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Importance Of Training And Development In A Firm

Training and Development is the framework for helping employees to develop their personal and organizational skills, knowledge, and abilities. The focus of all aspects of Human Resource Development is on developing the most superior workforce so that the organization and individual employees can accomplish their work goals in service to customers.

All employees want to be valuable and remain competitive in the labour market at all times. This can only be achieved through employee training and development. Employees will always want to develop career-enhancing skills, which will always lead to employee motivation and retention. There is no doubt that a well trained and developed staff will be a valuable asset to the company and thereby increasing the chances of his efficiency in discharging his or her duties.

Trainings in an organization can be mainly of two types; Internal and External training sessions. Internal training involves when training is organized in-house by the Human resources department or training department using either a senior staff or any talented staff in the particular department as a resource person.

On the other hand External training is normally arranged outside the firm and is mostly organized by training institutes or consultants. Whichever training, it is very essential for all staff and helps in building career positioning and preparing staff for greater challenges.

Employers of labour should enable employees to pursue training and development in a direction that they choose and are interested in, not just in company-assigned directions. Companies should support learning, in general, and not just in support of knowledge needed for the employee’s current or next anticipated job. It should be noted that the key factor is keeping the employee interested, attending, engaged, motivated and retained.

For every employee to perform well especially Supervisors and Managers, there is need for constant training and development. The right employee training, development and education provides big payoffs for the employer in increased productivity, knowledge, loyalty, and contribution to general growth of the firm. In most cases external trainings for instance provide participants with the avenue to meet new set of people in the same field and network. The meeting will give them the chance to compare issues and find out what is obtainable in each other’s environment. This for sure will introduce positive changes where necessary.

REASONS FOR EMPLOYEE TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT:

The reasons behind employee training and development cannot be overemphasized. From our discussions so far, one can easily deduce some reasons behind firms engaging in training and developing their staff. We will summarize some of the reasons thus;

When needs arise as a result of findings from the outcome of performance appraisal.
As part of professional development plan.
As part of succession planning to help an employee be eligible for a planned change in role in the organization.
To imbibe and inculcate a new technology in the system.
Because of the dynamic nature of the business world and changing technologies.

SOME TOPICS TREATED IN EMPLOYEE TRAININGS:

Communications: The increasing diversity of today’s workforce brings a wide variety of languages and customs, thus staff should be able to be very good in both written and verbal communication.

Computer skills: Computer skills are becoming a necessity for conducting administrative and office tasks. In this era of technological advancement, computer skills are very necessary for almost of departments in an organization.

Customer service: Increased competition in today’s global marketplace makes it critical that employees understand and meet the needs of customers. The firm that stands out from the crowd is that firm that puts its customers first before every other goal. Then the need to always train staff on customer service.

Diversity: This includes explanation about people and their different perspectives and views, and how this can be handled.

Ethics: There are divergent ethics in different firms. Some firms attach more importance to certain issues like moral, work period, lateness etc than other issues. Today’s society has increasing expectations about corporate social responsibility. Also, today’s diverse workforce brings a wide variety of values and morals to the workplace. This calls for the need for staff to be reminded of these always through training and development.

Human relations: The increased stresses of today’s workplace can include misunderstandings and conflict. Training can help people to get along in the workplace with good understanding of each other and the office inter personal relationship to reduce official conflict.

Quality Management: Initiatives such as Total Quality Management, Quality Circles, benchmarking, etc., require basic training about quality concepts, guidelines and standards for quality, etc.

Safety: Safety training is critical where working with heavy equipment, hazardous chemicals, repetitive activities etc. Staff should be made to understand that despite the fact that they have a safety department, the safety of each staff is in his /her own hands.

BENEFITS OF EMPLOYEE TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT:

Increased job satisfaction and morale among employees.
Better inter personal relationship and customer satisfaction.
Increased employee motivation.
Increased efficiencies in processes, resulting in improved financial gain.
Increased capacity to adopt new technologies and methods.
Increased innovation in strategies and products.
Reduced employee turnover.
Enhanced company image.
Better Risk management and staff safety consciousness.
Increase in productivity.

