In the globalized and hyper-connected modern world, where communication between even most distant parts of the globe is now smooth and easier than ever, moving the software development process offshore or nearshore is the logical choice. This statement can be easily supported by research and statistics. IT outsourcing and offshoring is a huge market: according to Statista, it generates two times as much revenue as the whole business process outsourcing market. To be clear, in 2018 it generated 62 billion dollars. When it comes to specific IT services, 64% of companies state that they outsource or offshore the software development process, more than any other operations. This widespread practice seems to be the natural move for organizations at certain evolution stage, founding themselves in the need of scaling up their product.
Nevertheless, to fully benefit from offshoring IT services without compromising the product quality, it’s important to choose a reputable contractor with a team that will guarantee the correct software delivery and satisfying final results. A recommendable choice in this situation can be offshoring the service to a company that offers dedicated software development teams. In Codete we firmly believe in this approach and in this article we will explain why external development teams mean offshoring done right.
Dedicated software teams in a nutshell
Offshoring and nearshoring software development means that the client has a remote, external team of IT professionals at his disposal, that act as a stand-alone external IT department. The entire development process is covered thoroughly: consulting and indicating business goals, research, design and prototyping, the proper software development, quality assurance, and last but not least, implementation. The team is created particularly for this specific project, which assures that the experts will have a fresh approach to every challenge they meet and will apply their rich experience in new products. Every project involves developers that specialize in required tools or environments. Additionally, the teams are complemented by specialists from other fields as necessary, such as project managers, UX designers, and graphic designers, business experts and even SEO specialists. Every member of the team goes through an in-depth onboarding process and receives detailed guidance regarding the project requirements and targets. In Codete, we stick strictly to this manner of working. This assures that the members of our dedicated development teams are fully trained, knowledgeable and aware of the specification and desired results. Moreover, a great emphasis is put on the specialists’ soft skills, in order to ensure a seamless communication that allows maintaining a fruitful and undisturbed contact with clients and hence delivering projects perfectly adapted to their needs and requirements. What is more, the incorporation of business and industry experts in Codete’s dedicated teams guarantees that the outcome will meet the established business goals.
The challenges of building a software development team
But why software development is a process so keenly offshored by numerous companies? The main reason is that creating and maintaining an in-house team of such professionals can be a difficult struggle. The team forming process can become a long-term challenge, and it gets even more complicated when it comes to software development teams. The rapidly growing IT industry is in a constant need of skilled professionals. This makes the talent sourcing on the domestic market a rather complicated, time-consuming and arduous endeavor. This can become a problem if the project needs to be carried out immediately, which means there is no sufficient time to gather a proper team of specialists. On the other hand, in many cases, the team may be needed for just one specific project that will last for a limited period of time, which makes the idea of the creation of a whole team for this sole purpose quite unreasonable. A lack of adequately prepared, competent and efficient IT recruiters in the organization can be a huge problem, too. Taking these obstacles into account, moving software development to external teams can be the right move here. This is why Codete is reaching towards the businesses that find themselves in need of qualified IT specialists, offering a comprehensive service of dedicated software development teams.
Can Agile software development be moved offshore?
Agile development is one of the most efficient and commonly used software development methodologies right now. Agile software development approach requires constant collaboration between cross-functional and self-organized teams and the customer or product final users in order to meet their needs. One of the main Agile principles is the adaptation to ever-changing targets and shifting priorities, as well as a quick response to any alteration in business circumstances. The customer needs and business situation sometimes can change dramatically, but thanks to extensive communication and collaboration between the developers and the customer (which is another one of Agile principles) it is possible to take into account any new guidelines, targets or conditions. Due to effective communication with the customer and listening to his/her needs, changes can be implemented at any stage of product development. Therefore, an important doubt may emerge – as Agile development process requires a streamlined communication and active participation of final users, can it be moved offshore or maybe nearshore to Agile dedicated teams?
Drawing from our experience in Agile development, the answer is definitely yes. Taking into account the way the modern world is globalized and connected, there is no reason to think that effective collaboration and product delivery could be impossible in case of remote Agile dedicated teams. On the contrary, the external software development team comprised of experienced Agile developers is a guarantee that the whole process will follow the methodology. Likewise, external teams, such as Codete’s dedicated specialists, are able to accurately advice the customer on the methodologies that should be applied on the basis of a thorough analysis of the project specification and extensive know-how gained over the years while working on numerous and diverse challenges.
Dedicated development teams: a case study
How do dedicated offshore and nearshore teams work in practice? A good example is Unirac success story, one of Codete’s satisfied customers. This manufacturing company lacks an in-house team of developers that would be able to deliver the company’s newest, challenging project: an app whose main purpose is to design solar panel installations – a convenient tool for customers without technical background or professionals that need a handy software. The Codete dedicated software development team took over the project after the initial stage, and have brought it to successful completion within the desired deadline. The main defiance was to select an adequate technology stack (in this case, Django, MySQL, jQuery) replacing the outdated technologies used in the initial phase of the project, and then develop, test and deploy the app functionalities, as well as to optimize the existing code. During the whole process, the dedicated development team was in touch with the customer and gave full technical support at every phase of development.
To sum up, offshoring and nearshoring IT projects to external software development teams has multiple benefits: business, economic, and technological. It can be the solution to IT talent shortage problems in the domestic market, and a great opportunity to benefit from the experience of skilled professionals offshore or nearshore, at the same time reducing costs without compromising the quality.
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