How to choose the right offshore web agency?
Companies are increasingly outsourcing certain software development tasks, or their entire projects, to service providers such as offshore web development agencies. Through this practice, companies save time, effort and money on the recruitment of a dedicated team of developers.
The market of offshore web agencies is evolving. How do you choose which company to entrust for the development of your IT project?
In this article, we list the important points to consider so that you can choose the provider who will meet all your needs.
What is offshore web development?
Offshore web development is a practice that consists in entrusting maintenance and/or IT development assignments to collaborators located in a foreign country, where the cost of living is generally lower than in European countries for example.
In developed countries, it is common for companies to turn to digital offshoring in order to save money on their IT budget. IT development lends itself particularly well to offshore outsourcing, as programming and software support are relatively easy to do remotely.
What should you do before choosing an offshore outsourcing company for your IT needs?
🧐 Define clear objectives
Start by explicitly defining your goals and what exactly you want from your offshore web development agency. It is important that you explain concretely what you need and what you hope to achieve through offshore development. This way, you will be able to convey a clear idea, avoid confusion and disappointment.
Establish the primary and secondary objectives of your software development project. This will allow you to divide the work into different stages and set deadlines. Don’t be afraid to set clear milestones, a good developer will welcome them.
Once you know exactly what your requirements are, you will be able to look for an offshore outsourcing company that can meet them.
What are the most important points to choose an offshore web agency?
The skills and expertise of the offshore web agency
You need to know the level of expertise and capabilities of your prospective offshore web agency. For this, you need to have an idea of the technologies, methodologies and skills that your future team has.
This will give you a clear idea of what is needed to achieve optimal results.
To design, develop, test and manage a full-fledged software product, it is always best to hire a complete team, including:
- UI/UX designers.
- Project managers.
- Quality specialists and testers.
- Business analysts.
The quality of the company’s website
Visit the website of your potential offshore outsourcing company and examine its content. Since the core business of IT development agencies is software and web application design, their showcase site should reflect their work.
➡️ Do you like the aesthetics, the feel and do you find the quality level you are looking for?
➡️ Is the navigation easy and does the site load quickly?
➡️ Are the calls to action easily accessible?
➡️ Does it rank well in search results?
➡️ What overall impression does their site have?
𝕀𝕤 𝕥𝕙𝕚𝕤 𝕪𝕠𝕦𝕣 𝕗𝕚𝕣𝕤𝕥 𝕥𝕚𝕞𝕖 𝕖𝕞𝕡𝕝𝕠𝕪𝕚𝕟𝕘 𝕒𝕟 𝕠𝕗𝕗𝕤𝕙𝕠𝕣𝕖 𝕨𝕖𝕓 𝕒𝕘𝕖𝕟𝕔𝕪? 𝔹𝕠𝕔𝕒𝕤𝕒𝕪 𝕚𝕤 𝕪𝕠𝕦𝕣 𝕡𝕒𝕣𝕥𝕟𝕖𝕣! 𝕊𝕡𝕖𝕔𝕚𝕒𝕝𝕚𝕤𝕥𝕤 𝕚𝕟 𝕤𝕠𝕗𝕥𝕨𝕒𝕣𝕖 𝕕𝕖𝕧𝕖𝕝𝕠𝕡𝕞𝕖𝕟𝕥 𝕒𝕟𝕕 𝕒𝕡𝕡𝕝𝕚𝕔𝕒𝕥𝕚𝕠𝕟𝕤, 𝕠𝕦𝕣 𝕢𝕦𝕒𝕝𝕚𝕗𝕚𝕖𝕕 𝕕𝕖𝕧𝕖𝕝𝕠𝕡𝕖𝕣𝕤 𝕨𝕚𝕝𝕝 𝕘𝕚𝕧𝕖 𝕝𝕚𝕗𝕖 𝕥𝕠 𝕪𝕠𝕦𝕣 𝕡𝕣𝕠𝕛𝕖𝕔𝕥 𝕥𝕙𝕣𝕠𝕦𝕘𝕙 𝕒𝕘𝕚𝕝𝕖 𝕞𝕖𝕥𝕙𝕠𝕕𝕤.
When you consider using an offshore web development agency, communication is essential. Do not hesitate to exchange information daily with your outsourced team, while making sure that the developers have understood what you expect from them.
Indeed, the purpose of outsourcing your IT development is also to save time, so it would be a pity to find yourself wasting time by choosing an agency that does not rely on the establishment of a direct and fluid communication between its client and the team of dedicated developers.
The mastery of English or French by your future outsourced team is not the only element to take into consideration.
The Company’s Reputation
The offshore web agency you are considering to hire must have a solid reputation in its field of activity. For this, you can ask the company for client references with whom you can check the working conditions and operation of the company.
In addition to customer references, you can examine their profiles on social networks.
Social networking platforms nowadays play an essential role in defining a company. It is not enough to have a good company, it must also be able to show it in its digital ecosystem. Choose a company that regularly publishes information about its work on social networks and interacts with its community.
A good web development agency will always offer its clients the possibility to share their testimonials and receive positive or negative reviews. Therefore, also take into account the comments, evaluations and criticisms (feedbacks) of the customers.
Development Team Flexibility
Offshore IT offers companies the most efficient solutions. Make sure that it is possible to increase the size of the team to meet your business fluctuations as closely as possible. Also make sure that it is possible to reduce the workforce if the work to be done becomes limited.
If you are still unsure, our team will be happy to answer your questions and provide you with IT solutions adapted to your needs. Contact us now!