Outsourcing Your Software Development Requirements: A Guide

Outsourcing Your Software Development Requirements: A Guide

The article is talking about a few valid reasons why one should outsource their software development requirements.

By Vikas Kumar Sinha

A lot of companies are always found in a dilemma whether or not to outsource their software development requirement; as it may tantamount to increased expenditure, inaccurate customization or inability to meet deadlines. But very few companies actually realize the hidden benefits of outsourcing.

Discussing the Reasons

Seasoned development firms with an enviable track record can offer solutions powered by top of the class technological knowhow, vast talent pool and experience in multiple industries. And all this at a budget that’s far lower than hiring a comparatively inexperienced in-house team to generate ROI. That’s enough to create a common ground for a skeptic to try his luck once.

 



Why you Really should Outsource?

Outsourcing gives you the option of expanding or shrinking the manpower on your project depending on the nature and size of the project. But if you work with the resources at hand, it becomes obligatory to ensure their maximum utilization even if they may not be skilled enough to handle the job. Think of hiring a software development outsourcing company on a ‘variable cost’ (project fee-based) arrangement, in place of ‘fixed cost’ (monthly salaried) arrangement.

A ‘variable cost’ proposition typically costs less than maintaining an internal maintenance team, allowing you to save a bigger investment in infrastructure. In fact, surveys have revealed that the primary reason why companies resort to outsourcing is because they have cost cutting in mind. But that’s not the only reason either. Many companies that have decided to outsource have done so because they wanted to be in the game early by reducing time in developing their product and bringing it out in the market sooner.



How  to Outsource Your Software Development Requirement?

Now that you know why you should outsource, what about finding out how you should outsource your software development project? Firstly, you need to know that outsourcing is the best way to handle projects that require faster delivery. While in such a situation it is not ideal to outsource a complex software development project, instead settle for delegating lesser complex tasks to the outsource provider so that the in-house team can focus on more long-term deliverable.

Besides, outsourcing drastically cuts down your time to market the product. In fact outsourcing is not a penny wise pound foolish approach. Outsourcing can only boost your company's competitiveness and improve its quarter-to-quarter performance expectations. So look for an outsourcing firm that has a long standing experience in delivering ‘smiles’ besides ‘service’ to its clients, has multilateral domain expertise, and ensures quality of service in exchange for your purse.

Conduct sufficient discussions and interviews with the development team to make sure they have understood your needs clearly. Oh and while you’re at it, remember to take the feedback of the company’s previous clients to be doubly sure that you have chosen wisely. Best of luck!

Author: Vikas Kumar Sinha

The author has produced & edited several articles and related informative material for a range of genres including web design & development, software development, Internet marketing etc.  He likes to create informative content to educate readers regarding the current tech trends while remaining engaged in a host of online promotional activities for his organization.

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