SOFTWARE Outsourcing

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We are passionate about helping customers build innovative digital products, such as; MVP development, rapid prototyping, project hand-over, firefighting response and support & maintenance.

{Reduce risk, save money and deliver faster}

{SD:UK} helps businesses ranging from start-ups to large enterprise organisations, with the process of planning, designing, implementing and deploying their software development project(s).  Our team has significant experience across many industries delivering projects to the highest quality, cost-effectively and on time. {SD:UK} comprises of an exclusive network of software partners who we collaborate with, ensuring we put forward the right team to undertake your project efficiently.

{SD:UK} offers the following services; MVP development, rapid prototyping, project hand-over, firefighting response and support & maintenance.  Our in-house IT specialists are experts in capturing the business vision and converting it into actionable requirements ready for implementation.  Dependent on the business requirements, your project may be undertaken by ourselves, our partners or a hybrid collaboration.

{BUILDING THE RIGHT TEAM FOR YOUR PROJECT}

There are many technical challenges associated with the software development process, our services help companies navigate them with confidence and ensure the right software partner is selected.  The {SD:UK} professional network coupled with our industry experience enables us to formulate highly-efficient teams to undertake projects cost-effectively.  We can help customers find the optimal software partner(s) for designing, building and maintaining bespoke software solutions (web, mobile and desktop).

Dependent on the level of support needed {SD:UK} provides tailored solutions to address your business needs, ranging from project scoping, vendor selection, project management and implementation. To learn more about our services click here.

There are many aspects to the implementation and release of a software project. Provided below is a summary of the main software categories that {SD:UK} can assist with: . . .

{High-Performance Teams, Tailored To Your Software Project}

We work closely with our clients to capture their project requirements and then collaborate with our IT technology partners to implement the solution. We offer three services to help customers progress their project:

Please select the level of support you require

{B2B CONNECT}

For businesses who are looking for highly-qualified IT suppliers that have been pre-vetted, and require assistance with the vendor selection process.

Submit your project brief and we will review your requirements, then proceed to connect you with {SD:UK} certified software development companies. You can then assess tenders and choose the provider that best meets your needs.

KEY FEATURES

  • Access to our certified and highly qualified IT companies.
  • Receive tenders from our suppliers for FREE!
  • Receive expert advice fast from the {SD:UK} team.

{Fast Track}

For businesses who require help scoping their project in preparation for the tendering process.

One of our business analysts will work closely with your team to scope your project and formally capture the business requirements. Our team will carefully review the requirements and ensure they align with the business vision. We will then help formulate the optimal team to undertake your project.

KEY FEATURES

  • Receive expert guidance & support from {SD:UK}
  • Formally capture the business vision and system requirements.
  • Prepare an RFI and help facilitate the tendering process.

{Fully Managed}

For businesses wanting a fully project managed solution, whereby we run the project (start to end).

This solution is best described as “CTO as a Service”. We will review your project requirements and then formulate the optimal team. Dependent on the business requirements, the project may be undertaken by ourselves, our partners or a hybrid collaboration. The {SD:UK} team will provide ongoing expert guidance to scope the project, design/oversee the architecture, manage developers and be the product owner who is responsible for the successful delivery of a quality solution.

KEY FEATURES

  • Receive expert guidance & support from {SD:UK} technical lead.
  • Formally capture the business vision, system requirements.
  • Create an efficient team to deliver the solution.
  • Manage the implementation of the project to ensure success.

{Why use SD:UK For Your Outsourcing Needs?}

The {SD:UK} outsourcing services are designed to minimise risk, reduce cost and expedite the process of finding the perfect software partner to work on your project. Listed below are three reasons why you should consider using {SD:UK}:

Vetted

Our professional services network comprises of software vendors that have been vetted by {SD:UK} to ensure they follow industry best practices, have a proven track record and are capable of delivering projects on time and on budget. {SD:UK} significantly streamlines the software vendor selection process because much of the due diligence research has already been undertaken, giving you more time to review leading candidates and make informed decisions.

