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From Savvycom to all women in tech: Everyday is women’s day

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As an industry which has long been perceived as an uphill battle for women, the technology field has not gone unnoticed. So in this historical Women’s March, what do our women in tech think about the age-old stereotypes, the inclusion of women, the diversity of genders at work, and the effort of tech companies in balancing the situation? 
Here are the confidences from some of Savvycom’s representatives.

Sophie Nguyen – Business Consultant of Savvycom

“Recently, there are many pieces of research proving that the technology industry needs women. Diversity of thought leads to better problem-solving. Collaborating with individuals of different genders and sexual orientations leads to innovation and enhances problem-solving, which are the core points for development in technology. 

“Collaborating with individuals of different genders and sexual orientations leads to innovation and enhances problem-solving”

Therefore, I believe the presence of women in tech is inevitable and irreplaceable – and the whole industry might be thinking the same. Although the number of women in this industry remains low, the trend is showing signs: the number of women at the executive level grow 2.1% year-on-year; women were also promoted at a slightly higher rate than men for the second straight year, with 14.7% of them advancing compared to 14.4% of their male counterparts.
We have to look into the other side of the statistics to embrace the right spirit and not be too pessimistic over the situation, which is actually cooler, and the industry is encouraging more women to get involved, to raise their voices and appear powerfully to the world.
I keep my faith that, in just the next few years, women will have a chance to prove their stance in Tech, and swing the age-old prejudice upon working women – especially women in tech.”

Van Dang – Founder, CEO of Savvycom

“When I started my career as an engineer, I did not expect equality, but instead fueled myself with the assumption that I have already possessed the competitive capability required to grow as a tech expert. My job, therefore, is not paying attention to any stereotypical anecdotes but forging my own courage, steadfastness and resilience to work harder than people around me in order to gain significant footing and win my dream. Nothing can pull me back, as I am the only one who is responsible for my dream and for that reason, I will follow myself and my own inner peace.

“Nothing can pull me back, as I am the only one who is responsible for my dream and for that reason, I will follow myself and my own inner peace.”

After years striving in the technology field, from a researcher, I have worked my way up to be a business analyst, a consultant, a project manager and the founder, CEO of Savvycom – Top 30 Global Mobile App Developers, the Vice President of Vietnam Digital Technology Alliance, recognised as one of the top 15 Global Leader To Watch 2017 and top 100 Outstanding Entrepreneurs in Vietnam, the winner of “Mekong Women’s Entrepreneurship” by World Bank. Most recently, I have become the only Vietnamese candidate to win the 2020 Fortune – US Department of State Global Women’s Mentoring Partnership Programme. None of those could have mattered if I had not gone against the stereotypes people labelled on women.
Grasp every opportunity, fear no prejudices. That’s the recipe for success.

Nhu Quynh – HR Manager of Savvycom

The technology industry is no longer a boys’ club. The number of women is on the rise, and women are starting to leave their own marks on the technology map: Sheryl Sandberg of Facebook, Susan Wojcicki of Youtube, Ginni Rometty of IBM, etc. Those are results of our fierce fights against the once unjust system upon working women – tech women in specific, as well as the efforts of many leaders to design a favourable and equal environment for women.

“The technology industry is no longer a boys’ club.”

Savvycom is also part of the wave. Since our CEO, Ms Van Dang, is also a woman in tech who highly empathises with the difficulties many women are undergoing, she dedicates to empowering women in this technology industry. Taking it as a manifesto, Savvycom is doing the best to create a wonderful environment for everyone, regardless of their genders, to grow. 
Our philosophy is simple – erasing the boundaries between men and women within the company. That is also translated into another way of understanding: Gender will not be a  ground for our policy and incentives. Instead, we build our system based on more solid foundations, such as needs, wants, abilities, etc of each employee. From those points on, we customise our value deliveries as per each individual features to maximise their satisfaction and the progress towards their goals – the result of months and years observing and deriving insights in order to discover not only their outer but inner selves to offer them the right treatments.
In Savvycom, everyone is treated fairly the way they really deserve.”
Read more: How Savvycom excels at human management

Last words

No challenge is too hard if we dare to ease it out. On this historical Women’s March, Savvycom would love to celebrate all women – especially those in tech. We acknowledge people who go against the odds, who love themselves enough to not let go of their dreams and pay it forward to others. May you all live with love, flaming passion and stay forever beautiful – inside and out.
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The ultimate outsourcing guide

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With the outsourcing growth expected in the years to come and the on-going fiercer cost competition, it is imperative that a company consider outsourcing as an alternative to in-house employment. In order to walk you through all aspects of outsourcing in a short, simple and well-memorised way, we establish a list of bullet points that denote only the most concise facts, figures and important key-takeaways.

What is outsourcing?

There are many versions of definitions for this option. However, out of the basics, outsourcing is:

  • Hiring a third-party (whether it is an individual or the whole organisation) having expertise in IT to perform services and create goods on your demand.
  • It involves the ownership, administration and management of selected business processes or support functions based on measurable performance metrics (in most cases, outsourcing encompass the collaboration of HR departments, Sales functions and the “idea” owner).

Outsourcing models

1. Delivery team model (team-based)

A delivery team model is when software developers are assembled by an outsourcing provider to deliver high-quality technological expertise that add value. This model is particularly well suited to projects that require complete management from the outsourcing partner. Typically, businesses with limited internal resources and capacity opt for this approach.
In detail, the responsibility of the outsourcing partner encompasses:

  • Providing the client with IT experts for all the essential roles: project managers, software developers, quality assurance engineers (QA), etc.
  • Taking care of people management, daily task management and process quality.

Typically, delivery teams work autonomously and have regular contact with the client to update on the progress. In Savvycom, all delivery teams use Agile methodology, which allows optimal communication and collaborations to help shape and influence the deliverables without costing too much time and effort. 
Core benefits of a delivery team model are:

  • Adding values immediately: The client has access to a highly skilled team of experienced professionals that don’t require any further training.
  • Streamlining project and team management: Increase capacity and reduce the burden on the client by taking responsibility for some certain, definite tasks or the whole project.
  • Remaining the due diligence’s control: While outsourcing vendors are in charge of the day-to-day running of a project, the overall control and major decisions still remain with the client.

2. IT staff augmentation (white-label)

IT staff augmentation is where companies contract qualified software developers with specialist skills to work alongside in-house software engineers.
Augmented developers are appointed to work as an extension of a company’s full-time development team. This means they do everything the in-house team does, including attending regular daily meetings and reporting directly to managers.
The IT staff augmentation model can work for most projects, no matter how simple or complex: from prototyping to full-scale development of mobile or web applications.
Core benefits of IT staff augmentation are:

  • Dedicated teams: Outsourcing providers assign skillful engineers to each client, meaning they only focus on one project at a time.
  • Time-saving: Working closely with skilled in-house developers means there’s no need for the client to advertise, interview and onboard full-time staff.
  • Maintaining oversight and control: Engineers quickly integrate themselves within the team, making it easier to track work processes and reporting.
  • More in-house flexibility: Companies have more flexibility over the tasks assigned to developers. The client decides who will carry out specific tasks and on which project. 

