Interesting Excerpts from 22-April-2015

Here are some interesting excerpts from industry publications on this day 22-APR-2015.

streaming-technology“To ensure optimal user experiences and productivity, IT needs real-time visibility into how mobile devices, apps and networks are functioning. If a mobile app is misconfigured or out of compliance, automated systems should alert admins about it right away.  For troubleshooting, IT needs tools that let them quickly find and fix root causes of any performance slowdowns so they can eradicate them for good.” – CIO

“You are doing over the top (OTT) already if you stream content from Netflix, Amazon Prime Fire TV Stick, Slingbox, ellentube, the recently launched HBO Now and, of course, YouTube. These are just a few examples. OTT content is anything that reaches you, the TV consumer, without being mediated by an operator—a broadcast or cable network provider. Most new TVs today are ‘smart,’ Internet-enabled with apps from Netflix, Hulu and several others bundled in. PlayStation, Wii U and most Blu-ray players also can facilitate OTT.” – eWEEK

“The number of multiscreen devices used within each household worldwide has reached the highest point yet, averaging two devices, such as a smartphone or tablet, per three-person home. And they’re present in 28 percent of households across the globe, according to a new study released by Conviva.” – FierceOnlineVideo

“Simon Trudelle: Indeed, we’re planning a strong presence showcasing our portfolio of solutions for the connected TV space – that includes our OpenTV 5 HTML5 connectware solution, our MediaLive suite of multiscreen products and our anyCAST content protection. All have a very strong focus on connected entertainment and how it’s driving innovation in the pay-TV space. I would say the biggest change or movement we’ve seen since last year is the increasing “cloudification” or “virtualization” of pay-TV.’” – IP&TV News

The 5-Step Web Design Process

Those who know me know that I am very systematic in my approach to almost everything, even being creative. I use the following process on almost every project. Although the teams I worked with as a systems engineer at Cisco, DirecTV, and NDS Americas used this same exact process on all their projects, I am lifting these steps from an article written by Mike Locke. He is a mentor to me, although he does not know that. Mike is a Web Designer and is one of the people who inspires me in what I do in my web design efforts.

So, below is the 5-Step web design process that I follow. I following this process on every project.

Step 1: The Kick-Off (1 Day)
– Discuss the project and business goals
– Discuss design direction
– Gather all business requirements
Step 2: Research (1-2 Weeks)
– Design Inspiration
– Market Research
– Competitive Analysis
Step 3: Design (1-3 Weeks)
– Create wire-frames
– Produce a full-color mock-up
– Begin reviewing frameworks
Step 4: Development (1-2 Weeks)
– Produce full-working XHTML/CSS prototypes
– Develop and code using SEO concepts
– Cross-check across all popular browsers
Step 5: Test, Launch and Monitor (3 Weeks)
– Complete full testing and QA
– Cross-check across all popular browsers
– Monitor website for several days after launch

Should You Have a Personal Website?

gina-background-docLooking for a new job? Starting your own business? Renewing your professional standing in the marketplace? Have a service or consulting business? Answering YES to any of these question means you should have a personal or professional website. Since there are some difference between a personal site and a professional site, I will discuss the professional sites in a different post. However, here you will find the benefits of having a personal site.

What is a personal website?

This is a website that starts by having the domain-name (the URL) as your name. For example, It contains basic information about you and who you are to the world. Here are some of the things a personal website will contain:

  • Your resume
  • A clean and clear picture of you
  • Highlights of your proudest achievements
  • Portfolio of Work. Examples of the things that will promote you
  • A clear description of what you do best (i.e. what you want to get paid for doing).
  • Your contact information

In the age of LinkedIn, do you really need one?

Well, yes! Having a personal website can boost your professional development in a few key ways:

  1. People will take you seriously. If you have a website and showcase your work, then you must be serious about what you do.
  2. You’re accessible. How easy is it for recruiters, hiring managers, and clients to find you just by Googling you?
  3. You can craft your image. Having a personal website allows you to tell your story in your own creative way.  It enables you to present yourself in the best light, which is perfect for showcasing your greatest hits.
  4. You can sell yourself. Show your awards, articles, videos, etc.

Will a personal site make a difference?

First, a personal website can significantly enhance your job search.

Donna Schilder, a leadership and career coach based in Long Beach, California says that having a personal website, “gives an employer an additional experience of you. It adds dimension to their understanding of your skills and personality.”

In today’s job market, having a personal site is a must. Particularly for self-employed individuals because showing your work can make a difference. If you are a photographer, fashion designer, web-designer, designer of any type, hair or makeup artist, advertiser, architect, landscaper, artisan, speakers, etc.—then it’s important to have your own site. That way, you can present a portfolio of your best work. I don’t call these personal sites, I call them professional sites.

Who’s going to build your own site?

  • You can do it yourself with a WordPress or some other framework.
  • You can hire a college student or a relative.
  • You can recruit a professional web-designer, like me, to take care of all the details.

A personal website can help anyone get employed. Although the millennials have embraced this, other demographics can benefit from having a personal website too.  A personal website allows everyone (young people as well as advance careers in transition) to showcase their true talents and be found online by recruiters and potential employers. A personal website is a significant but inexpensive investment in anyone’s career.