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In-House, Augment, or Outsource: What's Best for Growing Your Business

Posted by Lee Farabaugh on Sep 3, 2020 4:19:43 PM

When I was a kid, one of the two hinges broke off of my toilet seat.

As any inquisitive person would, I checked to see if I could fix it. Though I used all my knowledge of Legos and basic hardware, I quickly realized I was incapable of turning my now multi-directional toilet seat back to its original design.

So, I asked my dad for help. I knew what was wrong, had an educated guess on how to fix it, but needed some outside help to get the job done. Together, we put our best effort into the job. Let's just say the results were dicey and included dusct tape.

Eventually, the real expert in our family (my mother) intervened and called the plumber. I’ll never forget the joy I felt coming home from school one day to a non-duct taped, fully functioning toilet seat!

Fast forward to today. Sadly, I’ve seen companies try to make all three of the above work.

I know what you’re thinking and no, I’m not talking about fixing the office toilet.

When faced with an opportunity to grow and improve your business, do you handle projects in-house, augment your internal team with additional resources, or outsource the work entirely to a specialist?

There are pros and cons to all three, especially when you are looking to tackle an integration or implementation project at your company. Let’s dive in and review your options.

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Topics: Development, Services, staff augmentation, project based

10 Hiring Best Practices for Your Next Implementation Specialist

Posted by Lee Farabaugh on Aug 18, 2020 10:41:01 AM

You’re sitting at home and decide to watch a movie. You pull up Netflix and scroll through what feels like an endless array of movies before stumbling upon a title you remember someone in your circle of friends talking about in glowing terms. But you’re not quite sold — yet. 

You review the cast and start to feel better. It’s loaded with actors and actresses you really respect. It’s even starring that one person with the dreamy eyes who makes you go weak in the knees. You check the reviews and it’s earned high marks from both critics and fans. It even won a few big-name awards. By all accounts, you should enjoy every minute of this movie. So you sit back, relax, and start the show.

Two hours later, you’re hugely disappointed. This movie, with its remarkable cast, great reviews, critical respect, and a few major awards, failed to meet your expectations. It’s not that the movie was bad, it just wasn’t right. At least not for you. 

Hiring an implementation specialist is no different. 

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Topics: Services, hiring, implementations, saas

Good, Fast, Cheap: Pick Two

Posted by Lee Farabaugh on Jul 2, 2020 7:00:00 AM

Caption: Open house of our first office in Huntington, WV on November 2, 2017.

Everyone is gathered around a conference table, parsing out the details of the app a prospective client wants to build, and the inevitable discussion comes up about how to manage all of the scope within the deadlines and budget limitations.

We’re all kind of dancing around the issue, not wanting to disappoint this early in the process, when one of the developers pipes up:

“Good, fast, cheap…pick two.”

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Topics: hereshore, Tennessee, West Virginia, huntington, martin

Partnerships in Hereshore® Communities

Posted by Lee Farabaugh on Jul 15, 2019 3:35:47 PM

Hereshore® is Core10’s way to describe our unique model of developing software exclusively in the US, utilizing technology talent based in America's heartland. It allows us to maintain high-quality standards, yet keeps costs low for our clients based on the cost of living in the cities and towns where we locate our hereshore development centers.

These non-traditional markets bring their challenges; if it were easy to establish a development presence there, everyone would be doing it. But we feel strongly about the 

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Topics: Core10 Way, GenerationWV, ImpactWV Fellowship, featured, hereshore, Mountwest, NewForce, Tennessee, Learn and Earn, UT Martin, West Virginia, hiring

Fear Not, FIs: the FiServ/FirstData merger doesn't have to stifle innovation

Posted by Lee Farabaugh on Jan 30, 2019 8:13:08 AM

Fiserv is spending $22 billion to acquire First Data in a deal to build Fintech scale. What does this mean for Fiserv’s core banking clients? While they’re likely to benefit from the combination of financial technology and payment processing giants in the long run, in the short term many banks and credit unions are worried that disruption is likely to result from the massive integration and cost-cutting effort the two firms will be embarking on.

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Topics: core banking, fintech, banking, Development, featured, integrations, Services

Why don't veterans have greater access to capital?

Posted by Lee Farabaugh on Nov 13, 2018 4:33:16 PM

On Friday, the US Small Business Administration and the Federal Reserve Bank of New York reported that military veterans have more difficulty getting access to capital than non-veterans. According to the report, veterans are more likely to receive less than the amount of credit sought, have lower approval rates, and get access to capital more slowly than their civilian counterparts. Our veterans acquire and hone skills through their military service such as teamwork, leadership, self-discipline, perseverance, and crisis management. We're intrigued to learn more about the root causes behind veterans' reported lack of capital access.

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Topics: featured, Talent

Core10 in talks with Mountwest about partnering to provide coding education

Posted by Lee Farabaugh on May 25, 2018 9:31:32 PM

Mountwest President Keith Cotroneo also told the board that Core 10, a technology development company in Huntington, reached out to him with the hopes of working together to create a fast-track coding program. Officials with the Nashville-based company said they work with a similar program in Nashville, and because they are so impressed with coding students coming out of Mountwest, they would like to create a program to produce even more qualified coders in Huntington.

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Topics: Press

US fintechs: why GDPR matters to you

Posted by Lee Farabaugh on Apr 24, 2018 9:09:55 AM

We're just over a month away from the commencement of the EU's GDPR, or General Data Protection Regulation.

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Topics: fintech, featured, Regulation

Agile mindset in a Waterfall world: Self-organizing teams

Posted by Lee Farabaugh on Apr 17, 2018 10:25:08 AM

I managed a project to implement a new network design in an active data center. We needed to physically and logically move everything related to the network in one weekend; Core switches, firewalls, guest Wi-Fi, web and application controllers, routers, and some ancillary items all needed to move. A change of this significance needed detailed planning, communication, and coordination. Despite all of those being waterfall methodologies, we applied an Agile mindset. We started by aligning responsibility and authority. A Senior Network Engineer was asked to be responsible for making this effort a success and we gave him the authority to organize the team.

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Topics: Agile, agile mindset, featured

Open Invitation to India Amos published as an Op Ed in the Huntington Herald-Dispatch

Posted by Lee Farabaugh on Apr 9, 2018 11:23:10 AM

We wrote an open invitation as a response to the Washington Post opinion piece, "I want to return to my home state, but West Virginia doesn't want me." Our piece was published as an opinion editorial in the Huntington Herald-Dispatch today.

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Topics: Herald-Dispatch, Press

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