New space for EdgeLink

This year EdgeLink experienced quite a bit of growth. Needless to say we had some pretty cramped quarters. Not so any more. After only a few minor delays and glitches, we are finally all moved into our new office space! The best part is we were able to stay in the same building on the same floor. We just moved into a bigger space. The building manager even let us keep the same suite number so our address will remain exactly the same as it was! Keep your eye open for information about our open house, coming soon. Thanks for helping to make 2005 a great year. We’re looking forward to more success in 2006!

What’s up with QA?

We have noticed a recent staffing “up-tick” in the area of software quality assurance. After such a long dryspell within this area, it appears that all the technology companies in Portland decided simultaneously that it’s time to start recruiting and hiring QA Engineers. Now, that’s great news if you’re a QA engineer and bad news if you’re seeking to hire a QA engineer. Unfortunately, it seems to me that QA is often one of the first things to “get the boot” when things get tough, and therefore puts more pressure on software engineers to develop “quality products.” This appears to be one of the many sacrifices that companies make when things get tough financially. Consequently does this mean that companies are beginning to make enough profits to justify pumping up their quality? The sudden surge of quality assurance engineers to be hired in the market appears to be a solid indicator in the optimism of the economy.
One of the challenges (as recruiters) we face is locating available QA engineers, and due to the fact there has been minimal hiring in QA over the past two to three years there hasn’t been much “draw” for people to get into the field, thus resulting in our current shortage of talent. I’m excited to see things picking up in this area, but how do we keep up with the recruiting!?

These are my thoughts and I’m curious to hear if anyone has any other thoughts or theories to the situation?

Get Connected!

We’ve all heard the saying “it’s who you know”. When you’re looking for top talent to add to you team or putting some feelers out for your next big career move, who you know can make all the difference in the world.

Getting involved with your local industry networking events, special interest and user groups can be extremely valuable to help build and strengthen relationships in the local community. It’s a great way to learn more about what your peers are up to, and exchange ideas. Here are a just a few of the events that the EdgeLink staff attend on a regular basis; SAO, OEF, Portland Business Journal, PADNUG, WITI

We are always looking for new events to add to our list. If you’d like to promote your favorite gathering, please send us the info and we’ll be glad to help get the word out. We’ll see you at the next event!

It really is a small world after all

Already home to industry leaders in test and measurement, printing, semiconductor, and display technologies, it is no exaggeration to say that Oregon’s “Silicon Forest” is a world leader in industrial microtechnology R&D. Now, Oregon’s business and policy communities are working to add nanotechnology to the region’s industrial mix.

We’re talking about atomic dimensions. The ability to directly manipulate atoms and molecules, to someday manufacture products beyond our wildest imagination.

With advanced R&D and manufacturing infrastructures in place, Oregon is an ideal location for collaboration between the high tech industry and research institutions to take on challenges of such “small proportions.”

ONAMI (Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute) is a collaboration between leading Oregon educational institutions, federal research institutions, and major industrial players. ONAMI is working to advance applied nano and micro technologies in the Pacific Northwest. Some of the first products we might see soon from their efforts include, greatly enhanced performance in semiconductors, small power sources, distributed sensors, portable electronic devices, medical diagnostics, and drug delivery systems to name a few.

What incredible products do you predict will come from this effort? We’d love to hear from our readers on this subject.