Work At Home Businesses And Lifestyle Changes

There are many businesses that can be developed from home and operated out of your home. The trick is to select one that will be compatible with your home situation, your skill set and a home business that will generate sufficient income to support the lifestyle that you are looking for. We will examine a few of the lifestyle changes that you may want to consider for work at home businesses in this article.

The vast majority of people leave their homes every day to go to an office or some other location to work for the day. They fall into the routine of facing traffic, going to their place of work, chatting with colleagues, lunch with co-workers, coffee breaks and then heading home after work at the same time every day. Their pay check arrives every two weeks and their benefits are included as part of their salary. After 10 years, 15 years even 30 years, this routine has become pretty comfortable and the thought of not going to work is abhorrent.

Unfortunately many companies have laid off thousands of people in the past few years, downsizing, right sizing, mergers, bankruptcies, etc. Whatever the reason more and more people are having their lives disrupted, the comfort zone disappears and they are faced with a significant lifestyle change. This also presents an opportunity as well for these same people to work at home and start their own home business.

There will be adjustments and you may have to work harder than you have ever worked before, as you launch your home based business and build it up to something that not only you can be proud of, but it also generates the income you require for the lifestyle that you want to lead.

The trip to your office may be down the stairs to your home office, coffee breaks are gone and relaxed casual one hour lunches are replaced by fifteen minutes of snatched time, however you do not need to face the traffic every morning and your costs for work are reduced. If you’re the type that needs the interaction with colleagues, you may want to set up regular coffee breaks or meetings every week, however your main focus and challenge is now to operate and build your own business.

Over the years of working for an employer you have acquired many skills that you may have taken for granted. Use these skills now to build your own home business. These skills may include a wide scope, everything from how to build or repair something to organization, presentation, selling, writing, computer related skills and on and on. Evaluate these skill sets and put them to excellent use as you develop and build your home business, while managing the lifestyle changes that you are going through!

A Super Secret to Building Your Business and Your Reputation As an Expert

Professionals generally agree that no technique for building your business is more effective than branding yourself as an expert and your business as the most knowledgeable source of information for the product line you handle.

With the new technology that has been developed by the publishing industry, it is now possible to reinforce your reputation as an expert by writing books, not just articles, about your industry and your products. With these new developments you can accomplish this with very little or no formal training. You need nothing more than the ability to take the same words you use when you converse about these subjects and place them on paper.

Let’s look first at the advances in article distribution. Internet-based article aggregators and distributors are the most exciting new outlets for widespread dissemination of the articles you write. Just as you chose to read this article because it matched your special interests, so hundreds of thousands of information-starved people around the globe seek knowledge from the broad range of subjects distributors like ezinearticles.com offer. Your single article may be seen by upwards of a million viewers.

Like the editors who man the copy desks at the distributors’ offices, editors of print trade journals in your specialty aren’t looking for literary masterpieces. Their concern is information that will help others in your field perform as well as you do. Much like the Web-based article distributors, simple, direct writing, similar to the way you would describe the subject in conversation, is what these magazines seek.

The Secrets of Crafting a Strong Article

First and foremost, be specific. The editors and the people who read the article don’t have to be told that PVC piping has impacted sales of copper tubing. They know that already. They want to know how your staff counsels customers on selecting either PVC or copper and why they make those decisions. At the simplest level, write an article on the five most important considerations when choosing the type of piping to use for a specific job.

Hewlett-Packard produces a very popular brand of digital printer. Most of your readers know that already. Your task is to tell them what convinced you to highlight that brand in your business and what features your staff promotes when assisting a customer in his/her choice of printer.
In essence, think of your article as a training session in print. You may want to formulate your piece by bulleting each feature and adding the details of your related selling points. Begin the article with a simple declarative statement of why you feature the HP brand on your shelves. Then move to the most salient facts and features of the machine, justifying your decision to invest so heavily in its potential. Then wrap up the article with a positive statement. It may be a short summary of what you have written or possibly a summary of the features.