Supported

Software development technologies are rapidly changing and it can be very challenging to determine which software vendors best to approach. Utilising the wrong technology can significantly impact the performance of a business. {SD:UK} addresses these challenges by working closely with each customer to ensure system requirements are formally captured and accurately cover the scope of the project. The project is then issued to the certified suppliers within the {SD:UK} software provider network, inviting them to tender. Our expert guidance helps project stakeholders accelerate the project initiation process and select the right supplier.

Monitored

Our objective is to help our customers minimise risk and maximise the potential for a successful project delivery. Every service provider within the {SD:UK} professional network has been researched and vetted to ensure they are following industry best practices. We ask all {SD:UK} customers to provide feedback on their experience working with their selected supplier. Negative feedback is investigated and reported back to the community, resulting in underperforming suppliers being ejected.

The table below summarises the business benefits of the {SD:UK} outsourcing services:

{SD:UK} OutsourcingTypical Outsourcing ProcessTypical Recruitment Process
Time to find a partner0 ~ 2 weeks3 ~ 8 weeks1 ~ 4 months
Recruitment Costs£0£1,000 ~ £5,000£10,000 ~ 30,000k (per resource)
QualityHighMed ~ HighLow ~ High
Failure RateVery LowLowModerate ~ High
Pre-screened Candidates
Termination CostsNoneLow or NoneHigh

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The {SD:UK} team and the certified professionals within our software provider network have a proven track record in delivering projects within the following specialist domains:


Please select a service . . .

{Software Development Services}

Professional services to help you build your product cost effectively.

  • Mobile App Development
  • Software Development
  • Web Development
  • IoT Development
  • Blockchain Technology
  • eCommerce Development

{DIGITAL MARKETING SERVICES}

Web marketing services to help you boost website traffic and generate sales.

  • Search Engine Optimisation (SEO)
  • Pay Per Click (PPC)
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Content Marketing
  • Email Marketing
  • Amazon Marketing

{Business Development Services}

Professional services to help you build your business.

  • Business Coaching / Planning
  • Investment
  • Business Branding
  • Product Development
  • Content Writing
  • Go-To-Market Planning
  • Sales Outsourcing

{Top Reasons to Consider Outsourcing Your Next Project}

Project outsourcing refers to the process whereby a company entrusts an external vendor to perform activities that contribute towards a business goal. {SD:UK} focuses on the software outsourcing domain, which deals with fulfilling technology services such as; software/web development, graphics design, SEO, etc.

There are many benefits to outsourcing software development activities, ranging from cost saving to speed to market. This section outlines several of the benefits explaining why you should consider outsourcing:


Save Time & Money:

The alternative to outsourcing is to hire full-time employees. This approach is not feasible for businesses that are unable to afford the recruitment and ongoing costs associated with retaining a full-time employee (e.g. finder fee, salary, pension, benefits, equipment, office, taxes, etc). It makes little business sense to recruit new team members for short to mid-term projects.

Outsourcing offers businesses the ability to find highly skilled developers for executing particular tasks (meaning they can be completed quickly and to a very high standard). The outsourcing vendor is responsible for all costs relating to the employment and the equipping of their staff, which equates to a considerable cost saving for businesses.

Access to Global Subject Matter Experts:

A typical software development team will comprise of; architects, developers, testers, project managers, designers, digital marketers, etc. Certain roles within a project are critical and it can be imperative to have a proven subject matter expert lead the team to navigate potential pitfalls. Sourcing candidates locally is not always possible and does not always yield the best results.

Fortunately many outsourced tasks can be undertaken remotely, either in the UK or anywhere in the world! Effectively this gives businesses access to a large pool of qualified software providers, who have a proven track record in their respective domain of expertise.

Speed to market:

The recruitment process (for hiring a software/web developer) takes on average 35 days – and potentially longer to fully integrate them into the team. This is not ideal for businesses needing to act fast to meet business deadlines.

Software outsourcing means faster time to market because businesses can dictate the timelines that align with their schedule. It is the task of the software vendor to address this challenge and ensure they can deliver to the specified schedule on time and on budget.

Peak loads:

Frequently businesses need the ability to rapidly scale-up their IT team to allow them to take advantage of an emerging opportunity. The quickest and most cost effective way to build a highly qualified team is to utilise IT outsourcing. This approach means businesses are able to quickly get the key skills needed to complete tasks efficiently, but avoid the significant costs associated with recruitment and on-boarding. When the project is completed the team can scale down gracefully, reducing operational costs.

