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Offshore Dedicated Team: How to Scale Your IT Capacity

Software development is a fairly complicated process that requires not only skills, but also dedication. When developing a project, it’s essential to have the right people on your side.

Issues in attracting the necessary IT talent have led organizations to outsource their products using specific methods, in which hiring tech talents offshore seems to be an excellent solution.

Liubov Rudnieva,
Head of Business Unit


What Is an Offshore Dedicated Team?

An offshore dedicated development team means your company hires remote experts to work on your IT project. They work full-time as your temporary remote staff.

Offshoring is one of the three types of outsourcing:

  • Onshoring
    delegate tasks to teams in your country.
  • Nearshoring
    delegate tasks to teams in neighboring countries.
  • Offshoring
    delegate tasks to teams in distant countries.

Offshore developers can work both on well-defined projects with clear scopes and technical requirements, as well as the ones that are developing at hoc and don’t have a clear strategy.

Even renowned giants like IBM, Microsoft, Facebook hire such teams for some development tasks. For example, Facebook hired about 500 employees to deal with hate speech in Germany. Skype delegated its back-end development to offshore dedicated professionals from Estonia.

Why Should Businesses Hire an Offshore Dedicated Team?

Recruiting locally has been difficult.

The demand for competent IT specialists is growing each month. So it can become a real problem for companies to regularly attract and retain the best tech talents. Of course, you can always develop your Employer Brand to improve the HR processes on the local market. But if you don’t have time or resources to do it, you can set off a partnership with an outsourcing partner in the country with a rich talent pool and stop worrying about staffing processes.

Chris de Mol

We work with Skelia because they provide great QA candidates and engineers for the roles we can’t source from our local market. The selection of those candidates is made in a similar way we do internally. They fit as part of our internal team.

Chris de Mol,Engineering Operations Director at Showpad

You need to reduce hiring costs

Today, many companies are opting for outsourcing to reduce the cost of their operations. It is also worth noting that in countries such as the US, UK, or Europe, the cost of hiring local talent resources is high. Therefore, the best option would be to hire dedicated offshore team in lower-tier countries.

Easy scale up and scale down

The dedicated team model can be a more profitable option in unforeseen situations. In case your project is large enough, and you need to expand it, an offshore development team can be a great addition to your in-house team. You could also use an option to reduce the size of your team whenever you need it without any worries about HR processes. Your outsourcing provider will take care about it and will cover all the risks.

You value team stability

Working with freelancers can contain a lot of risks related to the quality, security, reliability and much more. When you decide to work with an offshore dedicated team and choose a provider with mature HR and operational processes, you can be sure that they will deliver the same stable and predictable result to your own people.

Your processes. Your tools.

A dedicated team is just an addition to your internal team. Your company standards will be followed by these people. Also, you can manage such a group according to your workflows.

Benefits of Hiring Offshore Dedicated Team

  1. Improved skills

    Outsourcing companies will give you access to many talented professionals from all over the world. This access will empower you and relieve you of obligations such as re-hiring or retraining employees.

  2. Guillaume Hallaert

    Skelia conducted a thorough preselection process and helped Agidens find and hire experts that are perfectly-fit for the roles they needed. Particular attention was given to people’s soft skills, ensuring they fit Agidens’ corporate values of respect, sense of ownership, an open mindset and strive for excellence.

    Guillaume Hallaert,Hardware Team Leader, Agidens
  3. Flexibility

    Hiring a remote team offshore allows you to create projects and quickly respond to any changes that may arise. Remote developers are a welcome addition to your in-house team. Moreover, using such a command, you will be able to execute projects faster.

  4. Shorter startup cycle

    Sometimes teams need to adjust to each other and learn to collaborate to deliver the desired results. Dealing with some of the challenges of a new development group is not an easy task. Outsourcing to a dedicated development team helps avoid this. The team members already know each other. They know how to work together; their roles are clearly defined.

  5. Full control over delivery

    One of the advantages of cross-border dedicated teams is that you as a client have precise control over the project. There are no third-parties in between you and your teammates and no management overhead on the side of your IT staff augmentation partner.

  6. Focus

    In contrast to the internal team, your offshore colleagues will be focused only on your project without any destruction on other corporate initiatives. The development process will be more predictable, and the specialists will be available for new suggestions

  7. Steven Hackars

    Skelia has never missed a deadline. Yet, their efficiency and punctuality don’t compromise the total quality! Our collaboration with Skelia has been perfect and there’s nothing I wish they could improve. What I wish for is to have engaged with them earlier.

