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You’re in the office and it’s natural for you to feel hunger pangs at 1 in the afternoon. So, it’s a routine task to grab your smartphone around 12:30 pm every day and order your lunch using a food app. So, you first open the app, choose a restaurant and an item on the menu, select your delivery address, and then finally pay to get the food delivered for satiation. But, spending 10 minutes in the same mundane process every day no longer feels to be a pleasing experience.

How Artificial Intelligence (AI) reshapes the Way You Interact with Mobile Apps

Now imagine, you get a new food app that can copy your intelligence and learn from your food ordering behavior for 10 days, so much so that it can take action on its own to fulfill your intent. The app learns that you order a salad on Monday from Hale and Hearty, sandwiches and burgers on Tuesday and Wednesday from McDonald's, Pizza on Thursday from Domino’s and chicken on Friday from KFC. At sharp 12:30 Wednesday, you get a notification “order burger from McDonald’s”. And then pops up another notification “30% discount on Double Bacon Smokehouse Burger”. You simply click or use your voice command “place order” and your order gets delivered.

The food app handled your delivery address, payment and everything on its own... you just thanked your app for scraping the rigmarole and treating you as an individual with own set of preferences like everybody else.

Well, this is the level of personalization mobile app users are now looking for to which AI is certainly the key. So, are we are already there? The answer is a yes, thanks to big advancements and hefty investments already being made in AI to bring an all-new level of in-depth and predictive mobile app performance. We can’t think of AI without having a mention of Apple’s Siri and Cortana, Google Assistant and Amazon’s Alexa, making it possible for users to even go touchless to answer questions, track down information, send messages, launch services, and more.

Now arises a bigger question, what all it takes to build robust AI that mimics human intelligence?

We first must understand that AI is a polymorphous concept and it learns from user demographics, inputs and behavior patterns to deduce user intent and respond accordingly. Which means AI apps gather piles of user data and make big data, machine learning (ML), natural language processing, machine vision, knowledge management and problem-solving pivotal to their success.

Machine learning and predictive AI algorithms are being increasingly integrated into shopping apps now to predict what a customer is likely to buy based on their previous buying and browse history. So, you get suggestions based on your preferred choices, not serving you the plate of somebody else that doesn’t suit your palate. So, throwing the same content to everybody will soon become the thing of the past with content delivery becoming more personalized, sensible and logical with AI.

For instance, Recent News is an AI-powered app that analyzes your reading habits to show you only those articles and news that you love. So, AI makes content delivery go free of a scattershot approach, keeping it intact to your choices.

Among other AI app examples that use machine learning are Socratic and Microsoft Pix. The former is a tutor app that helps students find answers to questions related to Biology, Algebra, Chemistry, English Grammar, History, Economics and more. By using cutting-edge computer vision technologies, the app deciphers questions from images and provides explanations and videos for step-by-step help.

Microsoft Pix is a photo app that uses AI to give you the best shot. It captures 10 frames with every click and uses AI to choose the best three shots and delete the rest. AI in the lens analyzes scene and lighting between each shutter click and adjusts accordingly between each shot. It’s a kind of photographer in the camera that automatically optimizes capture settings to give you the best shot.

AI is the way forward for mobile app businesses to retain users by facilitating highly interactive, engaging and personalized experiences. More and more IT and app development companies are moving towards AI technology and the time is not far when devices will respond more actively than humans. You may soon wake up one day with your phone tracking your health and telling you if you’re ill or not. If ill, the phone will make a doctor appointment, share your medical data, make a note of your prescription and send it to pharmacy to get the medication delivered.

How Evon can help build Your AI App Startup

Evon Technologies has the competency in the AI space to help shape your AI app idea into a reality. Highly capable and proficient developers at Evon use cognitive APIs, machine learning algorithms, deep learning techniques, and big data analytics to guarantee top-level reasoning and exact fulfillment of the users’ intent. Contact us if you have an AI app idea and we will collaborate with you at every step to bring it to the market fast and meet the changing demands of today’s app users.

