Should your company offshore software development?

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Offshore software development can save your company a vast amount of money and help you develop your app more quickly. In some cases, you won’t even have to hire and manage an inhouse team. According to research, Poland is one of the best countries for offshore development, ranked among the top 10 such organizations in the world, especially when it comes to the Java programming language. 

There are different sides of offshoring to take under consideration,  so let’s take a look if it also fits you.

What is offshore software development?

Offshore software development is a situation when a company decides to entrust a developer or company from another country to develop their app or website. The reason for that could be to lower costs, shorter development time or other important factors. It is an alternative for hiring inhouse developers and going through all the effort of building the team yourself.

Why should you hire offshore software development?

There are many reasons why offshore software development might be a good idea. Let’s jump into some of the reasons we see as viable.

  1. Team extension model – Offshore software development lets your team stay flexible. When your project grows or you decide to cut it down, you just let your offshore team know and they reduce or increase the number of people working on it. This model is highly scalable, enabling you to focus on the project, not on the personnel issues. What’s more, all the know-how that the offshore team has and shares with you stays with your internal team, so you expand your own know-how.
  2. Top talent pool – you don’t have to choose from developers in your country or region, you choose from best developers across several countries or even the whole globe. It means that your product can be developed by the best programmers possible.
  3. Lower costs – offshore software development providers often thrive in countries where skilled experts are available, but their salary is not so high. For example, a developer’s salary in Poland is 46% lower than that in Germany reaching 40-56$ per hour. In  India it stops even at 18-40$ per hour. Thanks to those salary differences your company can save a lot of money while maintaining the quality of product development speed.

What are the drawbacks of offshore software development?

  1. Lack of culture fit – you don’t know the people you are going to work with. They are not part of your company or they come from another country with a totally different culture. It means that they may work in a different culture than you do. Fortunately, this can be assessed at the beginning of your cooperation. Companies like ours develop good techniques and strategies for remote collaboration across different time zones and culture gaps to become a fully compatible team for any project.
  2. Safety – you have less control over the information circulation and might not immediately see if any information is leaked. But there is a way to anticipate this – NDAs, good practices and sensible contracts are the way to go. You can also check the company’s previous work by looking at their portfolio, reviews and testimonials.
  3. Quality – A lot of people are afraid that the employees from abroad will not keep the same quality as their own country’s employees. Probably each one of us have heard about a specialist from a far country that turned out to either be a scam or at least their quality turned out not to be as good as it was supposed to be. Fortunately it’s becoming less of an issue and the quality of offshoring is still growing.

How to choose the right offshore partner?

There are a few things that you should take into consideration before starting cooperation with an offshore partner:

  • Choose a partner that offers a good communication flow and enables you to contact them over multiple channels. Make sure that you will be able to talk to individual developers and not only the PM.
  • Choose a partner whose portfolio includes projects in either your industry or a similar one. Also make suer that it includes as well projects with a similar level of complexity.
  • Choose a partner that starts with a workshop. It’s the best way to share information about your project and how the cooperation should commence. It’s also the best way to find out whether your partner’s culture will mesh well with yours. At United Ideas, we use story mapping for this purpose. 
  • Before making a final decision, have a talk with the PM and head engineer of your offshore team to make sure that you will be able to work with them effectively. Sometimes personalities clash and there’s nothing wrong with it, but it should be avoided for top efficiency in the workplace.
  • Evaluate the process of your potential partner.  Have a regular code review, hold tests, check if their QA is good, set sprints and retros together etc.

Conclusion

As you can see, offshoring software development brings many advantages, from saving money to reaching better developers from all around the world. You can make great use of it and enable our firm to grow better than ever. If you are looking for an offshore software development company we offer ourselves as United Ideas. We promise you, you will love offshoring with us.

If you already decided to offshore your development take a look at what you should prepare before talking to a softwarehouse before developing a mobile app.

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