WhatsApp & Google Drive to ensure your data backup

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With WhatsApp steadily adding up nearly a billion users who use the app to be socially connected and enjoy photos and videos with friends and family or share valuable information and communicate with colleagues and peers, the question of backing up all that data, other than device memory, has been answered.

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WhatsApp users weren’t quite satisfied with their data stored only on their devices, since they are vulnerable to theft, malfunctions and physical damages. So, WhatsApp for Android will allow the users to store the backup all of their WhatsApp data in Google Drive. With all their WhatsApp data backed up in Google Drive, it can be completely restored on another device with ease. A blog post attributed to Google Drive announced the development and confirmed that this new feature to be deployed over the next few months, will allow users to create a backup for their photos, videos, chat history and voice messages in Google Drive. The more apps integrate with Google Drive in this manner the better it might get.

The Google Drive backup feature will let users forget the local drive on their computer where they stored important photos, video clips, numbers and addresses, taking data storage to Cloud. However, the photos and videos that are backed up don’t get diverted to Google Photos automatically. No wonder, it can be expected that in the near future the backup and share functionality will smoothen and get smarter over time. Also it should be noted that this feature will delight the android users exclusively as it won’t be available on iOS, at least not yet.

It is believed that WhatsApp dev team was experimenting with a robust backup and restore option for media and chat history as early as April ’15 with Google Drive, since many users claimed to have seen the feature pop up in their devices. However, after a short while it was taken down. With an app update in July ’15, the feature was made available to certain select users in the version 2.12.194. Now with a formal announcement in the blog post, the backup feature will be made available to all Android users in a few months.

In the WhatsApp for Android version (2.12.194), backup notifications will request access to the Google Drive folder at 4 am, which happens to be the default time for chat/media backup. WhatsApp’s Google Drive backup feature can be found in the app’s Settings. For backing up their data, users will be required to enter a valid Google account where their files will be backed up for future use. Users can turn off the auto-backup option if they will and can also control the frequency with which their data is backed up ranging from daily, weekly, to monthly. Users can also choose whether to use backup only on a Wi-Fi connection, network data or both.

Scott Johnston, the Director of Product Management who announced the news, hinted the users to keep an eye out on WhatsApp settings, over the next few months, to see if the new backup feature becomes available to them.

Balancing Work and Family Life

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Work-Life Imbalance tops the causes of stress among working adults. In a society that is increasingly becoming productivity-oriented, conflicts between home and workplace roles emerge regularly. This imbalance between work and family life has been the cause of several negative outcomes like interpersonal conflicts at work, failed personal relationships, poor work efficiency, mental and physical health issues.

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Mental health is taken for granted by many who expose themselves to job-related stress unintentionally most of the times. In some cases, the cause of stress stems out from the urge to earn recognition from their peers or superiors as ‘hard workers’, as it might portray a higher sense of commitment and responsibility. This could quite predictably cause imbalance in both facets of life.

There could be several other reasons for stress. Prominent social beliefs that associate parenthood with a happy and fulfilling life may not hold true for everyone. Credible sociological studies have found it to be quite the contrary – Parents face more mental and physical health issues than their childless peers, having to bear the cost of raising a child being one of the prominent factors among others.

Clearly, stress has troubled employers and employees alike. Constant stress often leads to sexual health problems, cardiovascular diseases, frequent headaches and a weak immune system. Misguided attempts to beat stress may lead to alcohol consumption, smoking and even binge eating.

So the importance of fighting stress is vital for achieving a balance in work and family life. Daunting it may appear but it is achievable. Although without a concrete resolve to achieve balance, it is likely to end in failure.

Talking to family about one’s idea of work helps to pinpoint the stress factors that need to be dealt with. It also makes one’s family understand the obligations and responsibilities of the workplace, improving their understanding in the process.

It is necessary to create boundaries between family time and work hours. Boundaries are imaginary lines that shield work from being affected by family, at the same time they don’t allow family time being compromised by work obligations.

