If your company’s in-house team has too many things on their plates, it may be time to consider outsourcing your software development. And, don’t worry, you won’t be the only one as software development outsourcing is the new norm.
In general, outsourcing means involving a third party, be it local or international, organization, or individual, outside of your company to manage some business activities. IT outsourcing means working with external vendors to handle your company’s IT functions, from app development to app maintenance and support, IT security, web hosting and operations, and many more.
Today, outsourcing is growing in popularity, so much that in 2019, the global market size of outsourcing services reached $92.5 billion, according to Statista. Moreover, in 2017, 31% of IT services were outsourced, and nearly 65% of the companies that have outsourced some of their business activities, continued to do it in 2018. But that’s not all! By 2022, the IT outsourcing market’s total contract value is projected to grow to over $409 billion.
Now, if your business has neither the money and the time to develop a complete software application in-house, nor an extended IT team, you can turn to a software outsourcing company for help. And, here are five reasons why this is an excellent choice for your company:
1. Access to expertise
Have you noticed how the gig economy has been growing lately? Well, let us tell you why: it connects businesses or individuals who need services with top talent professionals. In other words, it gives access to expertise when needed.
This is also the primary reason why companies outsource software development: they get exposure to local or even international talent. And, let’s be honest, you can’t expect your in-house team to have expertise in every skill and technology. That’s when you can turn to a third party with the specific skills and knowledge you need.
Software development can be challenging for your in-house team if it doesn’t have the expertise or the time to do it. On the other hand, the outsourcing team can take care of everything from development to deployment without needing additional training or guidance.
Most importantly, when you get your IT products developed by top talent, the outsourcing team, you also gain a competitive advantage ahead of your industry rivals.
2. Increased efficiency
There’s a famous saying that defines the core principle of outsourcing: “Master your strengths, outsource your weaknesses”.
In other words, by outsourcing your IT, your in-house team can focus on your company’s core business activities without wasting any time or other resources on figuring out how to do something they are not trained for. Moreover, you won’t overwhelm your in-house staff with work that doesn’t match their skill level, which keeps your team’s productivity at bay.
In turn, your business can focus all the resources on the other core processes of your business.
3. Improved security
If there’s one thing that all businesses fear today, no matter how small or big they are, that’s cyberattacks and data leaks.
As of 2019, cyberattacks were considered to be among the top five risks to global stability, according to the World Economic Forum. In fact, according to Forbes, over the past ten years, there have been 300 data breaches leading to the theft of more than 100.000 records.
Last year, Facebook had 540 million user records exposed on the Amazon cloud server. Plus, Yahoo holds the record for the most massive data breach ever having 3 billion compromised accounts. But, make no mistake, your business is no exception to the rule when it comes to being a target for cybercriminals.
Today, all businesses use technology in their day-to-day activities to increase their efficiency, cut on costs, and gain competitive advantage. Yet, technology has its vulnerabilities, and hackers don’t hesitate to take advantage of them, be it for huge amounts of money or just because they can.
Thus, now more than ever, you need to make sure that sensitive information is handled correctly, and security features are integrated into your business’s IT environments. And, if your in-house team doesn’t specialize in IT, the chances are that your software’s security is not in safe hands.
4. Fewer resources spend on support
First, if you want to mitigate risks, you’ll need an experienced and skilled development team to develop your product capable of planning ahead and avoiding future issues.
But even after the development process, software needs constant maintenance and support to function correctly. Thus, your business is going to need a dedicated team that has the skills and time to fix any ongoing bug and take care of modifications.
When you are outsourcing software development, the software team will take care of maintenance because it is a service included that you are paying for. So, your in-house IT team, if your business has one, won’t have to take care of maintaining the software, meaning that your staff can focus on more critical business activities. If your business doesn’t even have an IT in-house team, you know that you need some external help.
5. Help with peak loads
Every business faces times when their demand is at peak. Consequently, you need to redistribute your available in-house resources to operations and processes that your staff may not be specialized in to keep up with the growing demand. Or, you may have to hire new employees. Either way, this will result in higher costs and a decrease in your business’s overall efficiency.
With software outsourcing, you save your in-house resources for core processes and business activities and hire a scalable team for just the period when your demand is at peak. There is no long-term commitment to your business if you only choose to collaborate with the outsourcing team for a short period of time. Moreover, this way, you balance the workload for your staff, save a lot of money, and increase your business efficiency at the same time.