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Binary Studio 28.01.2012

Outsourcing Software Development Projects: Needs And Difficulties

Today the outsourcing software development sector is perhaps the most rapidly growing part of the world IT market. The key peculiarity of the software development business is that it does not restrict itself to any certain location but can attract customers from any place of the world. That is why hundreds of software solutions producers are competing with each other, letting users to choose from a great variety of software products.

In order to gain success in such a competitive market, a software producer must make some smart steps. Apart from finding some interesting idea for the product (some brand new feature or an innovative design), the main requirements for a successful product are:

  • Better quality,
  • Faster release (you cannot wait until your rivals will create a matching solution), and
  • Lower project cost.

Of course, it is not a simple task to maximize all the criteria given above. It could be great to ensure better functionality and nicer design of your project, but it requires much time for a software developer to do that. And if you wish to make it faster, you need to hire a team – well, doesn’t look like the project cost would be low. Still, there is another great option – to find a developer team working remote.

Outsourcing Software Development Offshore

In our blog, we have already discussed the advantages of outsourcing software development projects. Let us once again overlook the main reasons for project owners to pass the work to offshore software development companies. They are, in brief:

1.    Lower fees

Most outsourcing software development services providers come from regions with much lower prices where, nevertheless, strong technical professionals can be found – such as Eastern European countries.

2.    Faster performance

A trained and experienced team of developers is very helpful for brainstorming difficulties and finding creative approach to complex tasks.

3.    No need to solve routine technical tasks

While offshore developers are doing the technical part of the job, a project owner can concentrate on some strategic problems, such as doing marketing researches or building client networks.

As every kind of business activity naturally includes some risk, certain problems can be encountered when outsourcing software development projects. To begin with, the remote team you have hired may turn out not productive enough. This usually occurs when the project is outsourced to a faraway location with big difference in time – this makes it much more difficult to contact with the developers team. As a result, the project will be rather low-cost, but the deadlines you specified are not met.

Additionally, the project quality may be much lower in case the information exchange between the customer side and the team encounters some barriers (linguistic, for example). Such a situation often takes place when a project is outsourced to a location where prices are quite low but the good level of English is absent.

Regarding these key issues of success, businesses from Western Europe and USA are now becoming more interested in finding nearshore contributors from regions with closer cultural and social peculiarities. For example, Eastern Europe obtained much better positions in the outsourcing software development market during the last several years and is now successfully competing with India and China, which earlier were undisputable leaders in this field.

Outsourcing Software Development Quality

When it comes to a certain outsourcing services provider, it is essential to examine this company’s experience if possible. Actually this information must be present on the company’s website. If you can easily find all the information you need about the company you are going to contact, it means that your potential contributor is open and ready to share knowledge and ideas – a thing you’ll need very much during the work with your project.