For those IT leaders looking to venture into the world of custom mobile apps but who lack the necessary time, resources or strategy, partnering with a trusted IT vendor can be an ideal way to advance. But signing on a dotted line isn’t an end-all remedy; overall project success is dependent on the durable nature of the partnership. 2015 has been slated as a huge year for IT outsourcing deals for good reason. A third-party vendor can help cut costs and bring back much-needed time to in-house IT teams; however, you must ensure your partnership is maximized to its full potential to enjoy this spectrum of benefits.


So, how can you do this? For any partnership to succeed—especially one in which one party is paying the other—communication and collaboration efforts must be at an all-time high. Ears must be primed to listen and, more importantly, minds must be open to identifying innovative or perhaps avant-garde ways of conducting business. Whether you’re shopping the market for the vendor of your dreams or have found the outsourcer you know is right for you, consider the following best practices for making the absolute most of your partnership:


  • Make your objective clear: The key to any thriving relationship is honesty. For instance, if you know that you want to take an incremental approach to mobile application development or that you want to build a native mobile app, make that clear during your initial meetings or phone calls. As an expert in the field, the vendor may offer advice, which would be in your best interest to heed; however, your objectives are ultimately yours to set and keep. In our partnerships, we suggest companies make “SMART” goals, i.e., those that are specific, measurable, actionable, realistic and time-bound.
  • Ask the right questions—and ask them upfront: Don’t be afraid to ask the hard-hitting questions, like those related to budget, for example. Understanding that you are allocating hard-earned dollars to this project, a trustworthy vendor will embrace your concerns and encourage you to leave no stone unturned.
  • Give yourself enough time: It’s okay to give yourself a predictable time frame to complete your mobile application development venture, but try not to get bogged down in time constraints as that can stifle the creative process and lead to poor results. In being honest with yourself, if you determine that you need more time before getting the ball rolling, ask your vendor to wait. A solid vendor won’t have a problem with ensuring your comfort level before undertaking the job.
  • Be open to what you don’t know: The entire reason you’ve partnered with a vendor is because there are certain aspects of mobile application development that are not in your wheelhouse, right? Take this opportunity to learn, grow and step out of your comfort zone. This is, after all, a highly educational partnership.


Remember: If you’re outsourcing any IT project, success lies in the heart of your partnership. If you want to learn more about the expert team and methodologies implemented at AAJ, click here.