Selecting an IT outsourcing company is a task of great responsibility. Choose the wrong one, and you may end with a poor result, broken deadlines, and even project disruption. The whole procedure may seem complicated and daunting to you. Especially, when it is your first time and you do not yet know all the nuances. So, keep reading to get a full understanding of how to find a reliable house for your software development.
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:
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?
Here, verification means conducting a deeper research for your shortlisted vendors to exclude those who are not the right one for your exact case. Here are some details about the candidates to pay attention to:
Visit their websites to know more about them and their services. Examine their portfolio. Contact companies to ask your questions about their expertise and experience. Read available reviews, feedbacks, and testimonials (whatever your, other customers, or a platform may call it). Ask and check their references. Discuss their vision of your project implementation and solutions they can offer. At last, verify their proficiency and coding practice.
Having gone these three steps, you will probably leave on your shortlist, perhaps, no more than five or six companies that are worth further considering. Now, it is time to send them your RFQ and analyze their bids.Here are some tips on what things to take into consideration when analyzing and comparing bids:
With five or six bid proposals in your hands, you have a very large room for decision.
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:
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.
Well, here you come to the end in your vendor-finding journey. We hope this guide will help you find the right outsourcing partner for productive long-term collaboration. Good luck with your project!