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If you have been part of a team that needs to work simultaneously on a spreadsheet which is stored in a cloud environment, then you will not find it difficult to understand what a blockchain is. A blockchain is a kind of ledger that is remotely stored but accessible to all users simultaneously. Anyone who is part of the blockchain network can access it and update it in real time. The intriguing part is that it is not stored anywhere at a single location, therefore cannot be compromised by a single hacker. What we get is a shared database which is continuously updated in real time.

To get back to the spreadsheet example used earlier, many of you might feel that you have already used such kind of a shared document at work. But the way that works is slightly different. Say A, B, and C are three members in a team, and they want to work on the same document. At a very basic level, A would work on the file, save it as v1, and pass it on to B, who would save it as v2 after making the required changes, and pass it on to C. This would result in newer versions created every time some member of the team worked on it.

A slightly evolved way of doing it would be if the file was shared and stored in the cloud. But in the traditional way, the file would be locked for all others as soon as someone started editing it. Once that person finished editing, it would again be opened for anyone else to edit. So, it can’t be called editing in real time. Blockchain is a more evolved version of shared work, and additionally it has the advantage of security.


How Blockchain Works

The interesting thing about blockchain is that it is not a new technology. It actually brought together three existing technologies. We, by now recognize networks as large numbers of computers and servers (also referred to as nodes), and blockchain also utilized a network. The security was added on to the network with the help of private key cryptography. Cryptography is widely used in applications like e-commerce. The two entities wanting to carry out a transaction over the internet hold two keys each – private and public. The correct combination of these keys can open the network to either of the two entities. The correct combination of the keys gives a digital signature. This digital signature is combined with a date and time stamp and other relevant information to create what is called a block. As soon as one block is validated, a new entry is created, which is connected to the previous block. So at any point of time, the whole chain of transactions is visible, but not editable.

The strongest feature of blockchain is the decentralization of computation power and control over the network and its transactions. The control, administration, and updates of the shared ledger can be done by any of the nodes. This decentralization makes it perfect for implementation anywhere where simultaneous multiple real-time updations could be required. That is why blockchain implementation is being envisaged in a large number of applications. Let us look at two of them.


Application of Blockchain in Finance

The genesis of Blockchain was to facilitate secured transactions of the cryptocurrency called bitcoin. But cryptocurrency is not the only aspect of Finance where blockchain can be useful. We are seeing the growth of fintech solutions and peer to peer banking, which are expanding the landscape above and beyond the traditional banks. Peer to Peer (P2P) lending would need robust security systems to ensure the sanctity of the lender and borrower data. This is the reason blockchain is also being used for credit appraisal. The blockchain can help in checking credit scores and ratings. The reason for this is that all transactions are recorded on a single chain of blocks, and those blocks are visible to all the nodes of the network. One more reason why blockchain is a popular choice for financial transactions is that the settlements are immediate, instead of in traditional platforms where there is a lag time.

Blockchain is set to bring in major disruptions in the financial sector because it does away with all kinds of intermediaries in the investment lifecycle. Because the transactions are automated, therefore the investor does not need to depend on anyone either for advisory services or for transactional support. Apart from the credit assessment we spoke about above, one area of financial services where blockchain is making big inroads is in risk assessment. Blockchain can enable decentralized risk management and advisory services that can help investors and promoters alike. In the world of wealth advisory, the risks associated with different derivative products would allow investors to easily hedge themselves against different kinds of investment risks.

Let us look at a few examples of companies which are using blockchain in providing financial products and services. We don’t need the first and most obvious example of cryptocurrency like bitcoin, because blockchain was actually created as a vehicle for transacting in bitcoins, seeing which the world woke up to the tremendous possibilities of the blockchain. Some of the more well-known names in traditional banking, like Credit Suisse and Citibank, are actively researching ways in which blockchain can be incorporated into their architecture. There are companies like Circle, BitPesa, and Abra, which have already started to use blockchain for their international money transfer services. They allow the transactions to be between peers or between businesses, and they ensure that the remittance goes into the bank account directly. Mycelium is a startup which has successfully incorporated blockchain into its payment systems. The mobile wallet and bank card of the customer can both be used to make the payment, which goes through the blockchain in a secured manner. This model’s use of digital tokens would really render the traditional banking system obsolete. In Australia, the trading of securities has been mandated by the regulatory authorities to be done through a system based on blockchain, especially for the clearance cycles at the end of the settlement periods.


