Offshore Development IndiaTuesday, May 17, 2005
Outsourcing IT Development: Advantages
You can outsource almost anything. Maybe you don’t know it yet, but it’s true. A couple of days ago, when I was drinking coffee in the kitchen, my wife pointed at the faucet that was leaking big time. The good ole faucet was there when we moved in about ten years ago, and trying to fix it again didn’t make sense anymore. Since I religiously believe in DIY, I bought a new faucet and set about working. When the old faucet was gone, I found out the metal pipe under the sink had to be replaced, too. There was no way I could do it without recourse to welding. I realized I was ready to outsource that part of the project, so I called the plumber.IT development outsourcing isn’t much different than any other kind of outsourcing. When you face an insistent need to start a new IT development project, you have to weigh your current in-house capacity first. If your experience and budget allow you to cope with the task without resorting to any outside expertise, you should probably take full advantage of your potential and do it yourself. However, if there’s a danger that you’ll bite off more than you can chew, it’s about time to consider the advantages of outsourcing.
Basically, outsource service providers offer you higher quality services at a lower cost. This makes the advantages of IT development outsourcing obvious, so let’s have a look at just a few of them.
Outsourcing IT development is a most effective way to stretch your budget. When managers plan IT development outsourcing, they usually make it their aim to cut down the company’s expenditures by 30%. This is a figure that speaks for itself. Of course, there’s always the risk of failure, but if you outsource prudently, you’ll afford to implement projects of such a scale that would be impossible for you to reach on your own.
If you need to have state-of-the-art IT solutions worked out and innovations implemented with small losses, outsourcing may be the only way out. It will save you from the nightmare of retraining your employees (or even hiring new ones) and/or paying for re-equipment.
Cutting your costs and upgrading the quality of the services you offer will allow you to expand the competitive capacity of your business. I suppose the state the IT market is in today makes this simple argument a crucial one.
When you outsource IT development to an outside company, you can concentrate on your core activities. You won’t be able to completely forget all about the project or its part that you have chosen to outsource as soon as you sign a contract with an outsource service provider, but you won’t have to get scattered, either.
If you deal with an experienced and highly qualified vendor, you’ll be able to gain valuable expertise in support of your IT capacity. Almost any vendor will surely try to set a dependency trap for you, but it doesn’t mean you have to acquire the dependency pattern instead of learning everything you can derive from the vendor’s expertise.