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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...

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...

Mobile Commerce – What’s your Magento Store Strategy?

Within any form of work in the digital sphere, the rise of mobile is hard to ignore. We used to be sure of how people interacted with companies, but with the advent of portable technology and mobile commerce, we now are less sure of who is interacting with what, and when. Having worked on hundreds of Magento eCommerce projects ourselves, we feel it is more important than ever to make sure your Magneto set up has a fully functional mobile strategy, and in this article we will discuss a little bit about why Magento is the perfect platform for you to use. Magento mobile development – why do you need a mobile strategy? The world is changing and the rise of smartphones has revolutionised the way people buy and therefore how we promote and market our products. You will need to be sure your Magento mobile strategy is ready, fully optimised and has the customer in mind at all times. Some facts below indicate the exponential growth of mobile shoppers over the years. Source: Magento It’s predicted that mobile commerce will account for 15% of all online sales in 2015 if the rate of traffic increase stays the same. Mobile commerce figures for 2014 were 81% higher than they were in 2011 It’s clear therefore that if you don’t have a mobile strategy – you are missing out on a lot of potential traffic and sales. In today’s world, mobile statistics are easily trackable and measurable and mCommerce is rising in popularity. You do not want to risk being left behind by the competition when it comes to accessing your...

Top 5 Cross Platform Tools For Developing Mobile Apps

In this post, we are looking at cross platform tools to develop mobile apps, and some of the best available and on the market today. Cross platform mobile technologies help you build mobile apps for multiple mobile operating systems using just one code-base and a programming language of your choice. All you need is the assistance of an experience mobile apps development agency to guide you through The Top 5 cross platform tools for mobile apps post will explain the key features and highlights of each of the apps – looking at why they’re amongst the best, what you can expect from using them and what kind of applications are possible with them. PhoneGap PhoneGap is free, open source software that allows you to create apps for 8 different platforms, including OS, Android & Blackberry amongst others Key features Some of PhoneGap’s key features involve a lot of integration with APIs of the various operating systems. The accelerometer, compass and geolocation services of modern systems are all available for apps made with PhoneGap Benefit of using PhoneGap PhoneGap is completely free to use – and it goes some way to explaining its popularity. Another benefit it that it’s not wholly owned by Adobe, so gets great support and is wholly based on the open-source Apache Cordova project. Some high profile apps were created using PhoneGap, and you can find out more by visiting the PhoneGap apps list. Appcelerator Titanium More than 70,000 apps across all stores have been made the Appcelerator Titanium, so it’s another great option for support as well as the number of function it provides. Key...

A comprehensive guide to successful Offshore Web Development Using Distributed Agile Methodology

Agile web development allows for a number of advantages, especially when compared against the Waterfall methodology. Those advantages include: Decreased costs Reduction in time to market Regular input from the client Improvement in overall product quality Flexible, team-based approach to project completion What about if you are considering an offshore web development project? Is Agile web development really the best option? What are the challenges associated with offshore web development? The purpose of this article is to explore offshore web development using Agile – with a particular focus on India – as well as some keys to making your Agile web development project a complete success. Offshore Web Development Using Agile In contrast to Waterfall, Agile takes a much faster and more flexible approach to completing web development projects. To answer the question – yes – Agile web development is the best option for offshore web development. Simply put, you may wish to consider offshore web development using Agile for any number of reasons, including: A lack of local talent to successfully complete your web development project The reduced cost of working with offshore web developers The ability to increase or decrease capacity fairly quickly Concepts such as iterative development, short work phases known as ‘sprints,’ and routine client feedback, make Agile web development the ideal choice for offshore development projects. Offshore Web Development in India Numerous market changes in India have resulted in it becoming a preferred global destination for outsourcing of all types. The Indian market has matured significantly in recent years, allowing you – the client – to receive top quality web development at a very...