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Cambria family celebrating successful software outsourcing partnershipsuccessful software outsourcing partnership Jenny Bacatio, VP Sales, Cambria Corporation
  1. Outsource to Cambria in the Philippines

    Where to Outsource? The Philippines? India? Brazil? Eastern Europe? ...

    The Philippines is the clear choice
    Nobody else is even in the same League

    This is especially true if you are in the English-speaking world
    And it is American style English!

    Read why here. It is interesting and compelling.

    Don't get frustrated trying to explain a complicated idea to a programmer, or a middle man, half the world away. Outside of the USA The Philippines has more speakers of High Quality English than anyone.

  1. Cambria's 40 Years of Writing Custom Software

    Software tools and programming languages change over time and new ones are introduced. However it is largely the same old stuff with different syntax and updated to make programming easier. The best programmers can handle this. In 2000 we wrote lots of C/C++ code. But by the time we were asked in 2019 to write the NFL program described below we had no current C/C++ projects and nobody who was currently using it. The client trusted we could do it and he was right.

    Because of the dynamic nature of the software industry it is not easy to summarize our programming capabilities. They are always changing. Click here to see our current capabilities. To get a better idea lets look at how we used our time in the past.

    Flowchart illustrating key steps in offshoring process: task identification, location selection, project management Cambria Staff of the late 1980s

    The 1980s

    Our first year in business came at just the right time. By good luck we began shortly after Philippe Khan shook up the software world with Turbo Pascal that allowed programmers to write, compile and debug their code in a single interface. Cambria took advantage of this immediately and began creating programs using this revolutionary product. Turbo Pascal evolved into Delphi which is in use by Cambria to this day. During this decade of rapid change a number of “database products” appeared such as dBase2, Clipper and FoxPro. These are obsolete these days but very popular at the time. In the hands of Myrl Dunker, a Cambria Foxpro expert we even computerized a Fortune 500 company in a ten year span. It stands today as a major accomplishment and one of our largest ever projects.

    Flowchart illustrating key steps in offshoring process: task identification, location selection, project management Dick Programming Mitsubishi's video conference application

    The 1990s

    In the 1990s our company began to make more use of C and C++ and toward the end of this decade we had a series of C/C++ projects writing the software for Mitsubishi and their lines of hardware. One of these projects was for a full fledged video conferencing program making use of Mitsubishi hardware. Throughout this decade we made use of Turbo Pascal and its successors and began writing object oriented software. Increasingly we made use of Microsoft products such as Microsoft C/C++ for Mitsubishi and Microsoft Access for dozens of projects. A new tool in our toolbox was Active Sever Pages (ASP) introduced by Microsoft for creating dynamic web pages.

    Flowchart illustrating key steps in offshoring process: task identification, location selection, project management Off we go to the Philippines

    The 2000s

    This decade was one of major change. It began for us with the recession of 2001 which had the unwelcome effect of causing Mitsubishi to close the division we were working with. The pain of this cancellation was soothed by the rise of internet programming and the introduction of Microsoft .Net, which superseded ASP, and quickly became the chief programming language at Cambria together with Delphi, Microsoft Access and other tools for desktop and internet programs. Another unwelcome change gradually confronted us in this decade was foreign competition offering prices we could not match. In 2007 we bowed to the inevitable and moved our operations to Manila over the subsequent 3 or 4 years.

    Flowchart illustrating key steps in offshoring process: task identification, location selection, project management Recent picture of Cambria Staff but not including augmentation employees

    The 2010 decade and to the present day

    Today we still use Delphi, Access and other programming tools to create desktop programs but Web programming and in its wake Web Design services became major activities. We have also mastered the techniques of writing programs for mobile devices and iPhone applications in particular have become major activities. Today writing mobile applications is our biggest programming activity and the biggest project is a mobile application enabling a user’s phone to operate in environments, such as an NFL stadium, where there is major competition for bandwidth. This app is available on the Apple Store. The project is continuing by exploiting the methods used in this software for other purposes. Recently it has begun to be used in Major League Baseball Stadiums.

Flowchart illustrating key steps in offshoring process: task identification, location selection, project management Cambria Christmas Party Joyce and Jenny Bacatio
  1. Staff Augmentation Services

    As provided by Cambria this is a service to help clients out source employee related duties that are difficult for them to provide. So one solution is to hire someone else do it! Our first project of this kind is typical. An American client, PDX, wished to have programmers in the Philippines but did not know the local regulations regarding payroll. So they hired Cambra to:

    1. Help them find employees and once hired treat them as Cambria employees
    2. The contract called for us to pay the employees and provide benefits equal to those we provide to our own employees.
    3. In practice the client did almost everything else including finding offices for their employees, doing interviews on Zoom, hiring, reviewing, and terminating. Cambria was simply told about any changes that impacted payroll.
    4. This project was a great success and the employee count among the “augmented” employees reached 150 before the client was acquired by a company who wished to do the services we provided by their own suppliers.

    Our second project was much different. Cambria did the hiring, reviewing, and termination if required. We also provided office space and computers. Since we were a programming company and they were not they figured we could do this and the project is still ongoing after 6 years with no end in sight.

    We have no standard formula for this kind of contract. Each one is unique in what they wish us to do and how we decide to bill for it. If this appeals to you give Jenny a call and we will work something out.