This post was updated on November 27, 2017
With thousands of development companies all over the world, it has never been so difficult to hire one that would be perfect for you. Even if we don’t look at the cost, there are so many aspects to consider before you hire offshore .NET developers.
In this article, we will share our first-hand advice on the lesser-known aspects to consider when choosing an offshore .NET development company.
How to choose a reliable provider? 7 criteria with which to evaluate an offshore .NET development company
While cost, travel distance, and time zone difference are probably the most common factors companies usually think about when hiring offshore, there are a lot more aspects to consider. Evaluating the following criteria will help you build a long-lasting and successful partnership with your offshore . NET development provider.
Price breakdown and employment policies
Instead of focusing on the price itself, consider the cost breakdown and overall policy. What services can you expect to get for this price? Are there any additional services (mandatory or discretionary) that you might not know about? What is the typical price range for developers at different levels of seniority and experience? A company that can offer a transparent and straightforward pricing policy gets an extra point.
Additionally, try to find out as much information about the local employment laws as possible. How much annual leave is required by law? What are the mandatory employee benefits (e.g. sick leave, insurance, healthcare) and who covers the related costs?
Available resources and capacity
In most cases, if you contact an offshore .NET development company, you are looking to hire more than one developer. That is why a good provider should have an access to an ample talent pool. Most outsourcing agencies have a limited capacity and can only offer you a choice from a limited number of in-house employees. On the other hand, the companies that offer custom recruitment services offer greater flexibility and a better choice of candidates.
Furthermore, what happens if you decide to add more developers later? Will the company have the capacity to handle that? What will be the procedure and timeframe for scaling the team up or down?
In addition to evaluating the company’s portfolio, make sure to look into the personal background and experience of each candidate that will join your team. For example, if you are working on a product for specific domain (e.g. finance/banking), it would be good to have developers with a relevant background, who can understand the ins and outs of your business.
Furthermore, the more touch points that the provider can meet, the better: Does the provider have a history of successful cooperation with businesses from your country? What is a common team size and project duration at the company? For example, if the average team size is 3-4 developers, will the company be able to handle your order of 10 developers?
Organizational aspects and cooperation
To be sure you make a successful hire, clarify the details of your future cooperation early in the process. The question often lies in the pros and cons of outsourcing vs hiring an offshore development team. What are the core roles involved in the offshore .NET development process? What are the responsibilities of each team member? What will be your role in the development process?
Another aspect that is often overlooked is the working environment and physical infrastructure your team might require. Can the vendor offer and maintain proper working conditions for your team? This can be crucial for team productivity.
References and customer testimonials on independent platforms and social media are a good source of information about the offshore .NET development company you are considering. Moreover, you can (and should) reach out to past and current clients for personal references. The best way to do this is to call them or even meet in person, if possible.
A solid list of functioning businesses advocating for the company would be a perfect sign of a transparent and reliable provider.
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The management approaches and cooperation tools you will be using in the process might seem insignificant in the early stages of negotiations, but in the long run they might define your project outcomes.
Can you choose the management approach or does the company require you to follow their practices? Will you be able to choose the communication and collaboration toolsets? If the company has an established development process, will you be able to customize it in a way that best fits your internal operations?
In order to make a lasting business cooperation possible, the vendor should take care of team retention. This includes many aspects, from proper working conditions and competitive salaries to regular team building events and additional benefits.
Otherwise, you will need to cope with a high attrition rate, which will result in spending more money on recruitment and onboarding than on the development itself.
There is one more piece of advice we want to share. To make sure you hire the right team, actively participate in the hiring process. For example, assess developer CVs and interview the candidates personally. This is what makes our offshore staffing approach so successful.
With Daxx, it takes only 3 steps to hire .Net developers in Ukraine:
- Tell us your requirements
- Interview candidates
- Start working