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About Maria VanDyken

As the Creative Director at EC Group, Maria generates and oversees our multimedia—from print, to web, to video. She also enjoys doodling on her iPad, and taking care of her desk plant.

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How Bench Resources Hurt Software Developer Retention

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If you’re looking for an offshore vendor, be aware that most just assign their clients a set of bench resources. This might not seem like a problem, in fact it might seem completely reasonable. But think about it this way: offshore vendors are notorious for their high attrition rates of their employees---attrition ends up hurting the U.S. client’s work progress because they have to onboard new developers and regain domain expertise---but one of the reasons turnover rates are so high with offshore vendors comes down to the fact that people don’t like being bench resources. Developers generally want to work on real...
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Online Resources for Tech Hiring Managers

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The internet is full of educational resources these days, but how do we find the ones that are worth our time? Here's a readers digest of valuable resources for tech hiring managers: Free Online Videos from The New Boston Thenewboston.com is not just an online forum, it’s also a platform for a multitude of instructional videos from tech to humanities, business to beauty. Programmers review The New Boston tech tutorials as being short to the point, however they’re reviewed as being better for those who are just starting out in new areas. So if you need a short introduction to a new...
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5 Resolutions for You and Your Coworkers in 2016

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Ahhh, the beginning of a new year. Have you set yourself up to win this year? Acquired yourself a new gym membership, decluttered your workspace, prepared yourself to focus on all things fresh and new? 2016 is shaping up to be the best year of your life. Why not take some of that energy towards change and improvement and give your team at work a boost? Who says groups of people can’t set collective resolutions? Here are 5 resolution ideas for you and your coworkers to consider as you dive into the new year.  1. Get Healthier This one is definitely cliche,…

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Flood Relief Efforts

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Chennai recently experienced a natural disaster caused by non-stop monsoon rains and overflowing rivers and reservoir. The flood waters are receding, leaving behind a terrible wake of destruction. EC Group has been organizing relief efforts for our friends in the community who have been hit hard by the floods. Below are pictures of our supply delivery to the nearby Gypsy village, with which we've participated in many community events in the past year. You can check out our blog for other posts about what kind of events we've held with this group in the past.
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How does Getting out of the Office Make Teams Stronger?

By | Tips for Teams, Uncategorized, Video | No Comments
How does seeing another side of a person help you work better with them? Receive content like this and more in your inbox! Video Transcript: There’s an old piece of advice that people give to someone contemplating getting married, and they say take a trip with that person. If you go and you spend seven days on a road trip with them and you come back and you still want to get married, then that’s probably the person for you. And I was thinking about this and I was thinking that there’s a lot of advice there than can go towards working with a...
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How Does Casual Communication Improve your Team

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When you’re communicating with your distributed team, it’s so easy to just start talking about deliverables and things you need ASAP. Things that are due right away. Things that you need to work on. You miss out on the water cooler talk. It’s easy to have those conversations when you’re next to each other as you walk by someone’s desk or cubicle—but when you have a distributed team and no one is in the same office, you end up not having casual conversations. Instead, conversations are all about work. What happens then is you kind of get tuned out—especially if…

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Have you Written Off Offshoring? Learn what Changed a CIO’s Mind

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Over the Top Marketing was kind enough to sit down on camera to talk about how EC Group’s offshoring model helps them do business. While most marketing companies provide either services or software, OTT provides both. This means that their team is highly tasked, dedicated, and invested in each client. CEO Chad Meisinger feels passionately about providing top technologies and strategies to small business for a cost they can afford. OTT needed another way to leverage their team economically, but with high value. Watch this video to learn about how EC Group changed the CIO’s mind about offshore.  Video Transcript:...
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Annual Day 2015

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Schools in India will have a yearly celebration of their school called “Annual Day.” They preform skits, dances, and songs, and give prizes. Every year we celebrate the anniversary of EC Group in the same fashion. This year’s Annual Day celebration was once again a blast! Check out some pictures from the event below, and if you’re curious about  joining us for next Annual Day, visit our travel page to learn more.

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Is Another Crash in Silicon Valley’s Future?

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Last Thursday, American Public Media program Marketplace had some  very interesting things to say about the state of Silicon Valley’s venture capital. Kai Ryssdal interviewed tech correspondent Molly Wood to discuss the influx of tech companies worth over a billion dollars (known as “unicorns”). “There are more than 80 of these startups,” says the Marketplace blog, “except lately there’s been more and more speculation that the valuation of some of these companies is about as mythical as unicorns themselves.” In brief, Ryssdal and Wood discussed… That it should be harder to become a unicorn – a lot of unicorns have low…

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