Software development outsourcing is something many companies try at some point in time. Large companies may turn to software outsourcing as a way to expedite a special project or to access hard-to-find technical talent in a timely manner. Smaller companies may see software outsourcing as an important way to save money or to easily scale up or down to meet a dynamic workload.
Regardless of a company’s motivation behind trying software outsourcing, the fact is that in 2015 it is no longer something unusual or rare. As technology has transformed the world of work, giving people 24/7 access anywhere anytime, the possibilities with outsourcing for many different industries have rapidly expanded.
Given the fact that more and more companies are trying software outsourcing, it is probably not surprising that there are some common concerns. As a software development outsourcing company, we’ve heard many of these concerns over the years. They often come as a result of a company’s previous experience with an outsourcing agency.
Four Common Concerns about Software Development Outsourcing
Whether you are new to software development outsourcing and have very little experience, or you’ve been doing it for years, these are concerns many businesses have when trying to navigate the world of software development outsourcing.
- Ramp-up time – Depending upon the complexity of a given project, ramp up time can be a major concern for companies considering software outsourcing. How long will it take for a software outsourcing company to understand critical business knowledge? How long will it take for a software outsourcing company to assemble a qualified team of developers to work on a project? These are important questions to consider when choosing which software outsourcing company to hire.
- Technical skill level – Will it be difficult for us to obtain developers with the level of technical skill we truly need for our project? When it comes to software development, there are several different skill levels. While it is generally quite easy to identify a beginner and someone who is very advanced, people in the more intermediate range may be more difficult to identify. If a company is looking for a senior level programmer and they end up with a junior level it is likely that problems will soon arise. Finding software outsourcing companies that have some certifications in the desired technologies may be ideal. For example, number8 is a Microsoft Certified Solutions Partner.
- Language barriers – If we outsource software development offshore, will the potential language barrier become problematic? This is a common concern and sometimes justifiable. Because being able to clearly communicate project requirements, scope, deadlines, and details between team members, it is easily understandable that a language gap could create confusion on a software team. Finding software developers that speak a common language is something an increasing number of firms are looking for when considering outsourcing.
- Time zone differences – Software development outsourcing firms are located in many different regions across the globe including places like the Ukraine, China, India, Ireland and Costa Rica, to name a few. Depending on the location of the firm you choose, the time gap between you and your software development team will vary. For example, if you are located in California and you work with developers in Ireland, you are looking at an eight hour time gap. If it’s 10:30 a.m. in San Francisco, it’s 6:30 p.m. in Dublin. If you are in Boston, Massachusetts, the gap is only 5 hours. If you choose an offshore location that is close in proximity to the United States like Costa Rica, the time gap becomes much smaller. Costa Rica is on Central Standard Time or CST. This is 2 hours behind Miami or just one hour ahead of California.
Choosing a good software development outsourcing partner is a major decision and there are a lot of things to consider in the process. If you are interested in learning more about your nearshore options, contact number8 today for more info or give us a call at 502-890-7665. We’d love to hear more about the software services that you need, and to answer any questions you might have about outsourcing software development.