agriculture machinery

They say economy runs by demand and supply. And who supplies what is in demand prospers. But then why are most farmers who supply the most indispensable need of mankind – food, are in distress? Obviously there is much more to agriculture than just the demand and supply formula.

The travails of agriculture and the small farmer

The condition of the small farmer can be gauged by the number of suicides among them, and the cases of abandonment of agriculture. Large families and cattle used to prosper from the same profession once upon a time. But not now.

High inflation for decades has ensured living costs have grown much faster than farm incomes, turning farmers impoverished and increasing the rich-poor divide.

Living needs have also increased from just sustenance to higher education, medical expenses etc. Among the top problems farmers face are – high costs, low and uncertain returns, natural disasters, poor quality materials such as seeds, fertilizers and pesticides, bad supply chain that is exploited by middlemen, poor storage facilities etc.

There are innumerable schemes available from governments. There are several universities involved in research. At every election there is the promise of loan waivers.  Many have tried to improve market accessibility etc. Many of these don’t generally reach the last man. Education and connectivity is also a major roadblock.

There will be no end to farmer woes until the focus changes to improving per unit profitability in agriculture.

The problem caused by shortage of labor

Ensuring sufficient supply chain logistics and genuine raw materials is basic hygiene and this is where governments and many organisations are working on. But is that all…?

One important aspect has been ignored – the ever rising costs of farm labor and its scarcity. This often turns out to be the single largest cost item.

The reasons include alternate employment through certain guaranteed employment schemes, migration to cities looking for higher income to meet their own increasing expenses. The problem will become even more intense in future as the next generations of these communities are taking up better education and jobs. While this has helped the traditional farm labor community to prosper, it has had a equivalent impact on agriculture.

So farmers now have access to neither economical labor nor machinery to replace them, all this when agriculture is very labor intensive. Machinery doesn’t just mean tractors for tilling land. It has to go much far ahead than a tractor.

What is needed now

In modern times, when western countries have faced the problem of exorbitant labor costs, they brought in machines to literally do everything that a man can do. Their farmers can hence manage agriculture with minimal human effort. We are amazed to see machines so deftly pick out potatoes and separate them like an assembly line. Or wheat being processing right while reaping. Or just every imaginable human task in farming. They even feed livestock using machines. It is literally one man farming. Manufacturers like Kuhn make machines for almost type of farming effort.

The dire need for India is to manufacture low cost, durable and high quality machines for every phase of farming activity – plowing, tilling, seeding, fertilization, manuring, sowing, spraying, harvesting, shredding etc.

The way washing machines replaced dependency on a maid servants. Instead of waiving a lakh of loan, it would be a thousand times better to gift them a lakh worth of farm machinery that would save a few more lakhs. Or local bodies in villages should make them available on rental basis. The aspect of durability and quality is very important as most farmers operate in remote areas.

Crucial for sustenance

For current and future sustainability, Indian agriculture needs science and technology to make machines that can replace human labor in every phase of farming from sowing to harvesting.

It is an irony that we have institutions to make the best of satellites but not high utility farm machines ! It is time for corporate sector and startups to venture into this area.  By whatever measure these machines can reduce labor dependency, that much would agriculture prosper. Still over 60% of Indian population survives on agriculture, hence the need is immediate and crucial. Prospering villages are also needed for cities to prosper! The reason? Good agriculture helps manage inflation, in addition to reducing excessive immigration to cities.

Top Software related Facebook Groups

Facebook Groups – Smarter way to enhance knowledge

Facebook has a great collection of Groups on any subject or interest in the world. The group members generally share latest updates about the topic and have people answering each others queries. We will help you with some of the most used Facebook Groups you can become a member of.

If you are a software professional or want to become one, there are quite some benefits of joining some of these most followed groups in the area of your work or interest. The top takeaways of joining groups are :

  • Keep yourself updated on the latest Global technology changes
  • Discuss and Resolve your technical queries
  • Contribute your knowledge through answers and articles
  • Find help for Interviews
  • Find new job opportunities or ask for referrals.

Note that any one Group may not provide all of the above, but provide one or more of the listed takeaways.