3. Project-based outsourcing (fixed cost)

Project-based outsourcing is when a company hires an external development team with special expertise to work on a specific project.
A project-based approach adds the most value to one-off or irregular development projects that have a set timeframe and clearly defined end-goals. For example, this approach works particularly well for mobile and web applications.
Core benefits of project-based outsourcing model:

  • No long-term commitment: Companies aren’t tied to working with one particular outsourcing provider over the long-term. If the project is low-maintenance, there’s no need to arrange retainers.
  • Easier to budget: Project-based outsourcing typically means paying one-off project fees, which makes it easier to budget for the work required.
  • Cost efficiency: Hiring an outsourced development team with the skills to execute a one-off project is much more cost effective than upskilling in-house teams or hiring full-time staff. 

Advantages of outsourcing

Deloitte stated that the top 3 benefits of outsourcing realised by businesses are enabling focus on core functions, providing cost-cutting tools and solving capability issues.

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Source: Deloitte Global Outsourcing Survey

1. Enabling focus on core functions

In periods of rapid growth, the back-end operations of business expand and require a high expenditure of resources. When you allocate more resources to performing secondary activities, you have less time, money, human resources, etc. to provide quality front-end services. Therefore, outsourcing is an optimal choice to:

  • Be more flexible in resources allocation and frees up more of your resources for more practical uses.
  • Multiply the company’s performance with less time through external assistance
  • Reduce the pressure on your employees and yourself – as a manager or a chief. Therefore, increasing the “happiness rate” within the company and improving the overall productivity of employees.

2. Cost cutting

In a foreseeable vision, the cost of “borrowing” is often lower than actually “buying” something. Therefore, hiring talents from outsourcing companies is, in most cases, cheaper than having your own in-house team. This also creates a competitive edge for the companies as they could bring down the cost of goods sold and offer a lower price compared to other businesses that are loyal to in-house software development. Some costs that could be cut down thanks to outsourcing are:

  • Labour cost
  • Rental cost (‘capsuling’ your engineering team also allows you to trim down the office size and possibly the cost of renting a big headquarter)
  • Recruitment cost (head-hunting, promotion, commission for intermediaries, interview-related expense, etc)
  • Equipment and other supplies

Although cost efficiency is a key benefit of outsourcing, keep in mind that hiring the cheapest software developer doesn’t always translate to quality services. For this reason, one has to find a balance between quality and affordability.

3. Capability enhancement

When hiring an employee, you may only have access to a small, local talent pool. This often means you have to compromise. Many companies have found that outsourcing gives them access to talent in other parts of the world. If you need specialised help, it often makes sense to expand your search to find software developers with the best know-how and skills.

Drawbacks of outsourcing

Keep in mind that everything has its downside. If you want to outsource a project outside of the company, several potential issues are bound to arise, however when you understand the challenges and how to avoid them, you can outsource the most relevant parts of the project and reduce negative exposure. 

1. Lack of control

Although you can provide direction in regard to what you need to accomplish, you give up some control when you outsource. Some possible reasons for this situation are:

  • When outsourcing, you are actually hiring a contractor instead of an employee, so there are limitations in requiring what they must do.
  • The developers are not working on-site, you have to depend on Internet connection and some communication methods to stay in touch. Therefore, the people you outsourced might not always be “visible” online to receive emergency signals nor tackle pop-ups on time.

In order to minimise the absence of control, you could choose a different outsourcing approach, which will be introduced in the later part.

2. Miscommunication

This often happens when you hire a foreign outsourcing company. When working with an abroad stakeholder, the differences in language, time-zone, culture, preferred communication channels could stagger the project timeline and lower the quality of deliverables. However, there are some tips that could eliminate this problem:

  • Clarify from the beginning the basic information: languages the developers fluent in, time-zone the developers live in and how it matches your business hours, developers’ preferred communication channels, taboo or etiquette you need to pay attention to, etc.
  • Upfront agreement on working norms, time slots for meetings and collaboration processes to prevent any future opaque.
  • Utilise work-assisting platforms (Slack, Jira, GitLab, etc.) or develop a task tracking system (it could be as simple as doing a detailed spreadsheet encompassing the synergy map, communication efficiency, tasks delegating, and product development process) to realise rising problems and put them out before it multiplies.

3. Security threats

Hiring a third-party to turn your idea into reality also means revealing you and your company intelligence – even the confidential ones such as copyrights, patents, trade secrets. It might also include the accessibility to some sensitive information that can be gathered, stored and distributed. Therefore, once you choose the wrong partner, those secrets could be divulged and therefore, jeopardising your business performance.
To minimise the risk of confidentiality breaching, the solutions are:
Making a detailed assessment of the service provider:

  • Combine multiple sources (referrals, Google, industry awards and ranking, consulting or market research firms, testimonials or unbiased reviews, etc) to get and verify the information about the company, as well as its reputation and histories with past clients.
  • Conduct an analysis on each vendor’s reliability.

Preparing a secure outsourcing arrangement:

  • Following Non-Disclosure Agreement: State the responsibilities of contracting parties in the outsourcing agreement, disclose customer information to the service provider only on a need-to-know basis, review and monitor the security practices and control processes of the service provider on a regular basis, requiring the service provider to disclose to the institution breaches of confidentiality in relation to customer information.
  • Ask the partner to follow International Security Standards. For example, Savvycom follows ISO 9001:2005 and ISO 27001:2015 to guarantee confidential protection to our clients.

Outsourcing mistakes

1. Rush to outsource

Some businesses commit prematurely to outsourcing – they jump to the conclusion that outsourcing is the solution without fully understanding what expectation they want the outsourcing provider to fulfill for them. Rather than looking thoroughly at the real causes to calculate other alternatives, some instead look to outsourcing as a quick fix. It may possibly lead to a chain of issues:

  • Inconsistent goals
  • Ambiguous specification
  • Poor communication
  • Humble output

How to mitigate it:

  • Clearly define what your problem is, and how you want your problem to be solved
  • Make a list of possible solutions: redesign business process, shift your business strategy, outsource IT,…
  • Search for relevant information to see who are those solutions’ providers, and how they could solve that problem for you (some information sources will be suggested below).
  • Do the analysis on the pros and cons of each on your business.
  • Give each solution a score. If outsourcing marks the highest, that’s when you contact an outsourcing service provider.

