11 tech companies that outsource software engineering teams

11 tech companies that outsource software engineering teams
N-iX
2018-05-08T16:27:50+00:00

Nowadays, more and more tech companies decide to outsource software engineering teams. Undoubtedly, hiring offshore software developers to bring your tech project to life has a long list of advantages. According to Deloitte’s 2016 Global Outsourcing Survey, the main motives for outsourcing sof...

11 tech companies that outsource software engineering teams
By Romana Gnatyk May 08, 2018

Nowadays, more and more tech companies decide to outsource software engineering teams. Undoubtedly, hiring offshore software developers to bring your tech project to life has a long list of advantages. According to Deloitte’s 2016 Global Outsourcing Survey, the main motives for outsourcing software development are the possibilities to cut costs, focus on core competence, and solve capacity issues.

So let’s take a look at the tech companies which outsource their software engineering teams successfully. To compile the list, we have considered the companies’ position on the market, the success of their outsourcing partnerships, industry recognition ratings, and other criteria. In addition, we have analyzed the reliability of the outsourcing vendors and successfully delivered projects for their partners across the globe. The article is based on the companies’ LinkedIn profiles, corporate websites, CrunchBase, Bloomberg, and Clutch.

1. Lebara

Industry: Telecom

Company size: 501-1,000 employees

Location: London, UK

Founded: 2001

Outsourcing partner: N-iX

Lebara is a global telecommunications company, a mobile virtual network operator, that provides services in many countries across the globe, addressing the needs of international communities and migrant workers. It is one of Europe’s fastest growing mobile companies with more than 5 billion users.

In 2014, Lebara felt the need to boost its capacities and hire an outsourced software engineering team. The company started working with N-iX, a software development provider based in Eastern Europe. Founded in 2002, the vendor has over 800 engineers on board. So in four years, N-iX software engineering team has transformed into a large development center for its global partner. It provides an extensive range of expertise – from software development and quality assurance to database administration, application and infrastructure support, and more.

N-iX teams have worked on Lebara’s many products and services such as LebaraPlay, MyLebara, LebaraMoney, Bluepipe, and others. The outsourcing vendor also provided mobile application development for Lebara Talk, Lebara Hub, Lebara Travel, Lebara Money, and other solutions. In 2017 and 2018, N-iX was rated in Top 100 Global Outsourcing Companies by IAOP.

2. Viber

Industry: Messaging, VoIP

Company size: 201 – 500 employees

Location: Tel Aviv, Israel

Founded: 2010

Outsourcing partner: ScienceSoft

Viber is a cross-platform messaging and VoIP application that offers secure messages and calls. There are around 1 billion people in the world communicating via Viber.

ScienceSoft has been Viber’s software partner for more than 4 years. Founded in 1989, ScienceSoft is a software development and IT consulting services provider headquartered in the US with around 450 software engineers. The companies have joined efforts to design and develop a mobile app for Android and Windows Phone 7. The application allows calling, texting, and sending media online. ScienceSoft software engineering team is still partnering with Viber, working on improving the application and adding new features to it.

3. Currencycloud

Industry: Fintech

Company size: 51-200 employees

Location: London, England

Founded: 2012

Outsourcing partner: N-iX

Currencycloud is a global payments platform that enables businesses to provide cross-border payments to their consumers. By using its API, companies can send and receive payments without the need to build their own infrastructure for it. Also, the company won a 2017 API Award for its innovative Payment APIs.

Currencycloud started cooperation with N-iX in 2013. Since that time, N-iX has delivered extensive functionality upgrades and modernized the solution’s tech stack. Moreover, N-iX outsourced engineering team developed a responsive web app Currencycloud Direct, provided internal services maintenance, services integration with third parties, payments optimization for various regions, and other services. The companies have managed to establish a strong partnership, which still continues.

4. Unity Technologies

Industry: Gaming

Company size: 1,001-5,000 employees

Location: San Francisco, USA

Founded: 2003

Outsourcing partner: STX Next

Unity Technologies is a renowned video game development company. Its end-to-end game development engine allows creating rich, interactive 2D, 3D, VR and AR experiences and video games. Today, Unity is one of the leading game engines in the world. Games made with Unity were downloaded to around 2 billion unique mobile devices in the first quarter of 2016.

In October 2017, Unity Technologies started cooperating with STX Next, a Python software house based in Poznan, Poland. An outsourcing company has helped its partner maintain and improve Katana, one of its in-house software development tools. The offshore vendor has worked on resolving memory leaks, dealing with race conditions, adding new features to the system, and more.

5. Anoto

Industry: Digital writing

Company size: 51-200 employees

Location: Lund, Sweden

Founded: 1999

Outsourcing partner: N-iX

Anoto is a global leader in digital writing and drawing solutions. Its main product is Anoto Digital Pen. This pen combines both ordinary ink pen and a digital camera (including supporting hardware) that enables digital recording of the data written with a pen. Its functionality allows rapid and effective capture, transmission, distribution, and storage of digital information.

