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4 Things You Need to Know Before Outsourcing Your Product Development

By Andy Hilliard | June 10, 2015

4 Things You Need to Know Before Outsourcing Your Product Development  There comes a point for nearly any software development company where they decide that outsourcing might be the answer to a difficult project, talent shortage or budget issue. However, these companies sometimes walk away feeling burned or shorted by the process, and that’s almost always because they jumped into outsourcing blindly. That’s why it’s important to understand how to find the real talent out there, how to calculate the most efficient ways keeping your costs low, and understand the benefits of doing outsourcing product development when it’s done properly.

Large Marketplace

Why settle for local when the world is at your doorsteps? Outsourcing offers you a global talent pool to select from, meaning you can find the right team of developers you need for nearly any project, an important factor when domestic talent is often expensive and hard to find.

However, many software development companies outsourcing product development are often overwhelmed with the amount of options available to them, meaning they have difficulty selecting which team of developers will work out. That means one of the first steps in successfully outsourcing software development is working with a consultant who understands the outsourcing market, has a large selection of certified developers to choose from that have the technical expertise, and developers with project backgrounds ranging from mobile apps to IT security software. Ultimately, a trusted consultant can help you save a lot of time and money during the outsourcing process.

Just Because it’s Cheap Doesn’t Mean it’s Low Quality

Unfortunately, there is a misconception that cheap equals low quality. That’s simply not the case. While software development resources in other countries are certainly cheaper than the United States, that doesn’t mean that these developers aren’t some of the best in the business. The bottom line is that software developers that don’t take advantage of these low-cost but highly valuable resources can be missing out.

On top of that, there is the potential to cut operating costs while also gaining the expertise you need, without having to build it in house.

Have a Strong Outsourcing Plan in Place

One of the most important steps you take before you outsource is to draw up a plan about what you’re going to do and how you’re going to do it. That means a general outline of your budget, your timeline, how each stage of the development process should proceed, how often you want to perform performance reviews, and whether you want to completely outsource.

Much of this plan should also contain options to help you effectively communicate with your team, including a clearly defined protocol for addressing potential problems during a project. That means setting up a plan for frequent videoconferences, cloud collaboration, and using management software tools to keep your team focused on building your software product.

You Don’t Have to Worry About Tight Deadlines

One of the best aspects of outsourcing is the fact that you no longer have to worry about tight deadlines that never seem to get met. Finding the right outsourced team means you obtain a quality software product with a quick turnaround time. The reason is that outsourced teams often have better resources to draw from, including technical expertise and previous software project experience. At the same time, they also have some of the best software and hardware available to complete your project in the most efficient way possible.

When you do outsourcing right, you’ll notice the difference. Accelerance can introduce you to the teams that have the industry experience and record that ensure you’re working with the best in the business. With Accelerance, you’ll avoid the potential drawbacks of outsourcing product development and reap the rewards all at the same time

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