The growing need to outsource software development has come with the call for faster growth and the urgency for being a one-stop solution for the clients. But the process for choosing an ideal partner does not come with a ready recipe. Being a potential step that could determine the rapid success or decline of your enterprise, software development partnership must be a well thought out process, wherein, the choice of partners must be in alignment to the culture and needs of your company.
Irrespective of the size or industry reach, every enterprise is on a lookout for a software partner for outsourcing because of the enterprises’ need to streamline the company process and to expand the organization in scale and size. Amongst partnerships, innovation partnerships are most appreciated as it is overriding to constantly reinvent themselves as relevance is key in the present times.
As “rapidly changing” is just an understatement when it comes to the software development industry, keeping up with the current trends while ensuring longevity is a tough task entrusted upon software development companies that you partner up with.
The common sentiment which arises time and again is that finding and sustaining a smooth relationship with their software development partner is not an easy feat. This is so especially since the success and failure of your company might be hinged on this relationship.
The following recommendations will help you end up with the right software development partner:
Openness to Innovation: Every software development company will be able to produce a vision for themselves, but it is their innovation statement that matters as that is a direct testament to the fact that if they are keeping up with the changing technological world. For example, Frugal Innovation Methodology (the ability to do more and better with less) is an innovative approach to software development that has been gaining momentum in the past years. Ensuring that your potential vendor can think ahead of time and work towards it is important.
Bandwidth to up your Project: By bandwidth we mean the space or resources a company can allocate for your specific project and comfortably deliver within time frames of your convenience. It is crucial to verify that your software partner has the capacity to shoulder the responsibility of your size, within the time frame that you require delivery.
Internal Team's Potentiality: No matter how many promises a company salesperson makes, the project’s quality is determined by the capability of its internal team. Most companies will have a client-facing team well versed in software development, but it is not necessarily they who do the actual work. Ensure that the actual team you are going to work with is capable and talented and has the experience to pull it off.
Rapid Application Development: In an age when quick and efficient results are what enterprises are looking for, Rapid prototyping and iterative development falling under the umbrella term of RAD (rapid application development) is a wise choice to go with. Companies that follow this methodology are highly successful in churning out quality solutions while staying within budgets and time constraints. They do so by shaving out features that don’t make a real impact and focusing on the core value.
Local Presence: Communication is key when it comes to selecting a software partner since there will inevitably be iterations and a lot of back and forth between the companies. Hence it is crucial that you have a physical team to collaborate with locally so that project steering meetings can be held face to face. This will not only build trust and accountability but eradicate any miss communications.
Structured and Professional Approach: Professionalism and structure within your partner organization greatly reflect in the daily interaction with their team. A proper channel of communication and workflow cannot be established without a structure in place. While choosing a software development company make sure you gauge the level of professionalism that they exhibit during your initial interactions.
Post-Developmental Support: The true integrity of a software development company is tested not only during the development process but also after sales. The kind of support you are provided with after matters the most as no matter how perfect the software solution is, problems are bound to arise. Hence make sure those aspects are discussed before-hand.
Adhering to these pointers while selecting your software partner will help you end up with the partner of your choice.
Head- Sales Enablement
Dinu is a sales and account management professional with close to a decade's experience in client-facing roles across client servicing, business development and consulting for US and UK engagements with a focus on digital and innovation areas. Read More
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