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COVID-19 Leads To Growth In Low-Code Dev Tools

The COVID-19 pandemic has been rough for a lot of industries across the world, but some industries like the tech industry have seen some improvement, with growth in certain sectors, like custom software development and low-code development.

Thanks to people being stuck at home due to the pandemic, remote software development has seen a boost, which, in turn, led to a surge in demand for low-code/no-code programming tools.

The data came from Analyst Gartner, which also forecasted that the low-code development technology market will hit a total value of $13.8bn by 2021, which would be a 23.2% increase from 2020. Notably, the growth in demand is continuing in spite of pressure in IT departments to streamline their budgets and cut costs.

Gartner Research VP Fabrizio Biscotti says that, while low-code app development isn’t new, the rise of composable business, hyper-automation paired with the disruptions to COVID, has resulted in a surge of demand for tools and development.

Gartner predicts that the low-code application platform would account for the largest chunk of the low-code development tech market all the way to 2022, hitting $5.8bn by the end of that year, which would be a 65% increase from 2020. Other notable areas of growth are rapid mobile app development (RMAD) tools, as well as rapid application development (RAD) tools.

According to the market research firm, the growth in low-code tools is due to businesses requiring more software. Gartner notes that not only has this boosted low-cost development, it also boosted custom software development and other parts of the IT industry which, in turn, has led to the emergence of citizen developers.

Gartner’s research suggests that about 41% of employees outside of IT work on data and technology solutions. They expect that low-code solutions will account for at least half of solutions by the end of 2025.

Biscotti stated that the COVID-19 pandemic was rough, but low-code development did get something at it. Low-code development, which is great for supporting remote work, is expected to continue growing in demand in the future, with pricing ranges set to widen due to the fact that people need them to keep working.

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How A Maths Tutor Can Make A Difference In A Student’s Future

Travis Ratman, the CEO and founder of Knowledge hook revealed that as a child he was at the bottom of his class. He assumed that he was stupid and slow. What made a big difference was Ratman’s dad who was a Maths tutor. His dad focused his attention on Ratman until he was at the top of his class.

Ratman’s Knowledge hook is a digital learning platform that helps teachers gain better outcomes for maths students. When the student logs on to the platform in school or at home, the system will analyse the student’s progress and identify where he is struggling. The teacher will be advised on the right techniques and support that will help the student.

After years of working with Microsoft, Ratman started to build Knowledge hook. Many EdTech ventures do not recognize the role of the teacher in the classroom as critical for learning; however, Knowledge hook sees the opportunity to connect teachers to their student’s learning problems.

It was not easy to create the system for Knowledge hook considering that they had to build a sophisticated data analytics infrastructure with the capability of analysing students’ performances. Ratman’s idea was to provide teachers with specific advice on how they can help their students based on global learnings about the best strategies to tackle particular issues.

Knowledge hook’s approach is truly successful. Their technology is now being used by 100,000 schools across the world with the US, Canada, and the UK as the most successful markets. The company hopes to reach 50 million students in South America, Australia, and New Zealand within the next year.

This year, online education platforms have become the trend so that students can continue with their studies even if the schools are closed. Ratman aims for long-term opportunities for education through a digital transformation but it won’t be easy due to the coronavirus pandemic.

There is no substitute for the experienced and dedicated Maths tutor who is working individually with a student. The home tutor is not replacing the teacher in the classroom; he is simply helping the teacher perform his job. The role of a teacher is challenging because of the number of students per classroom but the tutor can provide individualized attention at any time.

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3 Reasons To Purchase Custom Software Development Solutions

There are two basic types of software; the packaged or off-the-shelf and the custom type of software. Both have their own advantages and disadvantages. However, for the custom software development tool, the advantages exceed more than its minimal disadvantages. If you are not yet sure which type of software you are going to purchase, take a look at these reasons.

Personalized

All businesses are different so they need different approaches and software solutions. They have distinct needs so the one-size-fits-all is not applicable. However, if you want your business to perform just like any ordinary business out there, you can join the bandwagon and purchase packaged software. However, if you want your business to perform and stand out from the rest of your competitors, get that business advantage by having a custom software development tool suited to your business’ particular needs.  A personalized software ensures that it will deliver your daily business processes resulting to an increased employee productivity and customer satisfaction.

Integrated

With a personalized software, you can forget about having five different tools for your business processes because you can have everything that your business needs to function, all in a single tool. This is not only convenient; you also do away with several updates and maintenance of multiple programs. Because you have everything you need to fulfill your business processes in single software, you and your employees get to accomplish more, thereby reducing stress and frustration at work. If your business will shift or evolve, you can easily adapt to it because your software can easily be tweaked and tailored based on your business’ specific needs.

 Cost effective

It is a fact that a custom software development tool is more expensive to create because a technician would really have to start from scratch. However, in the long run, you get to save a lot of money since you no longer have to pay for licenses and registration nor will you be required to purchase apps or upgrades that you may not need anyway. With your very own custom software, you have the freedom to do whatever you want with your programs and software.

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Seven Interesting Facts About AFL

Football is one of the most exciting sports in Australia. The game is popularly called as soccer, footy or Aussie rules. The country has its own league of football matches called the Australian Football League or AFL.

The game is so popular that fans are always on lookout for AFL shop online to shop for their favourite teams’ merchandise.  Here are some interesting facts about the favourite sport of Australians.

