Author : Nick Krym

S/W Development Outsourcing: China vs. India

A few months ago I went through a vendor selection process for a technology company in SF Bay Area. The goal was to find a vendor that would become a long-term partner / a part of a local development team. My clients were set on considering only two countries – India and China. The size of a potential outsourcing deal was fairly small: ~15 people. That would roughly correspond to $1M on annual basis. The size of engagement was still big enough to give us a chance to pick a company from a large pull of vendors who seemed to be interested. Here are some […]

Top 5 Rules of Offshore Vendor Selection

The key to building a list of vendors to consider in your outsourcing initiative is narrowing your search. There are only ~20,000 outsourcers in India alone – picking a good one should be just a walk in park… Jurassic Park so to say… Start with identifying geography, business model, maturity and size of target offshore vendors. Here are a couple tips (Nick’s Rules) to consider for narrowing down your search: Rule # 1: Size matters. The attention you receive from the vendor is directly proportional to percentage of revenue your business represents. If a revenue stream your company generates for the vendor is a rounding […]

Protecting Data and IP when Outsourcing Offshore, cont.

What can you do to minimize / mitigate risks of IP loss with your outsourcing partner? Here are some tips to consider: General Learn, understand and keep yourself up to day on Information security topics Do not outsource your crown jewels. If it’s at all possible do not send any high value IP work offshore. Hold the offshore vendor, its employees and subcontractors to the same or higher standards of Data and IP security as your own team. Vendor search / RFP process Include IP handling inquiries in your RFP process and in on-site visits Consider legal maturity and IP laws from geopolitical view Check […]

Protecting Data and IP when Outsourcing Offshore

What can you do to minimize / mitigate risks of IP loss with your outsourcing partner? Here are some tips to consider: General Learn, understand and keep yourself up to day on Information security topics Do not outsource your crown jewels. If it’s at all possible do not send any high value IP work offshore. Hold the offshore vendor, its employees and subcontractors to the same or higher standards of Data and IP security as your own team. Vendor search / RFP process Include IP handling inquiries in your RFP process and in on-site visits Consider legal maturity and IP laws from geopolitical view Check […]