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Is outsourcing really worth it in technology development companies?

7 September 2016

Time and time again you hear about advantages of outsourcing. Labor rate is certainly cheaper in countries such as India or China. Many sub-contractors located there have experience doing business with Western companies. You often hear claims that ramping up mass production there is easier and cheaper. There are myriad of firms in, for example, China competing for doing business with a Western company. I was swarmed with responses when I inquired a quote through madeinchina.com web-site. They even assigned a personal sourcing expert to me! Doing business with the companies that contacted me seemed easy. The e-mails were well written in a very pleasant tone. Paying for goods and services could be easily arranged through PayPal. It turned out, however, that not everything went as advertised. continue reading...

5 reasons why companies may prefer consultants to full-time employees

20 May 2017

Sub-contracting and hiring consultants instead of full-time employees is a growing trend in the technology sector. I’ve heard many CEOs mentioning their preference for consultants, especially at the company’s early stages. There are many good reasons for such preference – we examine 5 of them in this article. continue reading...

New location, new capabilities

05 March 2018

After a rigorous search for a new office location, we’re finally working from our new premises in Richmond, near Vancouver Airport’s South Terminal. The layout suits our needs perfectly. Plentiful daylight and views of the airside make our work enjoyable and productive. Being committed to augmenting our design work with comprehensive prototyping capabilities, our space is divided into 2 areas: office space and a prototyping studio. Within the prototyping studio, one can find an MDA Precision CNC machine for machining intricate parts, and a Carbide 3D CNC router for cutting flat panels. We regularly use both machines to make parts and alterations “on the spot” helping us shorten development cycles and achieve more refined designs for our customers. Autodesk Fusion 360 design suite is our recent addition to our CAD/CAM capabilities. Together with our existing SolidWorks Professional CAD package, our customers’ design needs are fully covered.