Though there are many risks and challenges involved in global software development, the steep rise in globalization in the minds of young generation finally paves the way for software development offshore. Let us discuss how the projects are managed in offshore software development consulting.
Most of the software projects are unique and innovative which involves a lot of risks on the way products are conceptualized, conceived, designed, developed and delivered to clients. These risks are very well managed through documentation.
Documentation is nothing but a study and analysis of our success and failures while developing software in the format of papers. This documentation will eventually help us to handle the complex nature of the project efficiently. Unfortunately many offshore countries do not document them resulting in poor risk management.
To ensure the transparency of the software development in terms of security, the offshore consulting should produce an empirical security policy. This security policy will answer all the questions of the client’s review.
The linking or connectivity between the ODC and the client’s network should involve modern techniques to experience a better communication. The configuration management must be implemented properly in order to make the client to feel virtually that the offshore developers are their on-site developers and not remote developers. Better configuration management will avoid unauthorized intrusion, hackers and virus threat.
The offshore companies should protect their legal and intellectual properties. Trade secrets, customer data and financial information must be managed safely as many third world countries do not have an established law against cyber crime to investigate and prosecute the injustice happening through cyberspace.
Therefore regular security reviews, proper documentation and policy procedures, transparent offshore model, clear configuration between the offshore data center and the client must be handled properly while undertaking offshore projects to ensure better risk and project management in offshore outsourcing consulting.
Offshore staffing, dedicated team creation, offshore software development, offshore project management are running as hot business in India today with the perspective of offshore outsourcing.
Indians have state of the art offshore development centers with a focus on security, reliability and scalability. They own dedicated servers for application demos and presentation, high-end workstations and multi platform servers. They provide state of the art communication with VOIP calling, instant access through messengers and Skype, dedicated FTP, virtual networking computation, 24/7 backup support and fast email services.
Indian programmers deliver cost-effective services to meet the client needs and become favorable IT partners for Americans and other western countries. Over a couple of decade, Indian IT professionals have a great experience and expertise in IT and ITES industry.
Not only in offshore outsourcing but also in other business that delivers software and IT solutions, India delivers the best product in world arena. In particular, Indians are good at programming and scripting, technology platform, database, operating system and development methodologies. The key for the success of Indian offshore outsourcing business is dedication.
Their Dedication involves hard work, obedience, team work, continuous learning, full-time support, instant solutions and quick response, time to market, cost-effective product and quality control.
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Portfolio will give you a detailed idea about their history, experience and services. Its our duty to check whether the products listed in the portfolio are true to our prudence.
Most of the software projects that Indians develop are for foreign clients. Particularly stakeholders from United States and United Kingdom show large interest to outsource their projects to India.
The predominant aspect that attracts foreign clients to handover software development to India is their dedication and cost reduction.
Though Indians are lacking in their communication and work experience, they show their commitment, behave smoothly with customers, dedicated and obedient.
Today most of the Indians who work in the US, UK, Australia and some European countries are either software professionals or physicians.
As India was a British colonized country for years and Indians work for and work in America in huge numbers, there are many features that connect India with the western countries. This helps India in a big way to understand their culture, civilization and society.
Some of the major cities in India where offshore software development is undertaken for years are Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Delhi, Pune, etc.
Finding the best offshore company that suits an outsourcing company is really a hectic task for the onshore investors. This going to be the crucial factor in deciding the time to market, percentage of marginal gain, project coordination and cooperation, quality, security, culture and business understanding.
Companies who outsource long-term projects, who are experienced with many offshore companies, who can better understand the offshore countries and their work culture, good in remote monitoring can handle the above mentioned challenges effectively.
Thus India shines well in offshore software development and project management due to its commitment, dedication and business strategy.
As our world is globalized and interconnected, IT services are dispersed around the world. English language has become one communication medium of the world and there is a rapid growth in worldwide telecommunication. Today offshore software development has been considered as a good business.
Entrepreneurs who have overcome the challenges such as cross-cultural issues, cultural and geographical distances, communication and coordination challenges, and knowledge transfer complexities are always sharing their profitable experience in offshore software development. Understanding the complex nature of software development and applying intensive coordination and control throughout the development stages will lead to successful software development.
Transparency and openness among the team members in dealing with problems associated with project, excellent communication skills particularly for on-site coordinators and project managers who lead the OSD projects, competency in terms of business knowledge, technical skills and cultural understanding are found to be the critical issues that contribute to success of offshore outsourcing.
Genuine sign-off for complete requirements and business specifications, documentation, empirical engagement model, standard process and guidelines, proper interpretations between the client and vendor during the course of the project, clear objectives and goals will result in progress of the offshore business.
Indian vendors have been handling the offshore projects well in recent years. They are beyond comparison in offshore outsourcing. Though there are few failures and attempts in product development, they have shown a good record of delivering many successful projects.
Communication issues, competency issues, formal project management process issues, formal project management output issues are some of the common issues that the offshore outsourcing management and staff, outsourcing companies and stakeholders have been facing these days. But all these issues and challenges in OSD have been solved and found solutions.
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Today, in the world of globalization, offshoring and outsourcing has become a powerful business for software companies. Lot of development projects are outsourced every year. The growing shortage of programmers and developers especially in the most developed countries, is the most important reason for the progression of offshore companies apart from cost reduction and internationalization.
Substantial reduction in project costs, compression of software development and implementation time, easy access to skilled programmers and developers, world-class quality of developments have been attracting potential customers to outsource their projects.
India, the destination of IT services has gained lots of popularity because of its talents and especially for lower labor cost for oversees software development services. Therefore a number of oversees giants have already established their presence in India for IT outsourcing.
Recent reports and survey states that India stands top and next comes China, Mexico, Ireland, Canada, Malaysia, Philippines, Russia and Singapore in the popularity of offshore industry.
A project under offshore software development is not deemed complete until the proper documentation is made clear. A request for the layout of the working process should be made, quality assurance team must be implemented and the complete hardware and software specifications should be studied to furnish the flow of information and to improve the performance of the proposed projects.
At every level during the progress of the product development, proper response and positive feedback will ensure the success of the offshore process. It is our duty to satisfy or impress the customer by our dedicated work and quality assurance.
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