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Exploring Different Offshore Development Models

In today’s world connecting and collaborating globally is very essential, to scale business. It is a source to leverage talent globally and reduce costs. The software outsourcing company helps in forming a team in other geography to perform the designed project. This is termed as Offshore development. In this fast growing and competitive environment, many companies are targeting to outsource software development to gain competitive edge and other advantages. This approach offers many advantages, such as cost savings, increased scalability and the most important to access a diversified talent pool. This enhances the efficiency and effectiveness of the project by approaching the skilled professionals and maintaining quality assurance across the globe.
When it comes to the importance of offshore development for business, it is really important to talk about choosing the right offshore development model.

The two most popular offshore development models are:

  • Dedicated Teams
  • Staff Augmentation

In this blog we will thoroughly understand both the models in depth pointing up their benefits, characteristics and considerations. It will help you to choose the most suitable offshore development model for your project.

Dedicated Teams

Dedicated Teams also termed as Extended Teams or Dedicated Development Centers (DDC), includes a local team which works only on the specific project. This particular team works under the rules and regulations of the designated company, in a way it is the extended in-house team.

Characteristics and Benefits

1.1. Dedicated Resource Allocation

In this offshore development model, the team has to work on the assigned task and integrate fully in the development process of your company. The dedicated resource allocation ensures full commitment, focus and team member’s accountability to provide high quality work.

1.2. Team Collaboration and Communication

In the dedicated teams, the locally assigned team works in close approximation to the domestic team, which ensures easy communication and collaboration among both the team. This helps in sharing knowledge, conducting timely meetings, close look on the assigned project, effective decision-making fostering strong relationship between both the teams. This straight line and regular communication, helps in accomplishment of tasks in a short time period with more effectiveness.

1.3. Flexibility and Scalability

In order to be optimum in utilizing resources and balancing expenses, a dedicated team allows you to be flexible in adjusting team size. Depending upon the need and requirement of the project you can increase or decrease team size which ensures the optimum use of resources.

1.4. Domain and Technology Expertise

Not all the projects have similar requirements, also some projects might need the guidance of professionals. Dedicated teams have the flexibility to assemble the professionals, you have the right to choose appropriate talents, whether you need frontend developers, backend engineers, UI/UX designers, or QA specialists.

1.5. IP Protection and Data Security

In today’s competitive world, IP protection and data security is very much necessary. It is crucial to have a trusted team of offshore development, whose priority is to protect and safeguard the data and other sensitive information. The Dedicated team comes with strict security protocols and data security measures.

Staff Augmentation

Staff Augmentation refers to hiring a team of professionals on a temporary basis for the defined project in order to supplement the existing team. In Spite of having a separate team, you build your existing team with the experts from remote locations. The advantage of staff augmentation is that the organizations retain their powers and rules while leveraging the skilled resources and enhancing the performance of the project.

Characteristics and Benefits

2.1. Flexibility and Cost Efficiency

As per the requirement of the project, Staff Augmentation provides flexibility to hire professionals as per the need. As there is flexibility in terms of resource allocation, it reduces the cost of recruiting and training. It aids in accessing the global talent pool thus by reducing the associated operational cost in hiring permanent employees.

2.2. Specialized Skill Sets

Different skill sets needed for different projects. Staff Augmentation provides flexibility in hiring the specific skilled professionals, according to need. As per your requirement of experts from niche programming languages, emerging technologies or from any specific industry, you are free to select the skilled and experienced professionals that may not be available in your domain team.

2.3. Reduced Onboarding Time

The advantage of hiring remote professionals is that they are already experienced and trained in their domain field. So, by hiring them it reduces the onboarding time. The experts can easily integrate with the project as they are familiar, thus requiring less time to market for your services or products.

2.4. Control and Collaboration

The Staff Augmentation model allows to to have complete control over the management, planning a strategy or decision making of the project. Thus even by accessing the global talent, ultimate powers are with the organizations.


Hope that you have learned the types of Offshore Development Model and their advantages in this blog. However choosing among the Dedicated Teams or Staff Augmentation is totally dependent on the necessities of your organization’s needs as well as the characteristics of the project. It is definitely a good decision to have an overall knowledge of the factors like duration of project, budget and the need of control and scalability before selecting the model. The advantages of outsourcing the projects has caused a tremendous rise in Offshore Programmers. By making a wise decision in choosing the models, you can increase your productivity which will ultimately lead to success.

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