    Steven Hackars,Founder and Product and Delivery Director of c-Quilibrium
  8. Reducing costs

    Outsourcing development is one of the best ways to cut your costs, especially when you look at the infrastructure and additional expenses. Building and maintaining a local development team can be more expensive and less productive.

  9. Clear budget

    The agreement that you enter into with dedicated developers defines all the terms of project development, engagement, expected results, timing of these results, costs, etc.

How to Choose the Best Offshore Dedicated Development Team

Set clear goals and scale the project right

An offshore team is an excellent choice for long-term projects, so you will need to have a clear understanding of how you will use them. Moreover, the project’s correct scope will help you carry out a precise analysis of the required experience and knowledge.

Choose your outsourcing destination

Select the country where it would be best to hire a dedicated development team for you. Take into consideration such factors as:

  • Time zone and overlap time
  • Travel time and cost, visa’ s and work permit procedures
  • Language skills
  • The general stability of the country
  • Business culture
  • National culture

Choose a reliable outsourcing software provider

The quality of the future software team very often depends on the quality of your outsourcing vendor. It’s worth noting that an experienced and reliable provider offers more skillful engineers for your team and has transparent leadership and management.

Choose the way of collaboration with a team

You will need to decide if you need a project manager to manage the development team or do it yourself. You may need a detailed consultation to correctly understand the specifics of the dedicated team model.

Assemble your team

Most providers offer you access to a database of specialized resumes and fully organize the recruitment process. So all you need is to set your requirements and choose the best of the best experts.

So How Can You Choose the Right Software Provider?

Experience and maturity of processes

The experience of future partners is essential for an accurate assessment. and even consult you on your process improvements if needed.

Stephan Böhmig

We’ve been extremely satisfied with their work, both that of the developers and the QA teammates. They provide test-driven development, proper documentation, consistent creation of unit-testing, and consistent refactoring of code. It is fair to say that they helped us to improve the overall quality of our operations. We learned a lot from them and their experience in working with big corporations.

Stephan Böhmig,CTO and Founder at Wordbee

Successful delivery of the similar projects

Working with vendors with extensive experience in projects similar to yours can help to enrich your development process with best practices and approaches and create a right synergy for the successful results.

Awards and partnership

Also the relevant tech certifications and partnership as well as IT industry awards are a right sign that this company is mature enough to handle your IT outsourcing project.

Illustration: Global IT Awards and Certification Examples, Skelia’s achievements

Global IT Awards and Certification Examples, Skelia’s achievements

Correct project requirements

Don’t forget to prepare the project’s full scope: IT specialists profiles, their functions, requirements, and goals that you expect from the results. Moreover, you can discuss the work process with your supplier. They can advise you on what you need to build an effective offshore IT center based on their experience. Understanding your requirements and expectations will be easier for the provider to find the most suitable specialists for the team.

Review the developers’ experience and interview the right candidates

Once you have a list of the engineers you need, review their technical qualifications, including education, skill set, and experience in similar projects.

Also, depending on your team’s size and the complexity of the project, you may need to interview all candidates to properly understand their technical level, knowledge of English, and related experience.

It’s also extremely important to pay attention to cultural match of the dedicated team members with your corporate values and match the team members with each other, so that they feel comfortable to work together.

FAQs

  1. How does the model differ from other outsourcing ideas?

    Dedicated offshore teams are always working from different distant locations . They are highly flexible. You can assign various tasks and even replace engineers.

  2. The key benefits of this model

    The model offers good savings because you hire specialists from countries with low tariffs. Also, with access to a large talent pool, you can quickly get the developers you need.

  3. How to manage your IT operations offshore?

    You can control the remote team yourself or you can team up with an outsourcing company that handles all management issues.

  4. How do you choose the best team?

    You need to clearly define all your requirements and expectations to hire employees with the appropriate skills and experience. Remember to evaluate work and results on time.

Summing Up

As you can see, there are many reasons to scale your IT capacity in offshore locations. A group like this helps you save money and provides you with skilled employees who know how to best work with each other. Moreover, it will also bring tremendous advantages to the project in the long term, during and after cooperation.

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