Software Development: Its About the People
Choosing the right outsourcing partner involves the consideration of a variety of factors - and “people” should be at the top of the list.
By Serhiy Kharytonov, SoftServe
Anyone involved with software development projects knows they have a very high rate of failure. According to the Standish Groups 2009 Chaos Report, which tracks IT software project success rates, less than a third of surveyed IT software projects undertaken in the past two years were rated successful, meaning they came in on time, on budget and with required features. Forty-four percent were challenged, meaning they were late, over budget, or lacked required features, and 24 percent failed completely, meaning they were cancelled or never used.
Software vendors aiming to outsource development face the same challenges. One way to improve the chances of success is to seek out a development partner that goes beyond typical mainstream certifications. Ideally an outsourcing partner should provide its own structured, effective system for training and developing its employees with the education, certifications and experience they need to acquire the most advanced hard and soft skills.
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Panel Discussion: Advantage India
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Kennet Partners Managing Director Javier Rojas sat down with Ratmir Timashev, founder of Aelita Software Corporation, to learn how he created a company that achieved an almost 100x ratio of exit value to capital used. Read the details in this post to the SandHill.com Blog, Return Leaders.
Hardware Vendor Pack Moving Down the Wrong Path
Jeff Kaplan of THINKstrategies explains why hardware vendors trendy acquisitions will make software and services vendors the new leaders of the IT industry. Read why in this post to the SandHill.com Blog on software M&A.
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