Application of blockchain in healthcare

Another area with immense possibilities is healthcare. Today, healthcare does not only refer to a good doctor and caregivers. The complete delivery of medical services is referred to when we talk about healthcare. The efficient delivery of healthcare services as per patient’s requirements is what sets a good healthcare service apart.

Blockchain is making huge inroads into the billing and claims segment of the healthcare industry. The use of blockchain not only helps in more secured processing, and easy retrieval of past records, but also does all of that in much faster time. Not only the time, but healthcare companies would also cut down the costs in processing of claims, by doing away with the intermediaries.

The major issue with medical care is that the patient’s medical histories need to be at one place and easily available to the medical practitioner. This is very important when the patient moves from one location to the other. It becomes even more important in the case of medical tourism, where the patient and doctor are from two different countries, and the patient is visiting just for medical treatment. Blockchain makes this possible. The doctor can quickly retrieve the entire medical history of the patient, including the results of recent tests done on the patient. This helps avoid repetitive tests.

Another area of healthcare which has inefficiencies is that there are multiple stakeholders and service providers. So, even if the medical records are collated into a single place, all the stakeholders need to get easy access to the data. This needs to be done in a secured manner so that others are not able to get access to a patient’s health records.

Let us look at a few examples of real-life implementation of blockchain in healthcare. IBM was one of the pioneers in genome sequencing. But the next level in this field of research was taken by Illumina who have come up with a very efficient machine for carrying out DNA sequencing. And they have used blockchain to ensure the sanctity of the data. Iryo is a company in Slovenia which is coming up with a complete healthcare ecosystem. This will help it build a data repository of health records which would be neutral to the different systems used to store records in. In Atlanta, Patientory has developed an app using blockchain which helps the users of the app store and access patient’s health data, and also all details of immunizations, prescriptions, insurance premiums, history of meetings with doctors etc.


Blockchain – The Way Forward

We already spoke of two important areas where blockchain has already begun to be used in. For blockchain to go on to the higher levels of acceptance and use, one of the biggest hurdles that must be closed is the often conflicting regulations of different countries. Every country will need to come up with specific guidelines that will help the adoption of blockchain, and the different guidelines of different countries need to be aligned. Not only countries, but different operators who provide blockchain for use need to work on interoperability irrespective of the business it is being used in. We can expect to see blockchain applications spread to other areas other than healthcare and financial services. The security measures would need to become more and more robust as newer use cases of blockchain are developed. We have already seen the phenomenal opportunities blockchain provides, and the coming years can only see blockchain become more exciting.

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Automation in healthcare has been a kind of tardy affair when banking and retail have been fast to catch the digital wave. Nevertheless, healthcare is now quickly moving towards automation to handle the influx of patients being created in the current era of Medicare, Affordable Care Act, etc. Besides, providing personalized care to every patient by keeping uninterrupted connectivity between all platforms (hospitals, clinics, and healthcare offices) and removing human errors are also among top priorities that healthcare is striving to address through automation. However, with automation, it’s important to ensure that personal data of patients is not compromised to which HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) compliance is a must.

Evon has a sound track record of building HIPAA compliant healthcare solutions that provide top care to patients while keeping their personally identifiable information safe. Below are some healthcare solutions that Evon has built in recent times.

  1. Automated Pharmacy

  2. Automated Healthcare Solution for Nursing Homes

  3. A Smartphone Photoscreening App to Detect Eye Disorder

Pharmacy Operations Automation

Pharmacy automation aims at eliminating medication errors, reducing medication cost, ensuring faster delivery and enhancing control over pharmacy inventory. Evon has built the software for an automated medication-verification device that leaves no room for any goof up while adding prescribed drugs to the bag. Besides, “Will Call” tags help deliver the right package of drugs to the right patient without having to wait for long. There’s also a device to ensure that right pills are administered to patients every time. Evon’s development of automated technologies in pharmacy operations has transformed pharmacies into wellness centers, ensuring each patient receives the right drug, the right dose, in the right quantity and from the right manufacturer. Every single time.

