Vofox Solutions https://vofoxsolutions.com Wed, 11 Dec 2019 11:11:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3.1 Xamarin.Forms vs Android Studio: Which is the best for mobile app development? https://vofoxsolutions.com/xamarin-forms-vs-android-studio/ https://vofoxsolutions.com/xamarin-forms-vs-android-studio/#respond Wed, 11 Dec 2019 10:59:19 +0000 https://vofoxsolutions.com/?p=30140 View Article]]> An Integrated Development Environment (IDE) plays a key role in facilitating the software development process. There are a number of reasons to use an IDE, an IDE unifies common tasks performed by developers such as debugging, editing source code, version control, and building executables into a single environment. Apart from that, they can also increase developer productivity by integrating multiple lines of code into a single application. In this blog post, we will run a side by side comparison between Xamarin.Forms vs Android Studio.

Xamarin.Forms

Cross-platform mobile app frameworks are now one of the latest trends in the realm of mobile app development. With cross-platform development frameworks, developers can craft powerful and multi-featured mobile apps that are compatible with iOS, Android, and Windows devices. Xamarin is one of those frameworks. Xamarin is a great framework for C# developers since Xamarin uses C# as its codebase, they can also use .NET libraries while developing mobile apps for iOS and Android platforms. Xamarin.Form is an extended feature, Xamarin Developers can find Xamarin plugin on both the IDEs offered by Microsoft, viz. Xamarin Studio for Mac and Visual Studio for Windows. When you wish to build an Android app, you are required to use the Xamarin.Forms. 

With Xamarin.Forms, developers can access built-in controls, pages, and layout to design and develop enhanced mobile apps from a single API.

  

Xamarin.Forms: Features

  • Fast Renderers: Fast renderers are now enabled in Xamarin by default and this primarily benefits Android developers. It comes with an optimized renderer that removes the need for wrapping the view group. So, If you want to go back to use the legacy renderers, you can use the below flag.
    global::Xamarin.Forms.Forms.SetFlags(“useLegacyRenderers”);
  • Shell: Tabs are now more simple with the latest version of Xamarin.Forms. Shell builds upon the fast renderer that we mentioned before since everything in the shell uses the same pattern. If you think about what you had to do to make tabs, or what you still could do today with a tab page to make tabs work, then you will probably end up writing a bunch of codes like this:

shells

 Wouldn’t it be nice if you could write the above code like this:

shell

Pros of using Xamarin.Forms

  • Easy Prototyping: Prototyping can be a time-consuming task for developers. With Xamarin.Forms, developers can effortlessly prototype complex mobile apps.   
  • With Xamarin, developers can update, make changes to the app relatively easy when compared to other frameworks. With native, the procedures are the same, only it’s duplicated for each version of the app.
  • Apps that are developed with Xamarin.Forms can fully access the hardware functionalities of your device such as NFC, sensors, etc, just like a native app. 
  • Xamarin.forms allows developers to build UI in two ways. Developers can build UI with the aid of Extensible Application Markup Language (XAML). At the same time, they can use the default API that is provided by Xamarin to build UI views completely with source code.
  • With Xamarin.Forms, developers can use multiple layouts as a container for views, as well as for other containers. 

 

Android Studio

Android studio is a product of Google and is the official IDE for Andriod development. As such, it’s highly sure that its support will never end as long as Android apps exist. It is a one-stop-shop for building apps for Android Wear, Android Phones, Android TV, tablets and Android Auto. 

Android Studio: Features

  • Firebase and Cloud integration: Android studio provides the added support for developers to connect your app to Google cloud and added services from Google such as Authentication, Notifications, Analytics, and more.
  • Instant Apps for App Bundles: App sizes are always something that annoys us during a download. This is the main reason why Google has added the support for app bundles, it allows you to set certain device configuration requirements for dynamic feature modules to be downloaded automatically during the app install. Apart from that, you can set conditional delivery based on hardware features such as OpenGL Versions, Support for AR(Augmented Reality), API Level or even user country.
  • APK Analyzer: Developers can find APK Analyzer as a handy tool in Android Studio. It allows developers to inspect DEX files, analyze the size of each component, and also allows them to preview packaged assets.

 

Pros of using Android Studio

  • With this IDE, developers can seamlessly build apps for all Android devices such as tablets, mobile phones, wearables, Android Auto and Android TV. 
  • Since Android Studio is considered as the official IDE for building Android apps, developers can expect great community support.
  • Android Studio even provides native support for GCP(Google Cloud Platform). 
  • Google has made Source Control a hassle-free process in Android Studio since it comes with Built-in GitHub integration, but it also supports other source control systems like Google Cloud Source Repositories.

 

From the above comparison, it will be hard for us to arrive at a proper conclusion since we’ve got two amazing platforms for mobile app development. However, we strongly recommend choosing Xamarin as the core tool for your mobile app development.

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The Changing Trends in Software Outsourcing in India https://vofoxsolutions.com/changing-trends-in-software-outsourcing/ https://vofoxsolutions.com/changing-trends-in-software-outsourcing/#respond Thu, 28 Nov 2019 07:03:56 +0000 https://vofoxsolutions.com/?p=30097 View Article]]> Technologies like artificial intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning(ML) have changed the perception of traditional software. With the advent of AI and ML, the software could make intelligent decisions on their own, adapt to the preferences of the user, and could do a lot. 

Software that is backed by AI, ML, IoT(Internet of Things), AR(Augmented Reality) and cloud technologies could deliver business with greater agility and higher ROI. The increased need to build, modernize and customize software has resulted in accelerated demand for skilled developers. 

