Arrow Electronics has formed an alliance with Freelancer.com, to give companies access to a diverse resource of electrical and electronic engineers for hire.
The launch of ArrowPlus powered by Freelancer.com will allow Fortune 500 companies and technology creators to design and build hardware products through access to over half a million skilled engineers.
“We anticipate in the future that up to 30% of R&D spend could leverage a model where Arrow provides a technical concierge and project management to a vast network of high-end engineering talent,” commented Matt Anderson (pictured), Arrow’s Chief Digital Officer.
Arrow and Freelancer.com say that using this on-demand engineering resource will help cut product development times from years to months through access to a global network of highly diverse technical skills and reduce cost to market.
Arrow has built a proprietary Certified Engineering network which has been a key differentiator in helping its customers win with technology.
This new platform is designed to solve sophisticated technology problems spanning consumer electronics, transportation, healthcare, industrial, Internet of Things (IoT), telecommunications, biomedical, cloud security, firmware, hardware, and connected products in every industry.
Freelancer.com has more than 32 million users around the world and over 15 million jobs posted in over 1,350 skill areas.
It is used by companies from start-ups to global giants, and brings to the collaboration the platform and the world’s best expertise in running global online services marketplaces, allowing Arrow to transform its services business into a dynamic, connected talent cloud.
Together, the exclusive strategic alliance can be a category definer for how hardware products are designed and electronics & electrical engineering services are delivered.
Businesses that need technology help from concept to scale can leverage ArrowPlus powered by Freelancer to find highly qualified experts, utilise Arrow technology concierge services that ensure project success, and go to market faster and more cost effectively.
The full lifecycle of hardware product development can be accomplished through ArrowPlus powered by Freelancer including, but not limited to ideation & prototyping, analogue & digital design, printed circuit board design, Bill of Materials (BOM) part selection, custom requirements to product delivery, component consolidation and cost reduction, redesign for smaller size, documentation & translation, development of firmware, drivers and middleware, real-time embedded software development, IC design and manufacturing.
“This breakthrough strategic alliance with Arrow Electronics represents the first launch of Freelancer Enterprise. We are absolutely delighted that Arrow chose to team with Freelancer.com on this landmark initiative,” said Freelancer.com CEO and Chairman Matt Barrie. “Freelancer.com is the number-one marketplace for talent and skilled workers. We have seen increasing demand to solve difficult and complex technology problems from larger organisations. For example, NASA and the United States Department of Energy are using Freelancer.com to crowdsource technology solutions.”
Arrow’s Anderson responded, “ArrowPlus brings the serious know-how of Arrow’s 80 years of engineering, tools, technology, and services into the platform economy with Freelancer. Arrow has become one of the world’s largest technology solutions companies in the last five years and beyond our own engineering we have built a proprietary network of certified 3rd party Arrow Certified engineering partners. Our Arrow Certified Engineering network has worked with marquee Fortune 500 clients to make products and technology.”
He conitnued, “The products and services Arrow has helped design are helping people every day from paraplegic veterans regaining their sense of freedom and independence to mothers in undeveloped regions of the world giving birth more safely. If you are a company that wants to build a product, there is no better way to get started than with Arrow and Freelancer.”