Looking to Outsource? Think Again

Sure, outsourcing isn’t everybody’s cake. It’s rather a strategic solution, just like Apple did in its early days. Oh my, you don’t know how it worked with Apple?

‘In 2007, Steve Jobs decided that he wanted a Glass Screen for iPhones, just a few weeks before their launch date. All suppliers from USA were approached but none of them undertook the contract, saying that deadline was impossible. So, with heavy heart, Steve turned to China where a factory set up a dormitory even before signing off the contract, so as their employers could work a 12-hours shift to meet the delivery in time.

After contracts were signed, 8,000 workers were roused from their beds to fit 10,000 iphones a day’.

Well, NO BODY is saying that Apple inc. outsources does not mean you should too, or Apple does not outsource means you shouldn’t too. It just means that every business has different short-term to long-term goals and objectives to achieve. In order to make better decision, it’s better asking first, whether Outsourcing suits your objectives and if yes, which objectives it does serve.

Most common reasons, companies outsource their projects:

It’s been 9 years since we are in web design and development business, making websites, ecommerce stores, mobile apps and so on. Companies from different parts of the world approach us and eventually engage us as their offshore outsourcing partner. There are certain reasons behind such engagements and partnerships, most common include:

  • Lack of access to the professional technical resources
  • Cash crunch preventing you from expanding your team
  • Core members wasting their time doing mundane and repetitive tasks
  • Deadlines for deliverable being pushed back due to resource crunch
  • Rapidly eroding capital base because of ballooning expenditure

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Outsourcing isn’t all that easy, btw. It involves serious challenges:

Definitely, there are many challenges involved in outsourcing. You would need to set up systems and processes to make sure projects are delivered in time and within budgets. Many partnerships just fail because there were no systems and no processes for project management. Other reasons behind failed partnerships include:

  • Misunderstanding of requirements
  • Lack of Quality assurance
  • Concerns about intellectual property
  • Security Differences in company processes
  • Communication/cultural barriers

So, Who is right Outsourcing Company for You?

Well, we are glad that at RED SIGNAL, outsourcing is just a matter of everyday work. We have a decade long industry experience and have delivered outsource web development  to clients in every part of the world. We understand the nuances of outsourcing services and that’s why we have established the right processes that guarantee projects’ delivery in time and in budget. You can measure our outsourcing expertise against following check list:

  • Long term experience in the field.
  • Have worked with clients similar to you.
  • Successfully executed both simple and complex projects.
  • Are proficient with a wide range of technologies and services.
  • Able to understand your business model and customer demands.
  • Has a collaborative culture with a focus on communication and transparency.
  • Committed to customer support and high quality.

Interested in working with Us?

If you are looking to outsource web development, web design or even iPhone app development and Android app development, we are always here to help you with that, talk to you and become your trusted IT partner. For more information,

Just write us at: info@redsignal.biz

give us a call at: +92 321 2423100

or Skype us at: Shah4moon

5 TED Talks Every Designer Must See Before He Dies

TED, for sure, it’s not all about hardcore technology and rhetorical design theories only. There are ideas, inspirations, discussions, and above all – there is motivation for all of us… We, as a leading web design company, too need this inspiration and motivation and we get it from different design books, documentaries and talks.

So, here is a list of our favorite TED conversations where these speakers walk us through their creative design process, urge us to draw out of the lines and foresee the coming days of our web. Time? Each video might cost you 10-25 minutes but when you are done watching them – you bet you would not be the same designer again.

Design Is In The Details – Paul Bennet

Paul Bennet, chief creative officer of IDEO speaks about design and shows us how small and big are part of same process in design. With his belief in human centric design, he convinces us that solving individual’s needs is a step towards solving the big corporate needs. No bar charts, no powerpoint – It’s Paul Bennet, his different experiences and his amazing stories. You’ve got to see it.

 

Design and Discovery – David Carson

Everybody knows what tools and technologies are used for great design. We know them too. What really few people know is ‘how a great design is made through discovering the world’. David Carson knows that and shares his inspiring design discovery. It’s a pretty much random talk and touches a broad range of design types. He talks about typography, he talks about poor advertisements and he talks about seeing things beyond their skin.

 

 

3 Ways Good Design Makes You Happy – Don Norman

Don Norman – a great intellect, a great critic and even greater speaker. In this TED talk, he discusses the relationship between good design and emotion. Form over function vs function over form! He brings his cognitive sciences in this discussion and tells us how human brain processes the information at different levels, and how we can build a design that’s both functional and beautiful.

