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Shankar
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He is a colossal cinephile who loves to watch critically acclaimed movies and binge tv series. He likes to write reviews on the films that he has watched and the technology he likes. He relishes exploring music produced around the world with a special liking to The Pixies and Sigur Rós. He seldom likes to sketch as well. He heads to the park and the gym to attain the goal of supreme fitness.
Healthcare. When you listen to this word, you get a feeling of ‘care’ and ‘improvement’ because that’s what the healthcare industry does. This industry cares for the people and works on the improvement of their health. And today’s growing number of healthcare providers, payers, and IT professionals need a HIPAA-compliant website that also ‘cares’ about processing, storing and transmitting… Read more
Customer experience was elevated to a new high when storefronts and shopping carts first burst onto the scene. Then, e-commerce created a different dimension in the world of shopping. In this age of shoppable everything, brands and retailers need to seize the moment of truth as consumers look for shiny objects of inspiration. Today, headless commerce is destined to take shopping experiences to a… Read more
As Leicester City fans continued to rejoice at their team’s unlikely triumph in the 2016 edition of English Premier League to become the champions for the very first time, some people were contemplating how the underdogs managed to beat such high odds. The way a team envisages itself performing is just as important as the physical strength of the players. And in this age of digitisation,… Read more
Having a routine of reading newspaper early in the morning is an intricate tapestry. We need something more to continue with our engagement with a newspaper day after day as we aren’t vessels of information. And that elusive thing is not just the pleasure of words but an engrossing design. So, when the editors make the prose readable, graphic designers work on creating templates that help in… Read more
Perhaps it is not very surprising that in an age of austerity and a climate of fear about child abuse, new technology is being sought by social workers for help. The Guardian, news media, revealed that local authorities in the UK have been using machine learning and predictive modelling to intervene before children were referred to social services. For instance, local councils are building ‘… Read more
More than five centuries ago, Johannes Gutenberg introduced the mechanical movable type printing and set the stage for the Renaissance and Age of Enlightenment. Years later, digitisation has brought a volte-face in the thinking and has carved out new ways of sharing and governing the content. Gutenberg editor, which is named after Johannes Gutenberg, is one of a kind and is destined to streamline… Read more
“Read out the headlines on the front page of today’s edition of The New York Times newspaper”. Say something like this to Google Home or Amazon Echo and you will get to listen to a voice reading out the news. Forget swiping, scrolling and typing, just talk to a voice assistant and hear what you want. Voice interfaces are all the rage in recent times. Not only is it helpful for your personal use… Read more
Alison Darcy developed Woebot, a text-chatbot therapist, that helps users challenge their distorted thinking and coaxes them to describe their moods more clearly. As it is only a software, it can be there at 2 a.m. in case you are having a panic attack and no therapist can or should be near you while you are in bed. This brings us to conversational interfaces that can help us lead a better life… Read more
There is a moment of realisation when we see how much we have actually evolved while reading a novel where the story takes us into the 20th century. When we see characters in that novel, who go to the office and have to keep an account of all the company documents that just keeps mounting up, we sense the burned-out feeling of all those office-goers. And then there is this internet era where all… Read more
Delicious. Sweet. Yummy. You may taste the jam and say these words or just the thought of jars containing jam stacked together may propel you to blurt out these words. Talking about the stack, in the technological space, we no longer talk about operating systems, specific web servers, backend programming languages or databases. In the web development arena, we think of different sorts of… Read more
From the vantage point of a school, some of the features that prove its greatness are a library with a superabundance of books, science laboratory with advanced scientific instruments, projection room with 3D technology and so on. Today, where almost everything is happening through the internet, the education sector is not left far behind. E-learning platforms have taken the world by storm with… Read more
Have you always secretly wanted to spend your evenings writing symphonies, learning about filmography or assessing climate change? Studying niche subjects have traditionally been for niche students. But e-learning platforms have changed all that with the provision for learning almost any subject online. Corporate e-learning has witnessed a stupendous 900% growth in the last decade or so. With… Read more
A machine learning model, that could lead a driver directly to an empty parking spot, fetched the second prize in the Graduate level: MS category at the 2018 Science and Technology Open House Competition. It goes without saying that dreams of computer systems with godlike powers and the wisdom to use them is not just a theological construct but a technological possibility. And sci-fi éminence… Read more