Automated Healthcare Solution for Nursing Homes

Another healthcare solution that Evon has built is for nursing homes where patients need long-term care. Generally, doctors don’t visit nursing homes every day, so a startup idea clicked to a healthcare entrepreneur to build an online platform that connects nurses to doctors.

The modus operandi of patient care starts from the nurse who keys in patient’s symptoms in a system. This automated system is an intelligent database built by a reputed team of doctors to automatically generate a report as to which tests need to be conducted based on patient’s symptoms.

The doctor automatically receives the report to confirm whether that tests really need to be conducted or the patient needs more tests. The nurse gets the tests conducted and the automated system sends over the results to the doctor to analyze and prescribe appropriate medication. So, this way doctors provide fast care to patients at nursing homes where less-frequent visits of doctors could have adverse impacts on patient health.

A Smartphone Photoscreening App to Detect Amblyopia

Evon built a photoscreening app to detect an eye disease Amblyopia, also called lazy eye, in children aged 1-6. The app is simple to use and produces immediate results. Both parents and pediatric optometrists can use it to detect Amblyopia in children too young for a visual acuity test. The photoscreening app now also offers options to detect Myopia, Hyperopia, and Anisometropia.

In addition to development, AI integration and writing algorithms for evidence-based photoscreening, Evon also provided testing services to ensure flawless functionality. This app has already protected 500K plus children from blindness, and over 2,500 pediatricians and over 35 health systems use this painless solution now. Besides, this screening is also not very onerous compared to other types of screening.

Note: Evon built the above healthcare solutions in accordance with HIPAA guidelines to ensure full compliance and to avoid data security breach. The team also separated personally identifiable information from electronic protected health information (ePHI). For example, lab attendants don’t get access to the personal details of patients, like house address, email ID, phone number, social security number, etc., as they don’t need such details of patients for conducting tests.

Healthcare automation is on the rise to provide quality healthcare and remove human errors. Besides, automation saves a lot of time that goes in repetitive but mandatory paperwork. Of course, data security is a concern with piles of personal information of patients lying in digital systems, but that’s where Evon is trusted for building HIPAA compliant healthcare solutions.

Contact us for any query related to healthcare automation, and we will get back to you shortly.

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Introduction

Two ardent cricket fans were interested in developing a fantasy cricket platform targeted for India. They conceived the idea and came prepared with the basics of the game algorithm. The clients wanted to develop a web and mobile application to allow users (primarily in India) to play fantasy cricket on their platform. Evon helped them with developing the applications and reach out to market in a short time period of six months.

Challenges

  • Scope preparation – The client came with the concept and the game idea, but not a definitive specification. Our Business Analyst worked with the client in converting the idea into a tangible scope for the MVP. Our BA also worked with the client on finalizing the approaches to various algorithms, iterating and testing the viability of these algorithms.

  • Cricket API – The core match data of the cricket matches was the key input for the application. Various third parties were investigated for the same and CricketAPI was finalized. The team faced challenges throughout the development, integrating these APIs. At times, there were problems, errors that were faced in responses from these APIs. But the team worked closely with CricketAPI support to iron out the issues.

  • Key algorithms – The application had some core algorithms that were first created on paper by the client and BA, implemented by the team and sometimes iterated for optimal results based on testing. Some of the key algorithms were:

  • Player rating algorithm

  • Reward algorithm

  • Real-time game engine – Game engine is the core of the application. This gets match data from the Cricket API in real-time during the match for each ball. It processes the ball-by-ball updates based on the contest parameters and scoring matrix and converts them into points earned by each player on each ball and then updates the user apps in real-time. The sheer magnitude of the amount of processing and potential high number of users posed a performance challenge.

  • Testing – This was an application that required testing in the Live conditions with Live matches. Hence testing the accuracy of game engine and performance of the application was a big challenge. The application was tested for the entire duration of IPL 2018 before the platform was taken live.

  • Limited Time Frame – The project started in January 2018 and had a hard deadline to be ready in three months before the start of IPL 2018, because of the testing requirements.

How Evon Helped

Evontech setup an offshore team to handle areas ranging from Scope definition to Designing, Architecting, Development, and Testing of the complete application. Evon helped the client choose right technologies to build the platform. Following diagram depicts the high-level architecture of the fantasy cricket platform.

