18 August 2021

Here are 6 questions you should ask yourself when looking for a software development partner

There are specialists who provide other companies with more and more modern solutions to improve their work and support their development. Cooperation with external partners in the field of software engineering seems to be the most advantageous option for companies both in terms of money, as well as the degree of specialization and the scope of knowledge. In order to find the right software development partner for you and your company, answer some important questions.

Why do I actually need a Partner?

Despite one area of specialization, each partner has a different system of work and different strengths. In order to find the one who will best fit into the structure of your company, think about the purpose of your cooperation and what you want them to help you with (apart from creating a new system, of course). Maybe you are planning to create a new product, you want to use advanced technology to launch it on the market and you do not have the necessary skills. You are planning a change in the nature and structure of your business and need support in digital transformation. Your company is very technologically advanced but doesn't have access to large technology resources. Or maybe you need a partner for yet another reason?

Who should be responsible for searching for a partner?

It is not only important who you are looking for, but also who is responsible for the search process. It should be someone with more than a basic knowledge of digital products. For example, the hiring process might be handled by a Chief Technology Officer, Chief Digital Officer, or Chief Product Officer. They are the ones who have the most knowledge of the technical plan and the business situation, so they are able to accurately determine the skill requirements and scope of knowledge of the partner.

How experienced and mature is your company?

The maturity of a company is very important for software development partnership. The company should have strongly defined business goals and awareness of its position in the market. The maturity of an organization is manifested by a solid vision and strategy. It has indicators to measure success. Partnership maturity means having a team that is able to cooperate with an external partner in the software area.

What should your software partner be like?

Who your partner will be should depend on what their responsibilities will be and what you expect from them. We look for different skills and competencies if we plan to industrialize existing processes and optimize them, and others if we are innovating a product line. Ask your potential partner some key questions, such as how much time and attention they are able to devote to you, what their strengths and specialties are, whether they have already worked with a company of a similar nature, and whether they can provide references and feedback from their clients.

Remote or on-site partnership?

Distance is no longer an obstacle to partnering. Constant development of technology enables constant, good and transparent communication and support from a distance. However, a lot depends on the nature of the company and the scope of responsibilities of our partner. Sometimes the necessity of working with a local partner results from markets specific for a given location. It also happens that a different time zone is an obstacle. However, we are becoming more and more flexible and most specialists can adapt to the specifics of the company they work with.

How do you bring your Partner into the team?

Even if we start working with an external partner, we should take care of his integration with the team, even remotely. Let them meet individual departments and people working in them, let them have a chance to talk to people crucial for the company and thus get to know its structure. Let them be a part of the team, not just an external help. Software development partner cannot be a random person. The process of finding and implementing a partner into the team should be well-thought-out and preceded by a well-prepared plan. Only then the cooperation will be transparent, beneficial for both parties and well-organized.

Lukasz Bozek

Lukasz Bozek is a founder and CEO of Softiero, a graduate of the Warsaw School of Economics and MBA at Lazarski University. Lukasz started his career as a FX dealer at Santander Bank. As a passionate of new technologies he founded Softiero which is developing innovative tech startups.


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