When writing an article for Internet distribution, it is best to keep it to a range of 500 to 1,200 words. In general, articles written for the Web are shorter than those published in a print journal, where a realistic ceiling would be a maximum of 2,000 to 2,500 words. If you think through what you want to say in advance and outline carefully, it won’t be hard to cover all key points within these limits. Business readers are often people in a hurry. They prefer short, punchy, informative text.

Expanding to a Book

Once again, you have two choices: an e-book or a traditional print volume. Essentially you are following the same procedure we recommended for crafting your article. However, this is an opportunity to expand on your subject and weave in far more information than the space limits of an article allow. Here you have the freedom to add more personal observations, even weave in the philosophy by which you run your business. But once again, it is essential that your plan out what it is you want to relate and outline it carefully.

You are writing what is in essence a how-to book. Use a structure very similar to the assembly instructions in a build-it-yourself assembly kit. Guide the reader forward step-by-step by adding new information in each successive chapter. This type of informative book does not have to be extensive. Writing 25,000 to 30,000 words is relatively easy to do. The average typed, double-spaced page contains in the neighborhood of 250 words, so by spreading your knowledge and your thoughts over 100 to 120 pages, you can turn out a very informative book that you can use as a promotional tool. Even though your primary objective is to use the book to increase your business, you may be able to offset a piece of the production cost by selling the book to libraries across the country. They are always on the lookout for solid, informative works.

Publishing Your Book

This is where you benefit from the marvelous advances in publishing technology. No longer do you have to suffer with huge press runs and the exorbitant costs vanity presses used to charge. Today, you can print any number of copies you want and continually fill in with more by using the digital services of a Publish on Demand (POD) publishing company. These newcomers eliminate all of the drudgery in publishing. You simply send them a finished manuscript prepared on your computer and a relatively small production fee (averages for this type of book from $400 to at most $1,000).

The POD house will prepare a book cover ($300-$500 if done on your own), format the interior text ($500-$700), obtain an ISBN number and matching barcodes, file for Library of Congress Cataloguing, Print your book, set up distribution with a wholesaler and register it with the .coms: Amazon, BN&N and Borders. All this will be done regardless of how small your initial order is. And as you find the need for reorders, you simply call the POD house and within a week or so, the books will be at your office.

Take advantage of this often unexplored method of growing your business and your reputation. It’s a lot easier than you think, and the results will more than justify the minimal effort it takes. If time simply is not available, consider retaining the services of a ghost writer to prepare the materials for you.

Whichever road you choose, don’t wait any longer. In this era of a faltering economy, new ideas and innovative approaches are needed just to sustain volume, let alone increase it.

Building an Online Business – Phase 2 – Getting a Website Designed and Developed


In Phase One of Building Your Online Business, I described developing a solid plan. A plan takes all of the guesswork out of the equation. Your plan is invaluable because it will describe in detail what you want your website to do. The plan will help the web developer understand what you want the website to do and what goals it must accomplish. The plan does not have to be a lengthy thesis. Just a simple one page description will suffice. Try to be as descriptive a possible.

The plan you choose must include the following phases:

  1. Planning Your Online Business
  2. Getting a Website Designed and Developed (you are here)
  3. Setting up an E-Commerce Shopping Cart
  4. CRM (Customer Relations Management)
  5. Getting Your Website Indexed in the Search Engines
  6. Online Advertising
  7. Email Marketing
  8. Start a Blog and/or Forum
  9. Social Networking
  10. Go to Step 1

The order of the above phases is only a suggestion. The is order is up to you, but each of them should be implemented.

Phase 2 : Getting a Website Designed and Developed Once you have your plan written, Phase 2 of Building Your Online Business is to have your website designed and developed. A great design is extremely important to your online business. In the online world, it is even more true that first impressions are everything. A websites design is not just about pretty pictures and colors. Your website is the perfect marketing resource that will keep your current and future customers informed. It should contain all of your company’s information, brochures and other materials. Are you going sale your products through your website? All of these things must be considered in your design.

If you choose you can of course do the design and development yourself. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that. If you have the skill to do this, by all means, do it. That is up to you.

