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Thursday, 7 November 2019

Magento 1 to Magento 2 Migration: Reason, Process and Cost

How to migrate store to Magento 2

What if, one fine morning you come to know that Magento is ending support for Magento 1 finally in a week or two? Will that not be shocking for you? Will it not interrupt your business? Will, you not regret migrating your store to Magento 2 yet?

By June 2020, Magento 2 was supposed to have the entire migration process completed, but they had to delay it due to some resistance from within the industry. Now, Magento has announced that they would give an 18-month notice prior to revoking the Magento 1 support.

Thursday, 17 October 2019

Mobile-driven Attendance Solution at an Affordable Cost

Paylite mobile application available for iOS and Android


How does the Paylite HR Attendance Mobile App solution help?

The Paylite HR attendance mobile app solution is designed for both Android and iOS platforms. It is aimed to maintain records of work timings along with location data of respective employees to ensure the effective time utilization and avoid any kind of attendance missing. With the implementation of Paylite attendance mobile app, HRs can track their employees who are working in the office or those who are working on-field and get their work timings and work location, within a single window.

In terms of benefits, HRs can overcome the challenges of tracking their employees, thanks to the real-time tracking feature of the Paylite attendance mobile application. It will, in turn, ensure a better level of productivity from their workforce.

Thursday, 19 September 2019

MS Dynamics NAVConnector

How is this eCommerce middleware useful for retailers?

 MS NAVConnector Ecommerce middleware for retailers


Microsoft Dynamics NAVConnector is an eCommerce middleware to make a seamless integration between MS Dynamics NAV and NopCommerce/Magento platform. It is designed to save valuable time and money and reduce multiple business challenges that retailers often face while managing and maintaining their store data regarding the customer, order, payment, shipping, etc.

With the growth of a business and expansion of item catalogs, it becomes necessary to leverage the right solution to save time from product micromanagement. It helps business owners to focus on larger initiatives.

Friday, 16 August 2019

6 Ways to Convert Abandoning Visitors to Customers

Ecommerce Conversion Rate Optimization Tactics

Did you know that seven out of 10 visitors who abandon a site are unlikely to return to the site again? This means that if you are not taking proper measures to buttonhole those visitors, you are losing your shirt!

We believe you do not want that to happen to your business, right?

Let's take a look at six different ways to convert your abandoning visitors to customers.

Tuesday, 30 July 2019

Know why it's important to optimize your business website?

Get a rescue mission


Optimizing a website is essential for generating traffic to the website. Whether you are the owner of a business website, a personal blog writer, or a professional teacher who wants to show off their solutions and skills, optimizing your site to perform well in rankings, will simply be essential to your success. Check out the tips below to help you make the most out of your search engine optimization efforts.

Monday, 22 July 2019

How to choose the right resources for your Magento store?

Resources and scope of a Magento eCommerce Project


Make a decisive plan to overcome challenges


Choosing a website development team can be a complex process. But, that shouldn’t be so!

As long as you have a clear goal, business plan, and proper knowledge, you are very unlikely to miss the boat, no matter how many trade-offs there are between the business expectations and budget and the cost for development services.

Where should you focus primarily while looking for the right resources for your store on Magento?

Your focus should be fixed on finding out the right team, for the right type of project to be delivered at the right time. There are many individuals and corporate companies that tend to make the wrong choice for a Development Partner for their projects based on some misguided and mismatched estimates for vague project scopes and regret later.


To not repeat the same mistakes, ask yourself these following questions.

  1. Is your project involving the development of an all-new website or version upgrade or migration?
  2. Will you use the latest features of Magento?
  3. Why is the process of choosing resources so difficult given millions of them available there?
  4. Why project timelines are often not met?
  5. Why are the same mistakes made repeatedly about choosing resources?

Well, all these questions might naturally crop up in your mind too in the run-up to searching for a suitable development partner for developing your B2B or B2C eCommerce site on the Magento platform. And, we are going to answer all these questions so you can save yourself from making those mistakes.

We’ve learned them over the years and shall share them with you here in this post. If you’re an entrepreneur, read on.

Basic areas of consideration:

By going through this post, you will get to know how to browse through the software development landscape, whether to use modern software platform, proper ways for framing and scoping a project, whether to hire an offshore/onshore development team and how to sign up with a software development company having the right resources.

Choosing right solutions for magento ecommerce store


Regardless of your business size or types, there are multiple eCommerce solutions available to you. That you have decided to build your business website on Magento proves your firm intention to stand out in your business niche.


Determine your business goal

Having specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and timely (SMART) business goals can help your business grow, achieve objectives, improve teamwork and collaboration and help everyone understand the direction your business is heading in. As a business person, your first duty will be to take the time to set well-defined business goals. Your business goal has to be a part of your business plan and will likely become your business objective.

Research business niche and expertise requisites

Brainstorm resource requirements specific to your business product or service. Outline the business objectives and plan accordingly, so you can look for resources who do the type of work you need. Then, put them forward to your chosen software development partner.

