May 2, 2022

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How “PIVOT” can help you find the perfect development partner

As a start-up or mature company looking to outsource your development project, the number of options for an outsourcing partner can be overwhelming. Each project has unique requirements, and this outsourcing decision can be difficult due to many concerns: the quality of talent, cost, availability, speed, compliance, IP; the list goes on and on.

When selecting an outsourcing development partner, consider their ability to “PIVOT”:

  • Product = You want an outsourced development partner with extensive and multifaceted experience in product, ideally in your application’s domain or with a strong Research background. With that experience, the partner should have created robust frameworks, with a focus on functionality and market validation. These frameworks will enable your product to be developed faster, with less set-up costs and work.
  • Innovation = As mentioned above, find a company that has a strong “R” in Research and Development, who always stays at the cutting edge of technologies. As technology continues to evolve, ideas evolve as well – and some of those ideas require innovative thinking to provide a suitable and scalable solution.
  • Versatility =  Ensure that your partner has a complete and comprehensive team of experts to support every product iteration. For example, Commit has divisions dedicated to Software Development, Embedded, IoT, Cloud, Big Data, Cyber, Communications, BI/Analytics, and more.
  • Optimization = A partner should be able to optimize your team’s output and agility, using a core/flex model that enables you to get the right resources at the right time, depending on your product build, in both the short and long term. 
  • Transparency = When outsourcing, transparency is everything. Work with a development partner that will engage through KPIs and milestones, which can then be tracked through dashboards and tools, and shared and monitored on a daily basis. Ideally, the outsourcing company should provide a project manager to manage the team and provide insights on blockers and progress.

In summary, people tend to memorize complex ideas through acronyms. In this case, PIVOT checks the most critical decision criteria for selecting a development partner. 

And, if you’d like a cheat sheet, Commit’s capabilities ace the “PIVOT” test. Learn more about our approach here.

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