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The business environment around us is constantly changing. Nowadays many businesses even hire professional software and web developers, so that they can fetch help in developing software which can reduce the manual work load. And when talking about website,software developers are the most primary demand of all those who are entering into business. But at the same time, delay in the development of website or software is also becoming very common. The primary reason behind it is the excess work load software companies have to handle today due to the increased market and less number of employees.

 Software Development delay is gradually becoming a big problem. Opening a Software development firm is the easiest way. People start with minimum employees and, in order to grab a hold over the market, they start with more projects.Projects also get delayed when they are being drifted in a wrong direction. Developers often commit this mistake. They start working just after one or two meetings with the client and after those meetings they directly meet them at the end, this creates the communication gap and thus stops the information flow creating a grudge within.

This all can be avoided very easily with the help of SDLC (Software development life cycle) process. This cycle suggests the developer to consult his client every now and then to check if the software they are developing is as per their requirements. In fact developing a prototype and keeping it in front of the client before developing the full version of the software is a much better idea, and even save the developers’ time and efforts.

Even in case, when you do not want to follow the whole cycle, just work on developing the prototype.  The best method through which you can avoid the delays is by undergoing thorough pre planned discussions and fixing the target in front of your team. You can even keep some expert review sessions.This will help you to know the pros and corns of your product. The team leader may also take suggestions from their team members, as sometimes the team members come up with excellent ideas. It is very important that you should check all the things before handing over the product to the client. Mistakes still persist to exist, for we are humans. Repetitive development should be followed in this case which helps in correcting the mistakes at early stages of development.


The Ukraine offers highly skilled IT specialists at a low cost for companies looking to develop projects within Europe. But while the honesty of its people appears to be a key selling point, problems of corruption and the possibility of social unrest remain.

When UK companies consider the option of offshoring, India tends to be the first port of call, due to its technical expertise and the cultural ties between the two countries. But that could be changing, with nearshore locations such as the Ukraine vying for a share of the market.

Figures from the Ukrainian Hi-Tech Initiative, the country's outsourcing software development alliance, reveal the Ukraine's outsourcing industry is estimated to have grown by 20% in 2010.

Pros and cons of outsourcing in the Ukraine

Max Ishenko, founder of an online community for the country's developers, says the Ukraine previously had a large number of programmers but relatively low domestic demand for them.

Ishenko is frank about the pros of cons of outsourcing in the Ukraine. "One of the problems we have is English skills, which on average are quite poor. Also, people can often be stubborn, although in a good way. If they are given a task that is wrong, they will argue with you and say it is a short-sighted thing to do, but it means people are thinking before doing. The other good thing is that programmers usually have a good education in maths or physics so they can often tackle problems that are technically complicated."

Christophe Lemoine, chief technology officer at UK-based mobile application company Chartsnow, outsourced its development work to the Ukraine several years ago, and agrees that a collaborative approach is the only way to succeed. Lemoine spends around 70% of his time in the country overseeing project work.

"Originally I was completely against the idea of going out of Switzerland [where I was based at the time], as I'd heard so many stories about projects going wrong. But as the company was starting up, nearshoring provided the best value for money with our limited resources."

Lemoine says he decided against developing in Asia because he wanted people who shared a similar culture and were based nearby. Instead he opted for the Ukraine. "Including transport costs, we spend nearly half of what we would back home for these services," he said.

 


The Reasons

According to the Outsourcing Institute's Outsourcing Index 2000, there are many reasons why companies outsource. Here are some of the top reasons:

  1. Reduce and control operating costs. When you outsource, you eliminate the costs associated with hiring an employee, such as management oversight, training, health insurance, employment taxes, retirement plans etc.
  2. Improve company focus. It is neither practical, nor possible to be a jack of all trades. Outsourcing lets you focus on your core competencies while another company focuses on theirs.
  3. Gain access to exceptional capabilities. Your return on investment is so much greater when you outsource information technology to a firm that specializes in the areas you need. Instead of just the knowledge of one person, you benefit from the collective experience of a team of IT professionals. Outsourced IT companies usually require their IT staff to have proper industry training and certifications as well.
  4. Free internal resources for other purposes. You may have someone in your office that is pretty good with computers or accounting, but most likely these were not the jobs he or she was hired to do. If they are spending time taking care of these things, who is doing what they were hired to do? Outsourcing allows you to retain employees for their highest and best use, rather than wasting their time on things that may take them longer than someone who is trained in these specific areas.
  5. Resources are not available internally. On the flip side, maybe you don't have anyone in your company who can manage your IT needs, and hiring a new employee is not in the budget. Outsourcing can be a feasible alternative, both for the interim and for the long-term.
  6. Maximize restructuring benefits. When you are restructuring your company to improve costs, quality, service, or speed, your non-core business functions may get pushed aside. They still need to be handled, however, and outsourcing is an optimal way to do this. Don't sabotage your restructuring efforts by failing to keep up with non-core needs.
  7. Function difficult to manage or out of control. This is definitely a scenario when outsourcing to experts can make a big difference. But don't make the mistake of thinking you can forget about the problem now that it's being "handled." You still need to be involved even after control is regained.
  8. Make capital funds available. By outsourcing non-core business functions, you can spend your capital funds on items that are directly related to your product or your customers.
  9. Reduce Risk. Keeping up with technology required to run your business is expensive and time consuming. Because professional outsourced IT providers work with multiple clients and need to keep up on industry best practices, they typically know what is right and what is not. This kind of knowledge and experience dramatically reduces your risk of implementing a costly wrong decision.
The Risks