Define the scope of the project

Project scope is the first step in setting your project goals and objectives. Without it, no matter how effective, how efficient and how hard you may work, you are unlikely to pull off the process and get a website to your expectations, especially when you want your webstore to be built or upgraded onto the latest version of Magento platform. Framing and scoping a website development project should include considerations like whether you should get your business website on modern software, budgeting, and probable cost.

Steps of hiring resources



Get familiar with software development service models

The software development landscape features a variety of service models. Each model can be a fit depending on project requirements, budget and software among others. The right selection of a model will have a huge impact on the delivery and quality of the project.

Check out standard software development service models below:
  • Offshore model
  • Onshore model
  • Nearshore model
  • Hybrid model


Offshore software development model refers to services delivered by resources outside your country. An offshore software development service partner costs much less than an onshore service partner. But, that partner will require detailed project documentation and regular communication over mail/skype/phone. In-person interaction in this service model rarely happens. In fact, it doesn’t need too, if you can contract with a reputed software development service company and provide them a well-documented project work.

The offshore model has a good reputation for lower service costs and higher development quality. If you ask who should choose this service model, we would suggest it’d be a good choice, especially for those companies with a tight budget, but at the same time looking for a software development team with practical project management experience and customer service. For more insights about hiring an offshore Magento development team, click here.

The onshore model refers to development services provided by resources inside your company. This model costs much higher and provides quality services in a tight timeline. This model allows for ownership and control of your project without having to commit your own project resources. Who should use this model? It is especially a good choice for large companies with a huge budget! Click here to know what more you can get out of partnering with an onshore software development team.

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The hybrid software development model refers to those services which are completed in a joint venture approach combining services of an onshore partner and an offshore partner. Who should use this model? It is recommended for those businesses which already have a product manager statewide and require development resources for extra help.

The nearshore model refers to a development service approach where services are provided by resources in the same country as you. It is known for the higher cost, higher quality, and higher hands-on customer service. Recommended for those clients who require dedicated project manager, account manager and face-to-face regular communication with the software team.

Go over the company landscape

After setting goal, fixing budget, scoping the project and getting familiar with different models, now is the time for you to go over company landscape to find and select a potential partner. How will you select a partner? This job can be a bit hard if you factor in all options.

Here, one thing needs to be clear that there is no one factor that can help you uncover/select the best software development partner for your service requirements. What are those essential factors that you must take into account?

  • Get a quote from 2/3 companies
  • Evaluate quote proposal

In addition, you should check how comfortably they can communicate with you, including email/skype/phone communication. Secondly, verify how well those companies’ tech stack or specialty and evaluate the team. It is especially necessary when you want to choose the right resources for the Magento store. Thirdly, check portfolio to ensure if they have relevant work experience and expertise in store development from scratch, providing services for migration and upgradation to the latest version of Magento.

Select, negotiate and contract with a company.

As you choose a company that has the right resources for developing a Magento store, you have to sign in a contract or a set of contracts with the company. Check out the probable contracts you are going to sign in. Those include: Confidentiality Contract/Non-disclosure Agreement (NDA), Masters Services Agreement (MSA), and Statement of Work (SW). These contracts are proofs of mutually agreed upon company’s services, cost, timeline, resources and commitment against your (client) payment.

Citytech Magento Services


Choose an engagement model that suits your goal and budget

Based on project scopes, development resources need to be engaged. It will save you costs and headache. So, proper engagement of resources in symmetry with project scope is equally important to ensure the success of the project and overcome various obstacles encountered during the development process. Get an overview of two main engagement models in the diagram below.

Engagement Model


From the diagram, it is clearly understood that one is for large projects and the other is for small projects. Model-specific benefits are also outlined in it. Click here to get to know more benefits of these engagement models for Magento development solutions.

Wrap-Up:

To choose and hire the right resources for a Magento store calls for a well-defined plan. We’ve discussed most of them here. Hopefully, you will now be able to find the right resources to develop your Magento store. By the way, scanning through the company case studies will be a sure help for you. The higher the number of projects completed successfully not only on Magento but also on other eCommerce platforms like nopCommerce, CS-Cart, or OpenCart platform, the more reliable that company will be for hire.

We would suggest you take an overview of the services provided by the team of Magento experts at Citytech.

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Do you have an interesting project? Let’s talk about that!

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Thursday, 11 July 2019

How to deliver Projects smoothly?

Deliver Software Development Projects Successfully


A great project starts with a great vision

Like any other complex project, a project for developing software also involves a lot of planning, preparation, and allocation of tasks to the team members. Once all of these jobs are done properly, a project can be delivered successfully.

Are you curious to know how to do it and overcome challenges of delivering a project successfully you often face with? No worries! We have a solid execution plan for you with a systematic approach to deliver it. By following some steps, you will be able to manage and carry out a project effectively and deliver it successfully.

Thursday, 4 July 2019

How to choose an eCommerce development company?

eCommerce website development services


Get a future-ready eCommerce store for a competitive edge


If you are planning to build a website for your business, you are unlikely to build it yourself. What then if you are not doing so?

