All successful business managers are keen on making their job simpler, easier and cheaper. This is what has nurtured the steady growth of offshore business outsourcing, in the recent years. Offshore software and web development outsourcing is part of the modern day business. The best solutions for any kind of problem can be obtained from experts in that particular field, from outside the country.
As large firms have already started seeking service from outside providers, the small ones are following suit. If you are running a small business, and feel the need to have some offshore business outsourcing for the success of your firm, it is appropriate to be aware of the risks and steps involved in the process.
Activities to be focused on, in offshore software outsourcing
The decision to offshore business outsourcing is a strategic business decision. So before going for it, one needs to be sure as to why he is going for it, in what sector he would require service for solving what kind of problems and why one's own firm could not complete the work by itself. If the answers point towards the unavailability of time, money and or expertise; you can be sure that offshore software outsourcing is the solution you're looking for.
The service provider is sought and found at the second stage. The offshore business outsourcing provider selected must be one that can provide you with what you need, to solve the problem in the concerned area. You should ask for options from the provider.
Once the second stage is completed, the foundations of a relationship are laid down in a contract. The terms and conditions are set down. Entering into short-term contracts and those with provisions for a quick and well-defined exit plan is preferable.
One must now look into the 'change' aspect. The inside operations of your firms are being transferred to an offshore outsourcer. Consider its effects on your co-workers as well as on the customers. If needed, give them the details about the change.
Without transfer of ideas and information, no deal becomes perfect. Like any other deal, communication has a significant role in this case too. It can be related on matters of work, the delivery dates, the requirements, or just anything, relevant to the deal.
There are certain other factors that may arise as barriers to effective offshore software outsourcing. It is better to know them so that one can strike a smart software outsourcing deal.
Get to know all about the qualifications & skill sets of your offshore service provider. Sometimes the technical competence of your offshore service provider may be inadequate to perform your job.
The main purpose of offshore business outsourcing might be cost-reduction. You may be attracted to a particular outsourcer due the low labor charges. However, it is not advisable to get carried away by all that the contractor claims. Always assess the profitability yourself, before signing the contract. More than just cost reduction aim for superior quality and prompt service.
One may also ask the offshore service provider to provide you with an elaborated version of the project plan along with solid specification of the software development project.
Be aware of all the development stages of your software projects. To meet this end, make it a habit to have status meetings, or insist that the outsourcer presents a clear status report of the application under development stage.
Sign the deal with the offshore outsourcer, only after having a look on the work samples. Never overlook the language skills of the software developers.
If you can overcome these barriers and if you feel free and confident enough to leave the software project in the hands of your outsourcer, you can certainly expect miracles.