2. Overdetailed specification

It’s reasonable that at the beginning of the planning phase, you try to draft out a perfectly detailed specification. However, it would pose some problems to the overall performance and the deliverables if it’s not carefully considered:

  • Time-consuming
  • Hinder the creativity and innovation of the programmers
  • Reduce collaboration since there is little space left for engineers to raise voice
  • Create incoherence, confusion and misunderstandings of the core objective

How to mitigate it:

  • Find a balance point of your specification – somewhere between a Bible and a carte blanche
  • Recapitulate the most important points: the end-goal, the work to be done, the tools and metrics to be used, the acceptable standard of workmanship
  • Present the specification in a clear, concise, correct and complete way

3. Ignorance of non-functional requirements

The deliverables of your outsourcing project might turn out to be a work of art sometimes, however, whether it could run perfectly is another story. In some cases, the problem with outsourcing doesn’t lie in the planning nor the development process of the product – but in the testing of non-functional requirements. Some problems kindled by non-functional requirements could be:

  • Inability to access the system when there is an upsurge in users
  • Security issues: allowing the wrong person to access confidential problems
  • Increase of operational cost

How to mitigate it:

  • Create a list of non-functional requirements your project must cover
  • Prepare some elicitation questions (tips: use ‘WH’ questions): What materials am I going to need? When will the materials be used? Who needs the data? Why is the data needed? When will the data be used? How the data is going to be used?…
  • Designing a synergy map between you and your stakeholders for more efficient support, based on stakeholders profilling technique
  • Applying some automated tools to help identify software requirements: ReQtest, Visure, SpiraTeam,…

Selecting a quality IT outsourcing service provider

1. Define your objectives and goals

A decision without clear, relevant and actionable objectives may create ambiguity and hinder your future success. Therefore, here are some questions that would help you organise your thoughts and produce a SMART goal:

  • What are your business priorities: is it cost-saving, scalability, time-to-market, competencies, vendor diversification, or something else?
  • How will you align an outsourcing model with your current business strategy?
  • What services do you expect a vendor to provide?
  • What will be outsourced and what will be kept in-house?
  • Time-frame: When will you start the first outsourcing project? What does the overall timeline and delivery plan look like? What are the milestones that need to keep up with?

2. Collect a vendor list

Creating a list of potential vendors gives you the perks of selection and a glimpse of how outsourcing companies are performing, therefore, benchmarking to set suitable criteria for your desired outsourcing partner. 
There are 4 main sources you can exploit:

  • Recommendations from your network

If your friends, your family, your colleagues or your partners have experienced the services on-hand, you had better ask them for reviews or suggestions. People having actual experiences in outsourcing are definitely a good source of reference for genuine insights.

  • Using search engines

Google has always been a to-go destination for information. Some of the best-rated sources for outsourcing seekers are:

Savvycom, an IT outsourcing in Vietnam, has been listed in many of Clutch’s roll of honours. We were once named as the “Top 30 Global App Developer” and arrived at no.6 in B2B Leading IT Companies in Asia. The company is currently standing at no.1 Top App Developers in Vietnam by Clutch’s Leader Matrix.

  • Industry awards and ranking

In case you don’t trust any word-of-mouth or subjective reviews, companies that are widely accepted and certified by awards and rankings as voted by critics, tech experts, or independent analysis firms may be the best fit. 
Many companies in Vietnam have received prestigious awards and honours as evidence for their relentless effort to strive for excellence. One of them is Savvycom, a Vietnamese outsourcing company that has stood strong on the offshore IT outsourcing market for 10 years and have been awarded with Vietnam’s 50 Leading IT Companies Award for 4 consecutive years, Emerging IT Outsourcing Enterprise honour by Vietnam ITO Alliance (VNITO), Sao Khue Award for “Software Outsourcing Service 2017”, etc. Starting from the bottom, til’ today Savvycom has risen to be a tech start-up with a more-than-100-employee scale and leaves our marks on the technology map.

  • Reports from research and consulting firms

This source is likely to be the most detailed and insightful. Many research and consulting agencies conduct surveys throughout the technology landscape and generate key take-aways that are well-confirmed by industry analysts and experts. 
Every year, these kinds of companies produce reports and surveys in order to help you understand not only the market dynamics but also the capacity and competency of the notable players. Some of the most reliable firms are:

3. Outsourcing destinations

In today’s context where outsourcing has become one of the familiar patterns, many countries are upsurging as a destination for good outsourcing services. Here, we list down 3 countries that are rising strong in terms of quality and cost.

  • India

India is probably the first country you think of when you hear the term “outsourcing”, and with good reason. India is the second largest English speaking country in the world, making it an ideal choice for English-speaking employers interested in outsourcing. Their education system also focuses heavily on mathematics and produces as many as 2.6 million STEM graduates every single year.
According to research from Gild, Indian developers outscored their American counterparts on math and logic assessments by a full 11%. However, they received significantly lower scores on tests in PHP and HTML, so if you’re looking for web development, you may want to verify if the outsourcers you’re going to be working with have a good track record of work delivered.
Salaries: According to Innotech, the average annual salary for a software developer in India ranges from $28,000 to $42,000.

  • China

China is home to many of the fastest growing IT companies and produces as many as 4.7 million tech graduates every year. In a hypothetical analysis of countries fit to participate in a “programming Olympics” by HackerRank, China ranked first.
There are, however, a couple of potential drawbacks here. First, only 10 million out of China’s 1.45 billion residents speak English, presenting a large communication barrier for many international employers. Second, China is known to have lax enforcement on Intellectual Property (IP) laws. However, this can be overcome by hiring a reputable outsourcing agency and establishing clear rules before you start working together.
Salaries: Annual software developer salaries in China typically range from $28,000 to $53,000.

  • Vietnam

In the report Spotlight on Vietnam, PwC forecasts that IT outsourcing will be one of the most attractive sectors for foreign investment. In addition, prominent tech companies such as Intel, IBM, and Microsoft have been actively and continuingly endowing Vietnam. The trend is becoming more and more popular in Vietnam.
Also, the outstanding features of outsourcing in Vietnam is the cost efficiency in relation to low cost and lucrative preferential corporate income tax. Another aspects being Vietnam’s young population (45% of population are under 35 years of age), low attrition rate (6-8% in comparison with 20% in India), convenient location and the rising competency of engineers – meaning businesses could now outsource with a reasonable cost without having to settle for low quality. 
Read more: Vietnam – the offshore IT outsourcing heaven for tech dominants
Although not standing as high as China or India in the world’s outsourcing map, with the aggressive IT development in recent years and the cost benefits, Vietnam is sure to be a leading destination for IT outsourcing services.
Salaries: According to Payscale, the average software developer engineer in Vietnam is about $12,000 to $48,000.

