This is the second article in our three-part series entitled “How to choose the right outsourcing development company”. If you missed the first article in this series you can read it here. We continue where we left off by providing more useful guidelines and criteria that should be considered when seeking to appoint an outsourced web development service provider.
TECHNOLOGY & INFRASTRUCTURE
Should your project be an existing project that needs additional development done or a new project with specific technology requirements, it is fairly important that the new development company can work with the technology that the website or web application is built-in.
However, this is not always the case; for example, a company with extensive experience and knowledge in developing projects using MVC frameworks, may not have worked with a specific required framework but can apply the principals and best practices from other MVC frameworks to the required framework.
LOCATION & CURRENCY
Location may be a factor
For many clients location is important and for others location is irrelevant. Location may come into play when the client requires that the development company be in a similar timezone to themselves. This obviously means that the working hours are similar and communication can take place throughout the day.
When location is not a factor this means that the development team can work independently of the client’s timezone and commit work at regular intervals. This work can be reviewed, analysed and fed back by the client in their own time. This often takes place on a daily basis with teams communicating each day, with new development updates and feedback on these updates.
Currency could affect pricing
The development company may choose to bill the client in their own currency or in the client’s currency. This needs to be clarified and agreed upon upfront. A benefit to the client is that the currency of the development company may be somewhat weaker than the client’s currency, therefore the client could end up paying less for the same quality of work.
The key to making offshore, outsourced development projects successful is communication. This is extremely important throughout the project from the briefing stage to the final completion and launch phase.
The client should ensure that the development company has a solid understanding of their language, preferably that they share the same first language. Therefore the development company needs to have excellent oral and written skills and must be able to read, write and communicate effectively and clearly.
Without this clear communication and understanding, a project is highly likely to fail.
END OF PART TWO
This concludes the second article in this three-part series, which provide key criteria and aspects to allow companies to make an informed, risk-reduced decision when wanting to find a suitable outsourced development partner. Stay tuned for the third and final article which includes the final points and concludes this series.
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