Are you constantly struggling to find high-quality software developers? Do your projects come too close to missing deadlines because of a lack of in-house technical capabilities? Has your struggle to find the right IT staffing left you feeling overworked and under pressure? If so, you’ve probably considered outsourcing. Consider these pros and cons to evaluate whether outsource hiring meets the needs of your department.
It sounds easy. Make one phone call to a staffing agency and all your hiring woes will be over. Qualified employees will show up ready to hit the ground running with all your software development needs. If you’re considering in-house temps for your technology needs, here are some of the pros and cons.
There are benefits to hiring an independent contractor for technology projects, but there are also some disadvantages. If your business has software development needs that aren’t being met in-house, you may be weighing your options. Should you keep searching for the perfect permanent employee? Should you send the work to an outside source? Weigh the pros and cons to make sure you’re getting the best value.
Offshoring or nearshoring your software development needs might save your company money. Offshore software development is a big decision, so it’s important to weigh the potential benefits against the risk you take when you send work to another country. Here are some things to consider.
When a user clicks on a button on a web page, there can be a delay between posting back to the server and the next action that happens on the screen. The problem with this delay is the user may not know they actually clicked on the button and tries to hit the button again. It is important to give immediate feedback to the user so they know that the application is doing something. This post will show you how to disable the button, display a pop-up message and gray out the background before the post back happens thereby providing feedback to our user.
When your business needs help with IT, it can be difficult to find the right fix. Technology talent is tough to find, and the best people always seem to be taken. Consider hiring a software development consultancy rather than going through an expensive, time-consuming hiring process that doesn’t guarantee you the candidate you want. Weigh the benefits against the potential drawbacks to decide what’s right for your company.
IT departments are under more strain than ever. Technologies are changing all the time and it’s a challenge for IT departments to stay up to speed. In an increasingly competitive workforce, businesses must leverage state of the art technologies to stay ahead. The IT director is often tasked with spurring technological innovation and keeping the company ahead of the curve by using the latest techniques in software development, mobile applications, website design, application integration, and more. This begs an important question: who will help them get all the IT staffing done?
Where does your company's culture come from?
I had an interesting conversation with our HR manager the other day about how our company's culture was created and cultivated. She claimed that culture begins and ends with upper management — that culture was purely a function of the top brass, whose direction determined how it evolved. This struck me as odd, and for someone I rarely disagree with I was surprised to hear her say this so matter-of-factly. I think I always assumed that at most companies the management team was at best an well-intentioned impedance to a genuinely enjoyable company culture. Sure, the brass can institute corporate-mandated fun or other culture-rific policies, but it is my belief that the actual core culture of a company — it's soul — grows more organically based on the personalities of the people who work there.
In 2012, by some crazy stroke of luck I was invited to participate in the Diablo III Beta program. It had been 12 agonizing years since the last iteration of the game was released (not including expansions). 12 years is a long time to wait for any sequel in a successful franchise, but even more conspicuous for a giant game company with deep pockets like Blizzard Entertainment.
Yes, it is always a struggle to keep your software up-to-date, but it is vital that you do so. Microsoft and Apple upgrade their operating systems every couple of years. Sometimes, when they do this, they break compatibility with their older operating system (OS). While this might be fine for most software, sometimes it does cause older software running on the new OS to break. If you have older software such as software written using Visual Basic 6 or earlier, FoxPro, PowerBuilder, and others, this means you are at risk of your software no longer working.
SIDEBAR: In late 2017 two new viruses appeared on the scene; Meltdown and Spectre. These viruses attacked vulnarabilities identified in CPUs. Thus, these viruses attack Microsoft and Apple OS's equally. Thus, no time is better than now to make sure you have applied the latest service packs to your operating systems as both companies have updated their OS's to mitigate these threats.