However, there is also something to be said about having a professional web developer build the website for you. To avoid confusion, in this article I talk about website designers and developers inclusively as “web developers”. Since we are designing a website, the professional must be able to do design first and foremost. Development, or programming, is usually a secondary skill. Your website might not require any “functionality”, or interactive parts of your website such a contact form or booking application, for example.

Question: What are the advantages of hiring a web developer to do the website design and development for me?

There are numerous advantages to hiring a web developer. Some of those advantages might be:

  1. Freeing up your time so that you can run your business.
  2. Putting their professional experience to work for you.
  3. Receiving professional opinions and creative ideas.
  4. Getting your website completed faster.
  5. Your website will require less maintenance.
  6. Greater compatibility with all of the major web browsers (Internet Explorer, Firefox, etc.).
  7. Achieve Search Engine friendliness.

Remember that web developers are professionals. Rely on them for their experience and knowledge. For example, while you could fix your clogged sink yourself, wouldn’t it be better to hire a professional plumber? The same goes for any other service you might need.

Question: How do you pick a professional web developer?

Finding and hiring a professional web developer is perhaps the greatest hurdle to overcome when creating your website. There are literally thousands and thousands of designers and developers available to choose from on the internet. Here are some suggestions to make the search easier.

Start Local

Start the search for your web developer of choice by looking in the your local area. The yellow pages might not be the best place to look. Because the primary domain of a web developer is the internet use a search engine such as Google (www.google.com). Type in a search query such as “website design in<your here=”” state=”” and=”” city=””>”</your>If nothing turns up in the search results, look at websites for other companies in your local area. Ask those companies who they recommend.

Use Online Services

There are many websites on the internet that will help you find a professional web developer. The ones that I recommend are Elance, Guru and Design Quote. You might also try job search websites such as Dice, Monster and Career Builder.

Ask for a Portfolio and Client Testimonials

Once you have located one or more web developers ask them for their professional portfolios and some of their client testimonials. Visual representation of their skills is a must. Client feedback and references will further prove that the web developer can do the work you need. If you are still not convinced, ask the web developer for a free mockup, or design draft, of your website idea.

Question: What is the typical website development process?

After you have hired your web developer, typically the website development process goes something like this:

  1. Website design mockup(s) is done via a graphics program such as Adobe Photoshop
  2. Review of design mockup(s)
  3. Feedback of the design and further design work if needed
  4. Convert design into website template
  5. Use website template to make content pages
  6. Content is filled in using the information that you provide
  7. Search engine keywords are chosen and content modified for search engine friendliness
  8. Meta tags are written and inserted into your pages
  9. Domain name is setup on your website hosting account
  10. Email accounts are setup
  11. Website is uploaded to your website hosting account
  12. Domain name is manually submitted to the major search engines (Google, Yahoo, MSN, etc.)
  13. Continue to add content and improve the website as needed

The above process is by no means set in stone. Every website is different and the process can vary greatly. The saying goes that “A website is never done.” Your website will be a living extension of your business and it should be changed and improved upon. Remember to inform your website visitors of new and exciting things that are going on at your company.

Five Big Mistakes that Could Ruin Your Small Business and How to Avoid Them

Many small businesses are stuck in limbo. Sales are sluggish or stagnant, and many small business owners have worn themselves out trying to be all things to their businesses. There are five big mistakes that small businesses often make that hamper growth and hinder business success. But, by taking some time to develop your small business, you can avoid these common mistakes. Even if you have made some of them, you can rebound and get your business back on track.

