Sometimes it happens – your business partners just don’t fit your needs anymore. The quality of services, approach, and a team of professionals may change, affecting the overall working results. In the world of software development, changing vendors can be an essential thing for your business’ sake.
Let us guess – you feel that something goes wrong. It may be the lack of quality, often delays, and a growing number of things that should be done (but aren’t finished eventually). No company deserves such treatment, so here you are – just about to sign the papers with another vendor.
TecSynt knows how important it is to find a perfect service provider, so we prepared the list of vital points for your consideration. This time, you’re on the threshold of the long-lasting partnership.
There’s a very big chance to be unhappy with the outsourcing partnership if you don’t know what results you wanted to achieve at the beginning. We may call it a strategical part of your business activity which goes closely with tactical steps. Keeping in mind only a certain set of tasks (your tactics) means that you won’t define a good effect that outsourcing has on your business.
Here are examples of goals which are usually important for companies:
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It seems obvious, doesn’t it? Before picking an outsourcing team, we check its experience, number of clients, and portfolio section. But what’s important in the software sphere is the fact that it deals with dozens of product types. For an entrepreneur, it’s important to review the types of apps or websites that were built by this vendor. Don’t hesitate to ask some extra questions if you’re looking for the long-lasting cooperation.
After choosing several options, start learning details about the vendor’s quality of services. On this stage, it’s important to know about strong points and future challenges which may appear with time. You can also ask for some examples of work – to learn the quality of coding, for instance. The more details you know now, the bigger chances to make the right choice.
Have you ever tried to focus all of your efforts on lots of things simultaneously? If yes, then the main point of the fourth feature is clear for you. Those companies who put their strength into a few product types (but not all of them), have all chances to gain success faster and make their customers way happier. Don’t try to find jacks-of-all-trades on the market. Vendors with a narrow specialization have deeper knowledge and more detailed expertise.
You should keep your eyes and ears open a lot earlier than on the stage of development. Pay attention to the questions you’re asked at the interview and what details you discuss with the team. The more information they get on this stage, the more product details will be considered during the production. Certainly, you’d like to get a spick-and-span solution, so let you project begin as early as possible.
Communication is the key to mutual understanding. Lots of questions can be solved much faster with less time and efforts. How to be sure that this specific vendor is on the same page with you?
Starting new partnership with the outsource vendor is always a risk for a business. You should be ready to give some time, money, and efforts relying on the unknown business environment. To increase your confidence, check how stable the vendor is in financial terms. This information can give your new beginning a certain level of security.
There is such a big list of services that you could acquire with the help of software development companies. Before actually getting to work, discuss the intellectual property issue with your partners. In some cases, IP should always belong to you: for example, if it’s higher-end KPO work or a product with special features.
When we’re about to begin a long-term partnership, we expect it to be on the highest possible level during the whole term of the collaboration. This is an obvious requirement which can be quite hard to achieve. To be sure your vendor will always provide you with a high quality, check its certificates and, what’s more important, ensure that the team follows all the tendencies and latest tools in the daily work.
Earlier, it was considered that only big projects required advanced security. But with time, the growing threat of malware concerns more and more developers from lots of countries. So you should learn how the vendor’s team deals with security issues. It will also be helpful to learn more about any quality certificates the company has.
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Managing new partnership begins with a deep knowledge of your product. If you have a small business, there is no need to turn to a large company – it makes communication more complicated. Additionally, not all big companies have a profound understanding of complex product types, their specialization is much wider. We would recommend you start with a small project for the vendor – to test out all working aspects.
TecSynt offers you a full cycle of mobile software development, and we assure you that your product will be in safe hands until the release date.