It is not an easy task to outsource software development. Many companies do not have, or only to a limited extent, the necessary knowledge and expertise of software development which makes it even more difficult to outsource.
The cost of bringing expertise in-house due to a lack of well-trained IT staff is very high. A highly competitive market complicates this process and the need for digital transformation is a must. That is why many companies look for solutions abroad where the pool of employees is larger and labor is cheaper.
A shortage of good software developers has led to an explosion of international software companies offering their services at low rates spamming your mailbox on a daily basis. Many of these software companies are very opportunistic in their approach and taking on projects while in fact their employees are lacking the required experience and knowledge.
In most such cases their employees are trained on-the-job during your project while you are not aware of this. Ultimately, lower hour rates are not a guarantee for the desired result.
A good software company trains its own employees assigns in-house projects to let them gain the required knowledge and practice before introducing them into a customer project.
Search for a software partner with the right knowledge and experience for your project, verify the work they have done and talk to their clients to find out about how satisfied they are.
In addition to the above problems, outsource software development to a software partner abroad can cause several problems, for example a mismatch in expectations and reality, interpretation differences, cultural differences, time zone differences, language barriers, control over employees, intellectual property, late deliveries, other laws and regulations etc.
Before you start with any project it is important to draw up a contract and NDA (Non Disclosure Agreement). Both parties agree on what will be developed, the resources (fulfilling the required expertise for the job), amount of hours per week, the start date of the project, the delivery date of the project, the deliveries and in case of a breaches what will be the sanctions.
The purpose of this article is to give you 5 free tips that can help you on your way to outsource software development.