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

Oct 02, 2019 OFFSHORE SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT

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 significantly. Offshore development centers are usually located in India, China, the Philippines and Vietnam where the cost of living is much lower. Besides, those countries also have political stability and available resources that are suitable for setting up and integration 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 either be contracted separately or added to the core team. This ODC 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 the role of a lead developer or delivery manager.

Senior Developer

Capable of understanding and solving your business needs and able to manage a team of 2-5 developers. Responsible for the design of the application architecture and build of the core modules. Generally, he has 5-8 years’ 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

✔Location

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 as 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.

✔Cost

Setting an ODC means you aim for long term investment, consider all the costs that may arise and carefully choose the right solutions. An outsourcing partner with reasonable price is a good start.

✔Outsourcing Partner

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

✔Offshore Team 

The offshore 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 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.

✔Control

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 does it cost, 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.

✔Communication

Language barrier can be a big problem, make sure you have the 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 your ODC provides technical assistance before, during and after the project with full responsibility.

✔Security

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?

Read more: WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO MANAGE AN OFFSHORE TEAM?

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: https://www.inapps.net/services/offshore-development-center/

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

  • English communication— 75% can read and understand spoken English.
  • Cost-efficiency — You can find excellent developers for $17-$21 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 for self-development.

Meet our team of professionals: https://www.inapps.net/our-team/

Case Studies: https://www.inapps.net/blog/case-study-category/mobile-application-development/

Did you know?

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InApps Technology
Offshore Development Center
A leading software development outsourcing company in Vietnam and a trusted technology partner of every customer.

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