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Revolutionizing Technical Collaboration: The Story Behind Eng-Clicks
Running his own consulting and manufacturing business endowed entrepreneur and Professional Engineer Marin Vratonjic with unique insight into the needs of technical professionals.
“Our experience in business showed us the value of being able to easily increase market exposure and access high quality technical resources. Initially, the goal of Eng-Clicks was to connect Engineering professionals and give them access to a powerful cloud. The idea quickly evolved into a one-stop shop for the career and networking needs of all technical professionals.”
Having thought about launching a collaborative, web-based tool for years, Vratonjic and his co-pilot – manufacturing professional Doug Phillips – decided it was time to bring the project to life.
“Right before we introduced Eng-Clicks to the public, we were struggling to write a short introduction – something to get people interested and excited in the platform. We decided to conclude it with ‘welcome home.’ At the time it just sounded nice and simple, but the ‘home’ metaphor is really quite accurate. Eng-Clicks is about bringing technical professionals together under one roof.”
The fact that the platform is specifically designed for technical professionals is what makes it unique. It features job boards, tender listings and access to industry journals and cutting edge technical software.
“There are numerous recruiters out there, and public tender portals,” says Vratonjic. “The advantage with Eng-Clicks is that every tool, service and function is specifically targeted to our members. Our subscribers are Engineers, tradespeople and architects, so our tender board features bidding opportunities that will be of interest them. There is no need to sift through irrelevant jobs and opportunities. Eng-Clicks does it for you.”
Sourcing and networking are other key draws for members. Need a steel supplier need London, Ontario? Find it quickly and easily using Eng-Clicks’ advanced search and networking functions. Talk to, see and exchange documents with potential partners using Eng-Clicks’ sophisticated web conferencing software, Solgenia WebLive. Eng-Clicks has partnered with Solgenia North America to deliver the highest quality content management and web conferencing solutions to technical professionals.
“Collaboration is the lifeblood of Engineering and technical trades. You can’t succeed without it. Uniting professionals with one another, with tools, resources and opportunities – that’s what Eng-Clicks is about.”
The response to Eng-Clicks has been very exciting, and the technical collaboration movement continues to build momentum. Notes Vratonjic, “People are signing up from India and Eastern Europe. We are already looking beyond strictly Canadian collaboration.”
Vratonjic and his team believe that the potential of large-scale collaboration is endless. “I’m proud to be an Engineer, and to have worked side by side with talented tradespeople. I want Eng-Clicks to bring us together.”