Success Factors for International Software Projects

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Success Factors for International Software Projects

Experience No.: 63

On one hand, there is a shortage of skilled professionals in Germany and Switzerland, and on the other hand, there are projects that involve multiple companies and frequently cross-national boundaries; software development has long since adopted international and intercultural dimensions. Correctly deploying onsite, nearshore and offshore resources and ensuring quality is a challenge with increasing complexity, but one that also offers significant potential. Customers must at all times be able to rely on the fact that a technology consultancy applies the same corporate culture and the same values across international locations.

Resources can only be used optimally when people network and share knowledge. This requires the appropriate structures to be in place, not only in the company but also beyond its borders. The added value global account management can offer in this regard is the subject of the first article.

Having a global presence across a diversity of regions allows proximity to customers at their locations and to growth markets. It also provides the ability to fully exploit the benefits provided by each location so the best combination of resources, skills and framework conditions for specific customer needs can be selected. In the second article, you can learn why evaluating the correct site not only involves «hard» location factors, but also concerns choosing the correct partner.

Cooperating internationally to coordinate projects and teams spread around the globe is a fine art. The third article shows how methodologies can be optimally applied to software projects.

The fourth contribution rounds off the topic of international cooperation with a specific example: Barcelona is very attractive as a software development location. We ask the question: «Why, if this is the case, is it still important to operate across a global network?» We would be delighted if you can draw valuable ideas from the articles and our experiences.

Best wishes,
Thomas Meyer