The Life Cycle
Outsourcing software development has been proven to be an extremely beneficial decision for companies, in the past few years. Here, we talk about the key steps involved in the outsourcing life-cycle of your software development process.
Outsourcing software development allows you to take a result driven approach in terms of the planning, strategizing and testing involved in the development process. Independent Software Vendors are challenged to innovate faster and better products than their competition, while continuously re-evaluating their development strategies to stay on top of the game. Outsourcing also brings the software development costs down and delegates the more complex development problems on sensitive time frames to industry experts. To reap the aforementioned benefits and more, companies opt for outsourcing their software development needs. The outsourcing life cycle is the process involved in identifying, evaluating and managing a software development vendor to obtain optimal results.
We can subdivide the software development outsourcing life cycle into five major parts. Adhering to them gives you a good set of markers in terms of what to expect while going through the process. Let us look at the major steps involved in the outsourcing life cycle
Identification of Outsourcing Requirements
Software outsourcing requirements can be based on cost, quality and timeline pressure. They can be identified by evaluating the changes in customer purchasing behaviour, increased demand for open source products, increased cost of R&D and niche product requirements, etc. It is advisable to outsource development bottlenecks – aspects of development that are really hampering the profitability margin. By performing an evaluative comparison between in-house development costs taking into account the projected cost differential and the outsourcing costs and availability of quality vendors, one can choose the areas that can be outsourced for development.
Assessment and Selection
Vendor assessment involves quality evaluation of the vendor in terms of available technology, expertise, experience, communicability, security and management. It is beneficial to look for a long term partnership with a vendor and analyze accordingly. It is important that a vendor provides you with a detailed work plan according to the time frame, an ROI analysis and a sequencing and engagement roadmap. Perform a risk analysis involving data and intellectual property security to check the trustworthiness of the vendor.
Performance Administration and Transition
Once you have chosen the vendor, the actual outsourcing begins. This is the phase where the vendor is expected to provide you with the expected deliverables. The data and expertise transfer must begin through well established lines of communication and the initial transitional checkpoints must be attained. It is very important that all terms and expectations of both the parties are clearly stated in the contract and the service level agreements for a fruitful relationship.
Once the initial knowledge transfer is completed and the plan defined, the software development begins. Every software has a unique development life cycle that has to be carefully defined by the developers and includes timeline management, coding and testing. For effectively managing the software development, one should demand the provision of time specific results from the vendor, along with a detailed process evaluation on every phase. Everything including usability and GUI has to undergo a careful discussion so that you are provided with the product you truly envisioned. Timeline assessment is the key in this phase, since any delay will reflect itself in the product cost and company profitability.
Renewal/End of Development
The final phase of outsourcing development life cycle includes the handover of the finished product along with the final testing evaluation and certification. Here you have an option to either renew your contract for further development needs or begin with the first step of the cycle again, depending upon your experience with the vendor.
Outsourcing software development is a complex and time consuming process. It is advisable that you choose your vendor with great care for a successful project and a rewarding relationship.
Get in touch with OptimusInfo in case you have questions about software development needs. With years of industry experience and expertise, our professionals will be happy to guide you through the process.