How to choose the right software outsourcing partner

software outsourcing partner

We live in a world of digital transformation where many businesses are heavily relying on software applications for expansion, successful operation, and increasing profitability. Therefore, many companies are looking to turn their ideas into working software solutions. For most companies, the process of developing software is difficult and time-consuming. Finding the right team of skilled software developers in today’s IT market can be really challenging and expensive. Also, there are companies that only need a software development team for a short timeline, and having an in-house team does not justify the costs.

If you are wondering what the solution is, the answer is quite simple: a software development partner.

For years now, more and more companies have been turning to software development outsourcing services as a solution for their software needs. And we are not talking about just the small companies who do not have the budget for an in-house developer. Many global companies are taking advantage of the benefits that software outsourcing companies are bringing to the table.

When it comes to outsourcing companies, choosing the right software development partner is no easy task. There any many aspects you need to into consideration during the process to find the perfect fit for your company.

As a software development partner with 20 years of experience in developing long-lasting relationships with our clients, we prepared a couple of steps you need to take into consideration before you choose your outsourcing partner:

Define current needs and goals

As a business owner, you should know what your business goals and needs are. Before you start to seek to outsource development projects externally, you should take the time to ask yourself a few questions. Are you looking for help with your web application development or internal software? Do you need an outsourcing partner to cover all your company’s software projects or you just need a team to help you with mobile app development? Or maybe you need help with end-to-end development including application backend, frontend, UI/UX, DevOps, and QA? Are you outsourcing an entire project or just a part?

It is important to define what you want and need first before you contact an outsourcing company. This way you will know what type of outsourcing model is a perfect fit for your business needs.

Assess the company’s experience

It all comes down to skills and experience. One of the most effective methods to predict the future success of the project is by taking a close look at the experience and performance of your future outsourcing partner. Take into consideration the age of the company or the experience of senior developers and management.

Keep in mind that software outsourcing companies are only as effective as their employees. Find a company that has the experience and skilled staff in the technologies you need or in the industry you operate.

Communication and cultural compatibility

Communication is essential in ensuring the success of a software development project and having skilled, English-speaking capable engineers is a must no matter where your outsourcing partner is located.

Keep in mind that you need to search for a proactive partner that knows about this field more than you do. So, do not search for a „yes man” partner that will agree with everything you say and does not give you their input just because you are the client. Choose a partner who has the technical knowledge and works with you to find the best solution available for your business.

You need to make sure that you are culturally compatible with your software development partner in outsourcing. Your new partner must be on the same page as you regarding your company culture and values. Common values, development-centered culture, a positive attitude will lead to efficient communication and successful collaboration.

Balance time zone differences

The destination choice of a future outsourcing partner is fundamental to the success of your collaboration. A short flight distance, visa-free traveling, and a small-time zone difference can significantly improve the partnership. You should have at least 2-4 hours a day of overlap time, to be able to work efficiently together. Keep in mind that most of the outsourcing companies have a flexible schedule. So even if the time zone difference is larger you can still have a timetable for calls and meetings.

Start small

Test the water before you jump in! Start with a pilot project to test the relationship out. Depending on your project, timeline, and needs you can start with a small team and gradually increase the team size as the project develops. This way you will have the time to get to know better your outsourcing partner, the development process, or the working flow.

The success and quality of your future project depend on the skill and experience of the software development company you decide to work with. Finding the right software development partner will not be easy but once you find one it can develop in a long-term partnership. According to a Global Industry Analytics report, 78% of businesses all over the world feel positive about their outsourcing partners.

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