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A Complete Outsourcing Guide for Newbies

If you are considering outsourcing a project to an offshore team for the very first time, you might be nervous – and that’s normal. There’s a lot goes into a successfully outsourced project. With more than 12 years of experience in managing outsourced development projects, we have seen our share of successes. After more than 1000 projects delivered, we put together this handy guide to help you navigate outsourcing for the very first time. Why Outsource? What Can Be Outsourced? Outsourcing has become an increasingly popular solution for businesses throughout the world. Some of the most common reasons a business may choose to outsource work include: Reduce time to complete a project Gain access to additional talent Free internal resources for other purposes A shift in company focus or objectives Decrease and control operating costs And it may come as no surprise that IT related projects, such as app and web design, top the list of jobs frequently outsourced to offshore development teams. That trend is expected to continue into the foreseeable future. Source – A.T. Kearney For several years now, India has been rated as the top choice for offshore development. That is largely due to its relatively large access to talent combined with fairly low costs. Although just about every type of job can be outsourced to an offshore team, there are also challenges that must be addressed. 5 Keys to Successful Outsourcing Before selecting an offshore development team to handle your next project, give consideration to the following five keys to success. (1) Choose the Right Partner – It is vital that you select an offshore...

How to Improve Magento User Experience & SEO

In our many years of experience developing Magento eCommerce portals, we have noticed a trend: Clients are often more focused on getting their Magento eCommerce website up and running than worrying about the small details associated with optimization. Understandably, eCommerce is becoming an increasingly large share of how consumers spend their income. This diagram created by Turnkey Titan helps to illustrate that point: It stands to reason that you, as a business owner, want to ensure that your eCommerce portal is live and functional – and as quickly as possible! But the development of an effective eCommerce website does not begin and end with its deployment; rather, it is an ongoing process that requires constant attention to optimization strategies. Magento Optimization Tips & Tricks There are a number of tips and tricks you can implement to optimize your Magento platform. Some of the tips we are about to share may seem trivial. But as your eCommerce revenue grows, those minor tweaks and adjustments can translate into thousands – if not millions – of dollars. For the purpose of this article, we will be reviewing: Tips for Optimizing Your Magento Portal for the Best User Experience Tips for Optimizing Your Magento Portal for SEO When customers have a positive experience on your eCommerce website, it encourages them to: Spend more money per transaction Share your products or services on social media Return later for repeat transactions Optimizing your eCommerce business for the best user experience will pay dividends. When your Magento eCommerce website is also optimized for SEO, you increase revenue in tandem with your exposure through organic search. And...

5 Tips for Project Managers to Successfully Outsource to India

As a project manager, it may come as no surprise to you that 2.6 million jobs in the United States were outsourced in 2013 – and the top rated outsourcing country was India, which boasts a workforce of more than 1.4 billion individuals. In fact, outsourcing has become a key to successful project management in several industries, including manufacturing, IT services, research and development, distribution, and customer support centers. Some of the most commonly cited reasons for outsourcing a project to India include: Reduction to expenditures Abundance of IT and management resources Corporate restructuring Reallocation of internal resources Reduction in time to market and project completion That is not to say that outsourcing is easy, though. If you are a project manager responsible for overseeing a project outsourced to India, there will be a number of challenges to overcome. The Challenges of Offshore Project Management Given the geographic distance between your on-site and offshore teams, project management can be tricky. The most commonly cited challenges in offshore project manager include: Cost risks – Outsource your project to a team that provides services with no hidden maintenance or training costs. Communication barriers – Work with a team that encourages direct communication with those responsible for your project. Ineffective knowledge transfer – Productivity will be strongest when work documents and materials can be easily shared between your on-site and offshore teams. Missed deadlines – Outsource your project to a team that can punctually adhere to timelines outlined at the onset of the project. Lack of experience – Thoroughly vet any offshore team prior to outsourcing your project. Does this team have...

Key Questions To Ask While Choosing An Agile Development Company

Any agile development project requires careful planning and consideration, so it’s worthwhile knowing some key questions that should be asked in advance of starting a successful working relationship. Agile can work to bring immeasurable success for your business, but it’s worth remembering the steps to consider, ensuring you make the most of any project. In this article, we will look at answering some key issues around choosing an agile development company. Have you completed any projects in the past similar to my requirement? Can you walk me through the process you followed? In any industry one of the first ports of call when looking to hire someone is taking into account past work experience. You need to know they’re qualified,  and this is particularly important when you’re using agile within a distributed workflow – it goes without saying that everyone must know everyone else’s skills within a team! You’ll also need to ask how long the iterations of separate projects were – look for deadlines met to fixed iterations, and feel comfortable questioning people further in long iterations are discussed. Source: Wikimedia What Project Management tools do you use? Get a sense of what tools and standardised practises the team you’re hiring has experience in. Differentiating in types of tools and whether this is a good fit for your project and company is important as it’ll allow them to become more productive and keep track far easier. PM tools such as Jira Agile, Rally and Pivotal Tracker are all multi-levelled PM tools with flexible pricing plans. At Classic Informatics, we have our own custom Agile project management tool so...

Agile Product Development Tips from an Outsourcing Company

As an agile and dynamic outsourcing company, Classic Informatics are well placed to ensure your business receives the very best service possible when it comes to product development. Our flexible engagement models are based on the requirements of the client, and in this blog we will look at some key factors and issues surrounding product development using agile methods, and focus on building a strong foundation for your project. What is Agile Product Development Agile product development depends on a clean, efficient workflow. It is based on efficient processes and creating a defined roadmap, allowing products to reach the customer faster. It is dynamic and based on what the customer needs, as well as what we can learn about the client’s market. Customer feedback loops also help to define behavior and usage analytics. Agile Production Development Tips There are a number of things worth bearing in mind if you are working in an agile environment – and a number of steps to follow to ensure that both you and your client are working in a happy and successful relationship.   Get everything in writing Agile product development is complex, and although it’s a tried and tested method of bringing products to market, there is still room for things to go wrong. Make sure you get a written record of what’s expected when, and who needs to complete certain tasks. There are likely to be multiple handoffs, email conversations and sign-offs required by many different people as the stages continue, so bear in mind that keeping everything in writing is the safest and easiest way to go.   Cut out...