 

“The demand for skilled software developers is on the rise”

The demand for skilled software developers is on the rise these days. With the increase in demand for talented developers, software outsourcing companies are rapidly expanding their operations all over the world. 

The global outsourcing market is expected to surpass 90 billion U.S. dollars in 2019. Apart from the tight competition from software outsourcing companies from China, Poland, Romania, Belarus, and Ukraine, software development companies in India can be considered as a silver bullet for businesses that are in a pursuit to build software solutions cost-effectively. Now let’s come to the important questions — What will be the changing trends in software outsourcing in India? what if you choose a software outsourcing model and it goes out of trend in the future? Will software outsourcing help your business to save costs and resources? We will try to answer these questions in this blog post.

 

“India is becoming an outsourcing hotspot”

India is a preferred destination for software outsourcing, with over 70% of its IT services are exported to fortune 500 companies across the globe. Businesses from all over the world are choosing to outsource their software needs to India and the region has a strong focus on digital and technical skills.

 Communication is the elixir for any outsourcing project. With India’s high number of English speakers, the country is a popular outsourcing hub for the English-speaking world.

Businesses will be more inclined to partner up with software outsourcing vendors that would provide them with these technologies and services:

 

  • Businesses seek outsourcing companies that provide cybersecurity services

While AI and ML are being adopted into virtually all types of Softwares, there is a risk of highly advanced malware and ransomware to possibly breach your IT units. Because of this reason, most enterprises are highly vigilant and considers cybersecurity as one of their top priorities. As cyber threats continue to drain billions of dollars of business each year, cybersecurity is in high demand in software outsourcing.

Lack of skilled cybersecurity professionals in the software industry will increase the demand for software outsourcing companies that provide cybersecurity services such as security and compliance testing. cybersecurity services top as one of the top software outsourcing trends that must be seriously considered by software outsourcing vendors.

 

  • The demand for cloud outsourcing is increasing

The demand for cloud computing is on the rise these days and will increase exponentially in the future. 

Almost  70% of IT outsourcing services are done for cloud technologies and businesses across the globe are expected to increase their spending in the cloud technology in the near future. 

A recent study by Gartner suggests that the shift towards cloud computing will impact $1 trillion in IT spending by 2020.

 As more businesses migrate to cloud-based technologies, there will be a need for cloud-based testing and cloud security. With cloud testing, businesses can reduce their operational costs and increasing automation, which helps them to eliminate their dependence on skilled resources. 

 

  • Businesses only choose vendors who consider data security as their Top Priority

Not all businesses outsource their work, some businesses rely on their in-house team for their software development project. Even though software outsourcing proves to be a cost-effective solution before these businesses, they are highly skeptical about data breaches of their confidential information that could cause potential harm to their operations. In order to mitigate this issue, vendors must ensure that their client’s data is safe from malware and cyber-attacks.

As vendors now understand the need for minimizing data breach, they have augmented their protocols for running in a safer environment. To ensure fail-safe data security, vendors now deploy security tools like firewalls, secure booting, and secure authentication methods for safeguarding the data.

 

  • The demand for vendors who provide outsourcing services for blockchain, DevOps as a service (DaaS) and the Internet of Things (IoT)

As evolving technologies such as blockchain, DevOps and IoT are becoming a staple part of every business, the demand for software outsourcing vendors who provide these services is on the rise.

With DevOps, the development team can reduce the number of development cycles which results in the timely completion of the project. Apart from that, DevOps as a service (DaaS) could improve communication within the development team, Increase Recovery Time and reduce Deployment Failures, and more importantly, cut down on cost by reducing IT Staff.

Software outsourcing is dilating how companies operate in the business world. Outsourcing software services enabled businesses to rapidly expand their business at an extremely low investment of cost, time and effort. These software outsourcing trends will increase its capabilities and will take businesses to the next level.

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Top 5 Reasons to Choose the ASP.Net Core for Web Development? https://vofoxsolutions.com/reasons-to-choose-asp-net-core-for-web-development/ https://vofoxsolutions.com/reasons-to-choose-asp-net-core-for-web-development/#respond Thu, 21 Nov 2019 06:41:00 +0000 https://vofoxsolutions.com/?p=30060 View Article]]> .NET is a popular software development framework designed by Microsoft exclusively for web application development. With this framework, web developers can integrate a wide range of features like cloud infrastructure support, desktop software, and other web-based services. This framework can be efficiently used for large-scale applications and is being used by many Fortune 500 companies across the globe. 

Microsoft started to develop this framework in the late 90s. Their goal was to build an ecosystem that is based on a managed code, that can be executed under a runtime environment. The advent of this framework had improved the overall development experience and avoided the need for active memory management, security operations, etc.

After a decade long development, Microsoft has finally launched the first release of the .NET platform in 2002, with a core aim to target systems using windows OS and Microsoft servers. The initial version of the .NET framework offered mainly three key elements:

  1. GUI library: mainly for desktop applications
  2. ADO.NET: for data access
  3. ASP.NET:  a framework for Web

Over time, the platform underwent various updates such as a new runtime environment, APIs for service-oriented applications (WCF), new desktop graphical systems (WPF), and more.

In 2016, Microsoft made the release of .NET Core, a new open-source, cloud-friendly and cross-platform version of the .NET framework. It was in the same year that Microsoft acquired Xamarin, a cross-platform UI framework for mobile development.

ASP.NET Core

ASP-NET-Core

Unlike ASP.NET, ASP.NET Core can run on multiple computing platforms such as macOS, Windows, and Linux. ASP.NET core has now received a stable 3.0 release and is now a better choice for Windows-hosted ASP.NET web apps. 

