It’s 3 a.m. Do you know where your software is?

If your programming team is completely off-site, the answer is that your software may be thousands of miles away and in a relatively high-risk position because the differences in time, distance, culture and communication introduce levels of risk into the process.

If your team is in-house, then your software may be more secure at 3 a.m. but it also may be idle—and time is money.

The best answer to the 3 a.m. question is: the software is exactly where it should be. That means you have confidence that the team is moving the ball forward and the software is on track, on target, on budget, and market-focused.

If you’re assessing your development process, this white paper outlines the five signs that may indicate your software solution is lacking.

As Marc Andereesen has famously stated: "Software is Eating the World".

You are ultimately responsible for the success of your business software. Difficulties in achieving that success have arisen due to the shortage of good, experienced software developers. The costs to find, hire and keep the best programmers are high. IT staff turnover rates are often problematic.

One way to tackle these challenges is to reexamine your current portfolio of software developers and make changes to optimize the mix. Incorporating solution options that go beyond the standard in-house and outsourcing models can give your company a competitive software advantage.  Bottom line: A diversified portfolio of developers is needed in this diverse world.