"Quality is free, but only to those who are willing to pay heavily for it." — DeMarco and Lister
Offshore software development outsourcing has become a multi-billion dollar business, with estimates as high as $60 billion for 2007. Areas like India, Russia, China, and Eastern Europe offer large pools of talented programmers who can be hired for a fraction of the rate of U.S. developers. Businesses have found that, with the right offshore partner, they can spend their time to market, lower development costs, spare their own personnel to focus on core competencies, and gain access to high-level talent without hiring hassles.
But that key phrase, “the right offshore partner,” covers a wealth of details, any one of which, if overlooked, can doom an outsourced project and put a business behind the eight ball at a critical point in its go-to-market strategy. Horror stories abound: over-promising, under-staffing, security breaches, culture shock, and many other factors can turn a dream of profits into a nightmare of cost overruns and software that falls far short of what's needed to deliver the competitive edge desired.
Outsourcing boosts your software testing efficiency and reduces defects as it allows you access to a larger talent pool across countries. If you’re
based in an area with high costs of living, working with testers in a less-expensive area (either domestically or offshore in another country) means
that you’ll reap cost savings as well. Additionally, working with companies that specialize in testing offer thoroughly tested products as they provide
a full package of testing services and cover all of your application’s testing needs. Testers at outsourcing companies tend to be hired because they
are good at a wide variety of methodologies.
Software testing is one of the most important tasks for 91% of IT departments and almost all believe it is crucial to outsource this activity as software testing is an endeavor that demands experience and a good process. According to a recent report from analyst company Pierre Audoin Consultants (PAC), it was revealed that three-quarters of companies already use service providers with onshore and offshore capabilities to provide testing services.
The importance of software testing cannot be reinforced more. While testing is an essential part of software development, it is not the core competency of most of the companies which are into the development of the software. It involves a considerably wide range of activities such as test strategy definition, test case creation, test plan development, automation strategy, and of course, execution. Outsourcing the testing to the niche companies which have strong expertise in testing provide multiple benefits such as – faster time to market, improved product quality, and reduced testing costs. It, therefore, does not come as a surprise to know that the worldwide software testing outsourcing market is expected to grow from $30 Billion in 2010 to $50 Billion in 2020.
Test automation is a further niche area in the testing space where very few companies seem to have mastered the skills and expertise. Choosing a right test automation partner involves a little more careful effort. Before you finalize your test automation outsourcing partner, here are few things which you need to carefully evaluate –
You may be thinking of outsourcing only as a short-term project, but the most effective use of outsourcing and the highest ROI comes from a long-term relationship. Look for vendors who can work with the traditional project model, time and material, or the dedicated developer model. This gives you the option of writing a contract that can transition from a project or time and material basis to a dedicated developer model. This will enable you, if the first engagement is successful, to leverage the understanding the team has gained of your software and business needs. If you're new to outsourcing, this may be the best way to go, enabling you to gain experience without the possibility of locking yourself into an unsatisfactory relationship.
Proper selection of an IT outsourcing vendor will significantly augment your company’s strategy and operations. Lack of due diligence, however, often leads to negative consequences plus lost time and money.
Use the selection criteria above along with a robust process comparing business requirements against each company’s pros and cons. This will lead to asking the right questions and building a seamless working relationship with a talented development provider.
The Optimus Information model is designed to allocate the right mix of local and offshore resources in order to optimize expertise, speed, and cost. We provide the ability for development teams to quickly add specialty skills to a development team without incurring long-term costs.Our successful track record speaks for itself, and we love to share past work we’ve done. Our global team is made up of a diverse range of experienced professionals, allowing us to work on complex solutions requiring a wide variety expertise. The result for our customers is the capability to far better manage resource capacities and outcomes.
"Testers don’t like to break things; they like to dispel the illusion that things work." — Kaner, Bach, Pettichord