Andersen’s Approaches to Building Software: When to Choose Product Development Services

Valentin Kuzmenko

Valentin Kuzmenko

Chief Commercial Officer at Andersen

Managed Delivery
Jul 26, 2022
8 minutes to read
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  1. Overall background
  2. Andersen’s approaches to custom software development
  3. IT cooperation models: the details
  4. Conclusion

To begin with, allow us to say once again: with hundreds of complex IT projects delivered over more than a decade, we at Andersen know that each of our customers is unique. It can’t be otherwise, since we collaborate with companies of different sizes and across different industries. Our key to success is to be a truly Agile-based and flexible company both in letter and spirit. As such, we take different approaches to software development frameworks and processes. In this piece, we are going to briefly describe all of them, with a special emphasis on the most comprehensive - Andersen’s Software Product Development Services.

Overall background

Let’s start by highlighting the top reasons why companies outsource some of their IT projects and processes. According to Statista, the breakdown looked like this around 2019:

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  • 46% of companies just needed access to a source of software development and IT skills that their in-house IT teams lacked
  • 36% were preoccupied with cutting costs and saving money
  • 35% saw their main IT outsourcing objective as “freeing up resources” so that they could afford to “focus on core business”
  • 33% intended to boost their effectiveness and “add scale” to their IT departments
  • 29% wanted to optimize their ways of spending resources to make them more flexible
  • Finally, 10% needed qualified IT assistance in advancing their “ability to innovate”

As you can see, all these concerns are complex. That’s to say, in almost all of these cases, the scope of work is not limited to simple tasks à la “just write these lines of code from here to there” or “simply make it work.” Quite the contrary, these priorities imply closer business and tech partnerships in more sophisticated forms.

Consequently, modern custom software development vendors nowadays cooperate with their customers on a more advanced basis. This framework exceeds the narrow “client-contractor” models focused on separate small-scale tasks. As a result, several approaches to software development cooperation formats have evolved across the IT industry.

By applying them, modern IT companies can help their heterogeneous customers from different industries resolve any feasible IT challenge and ensure the very IT project deliverables you require. At the same time, it's always up to the customer to choose the available approach.

Below, you can familiarize yourself with Andersen’s frameworks, learn more about their advantages and shortcomings, and decide for yourself what your preferences are.

Andersen’s approaches to custom software development

Basically, Andersen offers its customers the following three options:

  • A dedicated IT team within the outstaffing model. Under this model, Andersen gives you convenient access to our human resources, i.e. simply hire coders and other IT specialists for a specific goal you are pursuing. As a result, the tasks you will assign to them, as well as the general IT project objective and other applicable details, will be defined solely by you. In other words, you will be expected to present explicit and precise guidelines for each coding sprint. Andersen’s outstaffed specialists, in turn, will be responsible for writing the code you need. It goes without saying that all code will be written and checked in strict compliance with the best industry practices.
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  • Fixed price approach. Within this framework, Andersen’s customers normally have a well-thought-out idea of the software product they are planning to obtain in terms of its future tasks and tech properties. The outcome is that Andersen’s IT experts are able to estimate the future project workflow and the resources it requires. After that, they will develop an IT tool based on these estimates. However, as the project scope is fixed from the very beginning, it will be delivered as described, without unexpected improvements or add-ons that may occur to you in the process.

  • Finally, PDS - or Product Development Services, is the most adjustable, customizable, and iterative interaction model. This is because it is all about project-based collaborations aimed at building software products from scratch and attaining every possible business goal. In addition, the PDS framework is a perfect option to thoroughly “rewrite”