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Friday, July 29, 2016

Skype for Business review

By Peter Harris

Skype for Business is an amazing solution to solve your meeting needs, now you can communicate using instant messaging and video communications in HD. It continues using all the usual tools you’re used to with Skype but now it’s utilised for business, it is still secure and it gives you complete control.

Technology makes us more productive


Today more and more of us are working from home or when we’re on the move, needing to stay in touch and be productive. Skype for Business is the key player in business comms and as long as you have an internet connection then you’ll have Skype. And because it’s easy to use, you can have those meetings anywhere saving you time and money by cutting down on travel.



Do you need to set up a conference? Skype will allow you to bring up to 250 people together in one place which is pretty amazing. It will integrate with your office apps allowing you and your co-workers to collaborate on the Microsoft suite of office applications.

Do we like it? From me the answer is yes. We set it up on all of our PC’s and devices in the office and let everyone get on with it and we had very few issues. We found it easy to set up and even easier to use. As some of our customers are using it too we found that we can set up a meeting so much easier, as mentioned above the saving in travel costs is a true benefit and easily measured. We can set up a meeting much quicker and have ad-hoc meetings if and when everyone happens to be available.

Now Microsoft are running the show (it used to be called Lync) I can see how Skype for Business is going to be popular, after all how, many devices out there are running windows? It’s this type of easy deployment that will attract small to medium businesses. You can reduce installation time and costs and be up and running in a very short space of time. We like this, a lot!

So, what is different between Skype and Lync?


If you’re looking to make the move, you’ll still find the features that you are using already but it does have a different layout. There are new additions too such as:
Calling from SFB via your desk phone
Skype directory integration
Call monitor
Rate may call
Emoticons!!!  :) :( :) 

Microsoft’s baby


This is in now Microsoft’s baby there’s lots of videos and tutorials on line that are easy to access, this wealth of information can answer so many questions and show you some great features. I could be here all day listing them. I went on the help pages and watched a few tutorials, I found them to be a good resource so I recommend taking a look at them too.

A new player


So, overall I think Skype for Business will be a major player in the video communications arena and they shaking things up a bit. This is good though and brings a new player in which can only be of benefit overall to us users.

About the author: This post was supplied by Peter Harris, Peter works for Interact who are experts in Unified Communications. Learn more about Skype for Business here.

Skype for Business review

By Peter Harris

Skype for Business is an amazing solution to solve your meeting needs, now you can communicate using instant messaging and video communications in HD. It continues using all the usual tools you’re used to with Skype but now it’s utilised for business, it is still secure and it gives you complete control.

Technology makes us more productive


Today more and more of us are working from home or when we’re on the move, needing to stay in touch and be productive. Skype for Business is the key player in business comms and as long as you have an internet connection then you’ll have Skype. And because it’s easy to use, you can have those meetings anywhere saving you time and money by cutting down on travel.



Do you need to set up a conference? Skype will allow you to bring up to 250 people together in one place which is pretty amazing. It will integrate with your office apps allowing you and your co-workers to collaborate on the Microsoft suite of office applications.

Do we like it? From me the answer is yes. We set it up on all of our PC’s and devices in the office and let everyone get on with it and we had very few issues. We found it easy to set up and even easier to use. As some of our customers are using it too we found that we can set up a meeting so much easier, as mentioned above the saving in travel costs is a true benefit and easily measured. We can set up a meeting much quicker and have ad-hoc meetings if and when everyone happens to be available.

Now Microsoft are running the show (it used to be called Lync) I can see how Skype for Business is going to be popular, after all how, many devices out there are running windows? It’s this type of easy deployment that will attract small to medium businesses. You can reduce installation time and costs and be up and running in a very short space of time. We like this, a lot!

So, what is different between Skype and Lync?


If you’re looking to make the move, you’ll still find the features that you are using already but it does have a different layout. There are new additions too such as:
Calling from SFB via your desk phone
Skype directory integration
Call monitor
Rate may call
Emoticons!!!  :) :( :) 

Microsoft’s baby


This is in now Microsoft’s baby there’s lots of videos and tutorials on line that are easy to access, this wealth of information can answer so many questions and show you some great features. I could be here all day listing them. I went on the help pages and watched a few tutorials, I found them to be a good resource so I recommend taking a look at them too.

A new player


So, overall I think Skype for Business will be a major player in the video communications arena and they shaking things up a bit. This is good though and brings a new player in which can only be of benefit overall to us users.

About the author: This post was supplied by Peter Harris, Peter works for Interact who are experts in Unified Communications. Learn more about Skype for Business here.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

How much do web developers make: The way to pay less for the same result

By Yury Antonov

Any new step in creating something begins from analyzing market prices. If you are a hired person, you might be interested in the price your colleagues earn. If you are a business entity, you will want to know the price to make a web project. Anyway, the question ‘How much does a web developer make?’ is very actual.

Originally, the rate depends on many factors. Moreover, it is difficult to define the appropriate average sum of money the customer would pay. Sometimes, executors differ from each other by several facts. They could manage to do the same task but they bill for their work differently. The market dictates prices. So, what exactly does influence on the price?