Get going with these Software related Groups

Here are a few most followed groups in popular software areas that you may want to join, and their current membership figures:

1. Big Data, Hadoop Groups


2. Java Groups


3. Mobile Development Groups


4. IOT Groups


5.  PHP Groups


6. Software Testing Groups


7. SAP Groups


8. Oracle Groups


9. C, C++ Groups


10. .Net Groups

11. Cloud Computing Groups

Becoming a member of the Group

Do some checks before you raise a request to the Group admin to become a member. Go through the description of the blog and the guidelines for posting. Most of the time, promotions and ads are strictly restricted. Once you raise a request and the admin approves, start using the Groups productively. Make sure posts adhere to the guidelines or you may be ousted from the group.

The good side of Groups is that not only do you gain knowledge, but when you post good articles or questions or answers, you are sure to get a good following for yourself.

Facebook Groups App

Facebook also has a Facebook Groups App on the iPhone App Store and Android Google Play Store. This makes it convenient to be with your groups on the go!


If you are aware of other great groups that your friends can benefit from, let us know.

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Learning – by all, for all

Do you have free time on your weekends or weekdays ? Do you have a good knowledge on any Subject, Technology, Entrance Exam, Competitive Exam, or Art, Music, Painting etc ? Are you well respected in your circles for your skills ?  All this then why waste your free time when you have the opportunity to sit at home, create Courses or Tests and earn ?, India’s foremost Learning Bazaar and Career portal provides you a crowd-sourced teaching platform. Just follow these simple steps to create learning material and earn in your free-time without being burdened by schedules.

Some indicative areas that you can create learning stuff on:

  • School Subjects and Practice Tests
  • Technology Courses & Evaluation Tests
  • Entrance & Competitive Exam Preparation and Practice Tests
  • Language Learning Courses
  • Projects & Hobbies
  • How-to’s & DIYs

You can extend your imagination to more areas…!

Create courses in weekend & free time, sell on

Start asap

Step 1: Plan

  • Finalize what Subject you want to teach, and the approximate Duration of the Course.
  • Identify pre-requisites if any. i.e. any prior knowledge and expertise required.
  • In most cases, it also helps to identify the target segment – Beginners, Intermediates or Experts.
  • Set Objectives for the Course in a few concise statements. These should indicate what is the student expected to know, or be able to do, by the end of the Course.
  • Create a structured ToC (Table of Contents) with Chapters and Topics to be included in the Course.

Step 2: Create

You have multiple options to create Courses or Tests from the comfort of your home.

  • Option 1: Video Course (series of video recordings).

Use any good quality handycam, digital or mobile camera to record in noiseless surroundings. A collar mic or zoom mic will improve audio quality.

  • Option 2: eLearning Course or Online Test.

This is made for self-study. i.e. the student will play Audio-Visual content at his/her convenience of place and time. For this, first prepare course content in Word or Powerpoint. Then use several free or paid Authoring tools to convert it to an eLearning Course/Test.

A list of free eLearning course authoring tools is available at eLearningindustry-course-tools or on Capterra. A few Free Test Authoring Tools can be found at elearningindustry-test-tools. There are also professional paid software tools like Adobe Captivate, ArticulateElucidat etc.

  • Option 3: Virtual Classroom Course.

In this form, you conduct live classes at scheduled timings using LMS (Learning Management System) software. There are several options. These are online and pay-per-use. Most of these start with a free membership for a single teacher and limited usage.

Subscription to these online LMS Software is simple and you can start within minutes. These are browser based so no installation is needed, and these are mobile compatible too !

Common ones are Braincert, MoodleCloudTalent, Docebo, WizIQ.

You and your students can see and talk to each other. Most of these also come with included whiteboard to write, share documents, conduct quizzes, assignments and even issue certificates.

Step 3: Upload or Host

  • Upload videos onto a free web drive like Youtube, Vimeo or on free online storage tools like Google Drive or Drop Box etc. For eLearning packages too, you can use these online tools.
  • Keep access restricted/private which means only those whom you give access can view your stuff. General public cannot see or download them.
  • For Virtual Classroom course no activity is needed at this point. You may evaluate various LMS software to find the best.

Step 4: Publish & Put up for Selling

  • Mention your credentials & achievements. You can add a link to a brief 2-3 video about yourself.
  • Login and navigate to your dashboard. Click on ‘Add a Course/Test‘. Fill up the form with clear details.
  • If you have created a short 3-5 min demo video about the course, add a link to it. The chances of business is much higher.
  • Set a competitive price.
  • Lo! The Course or Test listing is now live and available for sale !

