10 Dec Why You Should Outsource Software Development
In many countries, outsourcing used to be a bad word. When people would talk about outsourcing they were talking about manufacturing clothing or products overseas or customer service help lines. Companies had one and only reason for outsourcing: cost. It was simply cheaper to do their business overseas, so they would.
While outsourcing nowadays can certainly mean a reduction of price, that is no longer the sole advantage. It also doesn’t necessarily mean overseas anymore. Although cloud-based computing and software has shrunk the world tremendously, many companies are looking to outsource to software developers that might be across the street- even in Perth.
There are major benefits to outsourcing software development in particular. It is frequently less expensive than building in house- but more importantly, the potential for the quality of work is much higher when the right company is hired. There is a reason that Gartner says 70 percent of CIOs will be changing their sourcing relationships in the next two to three years. Outsourcing is more prevalent then ever before, and it’s a trend that shows no signs of slowing down.
24 hour business cycle
New York City is known as the city that never sleeps. Now businesses around the world are following suit! Cloud based computing, together with custom software for project management and collaboration, have made it possible for businesses to work all around the world. There can still be a home office- but it’s never been easier to work with people who live in far away locations.
The internet has made this kind of cross-world collaboration possible, but it’s the custom software that actually makes it work. Without it, employees that work together from different locations would be forced to rely on the clunky method of emailing attachments back and forth. With the right software, though, it’s possible for people to work on the same document at the same time or at different times- with employees in different time zones across the world, it’s possible for businesses to have the fabled 24-hour business cycle. You leave the office, and by the time you get back the next day, your business has never stopped running.
One of the best reasons to outsource is that it allows you to find the absolute best choice in developer. You don’t have to settle for someone because they are right across the street. You don’t have to weed through piles of resumes trying to find the right person to hire in house.
Instead, you have the luxury of choosing whatever company you like the best- hopefully someone that fits your company’s values and goals. This will also ultimately free up time because you don’t need to assemble a team of developers yourself- you can just contract a team that is already assembled, and more importantly, a team that is well equipped to deal with the needs of your specific company.
While the ease of websites has made it so that anybody can claim to be an expert developer, there are plenty of ways to make sure you are not getting scammed. It’s easier than ever to check client work history and finished examples. Simply opting for the cheapest option is not the best idea- you’ll likely end up having to hire somebody else to come in and fix all of the initial mistakes- so take your time and make the right hire first. The cloud has made it easy to find and contract experts.
A global workforce
The 24-hour business cycle is great and all, but it’s not the only advantage of outsourcing. Outsourcing provides the potential for infinite growth. It doesn’t matter how big your office is- you’ll never run out of space if you’re hiring outside companies.
The traditional in-house development method does not allow this flexibility. With in house, a whole team of developers has to be hired to build the software. Then something has to happen after the software is finished. Do they get fired? Do they become full time staff? Do you keep half of them? Luckily, you don’t have to answer any of these questions by hiring an outside company. You pay them for the work, it gets done- everybody wins.
Your business has the potential to be expandable- on a global scale. Whether you need a small app or a complete corporate enterprise system, there is a development team ready to create it for you. You don’t have to be a software expert. You can hire one, from anywhere in the world. Essentially, your business has the power to get anything done even if it doesn’t have prior experience. It’s as simple as finding the right company for the job.