  1. Focusing on getting the big customer. According author Rhonda Abrams who penned the book “The Successful Business Plan: Secrets & Strategies”, small businesses focus on getting that one big client instead of many little ones. But, what happens if you don’t get the big customer? Are you taking care of your smaller ones? They can make or break your business. It could be worse if your neglected smaller customers left you than if the one big customer left. Together, your small clients pack a powerful punch.
  2. Not diversifying products and services. Today’s customers look for products and services that offer them more value – both in the wallet and in the product or service offered. If you don’t diversify, your competitors will. They will entice your customers away with sweet deals and aggressive sales. Consider repackaging products and offering incentives like coupons and discounts. Bundle services to create a more comprehensive, packaged service offering.
  3. Poor pricing models. Your pricing must be competitive with the market you are serving. Price your products and services too low and customers won’t buy because the perceived value is low. Price them too high and you could knock yourself out of the market.
  4. Not creating a unique selling proposition. Web accessibility has fueled a shop around mentality in consumers. Every competitor out there is touting service and price. And, that’s okay. But, you can’t jump in there with the same thing. You’ve got to give prospective customers a compelling reason to choose your products or services over the competition’s.
  5. Trying to go it alone. Big businesses aren’t created from one person handling everything in the business. They are created by partnering, hiring and relying on the expertise of others. You can’t be successful trying to be all things to your business. There is just too much to do and not enough time for one person to do it. Get help by adding staff or outsourcing.

So how do you overcome these obstacles to your businesses success or fix mistakes you’ve made? Take stock in your business and focus on business development.

Business development is not just for large businesses. Small business owners can benefit from business development, too. Whether your business issue is ineffective pricing, inefficient processes or poor marketing strategy, business development can put your business on the fast track to success by helping you get organized, fill your pipeline with customers, increase profits and avoid or rebound from mistakes.

Home Business Success – Developing a Successful Focus

Have you ever noticed that fire fighters are often washing the trucks when they’re not putting out fires? We should all be thankful for the fine service these people offer to the community, but do clean fire trucks put out fires more effectively than dirty ones? They probably don’t, but employers don’t like the thought of those fire fighters just waiting at the station for the next call. The fire fighters are “on the clock” so it’s expected that they look busy.

Looking busy and productivity have little to do with each other.

In an office setting, we see the same thing. People will do “busy work” not because it’s productive, but because the manager wants to feel like he or she is getting “value” from the employee. Such tasks do little to create value for the customers or generate more business for the company, but the “job world” is filled with examples of people performing tasks to look as though they are “earning” their wages.

In a home business setting, things are a little different. Here, it’s all about performance and that comes from a success-focus. If you spend one hour or eight hours a day developing your home business, it’s important to understand that your actions move you closer towards your goal, or further from it. This doesn’t mean that a clean house isn’t a good thing. A clutter-free work environment may improve productivity significantly for some people. What’s important is to understand the relationship between any of that “work” and business growth.

The bottom line is that to grow your business, you need to let people know you are in business. You need to find out if you have something which is of benefit to the person you’re talking to. It’s also critical that you’re not spending all of your time sequentially working with one prospect until they say yes or no before finding someone new to speak with. In other words, the only actions that result in growth for your business involve you interacting with more people.

Do you have a misaimed success-focus? Spending hours on a new slide may be beneficial if and only if you are going to show that presentation to enough people to make it worth your time. Agonizing over copy on a web page or brochure is fine if you’re also making sure that it’s going to be seen by enough people to provide a return on your time.

A successful business is based on helping others get what they want, within the context of what you have to offer. The only real way to quantify your success is by measuring your business growth. If you’re not growing, you’re not helping others. The better you are able to quantify measures of success, the more confidence you will have as you move towards your goals. There will be days when you may not move forward, and maybe even back-slide, but if you have those measures and goals in your sights, you can be aware of these setbacks and do something about them!

As you move through the day, new ideas may pop into your head. These usually happen as you develop your success-focus. It’s called inspiration and it’s a good thing! If you find many ideas are flying around in your head, then capture them in a “lock box.” Get a folder and write your ideas down. Put one each on a sheet of paper. When you have time, or are in need of new ways to grow your business, visit your lock box and develop one of your captured ideas. When you’re not working on it, push it from your mind. Focus on the tasks that you are currently using to grow your business. One you’ve captured an idea for your lock box, it won’t get away. It will be waiting for you when you need it.

Successful home business owners soon realize that it doesn’t take forty, or more, hours a week to be successful. By focusing on actions which grow your business, you too can enjoy the fruits of your effort and also the time freedom and other benefits associated with being truly productive. If you want to have explosive growth, then focus a period of time (one to three months) on spending a full day, every day of the week, on actions which are directly associated with business growth. As you develop your momentum, you will have many opportunities to relax while you continue to reap the rewards of your successful home business. What do you do with that free time? Anything you want!

