Sunday, March 28, 2010

The Voice of Daat: With Passover Comes Spring

In a few days it will be the night of the Seder and this is the post that will be published during the holiday. The eve of the holiday creates a lot of activity around. Right now I’ll take a deep breath and imagine the second day of Passover when the house is still clean and there is still so much to celebrate with family in the spring. But now I must focus on the cleaning necessary to prepare for the holiday.

Freedom: Let my people go – and they will work

During Passover we were released by the Pharoah of Egypt, and we went on to live without burdens. And now, instead, we live our lives under the yoke of the Creator.

Why do we define one situation as slavery and another as freedom?

For this question there are many answers which illustrate the idea that being subjected to the Creator frees us to be enslaved by fashion, sudden whims, and other manmade things. One of the things that this enslavement liberates us from is time. The holiday of Passover is always celebrated in the spring, as the Torah commands us to preserve it, i.e. always making sure that Passover will take place during this season. How important is it that there will be a Passover? Why aren’t we told, for example, to preserve the Sukkot for fall?

The connection between the names for the holiday, "Festival of Freedom" and “Spring Festival"

We live according to planned and predicted schedules. Each person sits and plans what it is that they will do today, tomorrow, and next week; being preoccupied with what to do for days, months, and years, so that they can feel like everything is under control. The desire to control something is a positive desire. The ability to plan and act according to a specific design, allows a person to be in control of one of the most valuable resources- time.

Western ideas allow us to plan all of our activities based on the solar calendar- the Christian calendar. In this calendar everything is known in advance. In contrast, the Jewish world uses a calendar which works opposite to the World’s lunar calendar. This calendar relates only to the renewal and disappearance of the moon and has nothing to do with the seasons. According to this, it’s impossible to plan the future and it actually reflects the complex reality that exhibits both ups and downs, which come not based on people, but on external factors that we can’t control such as fate.

The Jewish calendar is a combination between two boards, specifically the board that keeps the seasons – such as the solar panel/board – and the lunar calendar, which pays special attention to the lunar cycle of natural regeneration.

The written Hebrew calendar is perceived in the same way as the Christian calendar- a fixed calendar which allows us to know specific dates and events in advance. However, with the Hebrew calendar, there is a message that tells us that we can control time and there is another part that concentrates on the development of the months and the year. This is a version of time that controls us and our activities.

Being able to absolutely determine time in advance, gives us the false illusion of control, however it actually causes us to be enslaved. Only someone who pays attention to reality, and knows that they are controlled by the Creator, understands the fact that we are dominated by time. Once a person understands this, they are in fact a free person.

A fundamental part of understanding Daat involves acknowledging that our work is meant to be timely and it involves working fixed hours set up in advance. We have deadlines but the deadlines are not what matter most. We meet our deadlines without having to change our lifestyles or priorities.

Monday, March 22, 2010

The Advantages of Outsourcing

Before I begin to really delve into the topic of “The Advantages of Outsourcing,” maybe I should give you a bit more information on outsourcing. First of all, many people still don’t know what outsourcing is, do you?

What is Outsourcing?
Technically speaking, outsourcing is subcontracting a part of your business to a third party. That means any part of your business, in which you use another organization to complete certain services such as technical support, IT, QA, web development, writing, or another service, instead of doing the work within your own business or company, is considered using outsourcing services. It’s not a bad thing if you can’t do everything in-house, in fact there are many benefits to outsourcing.

Why Outsource?

  • Cost Effective- Outsourcing is much cheaper than having to hire more people within your own company to complete the same task.

  • Higher Standard of Quality- Businesses that only provide outsourcing services tend to guarantee high-quality services in-demand.

  • More Time for your Core Business- When you don’t have to worry about providing the external services, you can focus more time and effort on your core business.

  • Greater Access to Experts- Instead of hiring someone and training them to do a job, you can outsource certain services to experts in the field.

  • Increased Efficiency & Productivity- The business that you use to outsource only has to focus on one or two tasks that you have outsourced to them. Because their expertise lies in the area of their services, they are much more efficient and require less time.

  • Save Money on Technology- If you outsource your IT, you don’t have to worry about having the latest technology or software.


The main benefits of outsourcing are how time-effective and cost-effective they are. Outsourcing, simply speaking, makes your business run smoother so that you can focus on the core of your business without having to worry about having to train staff and pay a larger salary to them. The advantages for outsourcing always outweigh the disadvantages, that’s why it’s a growing trend and will continue to be so. Why not take advantage of the benefits of outsourcing?

Monday, March 15, 2010

Customizing Offshore Services for the clients

The benefits of offshore services don't just end with a smaller price tag, in fact that's just an added bonus to the services being rendered. To help you understand, let me tell you a little bit about the offshore services we offer at Daat. At Daat, we understand the importance of providing quality offshore outsourcing services for our customers in a convenient, timely, and cost-effective manner.


Communication is the key to satisfying our customers. By understanding your specific needs whether they may be web development from the ground up, QA, or technical support, we can cater our services to fit your needs.


Web Development


Part of what makes Daat unique is that we don't have one standard form of operation. Depending on your needs, you can outsource all or part of your web development to our team of skilled developers. If you want to you can continue to use a team of your own that will work together with our team, which is why communication is of the utmost importance. In order to work together we use email, online chat, and we conduct weekly meetings in person or via online platforms, VoIP, and/or video conferences depending on your company's location. Each project has a project manager, a team leader, and skilled personnel on board working together, first by analyzing the requirements of the development project including determining the amount of time the project will take, the procedures involved such as system analysis and graphic design (again depending on what your company is looking for), and following up to make certain that all of the client's demands are met. Because Daat is not restrained by one specific type of software or technology, we are able to work with any kind of technology that our customers are used to and comfortable with. This is what allows us to be so flexible with our services; allowing us to create your website from the ground up or to make simple alterations if you're just looking for new content or a new design to refresh your website's look.


