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Top 6 Students Centric Cloud Drives

Top 6 Students Centric Cloud Drives

The requirements of storage of data and Cloud Storage can marry really well for today’s Gen-Yers or Gen-Xers.The students of any standard – starting from standard I to post doctoral research and business analysts-can avail the services of Cloud Storage to store, manage and retrieve their data and other educational resources in a very secured and reliable way. There are many Cloud Storage Service providers in market but only few of them are good in all aspects. Below are The Top 6 Cloud Storage Services for the students, academicians and other users from educational sectors and the researchers from educational and business research areas:

  1. Microsoft SkyDrive:

    Microsoft SkyDrive or OneDrive is a great Cloud Storage Platform for students and it gives 5GB FREE storage for all. It is one of the best Cloud Storage Systems. It can sync data from cross-platform devices including Mobiles. One of the best features of SkyDrive is WepApp for Words, OneNote and Spreadsheets. It also leverages integrated Notes Application, OneNote capable of recording, managing and sharing the digital notes. It provides the best Social Integration and Mail Clients Integration services. It also gives great functionality for sharing the documents in two modes- viewing and editing.

  2. Google Drive:

    GoogleDrive is another great Cloud Storage System from Google with 5GB FREE usage for all registered users. It gives really cool and easy to use Cloud Storage System for students. It also syncs data from cross- platforms devices including Mobiles powered by Android, Apple iOS and MS Windows Mobile. One of the best features of Google Drive is the easiest sharing of documents as attachments from Gmail, an enterprise standard mailing service from Google. It also leverages in-built editing capability to all word-documents and spreadsheets. Unlike, Microsoft SkyDrive it does not provide any Note Application.

  3. Dropbox:

    Dropbox is the most common and popular Cloud Storage plus Data Management System. It also gives 5GB of FREE storage to all. It syncs data from all cross-platform devices and it has a tight integration with Facebook’s Groups too. One of the best features of Dropbox is the support for a personalized site generated with files and folders of designated folders. It provides the best Integration Services to Social Networks and almost all Mail Clients including Outlook.com and other best ones.

  4. Sugarsync Drive:

    Sugarsync Drive is an easy to use Cloud Storage with support for complex data-security controls. It also gives 30 days trial usage to all registered users. It also syncs data from cross-platforms devices. Unlike Dropbox, it does not support integration of file and folder with Facebook’s Groups. One of the best features of SugarDrive is support for sharing and editing of documents by groups of users. It provides the best Social Integration and Mail Clients Integration Services. You can also sync all activities from Social Network like Flickr and Facebook.

  5. Mega Drive:

    Mega Drive is the latest entrant in an ecosystem of Cloud Storage Platform. It leverages a great user-experience. It also gives 5GB of FREE usage to all registered users. It also syncs data from cross-platforms devices. It does not provide any integration-support for Facebook’s Groups. One of the best features of MegaDrive is an Integration Service to almost every Mobile App. It provides the best Social Integration and Mail Clients Integration services.

  6. Amazon Drive:

    Amazon Drive is the most easiest to use and secured Cloud Storage from Amazon. It also gives 5 GB of FREE usage to its registered users. It syncs data from cross-platform devices including Mobiles powered by Android and MS Windows RT. Unlike Dropbox, it does not support integration with Facebook’s Groups. One of the best features of Amazon is integrated support to Audio-Books Readers including Ambling.It provides a best Social Integration and integration to all Mail Clients including Yandex and others.

