Offshore Software Development Trends You Need to Know

These days, every business is expected to have its own website and, in many cases, a mobile app to go along with it. Whether it be your local coffee shop or your favorite clothing store, they’re online, and if you have a business, you should be too. The challenge is often paying to develop your online presence.

In the United States, the average software developer makes a median of $101,790, while many software developers make well beyond that, often closer to $150,000 in tech hot spots like Silicon Valley (U.S. News). So, what does that mean for you? You guessed it: higher software development costs.

Thankfully, there’s another option: offshore software development. Working with an offshore team provides you with the opportunity to receive more for the budget you have. And while some still question if outsourcing software development is a good idea, you should know that much has changed when it comes to working with an offshore team.

Here are just 6 offshore software development trends that show how outsourcing is now a great option for getting your business’s website up and running.

1. A rise in stronger agile processes

A common concern for those considering offshore software development is that an offshore team will be less effective than their onshore counterparts. However, the American obsession with productivity has made its impact, and offshore teams are now adopting similar processes to those in the U.S.

Recently, more offshore teams have adopted greater use of collaborative software. From time-tracking tracking tools to workflow management software, offshore teams have become more effective in recording and communicating their progress on software projects. Likewise, reports on their progress can now be easily shared with clients like you.

This software also allows offshore teams to place a greater emphasis on collaboration between themselves and their clients, a crucial aspect of the agile methodology. Often complete with discussion boards, chat, and conferencing tools, this software make communicating across the globe, let alone time zones, easier than in years past.

2. More effective international communications

A common concern when working with offshore teams is that cultural and language barriers will result in miscommunication. However, offshore teams are now demonstrating much-needed improvement in this area.

Two Offshore Software Developers Outlining a Web Development Project on a Whiteboard

As noted, with collaborative software becoming the norm amongst offshore teams, communication software is rising in prevalence as well. Sending an instant message is certainly much more convenient than trying to schedule a call, and now that such tools are more commonly utilized, the distance between you and your offshore team will feel less significant.

Some offshore teams have taken improving communication one step further: Blended teams with onshore and offshore team members circumvent communication issues with the help of a U.S. project manager. In such cases, the U.S. project manager acts as the mediator between the client and offshore team, greatly reducing the time clients spend on communication.

3. Stronger skill sets from offshore software developers

There’s no question that the need to outsource software development is continuing to grow: From 2010 to 2020, the IT outsourcing industry is expected to grow from $717 million to whopping $26 billion, a CAGR (compound annual growth rate) of 43.2% in just a decade (Statistica). With the ever-increasing need to outsource, more offshore teams are stepping up to the plate.

With more offshore software development companies offering their services, there is more competition in the outsourcing sector. Not only that but offshore teams now also have to compete with artificial intelligence (AI). So, to win over clients like you, that means acquiring a stronger skill set.

Offshore teams are now not only expanding their software development skills, but they are also working harder to provide a better customer experience. From using collaborative software to providing better communication (as mentioned above), offshore teams are working to offer more to people like you.

4. Better client-supplier relationships

In the past, outsourcing software development meant very little communication between the client and the supplier. But as technology brings us closer to those on the other side of the globe, client-supplier relationships are growing stronger.

Rather than treating teams merely as a source of talent, onshore companies are getting to know the offshore software developers they are working with. This is creating a shift from merely “outsourcing” to “global sourcing,” making the relationship between the client and the offshore team more like a partnership.

Through a more collaborative relationship, clients are able to develop long-term partnerships with their offshore teams. Whether a client is solely working with an offshore team to acquire software development or supplementing their in-house IT team, long-term partnerships provide greater benefits to both the client and supplier.

5. A growing emphasis on offering quality

In line with the movement toward global partnerships, there is also a growing movement toward providing quality over simply low-cost software development. The initial push to outsource was driven by cost-savings. Unfortunately, these savings were often at the cost of quality, but not so much anymore.

U.S. Project Manager Discussing a Software Project with Her Client

Now, quality assurance has taken center stage. While you can still save a significant amount of money by outsourcing, you can worry less about losing out on quality. Thanks to great competition, just as offshore teams are increasing their level of expertise, they are placing a greater emphasis on the quality of the services they provide.

To provide quality assurance (QA), many teams have a team member dedicated to QA. The individual in the QA role reviews the final product to verify that its ready for the client’s eyes. In cases where there is a U.S. project manager (PM), the PM usually takes on this role, which helps to verify that the site is up to U.S. standards.

6. Embracing cloud-based technology

In recent years, cloud-based services have grown in popularity among onshore and offshore teams alike. Cloud-based technologies are becoming particularly popular among those outsourcing services, as the technologies produced can be easily accessed on-demand as they are stored online.

Providing cloud-based services saves both you and your offshore team money by eliminating the need to purchase the infrastructure, hardware, and more to support the storage of web and software systems. With the help of cloud computing, you and your offshore team will also receive greater accessibility to your technology, as cloud-based systems can be accessed from anywhere in the world.

Need a Team Up-to-Date on the Latest Trends?

While these trends are prevalent amongst offshore teams, not every offshore team has embraced them. From using top-of-the-line agile processes to providing cloud-based technologies, you want a team who can offer the most to you. Otherwise, the site you receive may not reflect what you had envisioned.

ClikGlobal bridges the gap between onshore and offshore software development services. By bringing together U.S. management and processes with offshore development, our team can make your vision a reality but at a lower price.

Interested in working with us? Contact us today.