One should also make peace with the fact that in some scenarios either work or family will have to be given priority. A perfect balance at all times may not be feasible. There are no quick fix solutions to the dilemma of balancing work and family. Every person’s solution to their work-family equation should suit their individual needs and preferences. But a balance will truly be struck when a person keeps up with his family’s needs while performing adequately at work.

Here are a few points to take note of:

It’s all about the Attitude.

It is commendable to love your job, but as big a part of one’s life it may be, it ultimately needs to be “turned off” primarily to spend some time away from work. For people who are defined by the work that they do, this can be a lot harder. It’s admirable to accomplish excellence at work but an ‘always at work’ attitude ends up in alienating loved ones by repeatedly overshadowing them by one’s job, damaging relationships in the long run. It is also linked with reduction in effectiveness at work as the body and mind need a break from the monotonous schedule of thinking and doing the same thing repeatedly to rejuvenate and keep afresh.

A schedule should not be overwhelming.

While juggling and multi-tasking, it is most important to keep a rational schedule. Both ‘work and non-work commitments’ and ‘downtime and non-work time’ should be awarded equal weightage. The commitment to personal activities and family should be as unavoidable as the commitment to work.

Say “No.” It’s okay to do so.

Trouble might arise by committing to more than you have time for. Every request that heads in your direction should be seriously considered and only after double-checking one’s schedule should a decision be made. If it’s too overwhelming, there’s no harm in turning it down. Undertaking tasks and social invitations that are a handful won’t do anyone any good if you’re unable to handle it or too tired to enjoy.

Enjoy list-free time.

The skills honed at work may seem to help in your personal life but if to-do lists start making your personal time all the more work then it’s advisable to stop it. List making should be scrapped for a couple of days to take things head on.

With those tips above, one can go on to make a checklist of what brings them stress. That will be half the battle conquered. Once you know what’s been irking you, it is easier to get help from family, friends, and colleagues. If they don’t or they can’t give you enough support, one must not hesitate is seeking professional help. All it takes to beat your blues is to acknowledge one’s problem areas and speak up.

How important are customer reviews ?

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Market research surveys are often used by companies to collect various types of information about their consumers and clients. Some of this information is gathered by businesses prior to introducing products but a majority of customer data is gathered after the introduction of their products.

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Whatever be the case, customer feedback is important for a number of reasons.

Importance

To determine a customer’s needs and tastes, customer feedback is vital, particularly when a business introduces new products. Companies conduct focus groups, in-person research or customer phone surveys to determine the features, flavours or styles that consumers are looking for in a product. Customer feedback helps companies determine what’s important to their customers, according to The Calgary Beacon article “9 Great Reasons to Conduct Customer Surveys.” Without customer feedback, a company could not possibly learn about the product needs of the consumer. As a consequence, its products are likely to fail in the marketplace.

Brand Performance

Customer feedback also helps a company to better understand how a customer rates and uses their product versus a competitor’s product. It is vital in determining where a company’s products and services excel or fall short in comparison with alternatives on the market.

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Customer service satisfaction surveys are the most common type of market research surveys. Companies can determine whether customers are getting their questions answered and problems resolved. Additionally, through surveys, a company can evaluate the performance of its customer service reps and take corrective measures, especially if the feedback indicates that the customer service reps were being rude to customers.

Lessons Learned

Customer feedback from lost customers is especially important as it helps the company in determining why customers are no longer buying its products. The goal of the survey becomes determining courses of action that the company can take to win a customer back.

Market Trends

Customer feedback also is important in detecting certain trends among consumers. For example, a new competitor in the market may introduce new and improved version of a product that potentially threatens the current version a company sells. If customers indicate they would prefer and buy this new version, the company will have to consider adopting innovative changes in their current product.

SEO Benefits

Customer reviews can also have a positive effect on search engine rankings. Since descriptive reviews tend to contain an abundance of keywords, they help a website rank higher on search engines for the products and services on offer.

Other benefits

Reviews on a general level help a company understand the needs of their customers and help them in improving the products and services they sell, adapting to the latest trends, and dealing with their customers. If certain products have received positive reviews, it may be wise to get them back in stock. If certain products prove unpopular, reviews bring it to your attention sooner allowing you to take action in time. Reviews are the real views of your customers, a direct line of communication that allows you to monitor how customers perceive the company’s brand.

