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How to Choose the Best Engagement Model to Build Your Offshore Development Team

How to Choose the Best Engagement Model to Build Your Offshore Development Team

According to Statista, around $288 billion has been spent globally for IT outsourcing services. Moreover, according to a Deloitte survey, 53% of businesses outsource their IT functions. Also, as per another IT sourcing report, small businesses invest 6.1% of their IT budget in IT outsourcing, while mid-sized firms invest 4.6% and large-sized businesses invest 7.4%. The reason for these staggering figures is simple: Due to the sheer amount of benefits of outsourcing, it is highly popular across industries. It can help you reduce and control expenses, accelerate company transformation, reduce the time to market, improve your business or focus, and more. However, choosing a quality IT outsourcing provider and, most importantly, the engagement model is not easy. And, when it comes to engagement models, you will often be offered the following three models to choose from: Fixed Cost Model Time and Material Model Dedicated Hiring Model Every model has its own pros and cons and selecting the one that is best suited for your needs requires thorough analysis and knowledge. So, to simplify your decision, we will go through all three types of models with all the information you need to know about them in this article. We will thus define each model; explain when you should choose each model, and what the pros and cons are of each. So, read on. Fixed Price Model In this model, you first define the scope, requirements, and timeline and pay a pre-agreed fixed price for the final product. It is straightforward with zero or little external dependencies. You Should Choose the Fixed Price Model if: You have a short-term project, The project description is well-defined with...

What Is Best for You: Mobile Website or Responsive Design?

With hundreds of smartphone and smart devices around us, it is no surprise when statistics show that about 50% of web traffic is driven by mobile devices. Search engines are also favoring sites that are tailored for mobile devices. If you are already convinced that you must have a mobile optimized site, then you are presented with another dilemma of whether you need a responsive design or a mobile website. Here is an overview of both these techniques to help you choose. Mobile Sites In this type of approach, a separate site is created that is suitable for the small screens and hardware of mobile devices. When a user tries to access the site from a mobile device, the server identifies the device and redirects them to the mobile site. This was the first solution introduced for mobile optimization and has its own advantages and disadvantages. Advantages You can differentiate the content on the mobile and desktop sites. So you can optimize the content for mobile sites and make them more mobile friendly. It provides a better user experience by providing mobile-specific controls. Disadvantages The bi-directional annotation (redirecting to mobile sites based on a device) may cause complications for SEOs. The changes in the desktop site must also be reflected in the mobile site. You have to maintain two domains for the same site. Responsive Design Responsive designs use code elements to alter the design of your website depending upon the device you use to access it. Essentially, a single website is made to adapt itself to the environment in which it is used. Responsive sites adjust themselves to...

A Guided Approach to Building an Offshore Development Team

Do you outsource for your development needs? More than 20% of all information services are outsourced in the United States. 46% of companies state that the primary reason for outsourcing is to cut operational costs. The question though is, how do you build an effective offshore development team? Your organization might be missing out if it’s not investing in offshore development, which can improve efficiency significantly and make the process of delivering consignments highly cost effective. But does hiring offshore development team ease out all your worries by itself? Well, unfortunately not. You need to build an offshore development team keeping in mind your unique business model. The right outsourcing strategy can take care of well–defined tasks. Experts, in fact, believe that the process of designing, development and testing is particularly suited to the ‘offshore development’ model. Here is what you need to do to start with when hiring an offshore development team. When does an offshore development team suit your needs? First, it’s important to develop a clear expectation of your offshore development team. Understand how they can help – without a proper strategy, we have seen organizations floundering. Ask yourself questions like – If the task is way too small to be outsourced and isn’t proving to be cost – effective to be accomplished in – house? If you’re unable to find talent in – house? If you already have too many miscellaneous tasks to be completed in – house? If you’re looking to expand your reach in emerging markets and trying to make the process of delivery faster and highly cost – effective. Communication – The...

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...

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...