Its 2010. Why are You Still Outsourcing?
A conversation with Holly Ripley-Boyd of Ness Software Product Labs reveals how the changing nature of partnerships in the software development lifecycle has increased the importance of outsourcing.
By Maryann Jones Thompson, SandHill.com
In the old days ISVs and software product centric organizations built their software products by hiring the best architects, software engineers, and developers money could buy. In order to take advantage of worldwide talent and cost arbitrage many companies established captives (offshore sites staffed by company employees). Companies also outsourced various aspects of the software product life cycle, with varying success.
Finally a new class of company emerged: the software development specialist. Ness Software Product Labs was one of the early firms to focus specifically on the “Offshore Product Development market” and helped define the market by establishing discrete Software Product Labs for ISVs and customers reliant on professional grade software to generate revenue. These extended development centers provide ongoing customer-focused services across the entire Software Product Life Cycle.
In this Q&A with Holly Ripley-Boyd, President of Ness Software Product Labs, we learn more about the genesis of this market, the coming evolution “beyond outsourced product development” and its potential increase the power and potential of outsourcing.
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