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Research and Markets: Get Ready for Application Development Outsourcing

Research and Markets ( has announced the addition of Info-Tech Research Group's new report "Get Ready for Application Development Outsourcing" to their offering.

Is this the beginning of a beautiful friendship or an ugly enmity?

Many organizations enter into outsourcing arrangements without understanding the inherent risks and the internal changes they will need to make to their own staffing, infrastructure, and policies to support the outsourced projects and keep them under control. When organizations decide to outsource application development, they are faced with various options, each with their own challenges, risks, and benefits. Deciding which method and which projects to outsource can be confusing.

Outsourcing contract negotiations can be tricky, and many organizations neglect to include important checks and controls that allow them to maintain control of the project and ensure vendor accountability. It is easy to forget about projects that have been outsourced, but it is still the organization's responsibility to ensure the project succeeds. Organizations need to track project progress and have issue resolution processes in place.

Critical Insight

No application development outsourcing arrangement will be exactly like another. Offshore, onshore, and on-premise arrangements all present different advantages and challenges. IT managers need to understand the risks and match the arrangement with the project type to ensure success.

The decision to outsource application development impacts the organization's internal environment. From people to infrastructure, adequate preparation of the organization is required to enable the smooth transition of the project work to the vendor.

Vendor non-performance can be the result of its negligence or yours. Application outsourcing contracts often inadequately cover or provide remedy for either party, resulting in disastrous project results and broken relationships. A successful win-win negotiation should result in a detailed contract that stipulates the responsibilities and expectations of each side.

Prepare for outsourcing contract negotiations by leveraging the experiences and insights of industry peers who have done this before. Understand the benefits and challenges of the outsourcing options available and pick the right project and outsource arrangement to achieve the objectives. Understand the internal changes needed to support the outsource arrangement and the implications of these changes to the organization.

Get to Action:

  • Understand all the factors that make an application development outsourcing arrangement a success.
  • Understand the risks and benefits associated with the various application development outsourcing options.
  • Determine the best criteria to use in selecting the outsourcing vendor.
  • Negotiate the contract terms and assess the risk of omitting items that could derail your project.
  • Employ effective project management and vendor performance metrics tracking.

Key Topics Covered:

  • Storyboard: Get Ready for Application Development Outsourcing (Powerpoint)
  • Application Development Outsourcing: Getting Ready (Video)
  • Application Development Outsourcing Success Estimation Tool (Excel)
  • Application Development Outsourcing Vendor Selection Criteria Guide (Excel)
  • Application Development Outsourcing Contract Risk Assessment (Excel)
  • Application Development Outsourcing Performance Metrics Tracking Tool (Excel)

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