Below is an overview of just some of the readily available tools that give any individual the IT capability of a mega-corporation and put the power back into the hands of engineers themselves.
Microsoft and Google both offer cloud based subscription services for their suite of productivity tools. Google Docs is free and is increasingly eating into Microsoft’s market share due to its popularity amongst the startup community and its superior web-integration. At ECP24 our clients are free to specify their preference.
Dropbox allows for file sharing all over the world. They use financial level encryption and their business services are routinely backed with 24/7 customer support. Dropbox is just as good as any internal IT storage solution.
Software engineers don’t use document controllers, instead they invented Git: a decentralised collaborative code and documentation management system with full diffing, rollback and version control.
While it requires some training, it allows for software mega-projects, like the Linux Kernel to be delivered remotely with potentially thousands of individual contributors all over the world. As of the time of writing the Linux Kernel project has successfully integrated over 663,000 individual contributions to the codebase and 506 version releases. Engineering is only just waking up to the power of Git. At ECP24 we think it could be game-changing.
Video calls on demand with anyone from anywhere for free.
A mainstay of the software community, Slack is a versatile and easy to use text communication system that nicely bridges the gap between Skype and email. Slack is where your team members and ECP24 support will be on hand 24/7 to ensure that your experience runs as smoothly as possible. Whether you need to resolve a technical issue or just chew over a problem you’re stuck on we believe that happy engineers are engineers that deliver outstanding results.
Working entirely remotely won’t be suitable for all jobs in all cases. We understand this. Sharedesk and similar services allow teams to book office space together for all or part of a job. This way our teams can be on location anywhere in the world without our clients incurring additional overhead costs.
Affordable Desktop Publishing:
The cost of high quality home printing has reduced to an almost negligible level. This is far superior to waiting for 45 minutes beside a communal printer while the Process Lead is printing off seven operating procedures alongside the plant P&IDs and then trying to find your umpteenth card pass and remember your pin code and then probably forgetting it.
Work on your own terms with your own equipment:
In your home office you can use whatever equipment suits your requirements best. You can buy a nice office chair without inciting the envy of your colleagues. Prefer Apple to Microsoft? No problem! And the iPad Pro with Apple Pencil offers more opportunity than ever to make the paperless office a reality.
At ECP24 we are ferociously passionate about one thing only: delivery. The rest is completely up to you and your team. At ECP24 we don’t cut down the tall poppies, we will water them and encourage them to grow. Human creativity is a garden to be cultivated, not a beast of burden to be whipped and beaten. Deliver for us and we will work night and day to bring the best possible jobs right to your doorstep. We know you have all the tools necessary to turn engineering into a dream job again. Join us to shape this new phase in the evolution of the engineering profession.
As published on LinkedIn