Telerik Products now easily available in India via India Distributor

Diwali has just passed and the festivities are dialling down. Diwali has brought changes for Telerik in India and now I write this as an evangelist for Telerik/ Progress. In this blog post, I will list the changes and attempt to clarify if it has any impact on our community:

Telerik (a part of Progress) has changed its operations structurally in India. Indian Rupee billing was number one request from businesses who found USD billing to a US entity time taking and troublesome.

Telerik products will now be sold in India in Indian Rupees only via a distributor.While this does not affect you as a developer, your accounts team and business managers would love this change due to the following:

  1. A lot less hassle in making the payments done. Earlier, they had to get multiple forms (Form 15 CA & Form 15 CB) signed from a Chartered Accounts and make the payment via a wire transfer through the bank. This could take over 4-5 days to make a single payment and accrue additional charges for the wire transfer. Now, it is a simple NEFT or a UPI transfer.
  2. Lowering cost of projects to the customers. Earlier products like Telerik DevCraft couldn’t be used to offset indirect tax liability. With the new GST regime, your accounts team can offset the tax on their project lowering the cost of the implementation for their customers in India.

Isn’t this just great?

GTM final logo_512The new distributor is GTM Catalyst for the India market. What is even better is that I will be handling this new distributor organisation. This will bring the familiarity and continuity of business for you.

You may reach GTM Catalyst team for any questions or comments at: info@gtmcatalyst.com

To allay any questions in your mind, all the Telerik products continue to be available for sales and are fully supported by Telerik/ Progress. All products are moving full steam ahead including DevCraft, Kendo UI, Telerik Platform, Telerik Reporting, Sitefinity and Test Studio. Telerik (a Progress company) will continue to release new updates on a rigorous pace and continue to provide you with benefits of the latest technologies.

The latest webinar for R3 release for Telerik controls is now available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=10&v=sxv_7RnOwVI 

Lastly, we are eager to continue our India webinar series to share our learnings with you. We will be sending the webinar schedule to you shortly with an update here.

Remember to stay tuned here!

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Getting Customers to Commit to your Mobile Application

The most obvious assumption on technology that is made by the product teams today is the need to be mobile first. A nice looking mobile app is built as the MVP in the spirit of mobile first. However, this mobile app fails to capture user attention. Familiar story?

There is a big realisation that I recently had while mentoring a startup that I am sharing here:

The goal of every business is to move customers to the Advocacy stage which enables a virtuous cycle to set in. This journey requires an important ingredient that is hard earned – Customer Commitment.

Here is a simple question – if you knew that there is a one time service that requires you to:

  1. Download an app
  2. Create an account
  3. Then do your first task

Would you use that service? Probably too much for a single use, right?

However, if you knew that this service is likely going to be used repeatedly by you, there would be little hesitation in downloading and using a mobile application (think Facebook/ Whatsapp/ Mobile Banking).  You can see that customer commitment is directly indicated by the UI they use.

Most business applications are unlikely to have the virality of Facebook/ Whatsapp or the criticality of  a banking/ payment app. In these cases, UI customer’s choice is like a commitment they make to a service. The web interface requires the least resistance followed by a phone call and mobile app requiring the most commitment. There is an emerging capability that sits somewhere between  phone call and mobile app – bots running on other highly utilized platforms like Facebook Messenger, Telegram, Skype. Customer Continuum

The business would definitely want the customer to use its mobile app due to its sticky nature or the tonne of data it provides. The indirect assumption is that the customer is now at the Affinity/ Advocacy stage.

The user commitment needs to be gradually earned from least resistance UI by providing them value there and then moving them to the next level of UI. Business otherwise may have a tough time convincing a customer to directly download a mobile app.

If you are responsible for customer adoption, then think about this continuum and creating Aha moments with the website experiences itself. Graduate them to bot experience in the mobile app they are familiar with. Structure this bot experience to be more awarding for the customer. The heightened customer stickiness would result in the customer committing to your mobile application.

This approach would yield better commitment to your mobile app from your customers.

Jan/Feb Webinars Cancelled

Dear Users,

Due to unforeseen circumstances, we will be cancelling all webinar sessions for January and February until further notice. We apologize for the last minute change.

We’ll keep you posted on calendar schedule and resumption.

Regards,

Telerik/Progress India Team

Getting Starting with Rollbase Platform on-Premise

In this tutorial, we will go over install Rollbase Platform on your environment. In this post we focus on installing Rollbase on windows server environment for Single Server/non-high availability development use. Post will cover the following areas

  • overview and Features
  • install
  • Database Configuration
  • Startup and overview

Overview of Rollbase:

Progress Rollbase enables you to build all of your business applications in one place from the comfort of your Web browser while writing a minimum amount of code (typically 80% clicks, 20% code). Reduce your development time and resource requirements, accelerate your time-to-market, simplify application delivery and deployment, and provide a proven cloud platform on which to build all of your custom business applications. With Progress Rollbase, you are in complete control of your development.