  1. Football developed in Australia and now it is played by people in eighty countries. The game is influenced by many local sports. The AFL is influenced by soccer, rugby and Mangrook, a traditional game of the Aboriginals.
  2. The AFL players are not allowed to throw the ball. They can only kick the ball or hand-ball it to their team members.
  3. The AFL team that scores the least points and figures at the last spot of the ladder, wins an imaginary award known as the wooden spoon award. The team which has received the highest wooden spoon awards is St. Kilda. The team received twenty seven of these awards. The two teams which did not receive this award till now are Port Adelaide and Adelaide.
  4. The ANZAC day matches are the most awaited AFL matches in Australia. Fans shop for their favourite teams merchandise with AFL shop online and offline and flock to the stadiums to view the match. The match is viewed live by an average of 80,000 viewers while millions of Australians watch it on their TV screens.
  5. Australia has a multi-cultural population. AFL supports player from different cultural backgrounds. Nine percent of the total players of AFL come from the indigenous Australian community and fourteen percent players are from different cultural backgrounds.
  6. Initially there was no set playing time for AFL matches. The team which scored two goals first was declared as the winner of a match. Most of the matches stopped mid-way due to quarrels between the players or the due to damage footie. Now the game has a pre-set match time of eighty minutes which is divided into four quarters.
  7. The highest winning score was 177 points, scored by Carlton in 1972 and the lowest winning score was 13 points scored by Richmond in 1927.

Now you know some of the interesting trivia about AFL. Grab your favourite merchandise from AFL shop online and play an interesting AFL quiz with your friends.

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Naval Sea Systems Looking To Embrace 3D Printing Following Redesigned Bolt Tool

3D printing is the latest innovation in tooling, leading to the creation of 3D printed pressbrake and other tools, as well as a new 3D tie bolt anti-rotation tool for an airplane.

The latter is the latest endeavour made by the United States Naval Sea Systems Command, at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard (NNSY) in Portsmouth, Virginia, which it then used in practical application, followed by an additional 100 orders for distribution throughout the NNSY’s Inside Machine Shop on land, as well as the force’s seafaring vessels.

The NNSY is the field operations of NAVSEA, which is specialized in repairing, overhauling, as well as modernizing the United States’ ships and submarines. It’s the largest, as well as the oldest facility operated by the US Navy, and has been noted for causing and creating many of the Navy’s latest innovations, like the construction of the USS Texas, the country’s first commissioned naval battleship.

The 3D printed bolt tool that they produced was made thanks to a collaboration between the NNSY’s Inside Machine Shop (Shop 72), and the Rapid Prototype Lab.

According to NNSY Lifting and Handling Specialist Jonathan Woodruff, the tool is an update on the yard’s current technology. He says that the department usually used a single tool for tie bolts, which he describes as akin to pliers with metal on the stop to stop the rotation of the bolts.

He says that the tool, while reliable, was tedious to use and was the only tool that the entire shop could use, which is why they decided it was time for a change.

The new tool was initially designed in 2D, before being 3D modelled in CAD, then 3D printed. The tool was tested for use during the design process, modified in order to meet specifications. The final prototype was then 3D printed in impact-resistant polycarbonate plastic, the material used for bullet proof glass and CDs.

Following the creation of the prototype, it was then present to the NNSY Rapid Prototype Lab, where it was tested, where it passed and was approved for use.

The overall cost for 3D printing up to eight tools in a single build ranges at a  mere $30, which is why the NNSY is considering rolling out the 3D printed tool out across the entire NNSY workforce, following the innovations in 3D printed tools and parts, like pressbrake and aircraft components.

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Money-Printing Industry In China Sees Surge Due To High Quota From Other Counties

China is printing money for other countries in the hopes of expanding their power in the international economy.

United States, Canada, and NZ sticker printing, poster printing, and book publishing are just some of the few examples of printing services all over the world. While these may be usual services acquired by private citizens, businesses, and even government offices, China is looking at it from another perspective: banknote printing.

Full Steam Ahead

The country’s money-printing plants are running near full capacity to meet the quota from countries such as Poland, Brazil, Malaysia, India, Bangladesh, Thailand, and Sri Lanka.

Chinese yuan bills are still being printed, but it was reported that it only comprised a small percentage of orders, with the majority coming in from foreign countries.

Belt and Road Initiative

Other countries like Canada, US, and NZ sticker printing, and book publication mainly seek to provide services on an as-needed basis, but for China, it is on a much wider scale. The money printing is said to have been linked to their Belt and Road initiative launched in 2013. It seeks to stimulate growth in the economy of around 60 countries across Europe, Asia, and Africa, mainly by providing infrastructure projects and investments.

In 2015, they started printing money for Nepal, but has soon started providing services to Bangladesh, Malaysia, Thailand, Brazil, Sri Lanka, and Poland.

Rise from the Bottom

The project is seen as an improvement in the country’s perception of currency printing as Chinese citizens have recently started to favour mobile and banking services over cash.

 

China Banknote Printing and Mining Corporation, the state-owned company tasked for the job, has employed around 18,000 workers and employees, and built ten plants solely for printing coins and bills. In comparison, the United State’s Bureau of Engraving and Printing has less than 2,000 people.

Trust and Alliances

Beijing Institute of Technology Economics professor Hu Xingdou believes that this is an important step in China’s growing power in the world economics. Printing banknotes take a lot of trust, showing how other countries are slowly starting to see the country as a reliable partner. Currency also symbolizes sovereignty, and having it printed by another country shows the countries’ willingness to cooperate for monetary alliances.

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