who knows how to produce high quality real estate video tours with a lot of consistency. Then can deliver a finished product that will be extremely beneficial to the seller. However, below are a few tips that can help anyone make a professional looking real estate video tour.

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Grab Buyers Attention with Real Estate Image Enhancement

Sometimes it is a good exercise to check out the experience of your target audience in order to figure out how you can best appeal to them and serve them. In the world of real estate image enhancement, this can best be done by visiting a site with real estate listings and browsing them as if you are a potential buyer.

What is one of the first things that you notice about listings? How are you deciding which listings to click and read more about and which ones to skip? If you are like most potential homebuyers, you are deciding based upon the primary photo on each of the listings, which tends to be an exterior shot of the property. Most users scan the entire page at one go, and each thumbnail picture gets only a split of a seconds time. It is the job of the realtor, the homeowners, the real estate photographer and the real estate image editor to grab the attention of the potential buyer in that split second.
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Four Tips to Create Awesome Real Estate Video Tours

More and more real estate agents and professionals are devoting time to learning how to make really impressive video tours, because it is becoming such an important part of online listings. With the prevalence of the Internet in homebuyers’ searches for the right property, it is obvious that online listings are here to stay. That means that the next step is delivering the best online listings that can drive a lot of people to open houses and lead to more offers on the home for a greater amount of money.

With that in mind, here are four tips that can be used on a specific project or in general as a real estate professional trying to keep a strong presence with real estate video tours.
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Five Tips for Real Estate Image Editing

There are a lot of different methods of post-processing of real estate images by which your property images can look a lot better. When used in conjunction, they can really work wonders on your pictures. In addition, real estate image editing can cause more people to come out and see a home or put offers in on it, because they will have a stronger first impression based upon the images that you showed them. This is part of the reason that real estate image editing is so popular in the industry. Here are a few tips on how you can use real estate image editing to boost your conversions:

  1. Tap Into Emotions – Try to make people think about pleasant, exciting thoughts when they look at the images you’ve selected and edited for a property. Take pictures of fun features, such as pools or decks. Brighten them up with some real estate image editing so that they remind people of a fun time on a sunny day. Good real estate image editing will make bright colors appear brighter while also adding some sharpness and contrast.
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Brighten up and Enhance Your Real Estate Images for Better Conversions

One of the most important things that you should include in any online real estate listing is a gallery of images of the home or property. It is vital that you show the user what the home looks like, so that they can decide whether or not they are interested. Using image enhancement and image manipulation techniques can make a huge difference in your conversions, and that will be vital to giving your clients the best service possible while also increasing your chances at making the most money possible.

Better Images Mean More Conversions

When Internet users see bright photos, they pay more attention. They will be more likely to click a corresponding link. When potential homebuyers see a wide array of images for a property, they are more likely to become interested in that specific property because they can begin to picture themselves in it.

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