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Benefits of IT Staff Augmentation

How can IT staff augmentation benefit you? Here are 3 reasons why.

 

In today’s ever-changing working landscape, it’s challenging to stay ahead of the curve. How do you become more agile and get the teams you need without breaking the bank? It takes skilled, savvy, and well-trained people to lead a project to success, but it may not make good business sense to hire regular employees when staff augmentation can solve that problem for you. Whether it’s for short-term or long-term projects, see how staff augmentation can work for you, your time, and your budget.

 

  1. It saves you both time and money. Why go through all the trouble of recruiting, interviewing, etc., when you can tap a good staff augmentation company? You get all the required skills and talent needed for a short-term cost, and leaves you to focus on getting the project done.
  2. It gives you team members who can bring in experience. Regular employees are probably used to a process for their projects and tasks, and will already have a plan in mind. New team members can give you much-needed perspective on what to do and how to do it, especially with projects they’ve worked on before that had similar problems.
  3. It lets you be flexible. Project objectives can change, timelines pushed earlier, or employees can give notice. In effect, conditions can change at the drop of a hat. With staff augmentation, this can give you a little more flexibility with regard to bringing in someone with the needed skills and expertise. No need to engage in long and costly training to bring your team up to speed. Bring someone in instead!

 

We’d love to work with you and your IT staff augmentation needs.

Send us an email at [email protected] and we’ll set up a chat!

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Build a Website For Your Business

In a COVID-19 world where people are staying at home, practicing social distancing, and entrenching themselves online, it’s an optimum time to build a website for your business and put your company on the digital map. Here are 5 reasons why:

  1. Digital penetration: Per Statista, going online is the most popular tool for Philippine consumers. If you’re a local business and you don’t have an online presence, you could be missing out on possible sales, consumer leads, and marketing strategies. All signs point to an increasingly digital world, so don’t get left behind.
  2. Brand education for consumers: Think of the Ws of your business -- the who, what, where, when, and why. What better way to show this than on your own website? Toot your own horn by publishing previous projects, highlighting partners and clients, and demonstrating that you get the job done. Ask former clients for testimonials and put those front and center. Reviews help you establish credibility and trust.
  3. Products and services showcase: A website helps you show what you can offer 24/7, 365 days a year. Expect to get questions about your products and services, how to reach you, the people behind your team, and make sure to answer as promptly as possible. Turn your offline targets into online leads.
  4. Keeping up with your competition: Assume that competitors are online or keep an active social media presence. Are you going to let them take an advantage?
  5. Professionalism: Give a brief background of your business. If you’ve got certifications, put them on your website. Case studies are also great, since it shows that you’ve completed projects -- and that’s more proof of what you can do.

 

There are many more reasons why you should customize a website, whether it’s for food delivery, e-commerce, supplies, etc. The future may be uncertain, yes. But Xurpas Enterprise can help build you a good foundation.

 

Shoot us an email at [email protected].

 

 

 

 

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Working from Home: Making the Most Out of Uncertainty

In a COVID-19 world, the days of working from home are looking to be our new normal. Even with countries and territories relaxing their lockdown measures and shelter-in-place orders, there’s still a vast sense of uncertainty, and no one’s immune from that. So how do you get yourself into a good mental state while handling both your home life and work life at the same time?

 

  1. Set a routine. Use your regular office routine to establish a pace or process that’s familiar to you. That means setting work hours (e.g. 9 to 11:45 am; 1 to 6 pm), with frequent breaks in between. If you don’t feel productive, don’t be too hard on yourself. These are unusual times and your mental health, as well as your physical health, is a priority.
  2. Choose your workspace. Once you’ve decided on your routine, choose an area in your home that can function as a workspace. Look for an area with natural light -- per Harvard Business Review, natural light is the number one perk for workspaces, and cites a study where it says optimizing natural light helps improve health and wellness.  
  3. Ready your earphones or headset. It’s going to get noisy at some point, whether it be interruptions from your spouse, child, or pet. And if your spouse or family member is working from home, too, they’ll appreciate the gesture. Nobody likes hearing another call!
  4. Go outside if you can. If you’re allowed outside, take a short walk around the neighborhood (keeping social distance in mind). Get as much fresh air as possible to clear your mind and help center yourself mentally.
  5. Know when to stop. You probably haven’t felt as productive as you were when working at the office. It’s easy to reason out working for one more hour, or two more hours, because of work-related stress. The routine is important, so stick to it.
  6. Call up your work friends for an after-hours video call. We all miss our friends at the office, don’t we? Nurture that camaraderie by setting up weekly video calls to catch up on each other’s quarantined lives. Anchoring yourself in friendships can help lessen your anxiety about the world around you.

 

Remember that even though working from home wasn’t all that unusual before COVID-19, the circumstances that led us here were world-changing. Don’t beat yourself up if you feel you’re not at 100%. The only way through this is together, so take it one step at a time. Cheers to you!

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Xurpas Acquires Venture Capital Firm for P170 million

XURPAS, Inc. is acquiring a Los Angeles-based venture capital firm Wavemaker Partners US, which at the same time will get a 48% stake in the listed Philippine company.

“The board of directors of Xurpas Inc. approved the purchase of 100% equity interest in Wavemaker Partners US, a venture capital management firm based in Los Angeles with approximately $210 million of assets under management at a purchase price of approximately P170 million,” the company told the stock exchange on Wednesday.

Wavemaker US is a 17-year-old technology fund with a focus on high impact tech areas such as enterprise software, data and intelligence platforms and other technology-enabled companies in digital media and consumer.

“This acquisition brings forward our vision of expanding Xurpas’ technology mandate and gives our shareholders access to promising venture-backed early-stage companies in the US and globally…Through Wavemaker US, Xurpas shareholders can now participate in the significant potential upside from investments in the early-stage technology space,” Xurpas Chairman Nico Jose S. Nolledo said in a statement.

For his part, Wavemaker US founder Eric Manlunas said: “Despite our already rapid growth during the last several years, we intend to further grow Wavemaker US’ assets exponentially in the next 5 to 7 years and this partnership with Xurpas will enhance our chances of achieving that. We look forward to leveraging Xurpas’ access to the public markets, creating global scale and delivering outstanding investment returns.”

The two companies are expected to sign a memorandum of agreement immediately and definitive agreements within 120 days.

Also, the general partners of Wavemaker is subscribing to 1.7 billion unissued shares in Xurpas, which translates to a 48% stake in the company.

“The deal is expected to be completed by the first quarter of 2020, pending satisfaction of certain conditions and securing shareholder approvals… The Wavemaker US General Partners will continue to run, operate and control the fund,” the company said.

The deal with Xurpas does not include Wavemaker’s Southeast Asia practice.

Shares in Xurpas added 0.13 points or 13.27% to close at P1.11 apiece on Wednesday. — D.A.Valdez

 

Originally published on Business World Online

https://www.bworldonline.com/xurpas-acquires-venture-capital-firm-for-p170-million/