3 Reasons to Outsource your software development!Sept. 10, 2020 | Categories: Blog
Outsourcing - a quick definition
Just to make sure we’re all on the same page, outsourcing is the practice of using outside companies or organizations to provide a service you choose not to tackle in-house. In other words, software development outsourcing is using an external development company to create, test and deliver your digital product.
The global market for outsourced services is worth an astonishing $92.5 billion — and that’s only set to grow as more companies continue to leverage external teams’ capabilities.
At Tuware, we undertake all manner of software development work, from building web applications, website design and build to mobile application development. Over the past 6 years, we have worked with our customers to come up with creative solutions to their often complex problems and continue to innovate through the use of new technologies.
As a software development company, when speaking with potential clients, one question tends to pop up - why should we outsource? There are lots of reasons why a company may look to bring in external help with software projects, and I’ve highlighted a 3 key points here:
Lack of internal resource
Most businesses do not have a crack team of in-house developers that can down tools and focus on a new software development project at the drop of a hat. At best you might have an internal IT department that man the help desk and unlock their colleagues PCs after a 2 week holiday and a forgotten password. So what option do you have if you require a new web app that turns data into something meaningful? Who do you turn to if you need a new mobile app that's both functional and engaging as soon as possible? Who is your knight in shining armour when the website needs a refresh? Tuware!
Outsourcing gives you access to a deeper talent pool brimming with capable developers that can turn your dreams into reality. Why? Outsourced companies live to serve and deliver digital projects, it's all they do and as a result their employees are always up to date with emerging practices and developments in technology. They have experience in overcoming tech challenges and are used to working to deadlines. A dedicated software development partner is almost always going to be better-equipped to deliver the best possible digital product than an internal team.
Growing an inhouse team of capable developers takes a lot of time which is a major hurdle if your key project needs to be tackled ASAP so finding an outsourcing partner that already has the technical expertise is undoubtedly the best option. If you were going to build a house and had skills in bricklaying but no plumbing experience, chances are you’d hire a plumber - the same attitude should be taken when looking at tackling a software project - if you lack the skill then outsourcing is the answer.
When thinking about the delivery of a new web application or software package, you need to think about quality control and testing. Though unlikely, it may be the case that you could have an internal team develop a new business critical application. But can that same team effectively test the application for bugs or optimise performance and prepare the application to work at scale? Has the team got a UI and UX expert that can ensure the application is functional but also easy for staff to use? An outsource developer would have all of these boxes ticked. They survive on their reputation to deliver functional products on time which means you can rely on them to hit deadlines and deliver products that work and aren't riddled with bugs or design flaws.
Your outsourced team will have dedicated resources for testing and quality assurance to ensure that the final software product is stable for better user experience.
Additionally, as your outsourced team may have fresh ideas on how to make your software better, it can lead to more innovation. They might even suggest new approaches to solve existing business problems.
A lack of time
Often, market opportunities have a small window of time before trends move on or technology advances - meaning companies that innovate and react quickly do better than those that don't. Software development (depending on the scope) can be slow and this process is made all the slower when tackled by an in-house team with other work commitments and priorities. If you need something done quickly, outsourcing offers you the opportunity to draw on the experience and expertise of a partner whose performance is measured by their ability to deliver, on time and on budget.
By transferring time-consuming projects to a third-party vendor, you can reduce the workload for your internal tech-team so they can focus on their typical day job.
A lack of money
‘Outsourcing is expensive’. Well, is it? A common misconception that we hear a lot is that it's expensive to partner with an external developer to undertake a project. In all honesty, it does depend on the developer but 99% of the time, outsourcing work to an external partner is a lot more cost effective than tackling in-house. This is the principal reason why companies outsource their software development process. In fact, around 59% of all businesses use outsourcing as a cost-cutting tool.
A few more reasons why outsourcing saves you money include:
Save money long term by utilising your contractors experience and knowledge to ensure the delivered product uses up to date technologies and practices.
Hiring in-house software developers can be expensive because you’re using resources to scout, train, and onboard new hires. When you hire an outsourced team, you can save money on these hiring expenses as well as time as there isn't the typical ‘onboarding and bedding in period’.
Working with external workers means you’re paying for their services only, without the common expenses associated with in-house staff, such as sick pay, hardware, rent, software, training, etc.
In all, the above three points are all connected. It costs money and time to recruit the internal resources needed to tackle software development projects - Outsourcing saves you both!
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