It can be a daunting task to keep up with the market and adjust to advancements in technology every couple of months. At the same time, you cannot just let it slide. A technical partner will keep your business up to date with the trend and technology. Therefore, it is essential to find a competent team for your business. This blog post will guide you through 5 factors you must consider when hiring one.
Find Out Who They Are, What They Know, and How They Work
Before hiring a technical partner for your business it is crucial to understand the inner core of the team and their work-scale process. For instance, a service provider may have the best reputation in the market but lack the single most-needed quality you are seeking for. The best way to identify whether they are ideal for you is by looking into their human resources. There may be a difference in what their services include and what they have a larger experience providing.
It is best if you delve deeper into how the team works within itself to complete a project. Assure that their work hours align with yours and note down how often they communicate. In the best-case scenario, you need a team that can mould with your company, utilise their experience, make an extra effort into understanding the purpose of your business, and give you timely progress.
Testimonials and References
Above all those shiny and perfect sales pitches, testimonials and work references are equally important. Even if they seem excellent, finding authentic feedback should be your final step before bringing them on board.
Asking for previous work references and testimonials of their old clients will help you see beyond the impression that they have made so far. You can understand their work ethic, commitment, and loyalty, which is very important.
- Check their social media. A company’s social handles tell a lot about them, as well as their vision, and ethics.
- Check if they have testimonials/success stories from reputable clients on their website or any other platforms.
- Ask them to refer you to their previous client so you can directly get feedback. Don’t take their word for it.
While researching your potential customer, ask their customers/clients how effectively they got the job done and their behaviour with the associates.
Likewise, there can be cases when your potential technical team might not have delivered some projects precisely like yours, and it’s okay. People learn while doing the work, but customer satisfaction is the most significant indicator. You have to understand how your potential partner handles complexities and adversities in the crisis.
Challenges are inevitable in any project but handling them with grace and patience is what leads to success.
Open Communication Addressing Your Business Needs
Open communication is vital to make any project or any partnership flourish. Sharing core purpose, vision, and intention will help them thoroughly understand the company and its needs. It will create a thriving environment and bonding between each other.
There are some basic things you need to consider during early calls with the potential technical partner:
- Do they communicate clearly?
- Are they listening to you or not?
- Do they understand your priorities?
- Their response to inherent risks
- Do they respond promptly to calls and emails?
- Do they question and try to understand the purpose behind the project?
The above questions are apparent but might slip through the mind if not considered. All those questions help you understand who you are about to work with thoroughly and create a strong bonding. It will help build trust and honesty between the two companies, essential for the desired result. This blog from Cohaesus will further assist you in clarifying things you should ask yourself before hiring the best tech partner for you.
Area of Expertise
Companies usually miss out on this one; there is a difference between knowledge and expertise. You have to look for their expertise over knowledge as their proven experience will add up more to your project than their vast theoretical knowledge.
Moreover, any technical company should have relevant expertise in the industry that will help your branch grow firmly. The technology industry is enormous, and not every technology advancement might be for your company.
Before looking for one, you must determine what your product/service needs to keep accelerating and what will be best for your company.
Consider the following things to evaluate if your potential technical partner is good enough for you or not in the expertise area:
- Are they able to guide you throughout the journey and suggest further innovative solutions?
- Find out if they have expertise in your specific needs. Even if they may not have worked on a similar project, but their specialisation matches your needs, they can be a good fit.
- Do they understand your business and goals and offer the best choices for you?
- Are they equally interested in your project and think out of the box?
- Can they understand that every project needs a custom approach? Are they open to changes?
- How effectively did they handle the crisis in their previous projects?
A Technical partner is more than just writing codes and designing layouts. They have to think creatively and analytically to offer the best advice.
Their work represents the company’s core values and plays a vital role in the company’s branding. That’s why a technical understanding partner is necessary for the overall development of your company.
Do not adopt technology for technology’s sake. Don’t be swayed by flashy tech.