A good way of encouraging customers to leave reviews is to offer small incentives, such as entrance into a competition or a small discount on the next purchase in exchange for leaving a review. Another practice is to send an email after each order inquiring if the process was satisfactory and requesting the customer to review their purchase.

It doesn’t matter which industry a company belongs to, or the size of its business, positive testimonials from customers dramatically improve online visibility and brand image. Customers are conditioned to search for information on the Internet. It has become a norm to browse the internet for a desired product or service that could range from a local restaurant, the latest electronic gadgets, etc.

If the internet search guides the customer to your company, the website should have enough information available to influence their decision. In that scenario, reviews could be the deciding factor. If a company has more favourable reviews in which customers are praising its products or services, it leads to new client acquisitions.

There are several sites that publish user reviews and ratings to help consumers find local products and services: Google Places, Yelp, etc. Companies should be focused on understanding these review services and determining what could provide the most benefit to their business.

Reviews, even if negative, can bring positive developments, as long as they aren’t too common. A few bad reviews will provide legitimacy to the rest of the good reviews and reassure visitors that the feedback is genuine and left by real customers.

What is Google Atmosphere?

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Google Atmosphere is an online event that provides leading CIOs and CTOs a platform to talk about how technology of the future will take shape and how to adapt to it. Google Atmosphere is also a collaboration and knowledge-sharing platform for top management executives around the world.

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The first ever Google Atmosphere in 2008 was initially started as a conference for 250 CIOs but now it has become a global annual-event to be organized in various tech-savvy cities around the world. During the year 2014, grand conferences of Google Atmosphere have been held in London, Munich, Paris, Sydney and many other cities acting as regional tech hubs. Google invites its brightest to impart their valuable knowledge and invitations are also extended to the most innovative minds in the tech world to interact with the tech-savvy audience at the conference.

What is Google Atmosphere about?

Google Atmosphere is a two-hour event that provides insights to its audience about how to increase creativity and innovativeness, irrespective of industry. Attendees can choose one of the two sessions targeted to discuss:

  1. How to create highly productive teams, and
  2. How to secure and keep IT agile.

Each session offers unique insights from distinguished speakers on these topics.

Google Atmosphere tends to reverberate that everyone has the gift of creativity, innovation in some or the other way. The idea is to not wither away in the face of odds, as some of the best innovations can be attributed to those who didn’t give up on their idea, irrespective of how unlikely it seemed at the time of conception, be it Alexander Graham Bell’s Telephone, Thomas Edison’s Light Bulb, or the Google search engine itself by Larry Page and Sergey Brin. At some point, all these ideas faced ridicule, or criticism as not being beneficial to anyone but to imagine that there was a time the world lived without either of these things, and how different it would be today without these inventions.

Why is it beneficial to spend two hours to attend Google Atmosphere?

Some Business Executives may be satisfied with the way their day to day operations take place and may not really feel like drastic changes are needed. Critical and creative thinking is how problem-solving capability increases, in case of satisfaction with the status of creativity and innovativeness of a company. Google Atmosphere is a great platform to expand one’s platter of knowledge. If nothing else then it is certainly offers an opportunity to sharpen problem-solving skills aided by innovative and creative thinking.

One thing that innovators have in common is the relentless urge to disrupt the usual. At Google Atmosphere, Google in collaboration with top industry experts from around the world will share what drives creativity and innovation, what type of tools and technology help you get that winning edge and how you and your organization can find business solutions through Google for Work and Think Creatively and Innovate Boldly. An interactive live stream for industry leaders, Google Atmosphere will cover tried and true tips to help evolve your business to increase flexibility, productivity and growth.

What to expect at the next Atmosphere event?

At the upcoming Google Atmosphere event scheduled for October 2015, Rich Rao, Google for Work Director, will start the discussion underlining characteristics needed to achieve global success. He will indulge the audience in topics like winning customer affection, cost cutting increasing connectivity, and the advantage being up to date with technology. Alphabet executive and founder of Nest Tony Fadell, shares his vision of the path of future technology and business.

