Outsourcing Agile Cloud Development: A New Frontier

Outsourcing Agile Cloud Development: A New Frontier

Outsourcing Agile Cloud Development: A New Frontier

The rise in cloud popularity has brought a corresponding increase in the number of companies outsourcing their cloud software development. Yet things can get a bit complicated when a business sets out to find a compatible partner. While companies know they need to find a supplier that can deliver the right solution within their timeframe and price point, they aren’t always sure of the best practices to use in maximizing the partnership benefits – or even the right criteria to use to examine prospects.

Outsourcing partners can be found easily, but when it comes to cloud development and all of its intricacies, the needs change, and your choices become much more narrow. Add in an Agile methodology at your home base and it’s even narrower. So just how do you form a profitable and secure alliance with an outsourcing partner? What are the chief qualifications you should look for during the selection process – and what kind of attributes should you avoid?

Agile Cloud Collaboration: What It Takes

Agile Intelligence. If you’re an experienced Agile development practitioner, your first priority should be compatibility with your outsourcing partner. Will you be able to marry your methodology with your supplier’s? Your teams should be able to work together by following the same flexible, team-oriented Scrum or Kanban approach and practicing the same tenets, from huddles to shared priorities to adaptability and collaboration.  Staying in sync through Agile’s fast and reactive response cycles means good, regular communication is critical, so make sure the collaboration chemistry is there.

Release Cycle Service. One offering every partner should bring to the outsourcing table is a release cycle service, which dictates when software components will be completed. Why? Because release schedules are more frequent and more complex in cloud software development than with on-premise software, making them an indispensable element of managing and optimizing cloud infrastructure. They also have a greater impact, since deployment is immediate and universal via the cloud.

Security. Given the threats and complexities that come with the cloud, competencies around security and PCI compliance are vital. Companies should look for a partner who has implemented coding standards that meet security compliance based on their industries; examples include PCI for eCommerce and payment processing, and HIPAA for healthcare. The engineers should be certified as well. Remember the Scrum approach mentioned above? It should cover the coding standards applicable to each particular technology stack and be flexible enough to add industry specific standards on top without altering its foundation.

Expertise. Your ideal partner should possess a solid technical knowledge of the different cloud platforms, along with any tools associated with the data migration from former platforms. They should also be able to provide an end-to-end solution, from development to deployment to support. An adaptable process framework that covers all aspects of Lifecycle Management is critical to overcome any differences in standards, processes, and systems.

The “Partner” You Don’t Want 

Just as important as choosing the right outsourcing partner is to avoid choosing the wrong one. You should be alert for potential warning signs during your due diligence phase, and, steer clear of potential partners that show these signs:

Agile Discrepancies. Any gaps in Agile methodologies should be analyzed immediately to determine if they’re worth bridging, or they could dramatically, negatively impact the collaboration.

Lack of Responsibility. Rather than acting as your partner, the supplier is adopting a staff-only role, leaving you responsible for all management work and responsibility.

Low-Budget Approach. The partner is solely focused on keeping costs low as the main value proposition, rather than a combination approach of high quality software development and affordable costs.

Insufficient Processes. When you discuss your potential arrangement, you notice a lack of communication and risk management plans, no change management process, and other missing components.

Lack of Flexibility. The supplier is slow to react, with long feedback cycles that don’t allow for changing business conditions. Creating the right software solution is an iterative process; nimble and reactive response cycles are a must for developing a solid product.

Smart Partnership, Strong Performance

Just as cloud technologies have transformed the IT landscape, they have altered the outsourcing marketplace as well. A trusted outsourcing partner offers immense value, providing the experience and technical sophistication you need to successfully launch your cloud-based venture.

Is it easy to find that partner? Not always. But a thorough selection process will help you avoid costly mistakes and find the right supplier for you – and build a collaborative partnership that’s a win for everyone.

By Cliff Schertz

Cloud Development

 

Cliff Schertz is the CEO of Tiempo Development a nearshore software development company that focuses on cloud enterprise software.  Cliff is a recognized leader in Agile methodology for both engineering and corporate strategy. Cliff works with universities in the US and Mexico along with the government of Mexico to create a regional strength in software engineering. His work has brought many professional jobs to the border region of the US and Mexico.

About CloudTweaks

Established in 2009, CloudTweaks is recognized as one of the leading authorities in connected technology information and services.

We embrace and instill thought leadership insights, relevant and timely news related stories, unbiased benchmark reporting as well as offer green/cleantech learning and consultive services around the world.

Our vision is to create awareness and to help find innovative ways to connect our planet in a positive eco-friendly manner.

In the meantime, you may connect with CloudTweaks by following and sharing our resources.

View All Articles

One Response to Outsourcing Agile Cloud Development: A New Frontier

  1. Enjoyed going through your post. Thanks for sharing such a wonderful information. As we are cloud computing service providers I sometimes recommends our clients to gain information about cloud advantages and its services so that can  they better use it.

Comic
When Sci-Fi Predictions Come To Fruition

When Sci-Fi Predictions Come To Fruition

Evolution of Technologies To paraphrase science fiction author Arthur C. Clark, those who make predictions about the future are either “considered conservative now and mocked later, or mocked now and proved right when they are no longer around to enjoy the acclaim.” The one thing we can be sure about, Clark ventured, is that “[the…

Facebook Hopes To Extend Internet Connectivity With Solar-Powered Drones

Facebook Hopes To Extend Internet Connectivity With Solar-Powered Drones

Facebook Inc (FB.O) said on Thursday it had completed a successful test flight of a solar-powered drone that it hopes will help it extend internet connectivity to every corner of the planet. Aquila, Facebook’s lightweight, high-altitude aircraft, flew at a few thousand feet for 96 minutes in Yuma, Arizona, Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg wrote in…

When Will Women In Tech Become The Norm?

