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Posted by Lawrence Sinclair on 20 Nov 2009 at 22:54

How big are your typical projects in terms of time and money spent on them?

Most online applications take between six weeks and six months to implement. This is usually a client choice since we can usually adjust team strength between 1 pair (2 developers) and 3 pairs (6 developers). Costs range from USD 12,000 to USD 120,000. Some clients engage our developers on an ongoing basis.

In financial services, engagements range from a few weeks to three years costing between USD 30,000 to more than USD 1,000,000.

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Posted by Lawrence Sinclair on 20 Nov 2009 at 22:52

What type of work do you typically do?

We implement new online ventures for entrepreneurs (startups) or more established ventures (e.g. Twitter). We also build advanced analytics infrastructure (e.g. Hadoop) and provide advanced business analytics (e.g. neural networks) to customers from finance (Morgan Stanley) to mobile games (ngmoco, mig33).

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Posted by Lawrence Sinclair on 20 Nov 2009 at 22:51

Will you be able to provide a fixed cost for the work?

Yes. However, we strongly discourage such engagements since it limits our agile development methodology's ability to respond to changing priorities, ideas, and emphasis during the development process

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Posted by Lawrence Sinclair on 20 Nov 2009 at 22:51

What currency do you invoice in?

We typically invoice in US dollars, but we can invoice in another major currency if that is important to a client. Invoices are issued by East Agile Limited in Hong Kong and paid by wire transfer

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Posted by Lawrence Sinclair on 20 Nov 2009 at 22:40

How many employees do you have?

There are 17 people in the East Agile organization. Most of us are Ruby on Rails developers.

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Posted by Lawrence Sinclair on 20 Nov 2009 at 22:35

How many years have you been in business?

The Stanyan Group, the first part of the East Agile global enterprise, was founded in San Francisco twelve years ago, in 1997. Since then, other parts of the enterprise were set up in India (1999), Hong Kong (2009), and Vietnam (2007).

Upgrading to Snow Leopard for Ruby on Rails Developers


Posted by Lawrence Sinclair on 06 Nov 2009 at 12:48

A Mac OS X Snow Leopard upgrade can go badly for Rails developers.

Norbauer provides some advise on fixing mySQL and other elements of the Ruby on Rails development environment that can break when upgrading to the 64-bit Snow Leopard environment. For a full description, see

We have a large number of iMac OS X system on which we develop Ruby applications and were thankful this upgrade advise. Unfortunately, it did not alway address our problems. In those case, we actually found a fresh install was the most effective solution. Developers in the same situation may find the following directions for doing this helpful.

Duc and I tried to upgrade to Snow Leopard and to our surprise, it did not go very well....

New App: Twitter collaboration space


Posted by Lawrence Sinclair on 26 Oct 2009 at 21:17, a Twitter collaboration tool driven by #hashtags, has been released by East Agile. It took just three weeks from conception to implementation as an initial public release. In addition to being an innovative free tool for use by the Twitter community, demonstrates East Agile's ability to rapidly implement new ideas.

Engine Yard Partnership


Posted by Lawrence Sinclair on 22 Oct 2009 at 11:54

We are now an Engine Yard Select development partner.

Scrum Class


Posted by Lawrence Sinclair on 08 Oct 2009 at 08:12

A presentation by Eric Hosick on the SCRUM agile methodology is being hosted by East Agile Vietnam tonight. This is the first class of the multiUni "open source" university, a community venture using open university material such as the MIT lectures.