4. City evaluation

Some might underestimate this step, but the cities where the company located could create a big impact on the profession and overall competency of the company. 
In order to have a clear sense of how the city looks and feels like, desk research should be done first hand. The outline of the research could be drafted as below:

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Source: TMA Solutions

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Source: TMA Solutions

In Vietnam, 2 main cities that have many potentials for IT outsourcing services, which are Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.

  • Hanoi

Being the capital of Vietnam, Hanoi is the social cultural-educational centre where the technology industry is fast-developing. It is the home-based for many tech giants such as Nokia, Samsung, Intel, Microsoft, etc. There are over 140,000 software engineers graduate from here annually with global-standard English proficiency. 
The annual salary for a software engineer in Hanoi is about $16,000.
On the other hand, Hanoi is equipped with modern IT infrastructure, having stable economic development and rare natural disasters. Moreover, because Hanoi is the centre of all political activities, the political stability here is secured at a high level, in which almost no unrest, demonstration or terrorism have ever happened in the past years.

  • Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC)

Listed as one of the most attractive cities to work and live for software engineers, HCMC is a highly urbanised, international city that is expected to be the Silicon Valley of Vietnam in the next few years. Because of the highly secured governmental stability in Vietnam, the political and economic status of HCMC has similar characteristics as Hanoi: rare social outbreak, positive GRDP growth, good IT infrastructure, and convenient living and socializing conditions.
The IT labour force in Ho Chi Minh, although is yet to be statistically proven, remains very promising. Additionally, the average salary for an HCMC-based engineer is around $19,000, a little higher than that in Hanoi. 

5. Vendor evaluation

Each vendor option comes with its pros and cons, however, the real challenge really starts at choosing a reliable vendor that matches your objectives and meets your expectations. It is also important to note that the list of criteria we suggest below is not applicable to all because each company has a different priority and strategy – we simply suggest the general version to help you grasp some of the fundamentals.
Now it is time to track down your list of vendors and do a detailed evaluation and analysis on:

  • Reputation and financial stability of the company: check it out on Clutch, Crunchbase, etc.
  • The core competency of each vendor and how that particular profession can solve your business problems or actualise your ideas.
  • Check out their portfolio and any of their past partnership (if possible): these kinds of information are often posted on the company’s website.
  • Any awards, honours and achievements of the vendors.
  • Contact the representative of the vendor to receive in-depth consultation and understand the vendors more.

The detailer checklist for evaluation can be drafted as follow:

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Source: TMA Solutions

Savvycom, who is racing against time to create world-beating apps and bring values to our treasured clients, is confident to say we are the company that could deliver one of the best competencies in Viet Nam. We believe that with our 10+ years of tech expertise, the endorsements from 100+ clients from 4 continents around the world, the successful partnership establishments with reputable firms worldwide such as Microstrategy, Apple, Accelerance, IBM, etc, no mountain would be too high.

 

We hope that through this guide, you would have a clearer sense of whether or not your business needs outsourcing and construct a winning outsourcing strategy.

If you need any more in-depth consultation on outsourcing, don’t hesitate to contact us at:

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Savvycom makes the 5th entrance into Vietnam Top 50 Leading IT Companies

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Savvycom received the award for excellence

With the disruptive development of human life comes the aggressive uprising of technology. This industry of nonstop innovation and breakthroughs in Vietnam witnessed a growth rate of 30% approximately, with 2018’s revenue reached 99 billion USD. On top of that, the top 50 IT Companies alone, including Savvycom, contributed over 31 billion USD – accounted for 31% total revenue of the category and created more than 184,000 jobs nationwide. 
Ever since the award was founded in 2014, Savvycom has made a continual win in 4 years. Following such spectacular milestones, in 2019 Savvycom was once again listed as the leading IT service business in the ITO line due to our impressive growth and significant achievements.
Having arrived at the top 50 for 5 times in total, Savvycom understands our great responsibility to further Vietnam IT industry. The strong commitment of the company to the mission has been proven through the many efforts to be at the front line of the innovation battle.
In the term 2018-2019, Savvycom has successfully launched and fostered the AI Lab, a result from the friendship with University of Engineering & Technology, which specializes in the research and development of Artificial Intelligence applied in software development processes. 
Also in this year, Savvycom initiated various strategic collaborations with both domestic and foreign strategic partners such as Apple and CY Global to bridge the gap between companies as well as promoting Vietnamese innovative relationship with global partners – stepping closer to the ultimate goal of “Making the world a better place”.
In the face of Savvycom’s relentless development, Ms Van Dang, Savvycom’s CEO said: “With the goal of making Vietnam become an emerging destination for innovation on the world map, Savvycom always has a high appreciation for values of professionalism, strengthens the services, becomes long-term strategic partners and simultaneously establishes a strong IT community in Vietnam. In addition, the company also strives to build an international network that not only expands the horizon of business opportunities but also creates a resourceful learning circle among leaders across various fields of business.
In the spirit of mutual benefits and collaboration, Savvycom wishes to go partners with more and more companies in a wide range of industries including IT, Healthcare, Education, Finance, and Logistics to keep up with the 4.0 industry revolution movement.”
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Savvycom and the top 50 leading IT companies in Vietnam

Founded in 2009 by Ms Van Dang – a talented and ambitious woman entrepreneur, Savvycom has marked its 10th year dedicating to be a trusted partner to international enterprises and organizations, aiming at the global goal in the field of software development services. 
After 10 years of continuous development, Savvycom has listed itself on Clutch’s Top 30 Global App Developers, Top 25 IT Outsourcing Companies and made it to #6 among the best B2B companies in Asia in 2018. 
Ms Van Dang, CEO of Savvycom, is also one of the speakers at TEDx and many other national and international events, listing herself at no.3 of Top 15 Global Leaders must watch in 2017 on Forbes.
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Outsourcing software development projects: Team-based or Fixed cost model?

While considering which types of outsourcing software development projects, you may come up with a lot of difficult questions. One of those is definitely: how to choose a suitable model for your business in order to optimise every resource as much as possible. In this article, Savvycom would love to help you get through all of these difficulties and manage to complete your planned purpose.

Now, let’s check out every single detail of models: when to use, how to take advantage and any other interesting things related to the model.

1. Fixed cost model or Project services Model

When to use:

This model is applied to a budget-defined project that is created based on the detailed project requirements and man-hour estimation. Not only for short-term projects, long-term projects with a very clear purpose, an established project management process and a solid stable set of requirements can also apply this model perfectly. If you already clearly defined the requirement specifications, this model is highly recommended to help you control the budget very well.

This project model is a distributed environment that both in-house and external teams can thoroughly understand the details; additionally, they are well perceptive of each other’s skills and capabilities, so they can easily cooperate and collaborate in a friendly working environment.

The requirements can become the expectation of guiding the team to reach the final goal.

