Beta Soft Systems: Flex 3 Developer

Beta Soft Systems is looking for a Flex 3 Developer (dice,, webdev jobs):

We are a software company at the forefront of service-oriented technology with a new software componentization technique which we have successfully applied to solve challenging business problems. We are using our platform to build SOA-based application solutions that require Flex 3 technology at the user interface layer. 

Developer(s) will be involved in architecting, designing and implementing creative and innovative Rich Internet Applications (RIAs) with Adobe Flex 3 based upon specification of the end customer. Developer will be responsible for engineering and building Flex 3 panels that will pass Web services to an agile business layer that uses our platform. Developer will be trained to create services using our high-level drag and drop tool.

I’ve got mixed feelings about this opportunity.  They’ve got a published salary of 80-90k, a travel percentage of “100%” and they’re looking for “two plus years” with Flex.  If you’ve got a lot of experience, I think the salary’s not high enough to compensate for this level of travel.  On the other hand, if you’ve got a few years experience, some in Flex and some  in the enterprise, and you’re willing to travel, this might be a reasonable opportunity to get paid more than you might otherwise.  Your mileage may vary, I’m sure.


6 Responses to Beta Soft Systems: Flex 3 Developer

  1. observer says:

    One of their offices is in India. We all know what that means, don’t we?
    From their web site:
    Offshore Outsourcing has come a long way from its origins as a tactical source of inexpensive talent.

    We specialize in delivering superior quality consulting and staffing solutions to our client partners.

    I’d have really hard time convincing myself to work for the company that’s mostly in the business of bringing cheap labour in and moving North American IT jobs to cheaper desctinations. But that’s me.

  2. If I thought it was a functional approach to getting work done, I’d probably be ok with it; there are some advantages to globalization, particularly if it doesn’t involve hefty amounts of airplne travel.

    However, I’ve not personally had a lot of luck with outsourcing even in the same city, and the farther away the “vendor” is, the worse it gets. As much as possible, I prefer everyone to be co-located and to have the same agenda, which is very difficult to do with outsourcing and offshoring.

    I believe distributed work is possible — but that it’s easier in a collaborative environment like open-source or distributed work where all team members are employees of the same company. Even then it seems to have some significant disadvantages that have to be worked around, but that’s achievable.

  3. observer says:

    Sure, there are tremendous advantages to globalization. Otherwise, the whole notion would’ve been long abandoned and well forgotten by now.

    The major advantage that I’m aware of is that work gets done (well, not quite, in my experience) cheaper. Guess who benefits?

    The disadvantages are disappearing jobs, longer unemployment lines, longer and increasingly more painful decent job searches, lower rates, lower product and service quality, bankrupt people and companies, and, eventually, collapsed markets. Guess who suffers?

    It hasn’t fully come to Canada yet, but in the US many folks like us already see their careers circling in the sink, no kidding.

    That’s why I have a problem with it, in a nutshell.

  4. Eh — I don’t think it’s as black and white as all that. Canadians have benefited from American companies taking advantage of our slightly lower dollar, for starters.

    And, to be honest, I find economies tend to bounce back from labour moving around, and remote economies end up gaining a lot of ground, good for them.

    There are definitely some things I’m less fond of — for instance, the fact that we ship things a lot more than we need to, particularly food, which is going to bite us if we don’t find a replacement for oil, and is certainly having an impact on the climate.

    Well, anyway — I don’t think it’s black and white, is all I’m saying, but certainly companies heavily into outsourcing lose some points in my opinion, and YMMV on how much.

  5. observer says:

    Well, I strongly suspect that remote economies are gaining a lot of ground exactly because we’re losing a lot of ground (not just in IT, to be fair). And I think there’s more than enough evidence to that.

    That said, I, personally, don’t think it’s black and white either. I think it’s just black. 🙂

  6. Heh; well, definitely there are areas where North America has ceded ground almost entirely – auto manufacturing and consumer electronics are almost entirely not manufactured here (with occasional exceptions). But for the most part, those industries have been replaced with others — I’m not convinced that that does irreparable harm. But I don’t think I’m going to convince you, certainly not in a paragraph or two in a blog. 😉

    It’s safe to say that neither you nor I would be excited to take this job, anyway.

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