I thought it might be interesting to track our progress in evaluating and applying these vendors to my current projects. I also sent the description to a few vendors that I've already worked with (two are local to my area). It will be interesting to see how they respond as well.
I've been scanning the responses, circling their Guru rating, the country of origin, the size of the development team and the skills they have. I'll probably have my intern, Ryan, help evaluate some of the sites that they've worked on - as there are now hundreds of URLs to review.
So far, the global representation is:
Note that I also put three questions at the bottom of the post to provide some initial screening detail. Many of the respondents ignored the questions and sent me boilerplate. That makes it easy to screen them out. The last question was:
"How large is your team and how are they benefitting from this type of project work (I want to work with companies that care about their employees)"
As Ghandi said, Commerce without Morality is one of the seven worldly blunders. Hoping to avoid that...
The Guru Post follows for those interested ...