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    15 2015

    How to Select the Right Sitefinity Backend Development Partner

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     Wouldn’t it be great if you could find a software development company whose developers can work hand-in-hand with your team to make your projects successful? Wouldn’t it be great to find a partner who takes ownership of your project and works for its success as if it were their own project? YES, I am talking about IT Backend development partnership.  

    With backend development partnerships, when you include external teams in your work, your projects become a great collaborative endeavor. But unless you choose the right partner and the right people for your project, the benefits of partnerships will elude you.

    Sitefinity CMS is a popular Content Management System, especially amongst SMEs, and its features make it a great choice for businesses looking for easy admin, multisite management, seamless integrations and personalization capabilities. And if you want to deliver quality websites, portals and web applications to your clients on scale, meet deadlines, and comfortably take new projects on hand, forging a strong alliance with a reliable backend development partner can be the fuel for rapid success.

    However, to succeed you need a solid partner with capabilities to assist you in both project maintenance & support as well in building new projects from scratch.

    Here are the 5 things to look for while choosing a Sitefinity Technology Partner:

     1. Partner Capabilities  

    Checking the capabilities of your future Sitefinity partner, you need to gain clarity on what exactly you want them to do for you. You need to check their technical capabilities and competency in the Sitefinity functional areas that you are currently focusing on. In addition, you need to evaluate their proficiencies in line with your future business strategies. While checking partner capabilities, you can have different business scenarios.

    For instance, one scenario can be: You are clear that you are currently going with 2-3 developers at the start, however if your project demands the involvement of a larger team, the selected partner should be able to justify this needed requirement and is scalable enough with his resource capabilities.

    Also, focus on the end goal: “What problems will this partnership solve, and what are our expectations from it?” Once you have answers to these questions, it will be easier to determine what type of a partner will work best for you.

     2. Well-Defined Criteria  

    You should define the criteria for choosing the partner, which could include number of Sitefinity sites built, current clients and number of Sitefinity certified developers. However, the evaluation should not only be limited to the expertise in relevant technologies, frameworks and domains. You also need to make sure that they have the Project Management capabilities and Process Maturity needed to deliver the quality work in stipulated time.

     3. Trust & Reliability  

    Technical skills are required, but you need more than that in your partner. It is a good practice to take a close look at their other projects and case studies. Speaking to the references for real reviews is also an important exercise. You want to be sure that you are dealing with reliable people who possess professional integrity. Even so, it is best to sign an NDA agreement before beginning the partnership.

     4. Work Flexibility  

    The partner should not just be flexible in working as a helping hand for an ongoing Sitefinity project, but also have the capability of handling new development from the very start.

    So you must look for a partner with the technical and analytical ability to understand the end users and what the end goals of the project are. At the same time, the partner should have the flexibility to switch the job requirements of the developers, and also be able to ramp resources up & down quickly as per your needs.

     5. Go the Extra Mile  

    The partner should be ready to walk the extra mile for meeting deadlines and support you in difficult times. This is not an easy quality to gauge, but it is as important as any of the other points. So, simply interviewing the candidates and checking the track record of a company may not be enough, you need to actually test them by working with them and checking their dealings with other clients, before you sign a long-term contract.


    Finding the right partner for your Sitefinity Backend Development needs can mean difference between your commercial success and failure. By choosing a partner you can depend on for years, not only do you get the obvious benefit of lower costs, but you also stand a chance of building an offshore team that consistently delivers in-house quality.

    Are you looking for a Sitefinity backend development partnership? Cygnet may just be the right fit for you, please get in touch with us and find out how we can be of assistance.

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