As a client, if you make a decision to change the scope when the project is still in the process, your IT outsourcing partner may have to induce extra costs. Therefore, your business relationship with IT outsourcing partners as well as project management will be on the verge of the risky cliff. Those risks will get into your plan and your outsourcing software development project will deviate to risk management rather than focusing on the main business goal. This whole situation will end up with poor results at a much higher cost (more than other models).

If you and your IT partner intend to negotiate the target cost, target profit and profit adjustment formula, you two may want to consider Fixed Price with Incentive (FPI) model.

This model will benefit you to some extent: provide with an incentive and bonus for gaining significant metrics and critical milestones. Remember, an FPI contract comprises some basic elements I mentioned right last sentence:

  • Target cost
  • Target profit
  • Price ceiling
  • Profit adjustment formula

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2. Team-based model or Team Services Model

This model can be the best option for long-term projects with more than a phase. In this model, a suitable team will be designed and allocated to the client. Savvycom highly recommends this if your specifications are not decided yet and the flexibility is required. Besides, if the development requirements are complicated and the order is periodic, the team-based model is much better than the fixed cost model for you.

About this outsourcing software development team services model, there are 3 elements that you should concern: cost per resource, management fee and hourly rate.

Cost per resource

It means the fixed-price that your business needs to pay to your IT partner, calculated for the assigned developer on a monthly basis. The engineer works on a single project and will be always ready to accept new tasks from the client and report him.

Management fee

Just a little different from cost per resource model in a positive way: more transparent. Besides the developer’s actual salary, the client pays a so-called “management fee” on top, covering administrative, housing, social expenses of the contractor plus the remuneration.

If you choose this model, you had better partake in the screening, selecting and choosing people for the team from the candidate list provided by the contractor. This transparency gives a choice between both skills of the potential employee and his desired salary. By accepting the candidates with the best balance between cost and expertise, you can get more than you expect.

Hourly rate

It is not a new practice to convert the average working month into the 160 working hours. The key benefit between the cost per resource model and hourly rate approach is that the full-working month would be 20% more expensive on average.

With the hourly rate model, it is not necessary to pay for the time when his virtual employee sick or on his vacation.

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As you may know, outsourcing software development project team-based model comprises of 2 forms: offshore and onsite; and offshore form is made up of 2 smaller types: outsourcing development centre and dedicated resources. Without further ado, let’s take a look at one of these 2 types.

2.1. Outsourcing development centre

When to use:

For long-term projects with actively changing requirements, the unclear scope of work and varying workloads of the development team.

Basically, you can understand the Outsourcing development centre as an intermediary company connecting between your company (client having demand) and IT outsourcing company (provider are available to supply your service).

From that point of view, we can easily draft out some pros and cons of this model.

Pros:

  • Outsourcing development centre can find out your suitable IT partner in a short time based on your description. So, the more detailed your description is, the more proper and matched your future outsourcing partner is.
  • Various workloads can be distributed to many outsourcing companies. Therefore, your business will optimize time in the process to reach the goal sooner.
  • You can constantly be changing your scope of work without worrying about the relationship with IT partner. After the short-term contract with your partner in a certain phase, contact with outsourcing development centre to work with a new partner in the next phase

Cons:

  • The extra cost for outsourcing development centre. For a small and medium enterprise, it seems not to be the best way to IT outsourcing.
  • After a successful connection between 2 sides and complete the deal, outsourcing development centre doesn’t take any responsibility about generating issues. So, you need to make sure about this decision.

2.2. Dedicated resources

When to use:
For long-term outsource software development projects with unclear requirements and continual scope changes.
For adding more manpower to own in-house IT team and operations by building an offsite team.
For opening new opportunities to acquire new knowledge throughout outsource software development projects when working with your foreign IT partner.

The project success rate within this model is very high due to the following factors:

Team management on a day-to-day basis via Skype meetings, face-to-face communication and/or virtual project management tools.

You can use the same productivity and quality metrics and incentives you normally apply to evaluate your internal employees.

Totally predictable costs and a better opportunity to meet the budget and/or plan further actions.
A loyal team of external developers committed to your project, fully aware of your business goals, sharing your company vision and really caring about your business success (unlike developers rotated from project to project and have very little understanding of the client’s objectives and business situation).

For further information about team-based and fixed cost model or about the rate of each model, please do not hesitate to contact Savvycom to get the quotation.

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IT Outsourcing companies – How to find the best match

Working with the IT outsourcing companies may benefit us a lot, but it requires carefully efforts regarding planning and execution. Below are 10 necessary things to keep in mind, if you are thinking about outsourcing IT or IT-related activities.

1 – Destination, Partner and Model – first criteria for IT outsourcing

We have lots of things to consider just in this division, but Savvycom would like to show out 3 main points that you can’t ignore.

  • First, consider carefully about the destination. You had better attention to political stability, English proficiency, and access to competent resources. Vietnam is a potential destination for you to think about along with India or China. Please check out why you should outsource software development to Vietnam here.
  • Second, who can be your partner? You can make a long list of potential IT outsourcing companies, but measurement to choose the most appropriate one is not easy. Again, it’s important to list out criteria to judge which is the compatible IT outsourcing company for your business. Savvycom has been done that task for you just in case you need more references. Please contact us for FREE CONSULTATION and access to the vendor list in Vietnam.
  • Third, which IT outsourcing model?

If you select IT pure service sourcing, you may consider whether your organisation is able to handle this type of cooperation with complex processes and governance.

You want an IT outsourcing company to provide a full packet of service and you control through your existing organisational setup? So, are your project managers capable of leading a culturally heterogeneous and geographically diverse group of employees? Utilise an outsourcing model which incorporates elements from both, is it possible?

You may have heard about team-based and fixed cost model. Interesting in learning more about them and what is suitable for your requirements? Please keep subscribing us to update in the following post, or contact us directly to find out now.

2 – Deconstruction as demand to Outsource or Not

Which tasks should we outsource? Whether a task is good for IT outsourcing based on a variety of factors but mostly about business demand for business management and development such as exclusivity, complexity, maturity and risk tolerance.

For example, if your business is working in the logistics industry running a few warehouses and trucks for delivery as well as supply chain, you may be excellent in operating the whole system, knowing how to process and keep it working well. However, to manage it better and reduce human resource costs, you’d better have a computing system or software tools. Will you be willing to build a software engineer team or even an IT department just to create and maintain that system? Do you ever think about managing a technical team that you do not even understand exactly what they are doing? That also means you will be distracted and share your time for extra tasks. Besides, there are lots of risks that you could never be able to handle them unless you have a deep knowledge of technology.

So, that’s time for you to think about outsourcing! Looking for a trustworthy technology agency is a way out for you to reduce costs, increase effectiveness, as well as save your time and your budget.

