7 Reasons to Outsource Development

Posted 24 SeptemberTagged development, outsource


If you do a quick internet search, it won’t take you long to find any number of articles explaining why you can / should / would want to outsource your software development. Most of them are written by us – software houses – all pitching for your business, and all of which have valid reasons.

Well I’m not going to pretend to be any different – we would love your business!
But what I will tell you, is that the reasons should be yours.

What I mean by that, is that I have 7 reasons why I love working in the software technology business, but they are personal to me, and someone else may have another 7 that simply don’t relate to me at all. So it would be difficult for me to find a company that fits when it’s based on someone else’s criteria.

So before you begin your outsource search, have a think about what you are really looking for from a software company, make a list, and then go and check them out.

Here is the list I have personally used when doing the same thing, which you may find helpful:

  1. Can they give me a competitive edge – Outsourcing can reduce your internal costs while allowing your company to focus on its core competencies. Enabling you to get products to market quicker and more efficiently, so choosing the right one is important – there needs to be synergy between the two businesses.
  2. Do they fit with my budget – Outsourced labor may cost 90% less than the same labor performed in-house, without the same upfront investment.
  3. Can they help with our lack of in house experience – If the internal resources of the company are no longer enough to expand the company’s offerings, (due to time, skill sets, budgets and so forth), then finding the right software development partner can fill the gaps – even down to advising on what programming language you should be using for what.
  4. Do they give me the flexibility I need – Your current developers are working hard on an existing project, but you’ve just had an amazing idea that you want to get underway straightaway? Outsourcing means you don’t have to spend time recruiting, hiring, training, and housing employees for those short-term projects.
  5. Do they have the right talent – Outsourcing can give you access to some of the best and brightest information-technology professionals from around the world, managed by people that know the industry inside and out. So they should be able to advise and provide the right resource for each job.
  6. Does this help mitigate risk – choosing a company that has a proven track record in the field reduces the risk of something going wrong and project scope creeping in, ensuring that costs don’t get out of control. It also means that you don’t have to extend yourself staffing wise.
  7. Will the product offering be stronger as a result – If you partner with someone that can translate your vision into a working prototype that developers can understand too, the better and more accurate your end product will be. This should involve UI/UX and prototyping specialists, along with a product manager that really understands your business requirements.

If you would like to run through any of the above in more detail in relation to your business, I would be happy to talk or arrange a meeting with you.

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