Visualise that you are working for an organisation that builds web applications for its clients. Every time you gain a new client for a web application, you visit AWS or any cloud provider for that matter. You wind up with 2 VMs for running the app and for the associated database. You will need at least two copies of this infrastructure for production and staging and then start deploying the code… Read more
The Guardian, one of the most trusted news media, took a different approach for their membership and subscriptions apps. Rather than emphasising on lengthy validation in staging environments, The Guardian’s Continuous Deployment pipeline places greater focus on ensuring that the new builds are really working in production. Their objective was to let the developers know that their code has run… Read more
Audi’s implementation of Continuous Delivery into its marketing has had an astronomical impact on its competitive advantage. For instance, when Audi released its new A3 model along with all other new releases, it wanted to communicate the new features, convey the options, and assist people in understanding the differences among body types, engines and things like that. Continuous Delivery turned… Read more
The Research and Development team at BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) have been working on IP production for a number of years building a model for end-to-end broadcasting that will allow a live studio to run entirely on IP networks. During this period, several software applications and libraries have been built in order to prototype techniques, develop their understanding further and… Read more
Digitisation has altered the game for content providers. Customers - whether businesses or consumers - look for bite-sized pieces of content delivered to their chosen interface anywhere and anytime. Content creators continuously need to rethink and rewire how they disseminate content across channels due to the proliferation of digital platforms, the variety, and granularity of media, and the ever… Read more
You run, you fall and you rise again with your ambitious endeavours of attaining supreme fitness. With so much going around in your own life, when you have to take care of your grandmother and monitor whether her insulin intake is right on track or not, it can prove to be a formidable task. Healthcare technologies have advanced to a whole new level and something like a smart wearable equipped to… Read more
FinTech and the disruption it can cause to the traditional banking systems is now a hot topic of debate in the banking conferences. Global venture capital funds are super-bullish on this front and are accentuating investments in the FinTech companies. Thanks to the burgeoning demand of FinTech in recent times, more crowdsourcing platforms are letting artists or fledgling entrepreneurs to crowd-… Read more
First came the physical servers which were followed by the virtual machines and now the developer ecosystem is rapidly adopting container and serverless computing. One of the biggest challenges that physical servers pose is their management which virtualisation resolves by emulating the real system thereby streamlining the governance of different functions. Now, container and serverless computing… Read more
“Outsource everything except your soul”, the excitable American writer Tom Peters, best known for In Search Of Excellence, once exhorted. And organisations all over the globe have responded with a will. Want someone to develop a computer or a fridge for you? Old hat. How about an entire car or even a house? Done. Outsourcing is a great way of getting things done and when it comes to IT,… Read more
Everyone has their own preference when it comes to different genres of music ranging from alternative rock and post-rock to trap rap and drone metal. Website traffic touches sky-high when a horde of music lovers remain glued to their screens to witness their favourite artists being awarded in this annual event of Grammy awards. Being a scalable and high performing space, the website of Grammy has… Read more
Big enterprises have been marching on towards the path of digital transformation. Disney, an entertainment giant, has advanced its digital transformation strategies by acquiring companies. By acquiring BAMTech, a media technology service provider, it can access the streaming technology instead of building it in-house. Spending billions of dollars on 21st Century Fox with the assets including… Read more
Think of your best friend who keeps things to himself - a characteristic that would sometimes make it strenuous for you to understand if he is in distress. Juxtapose such a character with another friend who is an open book which makes it a downhill task to know what he is thinking and feeling. Such a correlation can be observed in this digital world where the security of open source software and… Read more
One of the reasons why The New York Times is able to catch up to its growing user base is its inclination towards technological advancements. That was evident when it leveraged the power of microservice architecture via a remodelled video publishing platform to scale with their newsroom demands. They also moved their infrastructure to the cloud which resulted in a stable and scalable email… Read more
A world of opportunities awaits you when you join the bandwagon of higher education aspirers and wish to prosper in your area of study. Envisage graduating from a university and earning a certificate in digital format powered by a disrupting technology like blockchain. The way education is provided and managed is a continuously evolving procedure. With blockchain bursting onto the scene, the… Read more
