-A simple, 3 Step Action-Plan
The world of eCommerce businesses is fascinating if not highly lucrative. In all fairness, however, things can sometimes get a little too complicated for our liking.
If you’ve been following CodeNinja Insights for a while now, then you’re probably aware of how much we emphasize on picking the right platform before you start doing anything else.
Because let’s face it. The platform you pick is going to be one of the major predictors of your success as an online store.
But with that said, choosing the right platform is only the beginning. The next- and perhaps most important success determining factor, is who you choose to act as your development partner.
Why It Matters
The answer as to why choosing the right partner matters so much is sort of, well… self-evident, isn’t it?
For starters, these are the people who get to control what your store looks like and whether the backend functions in a way that enhanced, rather than suppressing your creative outlook for the business.
To put it another way, we believe that the team of developers you work with is not just a company you hire to make simple tech adjustments to your store- rather, these are the people who will literally act as crucial elements on your business journey.
So, with this in mind, let us now dive into how you can go about finding the right fit of developers for your team. While our three-step action plan can be implemented anywhere, since we believe that Magento is the market leader in providing the greatest number of opportunities to its client; this article will, therefore, focus on Magento Developers and how you can get started with the right team to develop the perfect Magento set up.
Three Steps to Choosing the Right Partner
While most people will suggest a long list of complicated tips and tricks to find the perfect fit of developers, we believe that as with everything else in life, it’s best to keep things as simple as possible.
And hopefully, if you choose to follow these three simple steps, you will set yourself up for success.
Before you do anything else, we recommend getting through with this step first. Having a general, or vague idea of what your business requirements might be, may seem like the easy thing to do- and it is, but is not the most efficient.
Instead, when you venture out to look for a team of developers, we recommend knowing exactly what you want and how you want it done.
In this way, you can avoid the misfortune of choosing a team, paying them, and then receiving the finalized project which missed out on something you think is a crucial element.
While it’s easy to think something like, “Pfft…I knew that!” The truth is, when push comes to shove, many businesses don’t actually know how much they’re willing to spend on a team of developers- or why they’ve chosen the budget they did.
Yes, obviously, the idea here is to know the maximum sum of money you’ll be willing to spend on the development of your eCommerce store. But in our opinion, it might also be helpful for you to know, right at these early stages, why you’re willing to spend this particular sum of money.
In other words, what were the objectives which helped decide upon this figure?
As a rule of thumb, it helps to know that budget allocation should not just be done to ensure you spend the least amount of money, but instead, to spend money in such a manner that it leads to the greatest return on investment. And since you already know what your requirements are, it’s easy to know how much you should be spending for different services, and just how much of a return you expect on each of these investments.
The last, yet perhaps the most important step, in your action-plan should be to thoroughly research the market.
In doing so, remember to only look for companies which are Magento certified. These Magento ‘Partners’ will usually be divided into the following categories:
- Magento Solution Partners
Are consulting companies trusted by Magento to help serve the needs of B2B and B2C customers.
- Magento Technology Partners
Are certified individuals who can help you with your Magento project.
- Community Insiders
Are certified Magento web developers who can work with you on the creation or upkeep of your Magento eCommerce site.
While these do remain the broad categories, the platform also likes to make sub tiers out of these. That is, Magento certifications are issued in the order of ‘Gold’, ‘Platinum’, ‘Silver’, and ‘Bronze’ respectively. Each of these tiers, in turn, are based on several factors such as say, how many employees a particular company has at any given time.
In our opinion, therefore, the level of certification is not always an accurate representation of the skill level a team of developers might possess.
Why is that so?
To put it simply yet crudely, certifications cost money. And if the criteria to have a higher certification is to have a higher number of employees, then teams, which may be highly skilled but aren’t interested in hiring more employees, won’t necessarily possess the highest level of certifications.
So, how do you carry out your market research if not by looking at certification levels?
In our opinion, the best way to do so is by looking at and analyzing the portfolio of the people you’re choosing to work with.
Narrow down a list of potential partners and visit their sites to see which company has the best set of skills by browsing thoroughly through their past projects etc.
A Word of Caution
While choosing a non-certified partner might seem alluring at first- especially if they offer cheaper rates; it is worth knowing that Magento is a huge platform, and a difficult thing to master. This, in turn, means that things don’t always go as planned.
Which is why, should things ever go sideways, you should be partnered with experienced people, who will know how to handle the problem, without letting it affect your business negatively.
Wrapping It Up
So, now that you’ve been equipped with the proper research, go out there and begin looking for the team that fits you best!
P.S: Be sure to check out our solutions at CodeNinja to see if we are the team you’ve been looking for all along.