Accelerance CEO and President Release New Business Fable, “Outsource or Else! How a VP of Software Saved His Company”

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A management fiction book that offers an inside look at how to navigate and go about choosing the right software development outsourcing partner


“This book is a result of years of working in this industry and seeing first-hand the struggles that many companies face when deciding on how to go about selecting the right software outsourcing provider,” said Steve Mezak, founder and CEO of Accelerance.

Accelerance, a leader in global software development outsourcing, today announced the release of a new business fable, “Outsource or Else! How a VP of Software Saved His Company,” coauthored by Accelerance CEO Steve Mezak and President Andy Hilliard. Through an entertaining and educational story of a software industry executive, the book equips tech leaders with software development outsourcing advice and best practices to help elevate their businesses to new heights.

The book provides a fictional, yet realistic look at a company that navigates its way through the outsourcing waters, despite initial hesitation. ShapeShift, a well-funded Silicon Valley startup that specializes in fitness technology, reaches a pivotal point when its CEO announces that software development for its next product will be outsourced. Ultimately, the fate of the company rests on the shoulders of Jason Jaye, vice president of engineering, and his ability to steer the company in the right direction without getting caught up in the sometimes crazy, fast-paced world of software development outsourcing. Jason is guided by Patrick Delaney, an eccentric, world-traveling outsourcing expert who offers him a compass to guide his way, “the Seven Keys of Software Outsourcing,” and a plan for how to successfully select and work with the right global software outsourcing partner.

This business fable addresses common concerns and pitfalls that companies face when it comes to software development outsourcing and some popular misconceptions. Many growing companies, large and small, are faced with the question of how to scale with fixed resources. Software development outsourcing has become a proven route for companies to take as a means of increasing their capabilities without the heavy price tag of expanding their team with full-time employees.

“Software development outsourcing is a practice that has gained widespread attention over the years,” said Andy Hilliard, president of Accelerance. “This book highlights the simple fact that outsourcing is a sometimes underrated practice that can yield significant returns and growth for businesses, especially those looking to stretch their dollar and expand the software development capabilities of their team beyond the limited resources available locally.”

Mezak and Hilliard, each with over 20 years of experience in the IT industry, shed light throughout the book on how outsourcing can be leveraged by businesses who want to experience new levels of success. The book provides technical leaders with advice and best practices for choosing the right software development outsourcing provider that:

  • Meets technical requirements and company culture
  • Delivers a quality product, within a set timeframe and a fixed budget
  • Improves an organization’s level of innovation by bringing on board offshore expertise

Initial reviews prove “Outsource or Else!” to be an easy, enjoyable read that provides the occasional laugh-out-loud commentary. It’s a short book that paints an accurate picture of real questions and outcomes that companies must weigh before making the decision to turn to outsourcing.

“This book is a result of years of working in this industry and seeing first-hand the struggles that many companies face when deciding on how to go about selecting the right software outsourcing provider,” said Steve Mezak, founder and CEO of Accelerance. “Audiences who have taken a liking to “The Goal” or “The Phoenix Project” will appreciate this read and hopefully walk away with a better understanding of the benefits associated with software development outsourcing.”

Mezak is also the author of “Software Without Borders: A Step-by-Step Guide to Outsourcing Your Software Development,” a how-to book on making software development outsourcing work, from initial concept to completion.

The book is available on Amazon. For more information, visit:

About Accelerance:
Accelerance, Inc. is a leader in global software development outsourcing that empowers independent software vendors (ISVs) and software-enabled businesses by connecting them with its global network of highly curated, world-class software development partners. Founded in 2001, Accelerance aims to transform how small and medium-sized organizations discover and connect with high-quality software developers around the world. Through its rigorous certification process, Accelerance maintains a global partner network of software development firms in more than 30 countries, helping clients efficiently identify, evaluate and engage outsourced software development teams. Combining deep experience in software development outsourcing and a proven track record of client service, Accelerance helps companies identify and engage world-class software development teams quickly, thus enabling organizations to scale rapidly and save time and money. For more information, visit, or follow on Twitter @accelerance.


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