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Crafting Survey with KendoUI and BootStrap in Rollbase

In the first part of Blog post, we covered drag and drop Portal survey creation in Rollbase. In this post, we will cover custom Survey Page using BootStrap and KendUI  which is supported by RollBase Platform. We’ll cover two scenarios of building the same Survey : using BootStrap and KendoUI

  • Let’s navigate to our application and choose the portal option to enable Bootstrap and Kendo.
  • Choose Survey Demo App and Navigate to Objects and Portals.

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Telerik Report Designer

How To: Use SQLite with Telerik Reporting Standalone Report Designer

Couple of years ago, I created a video where I showcased how to use Telerik Reporting with WPF (Windows Presentation Foundation). WPF is a windows application development framework on Microsoft .NET stack. Telerik Reporting is a reporting solution which can be embedded in your ASP.NET/WinForms/WPF applications. You design reports, host it in your app and render within your apps. One of the question I got recently on that video was – “How to use Telerik Reporting with SQLite ?“. That’s an interesting question and probably one of the common scenarios you may face. In this post I will take a step by step approach on how to work with SQLite using Telerik Reporting Standalone Report Designer. Lets get started. Continue reading

2017

Webinar Schedule for Jan-Feb 2017

We are at the last week of 2016 and getting ready to welcome 2017. We wish you all a very Happy & Prosperous Happy New Year 2017. We here at Progress are busy trying to bring you new learnings in 2017. Our team has been brainstorming on possible topics for Jan/Feb 2017 webinars and we cant wait to make it live. In this blog post we take a look at the Jan/Feb 2017 Webinar Schedule. So read on. Continue reading

Data Direct Cloud

Resources from webinar “Using Salesforce data in your ASP.NET Web Application”

On Dec 15 2016, we finished yet another webinar. These webinars are our monthly webinars we do on 2/3/4 Thu of every month between 12-1PM IST. For this webinar our interest was to showcase how you can  easily consume your cloud data for e.g. Salesforce in your ASP.NET Web Applications using our product called “Data Direct Cloud”.

This blog post will be a recap of the webinar and i will provide you the slide deck & video recording of the webinar itself. Continue reading

Building Surveys and Portals using Rollbase Platform

Events are an important part of your marketing strategy. They provide a unique opportunity for potential buyers to interact with your product and service and get to know your organization. Events also give you the opportunity to align your brand with other organizations that share the same values or customer demographics.

Whether your event is a webinar, meetup, training session, user conference, tradeshow, surveys are an indispensable tool for assessing your attendee’s needs and measuring how well you are meeting them.

Event surveys can be used at all phases of your event to:

  • Explore your target audiences’ needs and expectations
  • Setup registration forms and collect payment
  • Collect logistical information to accommodate attendees
  • Engage attendees with interactive polls and quizzes and conduct mid-event evaluations on speakers and workshops
  • Increase leads/sales with lead generation forms
  • Measure the success of your event
  • Event Goal

UseCase: Recently, Progress Xchange, our premier annual event was conducted in Mumbai and post-event, marketing team wanted to conduct a survey to evaluate the event feedback.

So how do you approach a post-event evaluation? We are going to demonstrate creation of anonymous survey and hosting the survey on portal using Rollbase, low-code, RAD and adaptive platform. You can learn more about at www.rollbase.com and feel to give it a try.

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Kendo UI Mobile Cordova Templates for Hybrid Mobile Apps

Hybrid Mobile Apps are one of the ways in which you can create a cross platform Mobile Applications using HTML/JavaScript/CSS technologies. The key here is Cross Platform. I want to write once and want to take my app to all platforms. One of the quickest ways is the Hybrid Way. Although Hybrid has its disadvantages when it comes to scenarios like high graphical UIs – it is a good choice when we have a simple data entry kind of scenario. In this blog post i will introduce you to Kendo UI Mobile templates we have done. These templates will speed up your Cordova based Hybrid Mobile App development. These templates make use of our Open Source Hybrid Mobile UI Framework called Kendo UI Mobile. Continue reading

Kendo UI DataViz

Resources from webinar “Visualizing Your Cloud Data using Kendo UI DataViz”

On Dec 08 2016 we finished yet another webinar here in Progress India. This time we focused on an enterprise scenario where in you have data in your cloud for e.g. may be Salesforce and you want to create beautiful looking Data Visualization out of that data. As part of the webinar we looked at Data Direct Cloud and Kendo UI products from our portfolio. This post is a recap of the webinar. You will find the deck and video recording of the webinar.

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Intelligent Process Automation is Eating the Outsourcing Cake

cogwheelprocessautomation_3310x1650-1024x510The IT revolution in India started with a need met by offshoring. The expensive human resources were replaced with cheaper human beings in another country.

With advent of new technology, the low end offshoring is finding their cake being eaten by an invisible opponent. This is visible in the lower revenues being forecasted by major Indian SIs. Somehow, the amount of outsourcing that the firms were doing earlier is not continuing. Intelligent Process Automation may be to be blamed. Continue reading