Bizware Online Applications, Inc. started 20 years ago as a
handful of programmers writing custom software for database applications. In
1995, we switched all programming activities from the desktop to the internet.
That year, we produced the first online database application in the commercial
sector with over 10,000 searchable records.
Since then, we have designed over 300 websites, mostly the
backend programming. In 2003, we fielded a collection of online software tools
under the WebTeam
brand name. Several of them became the foundation for eTaskBoard.
Starting in 2004, Bizware began to transition to a virtual
workforce. Employees started to work from home more, with increases in
productivity, faster responses to customer needs, and an increased dedication
to meeting deadlines. The most pervasive result was a change in corporate
culture from an efforts-based organization to a results-based one. We were no
longer aware of when a programmer showed up or how hard they worked, only the
timeliness and quality of their work product.
|I used to "manage by walking around". Writing
clear tasks and then managing those tasks has made me a better
Peter Shikli, Bizware
Our fear never materialized that employee loyalty would
falter. Good people stayed because we found we could treat them with respect
over the internet, just as we did in person. In fact, the new arrangement
demanded it. They knew what was required and were in charge of their own time
and effort to achieve it.
As we expanded in 2006, we added staff through our virtual
workforce culture, which by then was a well-oiled machine. We found specialists
and dedicated programmers wherever they were and now have a presence in three
States in the US, as well as Egypt, Hungary, India, Romania, and Russia.
Also in 2006, we integrated several WebTeam tools
into OutsourceMeister, a
complete online application to manage an outsourced or virtual workforce.
OutsourceMeister is designed for corporate clients, primarily managing
outsourced software programmers. OutsourceMeister is the tool we use to
manage our own outsourcing.
In 2007, we realized the outsourcing community needed an
application of their own, an application that could manage a community of
workers available for outsourcing. Thus was born eTaskBoard. The workers
could be programmers, but just as easily any group of workers grouped by
skillsets, geography, or by a government award to generate work for them.
The initial, formative application for eTaskBoard is
to field a virtual workforce of Native Americans in Alaska under the direction
of Anthony Caole. We expect to see other groups of workers joining the virtual
workforce within the next 12 months as separate eTaskBoard