I just came across this interesting article describing how
Indian companies, providing offshore software development, are now
hiring skilled staff in the US. They are finding, on a large
scale, that you have to carefully apportion work between onshore
and offshore teams, and be aware that for many
project all the work should be onshore.
In Dovetail we have experience working with off-shore teams, and
we know when it works. As Michael Murphy says in the
"The closer you get to true
knowledge work, where experience and judgment is required, the
closer you need to be to customers."
That's just what Dovetail does: providing that experience and
judgement. Several times we have been asked to (and did!)
rescue projects that were sent offshore and foundered. It's
just part of the comprehensive range of services we offer related
to custom software development projects.
I was in my local dry cleaners this morning. I took a
little professional interest in the software system they use to run
the place. It's a Windows desktop system, running
The screen for receiving a new item of clothing has a section
where the user selects the colour of the item by clicking a button.
It looked just like this:
Who on earth designed that? How did they not think it
would be a nice idea to use a little colour?
We are proud to announce that today we released version 2 of Icarus, our client
management solution for service providers in the Drug Treatment and
Icarus is currently used by three community drugs teams in
Dublin, and we look forward to rolling it out to more in the
Today we took time out to join the Dublin City Lunchtime Bike Ride, very well
organised by our friends in Limelight Communications. Despite the
rain it was great fun, and was very well attended.
Thanks to Mossy for literally carrying the flag.
Congratulations to Dovetailer Mossy Breen who captured a fantastic picture of Queen Elizabeth as she surveyed the Guinness Enterprise Centre. Well done Mossy!
This month Dovetail released the
official LUAS app for iPhone and iPad. The app has quickly risen to
be the number one free App in Ireland, and the number 24 paid app.
You can download the app here. We are currently
developing an Android version which will be released during the
We are proud to announce the launch of SharePoint
Europe's conference site. This website and conference
management tool was inspired by our success building a similar
website and system for EuroSTAR
"The Resistance Tour" - the
cross-platform Europe-wide mobile project for which Dovetail
provided technical expertise - is to feature in this year's NFC WIMA conference in Monaco. Professor Clancy
of the Research Institute for a Tobacco Free Society will discuss
this project and his findings. See you there!
Ireland has taken delivery of a Dovetail-built application
for tracking their stock. This system is accessed by their
engineers and provides Triton with realtime control of
stock-levels. This system integrates with the managed service calls
application which Dovetail previously supplied to Triton.
Swiftpark Meet & Greet Secure Parking for Dublin
Airport today launched its Dovetail-built parking
reservation system. Dovetail integrated a booking system into their
existing website. Leveraging Realex and Google Docs, this
innovative solution tracks customer orders and allows the managers
to respond to customer requirements over the web.