Things to Remember While Onboarding an Offshore Software Development Partner

Robby Gupta

A technology partner can certainly be a catalyst to achieve goals for your business. With the repository of benefits it brings from faster time to market, reduced costs, to an extremely skilled workforce, it is only wise to go for offshore software development. In addition, it also allows focusing on the core competencies. However, it does bring along certain challenges that need to be addressed.

In order to get the maximum benefit out of it, you must choose the right outsourcing partner. It is all about bringing people together, aligning their expertise and the goal at hand and thus, knowledge is crucial to it. It is natural to have a major dilemma while choosing the right software development company to do the work. There is a multitude of ways to determine the same and again plenty of choices that you get. Therefore, before plunging in, it is better to ask yourself some important questions regarding the outsourcing and gain the much-needed clarity.

Are you looking to source good talent?

Sometimes, businesses are unable to find the right mix of talent in their own country or nearby premise to complete a task. To address this gap, they need to collaborate with an experienced and skilled partner and set a pool of talent that might be distributed.

Are you looking for a cost-effective solution?

Hiring a resource outside of home location might be a cost-effective solution for companies of different scales. There is an added flexibility where the operations can be tailored to suit the requirements of the client.

Are you looking to establish or have a greater influence on the offshore market?

Having multiple centers across different locations in the globe can aid the companies in strengthening 24/7 development cycle. Moreover, a diverse pool of talent can be beneficial for the company and also eliminate the potential jeopardy.

Once you have the answers to these questions, or rather a yes to them, it is time to embark on a difficult task of determining a right offshore software development partner. While you might already be aware that a range of factors must be considered before choosing a partner, here we discuss some of the strategic aspects that have a huge impact while you look to achieve your set objectives.

Experience

Chances are the goal that you have is something you haven’t indulged before. So, to get the hang of that extra expertise, you consider offshoring the solution. So, what is the point if the offshore partner lacks the experience? With experience, you’re more than likely to get polished expertise, reduced turnaround time, and a team – capable of handling critical issues while bringing down costs. There are many different companies that have a diverse range of experience. Yet again, you are faced with the difficult choice of which one will be right for your business.

Before getting into any formal contract, it is wise to dig deep into their specializations, the type of work that they have done, the team, their expertise, and experience. Determine if they have worked on similar project or projects of similar scale. Also, look into the technologies that they have worked on and how flexible they are to adopt, learn and take on new challenges.

Expertise

You are considering offshoring because you do realize that it might be possible that a single person might not have the required knowledge, expertise or in some cases would be unable to finish the task single-handedly. Thus, a company having a domain expertise is what you should eye. Along with the zeal, knowledge, expertise, they must have the maturity to work on such projects as yours, one that knows the inside out of entire life cycle development.

It is important that the company has a team of developers that have worked on multiple technologies, and are comfortable with different programming languages. Better to look for companies that offer a comprehensive solution from conceptualization to design, implementation, documentation, and brings their competencies in handling the entire software development lifecycle with a conviction.

Management Capabilities

While there are many companies out there who know the right things to do, you need someone who can do it the right way. There is simply no point in having an idea just for it to be executed in a clumsy manner that compromises the output. It has become increasingly critical to choose the partner whom you can trust to manage all the tasks with due diligence.

Whenever you work with a company who is offering a solution, look for their management capabilities and if they are offering it as a part of their services. It showcases the level of experience and professionalism you will get. Proper communication is crucial to the success of any project.

Cost-effectiveness

The cost is undoubtedly a crucial aspect of any business solution. So, if you are outsourcing your requirements with an aim to get the higher ended solutions and reduced burden on your business, it also ought to be little cost-effective for you. If not, then there is no need to take on an extra monetary burden.

Secondly, have a thorough discussion and understanding of the costs. Ask for quotations, and the timelines, any additional costs or any caveats. Many might offer the same service at lower costs but always look for a quality solution. Look for the hidden costs, if any and clarify all the financial doubts before getting into any contract.

Adaptability

To work with an offshore partner, one important factor is to consider their readiness to understand your requirements and also the room to incorporate changing needs. Certain needs are very specific in order for profits to pan out. In such a case, it is vital for your partner to scale that requirement, understand it entirely and deliver a solution.

See if they are not rigid about changing requirements, and does it affect the delivery quality as well as time. You can always look to discuss and add related clauses at a friendly term to avoid conflicts and unnecessary delays in the future.

So, these are the five crucial aspects to look out for before finalizing your offshore development partner. Nevertheless, you must also consider points like their references. There is no harm in confirming their credibility and ask for references. After all, to do business, there must a certain level of trust. Find out more about their clients, testimonials, work and case studies if any. You can ask for a demonstration through presentations and also have one on one meetings sometimes. Another way to go about it is to go for a trial run and check them on various parameters like delivery, timeliness, management, expertise and so on.

The KEY

While it is intimidating at times to choose the right partner when you have such good options, the key is to look for a right fit for you, someone who compliments your business, solutions, and requirements. You have the guidelines, keep these points in mind, and map them while going for the screening process. Once you have a good list of potential partners, review your goals again and go for the perfect fit.  

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about the author

Robby Gupta

Robby Gupta is the head of US operations for TechJini, Inc. He has had varied experiences working in New York, Cupertino, and Bangalore with packaged & amp; custom web and mobile app development for an assortment of industries. His current focus is Immersive Technologies, IoT, AI bots and their applications in the digital enterprise.