With ASP.NET Core, web developers can build new web apps by following the MVC architectural pattern and can create a new project in Microsoft Visual Studio 2019 by using  ASP.NET Core Web Application template. 

In this blog post, we will list out the top 5 Reasons to Choose the ASP.Net Core for Web Development?

Reasons to Choose the ASP.Net Core

1. Merged Web API & MVC frameworks
Merged Web API & MVC frameworks

As you can see from the above diagram, the Web API and MVC have a lot of concepts in common like actions, filters, model binding, controllers, dependency injection. ASP.NET Core merged both these frameworks together to simplify the web development process 

The best part about ASP.NET core is that, by just giving an @page directive, a view would be able to handle requests directly. The requests don’t need to go through a controller.

2. High performance

ASP.Net Core ships with Kestrel as it defaults web server. With this addition, ASP.NET became one of the extremely rapid frameworks beating other JavaScript frameworks like Vue.js, Angular, etc.

How Kestrel handle the Http request?

High performance
ASP.NET core has provided some key updates that significantly increased the performance of this framework:

  • Improved its HTTP Client performance
  • Added the support for hosting RPC( Remote Procedure Call) services by utilizing gRPC.
  • Now has a modular, high-performance and lightweight HTTP request pipeline.
  • Has got built-in dependency injection.

 3. Cross-platform & container support

ASP.NET core allows web developers to build ASP.NET apps using multiple frameworks such as Windows, macOS, and Linux. Apart from that, it allows web developers to use containers such as Docker, Kubernetes, and other technologies. 

Docker images can be easily made from ASP.net core apps. These images can be deployed to Docker containers and Kubernetes.

4. Open-source and community-focused 

The interesting fact is that Microsoft has made this an opensource framework. So web developers can freely access Git hub and other resources. Since the community of ASP.NET core is well developed, web developers can make use of the vast number of repositories and codes that are hosted in the Github. As the community of ASP.NET Core is quite active when compared to other frameworks, web developers can always find up to date and latest code in stack overflow and GitHub.

 Being open-sourced and community-focused are the two biggest perks offered by this framework. Moreover, these could make the process of web development a lot faster and smoother.

 5. Cross-Site Request Forgery (CSRF) Protection

Cross-Site Request Forgery(CSRF) is an act of stealing user’s authenticated sessions to perform an uninitiated action. CSRF is among the biggest threat to web apps in today’s world. Having a framework that raises less vulnerability to CSRF attack is considered as a secure option among web developers.

We will illustrate this with the help of an example, consider that you are booking a flight ticket, in the payments page you have entered the bank details but you are not aware that an intruder has embedded code to hijack your session. After making the payment the hijacker can use this session authenticate on behalf of you. 

ASP.Net Core generates anti-forgery tokens, which can efficiently contain security risks like the one mentioned above.

Besides the above-mentioned features, ASP.NET Core 3.0 has loads of other exciting features, from single-file executables to side-by-side versioning, to the ability to host on multiple web servers, and on and on… With all these functionalities and active community support, we’re sure that ASP.NET development tops among the best frameworks for web development.

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React Native vs Flutter: Which Cross-Platform Framework is Better? https://vofoxsolutions.com/react-native-vs-flutter/ https://vofoxsolutions.com/react-native-vs-flutter/#respond Tue, 12 Nov 2019 04:59:35 +0000 https://vofoxsolutions.com/?p=30011 View Article]]> These days, cross-platform frameworks are becoming a hot topic among mobile app developers. But what makes it so popular? The answer is simple, they enable developers to build mobile apps that can run on multiple platforms.

 Native app development for iOS and Android can eat away your development budget and could extend the development process. However, switching to cross-platform development can significantly reduce your development time. 

Developing a single codebase for multiple platforms(iOS & Android) at the same time can be considered as a rapid and cost-effective solution for mobile app development projects.

However, there is a question —Which Cross-Platform Framework is Better?

To make a wise choice, we’ll give you an in-depth comparison between React Native and Flutter. We’re hoping that this will provide you enough insights to choose your preferred framework.

react native vs flutter

React Native

React Native was initially introduced by Facebook at the F8 conference of 2015. React Native is a JavaScript framework for developing native applications using the React Framework.

It’s better not to confuse yourself with React Native and ReactJS. ReactJS is specifically built for developing web apps whereas React Native uses React components for building mobile apps. 

The interesting thing about React Native Development is that it uses the same fundamental UI blocks that are used in regular Android and iOS apps.

Flutter

Flutter is a cross-platform SDK from Google that is used to build powerful apps. Its cross-platform nature allows us to build Android and iOS apps from a single codebase. Flutter comes with a  modern 2D rendering Engine, react-style framework, development tools, and ready-made widgets.

React Native vs Flutter: Code Structure

React Native uses JavaScript as its programming language, pretty much of the codes in React Native are similar to that of JavaScript. Whereas, Flutter uses the Dart programming language.

Unlike React Native, the User Interface of Flutter doesn’t need any specific visual tools and additional templating languages. This allows the developers to build a variety of interactive widgets, customizable tools, and controls.

Here’s a simple example of a React Native code that generates  ‘Hello World’ text in the center:

import React, { Component } from ‘react’;

import { Text, View } from ‘react-native’;

export default class CustomClass extends Component {

  render() {

    return (

      <View style={{ flex: 1, justifyContent: “center”, alignItems: “center” }}>

        <Text>Hello world</Text>

      </View>

    );

  }

}

}

Here’s  an example of Dart code that generates a blue square and ‘Hello World’ text in the center:

new Center(child:

  new Column(children: [

    new Text(‘Hello World!’),

    new Icon(Icons.square, color: Colors.blue),

  ])

)

React Native vs Flutter : Pros & Cons

Pros of React Native

Hardware Specific APIs: React Native provides APIs that are specific to your hardware such as WiFi programming interfaces, and interfaces for biometrics, cameras, sensors, etc.
Vast IDE support: React Native supports a great range of IDEs – some of them include Atom, Visual Studio Code, Android Studio, etc.
Large Community: React Native was released three years before the release of Flutter, so it has got a wide developer community.
Modular Architecture: React Native supports modular architecture, this helps developers to separate their application code into multiple independent blocks.

