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Best practices for dealing with offshore software development

David A. Vogel (Founder and President of Intertech Engineering Associates, Inc. David can be reached at
Jill E. Connelly (Senior Biomedical Engineer. Jill can be reached at

Handbook of Business Strategy

ISSN: 1077-5730

Article publication date: 1 December 2005



The purpose of this article is to examine why US companies outsource software development offshore and to present the factors to be considered to determine if the benefits of offshore outsourcing outweigh the drawbacks. Is offshoring worth it in terms of cost savings and quality? What are the risks associated with offshoring software development, and how can you hedge against such risks? What types of software should be considered for offshoring? How can you recognize the danger signs of offshore work going awry? Are there alternatives to outsourcing software development offshore, or are there alternative ways to offshore? Offshore outsourcing of software development may not be worth the risk in all cases. However, in the cases that it is worth moving offshore, this paper makes suggestions about how to help ensure success. This article presents advantages, disadvantages, risks and alternatives to offshore outsourcing of software development. Also, it provides alternatives for offshore outsourcing that will be useful for any company or individual considering offshore outsourcing.



Vogel, D.A. and Connelly, J.E. (2005), "Best practices for dealing with offshore software development", Handbook of Business Strategy, Vol. 6 No. 1, pp. 281-286.



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