6 Steps to Profitable Home Business Website Development

Building an effective business website isn’t rocket science. Every internet home business website, must serve a purpose and that is usually where most websites fail. A website is only as good as you make it. The functions of a website and how it serves the needs of the business are defined by its owner.

Follow the steps below to develop your website for successful operation of your home business:

1. Set a clear goal for your website

You must be very clear as to what you plan to achieve with the website of your home business. It is only the purpose of a website that determines the audience, the design, the navigation, the content, and the marketing. Failure to understand this will lead to early failure of the website.

2. Define your target market.

It is prudent to pick a certain category of customers and try to catch their attention to your business. This strategy will help you to become an expert in a given niche market. You cannot satisfy everybody’s needs at the same time. Hence, this calls for the narrowing of your target market in which you can make money without struggling hard.

3. Build your website in the most economical way

Will you do it yourself using one of the point and click website builders? Will you hire a freelance designer or a professional firm? If you or any of your staff have reasonable skill in this area then you can do this in house which will be an economical option. When this knowledge is not available then you need to outsource the task to competent persons or agencies.

Website design has undergone major changes in recent times. Of late the search engines give higher preference to websites that offer keyword-rich text over colourful graphics. Get yourself updated on the latest trends in the key areas of internet marketing so that your home business website doesn’t become obsolete at any time.

4. Build your website to be visitor friendly

Make the hyperlinks on your website to be clear to your visitors. It is very important that your navigational buttons and tabs are easy to read and understand. Link colours in your text should be familiar to your visitors. Text links should be unique – they should not look the same as any other text in your web pages. Your visitors should not be clicking on your headings because they think they are links.

5. Learn the basics of major topics related to website development

It is essential that you understand the basics of SEO and copywriting. Though Search Engine Optimization and copywriting are not directly related to designing, still, as a home business owner you must have some basic knowledge about them. This is because web designing is intertwined with marketing, keywords, content and visibility.

Even if you re going to outsource these activities you need to have the minimum knowledge to run your home business and make money online.

6. Make Your web site easy to find

Are you not eager that your visitors should find your website online easily so that your home business will grow fast? The myth, ” build it and they will come” is still prevalent among the majority of new entrants to internet home business. People will come to your website only when you promote your site through some proven methods.

Use search engines, directories, banner advertising, e-zines, social media and back-links to promote the website of your internet home business.

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Using SOA Consulting and Development to Improve Your Business Value

The main function of SOA is to move company ITs from an outdated system architecture, based on autonomous applications tightly coupled together by custom integration processes, to a modern type of architecture, developed on independent services, which are loosely coupled, using standards-based messaging. SOA improves IT infrastructure by making it less expensive but much more efficient, flexible and easier to expand and reuse. In SOA environments, companies can overcome the main gap in legacy systems between their business requirements and the capabilities of their IT systems.

However, SOA development is still considered an IT issue. One of the reasons is that IT managers are not successfully explaining SOA’s business benefits to upper management. Also, upper management is not really interested in processes for better IT utilization or in recognizing SOA’s potential.

To get support from upper management for the successful development of SOA, it is important to build a roadmap that illustrates an understanding of not only the technologies but also the business value, impact, technology capabilities, interactions between systems, robustness, lower development costs, and security factors. A number of business related issues are important for SOA strategy and technologies:

• Agility in changing systems to follow new and changing business processes.

• Solving problems of badly integrated systems, which requires a lot of development, time, and money to integrate.

• Problems of data and business logic spreading, which can cause unexpected difficulties

• High maintenance costs.

• User dissatisfaction with the current system.

• Possibility for step-by-step systems upgrading.

These are only some arguments that can be used by IT managers for presenting SOA advantages to management. Moreover, SOA consulting and development companies, whose analysts and architects are able to explain the advantages of SOA to an organization could also be very helpful. They can also assist your company in the development of SOA principles and best practices that guide planning, development, integration, and management of application infrastructures. In addition, they can be useful when preparing a business case that demonstrates the value of SOA to upper management.