Support Model and Option
If you are satisfied with your potential partner’s previous work references, communication clarity, and expertise, then the fourth step is understanding their work support. A well-defined system makes workflow smooth and increases efficiency.
Keeping on track with the project’s progress will make the task of all the departments uniform and guard you against unseen trouble. Ask them how they would support you during the development cycle.
Ask them to describe to you every stage of the project and a detailed working plan. You can use a tracking system to keep yourself updated with the project and use other management tools to stay connected with the team and give feedback.
Similarly, you also have to make sure that they will be there to help you deal with any issues that arise after the implementation of the project. There can be unseen issues with the system, website, etc., and you need to take immediate action to resolve those issues. Therefore, technical support after the completion of the project is equally important.
Find out about the company operating:
- Do they have a clear operation system?
- Do they provide the tools to follow the progress and control the development process?
- Are they open to adjusting their system to your specific needs?
- Do they try to understand long-term goals and priorities?
- Do they develop the product scalably?
- Will they support it after the product is ready?
- Do they have the scope to support you in other areas of your business in future?
The technical team also plays a huge role when it comes to maximising your investment. Either cutting off unnecessary expenses or suggesting a better model, an excellent partner will always help you scale your business.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions and put your needs on the table. Honest feedback and open communication will make the project run smoothly and build a sturdy connection.
Remember, the right team will never hide problems and always suggest the best options.
As much as the quality of the service is crucial, the cost incurred in it also determines the firmness of the entire company. You want to get the most cost-effective service that can make 2-3x times more.
There can be events that might demand a new script or significant change. Having a well-made budget will keep you on track with spending and help you with effective decision-making.
Investing in your business’s technical development is also investing in the core of your company. Make sure you choose the best value for your company. In the end, their work should add up value in the long run.
Ask yourself these questions:
- Does the cost justify the service/support they provide?
- Do they voluntarily suggest cost-effective alternatives and resources?
- Are they offering clear and structured estimations for the project?
- Do they keep supporting after the completion of the project?
- Is it a win-win number for both parties?
Also, keep yourself open to adjusting the pricing, and the same goes for your potential tech partner.
Expensive doesn’t mean best, and cheap certainly does not imply poor service.
Why is “Wolfmatrix” the perfect technical partner for your business?
Several years of expertise, excellent management skills, impressive designs, impeccable implementation, and vision of Idea to Implementation make Wolfmatrix a reliable software development company in Nepal. They know the market nationally and internationally. It makes them understand the targeted audience of their clients clearly and ultimately offers magnificent results.
There is something intimidating and unique about a group of young entrepreneurs. They are hungry for growth and put their everything into the projects. It makes Wolfmatrix a robust technical partner that will push your business to exceptional outcomes. They prioritise quality, the company’s standard, cost-effectiveness, and the complexity of the clients to deliver the utmost assistance.Wolfmatrix helps with Product Development. They will help you turn your idea into a full-fledged product with no compromise. Likewise, they also offer Enterprise Solutions and Agency Partnership to help you ace your industry and maintain the technical aspect of the business.
Build a Team of Freelance Software Developers
In some cases, finding a team that has all qualities you are seeking in every employee working for your business’s technical development can be difficult. Often, something may not sit right with the overall goals you want to achieve. In that case, there is the option to build a team of freelance software developers. In other words, you get to assess the portfolio, experience, and qualifications of developers and find the ideal qualities you are seeking for different aspects of the technical work your business requires. You are hand-picking the best fit for your company’s needs. This can be an ideal strategy when you have unique needs that require divided expertise. The hiring process might take some time and extensive background knowledge to identify the ideal candidate. But once you have developers aligned with their specific tasks, the process can be much more efficient, faster, and specialised. If you are looking for a technical partner to bring quality results for the online growth of your company, get in touch with us for a one-on-one meeting to discuss more.
Passionate engineer who loves talking about Machine learning and ways to improve Software development practices. CEO and Director of Software Engineering of Wolfmatrix.