We are really excited about the completion of our new facility. Although we are all settled in and construction is finished, there are still aspects of the facility that need to be finished.
One of those elements is landscaping, and that includes the flowers that we hope to see pop up next Spring.
Fortunately for us here at Spud, we recently started a new partnership with EuroBlooms, a flower company specializing in seasonal flower bulbs. EuroBlooms, which started in 2004 by owners Chris Green and his wife Connie Green, imports some of the most beautiful flower bulbs from around the country, including the Netherlands, Israel and Mexico.
“We package the bulbs, put them in displays and then ship them out nationwide,” said Chris. “We had an outdated website put together in 2006…we knew we needed a new website, so we got hold of [Spud Software], and we sat down and they put together an awesome website, we were so excited.”
Our new website focuses on bringing in new traffic to EuroBlooms, and also has the functionality to be converted to Spanish to accommodate EuroBlooms’ Spanish audience.
In thanks for all the hard work put in on the website, Chris and Connie both decided to offer some bulbs for Spud’s new office building.
“We watched the building being built, and it’s such a beautiful building,” Green said. “I thought we would contribute a little bit if we could and beautify the place a little bit. They did us a favor so we wanted to return the favor.”
The bulbs are a variety of bulbs from different countries and should bloom in the upcoming Spring.
“We couldn’t have been more excited when Chris and Connie offered to provide us with some new bulbs,” said Spud president Derek Sommer. "The bulbs are planted and we cannot wait to see what comes from these bulbs and how it can add to our new facility.”
If you're looking to freshen the look of your building, be sure to check out EuroBlooms!
Are you a developer looking to learn ways to save on your developer time? During our next meetup this Thursday, October 22, our very own Nathan Brady will be discussing how you can use Entity Framework to save time.
Entity Framework enables .NET developers to work with relational data using domain-specific objects. It eliminates the need for most of the data-access code that developers usually need to write.
A Little More About The SpeakerLast week you learned more about Nathan Brady in our team member spotlight. This week, you can come hear him talk a little geek speak.
With nearly 20 years of programming and software development experience, Nathan has seen a staggering number of changes in the tech industry. Nathan enjoys working with Spud’s clients to take their ideas as far as they can go, considering the technologies, methodology and approach that will help them achieve goals beyond their original vision. Click here to see a more in-depth profile of Nathan Brady.
As always, food and beverages will be served, and we'll have awesome giveaways.
The event is free but registration is required.
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Here at Spud Software, we have created a team of some of the most highly-qualified employees in software development. These employees are the backbone of this operation, and this week, we’d like to shed some light on another one of our great employees.
This time around, we are going to focus on Nathan Brady, Director of Product Development and a member of our management team. Nathan began his career at Spud in 2013 as a programmer. Through his hard work and dedication, he eventually worked his way up the ladder.
Nathan has a knack for helping design solutions based on our client’s needs, all while relaying all the information to the development team. What he enjoys most is the variety he encounters on a weekly basis. One week Nathan could be working on a marketing application and the next he could be putting together a cloud application.
Early in his career, Nathan was presenting to a group of about 200 hostile real estate agents. During the presentation, Nathan hit a point where he knew he had won them over, and went on to run their system for another 10 years. This is a moment in his career that he “remembers vividly.”
When Nathan isn’t busy managing his team and handling clients, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Kristi, and his three daughters, Kami, Chandler and Kendall. Rounding out his family are his two dogs, Shula and Maggie, and one fluffy bunny named Flurry.
Nathan enjoys occasional TV time, with his favorite movie of Monty Python and the Holy Grail and Big Bang Theory and The Walking as his favorite TV shows.
When it’s time to relax and let his hair down, Nathan enjoys golfing, bowling, playing guitar and rocking out to some heavy metal.
Many business owners and CIO's that we talk to have often looked at hiring an offshore development company for their project. Their eyes usually light up when they see really low hourly rates and they begin to think about all the cost savings potential.
The downfall is that they often don't think about all hidden costs that are part of the hourly rate. We wanted to take a moment to outline what some of those costs may be.
Cultural & Transition IssuesWhen hiring offshore developers, they bring their own cultural nuances into their development practices. For instance, if you hire a company from the UK, their zip code formats are different and often times the formatting of data entry forms does not match up with what we use here in the USA.
To combat this, many times development companies will have an office in America. This will be used as an intermediary between you and the developers. The downfall is that the employees in this office bill at a higher rate and often times have to spend hours on communications. This often causes the project budget to soar.
Timeline ChallengesVarying time zones present one of the larger frustrations for companies looking to offshore as well. If you aren't working with a US based office, often times status calls are pushed to non-working hours. If communication is done directly to an offshore office, many times responses are delayed by a day due to this time difference.
Nothing Beats Face-to-faceOften times, IT projects are critical to your organization's success. With that in mind, we feel that sometimes, nothing beats face-to-face communication. It is really powerful to simply get together in a room and start whiteboarding solutions and ways that a program can work.
At Spud Software, often times the programmer who will be working on your project is involved in the initial meetings. We feel this is important to make sure everyone involved has a clear view of the project.
We would love to hear more about your needs. Give us a call at 810-695-0001 to start whiteboarding your next project.