Tech & Biz Author: |Amrit Chhetri, Siliguri-734003| |Copyright(C): Amrit, 2013|

10 Essentials Steps Of Requirement Analysis Of Social Media Reports

  1. Prepare Plan Of Requirement Analysis:
    Create a simple but great Project Plan dedicated to Requirement Analysis of your Social Media Reports and Social Media Dashboard in details. Include a complete schedule of constant communications with CXO( CMO, CTO, CSO,CFO and CEO), Solution Architect or System Architect, Social Media Analysts,Business Analysts,Power Users and End-Users through all possible communication channels. It is great idea to prepare a detailed plan of writing up of all necessary documents in the Project Plan. In most of the organizations and enterprises, this task is performed by a designated Project Manager.
  2. Outline Whole Requirements:
    At the beginning of Requirement Analysis, prepare an outline of requirements of Social Media Reports and Social Media Dashboard through short interaction with your System Architect or Solution Architect or Software architect, Business Analysts or Social Media Analyst, CTO or CIO, CEO and Functional Heads using all possible communication channels- Audio and Video Conferences, Enterprise Social Media, Emails, Phone And VOIP Calls and Voice Commands of HMD like Google Glass. The outcome of this analysis can be used as inputs to write report-design documents- FDS(Functional Design Specifications),DDS(Detailed Design Specifications), SRS( Software Requirement Specifications) and Test Cases. You outline the requirements of Technical Business Analysts, Business Analysts,Business Users and Functional Heads. In 2014 and beyond that, all Business Executives associated with Social Media Marketing will leverage Social Media Analytics and Social Media Dashboard in executing and formulation of Social Media Marketing Strategies. In technical side also, collect the necessary information in all aspects including an accessibility of the Reports and Dashboard on Smartphones and Mobiles.
  3. Create Use-Case Of The Requirements:
    To start the process of documentation of requirements, you create Use Cases of requirements considering all inputs finalized from the initial interactions and meetings with all associated executive including CEO. In creating the standard documents, you can use Software Design Architect Software like Visio and IBM Rational Architect. It is a great idea to have Activity Diagrams, Interactions Diagrams and Deployment Diagrams in your SRS and DDS. At end of this process, create SRS(Software Requirement Specifications) to capture the technical
    details including software architecture of your Social Media Solution.
  4. Interact With Business Users-Granulate Requirement Analysis:
    In this phase of Requirement Analysis, plan and schedule meetings and interactions with the groups of Business Users and End Users from different functional areas to gather the requirements in detail. As your requirements goes on more granularity, constantly keep on updating FDS,DDS, SRS and other relevant documents. You can leverage enterprise Email-Facilities, Phone and VOIP Calls, Enterprise Social Media Networks, Social Networks, Audio and Video Conferences and physical meetings to interact with all associated business users.
  5. Interactions With Functional Heads -Granulate Requirement Analysis:
    To conclude Requirement Analysis process, initiate interactions using enterprise Email-Facilities, Phone and VOIP Calls, Enterprise Social Media Networks, Social Networks, Audio and Video Conferences and physical meetings with the functional heads from different business departments including Finance. As your requirements goes on granularity, keep on updating DDS based on the suggestions and inputs from the functional heads. Approval of all documents by the responsible functional and technical heads and CEO can be considered as one of The Best Practices Of Designing Social Media Reports but it is not a mandatory step. Now, plan and schedule time and allocate necessary resources to design Prototype of the solution.
  6. Create Prototype Of The Solution:
    Presenting the Prototype of your solution to CXO( CMO, CTO, CSO,CFO and CEO),Solution Architect or System Architect or Software Architect, Social Media Analysts,Business Analysts,Power Users and End-Users makes the solution less error-prone.As part of this practice, utilize all points gathered inside FDS, DDS and SRS to design either HTML-based Prototype or actually working Prototype deciding based up on the suggestions from Solution Architect or System Architect or Software or yourself if you are heading the team of solution design. In designing an actually working Prototype, leverage the power and features the platform that will be deployed in the production environment.
  7. Present Your Prototype To Business Users:
    Plan and schedule an event or UWT with Coffee and Cookies Moment to present the Prototype along with all relevant documents of your Social Media Solution. It is the latest trend to present all of the requirements as an interactive Video illustrated with voice message wherever needed. During the event, collect all suggestions and Change Requests from executives of all capacities and responsibilities associated with the solution. You can schedule the ending of the event or UWT with distribution of an interactive and intuitive User Manual to CXO( CMO, CTO, CSO,CFO and CEO), Solution Architect or System Architect or Software Architect, Social Media Analysts, Business Analysts,Power Users and End-Users. Request all of them to provide feedback and suggestion for the User Manual through all possible communication channels.
  8. Update Prototype And Documents:
    Now it is time to update FDS, DDS, SRS and prototype of your solution. To executive this task, finalize all updates and suggestions collected on UWT which are necessary go inside design documents. At beginning of DDS, put the requirements summarized from FDS, update DDS and SRS with the screen-shots taken from Solution Prototype and other relevant sources, associate the additional documents and URLs inside the main documents for further references in reading the DDS during report development.
  9. Handover Prototype And Docs To Development Team:
    Take the necessary approvals before sending the documents for final approval by Business Heads and further by CTO and CEO, if it is suits in your organization hierarchy. Once approved by all necessary business and functional heads, given them to the development team in an event. Hurray!Requirement Analysis of your Social Media Reports is over!
  10. Update Documents As Changes Come-Up:
    Responsible Project Manager along with designated AMs(Assistant Managers) and Team Leaders can initiate the process of designing of reports and KPIs utilizing the inputs from Project Plan and all other necessary documents including SRS. It is always evident for noticing some of mirror updates and changes during the development phase and you constantly update them to respective documents in detail.