Risk Mitigation:

When a business utilises an outsourcing partner from the {SD:UK} professional services network, they instantly inherit the many years of experience, business best practices and their experience in delivering projects. Outsourcing companies can fill essential skill gaps and ultimately do the job better with their knowledge and understanding of the domain. Utilising qualified professionals significantly reduces project risks and has the added benefit of increased productivity and efficiency.

{SD:UK} provide services aimed at simplifying the outsourcing process and ensuring you select the right partner, to learn more click here.

{Are You A Qualified Software Provider?}

If you represent a company that has a proven track record in delivering quality software solutions, then why not let {SD:UK} help you grow your business?

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{How we help you find the optimal
software outsourcing PARTNER}

{1} Tell us what kind of help you need?

What is the project? What are the timescales? What is your budget?

Submit a project request to let us know what you need. The more information you can provide about your project the better. Upon submitting your request the project is assigned to an {SD:UK} expert who proceeds to review your requirements. You will then receive a call in order to answer any questions to ensure the project scope and objects are fully understood.

{2} We find you qualified software partners for consideration.

We reach out to software professionals within the {SD:UK} certified supplier network.

The {SD:UK} team create a formal specification document detailing your project requirements and business delivery schedule. This document is submitted to a shortlist of qualified software professionals who are invited to tender for the project. {SD:UK} facilitates the process to ensure tender responses are received promptly (within days).

{3} You select the optimal software partner.

Receive quotes, ask questions, review candidates and select a partner.

You will receive quotes from highly qualified professionals who are available to fulfil your project requirements. As soon as you have reviewed the available candidates you can make your selection and start the project with your chosen software partner.

{4} Feedback

{SD:UK} will periodically ask for feedback.

We want to ensure you receive the best possible experience, therefore during the implementation of your project the {SD:UK} team will contact you asking how everything is progressing. Feedback is shared with all {SD:UK} customers to help guide their future selection process.

{Need Expert Guidance?}

We provide fully managed end-to-end solutions for start-ups and companies needing expert guidance.

Take advantage of our unique {SD:UK} CTO as a Service solution. Our experts help you to formally capture requirements, create a system specification, find the perfect partner and then fully manage the implementation of your project.

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{Tips for ensuring the success of your software outsourcing project }

The process of running a software development project can be a daunting experience. This section provides a selection of tips to help teams adopt best practices for establishing processes and enhancing team productivity.


Which productivity tools SHOULD software development teamS CONSIDER?

The world of software development technology is constantly evolving and ever-changing. There are too many to list them all, so below is a shortlist of the top productivity tools that truly make the design and development process far easier:

• GitHub
• Gitlab
• Stack Overflow
• Docker
• Jira
• Jenkins
• Slack
• The Code Project

Although these may not be all the productivity tools out there (as there are new applications and software constantly emerging), the above list should indicate some of the best productivity tools to consider.

How can I improve team performance?

There are several ways to improve team performance. One of the most effective and cost-saving ways is to outsource gaps in knowledge or expertise to a professional IT supplier who understands what they are doing. Other tips to boost team performance include:

• Allocate team member’s ownership and control over each stage in the development process.
• Understand the specific strengths and weaknesses of team members and use them accordingly.
• Use team-building exercises to establish a strong team dynamic and relationship.
• Establish set expectations for communication.
• Utilise project management software to keep things organised.
• Create a positive work environment in which employees have incentives to work their best.

Where can I find excellent resources for online training and personal improvement?

The internet is an invaluable tool when it comes to training and personal improvement. Udemy is, by far, one of the most content-rich and valuable resources for online training. Alongside Udemy, several other websites can be of great value to companies, these include:

• Masterclass
• Coursera.org
• Skillshare
• Futurelearn.com
• Edx.org

Each of these online resources is a potential treasure-trove of valuable information for training and development purposes.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF automated testing?

Reviewing and testing code is one of the most critical stages in the software development process. Although developers can work wonders, they are only human, and hours of looking through code can result in a loss of concentration, causing them to make mistakes.


