Tag Archives: Services

Choosing a Provider for Highly Specialized Services

Asking for recommendationsSelecting a service provider should not be taken lightly, but it does not have to be an overwhelming and painful experience either. In my 18 years in the IT services world, I have seen it done both poorly and well. Allow me to illustrate for you the typical approaches to selecting a resource and their proven outcomes.

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Right time to take your business international

International BusinessSlightly more than two years ago I participated in a conference that was aimed at helping young entrepreneurs start and grow their own business. Among many presentations, one in particular grabbed my attention. It was presented by a student that was providing web development services to a local Polish market and almost by accident started delivering services to some U.S. based customers. Soon, this “transatlantic work” became a significant revenue stream for this developer, which allowed him to hire a team of developers and grow his business. Continue reading

A day in the life of an MES consultant (part 2)

This post is a part of a series that presents common challenges faced when implementing and maintaining an MES system. MES consultants share their own MES war stories with you.

Agile approach in MES projects

AgilityDuring my career as an MES consultant, I worked in projects where we applied different project management methodologies. The most common one was the Waterfall model. This model was developed in 1970’s. More recently, at the beginning of this millennium, the Agile methodology was introduced. Here I explain how I adopted it in an MES project. Continue reading

5 Things I Learned in the First Year at a Startup

Get ready guys! Another 10 minutes and we no longer can be considered a start-up.

It is hard to believe that it has already been a year since we started our journey. And so, I thought that this would be a good time for me to share what I have learned so far from our startup, both the ups and the downs.

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A day in the life of an MES consultant

This post is a part of a series that presents common challenges faced when implementing and maintaining an MES system. MES consultants share their own MES war stories with you.

Integration with factory automation

MES IntegrationI have been implementing MES systems for the last 9 years and during this time I ran into a fair share of interface problems. Some of these issues were a result of a wrong setup, others were caused by the technology environment not being stable and yes, there are few issues for which I never managed to find the cause… This is when ‘Plans B and C’ come in handy. Continue reading

Innovation means leaving the comfort zone

comfort_zoneImagine yourself in this predicament. Since finishing university over a dozen years ago, you’ve worked for the same software company. All your professional experience is tied to this one company, as are the strong bonds you’ve formed with your colleagues by overcoming seriously demanding projects.
But from time to time, you wonder what life would be outside of this company and what other options are out there?

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