YouTeam Offers an Alternative Approach to Traditional IT Outsourcing

YouTeam Offers an Alternative Approach to Traditional IT Outsourcing

The biggest challenge and problem is for the client to make a decision satisfying at least two of the three major dimensions quality, speed and price, without having all the required information available. Having much more information about the companies and developers at hand allows the client to make much more well-informed decisions, this leads to better hires and results in far superior project outcomes!

1. Inability to compare ‘Apples with Apples’

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Wading through proposals from outsourcing companies, all of which have different pricing strategies, representations about quality, understandings of your technical requirements and the availability of their engineers.

Vendors will be typically unable or unwilling to provide information about Price and Timeframes upfront as it might compromise their negotiating position or for any number of other reasons i.e. they don’t understand the scope clearly enough.

Vendors might be able to define the price and substantiate quality, but then it turns out that they don’t have any engineers available. It’s like being on a merry-go-round.

Utilise a database of information about the most promising vendors, which provides:

– Important pricing information, like hourly/monthly rates (Price dimension)

– Information about the instantaneous availability of individual engineers, which allows for the appropriate planning of their onboarding onto your project (Speed dimension)

– Technical backgrounds of individual engineers (Quality dimension)

Implications for clients. The biggest challenge and problem is for the client to make a decision satisfying at least two of the three major dimensions quality, speed and price, without having all the required information available.

Having much more information about the companies and developers at hand allows the client to make much more well-informed decisions, this leads to better hires and results in far superior project outcomes!

2. Difficulties in undertaking Independent Due-Diligence on the outsourcing companies

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Undertaking your own due-diligence process for all of the software outsourcing companies you have shortlisted as relevant.

This is time-consuming and expensive.

Shortlisting from a group of already professionally pre-vetted companies.

Our vendors will work on multiple, if not dozens of projects throughout their lifetime on the platform. This provides a strong case for us to place emphasis on pre-vetting them before admittance to the platform.

Implications for clients. Because all of the vendors have been pre-vetting they’re before admittance to the YouTeam platform, clients no longer need to concern themselves with undergoing onerous and costly due-diligence processes.

3. Verifying of the technical level of individual engineers

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More often than not you won’t be able to meet the Engineers which will be assigned to your project. This might occur for a number of reasons:
1) It is not part of the company’s sales process
2) The company may have to go out to the market to hire a developer with the experience you need
3) They might not know exactly which developer will become available to join your team at that time.You will have to trust that the brand will keep their promise by allocating a relevant, experienced and productive professionals to your project.
Gives you the ability to shortlist several engineers for each role, interviewing them yourself or appointing a Team Advisor. Once they pass the interview, you can set test tasks to validate their familiarity and competency in a particular programming language.

Upon Client request, the skills of individual IT Professionals can be verified using Codewars & HackerRank.

Implications for clients. YouTeam digital platform allows clients to book meetings with the shortlisted engineers themselves. When you have the opportunity to meet the individuals you will quickly get a sense of whether this is someone you would like to bring onboard. You’ll immediately be able to verify their communication skills, intellect, level of English and general attitude towards your project.

This is invaluable information that is almost never available.

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4. Information Asymmetry

Outsourcing companies provide very little information about the individuals who will be assigned to the project.

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The standard approach is to meet and greet the Business Development staff, sign a contract with the company for a fix scope of works and then meet your assigned team members at the kick-off workshop.

Sometimes you’re lucky and get great professionals, most of the times you’ll get whoever’s free.

Having the ability to search a database full of detailed profiles of candidates. Then only appointing an outsourcing company on the basis of them having suitable engineers available.

Being able to interview the engineers themselves to verify their technical, communication & English levels.

Implications for clients. Having much more information about the companies and developers at hand allows the client to make much more well-informed decisions. This ultimately lead to better hires which result in far superior project outcomes!

5. The lead time for team assembly

Project commencement can take several months.

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The lead time for onboarding new developers onto projects is often between 6 and 10 weeks. Have access to a database full of 100s of highly qualified engineers available to join projects within the next week or two.

Implications for clients. Referring back to Quality, Speed, Price triangle, the conventional wisdom is that you can only have 2 at the expense of the third. However, if you have access to a talent pool of nearly 1000s engineers across 70 development firms, it is always possible to find an underloaded engineer with the right technical experience.

This makes getting high quality, cost effective Engineers, quicky become very possible.

6. Typical engagement models are not very flexible for the client

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Large lump sum projects The ability to rent tech talent from a minimum of 1 developer-month to multiple years and ramping the number of remote engineers working on your project up and down as your requirements fluctuate.

Implications for clients. YouTeam is perfect for rapidly growing businesses, particularly start-ups and scale-ups, who need a longer-term dedicated team solution but with the flexibility to ramp up and down.

YouTeam allows you to leverage the HR and management expertise of established software companies to grow your team with high-quality professionals.

7. Independent escrow services are not available

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Independent escrow services are not available. In most cases, you will need to pay large deposits and you may not be transferred all of the code and corresponding IP until you have paid the final invoice. Having the ability to eliminate quality & financial risks associated with development through use of code and financial escrow to make sure that all IP is transferred.

Implications for clients. Having all payments processed through an independent digital platform means it is only released to the vendor after the work is accepted. With the option to be fully reimbursed if you are not satisfied with the quality of work.

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Tristan Senycia

Tristan Senycia

Tristan Senycia is a Product Manager at YouTeam - a curated b2b marketplace that matches businesses with dedicated engineers from pre-vetted software development agencies.

He is also the founder of LeverPoint Advisory, which consults in the areas of commercialisation management, go-to-market strategy, High-Tech marketing strategy and customer development. 

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