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Enterprise businesses today, are only as strong as the software behind them. The demand for high-quality digital software products comes from both the customers and the enterprise. To cater to these demands, a CIO or IT Director need to look for an equally competitive software development company as an IT partner. The IT Directors, Program Managers and CIOs in the UK, whom we interact with on a regular basis at Ignitho, tell us that they are often caught between the lack of attention from the large software vendors and the sea of nearshore & offshore vendors. This is acute for IT Directors, who tell us that they would rather stay focused on outcomes than worrying about the logistics of making IT outsourcing work with the Software Development Companies in the UK or offshore.
It is not uncommon that after a long process of evaluating UK boutique software house or a nearshore / offshore vendor, you find yourself in a situation where simply nothing quite fits. Searching for the correct IT partner for your Software Development needs can be daunting at times. If the need is for Rapid Application Development and Scalable Cloud Implementation, many of the boutique shops struggle with the programme rigour and approach to quality which is the norm with the big boys. This doesn’t mean that there aren’t any Software Development Companies in the UK who fills this gap.
For example, Ignitho’s co-founders have thorough experience in leading business units for the likes of Mindtree, Cognizant, Accenture, and HP. The other senior professionals and technical talent who have joined Ignitho from the likes of Infosys and Capgemini, enables us to deliver for our customers with the same delivery experience and approach to top quality, without the engagement outlays of large software vendors.
Leadership Team - Does your IT partner have a leadership team that has the pedigree to jointly plan for development and scalability, and to bring the best practices in the Industry? In addition to this, look for an IT partner who has their management team based in the UK, so that important discussions and regular project steering committee meetings could be done face to face at least occasionally
Domain/Industry expertise - Select an IT partner who understands your domain/industry, management style and process. For example, if you’re used to agile, pick a partner who uses agile. Ensure they understand your context. For example, Ignitho’s approaches software development utilising the best of Distributed Agile methodology.
Check References - Check online for both positive and negative reviews of your prospective IT partner. Refer independent review sites like Clutch and GoodFirms to find out what your prospective IT partner’s previous customers say about them. For example, riding on the success of multiple projects and client testimonials, Ignitho was named one of the top IT services and software development companies for UK.
Leveraging Nearshore/ Offshore - With an IT partner, who has a strong local presence and a development capacity in the UK, the next key criteria to look for is the partner’s ability to keep development costs down through the partner’s nearshore or offshore development centre. The ability to integrate the local/onsite model will guarantee rapid turnaround times from concept to solution delivery, allowing you to build or retain competitive advantage
Process Oriented - The selected IT partner’s process-oriented approach to solution delivery will determine how smooth the communication process will eventually be. This applies both operational and delivery issues. Companies who don’t have global experience don’t realize the importance of good communication between the client and the IT partner. For example, at Ignitho we have a team who have worked with clients from across the globe, which has helped us to bring in process-oriented approach to project delivery and operations.
Ability to deliver an MVP - The UK CIOs, IT Directors and Programme Managers we interact regularly at Ignitho, tell us that their preference is to onboard an IT partner in a small way, see a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) within a limited budget and then scale up the engagement. A model we promote at Ignitho and already have many success stories, where we have initiated some of our initial projects for a budget range of £50k to £100k. We also had instances where we did the initial project for even budgets as less as £10k to £20k. We can do this by integrating our development capacity at Brighton, UK and our Offshore Development Centre in Kochi, India
We are recognised as a market leader in Frugal Technology Innovation for Enterprises - the ability to do more with less. Ignitho is recognised by industry analysts like Bloor Research and TechMarketView on Ignitho’s disruptive new approach. Ignitho has been 'igniting thought' since its inception in 2013 through new models that disrupt the existing order with efficient value propositions. Ignitho brings its software development services to customers through its headquarters in London, UK, and offices in San Jose, USA, and its development centres in Brighton, UK and Kochi, India.