Athena

Athena is a technophile and Antra’s content crafter, specializing in innovative technology and creative writing. She covers the latest trends,helpful tips and insider secrets to reaching career goals. Her other interests include growth hacking, surfing and science. Enjoy reading her posts!

Maintaining work-life balance

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Worried about how to balance work and personal life? Don’t worry, we have got you covered!

“Hey there,

When was the last time you indulged yourself in some or any of your passions outside of work?

What was the last book that you read? Or binge-watched a series?

Last but not the least. Are you able to balance your work life and personal interests?”

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Automated the Continuous Software Delivery Across All Multiple Applications

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AutomatedBackground

Our Client is a financial institution that has several customers and internal automated software applications.

The software development teams have an existing platform and a framework to develop and build these automated applications and the operations team was responsible for the infrastructure and tools to release the applications.

With the comprising of various tools in the overall platform, the tools have made work easy in the field of developing, releasing, tracking issues and notifying, and in releasing governance notifications.

The client had automated the tests and used continuous integration tools (Jenkins) to automate the code integration and the build of the applications.

Challenges in Automated Apps

The key challenge for the team for these automated applications was that the release process of a single application was taking around 10 to 15 days and multiple application releases made the management of the releases complex.

The existing automation tools such as Jenkins helped Client accelerate some of the builds and the release process, however, the overall orchestration process took a significant time including the change in management issues, analysis and decision-making, issues in resolution approval process, and rapid deployment of the code onto N+1 environments.

In case of errors in the automated applications during the build process, rollback, issue resolution, approval, and redo, build were taking significant time

The creation of dependencies and the increase in wait time was done by the integration of all the applications.

It took 24 – 48 hours to get the tickets resolve after raising the deployment tickets. In addition, there were no feedback and notifications to all the stakeholders.

The resolution times sometimes took longer to analyze the issues during the build and make a decision to promote the build to a N+1 environment.

Solution and Outcomes

To ensure continuous delivery, all the tools(including the management change in the release and ticket) was integrated to optimize the DevOps model.

The reduction of wait time between promoting the build was made with the help of validation of programme.

To take care of multiple releases effectively and promote collaboration, the requirement of visual interface became easy-to-use for orchestration.

The solution involved analysis, design, and deployment of the tool along with the process changes enabling complex multiple deliveries and orchestration of end-to-end application lifecycle.

Outcomes include:

  • It cut down in building and the releasing time to less than a day from 10 to 15 days
  • Within 10 days or more than the deployments were set across multiple applications
  • Reduced wait time between build promotions
  • Reduced dependencies and improved team collaboration
  • Improved continuous delivery across multiple applications and environments
  • Improved end-to-end process

To know more about continuous delivery click here.

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Do we need adult education to keep us competitive?

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“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest” – Benjamin Franklin

Developing competitive skills such as adult education at par with the industry is the key to a career growth and a prospect for better job opportunities. If you want to see more doors open for you, you might consider learning what is the next best thing in your field of work.

Suppose one work in a technical field, then learning new programming languages is most desirable. If one is inclined towards management or business analysis, then knowing more tools can augment one’s existing skill sets. I am a technology consultant, I recently completed a course on R Programming from Coursera and am planning to pursue a very interesting course on Machine Learning.

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Is innovation relevant while pursuing growth by acquisitions?

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“The key to making acquisitions is being ready because you really never know when the right big one is going to come along” – Benjamin Franklin

The leading analog semiconductor company Avago Technologies is all set to buy its competitor Broadcom for $37 billion in cash and stock, merging two leaders in wireless and wired communication semiconductors.

This news has rocked the technology world as it is seen as the biggest chip deal in the history according to the data compiled by Bloomberg.

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Taking Uber to the Financial World

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“Imagination is not only the uniquely human capacity to envision that which is not, and, therefore, the foundation of all invention and innovation. In its arguably most transformative and revelatory capacity, it is the power that enables us to empathize with humans whose experiences we have never shared.” – J. K. Rowling

A few days back I visited my Bank’s ATM (Automated Teller Machine), which is around 8 miles from my office. I decided not to let go of my favorite parking space (under the shade of the tree, where my car would not get too hot in the summer) and instead to take an Uber to the ATM.

As I was waiting for my Uber, a thought struck me, what if there is an Uber business model for the banks? Do I really need to go to the bank or the ATM? Can we take the financial services beyond the banks? Yes, with e-banking and mobile banking, most of our banking needs are satisfied at home, yet we still do need to go to the banks and the ATMs for other services.

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Why Employee Engagement Is Important In Modern Work Space?

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This is a post contributed by one of our new employees regarding the importance of employee engagement.

Empowered employees produce more and create a positive environment in the company! I wonder how many companies consider and execute employee engagement as a strategic activity. I have been working in the IT industry for over 4 years and was looking for new opportunities recently. I was fortunate to get some good offers. In all honesty, money wasn’t always the priority or the concern of moving on to next job chapter.

However, I was rather looking to join a company where I could enjoy my work with utmost comfort and freedom. Right now, the new work space seems peaceful and “work-worthy”.

But what made the difference? Is it the company or just me? And this is when I approached a friend who works in HR. Our coffee chat turned to be very informational with discussion around Employee Engagement Strategy and here are some key points that I wanted to share.

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