Mastering the ODC: How to Make Your Offshore Development Center Work

An Offshore Development Center (ODC) can be a perfect and cost-effective solution for some companies, if they meet certain criteria around workload and budget. Outsourcing expert Dave Hecker gives a quick overview of the ODC, noting the pros and cons.

ODCs can be incredibly cost-effective, as a company gets a dedicated team of software developers who are housed and supported by a legitimate overseas development shop. Whatever the technical stack, there are a large number of reputable agencies, around the world, from which to choose. SourceSeek can help you select an ODC from among our exclusive network of vetted software development shops.

An ODC is cost-effective because you, as the client, manage the resources dedicated to you.You also have the ability to bring on and vet developers from among the agency’s pool; if you don’t like a developer or two, you can ask to have them swapped out.

There are challenges, though, beyond the crisp management you’ll have to provide. To be cost-effective you’ll need to have a steady stream of work for the team, and you’ll have to have a budget on the order of $50K to begin.

So if you have experience already managing overseas teams and/or technical project management, know you need a steady or increasing amount of software development in the coming year or two, and can commit enough budget, an ODC could be a good option for you.

As always, if you need help, SourceSeek is ready to answer questions and match you with top development teams around the world.

Dave Hecker

Co-Founder at SourceSeek at SourceSeek
Dave is a seasoned technology executive focused software delivery, quality, process, and helping clients succeed at international software outsourcing.