When Will Women In Tech Become The Norm?

Tech Diversity It is well known that the technology industry has been dominated by men, but it is also clear that the industry is working to change that. Diversity in the tech industry, especially where it applies to women in tech, has been a topic of discussion for years. Recently the Washington Technology Industry Association…

Four Keys For Telecoms Competing In A Digital World

Four Keys For Telecoms Competing In A Digital World

Competing in a Digital World Telecoms, otherwise largely known as Communications Service Providers (CSPs), have traditionally made the lion’s share of their revenue from providing pipes and infrastructure. Now CSPs face increased competition, not so much from each other, but with digital service providers (DSPs) like Netflix, Google, Amazon, Facebook, and Apple, all of whom…

Edtech and Virtual Reality – Exciting Learning Environment

Edtech and Virtual Reality – Exciting Learning Environment

Customizing Edutech Customized edtech learning solutions are becoming more commonplace as the education industry recognises their potential and begins transforming the traditional structures so as to incorporate innovative developments. From textbooks to tablets, chalkboards to virtual reality, edtech promises not only dynamic and exciting learning environments but better learning strategies and solutions. Virtual Reality and…

Adopting A Cohesive GRC Mindset For Cloud Security

Adopting A Cohesive GRC Mindset For Cloud Security

Cloud Security Mindset Businesses are becoming wise to the compelling benefits of cloud computing. When adopting cloud, they need a high level of confidence in how it will be risk-managed and controlled, to preserve the security of their information and integrity of their operations. Cloud implementation is sometimes built up over time in a business,…

Four Keys For Telecoms Competing In A Digital World

Four Keys For Telecoms Competing In A Digital World

Competing in a Digital World Telecoms, otherwise largely known as Communications Service Providers (CSPs), have traditionally made the lion’s share of their revenue from providing pipes and infrastructure. Now CSPs face increased competition, not so much from each other, but with digital service providers (DSPs) like Netflix, Google, Amazon, Facebook, and Apple, all of whom…

How You Can Improve Customer Experience With Fast Data Analytics

How You Can Improve Customer Experience With Fast Data Analytics

Fast Data Analytics In today’s constantly connected world, customers expect more than ever before from the companies they do business with. With the emergence of big data, businesses have been able to better meet and exceed customer expectations thanks to analytics and data science. However, the role of data in your business’ success doesn’t end…

How Formal Verification Can Thwart Change-Induced Network Outages and Breaches

How Formal Verification Can Thwart Change-Induced Network Outages and Breaches

How Formal Verification Can Thwart  Breaches Formal verification is not a new concept. In a nutshell, the process uses sophisticated math to prove or disprove whether a system achieves its desired functional specifications. It is employed by organizations that build products that absolutely cannot fail. One of the reasons NASA rovers are still roaming Mars…

Cloud Comings and Goings

Cloud Comings and Goings

Cloud Power Amazon Web Services – the giant of cloud computing – is on track to do $10 Billion in revenue this year. Yet, rumors swirl that Apple may take a huge chunk of business away from them and Dropbox has definitely left AWS. Is something wrong at AWS? Wait, Salesforce.com (SFDC) – the granddaddy of…

Infographic Introduction – Benefits of Cloud Computing

Infographic Introduction – Benefits of Cloud Computing

Benefits of Cloud Computing Based on Aberdeen Group’s Computer Intelligence Dataset, there are more than 1.6 billion permutations to choose from when it comes to cloud computing solutions. So what, on the face of it, appears to be pretty simple is actually both complex and dynamic regardless of whether you’re in the market for networking,…

Big Data – Top Critical Technology Trend For The Next Five Years

Big Data – Top Critical Technology Trend For The Next Five Years

Big Data Future Today’s organizations should become more collaborative, virtual, adaptive, and agile in order to be successful in complex business world. They should be able to respond to changes and market needs. Many organizations found that the valuable data they possess and how they use it can make them different than others. In fact,…

Cloud Security: The Top 8 Risks According To ENISA

Cloud Security: The Top 8 Risks According To ENISA

Cloud Security Risks Does security in the cloud ever bother you? It would be weird if it didn’t. Cloud computing has a lot of benefits, but also a lot of risks if done in the wrong way. So what are the most important risks? The European Network Information Security Agency did extensive research on that,…

5 Reasons Why Your Startup Will Grow Faster In The Cloud

5 Reasons Why Your Startup Will Grow Faster In The Cloud

Cloud Startup Fast-tracking Start-ups face many challenges, the biggest of which is usually managing growth. A start-up that does not grow is at constant risk of failure, whereas a new business that grows faster than expected may be hindered by operational constraints, such as a lack of staff, workspace and networks. It is an unfortunate…

The Future Of Cybersecurity

The Future Of Cybersecurity

The Future of Cybersecurity In 2013, President Obama issued an Executive Order to protect critical infrastructure by establishing baseline security standards. One year later, the government announced the cybersecurity framework, a voluntary how-to guide to strengthen cybersecurity and meanwhile, the Senate Intelligence Committee voted to approve the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA), moving it one…

Internet Of Things – Industrial Robots And Virtual Monitoring

Internet Of Things – Industrial Robots And Virtual Monitoring

Internet Of Things – Industrial Robots And Virtual Monitoring One of the hottest topics in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is the Internet of Things (IOT). According to the report of International Telecommunication Union (2012), “the Internet of things can be perceived as a vision with technological and societal implications. It is considered as a…