You have to agree, outsourcing a project as complicated as a software development project is not like any other project. There are very many factors that you should consider to ensure that the outsourcing is successful. You can choose to work with any software development company that you please do long as they are reputable and prove that they can get a great work done for you. The software company should be able to develop a project plan which can lead to the success of your business.
The most important thing to running a successful software project is keeping the communication great. Also, along with communications, below are some of other tips to have your project turn out successfully.
Analyse the needs of your business
Every project should have clear objective if it is to succeed. Before you start on the project, take some time off to determine these goals. The way to do this is by analysing the requirements of the business and documenting them. You could even have a contract drawn up reflecting these objectives. This contract will be the point of reference with the company that you work with. It will ensure that all you agree upon is met to the letter without any deviation. As the project runs, changes should be tracked by both parties involved.
Request to be presented with a proposal
You should at all times be very precise with what you expect the software to be able to do for your business. Have the requirements, timeframe, expectations and budget laid bare. Send this to the suppliers and then evaluate their response. The company that provide you with a detailed plan of action is the company you should choose.
Clearly evaluate the supplier you choose
When you are choosing a software company, you should do your research properly. Thoroughly crosscheck the references and recommendations that are provided by the suppliers. An indicator of quality should be the number of awards that they have won over the years. Having professional partnerships with large and reputable vendors in the industry should also be an added plus.
But if your company has very high delivery requirements, then the stakes are even higher for you. As such you should also look into CMM and ISO certification as a requirement for the companies you choose to work with.
Create a contract
After you have made your choice of the supplier to go with, then it is time that you drew up contracts. Such a contract is different from others in various aspects. It should touch on the pricing and what it will be based on. Will the pricing be dependent on the materials or time? Given the crucial nature of contracts, you should ensure that you are very thorough and have it very detailed. Touch on the timescales and costs and have them clearly defined.
Also, in the contract, you should specify the strategy of acceptance. And just how the evaluation for the deliverable will be made so that you are on the same page.
Clearly there is a lot of work to be done. But when you do your research and take your time, all is going to be well.