Cons of React Native

Steep Learning Curve: React Native might be hard for you to learn if you are new to JavaScript and React framework.
Poorly Structured Documentation: Lack of proper documentation is another disadvantage of React Native. Most of the documentation that we get from React Native is poorly structured.
Reduced App Performance: Mobile Apps that are built by using React Native show a reduction in their performance since it requires a JavaScript bridge to interact with native components.
Not suitable for complex apps: React Native is not preferred to build apps that require highly complex functionalities such as complex animations, transitions, etc.

Pros of Flutter

User-friendly UI: The significant advantage of using Flutter over React Native is because of its user-friendly UI. In Flutter, you can build your widget or you can simply customize it. It has its custom widgets that are rendered by its graphics engine Skia.
Feels more Native: Since Flutter uses C++ in its core, Native apps that are built by it will be smooth and fast. Mobile apps that are built on Flutter will give you a more native experience.
Easy Installation & configuration: When compared with React Native, Flutter is comparatively easy to get started with. The installation and configuration procedures of Flutter are more straightforward. Flutter even has an automated checkup for system problems known as Flutter Doctor.

Cons of Flutter

Lack of third-party support: Even though Flutter has a huge collection of framework-based libraries and tools, there are still a lot of third-party services that are yet to support Flutter, which includes process automation software, payment systems, etc. Flutter has a long way ahead to catch up with React Native in terms of the availability of packages and tools.
Small Developer Community: When compared with JavaScript, Dart lacks an experienced developer community. This is because it isn’t as widely used as JavaScript.
However, it’s worth mentioning that there is an exponential growth in the community of Flutter developers.
Lack of rich libraries: Flutter is still a new player in the field. This means you can’t find what you are looking for in the existing libraries, this will lead you to build custom functionalities by yourself, which can consume a lot of time.

React Native vs Flutter: Which Is Worth Spending Your Time on?

As far as mobile app development is concerned, timely project delivery makes all the difference. Because of its cross-platform nature, both Flutter and React Native ensures rapid project delivery. Apart from that, their ready-to-use components and libraries make them better frameworks to build your app.

One of the biggest perks that you will get by using these frameworks are nothing but the reduced project cost. And these are the top reasons that you should consider these frameworks for your project. But which framework is better? Which Is Worth Spending Your Time on? Or fits your app idea?

Well, that will completely depend upon your project requirements.

Also, Read: Top 5 Reasons to Choose React.JS for Web Development

 

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Top 5 Pros and Cons of the Vue.js Framework https://vofoxsolutions.com/pros-and-cons-of-vuejs-framework/ https://vofoxsolutions.com/pros-and-cons-of-vuejs-framework/#respond Mon, 04 Nov 2019 08:24:40 +0000 https://vofoxsolutions.com/?p=29944 View Article]]> The story of Vue.js started when Evan You, a former Creative Technologist at Google was involved to build multiple UI prototypes right within a browser. To do that, he used useful features from other frameworks such as Angular1, React.js, etc.

The Idea to build an entirely new framework came to his mind when he used the declarative nature of Angular’s data binding feature to develop a simpler API. That’s how Vue started. 

“I figured, what if I could just extract the part that I really liked about React and build something really lightweight without all the extra concepts involved? I was also curious as to how its internal implementation worked. I started this experiment just trying to replicate this minimal feature set, like declarative data binding. That was basically how Vue started.” – Evan You

What is Vue.js?

Vue.js is a JavaScript framework that is best suitable to build single-page applications and web interfaces. Apart from building web interfaces, we can also employ Vue.js to build mobile apps (by using the Electron framework), async components, and much more.

In this blog post, we will dive into the top 5 pros and cons of the Vue.js framework. We will also compare the features of Vue.js with other frameworks to give you more understanding of its features.

pros and cons of vue.js

Pros of Vue.js Framework

1.Lightweight and fast

The entire Vue.js ecosystem is lightweight and fast, its production-ready build weighs only about 18 kb even after gzipping. Since Vue.js has one of the best speed parameters that are available today, It will be a wise decision to choose this framework for your project. 

Its smaller size stimulates runtime and could also speed up your development. Apart from that, it also allows developers to filter out templates to virtual DOM from the compiler. 

The below graph depicts the comparison of sizes of Angular,Vue.js and React.

2.Easy Integration 

Vue.js developers can easily integrate smaller parts of interactive parts of an app (components and views) into the existing infrastructure without affecting the entire system. Also, It can be easily integrated with other frameworks such as Angular, Reactjs, etc. Its code reusability enables developers to customize their projects according to their specific requirements. Moreover, developers will find it easy to use vue.js with a variety of JavaScript applications as its backend is written with JavaScript.

3.Improved Performance

Applications that are built on this framework have improved performance when compared with apps that are built on other frameworks. Vue.js achieves this by utilizing a virtual DOM. Simply put, 

we can think of virtual DOM as a copy (or screenshot) of the DOM at a given point of time. A new Virtual DOM representation of the UI is created, for every change in the Vue.js app.