Anoto and N-iX have been partners for more than 12 years. During such long-lasting cooperation, N-iX software engineering team has delivered a number of solutions to its client. They include Forms Design Tool, a plugin for Adobe Acrobat Professional for designing a paper layout with the Anoto pattern; penDirector that manages digital pen behavior using available software development kits; penUpgrader designed to enable pen firmware updating; AFP Document Tools for showing digital paper’s designing, printing and viewing with the AFP process, and many others.

6. Mapp Digital

Industry: Digital marketing

Company size: 201-500 employees

Location: San Diego, USA

Founded: 2000

Outsourcing partner: Pythian

Mapp Digital is one of the biggest independent marketing technology platforms offering an integrated data management solution that combines mobile, email and social marketing. There are over 3,000 Mapp Digital users worldwide. Such world-known brands as Puma, Xerox, and CNET are among its customers.

Mapp Digital has been working with Pythian since 2010. Headquartered in Ottawa, Ontario, this vendor offers data, cloud, and infrastructure services. At first, the company provided managed services and later their outsourced engineering team got the task to migrate the client’s databases to Amazon Web Services from their on-site datacenter. The outsourcing vendor has implemented this project and is still providing the database services to Mapp Digital.

7. Cirrus Insight

Industry: Customer relationship management

Company size: 201-500 employees

Location: Irvine, USA

Founded: 2011

Outsourcing partner: Intellectsoft

Cirrus Insight is a CRM application that integrates Salesforce with email. Having been the first on Salesforce’s AppExchange to integrate Gmail, soon it became the highest-rated application there for 5 months.

Cirrus Insight partnered with Intellectsoft to build a mobile iOS application. Intellectsoft is a software solution development company set up in 2007. It has offices in Belarus, Ukraine, Norway, UK, and the USA. The company helped Cirrus Insight to develop a native mobile app with communication to the Cirrus Salesforce-integrated platform through a private API. Although the primary release of the project took place in 2013, the cooperation between companies still continues.

8. Freelance.de

Industry: Information technology and communication

Company size: 11 – 50 employees

Location: Munich, Germany

Founded: 2007

Outsourcing partner: ICL Services

Freelance.de is one of the most popular marketplaces for IT-freelancers in Germany. It comprises the portfolios and CVs of freelancers as well as a large base of projects in the IT industry. There are around 102,000 IT freelancers and companies on its list.

In order to change the architecture of its infrastructure, Freelance.de contacted ICL Services. The vendor specializes in Service Desk, application development, IT consulting, maintenance and transformation of IT infrastructure. An outsourced engineering team created Low Level Design (LLD) and High Level Design (HLD) of the IT-architecture for its client and thus came up with the scalable solution that would help the customer cut infrastructure costs.

9. Spok

Industry: Healthcare

Company size: 501-1,000 employees

Location: Springfield, USA

Founded: 1984

Outsourcing partner: MentorMate

Spok is reportedly one of the global leaders in healthcare communications. Spok cooperates with more than 1,900 hospitals with a mission to make clinical communications better. This tool supports the connection between doctors, nurses and patients and, this way, provides a better experience for patients.

Spok cooperated with MentorMate to on the HIPAA-Compliant Messaging solution. The application helps care teams customize their communication preferences and choose the devices for cooperation where they get notified about secure code alerts, observe patient updates, look at lab results, etc.

10. Pulse Platform

Industry: Healthcare

Company size: 2-10 employees

Location: Vienna, Austria

Founded: 2015
Outsourcing partner: Mobomo

Pulse is a healthcare platform which aims to transform healthcare delivery for the joint replacement. It offers an application for a patient and dashboard for a provider, which helps to connect doctors and patients.

The company started cooperating with Mobomo, a web and mobile application development company, with the goal to develop a dashboard for connecting patients and providers.

An outsourced software engineering team developed an application from scratch. They performed a design phase (wireframes, user stories, clickable prototypes, etc.) as well as mobile development one. As a result, an outsourcing vendor designed, developed, and launched a provider dashboard for iOS and Android. Outsourced developers are still working with Pulse providing additional improvements to the provider dashboard and patient mobile apps.

11. RateSetter

Industry: Fintech

Company size: 201-500 employees

Location: London, England

Founded: 2010

Outsourcing partner: N-iX

RateSetter is a leading Britis h peer-to-peer lending company. This platform enables its customers to lend and borrow money from each other setting their own interest rate. At present, RateSetter has got 60k registered lenders, and its total number of borrowers exceeds 429k.

The cooperation of RateSetter and N-iX started when RateSetter already had more than 250,000 users. N-iX helped its business partner migrate to the microservices architecture, develop a testing network, modernize the tech stack, ensure the security of the solution, and more.

Afterword

These examples prove that outsourcing a software engineering team can bring substantial benefits to your business. Many companies across the globe outsource different kinds of services to the software vendors in various parts of the world. This helps them to increase business productivity, build cutting-edge solutions, improve product quality and functionality, scale up faster, and gain a competitive edge.

There are a lot of trusted software engineering teams with an extensive range of expertise, qualified experts, and various domain knowledge. So, choosing the right vendor for your project is not as challenging as it seems.

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