Software and the internet have metamorphosed the world and its industries ranging from shopping to entertainment to banking. It is no longer something that just supports a business. Instead, it has become an integral part of every part of a business. Organisations interact with their customers through software that is delivered in the form of digital service or application and on all kinds of… Read more
A game of soccer is not shorn of any fanfare among the soccer lovers when the so-called English Premier League brings together the greatest players in the same team. And when two legendary players of different nations play together for the same franchise, fans often find it an arduous task to pick the champion of the champions. Choosing the best CMS for your business between Drupal and Sitecore… Read more
A sportsperson is rewarded for his anticipatory calls which he does to judge the next move of his opponent. When done right, it can make a world of difference in deciding the fate between a marvellous triumph and a drudging defeat. A business enterprise is not much different which has to rely on its decision-making whenever it has to choose between technologies for their projects. Choosing Drupal… Read more
With the world getting more deeply and digitally interconnected, there is an enormous scope for harnessing personalised data for optimising modalities in multiple domains. The impact of Big Data trend can be seen in every other industry including media and publishing sector. New technologies are being developed for automating and streamlining the process of data analysis. Throngs of data analysts… Read more
Nothing is permanent as every cloud has a silver lining. People come and go in your life. Some may call themselves your neighbour, well-wisher or a even a friend. But only some leave an indelible imprint on your mind. These people continue to stay in your life either physically or even in your memories. The space of macro trends in technology is also a volatile one where one or the other tech… Read more
You probably would have installed a mobile app on your smartphone and wondered about its ingenious nature. One of the key reasons for the incredible performance of a mobile app is the incorporation of the right mobile application development tools right in the build stage. So, how can you choose the right mobile application development tools? 'Beyond Mobile: Surviving the Shattered Future' states… Read more
You may have left for an outstation trip leaving the house door open. Or your city's waste management department may need to know if the trash cans in a locality are full to the brim. Also, carbon dioxide emissions from factories may have to be monitored remotely. All such situations call for Internet of things that gives you the power of connectivity to control and monitor seamlessly.… Read more
Travel down the memory lane and think of your favourite restaurant you used to visit often. You might cherish the memories of sheer brilliance in the ambience as you walked in but never had to venture out to the back of the restaurant. The back of the restaurant houses items accessible to people working there and the main hall is for customers to experience the services. Decoupled Drupal almost… Read more
You might have to scratch your head to reminisce about the worst things transpired in your life as you try to keep them at bay. Few corking good moments spent with your best friend will be indelible for the rest of your life. A good experience stays with you for a long time. It is much the same way with the websites. A great user experience with the website not only makes it alluring to the… Read more
Content touchpoints are proliferating at a fast clip as consumers keep on marching towards vibrant and distinctive means of interacting with content. Internet of Things (IoT), conversational UI, digital signage and devices that are powered by machine learning algorithms among others are adapting to our characteristics to disseminate content accordingly. To cope up with such mushrooming milieu of… Read more
Ever felt so intrigued by the movie that you were watching in a cinema hall and were completely immersed in it? Not only sometimes it can make you reminisce about instances from your own life but let you identify yourself with the characters in the film. You can start feeling like you are part of the film only to realise in the end it was just a film after all. Immersive experiences can happen in… Read more
The term ‘Migration’ accompanies itself with manifold thoughts into a person’s mind. A politics aficionado may talk about refugees who have migrated to another country for a new lease of life. On the flip side, a bird watcher would be keenly keeping track of migratory birds. In this digital age, a business analyst may think of challenges that come with the upgrade of the Drupal-powered website to… Read more
Possibly the greatest ever digital signage advertising was created for British Airways which had it all. The advert, connecting to live flight information, displayed a child pointing up to the sky as an aeroplane flew above him. This was so cleverly done that the advert showed the flight number and its destination as well. What a great blend of entertainment and education using the latest… Read more
“Great Scott!”, exclaims the scientist in the renowned science fiction trilogy ‘Back to the Future’ which hit the cinema screens in 1985.  This exclamation by the scientist, who travels 30 years into the future in his flying car, is suggestive of remarkable inventions by the homo sapiens which is a colossal conundrum to solve in the present world set in this motion picture.   Drupal has been… Read more
Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, invented in the 18th century by the French Orientalist Antoine Galland, portrays the literary history of the password. The invocation, “Open, Sesame!” which was used in this classic tale to open the magically sealed cave enjoys a broad currency as a catchphrase today. With the rapidly evolving digital space, password security is even more crucial and needs the… Read more
A stand-up comedian has this arduous task of presenting rib-tickling jokes to the audience but it involves proper strategy as well. He would talk about funny instances from the school life if the audience is packed with students. Or, he would talk about the patient-doctor relationship for an audience full of doctors. Business enterprises apply similar web personalisation strategy to tailor the… Read more
It is that time of an era where everything ranging from software projects to online purchases is expected to be delivered to us swiftly. Continuous delivery is the latest fad which has made it possible to perpetually adapt software in line with user feedback, shifts in the market, and alterations to business strategy. Scrum framework comes with a powerful set of principles and practices that help… Read more
Betterment is just another form of change which brings with it a lot of goodness. Higher education sector strives hard to cultivate ingenious qualities into the mammoth amount of aspiring students who come to their premises to gain superabundance of knowledge. In this digital age, the website of an institution is the gateway for the prospective student to explore more about the universities. It… Read more
Usain Bolt, in his last appearance at the World Track and Field Championships in 2017, stood third by a narrow defeat in the 100m race leaving behind a yawning gulf. Bolt finished the race just a hundredth of a second later than his fellow competitors. Every (nano)second counts! Such is the importance of speed that even a three-time Olympic gold medallist, Usain Bolt, had to bear the brunt of… Read more
When you want to buy a new shirt from an emporium, you look for the best shop that can exhibit different pieces of nicest clothes for you to choose from. Not much has changed with the emergence of the online stores. You still strive to buy the best thing available on the best e-commerce site. Drupal Commerce and Magento offer an amazing e-commerce platform for the digital businesses to establish… Read more
Governance plays a pivotal role in the business workflow and is significant for the smooth functioning of an  organisation which is expanding at a steadfast pace. In this digitised world of organised chaos, demand for agile marketing has resulted in the accretion of digital assets to such an extent that some of them seem superfluous. Digital Asset Management (DAM) and Drupal can come together to… Read more
Reading a fantasy book, envisaging yourself living in an imaginary world, and identifying yourself with your favourite character - such is the feeling of reading a book full of imaginations which stays with you for a long long time. We all try to visualize something far from the reality and technological advancement has made it possible to not only imagine things but to actually see them right in… Read more
Content is the fulcrum of any enterprise that gives them the tensile strength to build a robust online presence. Having the right approach towards delivering astounding content involves plenty of effectual content strategies in place. Drupal 8 is your one-stop destination for building an efficacious content strategy with its out-of-the-box capabilities. Source: Getty ImagesAccording to a research… Read more
You might have listened to the new album of your favourite band on a music application. Or, you would have streamed a critically acclaimed movie on a video streaming platform. In both cases, you will notice suggestions curated especially for you based on your choice of music and movies. Personalized content is the way to go for providing the better user experience. Drupal has provisions for… Read more
Responding to rapid alterations in the project requirements in a smooth and efficient manner is what every business organization aspires for. Agile development methodology can bring that efficacy in the web development for an enterprise. Together with Drupal 8, going agile can pay dividends in handling development processes. Sprint planning, swift feedback, and shorter release cycles ensure more… Read more
A black spot on a white sheet of paper can be found with a quick glance. What if you have to search for a black dot with certain radius among the cluster of dots on a large sheet of white paper. Such is the need of the hour where you have to intelligently search for a piece of information from a cornucopia of data in your system. Cognitive search is revolutionizing the process of retrieving the… Read more
Looking for a Drupal partner to work on your business projects? Collaboration is the key that yields unprecedented output due to the conglomeration of great minds. Choosing the best Drupal partner for your web development needs should be meticulously planned. After all, it is the long-standing partnership that builds upon time and leads you to where you want to be. One of the questions on Quora… Read more
You ping your best friend and get your doubts resolved just by having some quick chats. After all, a friend in need is a friend indeed. When you land on a business organization’s website and want to have a quick tour of their offerings, a chatbot comes to your rescue. Drupal helps power your websites with chatbots for an interactive and guiding experience to the user. Instantly helping us to… Read more