Step 5: Promote

  • Each Course/Test integrated with Social Media Share buttons. Share with your friends & family on FB, Google+, Twitter etc. Share the link in your WhatsApp circles. Ask them to share further.
  • If you have a separate blog or site, embed a small piece of code we give you for each entry. It will show up as a 250 x 250 pixel (approx) visual box with a link to your course!
  • You may utilize paid promotions on starting from 1 day to as long as you want.

If you are a regular trainer, you can create your business pages on FB, G+, LinkedIn, Twitter etc. You can also use paid Ad platforms like FB Ads, Google Ads, Linkedin Ads, Twitter Ads etc to advertise.

Step 6: Earn on Sale

  • Any user across the world can buy your course through secure and established Payment Gateway (PayUMoney) on PayPal, CCAvenue and PayTM are under implementation.
  • Your money and your buyers money is safe and protected through Buyer Protection mechanisms at Payment Gateway level and in Addmylearning.
  • You are notified of each sale of your Course/Test and its buyer. Provide access to the buyer to your course/test within 2-3 days once notified.
  • Your money is transferred to your account in about 2 weeks of each sale, post necessary verification and checks of delivery.

Quick tips for creating Courses:

  • Create Courses with comprehensive content to ensure the intended objectives are achieved. Your buyers are your biggest promoters when they spread through references and word of mouth.
  • Check grammar and spellings thoroughly. Use free readability improvement tools to enhance sentence formation ( etc).
  • Ensure good Audio and Video quality without surrounding noise.
  • Do not use any foul language or obscene content.

Go ahead. Spread knowledge, enjoy your free time creatively and make money. Create Courses or Tests now. What are you waiting for ?

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Students ! What is the no.1 query or concern about your career that is nagging you ?

Are you worried about the future of your career? We all have such concerns or worries at key stages of our career especially before moving from 10th to Inter, Inter to Graduation and Graduation to Job.

Every decision is critical and our life depends on it. Ensure you take the right decisions and make the right plans for a golden career ahead.

Share your top question or concern with us at our Career Forum and we will try to get you answers. You can ask your friends, relatives and professionals you know, to answer your query by pasting their email-ids in the ‘Select Recipients’ field. A list of registered Trainers in the relevant area is also provided to choose from. They will get an email with the link to your question on the Forum. They just need to follow the link to post their response.

Every student should share atleast one question. Your question may help hundreds of others too.

Common examples : 

  • What are the education options if I take BiPC in Intermediate?
  • Which branch of engineering has best job opportunities ?
  • Which subjects provide higher chance in getting through Civils ?
  • If I don’t get through Campus Interviews, what are the options for me to get an early job? 
  • How do I prepare for RRB/Bank/Defence Exams ?
  • I want to make sports as a career. What are the chances of getting a job in sports quota ? 
  • I am in graduation currently and want to get into Sales. How should I prepare ?
  • SAP, Big Data or Cloud- which of these provide better job opportunities ?
  • Which are some of the most economical coaching institutes to get through JEE ?
  • For technical writing as a career, what should I study ?

 Click here for the Career Answers Forum 

Counslr Career Guidance system

The Career path dilemma

What branch should I choose in graduation ? Which post-graduation to take up ? How to prepare for entrance & competitive exams – JEE/AIIMS/GRE/TOEFL/NEET/UPSC/Banks ? Is a job in X field better than a job in Y field for my education ? Which technology should I learn to get a job in IT ? What books are good for CA exams ?

Students- Aren’t these some of the most common concerns you have about your career path?

But the answers you get from people around for these questions are very limited – based on your access and the perspective of whom you asked. The confusion is more if you are in a rural area or smaller town.

Counslr: The technology enabled Career Guidance System

So how should you get help to decide ? You should talk to a small but diverse set of people who have knowledge and expertise and whom you can contact. So how do you get the best set of suggestions from one place ? And how do you learn from what other students have asked ?

Need guidance to help define career path

Now comes something that was never before and nowhere., the country’s top aggregator for skill development & training courses now launches the technology enabled online platform to post and manage Career queries at one place -the Counslr: Career Guidance System.

