What is Business Process Automation?

Business process automation or BPA is the use of "technology components to substitute and/or supplement manual processes to manage information flow within an organization to lower costs, reduce risk, and increase consistency." (1)

As an example, a paper-based communication flow within a company can be transformed into a computer-based workflow system. This can lead to faster response times, less errors and overall, increased efficiency.

(1) Source: businessprocessautomation.net

 

What is SharePoint?

"The .NET Framework (pronounced dot net) is a software framework that runs primarily on Microsoft Windows. It includes a large library and provides language interoperability (each language can use code written in other languages) across several programming languages. The .NET Framework's Base Class Library provides user interface, data access, database connectivity, cryptography, web application development, numeric algorithms, and network communications. Programmers produce software by combining their own source code with the .NET Framework and other libraries. The .NET Framework is intended to be used by most new applications created for the Windows platform. Microsoft also produces a popular integrated development environment largely for .NET software called Visual Studio."(1)

(1) Source: Wikipedia.org

 

What is .NET?

"The .NET Framework (pronounced dot net) is a software framework that runs primarily on Microsoft Windows. It includes a large library and provides language interoperability (each language can use code written in other languages) across several programming languages. The .NET Framework's Base Class Library provides user interface, data access, database connectivity, cryptography, web application development, numeric algorithms, and network communications. Programmers produce software by combining their own source code with the .NET Framework and other libraries. The .NET Framework is intended to be used by most new applications created for the Windows platform. Microsoft also produces a popular integrated development environment largely for .NET software called Visual Studio."(1)

(1) Source: Wikipedia.org

 

What is Visual Studio.Net?

"Visual Studio .NET is a complete set of development tools for building ASP Web applications, XML Web services, desktop applications, and mobile applications. Visual Basic .NET, Visual C++ .NET, Visual C# .NET, and Visual J# .NET all use the same integrated development environment (IDE), which allows them to share tools and facilitates in the creation of mixed-language solutions. In addition, these languages leverage the functionality of the .NET Framework, which provides access to key technologies that simplify the development of ASP Web applications and XML Web services." (1)

(1) Source: msdn.microsoft.com

 

What is Server Virtualization?

When serves are virtualized "the server administrator uses a software application to divide one physical server into multiple isolated virtual environments. The virtual environments are sometimes called virtual private servers, but they are also known as guests, instances, containers or emulations.

Virtual machines are based on the host/guest paradigm. Each guest runs on a virtual imitation of the hardware layer. This approach allows the guest operating system to run without modifications. It also allows the administrator to create guests that use different operating systems. The guest has no knowledge of the host's operating system because it is not aware that it's not running on real hardware. It does, however, require real computing resources from the host -- so it uses a hypervisor to coordinate instructions to the CPU." (1)

(1) Source: searchservervirtualization.techtarget.com

 

What is open source software?

"Open source refers to a program or software in which the source code is available to the general public for use and/or modification from its original design free of charge.

Open source code is typically created as a collaborative effort in which programmers improve upon the code and share the changes within the community.

The basics behind the Open Source Initiative is that when programmers can read, redistribute and modify the source code for a piece of software, the software evolves. Open source sprouted in the technological community as a response to proprietary software owned by corporations.

Proprietary software is privately owned and controlled. In the computer industry, proprietary is considered the opposite of open. A proprietary design or technique is one that is owned by a company. It also implies that the company has not divulged specifications that would allow other companies to duplicate the product." (1)

(1)Source: webopedia.com

 

What are Learning Management Systems (LMS)?

"A learning management system (LMS) is a software application for the administration, documentation, tracking, and reporting of training programs, classroom and online events, e-learning programs, and training content. LMSs range from systems for managing training and educational records, to software for distributing courses over the Internet with features for online collaboration.

Some LMSs are Web-based to facilitate access to learning content and administration. LMSs are used by regulated industries (e.g. financial services and biopharma) for compliance training. They are also used by educational institutions to enhance and support classroom teaching and offering courses to a larger population of learners across the globe." (1)

(1)Source: wikipedia.org

 

What are Enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems?

"Enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems integrate internal and external management information across an entire organization, embracing finance/accounting, manufacturing, sales and service, customer relationship management, etc. ERP systems automate this activity with an integrated software application. Their purpose is to facilitate the flow of information between all business functions inside the boundaries of the organization and manage the connections to outside stakeholders.

ERP systems can run on a variety of computer hardware and network configurations, typically employing a database as a repository for information." (1)

(1)Source: wikipedia.org

 

What is Nearshore Outsourcing?

"Nearshore outsourcing is the practice of getting work done or services performed by people in neighboring countries rather than in your own country. Many companies in the United States, for example, outsource work to Canada and Mexico. Geographic proximity means that travel and communications are easier and less expensive, there are likely to be at least some commonalities between the cultures, and people are more likely to speak the same language." (1)

(1)Source: searchcio.techtarget.com

 

What’s the importance of technical certifications?

At the individual level, a computer certification offers a way to measure the practical knowledge that a person will have to do a job. If the person was a college graduate in computer science, the person will have a very good understanding of the theory of databases, but not necessarily how to work with a particular database.

At the corporate level, partnerships with software companies represent organizations who have demonstrated the high and consistent capability and commitment within a specific business solution area. Certified companies have to showcase solutions that have undergone auditable approval processes to demonstrate value to prospective customers.

A broad array of corporate and individual certifications testifies to the quality and experience of a company's staff.

 

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