The Possibility of Choice.
Just ten years ago, outsourcing a project overseas would have seemed like an unbelievably risky prospect. Nowadays, however, outsourcing your development to a foreign country's team has become a simple process for many companies around the world. When your budget is limited or you are running out of time it has proved to be very beneficial. Time zone difference between you and our development team can provide you with a unique opportunity to review & give feedback at the end of your working day - and receive a refurbished version of the work the very next morning.
Despite the fact that outsource software development already well established, the vast majority of business owners still find transferring their software development business overseas a a difficult concept to master. As is often the case, the digital business community has split into two groups: those who have already worked with a foreign team and were not really satisfied with the result; and those who are afraid to start - as they heard rumors about it. Apparently there are still a considerable number of issues when you choose a team for your project.
As everyone involved with business knows, it is always better to avoid the risks in advance - by picking a suitable software development team from the start. Later, you may need to expand the software development team, and we wrote a separate post about this. There are thousands of information technology companies that offer a wide spectrum of services to call upon. However, the risks you take could be minimized if you take the following points into consideration before taking the plunge.
Even though there is nothing dramatically new about the tips given below, we wanted to list them - as if we were the ones looking for a contractor company in foreign land.
Following this simple advice will surely save you some time when choosing, so we hope this will be of some use to our readers.
1. Ask about the company.
It is true that the internet has all the answers - for those who know where to look. When looking into a company do not only read the feedback given in the company's testimonials page; go further by contacting them personally. Loads of positive feedback on the company’s page might not reveal something a short LinkedIn message could.
2. Look for the relevant experience.
Needless to say you are going to be looking for somebody with a good deal of experience behind them. The type of experience is important here. Basically, if you are looking for somebody to design a routing application, the team who already has a travel app in their portfolio are going to be one step ahead.
3. Become familiar with the process.
It is not a luxury but everyone's basic need these days is to understand how a certain company works. The very first thing to ask a company's sales manager is if there is a certain ritual the company has, and based on what you hear you can decide whether it is all clear and client-controlled.
4. Compare the realities.
Before hiring a team it is essential to realize that you are about to become mind-soulmates for the duration of the project. Having the same type of ideas is of great importance here as those who do not share it will never recreate the desired product for you. After explaining your concept you can simply ensure that you were listened to fully by asking follow-up questions. Pay a great deal of attention to what kind of questions the team asks. Perhaps the really crucial question here is about your final business goal.
5. Is Their Support Supportive Enough?
Volumes of companies include technical support and quality assurance in the list of services they deliver to customers, but it is always a good idea to double-check how the organization oversees the support procedure after the development stage is over. It is also perfectly acceptable to ask what happens next.
6. Argumentation matters.
The descriptions you seeon a company's website may vary, but the main goal is always to sell you their products/services. In IT it is always about selling a particular technology or an approach that is different to those currently available on the market. However, asking why this particular tech stack is favorable for this company might help you to avoid some potential pitfalls on your way.
7. They Know How to Make the Market Explode.
As with every great product ever launched, only a few survive without a fruitful marketing strategy on board. You need to know in advance whether you can rely on the company’s market experts - or you have to be prepared to enter the market on your own.
8.Never Underestimate the Power of Technical Consulting.
The one who consults you, he benefits from his expertise, and fortunately you benefit out of it too - by picking out the most hi-tech geeks from all the agencies you found. You don't loose a thing, but you do receive irrefutable proof of the chosen team’s efficiency.
9.The. Contract. Is. Your. Everything.
Well, you have heard it a bazillion times before - before, and here's the bazillion and first! A contract is your only warranty to make sure you recieve the working product.
You are most welcome to read more about the importance of the contract here.
Hire with care.
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