Top 5 reasons to partner globally with an offsite software development team?

Author: A.C. Cristiaan |

Let's face it hiring any new "local" software engineer is difficult enough.

Today, the biggest problem of any business startup or even an established company is finding technical people ‒ especially programmers. The average annual salary for a senior engineer is well over $100,000.

First, when looking for talent, you need to expend an enormous amount of time and energy in the recruitment effort. Finally, you're down to the top candidates as you and other team members go through the interviewing and hiring circles. Once hired, you either train or turn them loose on their own ‒ hoping they swim and not sink.

If they make it through the labyrinth, you're then required to heavily incentivize in order to retain ‒ or face loosing them to competitors, eventually. It typically takes a few months to see if the investment actually paid off ‒ not to mention the cost of running the existing in house team though the arduous process.

Top 5 reasons to go global and outsource

  1. Save on recruiting costs. Recruiters and the recruiting process is not inexpensive by any means, period.

  2. Save on programming costs. By selecting an offsite software partner, you'll save considerable amount of time and money. Which is a substantial savings when you consider selecting a partner that has global resources ‒ especially in regions where the dollar is much stronger.

  3. Save on time when on-boarding. You can typically get a team up to speed faster since you'll usually get the benefit of having your global partner ensure its success ‒ and that each project is properly supervised.

  4. Save on speed of development. Typically for the cost of one programmer, you can justify budgeting for more resources that contribute to delivering on the overall mission, faster.

  5. Diverse set of technologies. The likelihood of finding a programmer with a specific set of skills within a global market is much easier. Your global partner will connect aptitude faster and accurately than localized recruitment.

As a technology CEO, I've run both types of operations ‒ in house and global outsourced teams. Based on my professional experience, I've had wonderful results with going the global outsource route. Ultimately, it all ends up being a choice leadership has to make and test for themselves.


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