the Gypsy Village Meets ECHO (EC Group Health Outreach)

If you’ve been keeping up with our outreach news, you’ve seen that we’ve been doing a lot of activities with the Gypsy village not far outside of the city of Chennai. Our last visit was for our Christmas party celebration. We visited again last week, this time as part of the annual EC Group medical […]

10 Criteria to Evaluate an Offshore Software Vendor

Are you looking into going offshore for some of your development needs? Having trouble figuring out which kind of vendor is the right fit, or afraid that you’ll be jaded by a bad choice? Here are ten criteria to evaluate an offshore vendor to see if they’re a good fit for you and your company. 1. Hiring Process […]

Beach Day

Spring finally arrived in Michigan this week. Good thing, too, because we were all starting to get cabin fever. It didn’t help that everyone in the India office (where it’s nice and sunny 365 days a year) got to go on a family beach outing.  (Some of us Michiganders considered a beach outing for ourselves, […]

Little Hearts Visit

This Monday our office had the day off to celebrate Republic Day–what a better time than to go visit the people at Little Hearts?! Approximately 6.5% of the Indian population has some form of serious mental disorder. These people are marginalized not just by society, but also their own families. Parents will often abandon their […]

Sharing the Joy of Christmas with the Gypsies

In the Thiruvallur District, about 30 miles from Chennai, there’s a village of 186 people who are referred to as the Gypsies. These people are marginalized, considered to be the lowest members of Indian society–untouchable according to some Indian communities. They are popularly called Narikuravars, or nomads. Most are illiterate, uneducated, and marry among themselves. […]

News Digest – Hiring Again

It’s a common belief that the best strategy for employee retention is to pay your employees more than any other company would. However, according to this article out of CIO, this is not as much the case as it used to be. According to Computerworld’s 2014 IT Salary Survey, the softer factors of workplace life are playing […]

Tech Talent Grocery Games

So you’re shopping around for new IT talent. Did you remember to make a shopping list? Yes? Well take another look at it in a second. The last thing you want to do is make a bad hiring decision. Normally, hiring takes around 56 days, and a bad hire can cost you 30% of your […]

News Digest – What’s Up with Hiring?

Recently, CIO released a list of cities that are facing the largest shortages of tech pros in the country. As you may have guessed, New York City appears at the top of the list, followed by Silicon Valley giant San Francisco. While neither of these top two are surprising, the rest of the list is […]

Road Safety & First Aid Seminar

Every 4 minutes, one death is reported on the streets of India. India holds the highest number of deaths due to road accidents. Tamil Nadu (the state our office is located in) tops the list with 16,175 deaths in 67,757 accidents. The crucial time between the accident and getting the victim medical attention can often […]

EC Health Outreach (ECHO)

Not all people in India can access the healthcare they need. Urban areas have claimed 75% health infrastructure resources, but only 27% of India’s population lives in cities. The other 716 million of India’s people live in rural communities, where they suffer from a chronic lack of medical facilities. (Stats provided by the United Nations) […]