Other notable speakers to feature include Sarah Franklin, VP Marketing & Lauren Grau, Developer Program Manager from Salesforce, enriching the experience for thousands of customers. Woolworths’ CTO Ryan Fahy will explain how Google Apps for Work has connected thousands of Woolworths’ employees to enlighten them on culture and the best customer service practices. Forrester Consulting’s Sean McCormick, Sr. Consultant and Ted Schadler, VP and Principal Analyst will present two big market trends and challenges faced by business leaders and provide the ROI analysis of Google Apps for Work in facing challenges.

CEO Eduardo Guilisasti and IT Manager Daniel Durán of Concha y Toro, South America’s largest wine producer will describe what makes their brand a global success, while highlighting the tech they use to optimize operations. WeWork co-founder Miguel McKelvey CTO and David Fano will give an insight about their idea of an optimized working space, also WeWork went international with Google Apps for Work.

In general, Google Atmosphere provides insights on how to add creative value to problem solving. It is a free-of-cost learning avenue offered as a part of Google for Work, primarily designed to understand the process of innovation and then use the insights to guide the audience to implement creativity in crafting solutions for their businesses and their customers’.

Google Atmosphere can be a positive learning experience. It has a line-up of seasoned speakers who will make it impossible for the audience to end the event without having learnt anything new and useful.

Being a part of Google Atmosphere will give a sneak peek into valuable ideas from hundreds of business innovators that can help you discover what could be the next best transformation strategy for your organization. So, all learning enthusiasts should make it a point to make time for registering and participating in the event.

Are smartphones improving or impairing productivity at work?

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According to a study by the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Smartphones, thought to hamper workplace productivity due to their ability to make telephone calls, surf the Internet and play games may not be the costly distraction companies make them out to be.

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Before the age of smartphones, customers and clients had to be contacted on their office phone. Smartphones provide employees and clients the ability to contact one another quickly and efficiently. Conflicts are resolved faster using smartphones. An individual is considered ‘rude’ if he does not respond to a simple text message, email, or phone call within a certain period of time.

According to a study by the University of Kansas, “Smartphone Micro-breaks During Work Day are Productive.” The study recommends that employees should be given a few short breaks throughout the day. It increases the productivity and more deadlines are met, as mini-breaks allow employees to take their minds off potential work stress and keep their mind fresh. The study says “workers who use their phones for short breaks throughout the day tend to be happier and have a more positive attitude.” Let’s take a look at some of the credible reasons to allow smartphones for official purposes.

  • Organizing tasks

Smartphones help maintain a schedule and keep users up to date about upcoming events and allow them to manage their daily tasks more efficiently. A smartphone allows communication everywhere, away from office or home and personalizes data according to set preferences and priorities.

  • Easy access

The best feature found in smartphones is that they enable access to anything from anywhere. Editing or creating documents and organizing appointments can be done on the move. Maps, locations, weather reports and latest updates from the business world can be accessed using a smartphone. Using a smartphone makes it possible for a mobile workforce to stay in touch with the business.

  • Integration with Business apps

Integration of business applications with smartphones to stay connected with business activities allows users to create and send or receive up-to-date reports of financial and business operations.

  • Business Presentations

Since smartphone devices give video input and output, users can view their business presentations and videos in their gadgets. Business users can connect their phones to a TV or computer monitor and show PowerPoint presentations or display whatever is running on the phone’s display.

  • High Security

While certain smartphone features may attract regular consumers, business users are more concerned about the security of their data and official information. Solutions like Google Apps for Work offers Mobile device management MDM at no extra cost, give users more powerful security options that allow its users to keep personal and business data separate on the same device.

  • Endless Apps

The early twenty-first century has brought with it hundreds and thousands of smartphone apps. A smartphone’s portability and programmability has made it a device with almost unlimited applications. There are tons of work-related scheduling, task-management and productivity apps available, to keep track of one’s tasks, meetings and important deadlines. Besides, Media downloading, Internet and stereo apps keep users connected with the world of audio. Smartphone torches, Compass and levelling apps and have made smartphones handheld utilities.

