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Offshore development, we need it, but is it worth the pain?

When doing IT projects, the use of people in various locations across the world has become common practice for a number of reasons:

  • Cost savings: this is often the main reason to look for team members in different regions where the people cost is lower. Doing certain tasks or even the majority of the work abroad helps you keep the budget under control.
  • Scalability: sometimes there are just not enough people available locally and your team needs to be extended.

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Today, we all woke up early. The first bus to Kortrijk already departed at 6 am. The drive was smooth, and the final cyclists arrived around 6 pm in Kortrijk. We were welcomed by some enthusiastic colleagues.

Many thanks to everyone who supported the Delaware Consulting ProCycling team in the past days. We especially want to thank the people from Group Ghistelinck, for the superb cooperation.

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Aready 3 cols are completed. Today we are heading for Italy, especially for the ladies in the ProCycling team. We left sunny Briançon, and climbed the Col de Montgenevre, to arrive in Bardonecchia in Italy. In this beautiful village, we enjoyed a delicious Italian lunch. When everyone was recovered, we headed for the Col de l’Echelle. This tough col surprised us with a heavy downpour. The descent in the direction of Briançon was freezing. After the 90 km, everyone was happy to arrive safe and sound in our wonderful residence. After a refreshing shower, we enjoyed our “last supper”. Again, it was a heroic day for the magnificent Delaware Consulting ProCycling team.

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Monday morning. The sun is shining, and we are ready for the start of a heroic day for the Delaware Consulting ProCycling team. On the schedule: an 80 km ride. Starting from Briançon, we have the Col du Lautaret to warm up, and after that, we have the Col du Galibier to conquer. With our incredible team spirit, everyone reached both tops. We were exhausted, but extremely satisfied. Thanks to the magnificent downhill of the col de Lautarat, we returned in Briançon at 2.30 pm to have a bite to eat. Back in our residence, the owners of our accomodation surprised us with a delicious raclette and stone grill. This promises to be a wonderful evening.

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Sunday morning. And it really was a sun-day morning in Briançon! After a hearty breakfast, we all gathered at the foot of the Col d’Izoard. Starting from Briançon, the climb is 20 km. We began the climb at 9.30 am. It was wonderful: splendid panoramic views in a beautiful scenery. Around noon, everyone had reached the peak, at a height of 2.360 m. This is team spirit at its best! We strengthened our inner selves in the Refuge Napoleon, on the Col d’Izoard. At 2 pm, the time had come to start the dangerous descent. All arrived safe and sound in Briançon, where we celebrated our first top class col in an appropriate manner.

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This morning, at 7.30 AM sharp, everyone arrived at Kapel ter Bede, our Kortrijk office. After some trial and error – and some destruction work – we managed to get all bikes in the VITO vehicles. After the smooth ride, we all made it safe and sound in our magnificant residence in Briancon.

Everthing is fine, except for the weather. It is raining cats and dogs here. We hope for more ideal cycling weather tomorrow.

On the schedule: the Col d’Izoard, that’s why we are going to bed early this evening. See you tomorrow!

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Author: Ludo Stockman. Unfortunately, Ludo has no Twitter account yet, but you can follow the adventures by the accounts of Folker Lamote (@‏FolkerLamote) and Stefan Dupont (@stefan1302)

On the 24th of August, 25 Delawarians will be heading to Briançon (France) for a 3-day biking adventure in the middle of the mighty Alps.

ProCyclingTeam_IntroDelaware Consulting has an annual tradition of organizing a trip to the mountains in August. Every employee can join, no matter what your team, your level or your condition is. For the first time, 2 female colleagues will participate. This expedition gives the opportunity to get to know each other in different circumstances than in the office. The cross team presence gives us a unique chance to get connected. During the year, a Microsoft AX colleague doesn’t have a lot of contact with a SAP colleague, as they don’t have common projects. And when do you have the chance to chit-chat with a partner? 2 partners are joining, so we will have plenty of opportunities now. And the way to the top is long, so there will be no issue of time…

Briançon is a nice little town in the south of France, not far from the Italian border. The landscape is breathtaking. The main goal is to climb the Galibier by bike. Not just the Galibier, but also the Col du Telegraphe will be conquered. 35 km of pleasure! Some have already climbed these mountains and they all agree: this is one of the most beautiful mountains to climb by bike in the Alps. Once you reach the top, it was worth every km, every kick and every drop of sweat.  And once we are tired of the Galibier, we still have the Lautaret, the L’Izoard , the Granon, etc.

Daily, we will post some pictures and a short coverage of what we have done, so check this blog to stay tuned (and maybe join us next year?).


Author: Stefan Dupont. You can follow Stefan on Twitter (@stefan1302) or connect with him on LinkedIn

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