For these reasons, it is advised that businesses run additional automated testing on any piece of software before they launch it. Alongside spotting mistakes, there are multiple other benefits of automated testing:


• Automatically test new features and ensure existing functionality is not broken.

• Run tests at a faster and more efficient speed.

• Free up personnel from lengthy testing – allowing them to focus their attention elsewhere.

How can I measure code quality?

If making simple fixes to your code takes a software developer a great deal of time, there is a good chance there are code quality issues.


Another indicator that your code may need more work is if a new developer struggles to read the code and it requires considerable effort to bring them up to speed.

There are a few easy steps your development team can take to measure code quality:

  1. Firstly, identify the stage in the software development that the defect originates.
  2. Next, open all of the multiple defect code reports.
  3. Finally, begin identifying and correcting all of the defects within each report.

How can I improve code quality?

The best way to improve code quality for a software development project is to introduce experienced software developers to conduct code reviews to access the system architecture and overall quality.

If you do not have an experienced coder, it could lead to significant disruptions in your application development, typically resulting in code rewriting (refactoring).

It is more efficient if software development team have at least one technical lead who can do the following:

  1. Understands coding standards, design patterns and design principles.
  2. Analyses produced code to ensure industry accepted design patterns have been adopted.
  3. Understands and adheres to code-review best practices and enforces them in the team.

How can I formally capture system requirements?

A company’s system requirements form the foundations of any IT project. Businesses can capture system requirements through utilising the following initiatives:
Interviews – always start the process by discussing the project with all project stakeholders involved.
Focus groups – extend interviews to focus groups consisting of end users (or the general public).
Brainstorming – a group-thinking activity designed to generate new ideas and approaches.

The approach(es) that your team adopt will depend on the type and size of your project. The SD:UK “Fast Track” service helps businesses with this process.

How can I guard against scope creep?

‘Scope creep’ is the name given when software projects naturally drift outside of their defined parameters as the project develops. Avoiding scope creep can increase the likelihood of completing a project within the established time parameters and budget.

There are several steps you can take to protect the your project:

• Remain vigilant – If management answer every decision with a straightforward ‘yes’ or ‘no’, there is little risk of ambiguity or confusion resulting in scope creep.

• Don’t lose sight of the vision – Part of the reason that scope creep develops is that different teams lose sight of the bigger picture. Ensuring that everyone understands primary business objectives.

• Use online project management software that keeps all aspects of product and software development in one place can be a great way of avoiding shifting off course.

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{Software Outsourcing Frequently Asked Questions}


At SD:UK we only recommend IT vendors that we know will uphold our reputation as a top-provider of IT services and software development.

We perform lots of background checks on all IT vendors we recommend to ensure they meet our standards. A subset of our in-depth due-dilligence checks include:

■  Feedback and endorsements from previous clients

■  Reviewing certificates and/or qualifications

■  Reviewing cyber security / data protection practices

■  Assessing vendor technical competencies for undertaking projects

■  Ensuring follow and can evidence following industry best practices

When clients outsource IT tasks to us here at SD:UK, they are putting a tremendous amount of trust in our ability to assist them in achieving quality IT results.

Carrying out these essential preliminary tests on all the IT vendors we recommend is just one of the many steps we take to assure clients that their trust is well-placed and that they can confidently rely on SD:UK to get the job done well.

As each business takes a different approach to software development and product testing, there is no set-rule to whether outsourcing is the best approach.

However, if businesses lack a technical understanding of particular areas or software development processes, they may consider outsourcing tasks in this specific domain.

Outsourcing tasks that your in-house team cannot easily manage themselves is often the best way to speed up the software development process, and keep projects within budget and time-scale (through reducing risk).

Engaging with a highly experienced team of developers (as promoted by SD:UK) to execute the software development life-cycle will ultimately create a better end product that surpasses stakeholder expectations.

The process of selecting an IT vendor always calls for an in-depth and extensive analysis of a business’ capabilities prior to selection. Typical questions you should consider asking an IT vendor include:

■ How many years of experience within the managed service business do you have?
■ What are your process and approach? (Do you take a proactive stance towards IT?)
■ How regularly do you communicate with the rest of the team?
■ How can you help with the development of the company’s life-cycle through the adoption of IT?

