How do I set up an offshore development center in Vietnam?

What Is ODC – Offshore Development Center?

An ODC (Offshore Development Center) is a software development center located in another country that can help reduce the in-house cost and workload. Offshore development centers are usually located in India, China, the Philippines, and Vietnam, where living costs are much lower. Besides, those countries also have political stability and available resources suitable for setting up and integrating the process of an ODC.

Offshore development center model

The value of a typical ODC is its flexibility and scalability. Whether you need a solution built from scratch or update an existing application, additional resources can be contracted separately or added to the core team. This offshore development center model should also work well for ongoing maintenance and support.

Typical ODC roles:

Project Leader

Understands and evaluates your business requirements and challenges, ensuring that expectations are aligned for every project. Manages a team of 5-20 developers, usually assuming a lead developer or delivery manager.

Senior Developer

Capable of understanding and solving your business needs and managing a team of 2-5 developers. Responsible for the design of the application architecture and the build of the core modules. Generally, he has 5-8 years of experience in the related technical field.

Intermediate & Junior Developers

Deliver high-quality software according to requirements. Communicates with you in English via email and IM. Each intermediate developer has 3-5 years of experience, and juniors have 1-3 years.

How do I set up an offshore development center in Vietnam?

Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Setting up an offshore development center in Vietnam is not as hard as you think. Below are a typical checklist for setting up an offshore development center in Vietnam.

Offshore development center checklist


Choosing the right location that meets all your requirements and expectations. Ho Chi Minh City is an ideal place for setting up your offshore development center. This is the biggest city in Vietnam with large IT talent pools, convenient transportation and logistics, low cost of living, full available resources, and infrastructure.


Setting an offshore development center means you aim for long-term investment, consider all the costs that may arise, and carefully choose the right solutions. An outsourcing partner with a reasonable price with NO HIDDEN COST.

✔Outsourcing Partner

Partnering up with the right IT outsourcing company is crucial. It will provide you full assistance from recruiting top talents, setting up the office to manage the team and security risks, doing all the legwork and legal paperwork, etc.

✔Offshore Team 

The offshore development team of professionals hired by your outsourcing partner should have adequate experiences & skill sets, work motivation and dedication, as well as commitment in the long run. 

Ensure that your offshore development team can be self-managing and successful. A perfect offshore team is the right mix of senior developers and potentially a project manager to get things done properly on time.


Your outsourcing partner should follow your company’s guidelines, guidance, regulations, and culture perfectly so that you can keep track of what they’re doing and if they’re doing it right. Control your budget, know what you want and how much it costs, predict unexpected expenses that may arise, and plan them with your outsourcing partner.

✔KPIs and Metrics

Define your goals, let your ODC know about your KPIs, and discuss how they can meet your goals, budget, and expectations. Train them about your product and service, let them know you well to see if they can realize your ideas.


The language barrier can be a big problem. Make sure you have a team with good language skills to understand what you mean and carry out your plans accordingly. English is now the second language in most schools and universities in Vietnam. Chinese, Korean, Japanese, French are popular languages as well.

One of the biggest challenges with the offshore development team is working on vastly different time zones. Choose a team that is flexible with time zones difference. This enables us to have time for daily meetings, scrum, and Q&A.

✔Technical Support

Ensure the offshore development company you choose provides technical assistance before, during, and after the project with full responsibility.

✔Testing & Quality Assurance

Quality Assurance allows for better control of the quality of the application, makes the evaluation of the product’s compliance with the original requirements fast and easy, and provides valuable insights into end-user impressions of the product.


Prevent data leakage. Find a reliable offshore development company that keeps your company information safe and confidential. In case of data loss, what are their recovery methods and solutions?

Offshore development center security/ ODC security guidelines

The offshore development team must treat its clients’ IP with the most extreme consideration. A Non-Disclosure Arrangement (NDA) with every one of its clients toward beginning a business relationship is required. This NDA sets out the standards and obligations of the two gatherings and is carefully trailed by all representatives. The subtleties of the substance, in connection to which IP insurance is guaranteed, are likewise remembered for the agreement. 

All through the task cycle, InApps guarantees all related IP protection in both physical and electronic arrangements. The security techniques and safeguards are likewise implemented efficiently in the wake of working hours. 
We provide Anti-virus & Firewall security, data backup & recovery, the legal contract for data handling, and restricted access to the internet, drives, media, workplace, etc., for security issues.

The team should ensure high secrecy and security to verify the customers’ records and models in each venture. Customers’ data remains carefully private by utilizing the Active Directory (AD) framework to deal with the clients’ specialists. Under AD, approved staff must see information, and all duplicates or versions of the information are plainly recorded by logs that customers can check whenever. Customer database data is ensured during the whole task time frame, with access to delicate information being constrained to a key individual, as it were. Equivalent safety efforts are taken to avoid divulgence of data and unapproved access to the organization’s PC arrangement and guarantee safe conveyance administrations. 

To affirm that all employees are completely mindful of, and delicate too, the basic significance of securing clients’ privileges, all InApps representatives sign material classification contracts alongside their representative understanding after joining the organization. These understandings confirm that the representatives will conform to InApps IP assurance guidelines concerning secret data.


Offshore development center services in Vietnam

In recent years, Vietnam has been the destination for IT outsourcing thanks to the competitive labor costs compared to other countries, a large pool of IT talents with foreign language proficiency, and open policies regarding foreign companies of the government.

  • Ho Chi Minh City in Top Outsourcing Cities in 8 consecutive years (Tholons, 2009-2016)
  • Vietnam is ranked 1 in pioneering location and cost environment (Cushman & Wakefield business process outsourcing and shaped service location index, 2016-2017)
  • Top 10 countries with the most engineering graduates (Forbes, 2015)

There are many software development companies in Vietnam offering offshore development center services, and InApps Technology is proud to rank:

Here are some reasons why clients choose InApps Technology as their offshore software development company in Vietnam:

  • Competitive Hourly Cost
  • Clear delivery management and visibility to service metrics
  • Transparency and Predictability. 
  • Close Collaboration. 
  • Flexible Team Structure.
  • Latest Development Methodologies: Agile, Scrum, Extreme Programming (XP), and Test-Driven Development (TDD)

Learn more about our offshore development center service:

How can InApps offshore team create a win-win state for our clients?

Owning a Tech Talent Hub with 5–10 year-experienced developers and engineers, InApps Technology is proud to give clients 100% satisfaction and trust in their projects.

set up odc in vietnam

You can focus completely on core activities such as business, sales, marketing, and operations while we are keeping our focus on product development with the following benefits:

  • Competitive cost and easy to expand your team
  • Good at both technical expertise and English
  • 1-month trial and money back if not satisfied
  • Transparency is everything for long-term cooperation

Here are some of the top reasons to hire InApps Technology developers:

  • English communication— Basically, our team can read and understand spoken English.
  • Cost-efficiency — You can find excellent developers for reasonable rates per hour.
  • Good Communication Skills — They are good communicators and aren’t afraid to speak up or challenge you. They want to do a good job and succeed.
  • Talented workforce — Young developers who studied and worked abroad in the US, Australia, Northern Europe, or Japan.
  • High-level of Tech skills — Excellent at analysis, troubleshooting, and tech solution brainstorming. They are passionate developers who love what they do and desire self-development.

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