Software Outsourcing - Inkspin1 Experience

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These slides are part of a presentation of Urmet Jänes from Inkspin1 made on "Offshoring for Startups" seminar. Seminar was held on Marh 30th, in Tallinn, Estonia.

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Software Outsourcing - Inkspin1 Experience

  1. 1. <ul><ul><li>Software outsourcing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Inkspin1 experience </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Urmet Jänes, CTO </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>30.03.2009 </li></ul></ul>
  2. 2. Inkspin1 <ul><li>Inkspin1 brings video calls to your living room </li></ul><ul><li>Product – Skype video calls in an STB or TV </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Software to be integrated into multiple producers' devices </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Established in late 2007 by Ambient Sound Investments </li></ul><ul><li>Total size 10 people, in Tallinn and Beijing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Beijing team started as a subsidiary </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Now “outsourced” at Ethos Technologies </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Typical issues in outsourcing software <ul><li>Separation of teams </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Lack of understanding of the product </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>No experience in customer's local context </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Interpersonal issues </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Language problems </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Process overhead </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Specialized outsourcers are process-heavy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Documentation needs larger than in-house </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Our current model <ul><li>Technical work managed directly from Estonia </li></ul><ul><li>Key systems (wiki, code repository) at Inkspin1 </li></ul><ul><li>Partner firm provides additional services </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Hiring </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Office </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Infrastructure </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Administration </li></ul></ul><ul><li>People management split between Inkspin1 and Ethos </li></ul>

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