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The Question I Hate The Most? “What’s Your Budget?”

Last week I was looking to partner with a local company on a potential project, and I ran in to what is probably my least favourite question to hear in business. “What’s your budget?”. Why do I hate this question? Well, because in most cases, it’s followed by “sure.. we can do it for that”, and suddenly you’re committed to spending your entire budget. There’s always a part of me immediately thinking, “damn, why did I say that figure? I should have said something a bit lower. Maybe I could have got it cheaper”. And right there – you’ve got an unhappy customer and the project hasn’t even started yet! When quoting a job, I always feel you should be looking at the requirements and estimating the time its going to take, breaking it down in to tasks and producing a rough timeline forecast, then checking this fits in to your teams workload. Now you know how long it’s going to take, you can multiply that by your hourly rate, and you have your quoted figure. Sure, sometimes it’s a good idea to quickly ask about the budget just to qualify the client – there’s nothing worse than producing a…
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Now Recruiting Mobile / Web Developers

We are on the lookout for enthusiastic individuals to join our growing team based in Carlisle, Cumbria – the gateway to the Lake District. This is an excellent opportunity to join an innovative company in the picturesque city of Carlisle. If you are passionate about technology, and are looking to work on exciting projects for our clients, this is the opportunity for you. We currently have two positions available: Mobile Apps Developer Your primary role will involve taking over development of our existing iOS and Android mobile apps in order to maintain and extend them to meet the growing requirements of our clients. You will be familiar with Android and/or iOS development, preferably with Javascript and Swift, however other mobile technologies may be considered. Full Stack Web Developers We are on the lookout for full stack web developers with knowledge of C# and asp.net, as well as front end technologies such as Javascript and CSS. Knowledge of similar technologies may also be considered. Training may be given on technologies you are not familiar with. Why Work For Us? We offer excellent benefits such as: – Home working – Flexi time – 28 days holiday per year – Full training given…
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Research Consortium receives funding for Smart Sheep Project

A research consortium which brings together leading academic institutes, industrial partners and sheep health experts has received funding from the government’s Transforming Food Production Challenge Fund through Innovate UK, the UK’s innovation agency’ for a project which aims to encourage adoption of precision livestock farming technologies (PLF) in the UK sheep flock. The project is led by the Moredun Research Institute and includes SRUC, Synergy Farm Health, 5 Agri, Nighthawk Software, LSSC Ltd, Datamars Livestock and Elanco Animal Health. The Smart Sheep project will build and develop user-friendly tools to drive PLF uptake on sheep farms, validate the approaches by working with focus farmers to implement the tools on their farms and embed the adoption of PLF methods in the UK sheep industry. The Transforming Food Production Challenge is part of the government’s Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund. The Smart Sheep project budget is £248,000. Uptake of PLF in sheep farming is very poor, even though all sheep in the UK sheep flock are electronically identified (EID) with a tag. PLF techniques have been developed to harness EID technologies to optimise lamb worming, through the use of an algorithm which identifies underperforming lambs for treatment, therefore only selected lambs are treated,…
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