Pricing: Upfront Fees and Pricing Options
Matching services such as Gun.io and TopTal, freelance platforms like Upwork and Freelancer, and job boards similar to Github and Stackoverflow require payment in advance. Outstaffing vendors like Daxx in their turn don't charge upfront fees.
While collaborating with an outstaffing partner like Daxx, the cost you pay includes the developers' salary and vendor's fee. Freelance platforms, job boards, matching services, and project outsourcing partners usually charge an hourly rate or a fixed price.
Opportunity to Build a Team
You can build a cohesive remote development team with an outstaffing vendor like Daxx. Your remote programmers will work on your product development full-time and will be a part of your local team.
Hiring freelancers via such developer hiring platforms as Upwork and Freelancer, using job boards like Github and Stackoverflow, or matching services similar to Gun.io and TopTal won't provide you with the opportunity to build a cohesive team, as the developers won't be dedicated to your product and can have several simultaneous projects.
Some project outsourcing partners like IBM and Accenture offer a dedicated team model, which allows you to have a cohesive remote team. But most commonly, developers working on your project aren't members of one team.
Collaboration Security and Reliability
Outstaffing and outsourcing companies take responsibility for providing you with the high quality of software development and security. Vendors grasp all possible opportunities to support their high safety standards with international certifications.
Matching services (Gun.io, TopTal), freelance platforms (Upwork, Freelancer), and job boards (Github, Stackoverflow), and other developer hiring platforms don't control the software development processes and security of your collaboration with remote programmers. So the reliability and security are low.
Level of Client Engagement
If you decide to collaborate with an outstaffing vendor like Daxx, you'll experience a high level of engagement with your remote developers, as you'll be the one to manage your remote team.
Medium and low level of client engagement is inherent with project outsourcing vendors like IBM and Accenture. Outsourcing vendors will manage your developers, while you will only provide specific requirements and expectations.
With freelancers or programmers hired via developer hiring platforms as job boards/matching services the level of your engagement depends on your preferences — either strictly control the development process or rely on the programmers' self-organization.
Final Decision in Hiring
If you cooperate with freelance platforms (Upwork, Freelancer), use job boards (Github, Stackoverflow), or make use of matching services (Gun.io, TopTal), you'll be responsible for finding and hiring the right developers.
While collaborating with an outstaffing vendor, like Daxx, you'll also be the one to make the final hiring decision. However, you'll choose from handpicked developers that fit your specific requirements, which will save you time and allow you to focus on your core business responsibilities.
If you choose to collaborate with an outsourcing company (IBM, Accenture), you won't make any hiring decisions and in most cases, you won't know the developers working on your project in person.
Widespread Use Cases
Outstaffing companies like Daxx fit businesses of small, medium, and large sizes. The only predisposition is the desire to build a long-term remote dedicated team.
If you're a small company with a limited budget for development, cooperation with developer hiring platforms — freelance platforms (Upwork and Freelancer), job boards (Github and Stackoverflow), and matching services (Gun.io and TopTal) are all optimal solutions for you.
Collaboration with project outsourcing vendors like IBM and Accenture best matches medium and large businesses that have highly predictable software development requirements.
If you collaborate with an outstaffing partner like Daxx or a project outsourcing vendor like IBM, you'll have a distributed or collocated development team. It will depend on whether you have a development team in-house or your whole development team is remote.
Concerning collaboration with developer hiring platforms like freelance sites (Upwork, Freelancer), matching services (Gun.io, TopTal), and job boards (Github, Stackoverflow), you'll be able to build a dispersed team working from all around the world.
Level of Developer's Integration
With an outstaffing partner like Daxx, you'll have the opportunity to choose, hire, and manage remote developers with the methods you like. Thus, your remote programmers will experience a high level of integration with your local team.
At the same time, collaboration with developer hiring platforms like freelance providers (Upwork and Freelancer), job boards (Github and Stackoverflow), matching services (Gun.io and TopTal), and outsourcing vendors (IBM, Accenture) won't provide your developer with a sufficient level of integration with your team.