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“Outsourcing Is Bad:” Why Good Vendors Agree

Our CEO bylined an article on InfoQ recently about outsourcing software dev/test. "Outsourcing is bad: Why good vendors agree.” The article [http://www.infoq.com/articles/outsourcing-bad] discusses the following: When Software IS the Business Rapid Development Why Are We Building This? Big Picture Thinking Outsourcing Redefined Knowledge Sharing Ownership Quality Coders Without Borders Enjoy! And contact us here to learn more about our approach.

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Techno Mumbo Jumbo? What your CIO is up against, and why you should care.

Image credit: Oliver Widder, Geek & Poke I’m surrounded. I spend most of my time working with engineers and I’m not technical. I barely survived a basic programming class in undergrad: my brain hurt all semester, the engineers-to-be shook their heads at my questions, and my less than stellar grade marked the end of my Dad’s dreams of an engineer daughter. I moved on to devour literature, dig into communication theory, and hunger for more on business strategy. Eighteen year old me had no idea how important it would become to understand technology, tech speak, tech trends, and tech strategy. It’s been…

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Do I own the code? What you need to know if you outsource software development.

Intellectual property protection is important to consider at every step on the software development path/labyrinth—but critical at the beginning. If you’re in charge of software development and are outsourcing programming/testing, what steps can you take to secure your company’s intellectual property? A scary story with a happy ending About two years ago a friend of mine was performing sales consulting services for a company that decided to embark on a software platform upgrade.  This was basically a custom built POS system with the ability to also provide inventory control, management monitoring, as well as site specific POS modifications to include…

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Dev/Test Bandwidth Problems – Finding The Right Help For You: Personal Coach, Crash Diet, or New Friends

I confess, I run an outsourcing company for software development--but I’m not biased in the way you might think. If a client hires us for a project where they should have hired full-time staff, or used a consultant or two, everyone loses. Selfishly, I’ve got top coders and testers and they won’t stay with me if I don’t continue to offer them tough clients with tough challenges worth solving. My coders want to save the day. They can’t do that if they’re engaged to solve a problem that can best be solved by a permanent client employee or 1-2 consultants.…

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Interviewing for Success to Beget Success

Have you ever wondered why some companies suffer from their inability to find good talent, while others almost always seem to get the A+ players? Have you ever wondered why you have elevated to a certain level of success in your career, while others seem to be languishing in the limbo of their stagnating status? Have you ever wondered why successful people absorb successful habits like sponges, while others seem to be everlasting victims of volatile environments like dry sponges in Death Valley? The simple answer is that successful people are willing to go to great lengths to ensure a…

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Creating Great Teams Is the GOOOOOAAAAALLLLLLLL

Alex Ferguson is widely regarded as the greatest soccer coach of all time. As the manager of England’s Manchester United, he led it to one of the top valuations in sports, $3.17 billion, according to Forbes Magazine. Prior to Ferguson, Manchester United had failed to win a title in two decades. When Ferguson took over, United unleashed sheer and utter domination on the soccer world, to the tune of 13 league championships and 25 other domestic and international trophies. That’s twice as many as the next most-successful manager of any British team. Apple had Steve Jobs. Soccer had Alex Ferguson.…

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Advice From Behind the Curtain: Software Development Outsourcing Tips from a Vendor Who Used to Be a Client

At Integrant, we do business differently because our CEO did business with many, many vendors over a decade working on “the client side,” with dozens of vendors, trying to crack the code of finding the right one and then making the relationship work. So here in marketing, we wanted to offer some “boots on the ground” insight from Yousef Awad, our CEO, about what motivates his values as a vendor and how the fact that he spent so many years as a client made a difference when he jumped ship from client-side to vendor-side. We also suspected he might have…

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Why We Went Offshore for Software Dev Talent–and Was It the Right Choice?

Like many custom software development companies, Integrant outsources, but with an eye toward quality, not cost. We sat down with our CEO, Yousef Awad, to ask him about the genesis of Integrant development centers overseas. As a U.S. headquartered software development firm, why did you choose to establish offshore development centers versus onshore? YA: When we started in ’92 offshoring wasn’t part of the plan. With the 90s came a massive shortage of developers in the States, especially with the dot com boom. As our business grew we faced challenges in the ability to hire and retain talented software developers…

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Outsourced Software Development: What Makes a Great Client-Vendor Partnership? (And When to Call It Quits)

Partnership isn’t just a word. It’s a set of actions, values, and commitments. We asked our CEO, Yousef Awad, to talk about partnership—what it looks like, how to achieve it, and when to call it quits. Q: What does your ideal client partnership look like? Why? YA: Structurally, our ideal client is a company that has a software team that is working on multiple projects and is in need of expanding at certain points to meet its project timeline. While companies work in many different industries, the group we are working with is technical in nature. Culturally, our ideal client…

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Microsoft Build: TypeScript – Open Source or Also Ran?

By: Salah Ahmad & Ahmed Badawi Microsoft unveiled the future of TypeScript at its Build Conference this past April. If you’re not familiar, TypeScript is a typed superset of JavaScript that compiles to plain JavaScript. Microsoft started the TypeScript project because they were getting a lot of feedback from internal users and external customers that writing large applications in JavaScript is hard, and because writing large applications in JavaScript is pretty much unavoidable, they want to help the JavaScript community to make it easier. Microsoft’s guiding principle behind building TypeScript was: The best way to help the JavaScript community is…

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