Posted by:Boston Technology Corporation June 11th, 2018

Outsourcing or offshoring your software development requirements provides several benefits and one of the primary ones is in helping you get to market faster. If you have a business or product line for which software development or new-feature development is very time-critical from a market standpoint, or even if you are looking to launch a novel software product into the market and want a first-mover advantage to work for you, you must seriously consider development options that can help you get to market quickly.

Outsourcing software development work to an IT services provider such as an offshore development center or an offshore testing services provider could prove to be the best option for you in such a scenario and here are some reasons why:

1. Cover more business hours in a given day

An offshore team could be in another time zone, on another shore or continent but it brings you the advantage of covering more working hours in a single calendar day of 24 hours. Offshore teams can work seamlessly in tandem with your local team, complementing their work during the other half of the day, taking it forward and having new progress reported in the time elapsed by the time you go home from work and get back the next day!

2. Save time on headhunting, hiring and candidate onboarding processes

Finding great talent is not easy. It needs dedicated time and effort; and comes with its own costs as well. Outsourcing your requirements to an IT outsourcing partner can solve these issues for you. Pick a vendor who can provide you with the right talent pool required to get the project off the ground and running quickly and also take it to completion in a timely manner. A good offshore development center will have all the necessary infrastructure required to get started with work from day 1 and also have a whole pool of skillsets that you can choose from to address your unique needs. What’s more, an offshore arm, can provide you with the number of resources you need according to desired project timelines and market-critical dates. IT outsourcing gives you the flexibility benefit of having the team scaled up or down as required, during the various stages of the project, in order to meet deadlines and dates that are important for your business.

3. Cut the learning curve

An offshore team could be in another time zone, on another shore or continent but it brings you the advantage of covering more working hours in a single calendar day of 24 hours. Offshore teams can work seamlessly in tandem with your local team, complementing their work during the other half of the day, taking it forward and having new progress reported in the time elapsed by the time you go home from work and get back the next day!

Also, if your core business is not a software product, the whole concept of software development and the SDLC could be very new to you; and spinning up an in-house team and running it effectively may demand its own learning curve time to identify and stick to technology practices and processes that work best in the organization. In such cases too, it is advisable to seek help from a vendor company who has been doing it for several years and can assist you in ways more than one – right from the design/specification stages to actual app development and quality assurance activities, all carried out with standard project methodologies and best practices.

4. 3rd party validation helps find important bugs early on

You might also want to consider the option of outsourcing only the software testing activities to a QaaS (Quality-as-a Service) or Testing Services provider. Having a 3rd party QA team look at your product in its early stages can help find issues or loopholes that your team may have missed out on in the rigor of design and development. An external QA team comes to the project with a clean slate mindset, sans any familiarity bias with the product or design stage artefacts. Their feedback in terms of usability, user experience or even straightforward functional testing could prove to be eye-opening and key to shaping the product for success in the future. It can also help identify and fix issues early on in product development. This helps mitigate risks at later stages in the product lifecycle when release is due and every last-minute discovery of an issue, could lead to compounded and cascaded delays in getting to the market.

5. Attention to non-technology activities

Having a reliable technology team can help you focus on your core business as well as other product/software launch prep activities such as marketing and campaigns, target audience outreach, end-user acceptance, logistics and operational support for enabling an organizational technology shift etc. These are no less important in determining the success of the new product or software that is being developed and shouldn’t be neglected in the course of catering to and getting engrossed in the innumerable nitty-gritties of the development process.

Engaging the right technology services vendor will have you covered on the technology front. You will be provided with a talented and professionally-managed team that delivers efficient and quality work in a transparent manner. Also, the technology infrastructure and setup required for software development activities are not something you will need to worry about, as the vendor will be self-sufficient in these aspects as well. All in all, outsourcing can prove to be hugely beneficial for you to save your time and effort to focus on other aspects that need attention to make you market-ready in time.

If you find the points above relatable to what you do and where you are in your journey with technology, it would be a good idea to explore IT outsourcing and the various options available. Get in touch with us to learn more and see what might work best for you.

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