The provided solution covered the following different applications:

  • Public Website – Public website with marketing pages and collateral

  • User application

  • Responsive web application

  • iOS mobile application

  • Android mobile application

  • Admin web application

Technologies Used:

  • Web front-end application – Angular 4.7.7

  • Android application – Java 8

  • iOS application – Swift 4.0

  • Game engine – Loopback 3.0, Node.js, Socket.io

  • Backend application – PHP 5.6, CakePHP 2.8.1, MySQL 5.7.23, Apache 2.4.18

  • API – Restful using JSON

  • Third party integrations

Outcome for the Client

When the client came to us with the idea, the race for fantasy cricket platforms was already on (largely because of the overwhelming popularity of cricket in India). So, time-to-market in this case was of paramount importance to get ahead of the competition. Evon’s team ensured that the client set a foot in the market as early as six months and quickly get to the next level. The startup is on the fast track to success now and has already become a challenge for existing and future competition.

Currently, Evon is providing a dedicated post-production support for the fantasy cricket platform with a team of 1 support engineer. Along with that, from time to time we undertake short-term enhancements for development tasks as per client needs.

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Two men in San Francisco couldn’t afford to pay rent for their loft apartment. To avoid eviction and make a few bucks, they rent out three air mattresses in their living room.

And, Voila! They soon get three paying guests (two men and one woman), who pay $80 each for bed and breakfast.

Ever since then, the idea was no longer limited to just help pay their rent, but become a billion-dollar behemoth in the sharing economy.

The two men I am talking about are Brian Chesky and Joe Gebbia, and the startup they built from the scratch is Airbnb. An unstoppable juggernaut now, Airbnb is currently valued at a staggering $38bn and has already been hailed as one of the most valuable startups in the US.

But, the bigger question is, how did they do it.

They Tested The Market by Launching an MVP

Brian and Joe realized that travelers who came to San Francisco in 2007 to attend the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) Conference faced the crunch for hotel rooms as they had been overbooked.

So, they decided to target the conference attendees by launching an MVP, a simple website based on a single idea. They simply didn’t think of building hundreds of features first and then launch as it could have taken months or years to build. To target just the attendees and test their idea, they didn’t need to build options to select multiple dates, locations or prices. They built a simple interface that got them three paying guests.

In fact, the first versions of Airbnb were a far cry from what it is today.

Going forward, they needed to confirm whether or not other hosts would let strangers pay to share their residence. So, they added a feature to allow other hosts to list their houses on the platform. Renters were now able to view on a map which locations were available and for what price.

The modus operandi was to identify and build only the most basic features at the earliest stages to put across the core value of the product. The MVP launch helped Airbnb founders bring their product to market fast and continuously improve based on their learnings and customer feedback. In fact, Airbnb eventually became a whale in the sharing economy because of its unwavering focus on the user experience.

How Evon helps Startups Achieve the Same

In a decade of working with 600+ startups, Evon has helped many aspiring entrepreneurs convert their problem-solving ideas into a profitable business. Let me share one such tech startup success story that Evon built an MVP for and handled all necessary tech requirements along the journey, from becoming sustainable to profitable with increasing cash flows. Let’s start with what problem this startup wanted to solve and what approach was taken to build the product.

Problem Identification and the Fix

A problem area that three would-be entrepreneurs identified was the struggle of most parents to get to grips with their childcare responsibilities. So, they thought of building an online solution that would allow parents to unearth the best their city has to offer for their kids, in and around the neighborhood, ranging from kids’ events, fun family outings, discounts & offers to a comprehensive listing of products and services for their children.

But, yet again, not all things all at once. So, Evon brainstormed with the founders to figure out what to build and what not to build for the MVP, and identified two most important key features: A search option to allow parents to uncover various kids activities taking place in their city and an option to allow organizers to create kids events that parents can see.

Evon built the Tech for the MVP

Evon built and launched the two key features in two months, providing first customers a workable software to get the essence of the product. We didn’t go overboard with the design and colors at the MVP stage, and it was quite ok! The major focus was on user experience so that the minimum key features could work as intended, without any technical glitches.

