In-House Development Vs. Outsourcing: Choosing Where Your Strength Lies

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As a business, there’s a point you’ll be caught in the option of in-house development or outsourcing. The development stage of a project is crucial and sensitive. If not done right, the end result will be in shambles.

Therefore, as a business, you must be conscious of how your project is being developed, else your innovative product may never see the light of day, or might be delayed or fractured.

In-House Development and Outsourcing are two ways you can successfully develop your projects.   To choose which is best for you, you must with clarity understand their pros and cons.

Simplifying In-House Development.

In this case, the project developed within the organization. A team of in-house developers created and the organization is in charge of the entire procedure.

When you develop in-house, you try to avoid the risk of your project falling into the wrong hands since you handpick your team members, and you are in control.

Furthermore, when developing a project, there is a need to conduct regular tests during the course of the project development. When you develop in-house, you can easily conduct tests since you have full access to the production. This makes it easier for you to detect errors and make timely corrections.

Nevertheless, despite the advantages, there are certain unfavorable factors of in-house development you need to put into focus before making a decision.

In-house development is costly since you will be hiring and paying your own development team. You will also be providing all the necessary equipment.

In addition, it is demanding to get high skilled developers as they are in high demand. Assembling a team is therefore difficult and can result in the delay of your project. Moreover, there is a risk that during the course of the project, a developer might quit the team causing a major setback or realize some of the resources hired for the project, were not a right fit in the long term. It is also important to consider hiring resources that come with significant overhead costs such as training, acquisition, and learning curve. Especially need to consider after the project is complete, what needs to be done with excessive resources. 

Furthermore, it is stressful and demanding. Unlike outsourcing, in which the development company goes through all the burden that comes with developing a product, in in-house development, you are bound to be actively involved.

Outsourcing

This entails giving the task of developing your project to a development team. This is quite popular in the I.T world. In fact, the global outsourcing market has actually doubled in size since 2000.

In fact,  giant companies such as Google, Alibaba, Skype, Slack, and several others also engage in outsourcing.

Outsourcing is great for startup businesses. It spares you the stress and time of building and assembling your own team of developers and it is less expensive. In fact, building a team of developers is so time-consuming that it might eventually lead to project delays.

Also, you can relax knowing your project is being handled by talented and well-experienced developers. While you focus on other areas of your business.

The advantages of outsourcing are appealing still it has certain disadvantages.

In outsourcing, you are not in charge of your project development if you have not chosen to have a dedicated team. Also, you will have to release your business data to a third party. This could make it less secure compared to in-house development. That’s why in SVCIT, we strongly enforce to work with our dedicated team as well as protecting your ideas through non-compete agreements. 

Final Thoughts

Furthermore, different time zones and the language barrier might be a problem in outsourcing if not managed by a dedicated team as this can hinder communications. Finally, a paid vendor will not have the same enthusiasm and commitment as you the owner in overseeing your project.

Both in-house development and outsourcing can get the job done. If project development is a one-time thing for you then outsourcing is best. However, if it is going to be continuous then it is best to build your own team of developers or make sure to consider dedicated team outsourcing

Sometimes, companies with an in-house development team still use outsourcing to carry out backend projects. In the end, understand your needs and choose wisely.


Author: SVCIT Editorial
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