Anytime you give someone else responsibility for an aspect of your business, whether a full-time new hire or an outside vendor, there is risk involved. Did I hire the right person/company to do the job? Will they do what they are supposed to do? How will they "fit" with existing employees or departments? These are the questions that nag owners of small businesses when handing over the reigns to a new employee or vendor.

According to Yvonne Lederer Anotucci in her article "The Pros and Cons of IT Outsourcing," business owners who consider outsourcing IT functions need to be aware of the following risks:

  1. Some IT functions are not easily outsourced. IT affects an entire organization; from the simple tasks employees do everyday to the complex automated aspects. Be sure the outside vendor are qualified to take care of your greatest needs.
  2. Control may be lost. Critics argue that an outside vendor will never be as effective as a full-time employee who is under the same management as other employees. Other concerns include confidentiality of data and disaster recovery. However, a supervisor that is knowledgeable in managing an IT staff member will usually be required.
  3. Employee morale may be affected. This is particularly true if you will be laying off employees to replace their job functions with an outsourced firm. Other employees may wonder if their job is at risk, too.
  4. You may get "locked in." If the vendor does not document their work on your network and system, or if you've had to purchase their proprietary software, you may feel like you can't go anywhere else or take back your network. Many outsourced companies require you to sign a year to year contract which limits flexibility.
The Rewards

Still not sure whether to outsource or not? According to Anotucci, who provided the list of risks outlined above, there are many rewards you can expect when you outsource your company's IT functions as well:

  1. Access to the latest and greatest in technology. You may have noticed how rapidly software and hardware becomes obsolete in this industry. How is one staff person going to keep up-to-date with everything? Outsourcing gives you the benefit of having more than just one IT professional. And since it's the core competency of the company, they can give you sound advice to put your IT dollars to work for you.
  2. Cost savings. Outsourcing your IT services provides financial benefits such as leaner overhead, bulk purchasing and leasing options for hardware and software, and software licenses, as well as potential compliance with government regulations.
  3. High quality of staff. Since it's their core competency, outsourced IT vendors look to hire staff with specific qualifications and certifications. You may not know what to look for if you're hiring someone to be on staff full-time, so you may hire the wrong person for the job.
  4. Flexibility. Vendors have multiple resources available to them, while internal staff may have limited resources and capabilities.
  5. Job security and burnout reduction for regular employees. Using an outsourced IT company removes the burden from your staff who has taken on more than he or she was hired for because "someone needs to do it." You will establish a better relationship with your employees when you let them do what they do best and what they were hired to do.
Conclusion:

Now that you have seen the risks and rewards associated with outsourcing the IT function of your business, there is a lot to think about. Whether you choose to outsource or hire internally, one thing is certain, you must know how to manage successful working relationships with your IT service providers. Let's face it, they're not always the easiest people in the world to understand and deal with, right? Here are some tips:

  • Clearly form and communicate the goals and objectives of your project or business relationship.
  • Have a strategic vision and plan for your project or relationship.
  • Select the right vendor or new hire through research and references.
  • Insist on a contract or plan that includes all the expectations of the relationship, especially the financial aspect.
  • Keep open communication with all affected individuals/groups.
  • Rally support and involvement from decision makers involved.

 

http://www.corpcomputerservices.com/articles/outsourcing-reasons


Contemporary world is developing so fast that things just can’t be the same due to technological advancements of all spheres of life. Globalization influences all professional fields as well as business world. Today business projects are managed and controlled with the help of telecommunication means that make it simple to do everyday business tasks fast. The most effective and quality contemporary decision is a virtual team and it is one of the most effective ways to develop business.

What Is a Virtual Team and How It Can Help in Your Business?

Virtual teams consist of the employees that are professionals working for your company. The main peculiarity is that your employees can work in the comfort of their homes.

Employees just need to log on to the business website and work online. They implement their functions concerning particular business projects through online collaboration.

Virtual teams successfully collaborate online and show perfect working results. Such an option became a necessity mainly for those companies that hire professionals all over the world.

 

How to Manage Your Virtual Team?

Every virtual team should be managed properly to show perfect and constructive results and accomplishments.  Building confidence and trust within the virtual team is the key that lead your business to the top. The task is to create effective and beneficial interaction inside the virtual team to work fast and efficiently.

So How to Manage the Process of Building Virtual Teams Properly?

1. Individual interaction with every employee to build the trust and mutual understanding between the manager and executive. Inspiration is very vital to make the employee feel he or she is a part of a serious and benevolent team that is interested in mutual success and prosperity.


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