4.Easy to learn

Vue.js can be easily picked up by anyone who has a basic understanding of  HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. Furthermore, starting a project on the Vue platform is pretty much easier when compared with other frameworks. Because of its easy learning curve, most developers prefer   Vue.js over other JS frameworks such as Angular, React, and Jquery.

5. Highly Adaptable 

The architecture and design of Vue.js are pretty much similar to that of  Angular & React. Due to this reason, it will be easy for developers to switch from these frameworks to Vue.js. This makes vue.js one of the most adaptable frameworks that are available today. 

Cons of Vue.js Framework

1.Small Community

Vue is still a new and evolving language as it was initially launched five years before. Even though a good framework, Vue hasn’t gained enough popularity when compared to other frameworks such as Angular and React.

2.Lack of experienced developers

As we have mentioned above, Vue.js is a comparatively young technology that has just started to gain traction. So, we need to wait for some more years until it is adopted with plenty of experienced Vue.js developers. But this won’t be a major issue since developers can easily learn this without any hassle.

3.Not suitable for large scale-projects

Although vue.js have some advantages over other frameworks, we still cannot compare vue.js with more mature frameworks such as React and Angular. Most businesses prefer to use stable technologies that have strong community support so that issues can be resolved quickly.

4.Language Barrier

Another downside of Vue.js is that most of the code has been written in the Chinese language, as it was built by a Chinese-American. Yeah, Evan You is a Chinese-American!

So, if you are digging in for Vue content, you will encounter plugin descriptions, forum discussions, and instructions in Chinese. This can be annoying for English-speaking developers.

5.Libraries

The system components of Vue.js could sometimes become unstable as it’s library’s infrastructure is still at the beginner level. Due to this, inexperienced developers could make mistakes while integrating the version of Vue.js with their project.

Despite being a relatively new framework, Vue.js is powerful when it comes to developing better user-interface and single page web applications. However, there are plenty of other options to choose from, such as Angular development and React.js development. Vue.js has few disadvantages when compared to Angular and React with the lack of a strong community proving to be the biggest problem. Vue.js is a good framework if you choose it according to the requirement of your project. Since this framework is constantly evolving, it’s clear for us that it will continue to meet our expectations in the future. However, it is important to consider the pros and cons of the Vue.js framework before choosing it.

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Importance of IT Modernization for your Business https://vofoxsolutions.com/importance-of-it-modernization-for-business/ https://vofoxsolutions.com/importance-of-it-modernization-for-business/#respond Wed, 30 Oct 2019 06:05:12 +0000 https://vofoxsolutions.com/?p=29910 View Article]]> To gain success in today’s digital world, businesses must adapt to constant innovation.  Importance of IT Modernization plays a significant role in the success of your business. Modernizing your IT infrastructure is the only way for your business to gain traction in the near future. IT Modernization for your business will increase customer satisfaction, business agility, innovation, and security.

In the future, Only businesses that modernize their legacy systems could only support emerging technologies such as Artificial Intelligence(AI), IoT(Internet of Things), Virtual Reality(VR), etc to their ecosystem.

Leading businesses across multiple verticals are now reassessing their priorities in investment, and are giving more importance for modernizing their legacy systems. This helps them to become more adaptive to the future. 

In this blog post, we will give you the importance of IT modernization for your business to make it future-ready.

Importance of IT modernization for your business

By Modernizing their Legacy Code & Database

“Data” is the core of any business. It forms the cornerstone for all new technologies and innovations that the future has to offer. All these futuristic technologies require modern code & database. Hence, it’s highly essential for every business to modernize their legacy code and database.

Is Your Business Future-Ready?

For your business to run effectively, your software needs to integrate well with other applications and tools. A modernized application keeps this in check.

With modernized systems, you can avoid compatibility issues that are common with most of the legacy systems.

With the rapid change in technologies, there will be a need to integrate new modules and tools into the existing software. Legacy applications will require an excessive amount of code to support these updates.

In the near future, technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, IoT (Internet of Things), Virtual Reality and Augmented reality will become a staple part of every software that we use today. Multi-billion businesses have already adopted them into their software. So, it is high time for you to modernize your legacy applications or else you will be estranged out of the business.

Businesses that are hogtied to legacy applications won’t be able to integrate these. The result is, you will continue to lose your revenue and customers.

Modernized Applications will Accelerate Innovation

Modernization helps businesses to deliver their services ten times faster which accelerates innovation. We will illustrate that with the help of the case studies of companies that modernized their legacy applications.

Scandinavian Airlines

As one of the largest airline company in Scandinavia, they carry almost 40 million passengers annually.

For its efficient operation, the airline company dealt with high volumes of customer and operational data.  They relied on legacy IBM DB2 technology to process this information. 

The company wasted large amounts of money for the maintenance and operation of this aging data warehouse. 

Apart from its high cost, performance, and scalability issues were also common. This made it extremely difficult for their employees to analyze the data.

Due to the above-mentioned challenges, they were in need of a new environment that could deliver them with improved analysis, and reduced maintenance costs.

The airline company ran a deep evaluation of these issues and approached a software development company for the migration process.

 They migrated their mission-critical data from 600 DB2 tables in the mainframe environment to a Microsoft SQL Server database. 

Result:

The new system helped them to improves operational efficiency, and reduce costs by 60 percent.

Schwan’s

Schwan’s (formerly known as The Schwan Food Company) is one of the top frozen food company in the United States, which is having a revenue of nearly 300 crores (USD). The company has over 30 custom applications that ran on a mainframe with outdated OS/390. The company faced severe issues with their applications since it was hard for them to maintain and upgrade their custom made COBOL code that was built over 25 years. Due to this reason, the company decided to approach a software development company to migrate its legacy mainframe that runs on Windows Server 2003 from to the .NET framework.

