Outsourcing has been an integral part of software development for decades. There are both positives and negatives associated with software development outsourcing. In the current business climate some businesses are hesitant to send their work to outside teams, both onshore and offshore.
While there are risks associated with outsourcing, it still offers many benefits.Â Small-to-medium-sized companies, in particular, donâ€™t have the luxury of large teams of experts on staff at all times. Software development outsourcing has been getting a bad rap, but with careful implementation, it can be an effective way to:
Iâ€™ll discuss the pros and cons of outsourcing, both onshore and offshore, and what you can do to avoid the problems associated with outsourcing. Iâ€™ll also talk about the ways you can get the most out of outsourcing and the best practices for finding the right team that meets your business needs.
Letâ€™s start on a positive note. Outsourcing labor has many benefits. Outsourcing is an integral part of the software industry, so itâ€™s easy to underestimate or forget how much outsourced teams are benefiting their business. Hereâ€™s a quick refresher.
There are of course negatives associated with outsourcing, particularly offshore. These problems are generally caused by the ineffectual use of outsourcing, but you can avoid themÂ if you choose the right team for the job. Weâ€™ll go over some of the common complaints below.
Coordinating and communicating areÂ complicated by any outsourcing, particularly offshore outsourcing. You have to choose a team that makes customer service and involvement their priority, and that is willing to go above and beyond to schedule regular meetings either face-to-face or remotely.
Difficulty communicating can also lead to a lack of control over the project. No one wants to lose control over their own project due to poor communicationÂ or lack of understanding between teams. Thatâ€™s why itâ€™s so important to choose a team that values the customerâ€™s vision over their own ideas.
Sometimes it can take longer to get things done due to lack of communication or different time zones. If you choose the right company this wonâ€™t be an issue. Software development outsourcing should save you time and money, not the opposite. If your outsourced team is not saving you time and resources, you should look elsewhere.
Outsourcing, and particularly offshoring, can be a prickly subject, as sometimes it can take away existing jobs. The simple answer? Donâ€™t do that. Donâ€™t eliminate positions; eliminate excess workload to allow existing employees to focus on their jobs. Outsourcing can also be a way to preserve jobs, as you can outsource temporary labor, making sure your full-time positions are secure. When done right, outsourcing can boost company morale, improve performance, and help your bottom line.
Find the right provider, one that makes your needs their priority. This way you canÂ avoid the disadvantages of software development outsourcing. The right team will help you make the most of the advantages it can bring. Choose someone that involves you in every aspect of planning, and gets your approval at every step of the way.
The right company will take the time to communicate with you and listen to your concerns. They will always be available to discuss the specifics of the project, and they will involve you in every stage of planning and development. They will meet with you regularly. Ideally these meetings will be face-to-face, but in the case of offshoring, they should hold remote meetings regularly to keep you informed and shareÂ progress.
Theyâ€™ll also understand that to get it right, they need to have a thorough understanding of the customer’s needs and vision. They will be as invested in your business as you are, because your success is their success. You will truly be a team.
They will also have a track record of getting projects completed on-time and for minimal cost. They should save you time and money, not waste it. They should focus on helping you improve your bottom line, not charging you as much as possible.Here at Bridgera, we take the time to listen to our clients. We implement their feedback using our Agile process, so customers get aÂ product that matches their vision. If you have a problem you need help with, weâ€™d love to hear from you and help you with your outsourcing needs. Weâ€™ll save you time, money, and free up your talent to focus on your core business needs. You can focus on growing your business into new areas.
Sophia Davies is onÂ the marketing team at Bridgera LLC. She is responsible for media communications and enjoys helping people understand the importance of IoT and Big Data.