It is crucial that SOA consultants and businesses work together in conducting an analysis. The most important factors for SOA strategy are the business analyst and the SOA architect; the former is responsible for representing the business requirements, while the latter is responsible for ensuring compliance with the IT strategy.

An analysis provided by a business analyst and an SOA architect can be used to justify investment in SOA. A clear and comprehensive analysis prepared through an open and constructive dialog, is the perfect way to demonstrate the value of SOA and IT synergy to upper management.

Uses and Benefits of IT in Ensuring Successful Businesses and Projects

Technology is a wide concept that has enabled development in science providing automated also better solutions. Information and technology have benefited the world by increasing the productivity of both small and large businesses translating into a low-cost structure. IT has also improved speed, enhanced ease in sharing and storage of information as well as using automation to minimize human error at work.

Increased Speed of Sharing Information

With the growing competition in businesses, there is an increased rate of change response by small businesses as compared to large businesses. Years ago, there existed no electronic mail. Most businesses used postal services to communicate with their clients and suppliers. The farther the information was delivered, the longer time it took. However, today custom Web Development and Design have enabled the implementation of test strategies handling custom advancement needs. As such, business and project owners are able to share information at a high rate saving time and enabling fast decision making.

Easier Storage

The development of Responsive Web Design in projects has facilitated easy access to stored data regardless of the screen size, orientation, and platforms used by business owners. It also advocates that besides design, development should also provide a response to behavior and environs, therefore, making all pages of your web on all devices look good. Additionally, IT has eliminated double entry of information into the system as well as eliminating the filing of large volumes of paperwork. Today, you can able to cut down storage space related costs by storing customer information in computer-generated data warehouses.

Automation

Most people in business look for the quickest way to perform their tasks. The advancement of technology has led Android Developers in inventing new apps that enable certain functions of projects that called for the employment of staff in the long histories to be automated. For example, a software application like QuickBooks is used in bookkeeping functions. Also, you can use Salesforce to automate sales function. This has, in turn, enabled small businesses to concentrate on strategy and reduce labor expenses. Custom developers will also help you in solving IT problems involving installation of software and help you get the best applications that will meet your needs.

Flexibility of Work

IT programs provide you remote access to the network of your company’s electronic such that you can work either at home or your office. This accessibility has facilitated effectiveness and increased productivity as you can perform your work even without getting into the office. Furthermore, it is a great deal towards minimizing the overall cost of running your project.

Improved Information Sharing

Web development and designs will allow you to share information either in oral or written forms quickly. People are able to accomplish the marketing goals through placing ads, which buyers are able to access the Internet and other social sites of networking. Most IT experts recommend E-learning as a cheap way for obtaining business knowledge rather than attending physical classes. Technological Web designs have made this easier by providing such training on websites enhancing easy access to information. You can easily listen to an online classroom lecture and share important information with your staff.

Making a Successful IT Project

IT initiatives can be stressful to plan and enhance their success, particularly those that impact each part of your project. Although there are many daunting considerations for IT project planning, failing to make plans before you start your project can be the worst mistake. By addressing critical areas, one can evade many pitfalls. You need to identify and determine the availability of resources, establish aims and objectives, determine to fund, anticipate change and maintain a positive focus and be flexible in the project.

Why Should You Use Professional Developers in your Business Project

Professional web developers have vast experience and are known to produce excellent applications and websites. They are also dedicated and concentrate their energy on your venture. They will work as a team to create perfect products, services, and digital platforms. Moreover, with skilled professional Developers, you can easily get a mixture of designs and development expertise. You will have no troubles of system or app failure as they have adequate resources needed to test their products and services before delivering them to their clients.

16 Tips for Owners and Developers in Managing Design for a Successful Outcome – Business Case Stage

This brief article outlines 16 Tips for the Business Case Stage of the design process, the first of 7 stages in the design process. The Design Management role is considered in the context of an in-house or consultant Owner or Developer side Design Manager and is also on the basis of a fully documented Design and Construct only contract.

Design Management seeks to establish project management practices that are primarily focused on enhancing the design process. For Building projects the successful implementation of Design Management throughout the entire Project Life Cycle can represent the difference between the success and failure of a building project.

