For organizations bringing prototype and small builds of PCB’s to fruition, the full cost of possessing the numerous professional staff is becoming prohibitive.
An excerpt from an article titled Working in a Blended World written by Daniel W. Rasmus, Director of Business Insights at Microsoft Corporation:
“Twenty years ago, janitorial services were commonly outsourced. Today, security, recruiting, design, information technology development and management, financial management, training, manufacturing, legal services, and many other functions are outsourced….With companies constantly examining their cost structure and fine-tuning their strategies, it is likely that the blend of employees, contingent staff, and contract workers will grow over the next decade.”
To stay competitive and fiscally responsible, companies requiring PCB builds for prototype, and quantities of less than 10K, are finding outsourcing options to manage the increasing costs. The most cost effective option is outsourcing to a professional Project Management team. California Integration Coordinators, Inc. (www.cic-inc.com) has a 20 year history of providing professional full-turnkey services.
There are the known costs for the professional procurement staff, trained component inspection personnel, and experienced kitting staff but the hidden costs for the added workload to accounting, the phone calls and coordination time of the project manager, etc. compound the total project costs, often beyond the budget.
California Integration Coordinators, Inc. has considerable resources to coordinate all aspects from PCB board design and fabrication to assembly and testing. By outsourcing the PCB projects to professional PCB Project Managers, the costs are limited to the quote / budget. No hidden costs or overhead. CIC, Inc. has experienced knowledgeable procurement staff, Project/material managers, engineering support, receiving, incoming material inspection staff, accounting / accounts payable, warehouse staff, and a highly respected kitting staff. Imagine receiving the benefits of a huge staff within the quote.
Follow this link to read the full article: http://download.microsoft.com/download/A/9/F/A9F75B0E-7D7A-4AAB-A184-E9663424F355/Microsoft_Insights_WorkinginaBlendedWorld.pdf