Feb. 23, 2008 STC Breaking Into API Docs with Jim Bisso

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On Saturday, February 23, 2008, 10 – 11 am PST, you can talk with Bitzone’s Jim Bisso about breaking into API Documentation. Bisso is a 20-year veteran of documenting APIs and co-author of “Writing Developer Documentation for Java APIs and SDKs” with Viki Maki. When I have question on API’s, this is the guy I ask.

To participate send your name and Yahoo! ID to Viki Maki by Friday, February 22, 12 noon PST at:

vmaki2001@yahoo.com

Note: You should also have Yahoo Messenger installed. While the chat is limited to SIG members, membership in the SIG is free. To subscribe to the SIG send an email to:

svcstcapi-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

or visit the STC-SVC chapter homepage at:

http://www.stc-siliconvalley.org/

Copyright 2008 DJ Cline All rights reserved.

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Jan. 22, 2008 SDF VC PWC

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On Tuesday, January 22, 2008 in Palo Alto at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP and SDForum held the fourth quarterly Venture Breakfast Series in partnership with PWC. Alison Leopold Tilley of Pillsbury Winthrop introduced Steve Bengston of PWC and moderated a panel with Lou Bock of Scale Venture Partners, David Lowe of Skyline Ventures and Evgeny Zaytsev of Asset Management Company. Continue reading Jan. 22, 2008 SDF VC PWC

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Dec. 11, 2007 SDF New Media II

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On Tuesday, December 11, 2007 at Microsoft in Mountain View, SDForum held “The Business of New Media II” to talk about the technology, business and social networking aspects of new media. There are new ways of creating, distributing and making money from content. On top of that, start-ups pitched their companies to VC, the press and an international audience. Continue reading Dec. 11, 2007 SDF New Media II

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Oct. 4, 2007 Fairchild 50th Anniversary Part 1

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On Thursday, October 4, 2007 Stanford Libraries and the Bill Lane Center for the Study of the North American West sponsored Fairchild Semiconductor’s fiftieth anniversary with founders Julius Blank, Jay Last, Gordon Moore and venture capitalist Arthur Rock. The panel was introduced by Stanford University President John Hennessy and moderated by Leslie Berlin of the Silicon Valley Archives. The widow of Robert Noyce, Ann Bowers also attended.
Continue reading Oct. 4, 2007 Fairchild 50th Anniversary Part 1

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Oct. 2, 2007 SDF Outsourcing

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On October 2, 2007 at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP in Palo Alto, SDForum hosted a panel on “IT Outsourcing Today: What Matters the Most?” Sylvia Burke of Pillsbury Winthrop introduced moderator Rusty Weston of My Global Career and a panel including Dean Davison of neoIT, Ross Tisnovsky of Everest Research Institute, and Michael Vax of Luxoft Canada.

The discussion focused on results of 213 nationwide interviews with Independent Software Vendors (ISV) professionals and their key priorities, critical needs and best practices when outsourcing. Over ninety percent of ISVs with more than ten million dollars in annual revenue will outsource. The median average budget of an outsourced project is $137,000 but can run into the millions.

Globalization means offshoring more than to just India, which has over a third of the market. Surprisingly, Singapore takes up a fifth of the market. Russia takes 19% and China only 11%. The China numbers do not reveal the enormous domestic demand.

There is a recent trend toward nearshoring. ISVs on both US coasts are more likely to nearshore to Canada than Mexico. Vancouver is the first choice for West Coast ISVs, perceived as being closer and more secure than overseas. ISVs that use providers who multisource tend to be happier with their experience than ISVs that stayed domestic-only.

Despite being able to search the world for people, there is a shortage of people with the right combination of skills and experience. There are simply not that many experienced SQL database developers or XML coders to successfully complete a project on time and on budget. They cannot be found inside ISVs, inside the country and perhaps the world. Cost may be a factor, but finding the right person is crucial.

ISVs worry about the following factors in the following order: location, cost savings, security, attrition rates, education, experience, scalability, communication, language barriers and domain expertise.

Copyright 2007 DJ Cline All rights reserved.

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