Result:

The migration helped Schwan’s to reduce their development and maintenance costs which helped them to save nearly 1 million USD in their annual savings.

If you are looking for a software development company that provides IT modernization cost-effectively. Then software development companies that are based in Asian countries such as India, Singapore, etc. will be a better choice.

 

Similar Article:

Why Businesses Should Modernize Their Legacy Applications?

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Pros and Cons of Python for Web Development https://vofoxsolutions.com/pros-and-cons-of-python-for-web-development/ https://vofoxsolutions.com/pros-and-cons-of-python-for-web-development/#respond Sat, 19 Oct 2019 11:31:01 +0000 https://vofoxsolutions.com/?p=29840

One of the world’s most popular programming languages, Python was first developed by a Dutch programmer way back in 1991. Even if it is decades old, this language is still considered as a powerful language in the tech world.

Apart from being a very powerful and fantastic programming language, it is one of the widely used languages for doing data science. Many software development companies prefer to use python as their server-side language due to its handy features and easy usability. In this blog, let’s dive into pros and cons of Python for web development.

 Because of its multiple programming models, multi-billion companies like  Google, NASA, Netflix, and Instagram use it for their backend development.

Python is fairly easy to pick up for those who are new to coding. You can learn this language in a matter of days if you have experience with any other high-level languages. 

Python is mainly used as a backend development language and can be used with many frameworks such as Django and Flask, which makes the development time much shorter.

We will describe in detail about both frameworks below.

 

Django:

Django is one of the widely used python frameworks. This framework is an excellent tool to build advanced and secure web applications. Another interesting thing with Django is that it is open-sourced.

Some of the exciting features of Django are its Object-relational mapping (ORM), database schema migrations, URL routing, and template engine.

Object-relational mapping (ORM) is used by Django to map objects to database tables. 

Django developers can use multiple databases with this framework such as MySQL, Oracle, SQLite, and PostgreSQL.

Flask:

If you are a beginner to Python frameworks, then flask will be more comfortable for you to learn than Django. Flask uses  Jinja2template and Werkzeug WSGI toolkit. 

Pros and Cons of Python

Pros of using Python for web development:

1. Simple and Agile:

As we already mentioned, Python is very simple and easy to read when compared with other languages, this helps developers to easily debug their code. Python uses simpler commands that are pretty much similar to that of the English language.

When compared with other languages, data visualization is fairly an easy task in Python. This helps web developers to more efficiently comprehend data and visualize it in a way that is easy for users or clients to understand.

Because of its good readability, developers can easily understand the code written by other developers. This makes communication more agile between developers working on the same project.

2. Broad Set of Support Libraries:

 Python provides plenty of libraries that includes areas like operating system interfaces, Internet, web service tools, protocols, and string operations. Since codes are prewritten in these libraries, developers are only required to write less code.

NumPy, SciPy, and Pandas are the trending core libraries of Python for data science, whereas Matplotlib is a Python library that is used for data visualization.

3. Active Community:

Python has an active community of developers, which can make your work smoother and faster. Apart from its large community it also offers a host of packages, libraries, and vast documentation.

4. Free & Open-Source:

As we mentioned earlier, Python is free to use. You can download its source code for free and even distribute it.

5. Platform-Independent:

Python is platform-independent, you can write server-side code for macOS, Linux or Windows with it.

 

Cons of using Python for web development:

1. Not Suitable for Mobile Computing:

Although python can be used to create strong applications for both server and desktop platforms, it is on the downside when it comes to developing mobile applications. Python is rarely used in the client-side of web development applications.

2. Less Speed:

While other languages use a compiler for the execution of its code, python executes its code by using an interpreter. This can affect the performance of applications that are built on this code.

3. Lack of experienced developers:

When compared to other technologies, you will have a hard time to hire Python Developers since not many developers are experienced with this technology. 

4. Design Restrictions:

Run time errors are common for python due to its dynamic typing. Web applications that are developed by using python require more testing time due to its design restrictions.

5. Primitive DB Access Layers:

Python’s access layer is less sophisticated when compared with the access layer of Java-based data access technologies such as JDBC.

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Angular 8 New Features That You Shouldn’t Miss https://vofoxsolutions.com/angular8-new-features/ https://vofoxsolutions.com/angular8-new-features/#respond Fri, 11 Oct 2019 05:08:13 +0000 https://vofoxsolutions.com/?p=29802 View Article]]> When compared to other frameworks, Angular is probably the only framework that gets regular upgrades. Angular is a web app framework that is developed by Google. It tops as the preferred frameworks for web developers.
The majority of web/software development companies in India are now adopting Angular as their favorite tool for web app/software development. 

In this blog, let’s dive into Angular 8 new features ie, the top 6 upgrades that Google has given to its latest version Angular8.

Top 6 Angular 8 New Features

angular 8 features

1. Experimental Ivy Rendering 

Let’s start with the new features that Angular8 brings, the first probably the most important feature would be the experimental support for ivy.

 Ivy is the new Angular rendering engine(external API does not change) which should significantly shrink bundle sizes. 

Even though Angular leads as a top framework when compared to other frameworks, apps built with it often tends to be heavy and use loads of memory. Angular 8 uses Ivy To counter this issue. 

When compared with the current Angular renderer, Ivy provides the following benefits:

  1. Dynamic loading of the module
  2. Easy readability of code
  3. Faster rebuild time
  4. Better debugging (you can even debug templates )
  5. Efficient template type checking
  6. Smaller bundles
  7. Faster compilations
  8. Backward compatibility.

