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Defining the best technological partner is a strategic decision that will impact on your company's productivity and objectives fulfilment. In this post you will learn how to make the best decision.
First, you should determine what you want. Before start seeing the options that the market offers, you must define exactly what you need and you can. If you are not absolutely sure of what you need, do not hesitate to consult with experts, who will be able to accurately determine the best solution for your requirements. From there, it is important to know the answer of some fundamental questions. Let's go!
Does my company have its own tech department?
This impacts directly on the decision of choosing a partner. If you have a tech department within the company, there are some preferences on certain technologies, so you can look for companies that offer these solutions. Likewise, you may want to improve your current methodological standards, infrastructure or development, for which you can hire development companies with important know-how to learn best practices. If you don't have a technology department it is important to choose a technological partner who advises properly. In addition to a good portfolio, excellent development skills, a favourable geography and time zone, and cultural proximity, it may be critical to opt for a provider that has sufficient expertise.
What kind of partner should I choose? A big company or a small one?
This will depend on the complexity and scale of degree involving the development. Sometimes it is natural to focus on companies with recognition or reputation in the sector; however, be aware that this does not always ensure that they have the right solution to your needs. The key is then to find out each provider's expertise and if the structure of that technology partner is compatible with the company's structure, not only in size, but in culture and values.
Do I need to learn from the developers?
The transfer of knowledge can be done in different ways. One of the alternatives is when our staff is part of the development team; another is that the technology partner offers training once the project or the solution is complete. If your company has a technology department, consider working with a technology partner that allows you to acquire the necessary knowledge to continue the maintenance of the solution, even if there is no intention to do so.
Should I choose a general or a specialist company?
Companies that specialize in a particular industry or service can be a good choice when what you seek is similar to what your future partner has resolved in the past. However, take into account that there are different ways of solving the needs in the same industry. Sometimes a previous experience in a particular industry may not be decisive. Meanwhile, a tech partner with knowledge and experience in different industries, will properly understand the company's problem, regardless of its complexity.
What about my intellectual property?
Finally, it is important that you find out if your future outsourcing partner is prepared to guarantee that the intellectual property rights to your product will belong to you when your project is completed.
In short, choosing a technological partner is a strategic decision that should not be treated lightly. It is essential to know your needs to determine the right solution, but beside, is fundamental to check the trajectory, projects, clients and solutions of the posibles providers, as well as its methodology and its team. If you have any question feel free to contact us, we will more than happy to help you. Ready to start?
About Ariel Sztern
Ariel is a Software Engineer with more than 20 years of experience in Software Development with experience in managing projects in more than 16 countries
Nowadays Ariel is responsible for managing the operation in USA as President of TISA Software LLC.
Beyond his technical knowledge and passion for the technology Ariel enjoys watching the NBA and playing Ping-Pong, he also likes sci-fi movies and was recognized as one of the 40 under 40 by the Houston Business Journal in 2014.