Outsourcing Software Development

Boost your capabilities, get more customers, scale up, expand into new markets and cut down on wasteful expenses. Outsource!

Companies pass through a number of phases during their lifetime. First is the testing of waters, where the market validates the basic idea behind the service or the product. You build a core team and move fast to acquire new users or customers and start adding up features.

After you are established on your feet and have gained market share you will move to the next stage of scaling up and consolidation.



Problems with outsourcing

Outsourcing is not a fire and forget solution. It has its own set of challenges like :

  • Dealing with unreliable technical partners who does not understand your business and customers
  • Navigating around cultural differences between you and your vendor which can throw a project completely out of gear.
  • Miscommunication at different phases of the project leading to different expectations.
  • Ensuring that your intellectual property and competitive advantage is safeguarded
  • Allotting budget and resources for maintaining the deliverable so that it does not become obsolete.

Keeping quality levels consistent while keeping a tight lid on expenditure All these issues have multiple angles-some technical, some managerial and some cultural. They will crop up multiple times during the entire process and unless you are prepared to tackle them they will drag you down. And while there are other reasons these issues can crop up the biggest cause is an incompatible outsourcing partner



Criteria for the ideal outsourcing partner

If you are a skydiver jumping out of a plane your outsourcing partner is your parachute. Therefore it's very critical that you do due diligence while choosing your partner.

There are a number of ways to find out whether your proposed vendor meets these criteria. Simple questions like range of services, types of clients and experience can be easily determined from their online presence.

However, questions around company culture and soft skills will only be answered by a personal interaction, either on phone or face to face or from word to mouth.

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