    Analyzed By And Author: Amrit Chhetri, Twitter: http://twitter.com/AmritChhetriB
    Place: Darjeeling-734312

11 Essential Steps Of Blog Marketing

 

  1. What is Blog Marketing?
    Marketing and selling of your content in any form are the most vital strategies of Social Content Curation. Marketing of Content including blog-posts is an art of selling ideas, creativity, personal innovations and writing-skills on Social Media and there are lots of Social Platforms and the best-practices for achieving a really great ROI.
  2. Essential Steps Of Marketing Your Blogs:
    11 essential steps of Blog Marketing or Content Marketing :

    1. Curate Great Content:
      A great content is a driving force to promote the brand values, create great social-influence and sell anything on Social Media. You need to focus on creating the best, well-informed and highly precise content of your product, services, brand and person to generate a great ROI. You read my blog ‘9 Steps To Boost Your Social Content’ to know all essential steps of creating and curating mind-blowing content.
    2. Use Great Blogging-Platforms:
      You can leverage the best Blogging Platforms to promote and broadcast your content in the best way and you can increase ROI by utilizing their services. Thenceforth, you can choose one out of two categories of Blogging Platforms- free and default Blogging-Platforms like Blogger, WordPress, Tumblr, Weebly, Medium and Quora or custom-Blogging Platforms with or without a support for CMS(Content Management System) like Joomla, Etimote, Drupal and WordPress.
                           
    1. Leverage Common Social Networking Sites:
      A simple rule of promotion of any of Social Content or Blog is to increase the Social Influence Statistics and a well-strategized use of common Social Platforms like Facebook, Pinterest and Google+ yields the best ROI with the lowest TCO. You can use Vine, Instagram and Mixbit to market your content through small video-advertisement of your blogs.
    2. Use Inputs Of Social Media Analytics :
      To take any important decision and the futuristic actions towards your blogs use the inputs from Social Media Analytics. It helps you in writing and curating the best blogs or content as they trend in the market. You can read my blog ’10 Best Strategies Of Social Media Analytics’ 
      to know all of the essential steps in using Social Media Analytics. You can organize all of your blogs using Bookmarking Sites like bitly and delicious to generate an interesting metrics of readership and readability.
    3. Create Social Content Profiles:
      You can create a Professional Summary of your blogs, write-ups and articles in one place. You can leverage Content.ly and About.me to create a beautiful looking Social Profile of your works. It gives one -point access to your works and it allows to promote your content, increase Social Reach among readers from Social Media and Corporate domains.
    4. Leverage Social Reputation Platforms:
      Writing of blogs and Guest Posts is primarily a creative work and maintaining the Social Reputation Profiles on Social Reputation Platforms like Klout, Xeeme, TrustCloud, Naymz and Kred helps to increase the readerships. You can leverage Social Reputation Platforms for two reasons – firstly to create a Professional Profile and secondly to know the matrices of your blog post.

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    5. Conduct Weekly Social Drills :
      Conducting Social Promotion Activities like AMA(Ask Me Anything) on Reddit, Tweetup on Twitter and Social Group Chatting on Social Communication Tools like WebChat, WhatsApp, Line, Nimbuzz, ooVoo, Skype and Google Hangout gives an enough room to promote your writing-works. Besides, you contribute your articles and blogs to the international onlines like The Huffington Post, NYTimes; regional national dailies like The Telegraph, The Statement, The Hindustan Times and Times Of India as Guest Posts or regular contributor. Also, contributing to other blogger-brands like Tech Crunch, SocialTimes and Mashable to increase the reach and values of your content.
    6. Use Social Promotion Platforms:
      You can leverage special category of Social Platforms like Outbrain, Sulia, Empire Avenue, Facebook Group and Linkedin Groups to promote and market your content. You utilize the services of Newsletter Platforms like MadMimi and FlashIssue to create promotional Newsletter for your blogs. You also can curate your blogs into Curation Platforms like Scoop.it, List.ly, Pearltress and Storify and leverage MadMimi to generate the Newsletter directly from the curated content.
      You can strategize the use of Blogging Community to promote and sell your blog-content and Blokube is one of the best in this category.