Are you pondering whether Drupal has attained the peak of success? Major CMS platforms are vying hard to stand apart and prove their mettle in this fast evolving internet world. Millions of websites are reaping the benefits of Drupal 8 and its great features. It is, of course, a much-improved version in comparison to Drupal 7. It has a come a long way since its inception. DrupalSouth Auckland… Read more
Website security is one of the most significant aspects that every business considers to thrive on and dominate the internet space. Vulnerabilities in your sites can give hackers the upper hand in finding a key to the safety vault. Drupal 8 stands out as the most favored Content Management System (CMS) which comes bundled with a plenitude of advantages over other leading content management… Read more
You go to a website and are sometimes awestruck by its sheer brilliance because of its spectacular design and appearance. It intrigues you so much that you want to imbibe that sort of look and feel for your site as well. Not just you, you want others to have similar experience while landing on your webpage. Themes are an exciting means of lending your site a dainty look. Drupal offers a… Read more
Whether you want to listen to an audiobook or want images, synchronized with the audio, to be displayed. Or you may want to listen to the conversations on the current events. Podcasts are a great tool for consuming and sharing information. A question on Drupal Forum read, “How do you embed something like a podcast?”. Drupal 8 can offer a top-of-the-line platform for podcasting. Podcasts are an… Read more
Thinking that you cannot innovate with the technology is wide off the mark. You have to break through the straitjacket of its confines and start accepting new ones on the block. As a part of open source community, we, at Opensense Labs, have realised the potential of technology outside the circumference of Drupal for better digital business experiences. That is how we stumbled upon Interplanetary… Read more
Change often comes unannounced. Drupal Community has been pioneering in making improvements in the features of Drupal 8 and bringing new ones onto the table. Drupal modules have seen some changes over the years and some new ones have thronged its platform too. So, what has changed and what are the top Drupal modules for 2018? This is the question both the digital marketers and developers are… Read more
Digitized business organizations strive hard to stay ahead in the race of attaining numero uno status. Content published on their website is considered the driving force in this pursuit. Publishers realized that a great content management technology is the key to see a noticeable difference and betterment in the digital publishing. Drupal 8 distribution, Thunder, has become the pillar of… Read more
Dries Buytaert, the Founder and Project Lead of Drupal, tweeted in 2016 asking, “What could a blockchain mean for a CMS like Drupal? #Brainstorm”. The hashtag delineates a palpable excitement in the air with the blockchain technology. It has only grown over time to become a part of serious talks in business conferences held world over. Blockchain has made us reconceive our model of producing and… Read more
Are English speakers the majority of the internet users? Should your business be solely concentrating on them for their business endeavors? What if you can reach out to non-English internet users in the pursuit of your business expansion to newer markets? Drupal 8 is a great platform that comes with the capability of delivering multilingual websites out-of-the-box. Digital businesses going… Read more
Planning to migrate the content of your old website to a newer one? You might be migrating data from Drupal 7 to Drupal 8. Or, you might be moving data from another CMS to Drupal CMS. Every business organization has to confront with situations like these to keep up with the pace of rapidly changing the digital business environment.  Let's just say that there is a popular blog piece with huge… Read more
Larger than life experience is something we all aspire for. What if we can have a mini-concert or a cinema hall like setup right in our bedroom? Apple TV, Google Chromecast, and Roku are the leaders in the smart television (TV) market and Drupal has grabbed the opportunity with both hands to develop smart TV apps that can transform the smart TV experience completely. How has Drupal made its… Read more
Content is an integral part of a business organization for it to thrive in this hyperactive digital market. Which web content should go to your site? How should it be presented on your site? Such decisions are governed by content editors. It is of paramount importance that they do not find their job drudging while editing content on your website. Drupal 8 has been a great buddy for the content… Read more
Provision of digital experience to befit the needs and expectations of a customer is of consummate importance. Firms look forward to providing a faster and nimble digital customer experience. They have to acclimatize in this fast progressing digital business and compete in the age of the customer. Drupal has been very crucial for the companies trying to set things in motion when it comes to… Read more
Envisage a picture where thousands of people spread over different IT departments are working towards effectively managing the multiple websites of their organization. They can be necessitated to handle every website change and would need people technically skilled to oversee each of those alterations across its entire portfolio of sites. Sounds hassling right? What if all these can be done under… Read more