1) What is the main purpose of this site?

2) What is the most important piece of information an internet user should get from visiting your site?

3) What does it cost?

4) How do I become an IDDS service provider? How do I join IDDS database of providers?

5) Do you have any tips/suggestions to start an outsourcing relationship?

6) Do you see much of a future with conversion jobs using Autocad?

7) For a company of 30 people would you recommend we have a US representative?



































1) What is the main purpose of this site?

IDDS wants to help architects and engineers develop outsourcing relationships with service providers worldwide. To do so IDDS has developed the database of providers and the client request form. Plus, IDDS keeps itself appraised on outsourcing and methods that seem to work. Keep in mind, as mention on the revised attached home page text, hooking up the client with the provider is free for both. Plus the provider does not need to pay to be in the database. IDDs only gets paid once start working together.
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2) What is the most important piece of information an internet user should get from visiting your site?

I want them to realize IDDS is an essentially free service that will help them developed their outsourcing relationship.
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3) What does it cost?

IDDS will try to find an appropriate outsourcing provider based on information a client provides and will do so without any cost to a client other than his or her time. IDDS does not earn until you actually work with a provider and/or IDDS directly.

In the San Francisco Bay Area IDDS may do considerably more project facilitating and even design. Outside the Bay Area, IDDS is usually more of a brokerage/referral service.

In the first case, IDDS earns both commissions from service providers and is paid directly by the client for the facilitation and design at a local hourly rate. In the latter case, the service provider pays IDDS commissions. In both cases, the commission is tiered and based on a percentage of the client's invoices over time. Initially the commission is slightly higher but over time working with a specific client the rate drops.

Service providers do not have to pay to be added to the IDDS database.  However, they will need to spend invest a few hours completing the online forms and communicating with IDDS.
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4) How do I become an IDDS service provider? How do I join IDDS database of providers?

To become an IDDS service provider is very easy.  Send IDDS an e-mail message at info@IDDSource.com.  In the message express your interest in becoming an IDDS service provider and provide more information about you and/or your firm.  You will receive a response usually within 24 hours.  After reviewing the response, request for the username and password to access your online forms and make sure you sign up for the IDDS newsletter on the IDDS web site's home page.
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5) Do you have any tips/suggestions to start an outsourcing relationship?

Publication #1 found in the Publications link above (http://www.iddsource.com/publication1.html) provides a few suggestions on starting and maintaining your outsourcing relationship.
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6) Do you see much of a future with conversion jobs using Autocad?

Data conversion has a limited life span ... mind you, we are not yet close to the end of that life span. The real long term unlimited life span work is in design collaboration. Effectively the service provider becomes the "back office" for a US-based engineering and architectural firm. Design collaboration means developing a relationship and getting to know each other much better than any data conversion job would require.
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7)For a company of 30 people would you recommend we have a US representative?

There is obviously a lot of appeal in having someone within a reasonable time zone. Other benefits are also liability issues, business ethics issues, and such. In other words, the local representative will be more aware of the American business mentality and, if not, will learn quickly. Plus, the local representative is more accessible when it comes to liability issues. Plus, people still perceive calling costs outside of the USA to be rather high, which I know is really not the case anymore.

The primary disadvantage of service providers with local representatives is cost. They tend to be a couple dollars more an hour (still well below USA based costs). Another perceived challenge is that the client is not directly dealing with the person doing the work ... and that may lead to actual or perceived communication or data relaying problems.

I expect for your firm to succeed with your own USA representative, you would need to invest time and money in your representative for at least a year before his or her costs would be covered. Subsequently, you may actually make money. Assuming you remain very competitive and perform extremely well.

My suggestion is find someone who is working in the field already and suggest being a representative as an alternative source of income. In this case, the representative still would earn income from his current employer and would have all the dental and medical benefits as well while building a business representing your firm. It takes a special person in a special position (i.e. understanding employer) to be able to handle such a position ... hence I often encounter family members as representatives.

IDDS was initially setup mostly for those service providers who could not have their own representative. Now IDDS does include service providers with local representation. IDDS essentially provides another market area for their services. Once IDDS expands to other market areas, there services will be available in this area as well.

IDDS primary objective is to link up the client with the most suitable service provider. Pros and cons of firms with local representatives are within the equation for the "most suitable service provider.
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