 2. Improved Support for Web Workers

Angular 8 arrives with improved support for web worker bundling. Enhanced bundling support for Web Workers without the need to add new configuration is an added advantage of Angular8. 

If you are unsure about what a web worker is, we will describe it below.

Web workers help to delegate CPU intensive work to run separately on a physical CPU(hardware thread). Prior to this feature, web apps were restricted to use only a single thread. Below you can find the code for generating a new web worker with the help of Angular CLI.

ng g webWorker <name>

 

3. Support for Architect API 

Angular 8 allows developers to use Architect API, also known as Builders API. The builders that are used can be seen in the angular.json file. The Architect API uses functions called as builders that can schedule other builders. It can be used for important operations such as build, serve, test, lint, and e2e, which are listed below. 

“projects”: {

 “app-name”: {

 …

 “architect”: {

 “build”: {

 “builder”: “@angular-devkit/build-angular:navbar”,

 …

 },

 “serve”: {

 “builder”: “@angular-devkit/build-angular:sql-server”,

 …

 },

 “test”: {

 “builder”: “@angular-devkit/build-angular:database”,

 …

 },

 “lint”: {

 “builder”: “@angular-devkit/build-angular:projectile”,

 …

 },

 “e2e”: {

 “builder”: “@angular-devkit/build-angular:timelapse”,

 …

 }

 }

 }

}

 

4. Differential Loading 

The new version of Angular comes with Differential loading, which means the apps that are built using Angular CLI will now support ES2015+(the latest version of JavaScript) and has separate bundles for its old ES5 version. 

Since new browsers support ES6 modules, it will automatically load the right bundle.

Because of ES2015 support, modern browsers will be able to download app bundles that are having less size, which enables easy loading.

Google has also given a backward compatibility mode to Angualr8, which will make it easy for AngularJS to Angualr8 migration.

Angular8 will create separate bundles for polyfills during the build. Also, it will build additional files by using polyfills.

<body>

  <pp-root></pp-root><script type=”text/javascript” src=”runtime.js”></script>

  <script type=”text/javascript” src=”es2015-polyfills.js” nomodule></script>

  <script type=”text/javascript” src=”polyfills.js”></script>

  <script type=”text/javascript” src=”styles.js”></script>

  <script type=”text/javascript” src=”vendor.js”></script>

  <script type=”text/javascript” src=”main.js”></script>

</body>

 

5. Bazel Support 

One of the exciting  Angular 8 new features is Bazel support. Bazel is an open-source internal build tool that is developed by Google. With Bazel, developers can do incremental tests and builds.

Due to its support for multiple platforms and languages, developers can easily build full-stack applications.

Bezel is available only as a preview mode in Angular8, we might only get it fully functional in Angular9.

 

6.  LocationUpgradeModule 

The LocationUpgradeModule, one of the  Angular 8 new features allows unified location service that modifies tasks from the AngularJS $location to the Angular Location Service. Google has also given a  backward compatibility mode to Angualr8, which will make it easy for AngularJS to Angualr8 migration.

The angular team will keep on bring upgrades in its new version “Angular9”.  Angular v 9 is expected to be released at the end of 2019, we can expect more advanced functionalities on v9 that it’s previous version missed, such as fully functional Bezel and Ivy rendering.

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Why Businesses Should Modernize Their Legacy Applications? https://vofoxsolutions.com/modernize-legacy-applications/ https://vofoxsolutions.com/modernize-legacy-applications/#respond Sat, 05 Oct 2019 10:29:07 +0000 https://vofoxsolutions.com/?p=29760 View Article]]> legacy application modernization

 

It is an anomaly that modern companies are still using legacy software solutions for their business processes. Today, enterprises are still leveraging outdated programming languages such as RPG, COBOL and redundant databases such as DB2Net, DB2Core, etc.

Legacy applications such as  IBM i Series are well known for its reliability and efficient scalability. However, modernizing your IT systems can deliver you with more agile options such as migrating your new technologies to serverless or cloud-based computing.

When we analyze the recent trends in code and database modernization, more and more businesses are adopting a positive approach to modernize their legacy codes and database.

For an effective IT modernization, an end-to-end approach is most preferred. In this approach, you must carefully analyze the elements that need modernization, it can be your code, database or even the entire architecture.

This article will give you an insight into why businesses should modernize their legacy applications

Reasons why Businesses should Modernize their Legacy Applications

  • Outdated Technology
  • Shortage of Developers who know legacy code
  • Inaccurate or Outdated Documentation
  • High Maintenance Costs

 

Benefits of Legacy Application Modernization

Cost Efficiency

The primary benefit that businesses achieve from modernizing their code is the reduction in cost.

 A company that modernizes it’s legacy systems is 10 times more likely to reduce their overall cost when compared to a competitor that uses legacy software systems. 

Moreover, there is a higher probability for them to spend a considerable amount of their IT budget on the maintenance and support of their legacy software.

Easy Maintenance

 If businesses that use legacy applications hire new developers for their maintenance, they will find it very difficult to learn the complex legacy codes. besides that, it may take long hours or even days to diagnose an issue possibly due to the lack of in-depth knowledge of legacy systems.

Maintaining your legacy applications can drain your corporate budget. Whereas, modern and well-integrated applications are easy to maintain and are less costly. Moreover, there is no necessity to hire developers who are having in-depth knowledge of legacy codes.

Enhanced Business Ops

Modernized applications enhance business growth and agility. With legacy systems and applications, it will be difficult for businesses to integrate the latest functionalities, design, and services. With modernized applications, they can integrate those features effortlessly. 

Modernized applications can also integrate seamlessly with mobile devices, wearables, etc. Migrating to a new code allows developers to efficiently manage databases which increases the flexibility of applications.

