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10 tips on how to choose the best nearshore software development team

A long and profitable business relationship is rewarding, and that is why the number of companies that outsource their IT projects to nearshore providers is constantly increasing. No wonder, the benefits nearshore IT companies offer leave them with no better option.

High-skilled developers, low-cost workforce, cultural similarities, easier collaboration are just some of these advantages nearshore software development companies offer. Moreover, nearshoring allows companies to visit more often their provider.

Even though, in order to get the best value for your money, it is necessary to find a team that will boost your success. Contracting with a nearshoring partner should be the start of a productive business relationship.

To select a partner that is easy to work with you should take into consideration these recommendations:

1. Create your software requirements

First of all, establish your software requirements. Well structured and clearly determined set of requirements will lead to development success.

Therefore, identify your business needs properly, dedicate time, effort and try to be very precise at this stage of the process. Talk to your co-workers to figure out the possible problems that may occur and analyse the solution for them.

2. Choose the right country for you project.

Each country has its specific features and before choosing your potential partner, analyse what countries are great for nearshoring. Due to a large number of European outsourcing locations, UK companies have many options to choose from for nearshore software development.

3. Opt for a friendly team

You’re going to be spending a lot of time with your software development company, talking about tasks or testing your product. You’ll want to be able to have a communicative, friendly partner.

4. Communication skills and language proficiency (both oral and written)

It may sound insignificant, but is necessary to build a strong business and cultural relationship with your partner. Efficient communication can boost a project’s success. And I don’t mean communication between you and management only, but also how well do the team members interact. A good team collaborate willingly and listen intently.

5. Don’t deny the importance of choosing the right-size team

Most of us have a wrong opinion that the larger outsourcing vendor is, the more quality and attention you will get. This is not always true. To give an illustration of what I mean, let’s imagine a conversation with a manager that is also responsible for other dozens of projects. Working with a “giant” you won’t get full attention and not always your each and every idea will be understood correctly.

According to Quantitative Software Management, small teams are more efficient compared with larger teams. That doesn’t mean smaller software development companies don’t have their disadvantages. Even if a small partner usually has lower costs and the communication is far easier, the project can be quite vulnerable if one individual leaves the team.

6. Project Experience

The key is to choose a software provider with strong core values such as experience. Experienced vendor will understand faster your specific needs. In order to save your time, choose a more experienced software development company.

As we all know, the more experience a nearshore IT company has, the better it is. The company you want to work with should have at least 5 years of experience in software development field.

Don’t hesitate to ask for references and work samples, ask questions about the types of project they have worked on in the past. The software development team will provide the name of the project, the type of project, and a list of the technologies used.

7. Delivery Times

Providing realistic deadlines and goals is another important aspect. Deadlines are useful but they can be a source of frustration if they are not set accurately.

8. Cost-effectiveness

We can not neglect the importance of this point. You have to make sure your potential vendor charges reasonable rates for their IT services.

Lower prices don’t mean bad quality, it’s just the geographic and economic reality.

For instance, if you are an European company owner, nearshoring in Moldova is probably the best solution for your business as this country provides quality at a low price, actually the lowest in Eastern Europe.

9. Frequent deployments

The company has to show you their progress of their work periodically. Deployment made at least every two weeks will improve the quality of the process and will increase the speed of software development.

10. Company Culture

The culture of the outsourcing company matters because it has a direct impact on employee longevity and the quality, customer service.

Finding a partner that keep pace with a strong culture and finds a way to be different from other IT companies can make the difference between success and failure. “Diversity is in itself a core strength that will enable us to write better software and build better products.” (Edward Kim, Cofounder of Gusto)

Remember to treat the selection with the responsibility and respect it deserves, in order to have a long and profitable business relationship with your outsourcing vendor.

P.S. And don’t forget that Atomate always offers professional software development services. If you choose Atomate as your nearshore destination, you will get access to highly qualified and experienced IT specialists, with expertise in traditional and agile methodologies. Success of our clients is our success.

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