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Booming Offshore Software Development

by fauzia 10. July 2013 00:04

These days it’s impossible to look for a custom software development company without finding offshore developers in the mix. In fact, if you get bids from a number of companies, both offshore and locally, you’ll probably find that you can get a much better rate from an offshore development company than you would get from an in-house development company. The fact is that the cost of living elsewhere is much lower than the cost of living locally –so offshore developers can do the same job for a lower price. Unfortunately, not all offshore companies are actually doing the same level of work.


There are plenty of local developers who are also doing a terrible job at developing custom software solutions. It’s not that offshore software development is harder to do, or less dependable, but that you choose a developer solely off price, despite lack of experience—in many cases the cheapest company just cannot deliver. This phenomena is often more expensive for the client, and is more common than you can imagine; what usually happens is that the client has to find another developer to clean-up after the first job.


There are also other factors besides the location of an offshore software developer that you should focus on when choosing someone to build custom software. First and foremost you should not decide who to hire based on the amount of money that they bid for the job. The next skill you should be looking for is communication: how much does the developer ask of you? Are you going to be included at each stage of development?


There’s also a strong culture of promising things that can’t be delivered among inexperienced and unprofessional developers, both here and offshore. In an effort to win more jobs, custom software developers will simply say yes to every requirement without researching how realistic they’re being. The low bids and the willingness to say yes to anything often come from developers who simply don’t know what they’re getting into.


There is a happy medium to be found in offshore software development. You can still get a great rate on the product you need, but it might not be the lowest advertised price. Conduct meetings, even if they’re over Skype or the phone, and make sure you and the development company are on the same page about how the job will unfold. Set up milestones, both for deliverables and for payment. The more you plan with your developer, the better you’ll understand their skills.



Building Business Success with Global Delivery Partners

by fauzia 1. July 2013 22:49

Build Business Success with Global Delivery Partners

 Every business owner is trying to succeed locally, and hopes to expand and pave a path for global success, too. The dream is to have access to the widest market possible. Yet business owners also make the mistake of ignoring opportunities to work with global delivery partners for their software development needs. You want to go global with your products or services, but you don’t look to the global market of services that might help you get there. So how can a global delivery partner help your business reach the goals you’ve set?


 Financial Gains

 First and foremost, you can take great strides towards success for a better bargain if you work with global software development partners. Let’s face it, some parts of the world offer skilled services for a fraction of the cost that developers in other countries  need to get by. As the world gets smaller, we’re seeing some of the costs being neutralized, but others are continuing to benefit the business owners who need custom application development.


 Outsourcing application development, as well as other IT services, has been an option for a while, but only in the past couple of years has it developed to the point where you can distinguish between a competitive provider from a mediocre developer trying to get a job by underbidding. It is important to be cautious when looking at bids—the lowest price is probably not the best option. You can still get a better deal and save your business some money, without risking a job done badly.


 Global Developers for a Global Market

 Besides the financial benefits of working with a global delivery partner, there are also intangible benefits that come from opening up your business to a more global perspective. If you’re working on a product which you’d like to sell internationally, you probably want to know what works for the international audience whose attention you’re trying to capture. The best global software solutions come from the firms that know the global market already.


 Even if you’re looking for application development services that will only be used internally, you might find that an outsider’s perspective is valuable while you’re developing the software; solutions that you could not have thought of may seem obvious to someone who has been developing software globally and has seen other solutions which work well in similar situations. Global delivery partners can have an exciting effect on the process of developing the software you need to make your business succeed.




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