In the software field, outsourcing is the practice of hiring a third-party service provider to carry on your software development tasks which could be done by your in-house IT team. In another word, outsourcing describes the act of delegating the control of essential business processes to a qualified, external agency that has resources, talent, and time to handle the required tasks. According to Statista survey software application development is “the most commonly outsourced function in 2017 with 64% of respondents”.
The very first reason is that, by handling the tasks to a trustful service provider, your internal IT team can have time to focus on the core capability such as innovation or growth.
Besides, there are 4 main benefits of outsourcing software app development that we have analyzed in the article 4 Benefits of Outsourcing a Mobile App Development Company:
While working with third-party vendors might offer a wide range of benefits, there are also a few potential issues you might face when outsourcing a software project:
There is an inherent risk of experiencing the not-that-good service or service from the third-party service provider, especially when the labor cost is cheaper than the existing market prices. What is more, when you don’t have full control of the development team, it’s hard to have a full view of the development process as well as pointing out the problem or providing feedback.
When working with a remote development team in other countries, you might need to prepare for the upcoming problems like communication and culture barrier. The possibility of developer teams misunderstanding your requests is quite high. Also, time zone differences might also prevent you from scheduling meetings or providing feedback in real-time, which increases the chance of missing deadlines.
Data is an asset, regardless of fields and business. Thus, giving your business confidential information to a third-party is also a risky decision. You might suffer a leak in your client’s credentials, sensitive information, or your company algorithm.
Is there a way to reduce these risks? The answer is Yes. Here are the 3 key things to keep in mind when it comes to outsourcing your software app development:
Before finding a partner to help with your software development tasks, you must know what you want from your app. Ask yourself these questions to identify your goal:
You will have a clearer picture of your app in mind once you finish these questions. Now we come to the next step.
Research and collect at least 5 outsourcing companies with these statistics listed out in a spreadsheet:
From that, by scanning through the list, you might be able to filter out the unsuitable candidates and you will have a list of the good ones. We will talk about tips to find good candidates for an outsourced software app development vacancy in the upcoming article.
Requiring your potential partner to work on a trial project is also a good way to understand their competencies. You can consider working with them or not by looking at these factors:
Though, a testing project might cost a certain amount of time and budget so it should be thoroughly put into consideration before proceeding.
Here we mean the models based on the relationship between you – the client and the outsourced team. There are 3 mains models:
We will talk about the model of outsourcing software development models in more detail in another article.
Outsourcing your software app development will bring you a lot of benefits if you choose your partner to work with carefully. Read this article carefully and apply it to your case so that you can pick the best option for your company.
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