3 – Encouragement for IT Outsourcing companies

IT outsourcing is like a long-term investment. This partnership will not be successful if you ignore to maintain the enjoyment of the cooperation with IT outsourcing company. Keep a win-win situation is the way for both of you to succeed in that partnership.

Therefore, it’s essential to keep a balance between your own business case and the IT outsourcing company’s counterpart. Consideration is concluded in one single question: how to assure that the IT outsourcing company is encouraged to help us reach the goals in our business case?

Following as contract terms is a good thing, in case both of you are able to do it. The negotiation should be processed under the respect of each other. Pushing down the price, putting more strict terms or mentioning that many suppliers are willing to lower their prices significantly to win the contract will just lead to short-term fulfilment or negative results.

4 – Transfer of Knowledge in IT Outsourcing Projects

Normally, IT outsourcing projects is a contractual 6-month transitional period. During the period, the client’s employees are supposed to communicate knowledge to the supplier’s consultants. “When I talk to IT managers about the amount of time it takes for a new employee to get up to speed, most state that it takes up to 2 years”. With that perspective, it is not so surprising that most companies who outsource IT complain because the supplier lacks knowledge about their business!

Setting up a structured process based on an analysis of the concrete needs of the supplier’s consultants is the ideal solution for effective communication for knowledge transfer. Subsequently, a plan should be devised which:

  • Specifies the knowledge to be transferred.
  • Identifies people responsible for the transfer.
  • Looks for methods that are the most suitable for the type of knowledge at hand.
  • States how long the partner must set aside for the transfer.
  • Sets up the environment and means to evaluate whether the goal has been met.

5 – Governance in Organizations Working with IT Outsourcing Companies

Working across organisational and geographical borders is substantially different from working with your colleagues who you talk with every day. Many businesses transfer tasks to an IT outsourcing company but forget one important thing. Can you guess?

They must also adapt their own organisation to a new way of working, including “recipient organisation”. It is accountable for making sure that the outsourced activities are completed properly, also maintaining the contract and the relations to this IT outsourcing companies. A transparent and efficient governance structure, which 2 sides agree on, as well as detailed service level agreements (SLA) and key performance indicators (KPI). Those deals allow proactive problem solving and improve cooperation.

6 – Maturity of Processes – Listen to IT Outsourcing Supplier

The processes of big international IT-suppliers are often at a high level of maturity. They also many experiences before establishing a partnership with IT Outsourcing Companies, so: Listen to them!

Standardisation is an essential part of the added value one may get from an outsourcing agreement with one of the large suppliers.

If you determinedly insist on doing “your way”, they are likely to accept it. However, it is also likely to end up with poor communication and coordination. Their standards are better and you can see it as a chance to improve the maturity of your own processes.

7 – Sociocultural factors and Language – Have you considered this challenge?

You should carefully consider English fluency as a vital factor. Communication about IT-field language without English fluency seems to be not easy at all.

Likewise, it is challenging to work with people from vastly different cultures, if you are not used to doing so. It’s a good idea to open culture training too.

With the right facilitator, software engineers in the IT outsourcing Companies will learn about the new and different culture they have to work with, and probably they could find a number of new perspectives on the current cultural background to find out the tools to help them handle the cultural gap.

8 – Virtual Communication with IT Outsourcing Companies

Regarding far-away cooperation, some still have difficulties with virtual communication, although we do it every single day. Reason? In most cases, we know the people we interact with and we tend to do alright.

In contrast, with remote cooperation, we basically don’t know people very well. And we need to improve at virtual communication, to exchange information in remote partnership successfully.

Good virtual communication is not just about having the best available one. In fact, technology alone will not work out the challenges we are facing in right now. But technology is the main factor can help.

Additionally, we had better learn how to communicate in a new and different way with people in remote cooperation. To do that, you should take knowledge about the quirks of virtual communication as well as practice.

9 – Keep up the Motivation of your employees despite IT Outsourcing Initiatives

Many managers experience that their own employees’ incentive declines in relation to the time initiatives of working IT Outsourcing Companies come in. Their confidence and self-esteem are down because they are not handed in the job in the company they are working for. “How can some foreign guys who just graduated university do the job I spent 15 years learning how to do?” they might wonder.

If your employees think in that way, your attempts working with IT Outsourcing Companies will eventually flop. Offshore IT consultants may make some simple mistakes, employees will consider it as incompetence. They may even avoid interaction with new consultants. Therefore, perceiving necessary understanding and domain knowledge for your company is hard for the new people.

So, how can we fix the problems between employees’ motivation and IT outsourcing consultants?

Perhaps there are 2 helpful solutions for these:

  • Open honestly about the reasons behind ‘moving jobs’ to IT outsourcing companies
    Support the employees in the adaptation to the new organisational setup
  • To simply conclude: The main groundwork of successful IT outsourcing projects is solely the employees. So, preparation for the organisational changes should be one of the first priorities.

10 – Get Professional Guidance for the whole IT Outsourcing Process

It’s best if you can reference and receive professional guidance from experienced IT outsourcing consultants. They can show you both the positive and negative sides of this process, and guide you through some lessons they have learned during cooperation with IT outsourcing companies.

It’s difficult and expensive to improve cooperation if there’s not a good thing happen. So, you may want to be precautious and avoid it right for the first time.

So, to find out external guidance is the optimal option, especially with the field you are not familiar with. Make it right the first time is much better and cheaper than solve the gone wrong situation at a later stage.

Do you know now how to find the best match IT Outsourcing company?

Those 10 ideas are just for you to consider if you’re still wondering IT Outsourcing is the right answer for you or what kind of company is suitable for your requirements. We must say that direct consultation is better for you to understand or to make a decision. Or, listening to what other companies have done and achieved is also a reference.
Let’s check out what Savvycom’s clients talk about us and about Outsourcing their software development projects to Vietnam.

If you have any question or not sure about outsourcing IT services, please do not hesitate to contact us for a free consultation and get the vendor assessment.

 

Offshoring Software Development Pros and Cons

In the software industry, many firms prefer to deliver their software abroad due to different reasons.

These are either time, cost, skills, or a combination of the above. Since the boom of information technology, the scope of IT offshoring also expanded rapidly in many parts of the world.

While there are indeed benefits for offshoring software development, companies must also take into consideration the lurking drawbacks that can put a heavy toll on them as well as customers.

Forming a partnership with an offshore development service would bring your company lots of advantages and disadvantages.

The PROs of Offshoring Software Development

Cost Effective

Offshoring software development services saves a lot of money in terms of development cost. In some countries like India, Vietnam or Ukraine, there are an abundant number of technicians and coders that can navigate better in the technical seas of software development.
In addition, with their cheaper average salary per hour, they help to offset any outside firm’s need to hire additional in-house personnel to develop software, which most of the time can be the most expensive task and even they may not be able to handle technical fields as good as offshore technicians and coders in other firms.