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    7. Use The Latest And Contextual Examples:
      The Context is one of The 6’Cs of Social Commerce and the same is true for Content Marketing too. Always be strategic in citing examples in your blogs and it must be very interesting, lively and truly contextual ones. If your blog is on Social Commerce, inclusion of the latest and innovative marketing strategy -‘Buying Coffee from StarBucks using Twitter’ improves the read of your blog-readers. 
    8. Include Great Social Content:
      You can increase the quality of your blogs by embedding some of the great Tweets from Industry Experts ,Analysts and Subject Matter Experts and by including the relevant videos from Social Video Sites like YouTube,Vimeo, Vine, Instagram and MixBit. Also, you can cream-up the richness of the blogs by inserting the latest updates from the companies or brands included in your blogs. It helps to increase the Social-Reach of your blogs by improving the readerships. If possible you can add the financial indicators and business forecasts by Business Research firms like KPMG and Gartner. You can also include great Visuals and Infographics from free Social Visual Platforms like Visual.ly. 
    9. Leverage Features Of Blogging Platforms:
      A great content is a driving force of your blogs and use of all great features of blogging-platforms improves the quality of your blogs. Leverage of the latest and unique features allows to improve the quality and richness of your blogs. It depends upon the type of blogging platforms you have chosen. If you are using WordPress on its own domain-server or on third-party domain, inclusion of ‘Slideshare’ of the relevant pictures, videos from YouTube, relevant Tweets, excerpts from an official blogs, article from national dailies and magazines improves the blogs in all aspects.Analyzed And Author By: Amrit Chhetri, http://about.me/achhertrib


Social Commerce Is The Future of E-Commerce

Social Commerce -Definition :
Electronic commerce is a shopping innovation leveraged by internet and advancement on the related technologies. The same commerce when initiated through the Social Network and executed in any existing methods of supply-chain management then it becomes S-Commerce.So, Social Commerce brings a new generation kind of shopping experience.

Evolution of Social Commerce :
Social Commerce is new shopping experience created by Social Media on internet and it will occupy at least 50% of electronic shopping by end of 2012.Increasing number of internet and social networking users across the globe are the main boosting factors for Social Commerce and its success will continue in future. E-Book and E-Printing are also slowly moving towards the Social landscape and #Shutterfly has prominent presence in Social Commerce as Social Printing Service.

How e-commerce works?
Social Commerce is initiated directly either from the Social Commerce site,or Social Commerce application site or integrated Social Plugin in Social Network like Facebook, Twitter Google+ etc.Once the order is placed using the Social Commerce Platform like Groupon,the logistics and other delivery process are executed just like in any other standard E-Commerce business process but some of the S-Commerce vendors has strategized the better back-end process to bring the next generation type of service quality.

Applicable area of Social Commerce :
No doubt, social commerce is trending globally for all type business domains. S-Commerce can be leveraged in almost every electronic commerce and the main business domains where S-Commerce has been deployed are Social Games, Ticketing, Travel Management, Hotel Booking, Fashion and E-Book and Mobile.Fashion Retailer like ASOS has already great presence on Social Commerce and same is expected to grow further in future.

Dependent factors :

The S-Commerce is software driven business process and its success is directly dependent over the richness of electronic shopping,easiness of S-Commerce Platform and great UX. Besides, other parameters are also associated with it.It is also dependent on the number of internet and social media subscriber-base. All good social commerce strategies become successful if they can transform the social visitors into Social Customers at higher conversion ratio. Fast growing Smart-phone and Tablet user-base is directly facilitating the the success of S-Commerce and its fast growing success.
In Social Commerce, all financial transactions are transmitted over the internet and internet facilitated platform.It may go through some of insecure channel too. So, it has bought the need of good security mechanism for Social Commerce to make it compatible with fast growing business-processes and the need of specialized data security mechanism to make it safe on internet for all financial transactions.
Smartphones users from Rural-Areas of India will contribute contribute a lot towards the business opportunity on S-Commerce.

Major Social Commerce Players :
Groupon is the major global player in S-Commerce followed by Ticketfly in ticketing and currently there are more than 100 plus Social Commerce players in the market. Recently launched Facebook Gift is expected to bring altogether new shopping experience in Social Commerce but right now the offering is not available globally. Facebook’s ‘Want’ button will give it bigger business opportunity to convert the registered users into potential customer or actual customers. Ticketfly is another player with business interest in Ticketing and and Ticket management.

