Creating, training, and retaining the right software development team are pretty big tasks. When it is not part of a company’s business priorities to continuously maintain a development team, the best alternative is to turn to a reliable provider of such services. Nonetheless, there is a lot to consider before choosing such an extension of your own team.
Instead of writing another article about the general pros and cons of outsourcing (you can find many on the internet), we’ve collected seven typical scenarios when remote development can be a beneficial approach to help you answer the big question: is outsourcing for you?
There are some time-consuming processes that can be automated at your company, let it be on the field of logistics, data collection, manufacturing, telecom planning, ecommerce, or many more. A bespoke software solution can free your personnel from the burden of the tedious tasks so they can accomplish more with their time, serve more clients, focus more on their expertise, look up information faster, etc. in a stress-free and quality way. In this case outsourcing the development and implementation to an experienced team is the safer and faster way to go than starting and maintaining your own software development department.
2) Niche in the market
Your primary business is not software development, but you see a niche in the market for a software product for use by customers in your line of business. The envisioned program will boost your sales volume, and enable you to expand your organization, while earning additional revenue as the software product’s owner. As your primary expertise is not software development, creating your own team for a single project is time-consuming, expensive, and even hazardous. Outsourcing the development tasks to a carefully chosen development company helps you to hit the market with your new product before anyone else spots your niche.
3) Creating demand for a software platform or shell application
You are a product development company providing a software platform or shell application on which custom applications or extensions can be created. You intend to keep your development team’s focus on your product, while you tie up with consulting companies and independent software vendors to encourage them to develop solutions to expand the base of your product. The result is an increase in demand that will make your own team grow.
Your organisation has a stable team in your locality. While maintaining this stable team, you’d like to enhance your reach to geographically distributed markets, and you are looking for a viable team-augmentation tie-up, to serve as an extension of your existing team.
5) Quick try-out of your software idea
There are some new software product ideas that you want to pursue through a few iterations. Even though your organisation has a steady team at your locality, there isn’t enough scope for the venture to require permanent local positions yet and you are not ready to disrupt the work of your existing team for your new experiments. In this scenario, outsourcing can be a better option to try your ideas out. The well-chosen remote team will guide you safely to a more successful product; and the revenue can prepare the ground for expansions at your HQ.
6) Developing SaaS version of a client-server product
You have a client-server product that your team maintains and supports. You want to develop a SaaS version of your product while the existing client-server version is still sold, maintained, and supported by your team. Since the new version is going to take a while to generate revenue, you are thinking of offloading its development in a cost-effective manner, while regularly transferring knowledge to your existing team. Once the new version is ready for the market, your existing team will take over the sales, maintenance, and support of the product.
7) Developing web version of a desktop product
Similarly to creating the SaaS version of a client-server product, you can consider outsourcing if you plan to hit the market with the web version of, let’s say, an existing desktop product. You can sell, maintain, and support the desktop product without any extra burden or interruption while the new version is being developed. Your existing team receives information about the new product during the development process to be able to take over the sales, maintenance, and support as soon as it is ready to be sold.
As you can see from the seven scenarios, a wide variety of organisations can benefit from software development outsourcing, no matter how big or small the company is, or what the main expertise is. Nonetheless, this does not mean that outsourcing is the way for cost-effective software development for everyone. Outsourcing for the sake of it can be disastrous to both your business and your community. On the other hand, well-thought-out outsourcing can benefit your business and will enable you to help create jobs in your locality. The wise choice depends on your goals, your particular situation, and your next step towards development.
After deciding on outsourcing, all you need to do is to strike the right balance between your organization’s economics and your local economy, and chose your reliable development team. If you need further tips for responsible remote development, visit us again for further articles on our blog. In the meantime, you can check our infographic that guides you to the wise decision.