The Challenges of selecting the right IT partners for your NGO

The Challenges of selecting the right IT partners for your NGO

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Daven Michaels

New York Times Bestselling Author, 30-year business veteran, and Executive Chairman of CurrentC Group.

There are several advantages to selecting the right partner for your Non-Governmental Organization (NGO). This comes with its challenges as well. This article puts together an interesting guide as to how you can go about finding the right tech partner for your own NGO.

Start making your research

Starting up something entirely new comes with lots of challenges. The same thing applies to when you decide to make fresh enquires of how to get a new partner for your project.

Here are the following tips to guiding you:

  1. Look around you – There are other NGOs within your domain that you can go to enquire of how they managed to procure their own software development providers. These NGO’s will gladly give you some useful tips or recommendations.
  2. Be patient – Try as much as possible to invest enough time in your research. Go through all those websites that offer software development providers.

Going for what you want

You must know what you want and how to get it done. Even if you are not so familiar with the trending technologies at hand, you can outsource experts in that regard to help you. Your consultant will guide you in the processes involved in the drafting and sending of RFI and FRP to your targeted developers.

Binding through interests

After listing the names of software development companies, you have passed the processes of clearly stating what you want and making a list of your favourable developers from where you intend to select the finalist. Look for those with sufficient experience in your field. Have a review of what other clients are saying concerning the potential developers. Try knowing which of the companies that share the same business interest as yours.

Crosscheck the records

Carefully consider how long your intending partners have been in the business. You have to equally look at the experiences they have gathered so far and the qualifications they possess. The size of the team and the reviews they get from clients is also very vital. These assessments will pinpoint to you who tops the list of your preferred suppliers.

Sending of requests of RFI and RFP

Meeting the team

It is highly recommendable to meet the teams in person. It will give you firsthand information about the team that will be handling your project. Ask several questions relating to things such as staff welfare, infrastructures, and professionalism.

Signing and sealing the deal

At this last stage, you must have obtained satisfactory facts. Therefore, it is time to seal off the contract.


Selecting the right IT partners is not something that can be done hurriedly. It requires some sort of patience and expertise. However, the troubles and costs it saves, in the end, are worth the stress.

Daven Michaels is a New York Times Best Selling Author and CEO of premiere global outsourcing company, 123Employee. The company employs hundreds of young bright individuals on three continents. His International event, Beyond Marketing Live! Inspires entrepreneurs to build & grow their business with revolutionary new theories and systems allowing them to design the business and personal lifestyle of their dreams.

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