Owners and Developers can achieve superior outcomes for their Building projects if they can ensure that the project is effectively managed such that their requirements are fully incorporated into the project and that the process yields the required outcomes in terms of Quality, Timing, Cost and Value.

The conventional approach to the management of the design is through the project management process whereby the Design Management is simply considered as a component of the project management process, with design project managed in terms delivery to a programme schedule and cost plan. The management of the design itself is generally left to the designers with the lead consultant, typically the architect, taking control of the coordination process.

The design of a building is in fact such a critical component of the overall project management process that it needs dedicated management to achieve the best results for Owners and Developers. This Design Management needs to be implemented from the start of the Project Life Cycle and then throughout all the critical stages.

The Design Management overall responsibility should rest within the Owner or Developer’s Project Management team and not the Design team itself. The Design team will need to manage its own in-house design from technical perspective and undertake coordination as required however all under the careful supervision of the Owner or Developer’s Design Manager.

Business Case Stage- Design Report

Early involvement by a Design Manager to the Project Life Cycle is critical. The output from the Design Manager for the Business Case stage will be a Design Report that will directly feed into the Owner’s or Developer’s overall project Business Case.

The following are 16 Tips for the Owner or Developer during the Business Case Stage of the design process:

Tip # 1: Nominate the Owner’s or Developer’s Design Manger. The Design Manager is responsible for delivering the design that meets the Owner’s or Developer’s requirements and achieves desired outcomes.

Tip # 2: Collate all available data on the project including Client Briefs, concept drawings, surveys, and planning conditions. This helps identify design related information to develop the project’s design requirements.

Tip # 3: Establish criteria to determine the project’s viability from a design perspective. Make this a collaborative effort involving all relevant stakeholders.

Tip # 4: Determine and define the project’s functional requirements. This identifies as much as possible the Owner’s or Developer’s requirements to be included in the project.

Tip # 5: Assess all available design information to identify any crucial gaps. Further design related researching and data gathering can then be done to better inform the Business Case.

Tip # 6: Visit and become familiar with the proposed site or sites being considered. It provides a real world perspective of how the project sits within the existing environments and a context regarding surrounding influences.

Tip # 7: Identify viable options to consider from a design perspective in developing the Business Case. The Owner or Developer can then review options in terms of project timing, site location, cost, value, and sustainability.

Tip # 8: Engage design consultants as needed for required technical and project inputs in preparing the design report. Such input enhances the Business Case if more technical detail or assessment is required.

Tip # 9: Determine design risks and provide an assessment of these risks. This helps inform the Business Case and identifies areas of concern from a design perspective.

Tip # 10: Select the most appropriate consultants required to deliver the project design. Assess costs and the timing to engage the design team. Doing this informs the expected design cost in the Business Case and identifies the list of likely consultants to seek for proposals.

Tip # 11: Prepare the Consultant Agreements. Include scope of services and design roles regarding coordination, program, deliverables, and contract conditions. This ensures all the design consultants work to consistent and well defined requirements.

Tip # 12: Establish the Design Team Project Organisation Chart. It defines the responsibilities of the various design consultants among the design team itself and identifies the project reporting and communication structure.

Tip # 13: Consider constructability, sustainability, programming, environmental, and other stakeholder requirements. This high level assessment at this stage further informs the Business Case.

Tip # 14: Prepare a Business Case design report draft to review with the Owner or Developer. It provides the opportunity to review all design related issues considered to date and incorporates any comments before finalising the report.

Tip # 15: Organise and present the final Design Report component of the Business Case to the Owner or Developer. As part of the overall Business Case, the design input to the Business Case is now completed.

Tip # 16: Obtain formal approval of the Business Case from the Owner or Developer. The approval is the basis for developing the Outline Design.

These tips are the result of over 32 years of experience in managing design. With a solid technical background as a structural engineer, owner of an Architectural and Engineering (A&E) practice and having worked in Australia, Asia and the Middle East on a wide range of small to “mega” projects, Paul Sancandi is now a Senior Design Manager consulting in Australia.