Before we even start, you might be wondering what outsourcing software development means exactly. Outsourcing your software development means that you hire out a team to fulfill your business software requirements from a company that primarily specialises in software development. You hand these requirements over to the experts, and let them get it sorted for you.
How does it work? It’s all about picking the right software company, which is the hardest part of the whole process. Pick the right one and you’ve won the golden ticket. Pick the wrong one, and well, that’s how outsourcing horror stories are created. When you outsource your software development you need to be happy and comfortable with the development supplier you’ve chosen. After all, they will be building your software.
You should also be searching for a supplier whose development talent is well-rounded and passionately engaged, as well as a company whose environment is creatively stimulating. As the hired team will spend at least half of their time at their home base, you need to be sure that the company’s environment mirrors innovation. The truth is, if you were expecting that a software development company was just a room full of geeks hacking away for hours straight, you’d be wrong. A true developer space is fun and inspiring – other than energizing, Google-style game areas, developers regularly keep charged up by participating in discussions on the latest technologies, assist on different projects and are surrounded by a team of multi-talented programmers from which to draw inspiration from.
There are many other reasons why outsourcing your development work is beneficial to you and your business, so to help you out we’ve listed a couple of the most important ones below.
Driving down your costs
Despite how expensive software is, outsourcing your development work to experts works out cheaper for you in the long term. Firstly, you bypass all internal HR costs – you simply pay for the software work. Secondly, your operating expenses are basically non-existent. Unless there’s something really specific you are going to require the developer to have (that he won’t use again elsewhere), you’re not going to have to sort it out. Finally, the amount of time saved is tremendous. The amount of time that you can spend elsewhere on your business while the experts are focusing on the software is huge and your software development business partner has the skills to make sure that your time is saved and better spent elsewhere.
Getting the right skills
When you outsource, you can hand-pick the right skill set required for your software. Not only are you getting elite programming skills when you outsource, but you also get agile project management skills, business analyst skills and CTO skills too – most of the time at no extra cost. This means that you have software specialists on hand who can advise and consult on the development of your software, getting you the best solution fr your business at the end of the day.
Getting to market faster
When you outsource your software development, it gives you the opportunity to focus on your competitive advantage, be it through marketing, placement or targeting your investments, helping you prepare for a faster, more seamless go to market strategy for your new software product.
Having the latest, hottest tech
When you partner with a software company, you can be assured that they are always looking into the latest and hottest technologies in the global market. Developers are continuously learning about what’s happening in the tech space and finding ways to implement them into existing and future projects, giving the project a cutting-edge, global advantage. A great software development partner is one that will recommend the best technologies to suit your business objectives, offering you a customised solution and ideas to help improve your current software.
Outsourcing your software development is a highly strategic business decision, and certainly not one that should be feared. Many of the biggest organisations in the world are doing it – including Microsoft, Amazon and Accenture. The benefits of outsourcing are huge, and are applicable on all organisations, from small start-up to massive enterprise. Just remember, outsourcing is all about finding the right partner, and once that is accomplished, the rest will follow.
SovTech’s Developers-as-a-Service offering promises high performance software teams, on demand. How do we get it right you ask? Sourcing your development team means that these resources are yours, and only yours, for the duration of your project. Our developers form a part of your team, totally dedicated to your software project – it’s almost as if they’re your own staff. If you’ve got a project in mind, we’ve got the expertise!