All good things come to those who wait

There are some criteria determining the rate. They can be such as deep experience, long-term working, and, of course, location. Look at some digitals and then read results of salaries research down there.
  • Experience
  • Long-term playing
  • Location
The USA and the UK are on top among well-paid developers. They really earn much, but it also means that customers pay much.

For instance, an American programmer writes: 'Starting I used to earn around $50 per hour, but a little time later I achieved a $85/hour rate’. Such price is actual mostly for lightweight front-end work. Overwise, people working on WebGL would bill over $150/hr. By the way, the same price is real for an American iOS developer working at a company. (So, if you want to know how much app developers make, you are welcome). Thereby, an annual profit of an American developer can reach at least $100 000, raising even up to $300 000.
Web development income levels
Web systems directors have the highest annual base salary
According to salaryfairy.com, the average annual wage of American programmers is sticking on $70 K. Here are some indexes from its exploration of web development.

Web development incomes are above the national average per the above graph

British programmers stick on the same level. For example, senior Java, senior dev and senior C# have an average annual wage of £40 000-50 000. However, a skilled UK programmer is able to push between £40-80 per hour. So, daily a senior web developer earns about £450 (hourly £56).

Eastern Europe has more pleasant digitals to customers. The Baltic region sets the sum at $50 approximately. It also depends on the developing direction, but sometimes customers can catch a fish with a fewer bait.

A penny saved is a penny earned

Assembling exciting testimonials from customers, developers raise their experience. Counting working years they do the same. However, the economic situation inside the country reflects different tariffs and dictates own price-forming.

One of such countries giving big hopes is Belarus. In 2015, the Martin Prosperity Institute published the Global Creativity Index, according to that Belarus takes the 37th place among 139 talented nations. By the way, this country is also ranked #41 in technology.

Belarusian programmers stand out by many useful features. Usually international customers have no difficulties, communicating with them. Belarusian developers speak English as well and are able to deal with the same challenges for the price $14-16 per hour.

What a simple calculation!

Here we have shown only a hired developers' minimum wage. What about those developers as business entities? How much do they charge?

To count an approximate price for company's service, i.e. the number that the company bills to the customer, we can treat the scheme.

Usually, the employee's salary is a 50% part of the whole company's profit. Plusing taxes, outcomes for the office keeping, including a rent, and a clean profit itself. As a result, we are getting the price almost twice more than programmer's wage. By the way, in some cases, it can be even thrice more. This also depends on company's experience and its location. The market dictates prices as well as always. It means that the competitive price is setting. Developing companies can estimate their work more expensive.

Web design career prospects
Career prospects in web development are high

Larger American companies with client-facing facilities bill at least $50-100 per hour and sometimes this rate spans over $300 per hour. For example, comparing this price with Belarusian one, we make a conclusion that there are no limitations of possibilities. Belarusian web development player as a business entity can make your project starting the rate of $20/hr. IT-companies hire programmers with English skills that make no difficulties for conducting negotiations. Truly, to make sure, you just need to try, because actions speak louder than words!


About the author: Yury Antonov, marketing manager of web development company Viron IT

All images author owned and licensed

Thursday, June 30, 2016

All the things you need XFR Financial Ltd for

forex trading
Who can you decide to use as a broker to make or break your trading experience? That is the question that we aim to answer in this article. We know that there are many different brokers to choose from in the marketplace, but who is the best? Is it XFR Financial Ltd? And does it really matter who you choose as your broker?

We believe that who you choose as your broker can make or break your experience. This is because we know that certain brokers aren't that good and the mistakes that they make, the policies that they have and the commission structure that they have cause you to lose money. If all companies would handle foreign currency, CFD trading and do business like XFR Financial Ltd, you wouldn’t have to worry which one you will choose, they would all be reliable and efficient
    1. It’s Your Decision

Ultimately, it is up to us to make money but we know that we need the right tools to do so. One of the most important tools that you have as a trader is who you use as your broker. Think about it - your broker is like any other tool that you would use to trade the market. It is the case that most of us use our broker and we use their platform, we use their execution platform, we user their charting service and their technical indicators. We depend on them in many different ways. We depend on them for all of the services that we just mentioned. If we depend on them for so much they have a big role in how we trade and our profitability.
    1. Low Spreads

Not only do they control all the things we just mentioned above, they control how much we make per trade. Most of us trade very short term and how much we get charged in commissions and spreads really does affect how much we can earn. We all need a broker who will give us the lowest amount of spreads as possible so that we can make the maximum amount of money. If you are short-term Trader and you can get very tight spreads you will be able to make a lot of money without having commissions eat into your profits.

It is the case that XFR Financial Ltd offers great things, like very good spreads and commissions. They also have a trading platform that is web based and that is very easy to use. They have all the tools available online to help you out and they even have an education center where they teach you how to make money.


In the end, we are all looking for a broker like XFR Financial Ltd. We're looking for a broker who has a very good reputation, who has a very good web-based trading platform that is very easy to use, who has very fast execution speeds so that we can quickly trade the markets, who has very good spreads and commissions so that those fees don't eat into our profits. They are who we all need to be trading with. So try out this broker today.

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