Ask all your questions related to career decisions on the Counslr system. In just one go, you get to post them to a wide cross-section of people for their suggestions. View and manage all responses at one single location.

Your guidance sources

The sections of society whom you can post your question to are:

(i) Training Institutes or Trainers registered in the selected question area.

(ii) Career Counselors, Working professionals, Business Leaders, Executives, Trainers, your Seniors, Teachers, Friends.

(iii) All your contacts on Social Media – Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+.

(iv) Other students registered with similar interest areas.

Except (i) and (iv) categories, they need not even be registered on the system! This is as much as it can get. Any of them can respond to your query online anytime. So you get the best suggestions and guidance that is possible. You can also view what queries others have asked and learn from them.

While the final decision is totally yours, you get guidance to take a learned, informed and more confident decision. Counslr is the breakthrough technology platform to assist all students choose the best career path options.

Now on before taking any important career decisions or when in confusion, don’t miss out on the guidance from the right people through Counslr on

AMLLogo provides you

  • Discovr: A comprehensive directory of Training courses in any skill or location
  • Counslr: A system for online guidance in making Career decisions by connecting you with experts.
  • Fulflr: A chat & bid based Learning needs Fulfillment system.

We are in a non-stop continuous improvement mode ourselves to enhance your knowledge, skills and career, in every domain of knowledge. Be it IT, Software, Hardware, Managerial, Personality, Business, Vocational, TuitionsEntrance Exams and Competitive ExamsSports, Music, Dance, Arts, Cooking, anything, everything.

Happy Learning!

You are also invited to post guest articles on our blog.

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The need for an automated Learning Needs Fulfillment system

Students, Parents, Professionals, Learning Officers…. Have you tried looking for a training or coaching course? For yourself or family. Or for staff in your organization. How difficult is it? Isn’t it is like searching for a lost key in a huge mansion. Tiring & time consuming search, asking everyone around for help, getting worried and frustrated and all. If you are doing it for teams in your organisation, transparency in selection process is also crucial.

Manage all your learning needs online with the new Fulfilr: Learning Needs Fulfillment System. 

You can now formally submit clear and complete details of your learning or training need in the Learning Requirement Form and manage your learning needs online. If you have a Training Outsourcing RFP or a Document with clear details of your requirement, add to it.

Get offers and chat 1-1 without disclosing your contacts

What the algorithm does in the background is to ping the most related Training Institutes and individual Trainers, who are into teaching in the same field and matching your requirements of city and mode of learning. The whole process is transparent with equal access to ALL registered and verified Training providers on our portal. Your contact details are not shared with them, to avoid spamming.

Institutes and individual Trainers get to view the posted needs as business leads and post their best bid and offer terms. You may receive multiple offers and you will be informed through an email each time. You can then do an online and private 1-1 chat with the vendor whose profile and offer you are interested in, and close on the best deal.

Close on the best deal

The Fulfilr: Learning Needs Management System takes the load off you to continuously chase up and track on your training needs. Sit back and let the system do its job. For corporate learning officers, this offers transparency in the selection process.

The system increases the chances of you getting the best vendor and best deal possible.

AMLLogo provides you

  • Discovr: A comprehensive directory of Training courses in any skill or location
  • Counslr: A system for online guidance in making Career decisions by connecting you with experts.
  • Fulflr: A chat & bid based Learning needs Fulfillment system.

We are in a non-stop continuous improvement mode ourselves to enhance your knowledge, skills and career, in every domain of knowledge. Be it IT, Software, Hardware, Managerial, Personality, Business, Vocational, TuitionsEntrance Exams and Competitive ExamsSports, Music, Dance, Arts, Cooking, anything, everything.

Happy Learning!

You are also invited to post guest articles on our blog.

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Software Testing: The critical pass-through stage in SDLC

We have discussed basics of Big Data and Cloud earlier. When someone looked at a career in IT in the initial days of IT and to an extent even now, lack of the right perspective made him or her believe that Software Testing is a secondary priority activity.

It is increasingly and rightly being recognized as a very critical aspect of the Software Development Life Cycle. Do you know that the need is directly driven by business necessity than anything else!

