How to Choose Offshore Web Development Services

When you can’t do something in-house there are only two ways you can go: outsource it or forget it. But even when you can do it with your own efforts, outsourcing can be a pretty appealing option. However, choosing the right offshore web development services is a critical decision to make. There are a number of factors to consider when looking for quality offshore outsourcing services.

First of all you need to find the right destination to outsource the work to. India has been dominating the market of offshore IT services for such a long time that people somehow have got used to considering it the only outsourcing destination available. Although India’s position is still very strong there are a number of other countries offering offshore web development services, such as China, Argentina, Vietnam, Russia and Belarus. When choosing the destination a lot of factors come into play apart from the price. For example, you need to take into account the time difference. Naturally, you’ll want to communicate with your outsourcing team to monitor the progress of the project and make sure it’s going the way you want. Many offshore companies adjust their working hours to make them overlap with those of the customer. However, if the time difference is too big this could be a problem.

The language and cultural differences are also an issue to consider. You need to make sure that the staff of the company have a good command of English and understand your business philosophy. Although India has been in the industry for quite a long time, emerging markets of offshore web development services offer great opportunities for investment and innovation.

Choosing the company is even more important then choosing the outsourcing destination. You need to make sure that the offshore web development service provider has some experience of working with businesses similar to yours. It would be a nice idea to talk to their previous clients and find out their opinion of the company as well as see the results of the completed projects. When discussing the project, make sure that your potential service provider show interest in your business goals and needs.

If you follow these simple guidelines you have all the chances to find reputable offshore web development services.

How to Hire Web Developers and Software Programmers

You may have a project plan, know your budget and time-to-market and looking for web developers and software programmers. In this scenario, where shall you find them, how much the personnel will charge you, how come you trust them whether they can perform well or not. Lets find the ultimate solution to overcome these challenges in the hiring process.

Research has shown that hiring web development firm is better than hiring individual contributors for software development overall as the former one ensures team performance, work relationship and quality output.

If you want to do smaller projects that can be performed alone without assistance, you can go for individual contributors. If you want to do mediocre or bigger projects that needs graphic designer, HTML programmers, database programmers and others who can accomplish the project as a team, you can choose a development firm.

The employee you hire today may work for your competitor tomorrow. In that case, there are possibilities that he/she may leek out your confidential information. To avoid this it is always good to pick a development firm instead of solo contributors and implement advanced trade secret protection program.

Most of the web developers today are interested in hourly based payment than flat fee. So clarify with the pricing policies and the payment terms.

Limit employees access to trade secrets, beef up physical security and computer security, restrict photocopying, oversee documents before shared in the community and inform your employees about non-disclosure agreement.

The budget of project depends on who hire and what you develop. If you are an experienced hirer and have management skills, you can hire freelancers in different core and manage the project yourself. In case you are not able to oversee the development process, better hire full-time employees who can work as a group of dedicated experts.

Top Ten Frustrations For the Web Developer

In recent weeks I have met web developers who have just finished the most difficult project of their life. I have met others who have an enthusiastic spring in their step. They have just begun a new project! The former group just finished “surviving” some very large frustration. The latter group may be a little naive (or have forgotten) about the challenges ahead of them.

Here are the Top Ten Frustrations for Web Developers

  1. Lack of Requirements – We have all been there. A client wants you to build the most glamorous website in the world, but can’t put down on paper the specifics. They use generic words like marvelous and stupendous but cannot define for you how they want the drop down menus to look.
  2. Changing Requirements – Everyone changes their mind. But how much is too much? Does your current requirements document resemble anything close to the original? Chasing the wind is the most brutal exercise you can put yourself through.
  3. Designers who do not know what goes into coding – Most people do not realize that designers and developers are different. Designers do an excellent job with color and placement. They offer creativity and spontaneity. But do they realize what they are actually saying when they hand over the design and say those ominous words: “Build This!”. Anything can look great in a PSD. It is quite another to make it functional.
  4. Somersaults trying to make the CSS work – CSS is a wonderful tool for styling websites. Has anyone wanted to put their fist through the monitor over wacky behavior in their CSS file? How bout when that CSS file was written by someone else? Yeah.
  5. Pride in work Overwritten by customer complaint – Just like a little child with a new toy, you come to the user meeting with all enthusiastic thrill over the work you have toiled over the last three weeks. The meeting ends when your clients have spent the last sixty minutes criticizing your beautiful creation.
  6. Unrealistic Timelines – Similar to number three. But add, “Build This, in two weeks.” Yeah. Right. Timelines are legitimate. They help people focus. They help us make decisions. Unrealistic timelines put unfair stress and burden on individuals. Plus the end product will usually look horrible.
  7. Overforgiving Bosses – Ever have a boss so lax that he wouldn’t even hold you to a deadline? Or even hold users accountable for creating all that wonderful content for the snazzy new website? Is that person really a boss?
  8. Overbearing Bosses – On the other hand, having your boss in your cube either wrenching his hands over the status of your work or worse, micromanaging it, just might make you want to quit.
  9. Competing visions – Two super users. One design document. Two competing visions. Not fun. It is funny how two people seem to agree to something on paper but in reality have two incompatible visions of the final product. (hint: mockups help here!)
  10. The wrong tools – Ever spin your wheels trying to resize images or find that one line of code in pages of HTML? Sometimes the problem is not you. It is the tools you are using. Take time to find the right tools to help you accomplish your tasks effectively and efficiently.