IT Offshore Development – Things to Consider
If your company makes a decision to use offshore resources for a specific project, chances are that you will have to maintain long-distance work environment and put in a lot of efforts to co-ordinate. The situation can improve and work better in your favor if you collaborate with a US web development or IT company having an offshore development center. Not only you can minimize the risks involved in a development process but you can also take advantage of local communication.
IT offshore development has been a hot trend for decades now. But still it cannot be considered risk-free. Several hundreds of companies have popped up since then each one claiming of providing the best services. There is no doubt that these companies have quick access to a large pool of talented professionals but not all can be considered good. They may not fulfill your expectations. So, it is necessary for you to make a thorough research and find a trusted company.
Sometimes, visiting a foreign company can be difficult because of lack of time. But if their office is situated locally within the US, things become easier. Although communicating with an offshore team is not a problem nowadays. All thanks to the internet technologies and a budding English speaking population. However, local communication still feels better.
Where to Outsource?
There have been many outsourcing locations such as India, Philippines, China, Israel, Ireland, etc. but India certainly leads the way. The reason being, the country produces hundreds thousands of IT professionals every year. Secondly, the working population is young and they are capable of handling their workload quite well. Thirdly, a majority of graduates are capable of communicating in English. Fourthly, the economy is cheap as compared to other outsourcing hub.
As far as IT offshore development is concerned, Indian professionals are far ahead than at other locations. It is quite logical for businesses to set up their offshore development centers in the country. Not only this, they can also hire a small team of professionals if the scope of their project is not that big. They have ample of options when it comes to hiring IT professionals. Depending upon their needs and budget, they can hire as less as one professional to as many as hundreds of professional with diverse skill sets, qualifications and experience. The biggest benefit is that a major chunk of working population consists of young people who are always looking to upgrade their skills.
Assess the Talent
Even if you choose to outsource your IT project to a company headquartered in the US, it is necessary to assess the talent of the workforce that you intend to hire. This gives you a sound knowledge of what their people can do and how they would be handling your project. You can either go through their resumes or conduct an online interview in order to assess their skills. If it is possible for you to get involved in the selection process, it’s great. At least, you would be sure if you can work with them for a longer period of time.
Kuntal Mehta (KJ) is the managing partner of Seashore Partners, a web development, e-commerce solution and SEO company headquartered in New Jersey, United States. In this article, he discusses how it is beneficial for companies to partner with a US based company having offshore development center in India for their IT offshore development.
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