Experience

Offshore software development firms are normally experienced in outsourcing, and probably have collaborated with others before. They are more familiar with utilizing suitable and adaptable technologies for the project, and they know best the trends, changes and the most up-to-date information regarding technical fields.

These firms also tend to long history of cooperation, and normally it is not difficult to find their awards, recognition, featured appearances online since they also take great pride in seeking for long-term partnerships and build trust with clients, so their experience is something other firms can have faith in.

The Burden of Time

In many instances, projects can be behind the scheduled deadline. There are many explanations for these cases, but most of the time the reason is slow development progress and handling a defect crisis in the course of polishing the software.
Thus, tech companies all wish to avoid vaporware (a long-delayed product) as much as possible by hiring more skilled workers. But this has a setback as well, sometimes fatally to a company’s fortune. Hiring additional personnel also means increased costs, and upon finishing the project, these personnel may not even be necessary anymore.
Instead, they can look for outsourcing firms to do the hard work, as there are many outsourcing firms with various specializations to save time for them.

Reliability

This is a rather 50/50 factor, but normally offshore companies and outsource powerhouses rely a lot on legal contracts to develop software.

These contracts also include mutual benefits, agreements, but most importantly safety guarantees and warranties for the projects. This ensures that the rights and benefits of both parties are protected, and helps to build trust between them better.

The CONs of Offshoring Software Development

Quality Guarantee

Generally speaking, many companies overlook the risks of offshoring software development by emphasizing on reduced costs and time. This is rather risky in that the offshoring firm may have neither the actual commitment nor skills to develop software.

To avoid this, it is very important to consider checking their portfolios to gain more information from third parties who have collaborated with them. Choosing where to outsource development is more important than choosing which benefits outweigh the other.

Time and Cultural Differences

Working ethics and standards in some countries are drastically different from the others. Normally difference in time zones can cause both parties to have trouble setting up meetings or managing projects. This ultimately results in communication failure.

For instance, if the origin company is in the U.S West Coast and the offshoring company is in Vietnam, the huge time zone difference cause communications to be very difficult as the working hours in two countries are not the same.

Negative Effects on the Company

This is also some of the more overlooked issues when companies offshore software development.

  • First, companies reliant on tech outsourcing are ignorant towards recruiting/training their own personnel for more technical roles.
  • Second, it hurts the company’s employee’s trust in that they are not recognized or trained in the field of technology.

Data Security

By outsourcing the technical part or “grunt job”, companies of origin must always safeguard any sensitive data from the offshoring firms. They can do so through constant management checkups. A signed, trustworthy contract does not mean confidential data is safe. It is always important to be wary of any leaks or development abuses that may occur.

To sum up, companies should analyze carefully offshoring software development pros and cons to find the right partners. They will use the right development and cooperative strategies with software development firms.

Furthermore, they also know how to control the development progress with clear guidelines and milestones. As IT outsourcing will mature in the upcoming years, it is time for SMEs in technology to make a move.

 

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Web Designer vs Web Developer: A Straightforward Comparison

Web designer vs web developer and their roles today are sometimes overlapped, but regardless of who is more important, both of them are the lifeblood of the World Wide Web.

Websites are increasingly becoming more interactive and visually mesmerizing, but to say this is because of the efforts of designers or developers will be an overstatement. To better understand the roles of these two groups of people, we compare them in details below.

1. Front-line development and back-line development

First, we need to understand that both web designer vs developer joins hands in the development of a website. A designer is dealing with the “front-end” of a web; a developer, on the other hand, deals with the “back-end”.

The “front-end”, or “designers” as they are known, focus primarily on the visuals and overall look of websites. They are the architects as opposed to the developers being the builders. They are intrigued with graphics, appearance and colours. Generally, they hold the view that making something work and ensuring that it is enjoyable to use is the most important factor to make a successful website.

Web designer vs web developer: A straightforward comparison

Web designer vs web developer: A straightforward comparison

They are always energetic people who are always on the creative side, always looking for new ideas and features. They are not afraid to experiment or change when it comes to artistic perfection. The importance of visuals has increased drastically with the advent of smartphones and tablets. In addition, when the world moves closer toward portability and convenience, web design trends follow those two principles as well.

On the other hand, the “back-end” development of a website refers to the developers themselves, who most of the time are more concerned with the inner workings of a website. They use more advanced programming skills to create interactions for the site (e.g. E-Commerce shopping carts on online retail stores), write codes that link users with the web’s databases, etc.
Web designer vs web developerThe developers provide the “skeleton” for a website on which designers can later work on to add organs, skins and muscles to make the site visually appealing. They lay down the foundations and create user interface (UI). Then working together with web designers to build on such foundations and achieve a final product.

2. Visual programming and functional programming

To further distinguish between web designer vs web developer, we need to take a look at the tools and methods they use to do their work.

Web designers deal more with customer-facing and “front-end” operations of a website. So, they technically are frequently familiar with HTML, CSS and JavaScript – the three pillar technologies of the World Wide Web to create contents and visuals for a website. Not only that, but they usually are also familiar with Adobe’s visual products such as Photoshop, Lightroom, Illustrator. These technologies enable them to be experts in graphic design, visual programming and colour scheme.

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Web developers, however, since their primary work revolves around the “back-end”, inner workings of a website, they are more familiar with programming languages such as C, Python, .NET, PHP. They utilize these languages to develop UI, shortcuts, site buttons, site options, site functions, applications and more. Instead of programming for visuals, they program for functions and interface most of the time, but they still need to cooperate a lot with designers to make a good website.

3. Left brain and right brain

Another way of comparison is by defining them as left-brained or right-brained. Web designers, being in charge of visuals, artistic visions, looks and feel, are mostly right-brained individuals.

They have a very strong intuition, as their minds are always bursting with ideas. They are leaned towards creativity and imagination. And approach web issues in a non-linear manner and are experts in designing UX. There are no boundaries for their imagination, and they can offer reliable visual solutions quickly.

Web developers, however, are logic, linear and purely technical most of the time. Since their responsible is user interface creator, they can be considered perfectionists when it comes down to technical details and are obviously left-brained. They sometimes consider themselves as lacking artistic talent, but the truth is many people today like to blur the lines and handle both roles in web development.

4. Education and skill requirements of a web designer vs web developer:

For web designers, it is usually their portfolios that speak louder than their educational achievements. Portfolios highlight their past work more than university degrees, and it shows not only a person’s achievements but also their abilities to help employers identify the right candidates for jobs.

