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Engagement Model Overview


Implementation of software solutions can be made available through four Engagement Models –
Fixed Duration,
Time & Materials,
Full Time Equivalents (Offshore)
Full Time Equivalents (Onsite).

Choosing the right mode of engagement is perhaps the most critical of all business decisions and can result in the right mix of expenses and yields.

Fixed Duration / Cost
Software development projects that are built around a fixed budget, timeline and cost, are referred to as Fixed Duration projects. For small to mid sized projects where the end-user is the buyer of a product or a service, this is the most common of all delivery methods

Opt for the Fixed Duration Engagement Model if:
The anticipated duration of the project is low.
Requirements are not likely to change during the development process.
The requirement is for a Business-to-Customer (B2C) venture and perhaps starting on a low scale/key.
Enhancements to features and functions are likely to follow only after project implementation and not during the development process.
Software implementation is governed by ‘extremely’ tight budgetary and financial constraints.

Time and Materials (T&M) :
Projects that are contracted for a defined (or open ended) number of hours are referred to as Time & Materials projects. With such projects, tasks are mapped to total number of hours spent on that task; detailed reports for ‘hours spent’ outline and enable authenticity and cross-verifications.

Opt for the Time & Materials Engagement Model if:
Requirements, features and specifications for the software being developed, are likely to evolve at any stage during project development.
The anticipated duration of the project cannot be estimated (or if estimating a fixed duration for the project can lead to counter-productive results).
Between the two, ‘Getting it right’ is more important than ‘Getting it right on time’.
Substantial architecture-level and structural changes are likely to occur while the software solution is being developed.
You would like to work with us for a defined number of hours that are not necessarily continuous (for example, eight hundred hours over five months).

Full Time Equivalents (FTE) :
Full Time Equivalents is an IT staffing solution wherein our personnel are assigned to and are dedicated to your project and therefore, designated by us for your purposes alone. Personnel can be software engineers, project managers, software testers, software analysts or consultants. If the FTE resource performs tasks from our development center, the corresponding delivery sub-model is referred to as an Offshore FTE Resource. If the FTE resource performs tasks at your (or at your client’s location), such personnel are referred to as an Onsite FTE Resource.

Opt for the Offshore IT Staffing Solutions if:

You would like to augment and extend your staff to our development center (virtual staffing) while making the best use of our offshore billing rates.
The nature of software development is along the lines of one that requires our resources and personnel to possess and/or acquire expertise in a domain or vertical.
Software to be developed and implemented is ‘enterprise class’ and will require continuous versioning & feature enhancements.
Releases and re-releases are anticipated from the start; changing specifications will be governed by market conditions; maintenance and support is inherent to already developed portions and modules of the software.
Your IT personnel are likely to work in conjunction with ours, for the continuing fulfillment of one or more of the possibilities mentioned above.


Opt for the Onsite IT Staffing Solutions :
Software requirements are likely to be gathered in the shortest possible time (or only likely to be gathered at all), by consulting with different locally present ‘department’ heads.
The nature of the software and its associated information (data) is secure in its orientation, that is, data cannot ‘leave’ client premises.
The total number of locally present IT personnel who are anticipated to work in conjunction with the FTE resources are more (or much more) than the total number of deployed FTE resources themselves. (For example, a locally employed team of ten personnel are required to work with say, two more FTE resources).
Software development requires mandatory initial training (in which case, an Onsite FTE model can be succeeded with an Offshore FTE model) or if onsite training needs to be continuously imparted.


Offshore-Onsite hybrid

This model takes the advantage of an on-site co-ordinator stationed at client location. This co-ordination between the customer and the India development center is done by the on-site co-ordinator, there by reducing the burden of day to day remote interaction for the client team.

The initial design and other details software requirement specifications are frozen on-site in co-ordination with the client and the backend team. The development and testing team in India then develops the software. The final system integration and testing is then carried out by the on-site co-ordinator, there by reducing the time involved in remote system integration and final testing.

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