The Silicon Review
“When you choose IDC, you get a business partnership with full accountability and trust, combined with the cost savings associated with offshore development.”
In today’s global business environment, it is vital that companies can exchange electronic business documents with one another quickly and securely. Many companies use Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) technology to transfer a broad range of information in a standardized format, from purchase orders to invoices to inventory data. EDI offers several key benefits compared to other modes of data transmission, including reduced costs, increased speed and more productive relationships with clients and partners.
International Development Connection (IDC) has created a new product called Armor Connect Engine (ACE) that provides all of the traditional benefits of EDI – from high security to excellent scalability – plus several additional advantages. While many EDI providers provide a data pipeline and little else, ACE goes further, offering custom integration to connect to a company’s ERP system. This extra service doesn’t represent a large cost, but it can be invaluable in getting the EDI system up and running. In addition, ACE offers price transparency not available with other EDI systems. Often, it can be time-consuming and frustrating for customers to get cost estimates for EDI transactions. With ACE, a customer can visit www.ace-edi.com, fill out a simple form and receive pricing instantly. For these reasons, companies in a wide variety of industries are using the new ACE technology to accelerate data interchange.
In conversation with key executives of International Development Connection
Q. Can you tell us about the journey of your company to date?
A lot of new business ideas arise from a need, and with IDC we had the same experience. Brandon and Brian Barker, who are brothers and successful entrepreneurs in the U.S, wanted to take advantage of outsourced software development, but ran into several common problems like questionable quality, poor planning and logistical errors. Finally, they met a development team in India whose dedication to excellence matched their own. After working together for a time, in 2019 we decided to form an official partnership that would help other entrepreneurs bring their software visions to life.
Q. How successful was your first project? Share the experience.
Our first product is Armor Connect Engine, or ACE. Because of its excellent speed, reliability and price transparency, it is has been adopted by companies in multiple industries. We are currently increasing our promotional efforts for ACE, which should result in many more successful implementations.
Q. Tell about your products and services in brief.
In addition to ACE, we provide customer software development. On average, we believe we can save our clients 25% over other developers. We also offer a proven process that removes the usual obstacles to success. With IDC, clients get clear communication, full accountability and a DevOps team that keeps them informed every step of the way. Since our technology stacks are scalable, clients can protect their investment and add functionality as the operation evolves. We can handle all types of software development, including websites, mobile apps and custom EDI packages. To learn more about our company and services, you can visit www.theidcgroup.com.
Q. Any company, big or small, must have the sense of authenticity and originality to succeed. Is your company a ‘leader’ or a ‘follower?’
We feel we are definitely leaders. Our approach is to always try to pioneer new things, whether we are adding new features to a product or moving into a new market. Each member of our team offers a leadership mentality, because they are experts at what they do.
Q. “Earning the trust and respect of consumers all around the world is possible by delivering high quality in all of our actions.” How do you interpret this statement?
With everything we do, we want to do well. By keeping our standards high, we’re able to help our clients achieve their goals and grow their businesses. By always going above and beyond for our clients, we become not just their vendor, but their partner.
Q. What are the factors that contribute to your success?
Two of our biggest assets are our experience and our ability to work together as an effective team. We offer a powerful combination of technical expertise and communication skills that leads to better results. We also have a passion for what we do, which fuels our enthusiasm and our success.
Q. Brandon Barker Founder and CEO of International Development Connection
An accomplished C-Level Executive, also a co-founder of Innovazones a technology centric organization providing integrated management services to fortune 1000 companies. A successful career with Justin Brands where he provided leadership and innovation in sales, marketing, product development and brand management
Q. Sanjay Bhati Founder and COO of International Development Connection
Sanjay has “been there, done that” in his 25+ years in business, he’s handled a wide range of key functions, from finance to accounts to human resources. IN the past two decades, Sanjay has held senior positions in shared services, having led many companies through organization, design, strategy development, delivery center setup, transition management and continuous improvement.
Q. Cecil Bostany CFO of International Development Connection
Cecil brings a wealth of financial expertise to IDC. He’s advised and worked with software companies for 40+ years and has 25+ years of experience with venture capital companies, publicly traded firms and mergers & acquisitions. A CPA since 1980, Cecil was a partner with an international accounting firm and has served clients in a variety of industries, including technology and life sciences, manufacturing, food and beverage, and auto-motive.
Q. Adil Patel Founder and VP of Engineering of International Development Connection
Combining vast technical knowledge with strong leadership skills, Adil is ready to handle your software development project. He’s worked with software companies of all sizes – from startups to large corporations – and led offshore teams to design, build and deploy successful applications. He holds a masters and bachelor’s degree in engineering from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and studied “big data” science at Harvard. In addition, Adil has been published in several prestigious technical journals.
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