The key features of an MVP are differentiators and vary from product to product. So, it’s important to question what minimum features reflect the core value of a product and ignore the ones that don’t at the MVP stage.

For example, it was decided to target only one city to test the idea instead of going all-in across the country. So, it was not necessary to build an option to select a particular city among several cities from the drop-down (which would happen later once the idea caught-on and reached other cities, which it did).

The product now lists various categories ranging from pregnancy to baby, kids, beauty & fashion, mums life, travel & living, recipes, health, videos and many more. But, it didn’t happen overnight. Even the tech giants, like Facebook, Instagram, and Uber, started with an MVP and kept adding more features from their learnings along the journey.

The Takeaway

Based on the above two cases and many more in the startup industry in general, the success mantra seems to be this: Start small and build fast. This approach helps quickly validate a startup idea and learn at very early stages what to build going forward. The desire to pack hundreds of features into a first-version product is a dangerous approach as it could end up in a costly, feature-rich failure. If a startup is to fail, it’s better to fail fast so that founders can learn fast and readjust fast, instead of stumbling on the same lesson after spending a ton of time and money.

Why choose Evon Tech for your MVP?

Every product has different requirements, which is why Evon, with over a decade worth of experience of building hundreds of startups, suggests technologies that are the best fit and stable. Choosing a technology just because it’s in trend or every developer next door using it could be an invitation to more harm than good. Think of technology as tools, a hammer can’t serve the purpose of an axe. It’s simply not designed to do that.

Startups are not missiles but aircraft that need some momentum to take off. And, one of the best ways to gain that momentum is to launch an MVP. Evon, as the developer of your website or app, will take you through every step and work with you so that you can bring your product to market sooner, test it fast and improve it in further development rounds.

If you also have a startup idea and want to give your product the best chance by launching an MVP, get in touch with us, we will get back to you shortly.

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Offshoring risks are real and could land your startup in a more-harm-than-good situation if not mitigated well.

Before taking the decision of whether to go for an offshoring partner for your startup, there might be a few questions or risks on your mind. In this blog, I'll be addressing those on the basis of how Evon, in its decade worth of experience of working with hundreds of Startups, has been handling those risks.

For a little background, Evon has worked with 600+ Startups ranging from the ones started by established enterprises to solve bigger consumer and institutional problems, to individuals who built their ideas block by block and eventually created runaway revenue generator machines. There are successful Startups now in the market whom Evon has helped build and scale from scratch to $2.5MM/Q profit businesses.

Now, without further ado, let's dive into the offshoring risks that a Startup might perceive and mitigations that Evon has in place.


Evon’s Take On Offshoring Risks and Mitigation

#1 Risk: No Prior Offshore Recruitment Experience or Don’t Know How to Establish if You’re Hiring Right People

Description: Setting up an offshore team is a first time experience for most startups. Of course, some degree of trust is required while building a team with an offshore partner, but no transparency in the hiring process could prove detrimental to your product expansion plans.

Mitigation: Transparent Hiring Model

Description: Evon understands your fear of being thrown off the scent, and therefore offers complete transparency in the hiring process. Be it one-on-one interview or running test series for gauging the required skill-set, you can do all that helps you make a confident decision about Evon’s development and testing & QA services. You can even further evaluate by giving some real project tasks for two or three days, and hire after being completely satisfied with the effort and skills.

#2 Risk: Cost of Evaluation

Description: Waiting for five to six weeks to get something from developers just to evaluate whether or not it’s worth continuing with them involves cost for the effort made during that time. It could be really frustrating for clients to look for another offshore team after six weeks because the previous one couldn’t meet their expectations. It’s just not loss of time but money as well for the unused effort.

Evon’s Take: Start Small , Build Fast.

Description: Evon’s strategy to effectively mitigate the cost-of-evaluation risk is to start small and build fast. It’s in fact not necessary to work on multiple modules for six long weeks and then send it across for evaluation when a small weekly or biweekly release is good enough for the evaluation purpose, be it code quality, bug fixes or the team’s overall understanding of your product.

Such an approach enables clients to become decisive much earlier than usual. Short release cycles also help test early, give feedback for user acceptance and market fast. For those who are concerned about the evaluation cost, Evon is ready to share the cost for the first two to three weeks. Contact us to know more.

