Offshore Software Development Models

Talent and skills have no bars. Outsourcing or Offshore development has set a standard example of why businesses choose performance over location. Yes, that’s right, most of the businesses choose performance as their indispensable part of their business. Yet there are restrictions that every business faces like budget, timeline, geography and many more. The list is endless but however with Offshore development you can overcome all these shortcomings. It smoothly integrates within your business and brings profitability for businesses. To know how, you will find it in the blog, which focuses majorly on offshore development models as per business convenience.

The trend of outsourcing did not start a year ago, it’s been here since the 90s. Now that it has showcased a proven track record, it is easier to entrust the services of offshore software development. The best thing about Offshore software development is the flexibility it offers to business in terms of levels. It also improves the level of collaboration and app development. 

So, in this blog, we will take you through three major sections and one of the most vital areas which creates ambiguity among businesses. The first section will let you discover the three levels of Offshore Software development. Then we will swiftly move towards the business models dominating the offshore software development. Finally understand how and on which basis businesses can be collaborated with other business for their benefit.

1. Offshore Software Development by Levels

1.1 Low-Level Outsourcing

Customers benefit from low customer involvement, and the outsourcing organization benefits from low customer engagement. The outsourcing of low-level solution coding and software delivery is done here. In a low-level offshore development model, the customer firm is in charge of product management, while the outsourced company is in charge of development and quality assurance.

1.2 High-level Outsourcing

Like the previous offshore software development approach, high-level outsourcing keeps product management in-house. Under in-house supervision, the QA outsourced team also designs and performs tests. The project management, solution, and test design are all given to the offshore development centre in this case. The rest is still under the watchful eye of the in-house team.

1.3 Complete Technical Outsourcing

Technical outsourcing in a broader term that means to take help of specialists. They are experts in offering all types of technical guidance. It could be anything from developing a one-page or could be developing multi-functionality eCommerce website. Or it could be any new-edge application with IoT, AI or ML imbibed in it. When you take offshore development the needs are uncertain, it could be any technical complexity that needs a dedicated team for custom software development.

There could be an offshore development center that is located at a remote location. It could also be a business who want to collaborate with offshore developers. They are reliable, trustworthy and the best in business.

2. Offshore Software Development by Business Models

Business models for software development highlight how companies provide value to their customers. It details the services you supply and how you get the compensation. Every business model is unique and has its own set of benefits and drawbacks. The benefits overshadow several myths against offshore development and the offered services. The development company has an option of engaging and partnering with us based on their immediate and long-term needs. Our clients can choose from a variety of engagement models. Clients can select one model or combine two or more models to meet their specific requirements.

Any software development company needs to have a solid knowledge about the offshore development process. If they want to  make it easier and convenient, businesses can now outsource their projects by three models. The first is the Time material model, or a fixed cost and dedicated development team. We must know each of these models in detail to understand

2.1 Fixed Cost Model

In the fixed cost model, there is a set price that is agreed upon. This price is fix  for the completion and delivery of a project or assignment from start to finish. This is a low-risk approach for businesses. It’s best suited to instances where the project’s scope and specifications are fairly clear.

With this fixed-cost approach, businesses can ensure that we fully comprehend the client’s needs and resource requirements. This will provide them the best possible quote. This will provide a clear estimation on what would be the budget and timeline of an app developed and delivered. The project success rate is higher. Since we improve our development process to provide consistency, predictability, and optimal performance in order to deliver on time, on budget, and on schedule.

2.2 Dedicated Development Team

The dedicated development team model is one of the most overused business models among businesses. There is an entire team dedicated to the client’s project under this strategy. The project’s resources are allocated according to the client’s requirements. This dedicated facility acts as a virtual team and adds arms and legs to the clients in house team of developers and engineers.

There is an offshore team that gets involve in this type of development model. It is reliable, efficient, and contributes highly to the success of clients’ businesses or projects. Clients benefit from the freedom to choose their skill set and resources, as well as the ability to finish the development process with knowledge retention while keeping confidentiality and protecting their Intellectual Property Rights (IPR). The customer owns the (IPR) rights to the products developed by the offshore developers in our development center.

In this type of engagement model, the development team is at the client location, and they know how the offshore outsourcing may benefit them in terms of future scope of work, project development, and business profitability. Your business is liable to receive cost reduction but efficient business results with an offshore team of engineers.

2.3 Time and Material

As per the name this type of business model does not require a definition. It goes by the name. The time material model is based on the fact that the project efforts in this methodology is in accurate estimation in terms of execution time and resources deployed. The project expense is a direct result of the above-mentioned project efforts.

The Time and Material (Efforts) based model is especially beneficial in projects that are complicated and prone to specification and design changes throughout project execution. This paradigm offers tremendous flexibility and scope for continual development and modification of project parameters in response to changing market demands. This business model is most suitable when it comes to offshore outsourcing and businesses tend to adopt this more because there is a trust in this model that makes businesses benefit from this type of Software outsourcing.

3. Offshore Development Model by Services

3.1 Project-Based

Offshore software development is a model that commonly employes projects with set timetables and well-defined project requirements. These types of offshore models are unlikely to change over the development process. This remote development strategy is well-known for its cost-cutting and faster time-to-market benefits.

Selecting a software outsourcing service provider with knowledge in the technologies utilized in the project and experience in the business vertical, according to industry experts, is one way to accomplish this. However, if you believe your needs may change throughout development or if you’re in a rapidly changing market, such as payment processing. It’s a high suggestion to  choose another solution.

When you want to engage with a software development company for more than a one-time project, this strategy is also worth considering. This offshore development model works well for firms with irregular, one-off, and pilot projects of low to medium complexity with well-defined needs and deliverables, the project-based strategy is the best solution.

3.2 Offshore Development Center

The software development needs vary for each business and not everyone believes in the development team to reliably outsource their software development tasks. The offshore development center is one of the best development models which brings profitability when you outsource to experts. The outsourcing company or the offshore development center have countries like Ukraine and other destinations with a good reputation and reduced expenses.

Eastern European countries, such as Ukraine, are well-known for having the most offshore IT resources. Countries like Ukraine are drawing more and more businesses every day because of their low expenses and highly educated workforce.

This type of outsourcing technique goes best with long-term projects that require a lot of work. It’s great for companies who want to cut development expenses while maintaining product quality. In this scenario, they set aside a dedicated team of skilled professionals to engage in and oversee their single project. The outsourcing company takes care of every minute need.

3.3 Staff Augmentation

What is staff augmentation and how is it different from other development processes if that’s your question then the answer is here. When a business wants to augment its local presence with the help of offshore developers to conduct simple technical processes and nothing more, this is known as staff augmentation. The client has direct control over offshore teams that is enhanced developers, and their perspective of the product and any improvisations is frequently limited, but they have no liability for the project. They deliver results in the actual amount of time predicted at the beginning of the project with the specified outsourcing model chosen by you.

4. Conclusion

As we started, this blog is focused on ways on how to collaborate with the right business for profit and customer satisfaction. Through this blog, we aimed to amplify how development models can be hired for businesses. It can be on the basis of levels, offshore development models, and also through service models. We hope to bring a clear difference on how businesses should see these hiring models and which one benefits them the most. From the same software outsourcing industry, we know all the pros and cons of offshore development and with our experience, we displayed it to you, you can take a chance and get rewarded for its benefits.

Itesh Sharma

Itesh Sharma is core member of Sales Department at TatvaSoft. He has got more than 6 years of experience in handling the task related to Customer Management and Project Management. Apart from his profession he also has keen interest in sharing the insight on different methodologies of software development.


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