Today, IT is involved in every phase of the operations and functioning of an organisation. IT drives, triggers, manages and runs critical decisions, systems and processes. This is why an error in an IT system can potentially cause a massive impact, not only on that organization’s operations, reputation, revenue and compliance, but also on externally interfaced systems. For e.g. the interconnected global financial systems like cards and fund transfers. Imagine deposits missing from your bank account, cards failing while on an overseas trip!

Irrespective of all the massive time, mental and physical effort spent on designing and building a system, Testing is THE phase that helps decide whether to release the application for usage or hold it in the shelves.

In fact, about 30-40% of the budget for the development of a mission critical application is earmarked for Testing!

What is Software Testing

For an onlooker, software testing appears to be just running an application, entering values and checking output. But thats a leaf in the landscape. Testing is a science altogether.

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Software Testing broadly checks some or all of the below aspects of an application depending on the domain, function and usage:

  • Conformance to functional requirements or specifications
    • Explicitly stated, and
    • Not explicitly mentioned but obvious or common sense.
  • Compliance to legal regulations and standards where applicable
  • Ability to withstand invalid inputs and usage
    • Intentional: Malicious attempts to impact the business, reputation, compliance etc of an organisation
    • General: Such as due to ignorance or lack of knowledge or skills
  • Ability to withstand intentional malicious usage for business applications
  • Performance i.e. Speed, response, concurrent loads
  • Access and Security
  • Ability to work in different stated hardware and software environments
  • Ensure meaningful error messages and indications are provided to the user

To achieve these goals there are very many ways and routes. Key among them are listed below:

  • Phases: Planning, Test Design, Test Case preparation, Execution, Measurement, Reporting, Defect Prevention
  • Stages: Unit, Integration, System, Acceptance, Pre-production Testing. These are sometimes further broken down.
  • Other forms of Testing: Smoke, Sanity, Verification, Validation, Regression, Static, Dynamic, Positive, Negative, Compliance, Black Box, Penetration, Performance Testing etc.
  • Methods: Manual, Automated (using tools).

For those who have the aptitude and attitude for Software Testing, it provides an exciting career. You don’t miss out on programming as Automated Testing also involves complex scripting.

Global Certification

ISTQB (International Software Testing Qualifications Board) administers globally accepted certification exams in Testing at Foundation, Advanced and Expert levels in Core(valid for any technology/ methodology/ application domain), Agile (for Agile projects) and Specialist (specialization in specific quality parameter, test approach, test activity or business domain) streams.

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The ISTQB Certification Portfolio

Opportunities in Software Testing

A Software Testing career is really worth pursuing!

There are now companies entirely focused on Software Testing and this industry quietly generates a huge number of jobs while many people look aside towards limited programming jobs and miss the opportunity.

Check the Classroom and Online Sofware Testing courses at For more info, write to

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Apart from Big Data that was discussed in the earlier edition, the other crowd-puller in IT world today is Cloud Computing. It offers career opportunities in a range of areas including cloud infrastructure, network, administration and software development.

Lets get down to basics – what is Cloud and why do we need it? Imagine you are a distributor of some goods in a major city. The warehouse space requirement for your stock ranges ranges from as little as 1000 sft to 50000 sft at times. It also overall rises year on year with your company’s growth.

There are several questions before you. How much space to buy ? Where to buy? How much equipment to buy? Will I get more contiguous space whenever I need? How many people to deploy? How to oversee? Sizing for peak loads will result in redundancy during off-peak times, and for less than peak size will result in issues during peak times. City locations are expensive while distant ones mean high transport and logistics costs.

Now imagine if there is a warehouse space provider in your city who will provide space per your dynamically changing requirements; provide exclusive security; will pick-up, package and deliver stocks for you; deploy experts to manage operations; keep it running & accessible 24×7, but finally charge you only for your exact usage! (Subject to a minimum rental of-course.)

Doesn’t this look like a panacea for all your problems? Doesn’t it save a lot of cost, effort and management overhead for you? You get access to only what you want; it is the provider’s headache to manage everything else between customers without impacting each other – be it space, staff, equipment, management or other aspects.

This is the theory for cloud technologies. Your requirements for several needs are taken care of on-demand by the cloud provider, so you don’t need to worry about how much to buy, lead times to buy, where to maintain and how to maintain. It could be software, hardware, utilities or infrastructure in the form of storage space, servers, processing, data centre, hosting, email, desktops, service desk, database etc and so on. Hence it is about optimization and reducing redundancy also.

