In circumstances where your software development project involves loads of expensive research and many technological tasks, the offshoring with Build-Operate-Transfer model can be highly successful. For those who fear for your data security, know that Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) can be highly secure, mutually profitable and completely advantageous if done the correct way.
Build-Operate-Transfer, or BOT for short, is a commonly used IT offshoring strategy that allows a tech or non-tech company to choose an offshore partner to establish a software center abroad (called an offshore software development center) hence allowing them to share risks and reduce costs. This is often used by public entities such as governments to allow private entities to manage and run their technology projects. After a set time frame, usually less than five to ten years if the client is a private company or possibly lasting to a few decades if a government entity, the control of the project will be returned to the client by the offshore IT company. According to the requirements the offshore software company has to build or construct the related software, application or other system, operate the project for a specified time and then transfer the project operation back to the client.
Build-Operate-Transfer projects have many advantages. Here are some of them:
This is especially critical in countries, such as the US, where there is a shortage of IT professionals. Using BOT allows companies to access a wide talent pool of IT experts of various skillsets from the chosen offshore country.
Hiring and developing projects, as well as operating them, in countries with lower living costs allows to reduce the overall costs of projects. Countries such as Sri Lanka with low developer costs and highly skilled developers in PHP, Java, React.js,Next.js, Kotlin, Android, IOS and more are highly advantageous to BOT project models.
The responsibilities of hiring, office accommodation, equipment, training, HR, payroll, legal, accounting, tax consultation and other such tasks become the responsibilities of the offshore development company you partner with.
This is especially the case, when non-tech companies partner with an offshore technology company. Due to availability of talent, and extended experience offshore IT companies, such as Era Biz, are able to complete the development tasks in record time in comparison to how long it would take inhouse.
During the period of the project, part or full ownership of the IT project will belong to the offshore software development company. Hence, any risks during the build stage or operation stage of the project will be shared among the client and the offshore IT company.
Era Biz uses the BOT 2.0 model which mitigates the risks that traditional BOT has. Therefore, in addition to the advantages stated above here are some additional specific reasons you should choose Era Biz as your IT partner for Build-Operate-Transfer.
We have extensive experience of over 10 years setting up offshore software development centers and Build-Operate-Transfer projects. As such, our background in tech operational management is excellent.
We are trusted by many major companies and government institutions, handling data for millions of users. We ensure absolute privacy and security of your data and intellectual property. You’re ensured complete legal protection.
Full intellectual property rights and ownership of the project will belong to you. We help you set up an offshore software development center with an office, a team of offshore employees, equipment, and software that will fully be under your ownership. We will simply manage them efficiently for you during the project. Hence, there is no risk of white labeling (a product or service produced by one company that another rebrands to make it appear as if they had made it).
You can request to have the project transferred back to you and completed at any time. While this will require a certain amount of time to complete smoothly, we do not charge any additional transfer fee for this.
As an experienced offshore software development company, our Build-Operate-Transfer model allows you to obtain deployable assets at a faster speed with our Agile development methods. Our teams are easily scalable and flexible for greater efficiency.
As can be expected from the name itself, BOT projects are done in 3 key stages: Build, Operate and Transfer. What is included in these stages are dependent on whether the project includes an offshore software development center for a private entity such as in BPO, or is a program developed for a public entity/government.
Era Biz uses the hybrid definition of ‘build’ in Build-Operate-Transfer, combining the aspects of ‘insourcing’ with the aspect of ‘outsourcing’ through offshore software development centers. However, setting up a separate center is not essential and the project can be done under Era Biz as well. Regardless, operations in the ‘Build’ stage will include a lot of infrastructural activities possibly including that of setting up a separate offshore software development center if required. Tasks on the list may be things such as arranging office accommodation, IT resources and equipment setup, and hiring and team formation, but specifics are dependent on the project. Notably, projects for government institutions (and nonprofits) may involve building and developing the product at the Build stage, with tasks such as design, development, testing and implementation of the product
‘Operate’, as Era Biz interprets it, differs between whether you are private or public institution. Public institutions and nonprofits don’t usually require a separate offshore software development center and are usually more focused on conceding the responsibilities of IT projects to us and having us operate the software product on behalf of them profitably for an extended time after development. In this case, build will include development and maintenance, and operate will include overall operation and maintenance of the developed product. In the case of private entities, activities in this stage may include team trainings, any research and analysis required, the design and development of software and other products, the operation, management and maintenance of the project or product, and any additional enhancements.
Regardless of whether you are a private sector entity or a public sector entity or even a nonprofit, this stage is unified and the same. At this key and final stage, we will be transferring back the entire project ownership back to you fully, whether due to the end of the contract or due to a request from your end, and will be giving you the fullest support to allow you to take over smoothly. This stage may involve training for staff members if you wish to manage the project inhouse or the process of acquiring a new offshore subsidiary if you wish to continue operations offshore. There will also be a formal transfer of assets, and some additional auxiliary tasks for handover.