Build applications faster by outsourcing software development

The early and middle of the 20th century were marked with rapid industrialization in Western countries that demanded a home grown and highly skilled workforce that would support continuous progress and innovation in the work environment. Businesses would be focused on attracting and recruiting the best minds onto full time employment.

However, the latter part of the 20th and the beginning of the 21st century has seen technical and specialized skills in great need in the work environment that were previously only found in the Western countries’ workforce now available in abundance in many emerging economies around the world such as India and China.

Nowhere is this reality more apparent than in the software industry and hence the growing acceptance of outsourcing as an efficient mode of system development. Of course this does not mean that outsourcing can only be done offshore – outsourcing in-country can sometimes be a viable alternative depending on the needs of the business.

Outsourcing is a process where a business engages an external party to handle a function that was previously the responsibility of in house staff. When done right, there are many advantages to outsourcing. First is cost. With outsourcing, a business negotiates a fee for delivery of the final product or service. Even though the single cost of an outsourced project might look large, it pales in comparison to the amount of money the business would otherwise spend in hiring, training and paying an in house team that would be technically redundant once the project ends.

Second, outsourcing in one step grants you access to a pool of technical experts that would be expensive to hire on a full time basis. Since for in house staff for software development might be one off, the amount of time and costs required to train in house staff to the required level of technical competence might not provide a positive value return in the long term.

In any case, it is very likely that the business might want to change to a new technology and the in house team will have to be taken through another time consuming and expensive training session. Another drawback of an in house team that you can mitigate, when outsourcing software development services, is the high turnover of software developers. Highly skilled technical positions are renowned for their high turnover thus creating a perpetual skills gap crisis and lack of continuity.

When you outsource to a software house, the team needed for your project has already been assembled and is ready to start on the project immediately. Also, since such companies have several experts who have similar technical skills, there is knowledge continuity even when a member of their team leaves for another job. All this serves to reduce the time it takes for the project to be completed.

Custom Software development is not just about technical skills but requires good project management as well. When you are outsourcing software development projects to a company that has considerable experience in handling such projects, you can count on the use of tried and tested project management principles to ensure the project stays on course and is within budget as much as is practically possible.

Speaking of projects, one of the biggest headaches that businesses have to grapple with when running a software project in house is the competing demands. Remember that since it is a project, the team members are drawn from different departments away from their normal day to day responsibilities. Ideally, someone would stand in for each team member until the project ends and team members return to their daily responsibilities. In practice, this is rarely the case. In fact, members of an in house project team will sometimes be expected to run with both the project and their ordinary responsibilities in parallel. The result is that neither side receives 100% input from the team members leading to project delays and a mediocre end product.

By outsourcing, an organization can allow its in house staff to focus on its core business processes while leaving the software development project to an external team that is given specific goals, timelines and quality expectations that will ensure it delivers on the project. That way, an organization can enhance efficiency by getting the best from the core competencies of internal staff while outsourcing knowledge gaps to a team of software development specialists.

Rishabh Software, a CMMI Level-3 technology company, focuses on cost-effective, qualitative and timely delivered Software Development, Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) and Engineering Services.Contact us today or call 1-877-RISHABH (1-877-747-4224)!

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