These conversations should hopefully open up discussions about the client’s broader and project-specific plans and services.  It should also give them a more precise idea of how an IT vendor can help the software development processes.

The SD:UK team simplifies the IT vendor selection process, because we pre-vet candidates by asking all relevant questions.

One of the best ways outsourcing can benefit a business is by massively reducing its’ operating costs. This is particularly true in periods of economic ‘slumps’ or decline.

By outsourcing specific duties, owners can find their labour costs lessen and their functionality and efficiency increase, as core team members can focus on what truly matters.

Outsourcing specific duties such as customer care or feedback management can significantly reduce your running cost, and therefore benefit your business in the long-term.

When outsourcing, it is important to have a detailed project specification listing your requirements. Management can find these requirements in a ‘feature specification document’ (FSD) which sets out all the relevant information about the businesses problems, needs, and expected results.

A detailed FSD document provides both the outsourced software development team with a straightforward guide of what project stakeholders want from their services.

Businesses should put as much detail as possible into their FSD documents for them to be successful. Part of the way that a company may set out their needs within a FSD document would be:

■ Defined the product vision, an overview of the solution to be developed.
■ Detail the “functional” requirements, explaining what the system should do.
■ Detail the “non-functional” requirements, covering system security, reliability, performance topics.

The above lists is far from comprehensive, however it does cover the main topics to be included to enable outsourced development teams to proceed with confidence.

NOTE: the FSD document (if following the widely adopted Agile software development methodology) should “not” cover all requirements. Instead the objective is to provide enough insight into the proposed project for an outsourcing company to understand the vision and begin implementing the solution.

SD:UK provide a business analysis to assist with the requirements gathering process (for more information see out “Fast Track” service).

When building an in-house team of software developers and experts, finding the right staff for each job can be time-consuming as well as costly.

Finding a skilled developer that understands your unique business goals or objectives isn’t always easy. The best developers are those that understand your specific business goals and desired end-user experiences.

If a software developer is unsure about the deliverables of a project, or who it is for, it can lead to a stop-and-start process that can considerably delay the development process.

When you outsource to us here at SD:UK, we carry the burden of finding optimal IT vendors, vetting candidates and putting forward the best team for undertaking your project.

This frees our clients from the obligation of managing the software development activities and lets them focus on the bigger picture – allowing them to achieve their goals faster, and at reduced labour costs.

The most efficient and successful software and web applications are often designed and tested by specialist software providers, as promoted by SD:UK.

This is because we bring specialised skills and resources to the team to develop a company within a particular market area.

Rather than juggling multiple software development methods and approaches, outsourcing the software development process to highly efficient and expertly qualified teams can be a great time-saver and help fulfill your business requirements faster.

Although outsourcing may not be the only way of cost-saving, it is undoubtedly one of the most effective.

This is because businesses that outsource to professional software development experts, get a fully optimised, all-inclusive, and refined customer buying experience.

We provide tailored services around our clients’ specific goals and ambitions. We help connect you with highly qualified suppliers, who have the proven ability to deliver unique and recognisable software solutions that allow you to stand out from the crowd.

When you outsource your IT design and development requirements, you automatically free-up all your internal staff from all things IT.

This allows your internal team to focus entirely on product and software development, rather than deal with things outside their areas of expertise.

Another benefit of outsourcing IT work is that IT teams that we promote, all have access to the most current, updated systems and technologies.

Having the most recent software and technologies at your disposal and software engineers with the know-how to use them, will allow businesses to create a higher-quality end-product.

A fixed-price contract is when a customer pays in advance for the design, development, testing and project management of their project in one lum-sum.

This is a popular option for smaller plans and developments where the customer’s requirements are clear and defined.

Time and materials contracts, or Cost-Plus contracts, are when a project’s price is determined after it has is completed.

Cost-Plus contracts are typically used for software development projects whereby the owner is uncertain of the system requirements, because the project is evolving.

Most software development projects adopt the time and material approach, because the majority of projects are developed using the Agile methodology (which is an evolutionary design process).

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