Step 1. Shape your IT project needs and requirements
Yes, we urge you to begin with a deep analysis of your software development needs, challenges, and requirements. To clarify, it is crucial first to understand what is your starting point and destination and map your route as rigorously as possible. No one leaves home without knowing where and how to go. The same way, no one starts looking for a software outsourcing company without knowing what he wants from the project contract.
Here are some tasks to perform at this stage:
Step 2. Make your vendor shortlist
Just as you never consider staying at the first hotel you came across while traveling abroad, never consider handing over your project to the first software development company as well. So, do some preliminary research and compose your list of vendor-to-be candidates selected out of IT outsourcing companies that fit your criteria in the first instance.
Here are some freelancing and B2B platforms and directories we recommend you to visit in your research:
Many of them have filters that enable you to narrow your search down. To clarify, there are millions of companies that provide software outsourcing services around the globe. Therefore, search filters significantly simplify your scanning. For example, you can filter outsourcing companies by their:
Also, it would be great if you know someone who has already outsourced his software development and can recommend you a vendor to deal (or not to deal) with. Yes, a vendor-never-to-deal-with shortlist is an important part of your finding the right vendor. After all, you don’t want to waste time and money just to affirm or deny their disrepute, do you?
Step 3. Verify your shortlisted vendors
Step 4. Analyze bids
Step 5. Discuss the contract and collaboration details
The cost makes the difference and determines. However, there are other things that matter as well. To clarify, you need to discuss certain contract clauses and guarantees, communication and collaboration details before making your final decision.
Here are some points to touch and analyze in your negotiation:
Step 6. Make and test your decision
Now you come close to choosing a vendor you are going to entrust with your software outsource project. Choose the one who has convinced you in their ability to deliver the result you need, the one who wins your trust. Choose and try them with a pilot project (if possible) to make sure the vendor not only seems to be proficient and reliable but really is.