 

Happiness by Design – Stefan Sagmeister

A thing of beauty is joy forever. Oh, this is not Stefan Sagmeister

Stefan is a graphic designer and in this talk, he says, good design is an instant joy. He shares his delightful experiences and those all came from making good design. He says there are 2 ways for experiencing happy design: being happy while experiencing the design and being happy while designing it. That’s how it works!

 

Intricate Beauty by Design – Marian Bantjes

About literary pieces of work, critics always tried to connect literature with its creator. Marian brings this discussion alive, but with a different subject. Marian Bantjes goes out and asks to throw your personality into the products to make them unique and stand apart from the crowd. Why?

Like most designers, Maria used to believe that ego and design shouldn’t be involved. It took her 20 years to shed off this style and add a pinch of personal approach. Every time she worked on a design, she poured her own ideas (styles) into it, as if it’s her product first and then the customers.

 

 

 

Hiring A Good Mobile App Agency. Really?

Is this mobile agency good? Do they have experienced mobile developers? Or they have established processes to communicate and deliver the projects? Can you trust them? Hiring a good mobile development agency is an important decision. But, it’s not easy as well. Wide open eyes!

 

Don’t buy the adjectives that mobile app development companies use in their services, on their business websites. Do some research on the web, check their popularity, reviews and ratings (at least on their Facebook, LinkedIn pages). This can give you a quick and unbiased look inside company, its people and its customers.

True that, there are dozens of mobile development companies in every city around the world – and each of them claims to be ‘the best’. So, isn’t it all about choosing any of them, right?

No, it doesn’t work like that. Not all mobile companies have the same level of expertise and experience, are equally sincere and dependable, or stick to same quality standards. This is where you need some time to see, talk and judge if they really mean what they say or promise. And seriously, this is the toughest part of the job. So, here is a checklist to help you look at the important things about a company and take the better decisions.

 

1. Cross check website testimonials!

Testimonials are very important. But, this is where companies tend to play dirty and come up with fake testimonials. Ask your mobile app development company for the contact details (phone numbers and/or email ids,) so you can do some cross-checking yourself.

2. Cost effective or loss leaders, be suspicious!

Best app develops and cheapest service providers – unfortunately these are 2 different things and don’t really go together in a single set (considering the prevailing work standards). So, any time you come across a company offering you the cheapest quote, be suspicious. Chances are their work quality would be cheapest too.

OK! Wanna debate?

Go to their portfolios. See their work. Look at their design. Give a check to the functionality. And don’t be sad if it’s cheap because We told you it was meant to be so.

3. They are global?

A good company works beyond geographical boundaries. They have nice (at the least) global presence. Patching up with a sales person in any foreign country and calling his abode ‘Country Office’ – however shameful, but people are doing it. Take such bla bla with a pinch of salt. Run inquiry about where company has registered overseas offices and ask for few valid contacts. Even easier, go to company’s LinkedIn page and see how many of their employees work in that country.

(Oh please, don’t tell us that your company doesn’t have their LinkedIn page. It’s ridiculous)

4. Experienced team of developers or developers with relevant experience?

Experience and relevant experience – you see, they are different things. Consider this:

You’ve got an idea and you want to have an iPhone app. Now you have a developer having 5 years of experience, going to work on your project. The catch? What if the person had been working on java apps for all those 5 years? What if he as new to iPhone as a dentist to eyes?

Hire those app developers who have relevant experience, required for your project. That’s the only way to make sure your projects ends, and it ends well.

5. Turnaround? How fast?

This is people, like you and me, who make apps. There can be technical glitches, the app developer assigned at your project might take a sick-leave, or worse yet switch to another company. Who knows, shit happens all the times.

It’s better ask company to share their back-up plans because its their responsibility to complete the project within stipulated deadline – no matter how hard the problems they might be having. Perhaps, this is why you should avoid hiring 5-7 people agencies and studios. At least, with big companies, you never run short of resources.

6. Non-Disclosure Agreements? Yes or No?

Any company not willing to sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA)….. that’s not cool. Most likely, it’s not very good idea to engage further with such companies. These agreements ensure that, once the project is completed and delivered, you (the client) gets the sole ownership and custody of all intellectual rights (IRP) of the project. Without these agreements, where would you go for further updates or so?

7. Full Suite of Development Services?

Designers design. Coders code. Marketers market. For an app to be developed, designers, developers and marketers, they all work together in one team. There are mobile app companies who do not have UI/UX teams, let alone the marketing guys. The programmers double up as designers, and (that’s foul) make a right hash of it. Now, you can do 2 different things. Choice is yours.

Either hire a company that offers a full suite of mobile app development services and can handle your project from design to development and then testing and launch or hire 2 different companies where first does the design and second does the rest of work. In any case, you would get better than what you were getting earlier.

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