About Chris Menegay
Reading my weblog will give most people some insight into what I'm all about, but I wanted to elaborate a bit more. I've been doing software development for over 10 years now and recently started my own consulting and training firm, Notion Solutions, Inc. I've been doing consulting and training work for most of my career, and have reached the point where I want to take things in a bit of a different direction. My idea with Notion is that while software development is a difficult thing, it doesn't have to be the headache that it usually is. Most IT organizations I've worked with in the past struggle mightly to complete projects on time and on budget. Some of this was due to the capabilities of their staff, and some of it was due the lack of repeatable and visible process. My objective is help companies with this second problem, that's why I'm so passionate about Visual Studio Team System. The goal of Notion is to help companies write better software, and to write it faster (which hopefully means less costly as well). To meet this goal, we'll be doing training and consulting work. We are already training clients on VSTS, as well as ASP.NET 2.0 and Winforms 2.0. Once beta 2 comes out, we intend to offer some additional consulting offerings, such as setting up and configuring VSTS.
As we grow, we aim to hire top developers and architects. The end goal will be to have both quality processes (and tools like code generation) in place. These processes, coupled with great staff will hopefully allow us to compete with the offshore model that has been so popular lately. The idea is to compete by driving up the productivity, rather than driving down the pay rate. Obviously, convincing clients that we are that much more productive will be an interesting challenge. Of course, offshore firms that take the same approach will be able to undercut us, but there are only so many "top" developers out there, so we should still win our fair share of work.
So if you're looking for a consulting firm to engage for .NET work, get in touch with me. We're still doing some 1.1 work and even have experience in Biztalk and SharePoint. Going forward, if you plan to start using .NET 2.0, definitely get in touch with us for training!