  • Web Everywhere

In earlier days, Web browsing had to happen at a desk in an office, where a wired internet connection could be made available to the computers or laptops. Later on, wireless access and laptops allowed the Web to be accessed pretty much anywhere in the house or office. But in the age of smartphone technology, including broadband and wireless, Web access has made its way onto the subway, into cars and to the park or wherever there is a cellular connection.

Unlike the traditional mobile phones, smartphones are powerful devices with advanced features. From the point of view of businesses, important business files and presentations can be easily shared. Users can also send emails directly from apps. In this way, valuable time saved from performing communication actions can be allocated to other more important business matters.

Know about Chromebooks

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Relatively cheap and easy to use, Chromebooks are steadily growing in popularity around the world and India. They also do more than you might think. Here are a few things to know about machines running the Chrome OS.

Chromebooks don’t require an internet connection to use.

Although they work best connected to the Internet, many Chrome OS apps like, Gmail and Google Docs, allow a user to work offline till a connection is resumed and then syncs the data. Some apps have a built in ability to do so, others require their settings changed or additional extensions installed from the Chrome store.

Chromebooks are available on different processors.

Although all Chromebooks are capable of starting up and loading webpages relatively fast, machines with Intel x86 processors tend to be comparatively faster than machines operating on ARM-based chips. The speed and performance of Chromebooks may vary depending upon their processors.

Chromebooks are not completely dependent on the cloud for storage.

Although Chromebooks were designed to be Internet-based machines, they do offer local storage. Samsung’s Chromebook 2 and Acer’s C720P are new offerings equipped with 16 or 32 GB of storage space, along with slots for SD or USB memory sticks. Quickoffice allows Office docs to be read and edited without the internet connection.

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Google Drive isn’t free of cost.

Chromebooks offer 100 GB of online storage from Google Drive which is free for two years after which users will be charged $2 a month for the privilege of storing documents on Google’s servers. Users who choose not to pay can continue to access their existing files but won’t be able to add any new ones.

Free phone support.

Users can call the company directly to get their Chromebook questions answered. Or visit Chromebooks help to request a call back or chat with chromebooks technician.

Inexpensive.

Chromebooks are cheaper than Windows laptops and MacBooks in their segments, with several models available at $199. They are dramatically cheaper than MacBooks — a MacBook Air being more than four times the price of a Chromebook. As a result last year, there were five times more Chromebooks sold than MacBooks. Easy to manage and inexpensive, Chromebooks have become the first choice of schools with limited resources. According to NPD, a popular market research company, one out of five notebooks sold to schools in 2013 was a Chromebook, a number that is only expected to increase.

Very Low Maintenance.

Just like Chrome, a Chromebook automatically updates itself and apps installed, in the background. A user need not worry about doing any system maintenance or keeping his installed programs updated.

Fast.

The time Chromebooks take to boot up and resume from sleep is relatively fast. New Windows 8 devices claim to have caught up but they also tend to be comparatively expensive.

Use Microsoft Office

Contrary to popular belief that Chromebooks don’t have the full desktop version of Microsoft Office, which is true but Microsoft offers a completely free web-based version of Office called Office Online, complete with Word Online, Excel Online, and PowerPoint Online. Microsoft even makes these apps available in the Chrome Web Store.

Like MacBook users, Chromebook users won’t have to worry about buying expensive antivirus software or getting their machines infected as Chromebooks are immune to Windows malware.

Chrome OS launcher can be used as a calculator.

A user can get quick calculations done by launching the new Chrome OS launcher. By typing in the problem and adding an equal sign at the end, it will offer the solution along with some other related calculations. Apart from simple calculations, the new Chrome OS launcher also works with simple and complex equations. The new Chrome OS launcher can also calculate some unit conversions such as inches to centimetres or ounces to grams. A user will only need to type the number and unit identifier. For example: Try “8 ounces in grams.” Tip: Put the resulting unit identifier last.

