Choosing the right offshore software development company to partner with your firm in Java application development can be a tricky task. This article highlights some of the key aspects to be kept in mind as well as the key benefits Java-based applications can provide to your company.
The Continued Popularity of Java
For something than was named after coffee, because of the copious amounts that its creators consumed at the time of its inception, Java sure is popular. In its history spanning over two decades, the popularity of this language has continued to grow and no matter what its critics say, the Java code is ubiquitous in cell phones, smart phones, tablets and computers. As a result of its popularity and its unique machine-independent operation, Java script continues to be used for developing new apps suitable for deployment across the entire enterprise.
However, many companies especially those in the SME segment often lack the skills or manpower necessary to create, deploy and maintain a viable Java-based applications. In such cases, companies often choose to engage the services of an offshore development partner specialized in Java deployment. The key benefits of such an arrangement are – reduced developmental costs, optimal resource utilization and continued focus of companies on their core businesses. In spite of the obvious benefits, companies are often put off by the risks involved in partnering with a software development company.
Things to Keep in Mind before Signing on the Dotted Line
Like any client-supplier agreement, a partnership agreement is a legally binding document between the two companies. As with any legal document, there is always the possibility of a breach of trust as well as ensuing lawsuits that can get very messy, it therefore makes good business sense to be absolutely sure about what you are getting into. The first order of business is to ensure that you have researched the company thoroughly and ensure your probable Java application development partner has a good market reputation. It might also be a good idea to personally talk to any existing or previous clients of the company to ensure that your probable offshore software development partner provides applications of the required quality and within the required time.
Next, arrange for an official visit for the guided tour of your partner’s development facility either through a trustworthy representative or personally. You can also legally access some key records of the company’s from the public domain (these include tax/profit-loss records in some countries). Finally, read through the agreement carefully and do not hesitate to take legal help from professionals in case there are aspects of the contract, which are not easily understood. It is common sense that one needs to take all precautions before committing substantial resources to such a development project, which affects your entire organization. Considering these operational aspects, many companies prefer to only enter into partnerships through referrals. Though this referral-based strategy has its obvious merits, a few disadvantage are the increased limits on vendor selection opportunities, reduced custom software development options and an increased risk of predatory vendor lock-in.
The Benefits that Java Applications provide your Organization
- Java codes are machine independent and universal
- Java is ideally suited for creating secure applications
- Support for creating dynamic, extensible programs
- Increased programmer efficiency and reduced time to market for new applications
- Facilitates superior application performance and supports key features for internationalization
These are only few of the benefits that Java provides to enterprises interested in java application development targeted at enterprise-wide deployment either through in-house development or through a java application development partnership.
The author, Abhishek Chakravarti has been writing for the IT industry over the past few years. He has extensive experience in Software Development Company specially in the field of Java Software Development and Mobile Apps Developoment. He currently writes for eXtendCode, a Software Company in India.