Web mails(Gmail, Yahoo etc), Facebook and Youtube are some of the easiest examples that everyone can relate to. Even the telephone connection and electricity are a form of cloud delivery!

Service Models

Cloud service models indicate what level of provision or service is needed by the customer. Behind the screens, everything else is managed by the cloud provider. It is generally provided at these 3 levels.

1.  Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS): The fundamental resources like processing, storage and networks is made available by the provider virtually from a shared infrastructure. Customers can visualize as if they have their own complete and closed IT infra or data center on which they can setup their IT environment including servers, OS, network and applications. The Provider will take care of the hardware and aspects like location, scaling, security etc. Billing is usually on the amount of resources allocated and consumed. E.g: Amazon’s EC2, Rackspace.

2. Platform as a Service (PaaS): A computing platform is made available by the provider including the development environment, servers and database. Consumers can create applications using the programming languages and tools provided by the provider and use them commercially. The provider will take care of hardware, servers, network, OS and storage. E.g: Google App Engine, MS Azure, Amazon Beanstalk.

3.  Software as a Service: The providers make readymade software available for usage. Consumers need to know very little about technology and can start using it immediately through internet or secure networks. No installations are needed. Payment is generally on the number of users given access to the application; the number of features enabled; the level of facilities provided like memory, storage, processing etc. Everything underneath about hardware and software, including setup, licenses and maintenance is taken care of by the provider. E.g: Adobe CC,, Gmail, Yahoo Mail.

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Related: Software Testing – A Time Tested Career

Implementation Models

For a customer who chooses to go the Cloud way, implementation can be done in different models:

1. Private Cloud: When cloud infra is deployed exclusively for a single organisation, hosted mostly internally within the organisations premises or sometimes externally at the provider’s data center. This model is capital intensive and does not implement quite a few of the optimization aspects of cloud. The driving factors for this model are generally regulatory and security considerations. E.g Banks and financial institutions in many countries are not allowed to take data storage outside the bank’s premises or into shared environments.

2. Public Cloud: The provider hosts the environment from its own data center and access is provided over a separate network or public internet. Anyone can pay and securely engage the services. This is the most common and economically beneficial implementation of cloud that utilizes its core concepts. E.g. Amazon AWS, Microsoft and Google

3. Hybrid Cloud: It is a combination of private, public and other models like community cloud services, from different providers. A hybrid cloud service crosses isolation and provider boundaries so it can’t be simply put in one category of private, public, or community cloud service. The uses of this model are very specific and complex, like for a global organisation which has secure as wells as public servers and applications on cloud, customized to regional requirements and regulations.


The term Virtualization is synonymous with Cloud. Virtualization allows creating multiple virtual systems (Server, Network, Storage, Desktop, Application or Mobile) from a common set of physical infrastructure.


Each of the virtual systems is segregated from the other logically. For e.g. if you want to test a piece of software on 10 different OSs, you can create 10 Virtual desktops on a single desktop, each with different OS instead of setting in 10 different physical computers. Each instance appears like an independent desktop. The life of the Virtual desktop is limited to the session.

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In a cloud implementation, each customer or customer organisation sees only the virtual system (Infra, Platform or Software that is provided aa Service) provided to it, which is as per its required specifications like OS, processing, network, storage, memory, application etc resources. In the background the cloud provider uses a large common infrastructure that they scale-up or scale-out with growth.

Software called a Hypervisor enables virtualization and is used for generation and management of Virtual instances. Certain types of Hypervisors run directly on Hardware and some on an OS. E.g. Citrix XenServer, KVM, VMware ESX/ESXi, Microsoft Hyper-V.

Key benefits for Organisations moving to cloud

– Huge savings on infrastructure, manpower, space, power, time-to-market.

– Need not worry about provisioning for expansion requirements, peak loads or redundancy for long periods of lows.

– Applications and systems can be rolled out at very short notice to staff or customers across the world.

– Need not worry about hardware and software licences and theiradvance renewals.

– Can ensure their systems are always up-to-date with the latest versions of software and applications.

– Need not worry about maintenance of infrastructure, support, replication, backup and disaster recovery.

Related: A Beginners Guide to Big Data

Concerns and Risks

The key concerns and risks about Cloud are around the safety, security and privacy.

