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How to choose an outsourcing partner?
Analyze Business Requirements
Before hiring an outsourcing partner, you should analyze your business requirements and needs thoroughly. This is one of the first steps in the IT vendor selection process, well, because nobody knows your business better than you. So, it's your responsibility to decide your business goals, business needs, and what could be the best possible solution to achieve your desired outcomes. Simply put, you cannot share vague requirements with your outsourcing partner like "build a mobile app that our users will love" and expect the best outcomes. You need to be extra specific in terms of what you want to build.
Research the Market
Once all the requirements are defined, it is time to search for potential IT vendors.
There are a number of ways to find outsourcing companies. Here are the two main places to look for outsourcing companies:
1. B2B directories like Clutch, list application development outsourcing companies, grouped by location, rating, and expertise.
2. If you are looking for one specialist with a particular skill set, freelance sites might help you. For example, Upwork can help you hire a freelancer or an outsourcing team for a fixed-price or hourly rate.
Schedule Demos and Interviews
Now, you can schedule interviews and request the shortlisted outsourcing vendors to provide a demo of the technology solutions they are proposing.
Obviously, you need to be confident that the outsourcing partner you are planning to hire has the skills, knowledge, and experience you're looking for. So, once you shortlist three to five outsourcing partners, you need to evaluate them based on the following factors:
Projects: What type of apps the team has worked on in the past.
Tech stack: What programming tools do they use? Does the team have experience with the technologies required for your project?
Industry: Has the team developed a project for a similar industry to yours?
Once you are convinced that the development company has a good market reputation, can align well with your business goals, has a track record of delivering on time, and has experience with the technologies required for your project, you can finalize the deal with your outsourcing partner.
For more information on how to outsource application development, see the following article: How to Outsource Application Development in 2021? (https://addevice.io/