2008 the SDSI work year was pretty quiet. Most of our energies were turned toward getting all sites live ASAP being able to concentrate on chasing other contracts, with QAS/QFRS live. Engineering work was pretty minimal, except for the occasional bug fix or new feature driven by changing business requirements. We had responded to requests for tender on a few other projects which would have given us a constant flow of work for the second half of year. Unfortunately the timing was right and the work kept getting bumped back.
Finally, two weeks ago three of the jobs came in in the same week, all needing their work done by the end of Q1 2009. Not too much problem, we’d been pretty quiet anyway. I went out to the recruitment agencies and got two more engineers onboard to handle the extra work.
Yesterday we had a meeting with one of our big clients, who has another large IT project on the go, about to wrap up. This multi-million dollar project going live is contingent upon successful integration with our CAD system. Their deadline? End of Q1 2009. All I could say was LOL, and immediately got on to seeking more developers.
There’s an absolutely huge announcement on Monday night, which if swings in our favour, will see our engineering team double again. We’re also chasing a federal grant that will give us the funding we need to re-engineer one of our products from the ground up, adding a few more devs to the team.
Whilst it’s fantastic news and sure beats being bored all day, I can’t help but ponder on why does work always seem to come in at once? We’re not in a segment that revolves around particular dates, like if we were in the financial sector and end of financial year was looming.
Here’s looking forward to a ground breaking 2009. I go on leave in a week. My first leave this year and to be honest, even though I’ve worked 70 hour weeks for the last 12 months, I’m so pumped I don’t want to holiday.