The nearshoring market is wide and the number of options can sometimes be overwhelming. So, how can you make sure you are making the right choice when choosing a software development partner? We will make use of our +15 years of experience in the market to give you some tips to help you along the process.
If this is the first time you are considering nearshoring IT services, you can start the search in a B2B recommendations platform, such as Clutch.co, where you can see reviews, and analyze the experience of others with the companies you are considering. If you can, ask some other clients about their experience with the nearshoring organization you want to hire. This is a crucial part of the process that will allow you to focus your time and energy on the best candidates.
Choosing the best:
Once you have done your research, you can narrow down the search to 3-4 potential candidates, and send them a general inquiry request. This will allow you to get a first glimpse of the way each company works (consider the time to take to answer, their willingness to reply to your questions and any other first impressions that can say a lot about their communication style). You should ask them all the things you believe to be important and that would be a dealbreaker. What type of services do you expect? Will you require developers specialized in one particular field? How flexible are your deadlines and your budget?
What to look for in their answers:
Now, this is the time to analyze each proposal and decide what the best option for you is. Although there are many things to take into consideration, here are a few ideas of what you should never forget to consider:
- Expertise: what is the general level of expertise of their staff? What kind of industries have they worked with or which renowned clients have they had? How many senior developers will they have available for you?
- Transparency: how will you control the daily performance of tasks? Will they work as a part of your team or just report to you periodically?
- Data security: how will they protect your confidential information? Are they familiar with your country’s Intellectual Property laws?
What you need to know:
Before you can analyze their answers, you should also have a clear idea of what you are looking for, and what work model is best for you. Otherwise, you may get influenced by a proposal and end up with a company that works great, but is not the right fit for you. This is not always easy, so you may even consider hiring an external consultant to carry out a “diagnosis” that can help you make the best choice.
Would you marry the first person you meet today in the street? Most definitely not. Likewise, choosing an IT business partner is a process that takes time, a lot of self-analysis, and a critical eye to find the best match for you. However, once you land on the right partner, you can be sure that all your projects will succeed! At Virtualmind, we choose each team member in order to make sure they are the perfect fit for your project. By doing this, we guarantee the goals will be achieved better than the way they were planned. From our experience, I can say that all our clients at Virtualmind will agree with that.