You have two main choices when developing new software for your business: develop the software in-house or outsource the development. When you develop in-house, you can use employees or temporary contractors, while outsourcing means using a third-party company. For the vast majority of businesses, the best option is to outsource software development.
In fact, it is often beneficial to outsource software development when you have programmers on your payroll.
If you don’t employ programmers, outsourcing is not only the most efficient and effective approach, it is also often the only viable approach.
Here are ten reasons you should outsource software development.
You Will Save Money
There is a misconception that you will save money by keeping software development in-house. This is rarely the case, however, for a range of different reasons, not least because there are costs you will incur when developing software in-house that are above the basic salaries of programmers.
For example, as you will see in the point below, outsourcing software development is the fastest way to complete your project. This time saving will also save you money.
Generally, outsourcing is usually the most cost-effective option.
You Will Save Time
Outsourcing software development projects is faster than completing them in-house because an outside developer can usually assign more programmers to the project than you can. Also, you may have to recruit talent into your business which is also time-consuming.
It is important to consider quality, too. While bugs occur in all software development projects, the more you have the longer the project will take to conclude. So long as you choose the right outsourcing partner, you should get skills and experience that will keep errors to a minimum.
You Can Stay Focused on Your Business
When you develop software in-house, you have to allocate management resources to the project. You may also need to assign other resources as well, all of which takes the focus away from your business.
When you outsource software development, however, you can concentrate on what you do best – running your business and serving your clients.
The Software Development Company Will Share the Risk
Risk is another thing you should consider when developing new software. This is the risk of the software not working as planned as well as the risk of the development running over budget and/or over the deadline.
When you develop software in-house, all this risk falls on your business. When you outsource, though, your software development partner shares some of that risk.
You can build this into the contract. An example of this is stipulating a project delivery deadline. However, there is more to it than this – reputation is just as important as contracts.
In other words, the company you outsource the software development to will want to protect its reputation so will do everything it can to ensure the project goes smoothly and meets your expectations. A by-product of this reputation protection is shared risk.
You Will Benefit from a More Experienced Team
One of the main things you get when you work with a third-party software developer is experience. This includes experience of different types of software projects. It can also include specific experience such as experience of the type of software you want to develop or experience of your industry.
In most software development projects, this experience is invaluable.
You Can Expect a Smoother Project Delivery Process
Following on from the previous point, the additional experience you get when you outsource software development will lead to a smoother project delivery process. An experienced software development company will understand the problems that can occur with projects like yours, so can take mitigation action against them.
There will also be fewer errors plus when bugs do occur, they will get fixed faster. Overall, this leads to a smoother, hassle-free experience.
You Will Get Access to a Wider Pool of Talent
This is one of the most important points as most software development projects require different skills to complete. You are unlikely to have the same range of skillsets in your business that an experienced software developer will have.
Not only that, you get access to this wide range of skills immediately with no lead-in time for recruitment or upskilling. This saves you time and money.
You Will Also Get Access to Highly Skilled Programmers
Third-party software developers will also have highly skilled and experienced programmers on their team. These skills and experience improve the quality of work and also helps with a point mentioned above – ensuring the project runs smoothly.
Productivity in Your Business Will Improve
You will also benefit from productivity gains when you outsource software development. There are many reasons for this including:
- The software will be completed faster so you can implement it sooner
- You don’t have to allocate internal resources to the project
- You don’t have to spend time managing the project or recruiting programmers
- There will be fewer bugs in the software or problems with the project, reducing the administrative and management resources required
You Can Expect a Better-Quality Result
The nine points previous to this mean you will get a better-quality result. In other words, the software is more likely to deliver on your requirements and meet your objectives.
There is one caveat to all the above – you must select the right outsourcing partner. After all, not all software development companies are the same. If you get it wrong, one or more of the above will fail to materialise.
The best approach, therefore, is to spend time selecting the right outsourcing provider. Key to that is checking the experience of the company as well as the skills and experience of the individuals who will be working on your project. If you identify skills or experience gaps, you should reconsider.
However, when you get a software development company with the right skills and experience, you can expect all the benefits above.
Developing software requires well-established procedures and work processes in addition to skills and experience. Leaving it to the professionals is, therefore, the best course of action in the vast majority of situations.