Part 2: Emerging Software Companies: Program Components

Part 2: Emerging Software Companies: Program Components

Phase
1. Assessment and Strategic Outsourcing Roadmap
Plan

What’s
getting in the way of your success? Is it time-to-market?
Market share? Cost overruns? An ineffective product
road map? Lack of group consensus? Or maybe you’re
not quite clear just what the problem is.

Many companies think
they know what their problems are only to later
learn that the issue is merely a symptom and the
problem lies deeper. We help you get to the core
of the problem.

Identifying
improvements that will yield exponential payback
is what our assessment approach is
all about. We assess your technology platform, development
infrastructure and processes, and share with you
our specific experiences and expertise relevant
to you.

 

During this environmental
assessment, we gather information on the mission
and goals of your business, the obstacles to achieving
these goals, and the overall operating environment
– adding another layer of data to help you understand
what influences product development, and to uncover
potential improvement initiatives.

Within
a 2-7 day timeframe, we take a macro-level look
at your portfolio and identify an ideal product
development/maintenance process candidate, or cluster
of them, to be outsourced offshore that will increase
value and decrease high costs within your portfolio.
We provide immediate value, and a list of deliverables
that outline the right type of outsourcing strategy
– taking into account your long-term strategy and
business goals.

We provide you with
the knowledge you need to effectively outsource
and strategically think about portfolio processes/application
outsourcing initiatives that can benefit your
business.

We combine
all of the data and analysis gathered during the
environmental, project history, and benchmark assessments
to develop working plans that detail the improvement
priorities, and outline how to move forward with
the recommended improvements.
We analyze
your past successes and find ways to fine-tune your
software development processes.

At this stage Altoros:

    • Delivers
      a set of measurement goals
    • Identifies
      the critical people needed for rapid progress
    • Sets
      both results metrics (targets for improvement
      and motivating change) and predictive metrics
      (to manage change week-by-week)
    • Develops
      a system of governance for reviewing and managing
      metrics

Major Identification
Criteria we leverage during this stage:

    • Current cost of operation
    • Application maturity
    • Alignment to business (core, context, utility)
    • Business value
    • Business satisfaction
    • Functional completeness
    • Technical completeness
    • Rate of change
    • Technology platform
    • Associated cluster
    • Perceived risk profile
If you
want to discover how well you are prepared for outsourcing
and how it can work for your business, click here
to schedule an outsourcing readiness assessment
or call (617) 848-5959.
Phase
2. Team Selection
While
we work with you as an extension of your team, selecting
a team–specifically an experienced offshore Project
Manager–is of critical importance. While ensuring
that the team has the skill and experience that
is essential, we have learned that matching the
team to your culture, operating philosophy, and
processes are just as important.
Phase
3. Software Development Effectiveness Metrics Selection
For companies
hoping to improve performance and develop effective
product strategies, having the right metrics in
place is critical for moving your organization or
company forward, and to reducing the daily fire-fighting
that takes place in many software companies.
Getting
more from less is a common mantra in today’s competitive
hi-tech software market. All too often you are asked
to reduce cycle times, enhance product quality,
and cut product development costs. Too often you
spend your day fighting fires, wading through piles
of information that never give you an accurate picture
of performance, and ultimately learn that the processes
in place are not helping you to achieve the results
you need.
At Altoros,
we’ve helped many clients enhance their Metrics
programs – getting at “the critical few”
metrics by simplifying the measurement of software
product development initiatives and by taking the
guesswork out of managing by using early indicators
of problems.
Based
on years of practical experience in software product
development, Altoros has identified the key interplay
between metrics and results, and what it takes to
achieve them.
Phase
3. Engagement Model Selection
Choosing
an offshore partner has similar strategic importance
to choosing the members of your core team. Altoros
is proud of the long- standing relationships we
share with many ISVs, which have grown as our clients
grow. These relationships typically start on a project
basis, and graduate to dedicated offshore engineering
teams quickly. Apart from the traditional model
of time and material, for projects that are well-defined,
we take the responsibility of delivering on a fixed-cost,
within a stipulated time-frame, and with industry-leading
quality-of-service levels
Phase
4. Product Lifecycle Management and Processes Strategy
Development
We understand
that in an early stage environment schedules are
tight and specifications evolve rapidly.
Altoros
will benchmark your product development capabilities
against our database of best-in-class practices.
Our unique approach not only gives you a deep understanding
of the issues, it also fosters consensus throughout
critical functions and helps you unfreeze the old
mold and re-freeze the new mold.
During
this stage we will help you:
    • Effectively
      manage change and protect critical strategic
      assets
    • Continuously
      ensure quality across the software development
      lifecycle
    • Focus
      on architecture to develop more resilient systems
    • Adopt
      iterative development practices that reduce
      project risk
The result:
a more proficient development team, and a more responsive,
resilient, and focused business.
Phase
5. Porting and Migration Services Selection
Our platform
migration and porting services can help you
increase your market reach and our Open Source
platform expertise can reduce the total cost of
ownership by porting your applications to Open Source
stack. We can bring in the required skills for complementary
technologies and help your teams bring them in-house
through our knowledge transfer services.
Implementation
and Maintenance Services Selection
Serving
ISVs is our core business. Unlike other service
companies who act as commodity vendors, we believe
in investing to build competency in areas such as
implementation services. We would leverage the product
knowledge gained through our product lifecycle services
to provide you with a flexible on- demand workforce
that can implement customized solution for your
customers.
Best
Practices Selection
We have
developed several Best Practices for providing the
right software product lifecycle services for emerging
ISVs and these are built on our 5+ years of working
with emerging ISVs in the onsite/offsite/offshore
model. These Best Practices make it easy, reliable,
and predictable for ISVs that are considering using
offshore services for the first time, or that have
not had a positive ROI experience in the past.

Quick ramp up and
down

Partnership
with Altoros provides you the flexibility to ramp
up the project team to meet unanticipated needs.
We can augment your offshore project team with additional
resources quickly on a project basis when needed
and transition them out when the project finishes.
Since we manage the ramp-up and ramp-down from our
full-time in-house resources, the knowledge and
experience is preserved within Altoros and can be
leveraged again when similar needs arise in future.

If you want to discover
how well you are prepared for outsourcing and how
it can work for your business,  click
here to schedule an outsourcing readiness assessment

or call (617) 848-5959.

 

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more information.

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