The cloud provider hosts data and applications of many competing customers and its admin staff may have access to private data of each its customers.

This gives rise to worries around potentially illegal access to confidential data by a competitor, accidental deletion or loss of data, hacking of cloud servers, service downtime, quality of service etc.

While such concerns exist, most cloud providers offer a very high level of security and are investing billions into making Cloud more robust and secure.


Cloud Computing business provides technical career options in several areas like architecture, system design, hardware and software provisioning, deployment, cloud administration, server and network management, remote support, virtualization, service management, security, database management, backup, recovery, replication, and cloud specific software and tools.

All these are interlinked. Hence people wanting to switch career to Cloud related areas usually need to have a combination of knowledge and skills in some of these aspects.  The nature of work is very different from regular application development and support.

With increasing awareness about cloud and organisations trying to harness its benefits, opportunities to work in these areas are ever increasing. If you are in for the challenge, go for it. is there for you to provide support in getting the best Cloud training options from different trainers.

 AMLLogo provides you

  • Discovr: A comprehensive directory of Training courses in any skill or location
  • Counslr: A system for online guidance in making Career decisions by connecting you with experts.
  • Fulflr: A chat & bid based Learning needs Fulfillment system.

We are in a non-stop continuous improvement mode ourselves to enhance your knowledge, skills and career, in every domain of knowledge. Be it IT, Software, Hardware, Managerial, Personality, Business, Vocational, TuitionsEntrance Exams and Competitive ExamsSports, Music, Dance, Arts, Cooking, anything, everything.

Happy Learning!

You are also invited to post guest articles on our blog.

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Welcome to the Big World of Data

The recent fad in IT is ‘Big Data’. It is famous and commands money & respect, so everyone wants to be ‘in’ it in the IT world. But to those who are not yet engulfed by this trend, this gives a primer to what it is in basic terms.

Lets start with the scenario

For a large global company, the data generated by its systems is unbelievably massive – from tens of Terabytes to Petabytes. It could be detailed sales data, transactions, instrument readings, website access & usage, customers, social media, search engine data etc.

The systems at the company keep accumulating more and more data over time. Over a period, it starts becoming huge, and keeps growing bigger and bigger and massive. The data could come in torrents and in disparate formats like text, images and videos, not just structured RDBMS type data.

This information is valuable. Companies need to analyse this data to understand their performance and make ‘learned’ strategic decisions for future.

If they ignore, their strategy becomes skewed, ‘base-less’ (because it is not based on data research), and hence risky. They can ignore this only at the cost of loosing out to competition. And this is a continuous process because they need to keep making course corrections at regular intervals to align with the actual performance(vs expected) and market movements.

Related: Beginners guide to Cloud Computing

Traditional Methods

But traditional technologies and database servers cannot handle and process such data with respect to the combination of huge size, great variety and high speed.

So Big Data technologies bring in capabilities to

  • Take-in massive amounts of disparate data at high speed
  • Hold in a distributed environment (distributed storage)
  • Process it by horizontally distributing the load across clusters (distributed processing) and,
  • Be continuously scalable (scale-out), available anytime (least downtime), robust, responsive, affordable and secure.

Traditional ‘scaling-up’ means adding more resources (memory, storage, processing) to a single node in a system, to which there are obvious limitations.

‘Scaling-out’ means to add more nodes, like adding more servers and distribute storage and processing. The advantage is that logically, it can be expanded to a limitless extent.

Related: Software Testing: A Time-Tested Career

Big Data Solutions

Hadoop is one such Big Data solution. It is an Apache open source framework written in java. Hadoop is designed to scale up from a single server to thousands of machines, each offering local computation and storage.

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Big Data has its own challenges and complexities, so it may not be suited unless the requirements have reached or are expected to reach those proportions of size, variety and speed.

The transition from the Enterprise Data Warehouse centric architecture to the Big Data Management System – on Premise, on the Cloud, or in hybrid Cloud systems – is going to revolutionise any company’s information management architecture.

The demand for Big Data professionals is rising significantly. To learn Hadoop and become a developer, knowledge of Java basics is crucial. Plus knowledge of basic Linux is helpful. Existing System Administrators, DBAs, BI/DW analysts, ETL architects etc have a good scope to move their career path.

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