Hiring professionals for customization of an eCommerce website is the only viable option. For it, you need to know how to hire a professional for the service, so you get a website exactly in line with your business requirements, budget and on time.

Friday, 24 May 2019

Is OpenCart the right eCommerce platform to build an online store?

Benefits of OpenCart ecommerce platform



Are you shopping around for a suitable eCommerce platform for your next business website? Not sure which one of these suggested platforms will be right for achieving your business goal? Take a look into the features and benefits of the powerful and easy-to-use OpenCart solution.

You may ask why you should go for OpenCart eCommerce platform when there are numerous other popular options like Magento, nopCommerce, CS-Cart, etc. In order to get answers to these questions, you have to go through this article.

Friday, 17 May 2019

How much does it cost to build an e-Commerce store like Amazon or eBay on Magento?

e-commerce store development

Plan for Growth, Think of Leaders’ Choice!


With over 250, 000 users worldwide, Magento is really miles ahead of several other eCommerce technologies for its extensive number of rich features and customization options.

Despite this fact, the real concern of a Magento customer lies more on the budget for developing a website on this platform than the development team, engagement model, or experience of a development company. They just want to know one thing at the very beginning: What is your service cost for Magento website development?

Friday, 10 May 2019

Why should Laravel be your first-choice to build your next website?

Laravel to build your Business website




Laravel is a clean and classy PHP framework to build modern web applications!

 

At the moment of this article being written, the latest version of Laravel is 5.8 and the LTS version is 5.5! It seems Laravel is always on rapid evolution mode.

Thursday, 2 May 2019

5 Social Media Marketing Myths Debunked!

Debunking social media marketing myths

Stop believing misleading social media myths immediately

Much of your beliefs about social media marketing is wrong. They are myths. It’s time to crush and debunk them, so that you can run your social media campaign for your business with proper and true knowledge.


#1: Social is for creating New Customers:

Myth - New customer acquisition is the aim of social media campaign.

Truth – Social campaign is run for branding.

Friday, 19 April 2019

Amazon Pay vs. PayPal. Which one is best for your business?

Amazon Payment vs Paypal pro 2019


Are you planning to start an online business or running a store already? You’ve got top two choices for online payment solutions. One is Amazon Pay and the other is PayPal.


In this article, I’ll discuss to show you a comparative overview of both of these solutions, so you can decide wisely which one of them can be more suitable for you.

Thursday, 11 April 2019

Citytech Software organized an in-house technology innovation event

Citytech Software event Innovation month April 2019

From AI to Big Data, Citytech Brilliant Minds did a Bang-up Job


We had an amazing time last week, giving demos of innovative applications before a panel of industry experts from multiple renowned institutions, hearing about brilliantly new AI-based applications like Face & Gesture Recognition Solution and discovering incredible talents among us.


Over the span of a month from March 14 to April 3, 2019, Citytech ran a contest internally to spur innovation among its own employees. Forward-thinking and talented employees participated in this in-house contest to evolve their thinking and try new things on the latest trends of technology.

Tuesday, 9 April 2019

5 Latest Marketing Trends to Watch for B2C eCommerce Business

eCommerce  trends to follow

  1. Social media to continue as major influencer of online purchasing decisions
  2. Voice search to cross 50% of all search queries
  3. Video and rich media content to surprise growth
  4. Augmented reality to take center stage
  5. Marketing automation and more ecommerce store apps

Like previous years, this year too hundreds of reports on “emerging ecommerce trends to watch out in 2019” have been published online! We’ve gone through some of those reports and found them interesting with factual data. That one thing is common about all of them is the ecommerce sales is going to keep trending upward.

Friday, 22 March 2019

Why Upgrade Your Magento Store Now?

Reasons to Upgrade to Magento Commerce 2.2.3

Is Your Store Upgraded to Magento 2.2.3?


To stay competitive is to stay updated. If your store isn’t updated yet to the latest version of Magento, you're very likely to fall behind the competition.


In the latest version of Magento 2.2.3, security aspect is mainly emphasized. It is for assuring current trend in online shopping worldwide. Like everyone, Magento also observes in-store transactions need to be foolproof as well as customers’ data has to be fully encrypted. Some features which this version brings in can drive growth of a store like never before, enhance operational efficiency of a store and help a store stand out in the competition.

Friday, 15 March 2019

3 Questions to Ask Before You Hire Magento Developers



There is no shortage of experienced Magento developers. Each of them claims to be the perfect fit for your business. But the sorry picture is most of them often fall short of delivering on expectations.


So, before you hire a Magento developer, identify the functions and features your store needs to have and ask yourself the following questions:

Thursday, 7 March 2019

Native vs. Hybrid Mobile App Development for Mobile Commerce

Approach to Choose for your Business


Native vs Hybrid mobile Application, which Is Better for Mobile Commerce

Are you looking into developing a mobile app for your business? Not sure which type of mobile app will be a better fit for your business? Is it a native app or a hybrid app?

After exploring several users’ opinions, I’ve concluded that it’s business goal and requirement to determine a mobile app. If one has a full understanding of these apps, it’d be easier for one to determine. Check out them in this blog.