On demand software testing is a smart implementation of offshore testing. It typically uses offshore teams, but you are not responsible for finding, selecting, and managing the offshore testing team. Instead, you tell an on-demand company what you are looking for, and they do the rest.
Why Outsource Quality Insurance
Many companies simply use in-house quality assurance teams. Sometimes these companies actually struggle to keep a team with the required skillsets. Quality assurance requires constantly update skills and competency to keep up with the growing and evolving market.
Independent or on demand software testing services can help you face these challenges. You can have a team of dedicated experts working for you. This is hard to accomplish in-house because your staff is often focused on other aspects of your business.
With independent software testing services, you get a true, unbiased view of the software being tested. This leads to more efficient and realistic testing. Oftentimes, in-house teams are too close to the product for adequate testing. Customer objectives can be given a priority which means a better, less buggy result.
Outsourcing testing saves you time, money, and resources. You have a team of specialists assembled and ready when you need them. You don’t need to take the time to hire and train testing professionals. You also have the opportunity to work with a team that is already acquainted with one another, so no growing pains. You can, instead, utilize testing experts on demand. This allows you to compete and stay ahead in your industry.
With ever-changing technology, it is difficult to stay up-to-date. By outsourcing testing, you can make use of the latest trends, best practices, and enhanced skills. These professionals are dedicated to quality assurance and software testing. They are constantly updating their skills to stay relevant. You gain in-depth knowledge and cross-industry experience at a reduced cost.
All of these benefits help reduce time to market. You are able to catch problems and bugs before your software is made available to the public all without having to maintain a testing staff.
Finding the Right Outsourcing Partner
It is easy to outsource software testing globally, but it is not always easy to find the right partner. There are many things to consider that can easily be overlooked when searching for that perfect quality assurance company.
Always keep geography in mind. Some offshore testing countries are better than others. Define the geography you would like to conduct your search before starting the hunt. This usually requires some preliminary research. Offshore outsourcing companies are available across the world from Ukraine to India to Latin America. Communication is key. Consider starting with regions with similar time zones. Other factors to take into account may include cultural compatibility, offshore versus nearshore, political stability, inflation rates and geographical proximity.
Many offshore vendors are either price-first or quality-first, although there is a sliding scale. You need to choose which is most important. Price-first vendors tend to be more transactionally focused and care less about the long-term relationship. They usually provide a fixed-bid quote for the project. They are able to find resources and quickly deploy them with little supervision. Quality-first vendors tend to be more expensive and may be more selective about the types of projects they are willing to take. They are typically interested in a longer-term relationship. They often spend significant effort and resources training their team.
All outsourced teams will have unique strengths, weaknesses, and quirks like any in-house team. It is a good idea to screen your candidates to make sure you are partnering with a company that aligns with your values, mission, and in-house team. Ask about previous experience. What past projects have they worked on? What industries do they have experience in? What testing models do they use? It is also a good idea to ask for references and testimonies. Look for overall fit. Try not to get caught up in anyone positive or negative aspect.
Once you make a decision, make sure to stay in communication with your new partner. Communication can sometimes be difficult when working with a remote team. There are available tools that can help with some of the communication barriers you may face. Give yourself space to work through any of these issues.
Working with an offshore team can present your company with many benefits. It is important to know what you can gain from such a relationship as well as what you need to be aware of. Do your research and find a partner that fits.