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9 Ways to Differentiate Between Great and Mediocre Offshore Software Development teams

There’s a staggering number of vendors who claim to deliver the offshore software development team that you dream of. But how do you know how to choose among the numerous available options? Not all vendors have the excellent level of service, quality, flexibility, and pricing that you are looking for. Companies are often stumped when looking for a vendor that will yield the best results for them.

Here are 9 ways that will help you differentiate between great and mediocre vendors so you can build your perfect offshore software development team.

1. Talented software developers

When it comes to software development, quality is the one thing that can make or break the project. Efficiency, responsiveness and a user-friendly interface are necessary for excellent software. The reason why so many companies receive low-quality software is that they select offshore vendors with the lowest bid. It is the worst mistake you can make and the only result is a failure.

According to Bloomberg, we have a worldwide shortage of talented engineers who can develop excellent software. Great offshore software development team only consist of the best and most talented software developers.

But how do you figure out if they are talented or not? AGreat offshore software development team is one who understands where you want to reach and helps you reach there by taking the lead and generating great ideas. On the other hand, a bad developer is one who works like a bot – just executing the orders without understanding the reason or the end goal behind them. You should know the differences between bad, good and great developers.

2. Clean billing

Cost-cutting is one of the top reasons for companies to offshore their software development. It’s obvious that if costs overrun then you will have to pay a hefty amount. Without this benefit, you may hesitate to build an offshore team.

It’s true that hidden costs and poor code were commonplace in the rotten outsourcing era but that’s not the case with the offshore software industry. Great offshore software development team realize the importance of financial transparency and are happy to solve all your doubts regarding finance. Thus, a vendor who doesn’t mess up financially and is able to avoid all cost overruns is the one you should want to go with.

3. Not only sharp technically but also socially and professionally adept

It’s a fact that not every country has English as their native language. So when you imagine a conversation with a developer abroad, you usually picture it as vague and filled with misunderstandings. But that’s not what happens with great offshore software development teams.

English is the official language of 67 countries, which shows you the extent to which it is being used by people around the world. Good offshore software vendors prioritize good communications skills, especially in the English language. When the developers are fluent in English, you will witness smoother communication than you imagined.

The best offshore software development team also use efficient tools for communication and task management. Tools like Slack and Google Hangouts make it easy to collaborate and communicate on a frequent basis.

4. Cultural and time-zone differences don’t pose as much of a problem

The potential for differences turning into problems increases when your offshore software development. But great offshore software development teams know the tricks to tackle the differences.

Cultural differences: It’s obvious that people living in 2 different countries won’t be totally alike. However, people are much more resilient than we give them credit for. Moreover, in the context of hiring, most people refer to the work ethics and moral standards. A great vendor ensures that the work ethic and culture of the offshore team matches with that of yours.

Time-zone difference: In the IT sector, it is important to complete the projects quickly because technologies keep evolving constantly. Working with a time-zone difference can be understandably worrisome. Here, a great vendor makes judicious use of technology to enable efficient collaboration and on the go communication. Functioning together in the few hours of the workday that overlap between you and the offshore team is another trick that great vendors use normally.

5. Completely legal

People think that offshoring is illegal and businesses exploit workers in other countries. A great vendor ensures that the work-force is never exploited in any way. Legal measures are in place to protect the rights of both – your company and the employees.

The vendor also ensures that you follow the laws regarding foreign ownership and the labor code of that country. He focuses more on a written contract and record-keeping rather than relying on any verbal conversation. The vendor you select should also be able to show his own legal documents to help you affirm that nothing is illegal.

6. Offshoring or outsourcing?

Many people often use the words offshore and outsource interchangeably. The 2 terms are not synonyms and shouldn’t be mixed with each other.

In essence, offshoring is like a distant cousin of outsourcing. As per definition, outsourcing is an agreement when a company contracts its own internal activity to another company. On the other hand, offshoring is the relocation of a business process from one country to another.

But how do you find out what is right for you? What model do you need? What technologies need to be used and how many employers do you need for it? You have many questions and a great vendor will have the right answers for them. A good sign of a great vendor is when you state your requirements and they come up with creative solutions.

7. If the vendor really is good, they’ll bend over backward to cooperate despite the distance

 Trusting offshore workers is understandably hard for any employer. But it is wrong to assume that you cannot cooperate well with offshore employers.

Offshoring has become more popular worldwide with the passage of time. Now, we have high-speed internet, real-time messaging and uninterrupted connectivity. You could connect with anyone from anywhere in the world.

Moreover, just as it is difficult for you to find excellent developers, it is hard for great vendors to find a superior company to work with. For this reason, a great vendor will work that much harder to gain your respect and trust. Show them the trust, and you’ll have a team that’s loyal and committed to the success of your company.

8. A great vendor makes it easy to set-up the team

Many people think that setting up an offshore team is very difficult and complicated.

It’s obvious to be daunted with the whole idea of offshoring software development when you first begin. Many people don’t put in enough research and cry out loud in frustration later. The key is in having a clear picture of the industry and getting the right guidance.

A great offshore software development vendor is very helpful and provides you with the right information needed for forming your offshore team. Correct information regarding the average wages of the country, the legal processes, the infrastructure and his capability in the industry is very crucial when building your offshore team.

You should also be aware of all the different kinds of models being used in the industry as the process is mostly model-dependent. For example, the Build – Operate – Transfer (BOT) model, is being preferred by many of our clients. In this model; we build a team, run the operations for a predefined amount of time and then transfer the ownership to you. The process ensures that your offshore team is well established with a good staff for all the operations and runs smoothly. In addition to that, you don’t have to deal with managing the team or recruiting each employee unless you really want to.

9. Product release is not the end of the project

Many people believe that once the software is live, the agreement between the two parties comes to an end. That is more or less what happens in outsourcing and not in offshore software development. Successful software developers will tell you that any good software requires regular updates and maintenance.

A software is always a live project. You regularly check the user behavior and then develop more features to enhance their experience. Even if no new features are required, you need to do regular maintenance. You also need to keep testing it to ensure that the software doesn’t have any bugs.

Thus, a great offshore software development vendor will remain committed to you long after the release of your software product.

Summing it up

There are good and bad vendors in every place. The crux of the matter is separating the wheat from the chaff. Putting up with a mediocre vendor is just something that you don’t need to do. Knowing what traits to look for in a prospective vendor can help you mistakenly avoid committing to one that isn’t suitable.

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