Going international will take time and resources. It will require at least the same thought and preparation that would go into product development.
Most software companies have a comprehensive product development plan that takes them through a logical process:
Going international should involve the same level of planning and resource commitment. While developing a superior product is the goal of every company, developing a superior distribution network is the key to a successful international program. Everything else being equal, superior distribution will always beat a superior product, and there are many examples of well-known software companies that have become dominant players without having the best technology. There are many methods for creating international sales, and a company has to decide what is best for them and their technology. Options can include: selling direct, engaging marketing partners, using local resellers, finding distribution partners, or establishing a relationship with existing software companies. While some methods tend to be more successful than others - a great deal depends on the type of technology being sold, the nature of the market where it's going to be sold and, of course, the company itself. Invariably, however, regardless of the method of entry, companies tend to underestimate the time, cost and/or internal resources needed to successfully implement whatever strategy they have chosen. The internal preparation needed will depend greatly on the market-entry strategy. As an example, here are the top priority items for developing an international reseller channel.
It is easy to blame the failure of international business ventures on cultural differences. However, we have found that good, sound business practices usually transcend cultural differences. Be a good partner, and your international partners will help you succeed.
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