It is often quoted that if a company is depriving itself of software outsourcing and their competitors aren’t, they’re putting themselves out of business. Software outsourcing has always been the talk of the town, but, choosing a software outsourcing team is not a walk in the park. Being a software development outsourcing company with 94% repeat clients, we will provide a brief overview of the points one should keep in mind before outsourcing software development.
When outsourcing, the third party service provider becomes an extension of your organization. The team must act like a real business partner and give you the feeling that you have the entire team behind you. Go through their website, their previous work experience and most importantly, the client testimonials, as that speaks a lot. Remember, Bigger Isn’t Always Better and Price isn’t everything.
A dedicated team (ones who will work on your project from inception to completion) is beneficial as they can consult with each other and solve any complex problems faster and in turn shorten the project completion time. Do your research on the firm and find out whether the firm you are hiring has a really strong percentage of repeat clients or not. If they do, it means that they are trustworthy and they stick by whatever they commit and that’s why customers keep on coming back with further projects. Take references and speak directly to the clients who are partnering with the company for the longest time. Btw, 94% of clients who tried Binaryfolks in the first place, made us their permanent development partner
When you are outsourcing, it isn’t a “fire-and-forget” solution. The biggest benefit of software outsourcing is that the third party team has the capacity to bring in a fresh perspective, but that is useless if they don’t understand the client requirements. It is absolutely essential for both the third party team and client to understand the requirements at a high level and break it down to small chunks so that the whole flow makes sense, both logically and technologically.
I know! I know! Easier said than done. But, the fact is that “Outsourcing works better when based on trust”. Initially take some time to get to know the members of the team. Put faces to names and treat them like the partner you expect them to be.” Ask them to divide the whole project into certain milestones so that you have full visibility about the progress and health of the project and there is no negative surprise during project delivery.
Make sure that the software development outsourcing team can work with your existing tech stack as well as have the skills and expertise to adapt to any new tech stack. Look for developers that work with diverse verticals of industries and business niches and are constantly trying to update their knowledge and skills.
This goes without saying, but, stay involved with the project. There’s one aspect of outsourcing that cannot be stressed enough and that is transparency. There cannot exist high quality without high transparency. So, both the buyers and service providers should share more, in order to gain more. All the processes should be carefully evaluated and structured in a way to keep the client’s convenience and satisfaction in mind.
Outsourcing software development is not a simple outlook. Someone gets it wrong and they end up wasting a hefty amount of time and money, that they intended to save by outsourcing. But, if an organization doesn’t opt to outsource, it will be encumbered with doing every little thing on its own, leaving little to no time to create new skills that form the foundation of competitive advantage.
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