QA


Everything that applies to the way in which we run our web development is applicable to our QA. We provide maintenance for your websites so that you don't have to worry about bugs that will create an inefficient production environment. We use a variety of online bug trackers and we don't just track the problems (bugs) with your site. Our team of QA specialists analyzes the bug so that they understand why it came to your site, how it affects your site, how to get rid of it, and how to make sure that it doesn't come back. By analyzing the life cycle of the bug, Daat provides you with the most efficient Quality Assurance for your company. Our services begin with development and are continued with QA, in order to maintain a stable and efficient production environment.


Technical Support


After carefully considering a variety of communication tools, Daat chose LivePerson as the most efficient resource for providing technical support. With LivePerson our tech support team of Native English speakers can communicate with your company's customers through live chat, email management, click-to-call services (live calls), and a system of FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions).If your company wants Daat to use a different method of communication, we are very willing to utilize your communication devices for the technical support we provide to your customers.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Outsourcing in Israel

Although traditionally U.S. companies chose to outsource their services to China or India, it’s now common for companies to also look for outsourcing solutions in Israel. It still may be cheaper to look to the Far East for outsourcing options; nevertheless Israel has become a more desirable place to outsource, mainly because it’s more culturally-inclined with the United States and the western world. And let’s not forget that outsourcing services are still much cheaper in Israel than in the U.S.

Native English speakers in Israel

Whether it comes as a surprise to the general public or not, there are a lot of educated Native English speakers in Israel. Every year more people are immigrating to Israel, mostly from the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom, but also from Australia, and South Africa. Even though, many new immigrants have trouble learning Hebrew, they still manage to find jobs in a mostly English-speaking environment because there’s a high demand for Native-English speakers to work in call centers or technical support centers for U.S. companies. Native English speakers are also needed for their English writing skills for outsourcing and for Israeli companies that want to be competitive in the global market.

One reason why companies may be wary of offshore outsourcing is the potential for language and communication barriers. Israel is the most-western affiliated country in the Middle East and in much of the Far East. English is the second language of Israel and children begin to study English in elementary school. In order to go to University, students have to know English to pass the Psychometric Entrance Exam, Israel’s version of the SAT. Israeli Children grow up with American music, movies, and TV shows. Each new generation knows more English than the last and with many children that have at least one or two Anglo-parents, it’s impossible to deny their association with Western culture.

Israel is not so different from America after all...

Putting their English skills aside, it’s the workforce that is most similar to the American workforce. Most Israelis work forty-plus hours a week, like Americans do. Israelis are at the forefront of the Hi-Tech world and much of the Research & Development teams for American companies are located in Israel. The top professions fall in Computer Science, IT, Web Development, QA, and Engineering. And the demand for people to work in Hi-Tech is only growing. As all business continues to rely on the use of computers and the Internet, it’s important to keep up with the competition. Whether U.S. firms choose to outsource in Israel because of their highly-skilled workers, their cultural similarities, or simply the lower costs, it really doesn’t matter. The fact is that Israel is the place to outsource for all of these reasons.

Monday, March 1, 2010

The Voice Behind Daat- International Women's Day

The Voice Behind Daat- International Women's Day

For International Women's Day, I decided to examine the issue of women's organizations in the ultra-Orthodox Jewish society.
Although there are several Orthodox women's organizations, these organizations do not define themselves as women's organizations. In this article, I will try to determine why.

An organization is a group working for the realization of a common goal or goals.
These goals represent the underlying reason/s for the organization’s existence.

The Purpose of a non-Orthodox woman’s organizations as opposed to the purpose of an Orthodox woman’s organization, similar or different?

A women’s organization is characterized by the general goal of promoting women’s rights and improving their status in society. The realization of this goal is possible through a variety of activities, from establishing nurseries, working with the elderly, and being active in almost every field and industry.
Since Orthodox Jewish women are not willing to adopt an ideological line that stands outside the guidelines of the Torah, improving women’s status in society can not serve as the main purpose for these organizations. This is why organizations, made up of religious women, define their activities as the main purpose for the existence of their organizations. Examples of this are seen with the following organizations: Bat Melech, an organization that acts to shelter battered Orthodox women, and Nitza, an organization that helps women that suffer from post-partum depression, among other things.
The goal of these organizations is to help every person as an individual, and like other Orthodox charitable organizations such as Yad Sarah, an organization of volunteers that helps patients, these organizations are open to serving the general public instead of a specific group.

Empowering Women with “Grace”

Orthodox women are not looking for a way out of the system, on the contrary, they want to share what they are able to do within their our communities. This is the reason for the success of Daat, where Orthodox women are able to work in a work environment that considers all of their religious needs. In the eyes of the Orthodox, they think of flying flags for ‘empowerment and equality 'as an unnecessary act and one of externalization.

Orthodox women belonging to Orthodox organizations in general and/or ultra-Orthodox women's organizations in particular, are actually not doing less than non-Orthodox women in organizations. There is no less enthusiasm, dedication, self-fulfillment, or satisfaction; however the underlying theme behind these actions is “grace.”