Social Commerce Technologies/Software Stacks :
The Social Network which is used for generating Social leads are the main backbone platform of Social Commerce. So. Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Google are the main source user-base for potential customer for Social Commerce. Indirectly,Enterprise Social Network,Social Networks and Social BI are three key components of S-Commerce

Social-Commerce Analysis :
To make any Social Commerce business successful, it is necessary to analyze every parameter from all aspects of Social Commerce and Social Media. And it brings the importance of Social BI and it importance will grow exponentially along with the increase of S-Commerce. Social BI technologies are emerging and its need will grow exponentially at global level. As Social Commerce happens in Social Networks or associated platforms, it contributes a ton of data towards BigData forcing the integration of Big Data Analytics into F-Commerce, T-Commerce and S-Commerce, Social-Search.
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Social BI plays a great role in measuring the success of Social Commerce strategies and Social Media Campaigns.Measuring the performance of Social Marketing through Visual Analytics Tool is very important for a better ROI.Statigram is a very useful platform for measuring the performance of a Visual Marketing supported by Instagram.Pinerly helps in measuring the performance of Visual Social Marketing strategized using Pinterest for any sort of Social Commerce.All S-Commerce platforms can leverage LBS(Location Based Services) to improve its visitor-to-customer ratios.

 Analysis & Author By: Amrit Chhetri, Copyright(C): Amrit, 2013

Cloud Is An Economical Computing Model

Achieving the easiness of computing is an incremental process and it evolved in accordance to the need of business users and the Cloud Computing is one of the example of this type of evolution.It is not only a buzz word for everyone but it has become a successful computing model for all sort of organization i.e. larger enterprise, MSMEs and start-ups too. It is practically suitable for the organizations where maintaining enterprise level of IT-infrastructure is impossible due to some reasons i.e. they could be financial constraints or internal decision on not keeping any big IT-infrastructure.
In Cloud Computing, the actual computing components like storage, CPU and inter-applications networks are maintained by the Cloud Vendors rather by the individual organization or company.
This architecture on IT-infrastructure allows a shift from capital expenditure to the operating expenditure model. It removes the constraints of allocating budget for the capital expenditure to maintain in-house IT-infrastructure allowing an organization to focus on improving infrastructure services.The TCO of technology or IT-service will go down sharply due to cut-off on capital expenditure.
At configuration level, there are three different types of Cloud namely Private Cloud, Public Cloud and Hybrid Cloud. The Private is completely owned by an organization and this type configuration is ideal for the organization that needs a very secure infrastructure to run it business. The banking and financial institutes may opt for this kind of cloud offering. Public Cloud is another type of Cloud configure where all computing resource are shared across different customers and security are maintained at firewall. The Hybrid is combination of Private and Public Cloud and it is suitable where it is impossible of to take everything into cloud. For example, if a business is already running on in-house IT-infrastructure and moving all business applications completely into Cloud is impossible due to data-security and only the part of business application can be taken into cloud and keeping the data environment as it is.

Cloud Computing supports the delivery of multiple types of technology services and each of them is suitable for one specified need. In broader way, it offers three different types of services and they are IAAS (Infrastructure As Service), PAAS (Platform As Service) and SAAS (Software As Service).The first one, IAAS is suitable to organization that wants to own the actual computing resources rather than just software platforms and wants to create the computing and software environment on top of it. The some of companies or vendors offering Cloud-IAAS are Amazon, Rackspace, OpSource, GoGrid. It offers the computing resources at computing components or hardware level, an organization can take advantage of this to maintain Data Center, to host highly secure business application where they don’t want share anything outside the application-box.

PAAS is ready-to-use computing platform at software level and it allows to host or configure another an application or software using the already available software platforms like Application Server, Web Server, Database Server, Version Control System etc. The biggest advantage of this offering is availability of ready-to-use software platforms. MySQL, MS SQL Database environment from Amazon, OpSoure are few to names for Cloud-PAAS companies or vendors. The last one, SAAS leverages availability of ready-to-use business-applications or software to run the business or usage purpose and the availability of service offering will remain almost universal across all customers and user-segments. Freshdesk, Zendesk ,Google Drive, Dropbox , iCloud, meCloud and Salesforce.com are the names of bigger players or software vendors of Cloud-SAAS.

             Analysis & Author By: Amrit Chhetri, Copyright(C): Amrit, 2013