7 Dec · 5 min read
Outsourcing, probably the hottest trend in web development in recent years, is still surrounded by mystery and keeps puzzling clients everywhere. Giants like Microsoft or Apple have successfully adopted this practice, yet small and medium clients still feel nervous around the idea of entrusting an overseas firm with the digital packaging of their product.
So, grab your caffeinated drink of choice, sit back, and accompany us in this process of untangling and understanding this practice, its advantages, and how to do’s. Trust us, it’s worth it.
In generic terms, outsourcing is the practice of delegating a production task to an outside partner instead of completing it with the help of an in-house team. We’re all familiar with the label “Made in China” attached to a T-shirt designed in Italy. In theory, outsourcing in web development is not much different, but in practice, they couldn’t differ more.
For example, outsourcing for both physical products and digital ones is done for cost reduction reasons. But while with the production of physical goods, there’s always this concern, and often rightly so, that cheaper is lower in quality, outsourcing in the web development world couldn’t be more different. More often than not, the talent pool might be much wider overseas and the capabilities greatly higher than on homeland.
Outsourcing can be defined in geographical terms as well, helping clients and entrepreneurs choose which type they are more comfortable with. First, there is the onshore type of development where one opts out of different time zones or languages and selects a vendor from her own country. The most cautious businesses could start like this for their first project, although smaller rates might be hard to come by, especially if you’re in the US. Then, there is the near-shore development, which implies contracting a vendor in the nearby countries, within just a few time zones. And finally, there is offshore web development, where the contracted firm might be more than 4 time zones away. Over time, this last option proved to be the most successful in terms of costs and quality.
There’s no shortage of advantages when it comes to outsourcing web development and the ones championing this practice delight in finding more and newer angles. But for clarity purposes, we’re going to analyze in-depth, just the main reasons why outsourcing digital products might be the solution for you:
“Yes, you listed the benefits, what about the pitfalls to avoid when outsourcing a software development project?” We thought you might ask that. So, we elaborated a step by step guide to doing things right. Following this plan will get you to the treasure and away from the monster-infested swamp.
Outsourcing a software development project can seem scary when you’re not in the know. Innovators might consider this option scary at first. But actually, they might put their thoughts in order with us, formulate a plan and innovate with one of our UX experts. abac’s mission is to help startups and mature enterprises in designing, developing and maintaining software products that will bring value and deliver solutions.
Therefore, with a plan, strong communication skills in place, and transparency, outsourcing can be one of the best decisions you’ve ever taken.
The article was first published here