Web designer vs web developer

Web designer vs web developer

For web developers, things are quite different. Normally it is crucial for a developer to obtain a Bachelor’s degree or Master’s degree. They must have firsthand coding experience by creating some work of their own and submit to the recruiter later on. Web developers must always collaborate with application requirements from other partners and customers alike and work together with web designers since these two people must co-exist. A website is unusable without any of them.

In conclusion, whether the roles of web designer vs web developer overlap or are different to an extent, we can see that they must co-exist since, without either of them, a website can cease to exist. As mentioned earlier, to emphasize the role of which is better than the other is an overstatement. Therefore, it is important to take into account and recognize the talents of both web designer vs web developer alike and prevent confusion between the two of them.

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Top 30 Global App Developer Goes to… Savvycom

Published by Clutch, a B2B research and review firm in the heart of Washington, DC, the new research “Top 30 Global App Developer 2017” features 30 companies with outstanding track records of client success and recognises the implementation of innovative practices in the software development industry.

Savvycom is truly honoured to be announced as top 10 contenders amongst 30 best app developer companies. Clutch’s analysis took several important factors into consideration. The first benchmark was demonstrating significant focus on IT consulting and outsourced development services. After that, companies were graded based on their ability to deliver on client expectations.

The research has also been featured on Top Outlets such as: Yahoo!, Austin Business Journal, Chicago Business News, Business First of Columbus and many other websites.

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It is an AMAZING milestone for Savvycom Software to be recognized for our forward-thinking practices and fantastic software development services! This is definitely not the journey’s end for Savvycom. There’s no best in best. Only better.

We would like to thank our directors, management, customers and many other industry partners for supporting us on this journey. And most importantly, to all Savvycomers for shaping this wonderful place we work at called Savvycom!

 
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The Emerging Tech Trends and Their Impacts – Savvycom COO Interview

Minh Nguyen

Savvycom COO – Minh Nguyen

As we are saying goodbye to the year of the Sheep, technology trend topic is in our spotlight. We had a special talk with Mr. Minh Nguyen. As a Chief Operating Officer, since 2009, Minh has helped built up Savvycom to a top software outsourcing company in Vietnam today. He has managed various software development projects and always impressed clients with his extensive technical knowledge, skills and his credibility. We had a good conversation about Minh’s reflection on some big technologies and trends of 2015, which are IoT, SMAC, Virtual Reality. Now let’s have a look on what we discussed in details:

What are the top technologies that you see in 2015?

In my opinion, 2015 has been a prosperous year for many technologies. However, I am really concerned with the significant emergence of these following: Internet of Things, S.M.A.C and Virtual Reality or Augmented Reality.

Regarding IoT, I bet we all now have become more familiar with smart devices, which have the ability to gather data and connect to the Internet around us. We can easily buy a Smart TV, a smartwatch (products from Apple and Samsung) or wearable devices such as Misfit or Fitbit on the market or even a large object like a self-driving card of Google.

Especially, this trend does not only initiate changes in hardware companies but also influence software development companies; in a way that they need to build applications with capabilities to gather and analyze data received from those devices and equipment. For example, at Savvycom, we have been working on a mobile application system to connect with a fitness band to analyze health data and give a meaningful report on personal healthcare.

The next trend I want to talk about is SMAC model, which stands for Social, Mobile, Analytics, and Cloud. This technology model is the integration of all the above four technologies. For example, while social media enable a wide reach and new ways to interact with customers, analytics can help a business to gain deeper insights about them. Moreover, the migration from a weak computing system to Cloud also empower the data and technology accessibility of multiple mobile devices.

The last one is Virtual/ Augmented Reality. This technology helps create a virtual via 3D glasses or a 3D camera. I think this technology has raised a new wave of breakthrough products such as Oculus VR (bought and developed by Facebook) or HoloLens by Microsoft.

How those technologies transform the way companies do their business? Can you give some examples?

As I mentioned above, with the Internet of Things, there will be more and more things, devices and equipment get connected and transfer data over the Internet. This will help save the labor effort and increase the productivity of many different fields and industries. In addition, it will assist business a lot in gathering, analyzing and computing data accurately.

In terms of SMAC, gradually, companies will not have to use and maintain software on traditional PCs; instead, they will use mostly Software as a service available on the Internet. This will enable them to calculate the data size easier and reduce the maintenance cost of hardware and system. Moreover, with mobile devices, now people can do their business conveniently, anywhere, at any time.

About virtual reality, I think it brings greater experience and more interactions to users. In the future, this technology can be applied well in the retail industry, for example, to help enhance the customer experience with a new product line.

What will be the next big things in 2016?

Well, in my opinion, the Internet of Things and SMAC services will continue to dominate the IT sector. These technologies will be strongly developed and applied in many facets of life as well as enterprises.

So for companies that looking forward to implementing those technologies in the coming year, what are your recommendations to get started?

I think for Vietnamese companies, they should start to explore, invest and find ways to apply Cloud services more in their business processes. In the near future, this is also what companies from over the world will do as well.

Thank you so much for your sharing, Mr. Minh.

For further questions, please do not hesitate to contact Savvycom at:

Head Office: 12th floor, Viet A Tower, Duy Tan Street, Hanoi, Vietnam

We would love to give you a free consultation and suggestions to achieve your goals.

Meet Savvycom at VNITO Conference – The Biggest IT Event in Vietnam

The typical destinations of outsourcing overseas are China, Philippines, and India. However, in recent years, Vietnam has been known as an emerging destination for IT outsourcing with great advantages.

Savvycom is proud to take part in VNITO conference that is the biggest IT event in Vietnam.

Savvycom is proud to take part in VNITO conference that is the biggest IT event in Vietnam.

Savvycom is proud to take part in VNITO conference that is the biggest IT event in Vietnam. The conference enables the outsourcing buyers to meet providers to network, cooperate and discuss software outsourcing trends, problems and opportunities. The conference will take place in one of the most luxurious and technologically advanced convention centers in Ho Chi Minh City, the world-class, city-iconic symbol The Reverie Saigon Hotel from 14th to 17th of October. As previously named in Vietnam’s 30 leading IT companies in recognition of the best BPO, IT Outsourcing services, this is a crucial opportunity for Savvycom to deliver IT solutions and present our excellent services.

Savvycom's backdrop & standee at VNITO

Savvycom’s backdrop & standee at VNITO

About Savvycom Savvycom team is a strategic IT partner based in Vietnam. Our services go across Software Development life-cycle through partnerships with clients ranging from startups to large companies. The service lines focus on Offshore Product Development especially in mobile apps, web apps and web-based solutions such as CRM, BI, E-Commerce, and Online Payment. By successfully developed hundreds of diverse software products in Health Care, Education, Internet Consumer, Food and Beverage, we are committed to determined standards and measures to ensure that our performance absolutely matches your expectations. Savvycom also has achieved such great prizes:

Let’s come and meet at the our booth No 7 during the event. We would love to talk!
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