High Security

Modernized applications have high security when compared to your legacy applications. This is one of the important reasons why businesses are modernizing their legacy applications.

Recent reports of IT security firms like Fortinet reveals that legacy applications and legacy databases are extremely vulnerable to data breaches and malware attacks.

Below we will illustrate the challenge faced by the National Anti Terror Organization with their legacy systems and how they managed to fix the issue by modernization.

 

How Business Improved Their operations Through Legacy System Modernization?

Equinix

Equinix is one of the USA’s top data center companies, they were using old legacy systems without any major hassles. While their old legacy systems did its job perfectly, the enterprise needed something more, that could support their programmers to bring new and advanced functionalities to meet their innovative needs. Modernization has helped Equinix to accelerate their delivery and quality.

NATO

From a business challenge perspective, NATO found itself in a place where its technology was aged. In 2012 the decision was made that they would modernize their IT infrastructure. NATO started its modernization process by outsourcing its modernization project to an external vendor. They have to build a very cost-effective and resilient infrastructure for all services throughout the building, the network that connects them in a very powerful way to those data centers and access those applications. They completely migrated their applications and services to a modern virtualized type of environment.

Decade-old systems legacy systems may work fine, but it won’t add any advantage to your business in the future. Modernizing your legacy systems can transform your business into a new level.

These days, a plethora of software development companies are offering IT modernization such as RPG modernization, code&database modernization, etc. However, businesses should only outsource their modernization project to vendors that keep your system completely operational during the process of modernization. Software outsourcing vendors must analyze risks that are associated with modernization such as technical risks, reworks, etc. They should deploy a correction plan after analyzing the potential risks to mitigate future issues that develop after the initiation of the modernization process.

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Top 10 Benefits of Outsourcing to India https://vofoxsolutions.com/benefits-of-outsourcing-to-india/ https://vofoxsolutions.com/benefits-of-outsourcing-to-india/#respond Fri, 04 Oct 2019 08:04:39 +0000 https://vofoxsolutions.com/?p=29742 View Article]]> benefits of outsourcing to india

 

Many companies have achieved success in their business by outsourcing their software development projects, mainly to Asian countries such as India, the Philippines, Singapore, etc. Out of these countries, India became a preferred destination for software outsourcing for most of the fortune five hundred companies. This is because most software outsourcing companies provide businesses with enhanced customer service and excellent product quality within a relatively small budget. 

Besides lower cost, outsourcing software development projects to India also helps businesses to achieve high ROI and increased efficiency. Over the last 10 years, businesses based in countries such as the UK, US, New Zealand, and Australia have tremendously increased outsourcing their software development projects to India. A recent study by Gartner had revealed that India’s outsourcing business today holds at approximately $US 150 billion. This article would discuss the top 10 benefits of outsourcing to India.

 

Why Outsourcing to India is Good for Business

1. You can cut down your development cost

Outsourcing your development project to Indian software companies can cut down costs significantly because of a considerable difference in the wages of software professionals in both countries. When we compare the labor cost with India and a European or North American  Company. There is a difference of a whopping 80% in the outsourced labor cost.

2. Access to technical expertise & resource availability

Software development companies spread across India have multidisciplinary development teams that have a variety of technical expertise in the fields like React Native, .NET, Vue JS, Javascript, etc. India educates more than 90,0000 engineering students, with over 20,000 graduates per year and this is the reason why India has a large pool of highly skilled and talented software developers spread across different technologies. This is one of the top 10 benefits of outsourcing to India.

3. High consistency

Indian software companies provide their services to top international clients in a consistent manner, this consistency has enabled India to remain as a top IT outsourcing destination.

4. Good infrastructure

India is no more a third world country, modern India has the best in class infrastructure, ISP, highly accessible telecom, and cellular networks in all major cities and towns. The country has hundreds of technology incubators and innovation parks with the presence of more than 2000 technology giants.

5. Government support

The Indian IT outsourcing industry is backed by a stable government that facilitates Information Technology, the Indian government offers immense support to IT industries by implementing laws that are favorable to IT companies such as the IT Act, which supports e-filling of documents and also espies cybercrime and electronic contracts. 

6. English speaking resources

For an effective partnership, communication is an essential factor. India is ranked as the second-largest English speaking nation in the world, just behind the United States. Indian software professionals are experts when it comes to communication via English. This helps developers to face the daily standup meetings and scrum calls with customers confidently. 

7. High data security

One of the major benefits of outsourcing your software development project to India is its high data security. Software outsourcing involves loads of exchange of data between both ends. These data can be highly sensitive and loss or theft of these critical data will harm the reliability of the outsourcing partner. To mitigate this issue, the Indian government has inflicted strict security measures that prevent data breaches, hacking, data thefts, and many other cybercrimes. Having high data security for your projects is also one of the main benefits of outsourcing to India.

8. Offers a plethora of solutions & services

Indian software development companies offer highly advanced software solutions and services, which include custom-built solutions for numerous applications such as legacy system migration, Robotic Process Automation, System Integration, and much more.

9. Doesn’t compromise on quality 

India is having the most number of companies that comply with ISO-9000 standards and CMMI certifications. Software development companies in India have high work ethics when compared with other nations. The quality of talents that are available across India also plays an important role.

10. Time zone advantage

Outsourcing your software to Indian companies will give you a timezone advantage. There is a difference of 12 hours between India and the US, this difference in timezone will accelerate your software development project. This allows you to work around the clock and in turn, ensures a shorter time-to-market delivery.

Hope you got a better idea about the benefits of outsourcing to India. However, there are many Offshore Software Development Challenges associated with software outsourcing that we need to consider to make the business successful.

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