#3 Risk: IP (Intellectual Property) Security and Data Confidentiality

Description: Data security has become one of the biggest concerns of today, be it personally identifiable information or IP of an organization. Your product’s source code, or any product info for that matter, is confidential information that you obviously don’t want your offshore partner to share with third parties. But, how would you ensure that?

Evon’s Take: Legal Framework and Different Levels of Security Confidentiality

Description: As a data security standard, Evon signs non-disclosure agreement (NDA) with all its clients. There’s often a fear among clients that the offshore agency may use their unique idea, source code, or any other product related info to start a similar business of their own or may share it with competitors or third parties for unethical financial gains. To leave no room for such fears, Evon is also ready to enter into a non-compete agreement. Evon also follows latest security protocols for data transmission and sharing.

#4 Risk: Working with Remote Teams in a Different Time Zone may lead to Communication Gap and Delays.

Description: One of the major pitfalls of offshoring is occurence of communication loops while working with remote teams located in a different time zone. How would clients/project managers prioritize requirements, track progress, review and be on the same page without proper communication and collaboration?

Mitigation: Daily/Weekly Meetings and Flexible Work Hours

Description: Daily/weekly meetings with clients/project managers at a time that suits them is Evon’s way of ensuring that time-zone-difference is never a hurdle to communication. Evon also offers flexibility in work hours to all those clients who want their offshore teams to work in their time zone.

Evon also provides a dedicated account manager to do regular Pulse Check twice a month to ensure if you’re happy with the way things are going or if there are concerns to be addressed. Besides, every Evon client knows what exactly their offshore team’s hierarchy is, therefore they correctly use the chain of escalation and know who to reach to get their concerns addressed.

#5 Risk: Ramping Up Team Size in the Future

Description: More often than not, project requirements keep on changing and you may need to increase the team size in the future. Hiring resources from different locations for staff augmentation not just increases cost due to managing two remote teams now, but also drains all your energies in making the two far-off teams coordinating well with each other.

Mitigation: Provide Skilled Resources on Need Basis

Description: Being in software offshoring business for over a decade now, Evon has grown a large base of skilled and passionate techies to keep all sort of requirements fully covered on need basis.

As a matter of fact, there’s a big pool of English speaking, skilled, talented and experienced workforce available in India. This also works well in Evon’s favor to provide you all the required resources at one place. So, partnering with Evon enables you to work on your product for 100 hours when your competition is working for 40 hours, that too without any hassles and without taking too long. Reduced time to market is the key to stand out competition, which Evon makes it possible for you.

#6 Risk: Resource Monitoring, Progress Tracking and Work Hours Spent

Description: Managing a team from a different corner of the world becomes a risky affair when there’s no solid means of monitoring resources and tracking their efficiency. Also, not being able to verify work hours spent on particular tasks and who is actually working on your project could lead to extended deadline and cost hike.

Evon’s Take: Real-Time Reporting and Tracking with our Project Management Tool FindNerd

Description: Evon has its own real-time reporting tool FindNerd which sports slick features for task creation, scheduling, monitoring, bug tracking, activity updates, and analytics. Clients can ensure complete transparency and veracity of the tasks worked on and the effort spent via sprints, session tracker and desktop screenshots of developers’ systems.

Although Evon’s tech leads and SMEs do code review before creating a test instance for clients, FindNerd helps ensure user acceptance by enabling clients to be in complete control of processes and management all the time through. Grab a good look at the features FindNerd offers and how it is distinct and better from others.

Last but not the Least

There is no denying that IT outsourcing has to offer many benefits to a business. But, one must not make the mistake of underestimating the risks associated with it. Evon analyzes all the risks associated with offshoring and makes efforts to mitigate them to ensure not only quality product delivery, but good client-vendor relationship as well.

The relationship between the Business organization and the Outsourcing partner are sustainable when there is openness in communication and sharing of concerns to resolve the issues. With time the trust is built and it becomes a mutually beneficial association. However, it is also essential that there is total commitment from the Business organization, at all levels, to support the outsourcing decision once made after considering all the tradeoffs, rather than one or more champions of the cause trying to push a reluctant organization.

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