5 Points To Consider While Outsourcing Software Development Services

Software Development outsourcing is a common practice nowadays. However, if you proceed with the right diligence, the process isn’t easy! Also, if the decision is made based on cost-effectiveness only, you might be missing so many important things.

There are plenty of other crucial factors to consider, as well. So, it is wise to take your time, research the outsourcing company thoroughly, and take into consideration all the aspects related to the project and services.

Here are the Five Key Points Related to outsourcing-

1) Figure Out What Type Of Outsourcing Is Best For You

You can outsource your software projects in three ways which are: local, nearshore, and offshore. Each type of project outsourcing has its own advantages. So, it is worth considering each type in detail before you choose an outsourcing vendor.

  • Local Outsourcing (Within City)

It allows you to work with the software developers in the same city or in the same area. However, you might be restricted to the talent based on geographical location.

  • Nearshore Outsourcing (Within neighboring country)

When you choose an outsourcing partner or hire a virtual assistant in a neighboring country, it is called nearshore outsourcing. It is more cost-effective than the local and offers you a larger pool of talent.

  • Offshore Outsourcing

It involves hiring an external development team or you can say you are hiring virtual employees in a different region. It is the most popular methodology as it provides access to worldwide talent.

2) Get Clear On What Do You Want from Outsourcing Partner

Before you start searching for a software development outsourcing partner, it is imperative to know what your company needs.

According to project management statistics 2019, 39% of the projects fail due to change in the organization’s priorities. Other causes are:

  • Change in project objectives
  • Unrealistic expectations
  • Poor communication
  • Inaccurate requirements

Therefore, make sure to present the essential elements and decisions to the outsourcing team you hire. Further, having a detailed specification that explains how the software should function would help to avoid delays or mistakes in the project.

3) Consider the Protection of Your Intellectual Property

You might be aware that 90% of the software in China and Vietnam is pirated. So, it is essential to ensure confidentiality, especially if it is a brand-new product.

Before you proceed with the outsourced project, meet with a legal team to create an NDA (non-disclosure agreement). Make sure that the NDA provides complete detail about those who have access, who is responsible for specific tasks, where the source code is stored, etc.

4) Construct Realistic Milestones And Growth Strategy

Don’t underestimate the time a software development project takes. Therefore, it is worth having a rough idea about the milestones in advance. By doing so, you can allow extra time for testing and adjustments. Further, keep in mind that the objectives should be realistic, measurable, and achievable.

Also, it is good to have a solid growth strategy that can assist you in creating a road-map for development. It will also help to identify the functionality software might require in the future. Also, it helps to refine the scope of the project.

With this knowledge, your team can plan ahead so that they can create a product fit for the company’s exponential growth.

5) Check Whether Outsourcing Is Cost-Efficient or Not

While entrusting a project to an outsourced, independent company, the cost is a major factor to consider. Outsourcing is implemented in order to increase the profit margin or meet difficult deadlines. It should decrease the labor expenses while boosting the quality of end results.

If you consider all the other factors, it will become easier to determine the right amount of money to spend. After thinking about all the factors, ask yourself if this solution is fit for the job.

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I am working as a Digital Marketer and content strategist with Invedus Outsourcing, remote employees staffing company in India.

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John William

I am working as a Digital Marketer and content strategist with Invedus Outsourcing, remote employees staffing company in India.