If the user is someone who uses a computer primarily for browsing the web most of the time, Windows and even Mac desktops tend to be unnecessarily complicated and can confuse them. Chromebooks are designed for being used primarily as browsers and are just simpler if that’s all a user needs.

Run on Google Cloud Platform

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Nowadays, in an endeavor to stay ahead in the competition, more and more companies are migrating to cloud to carry out their day-to-day business activities seamlessly. The Google Cloud Platform may just be the answer to be there where the future is.

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Google Cloud Platform provides flexible virtual machines as well as a fully managed platform, enabling the customers to select a system matching the specific requirements of the clients. In a situation when you only intend to pay attention to the code, use Google’s app engine, the platform-as-a-service, with no concerns of maintenance and patching.

Be it storage, application or computing services for mobile, backend or internet solutions, cloud platform makes the deployment a smooth and hassle-free experience for your organization.

Google, as a cloud services provider, employs most sophisticated software-defined networking and offers best caching services to deliver optimal, quick and reliable performance. As the company enjoys a worldwide presence, your data can be automatically copied through storage gadgets across many geographies. Once a company hosts the developed applications on Google cloud platform, it does not need to harbor any concerns with respect to system administration. The applications, storage servers and also database is managed by one the most-reputed tech giants – Google. So, it saves your time and efforts that would otherwise go in taking care of the system administration.

Moreover, running applications on the Google Cloud Platform frees the company of the concerns related to server configuration, load balancing, database administration and sharing as these issues are taken care of by Google.

Integration with development tools such as eclipse simplifies the development as desired by the customers. It also offers a command-line interface as well as API client libraries. Additionally, it allows the subscriber companies to view as well as handle all the apps from just one console. How well an app is functioning can be seen with a simple interface. The cloud platform also takes care of the billing as well as account management.

Google Cloud Platform has been made in such a way that it can scale up even in scenarios whenever a massive upsurge in traffic is witnessed. Cloud Datastore and App Engine are such services that provide automatic scaling, allowing the specific app to grow with the users. This brings down the overall company expenses incurred on purchasing software and thereafter incurring overhead expenses on its repair and maintenance. The company has to pay for the software licenses purchased irrespective of the usage across the total number of computer systems whereas in the case of Cloud platform, the companies only pay for those computing resources that are utilized.

Further, it offers reliable and also quick performance throughout the range of application, computing and storage services. The applications offer steady performance to the customers with robust processing. As a consequence, latency is considerably reduced.

In addition to these benefits, the companies that go for Google Cloud platform get access to community based support that covers documentation, resources and training content. This support is offered free of cost. On top of it, the concerns and problems of the customers can be resolved by the team of specialists providing 24*7 support over phone.

Brio Technologies has carved a niche for itself in providing qualitative Google Cloud Platform services to its customer base spanning the globe. The experts at Brio ensure fast and seamless deployment of the software technology offering complete support to its clients regarding any issues that crop up in running applications hosted on the Google Cloud platform.

Importance of Team and Teamwork

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“Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress.
Working together is success” – Henry Ford.

Teamwork in the workplace allows employees to become acquainted with each other. Teamwork is vital to the success of the company and to the development of employees in several ways. A single person might not be able to take critical decisions by himself. Support and guidance of a group is needed by an individual to come out with useful solutions. Ideally the team members should have common goals to ensure that they are compatible with each other.

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As the saying goes, “there is no I in team work”, every individual must place the interests of his team before his personal interests.

To face challenges in a workplace, a strong team environment will act as a support mechanism for team members. Working together, members help each other improve their own performance, enhancing their own professional development in the process. By relying on each other, a bond of trust develops among team members. These bonds help the team face particularly difficult challenges or the departure of a team member while still trying to be productive.

Effective teams in the workplace are often consulted on company issues. Teams that work well together, are made to feel comfortable while offering suggestions. Team members develop the knack of creating valuable brainstorming sessions, and the company benefits from the multitude of suggestions that they offer.

