Below are eight reasons why you should go for long-term offshore hires instead of short-term hires when possible!
You might be having similar projects in the pipeline where you could re-use your remote engineer(s) in the upcoming projects. This allows you to build a dependable, trusted, and well-known remote team to whom you could entrust your next important project without fear of unknowns. Bluecorp engineers are 100% bespoke hired and fully dedicated to your work only so there is no conflict of interests between different clients. Additionally, it allows you to do easy plug & play scaling between your projects when you want to scale up/down your project teams.
Avoid maintenance chaos
One of the major challenges of hiring for a short-term project is that you may not have access to the same engineer after some time even while having a maintenance contract. Despite proper documentation, an engineer might still need time & effort to understand the cascading effects of changing code. It could be similarly challenging when it comes to modifying platform setup, integrations, etc. Sometimes even if you have access to the same engineer(s) involved in part of the project, the chances are that they would need time to wrap up their current work before they could look at your issues.
Build residual knowledge
We’ve had situations where Bluecorp remote engineers became the only subject matter experts in our client systems when the client’s onsite engineers moved on. Sometimes this residual knowledge has survived multiple mergers and acquisitions of the customer’s organizational journey through the years. The knowledge gained goes beyond technical know-how into more business domain understanding and why things were done in a certain way. Retaining onsite engineers for a long time in competitive markets would be certainly expensive compared to retaining remote engineers.
Lead time and effort to hire
When you hire-in new engineers for each project, it takes organizational resources to interview candidates, to train & onboard them. This cost could be equivalent to a few months of salary of a new hire. On top of that, some candidates may need a lead time to join your project. You could avoid all of that with a long-term remote team.
Organizational culture & warm relationships
One thing our clients love about Bluecorp teams is the great fit to the organizational culture. This gets molded over the years with the onsite & remote teams working closely on a daily basis. When there is an existing remote team locally, it becomes easy for a remote newcomer to learn & fit into the organizational culture. Often our clients visit Bluecorp offshore offices (www.cms.lk) in Sri Lanka and some of the remote engineers visit our clients in the EU & US. These warm relationships that are built in the long term are a key factor for successful collaboration.
Avoid paying a premium
Hiring a consultant(s) for a niche technology is an expensive story regardless it’s an onsite or offsite engagement. Many of our clients find that hiring engineers with a good attitude and training them for specialized technology is cost-efficient in the long term. This sort of setup would only work for long-term requirements and not on short-term projects.
Every time you engage a new offshore vendor or a new engineer you may need to assess risks related to information security. At Bluecorp, our remote engineers work in an ISO-27001-certified environment & have strict NDAs ensuring the confidentiality of your information. When you stick to a single trusted offshore provider, you reduce the efforts needed to assess risks for each new hire. Additionally, when the engineers are dedicatedly assigned to you, the risks of inadvertent information infusion between projects become less.
Long term rates are cost-effective
Usually, rates for long-term contract engagements are less expensive (& billed monthly at Bluecorp) compared to short-term rates which are sometimes even billed daily or hourly. This would be even more expensive if you opt for boxed solutions such as product development instead of having a remote development team.
Bluecorp allows all of the above while providing the flexibility and scalability that an SME demands from offshoring.
Not to boast, but our average engineer retention period is 5+ years, & we have employees working with us for 25 years. As some of you would have witnessed in your prior offshoring experiences, these are not common statistics in an industry where faces change every few months. Clients who have worked with us know that we take many measures to ensure that their remote engineers stay on the projects in the long term.
Of course, all the above does not mean that Bluecorp does not engage in occasional short-term projects. As a trusted offshore advisor for over 25 years, let's discuss the options. https://calendly.com/bluecorp