The downfall is that they often don't think about all hidden costs that are part of the hourly rate. We wanted to take a moment to outline what some of those costs may be.
Cultural & Transition IssuesWhen hiring offshore developers, they bring their own cultural nuances into their development practices. For instance, if you hire a company from the UK, their zip code formats are different and often times the formatting of data entry forms does not match up with what we use here in the USA.
To combat this, many times development companies will have an office in America. This will be used as an intermediary between you and the developers. The downfall is that the employees in this office bill at a higher rate and often times have to spend hours on communications. This often causes the project budget to soar.
Timeline ChallengesVarying time zones present one of the larger frustrations for companies looking to offshore as well. If you aren't working with a US based office, often times status calls are pushed to non-working hours. If communication is done directly to an offshore office, many times responses are delayed by a day due to this time difference.
Nothing Beats Face-to-faceOften times, IT projects are critical to your organization's success. With that in mind, we feel that sometimes, nothing beats face-to-face communication. It is really powerful to simply get together in a room and start whiteboarding solutions and ways that a program can work.
At Spud Software, often times the programmer who will be working on your project is involved in the initial meetings. We feel this is important to make sure everyone involved has a clear view of the project.
We would love to hear more about your needs. Give us a call at 810-695-0001 to start whiteboarding your next project.