  • No business organization runs for charity. Sales and revenue targets have to be met. Tasks must be completed within the specified time period and must not be pushed to the backburner. A single player can’t always come up with solutions or take decisions by himself. He needs to discuss his ideas with someone. In a team, every team member has to contribution equally and each team member’s solution should best suited to the problem. To choose the best alternative, the team members can discuss their thoughts by weighing the pros and cons.
  • Teams accomplish tasks faster than individuals. An individual who is single handedly in charge of everything will definitely take more time to perform. In teams, shared responsibilities reduce the workload or work pressure and members are able to help each other. Each team member is assigned a responsibility according to specialization, level of interest and thus the output is much more efficient and faster.
  • A team doesn’t let its work suffer or take a backseat. Let’s consider a case where an employee “X” was taking care of an important client and was the only one coordinating with them. When “X” took a long leave, there was no one else who could handle the client in his absence. By the time he joined back after a long vacation, the organization had already lost the client. Had “X” worked in a team, others could have taken the charge when he was not there. In a team, the other team members can perform and manage the work in the absence of any member and hence work is not affected much.
  • There is always a healthy competition among the team members. Competition promotes a team member to perform better than his team mates and in a way contributing to his team and the organization.
  • Team work improves relations among the team members. Individuals who coordinate with each other come to know each other better, reducing the chances of unnecessary conflicts among them and every individual tries his level best to support his fellow team mate. The results increase the level of bonding among them.
  • Team members complement each other. Every individual is unique and and may possess some qualities. A team member can always learn something or the other from his team members which would help him in the long run. Recognition and praise are driving forces for everyone. Team members are motivated to work hard in a collective effort and live up to the expectations of other members. Members can mentor one another and can correct them whenever the other person is wrong. At a time of crisis, a team member will always have someone to fall back upon.

Now that the importance on Teamwork is already established, it is vital to know how can a team work together effectively in today’s business context. As the teams of today are quite likely to be spread out across different offices, various geographies and timezones in the world, they ought to use collaboration tools at work for effective communication and coordination. For example, Google Apps provides a host of applications such as Gmail, Hangouts, Calendar, Google Drive and so on to ensure that team members can work together on a single deliverable while staying closely coordinated despite being geographically distributed. Cloud Computing has indeed made teamwork easier.

Brio joins HYSEA

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The Hyderabad Software Enterprises Association (HYSEA) is an apex organization working with the objective of making Hyderabad the prominent intellectual capital in the globe. By becoming a member of HYSEA, Brio will be in a better position to offer its clients qualitative services in software products and services.

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HYSEA is a registered body representing the interests of the software and ITES sectors in Hyderabad which also covers tier II cities. Over 300 organizations operating in the IT industry are the members of HYSEA to deliver best-in-class services to their clientele. The association’s endeavor is to develop an enabling environment for the IT industry to grow for the overall benefit of the society in general.

HYSEA has been proactively involved in collaboration with the state government for quick resolution of the queries and issues faced by the region wide enterprises in the IT and ITES segments of the industry. The issues cover physical security, formulation of policies as well as their implementation, subsidies and incentives to small and medium enterprises (SME) for making investments in quality certifications and training, infrastructure and also introduction of special schemes for the enterprises in Hyderabad. It has made a considerable contribution to the phenomenal growth of software industry in the region.

Becoming a member of HYSEA will help the organizations reap multiple benefits which will be elucidated upon in the following sections.

The companies in the domain of IT and ITES industry that are willing to take the membership of HYSEA do not need to harbor any concerns regarding the membership fees. The membership fee of HYSEA is nominal, enabling software organizations of any size to become its member. As a member, Brio will get insights into latest research and technological developments underway, which will help service its growing client base in a better manner.

Brio sees HYSEA as a credible source of reference as far as any information pertaining to the IT and ITES sectors is concerned. Thus, Brio team hopes to get the reliable and latest information through participation in different activities conducted by the registered body.

As a member of HYSEA, Brio will get an opportunity to be a part of tradeshow hosted in other nations of the world. This will help us enhance the visibility of our product and service offerings . As a result, it might boost our sales proceeds and overall profitability of the company.

