Why remote development will continue even after the pandemic

12 Oct · 5 min read

Why remote development will continue even after the pandemic

Until the beginning of 2020, having an in-house team of software developers was the norm in most companies across the globe. Companies would recruit the most qualified staff for the job and the team would work together in a designated location to get the job done. For more geographically independent businesses, remote work was a better solution as they could hire the best resources from any corner of the world. 

The Covid-19 situation has compelled companies globally to embrace remote work. This practice has transformed the way we work, and most people would prefer to continue it even after the pandemic. So how should companies prepare for this? 

Outsourcing and outstaffing of work seems like the ideal way for global businesses. Especially for IT roles, hiring people to work remotely who probably live in cheaper cities or locations can be a boon. By investing well in remote development, companies can truly boost their revenue. 

Benefits of a remote development team

  • Reduced cost of infrastructure and salaries
  • Reduced overhead costs such as mortgages and rents for physical offices
  • Hire the best talent from anywhere
  • Round-the-clock availability
  • Hire talent with varied knowledge and expertise
  • Free-up on-site resources for critical purposes
  • Flexible work encourages productivity

Apart from hiring a remote team, you can also outsource or outstaff services if you don’t have the necessary resources. Some services that outsourcing companies provide are: 

  • Web development
  • App development
  • Custom software development
  • Cloud management
  • IT support

Most leading industry sectors like IT and Communication, Finance, Logistics and Transportation, Medical and Health, eCommerce and Retail, etc already get a lot of their work done by outsourcing and outstaffing. 


Outsourcing is when an organization hires a third-party vendor to completely handle a project or part of a project for them. The organization provides the vendor with the necessary information such as requirements, features, budget, etc. and the vendor creates a quote accordingly. 

Outsourcing can come in handy when a project needs certain resources or time that the organization may not have at the moment. Rather than having to hire more people and pay salaries and manage workspaces, etc., outsourcing can be a simpler way to get the project completed. For startups, outsourcing can be a great way to get multiple developmental projects completed in parallel, while the team focuses on the business aspect. 

Types of IT outsourcing

  • On-shore: Vendor companies reside in the same country as the organization, making it easier to collaborate.
  • Off-shore: Vendor companies might reside in a completely different country that has lower costs.
  • Near-shoring: Vendors may live in nearby countries that share a time zone.
  • Home-shoring: Vendors may work independently from their homes.

Pros of outsourcing

  • Cost-effective
  • Unloads some responsibility from an already busy team

Cons of outsourcing

  • Collaboration might be difficult in some cases due to time zone differences
  • There can be some unpredictable expense

Project-based outsourcing is most effective for companies that have small, short-term projects with well-defined requirements. It is also beneficial when the company might not have the time or resources to manage the progress of the project. 


In the case of outstaffing, a company can hire people from another organization for a short-term. These people can be then assigned to critical projects temporarily based on priorities. This can be helpful when you might already have a full in-house team but lack the expertise in a particular technology/role. Such resources can then be hired from outstaffing companies on a temporary basis. 

In the case of outstaffing, the employees hired will have to work in close collaboration with the in-house team. So they will work as per the company’s work schedule and on the company premises if required. 

Types of IT outstaffing

  • Leasing: In the case of long-term projects, usually for over 3 months.
  • Temporary staffing: In the case of short-term projects, usually 1 week to 3 months.

Pros of outstaffing

  • Dedicated staff gives better control over the project
  • Project requirements do not have to be set in stone

Cons of outstaffing

  • Requires constant communication and collaboration with the hired staff and the in-house team.

Outstaffing is mostly recommended for companies that have larger products to work on, want complete control of the project, or need flexibility with project requirements. If your company doesn’t have an in-house team, you can also outstaff a dedicated development team for the project at hand and work closely with them. 


With such a rise in remote work, remote development is no longer just the new normal. In fact, being able to continue with remote work can give you a competitive edge when other companies resume on-premise work. If you’re struggling to find a remote development vendor, we at DevCom are happy to help. We can provide you with the optimal outsourcing or outstaffing solution based on your requirements. 

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