Nov 2018

The Mobile Strategy: Insurance at your fingertips

The insurance industry has so far been known for its legacy applications. The most successful players in the industry are traditionalists, rather than technologists. The mobile revolution has necessitated a radical shift in the way the industry has functioned so far. According to an Apteligent report, by 2020, the world will have 9.2 billion active mobile subscriptions. Needless to say, mobile phones and the Internet are transforming the world and revolutionising business processes across industries. Despite the insurance industry’s traditional way of operating, research shows that 60 percent of consumers’ primary way of accessing policy information is through their insurer’s...

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Oct 2018

Data Warehousing: The informed decision making

In the times that we’re living in, data is information, and information is power. The rapid pace of technological development and the age of the Internet have made it possible for companies to capture user data from multiple channels. While all companies, across sectors, benefit from capturing and creating large repositories of user data, insurers in particular can benefit greatly if these gold mines of user information can be analysed to understand trends in user behaviours and create or augment focus groups in the market. But all of this can be possible only when data is centralised and statistically analysed....

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Oct 2018

Why businesses should think DevOps

We’ve discussed the concept of DevOps and how it can help businesses build and grow their infrastructure. To reiterate, the DevOps model of working entails breaking down the silos in which the business, development, operations, testing and other teams work, so that every stakeholder is equally responsible for realising the business objectives of the software or application being produced. When the team is integrated, with each person equally invested and answerable for every step in the software development lifecycle (SDLC), it leads to higher performance, better quality of software and application, removes bottlenecks, minimises risk, the final product is very...

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Oct 2018

DevOps, driving success

We’ve know the inherent value of the DevOps model of working, when applied to relevant projects, in tech-led businesses. Creating an organisational culture that encourages employees to work collaboratively, and with a cross-functional approach, where each member of the team is responsible for every function and component within the software development lifecycle (SDLC), helps the business achieve more and deliver more value to the users of its applications. The DevOps model can be the game-changing, pivotal factor that helps a business write its success stories. When all stakeholders of the software or application — business managers, designers, developers, operational  executives,...

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Oct 2018

Ensuring high performance applications

While speaking about the basics of Performance Testing, it became clear why the process is an integral part of the software development lifecycle (SDLC). Software and applications that perform poorly don’t deliver their intended benefit to the business, resulting in mounting costs in terms of time, effort, money, and, of course, reputation, regardless of the cause for the poor or non-performance. It affects the credibility of all the people involved in creating the application or software, be it the business heads, designers, coders, product architects, and testers. Performance, however, can be a nebulous, shifting term to understand. Performance is largely...

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Sep 2018

Is your business ready for DevOps?

We’ve discussed at length the various benefits tech companies stand to enjoy by adopting the DevOps model for software development. When developers, operation engineers and testers work together and are equally responsible for releasing a competitively superior product while consistently maintaining its integrity and quality across all platforms and devices, processes become more streamlined and efficient, helping the organisation progress and grow at a faster pace. Even as businesses rapidly adjust their teams and development philosophies to adopt the DevOps approach, it is important to accept that DevOps is still a young and evolving field that changes constantly — after...

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Sep 2018

Is Performance Testing an integral part of your SDLC?

At the heart of the need for sophisticated and comprehensive performance testing of the applications and software we use is simply that we expect so much more from them now than ever before. We want them to be faster, provide better functionality, offer greater responsiveness, prove themselves to be more stable than competing products — and we want them to do it while giving us a seamless, standardised experience across platforms and devices. It is a big ask and puts an immense strain on the businesses to cater to. Any delay or non-performance can have severe implications for the business,...

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Sep 2018

Successful Implementation of The DevOps Model

In DevOps model, instead of working in individual silos, all members of the team are responsible for all the stages in the product development lifecycle — from understanding business requirement, development, testing, deployment, gathering and analysing feedback from users, and planning and implementing changes based on feedback data. This model promotes collaboration within the team and increases productivity. The DevOps model is increasingly being hailed as the “new Cloud” by the market due to its inherent value in helping businesses roll out higher quality products while accelerating the speed of application development and change. As businesses attempt to build new...

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