Based at Hyderabad, Brio wishes to capitalize upon the opportunities arising out of prospective clients visiting Hyderabad with the intent of making business investments in the state of Telangana in future.

Brio would also get the benefits of using the HYSEA platform to share the latest updates and news related to Information Technology which will help the software industry prosper and excel in the region. Mutual sharing of the recent trends will lend the enterprises an insight into how this information will be helpful to maximize their productivity and offer their customers the best service.

As a HYSEA member, Brio would get an opportunity to present views on the current issues that are prevalent in the IT sector. The leadership at Brio would further get a stake in significant policy decisions.

HYSEA helps its member companies capitalize on key business opportunities, thus facilitating the growth of the organization. For Brio, It may lead to building a strong professional database and networking resulting in an increase in client base. Brio representatives may also get access to the exhaustive database of the software products and services in Hyderabad. The member companies also get regular updates on the variations in state government policies concerning software products and services.

The HYSEA directory of its member companies would help Brio find out about the other member companies and network with them. The directory is printed on a yearly basis in an endeavor to extend full support to their marketing schemes and business development.

By joining HYSEA, Brio will be better equipped to offer qualitative software products and services to its clients based on recent trends and insights. With an increased outreach and new channels of communication, Brio will be poised to win client satisfaction and customer loyalty.

Brio joins NASSCOM

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The National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM) is a global trade association of Indian software industry and Business process outsourcing (BPO) sector. The member companies of NASSCOM have their operations in the sphere of BPO services, software development, software products, services as well as e-commerce.

This global body facilitates business in the domain of Information technology (IT) industry. Many Indian IT and BPO companies and also multinational organizations having their operations in the country are the members of NASSCOM.

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Brio Technologies, a leading provider of software solutions & services across the globe, has recently accorded membership of NASSCOM. As a member of this trade body, Brio, like many leading companies engaged in the software business, looks forward to reap multiple benefits which will be outlined in the subsequent sections, thus assisting growth in business.

Brio NASSCOM Membership will help the company to bank on numerous advantages which are listed below:

A chance of enhance visibility:

As a NASSCOM member, the member companies can contribute to its newsletters and blogs. Moreover, recognitions and awards presented to the members by NASSCOM also help in brand promotion.

As a member of the trade body, we – at Brio – hope to increase the visibility of our product offerings and services through various features to be published on the NASSCOM website. At the events hosted by NASSCOM, we might a get a chance to give information about our products as well as promote them.

Increasing outreach:

Being a NASSCOM member would give us the opportunity to get information on the industry best practices and also share the latest trends prevalent in the software industry. This will be possible through participating in networking sessions conducted on varied relevant and current topics such as data security, quality and contract management among others.

Get fresh insights on IT trends:

The member companies of NASSCOM have access to its research and intelligence, which makes them aware of the current trends for taking their business operations to the next level. Brio team would feel enlightened to get these insights on the existing best practices through the trade association’s articles, blogs and presentations. Further, we would get a chance to speak to the research team of NASSCOM and share transformational real-time cases.

As a member of NASSCOM, Brio would get an opportunity to participate in the industry forums and shape the development of the industry.

Help in going global:

NASSCOM regularly hosts global events to provide the member companies with some valuable opportunities of engaging with same-sized as well as bigger organizations in their industry segment. These global events would offer Brio with a platform to build robust professional networks with the companies in other nations. Other than this, we would also get regular policy updates. The association’s sessions help the software enterprises get an understanding into issues concerning visas and immigration. They may also provide us insights into the most opportune current trends with the help of country reports.

Organizations from all around the world including China, Japan, European Union, United States and the UK are the members of NASSCOM, a non-profit organization.

NASSCOM, together with the software and BPO sector has adopted a proactive approach in promoting information security, making the security environment, the best worldwide. We are quite confident that our confidential information and data will be in safe hands.

NASSCOM confers recognitions and awards to its member companies in different areas covering social innovation, gender diversity, talent innovation, excellence in IT security, innovation, healthcare IT, DSCI security and privacy.

With the membership of NASSCOM, Brio technologies can serve its clients better by offering software products and services based on the recent trends prevalent in the industry.