The challenge is simple. Do I engage tradional software houses to perform my software development requirements, or do I “offshore” this work to price-attractive, lesser known Centrope SME’s?
Today, especially in this time of financial crisis and economic recession, outsourcing work to offshore companies is becoming more and more the norm. Customised teams can do the job without the added expense of hiring internal staff and management. While offshoring was once considered to be high risk and hard-to-control, it is fast becoming mainstream.
We are already familiar with the ever-increasing number of these types of companies in India, Malaysia and South East Asia, but what about Centrope?
Centrope also has an abundant availability of small, flexible teams operating under controlled supervision by experienced managers with cultural and technological experience. But how do outsiders view the region? Does Europe still perceive Centrope to be “cheap, quick and dirty”? Surely the brain-drain of highly skilled professionals going westward is proof of this region’s quality and competence.
Large software houses are cumbersome with in-flexible internal processes and fixed overheads that must make high margins to cover costs, hence the prices for their products/services are greatly inflated. One such software house based in Switzerland recently quoted almost 7,000 man hours over a period of six months to the tune of close to €500,000! for web-based development work. That’s Swiss quality pricing!
Centrope SME’s would be able to perform the same project for a fraction of the price (dependant on location and specifications, of course) Central Europe might possibly offer a shorter turnaround time. These savings are hard to ignore when the financial pinch is being felt everywhere.
The software development market is lush with companies looking to save on costs but seeking to maintain product quality and dependability. Centrope SME’s are in a prime position to aggressively compete for these ripe opportunities and show what it has to offer. So what’s stopping them?