Successful startups are built on strong, common ground: talented resources who help shape, build and transform a business idea into a reality. These resources can range from engineers, software developers, project managers, testers, business analysts, data scientists, and more, all of whom can be based anywhere in the world.
After the challenges the IT industry, and every industry for that matter, faced in 2020, many organizations were prompted to adopt and embrace new ways of staffing their projects. With the entire world going remote, it began to make even greater sense to hire offshoring resources that could provide services with no ties to a physical location.
Offshoring is no longer a trend, but a legitimate way of generating more business opportunities and value without breaking the bank. This is especially attractive for startup operations as budgets can be tight and it’s important to make every dollar count, especially in the early stages of your startup company.
On top of costs, it’s also crucial to hire top-tier talent that can meet the modern business demands of the industry along with information technology trends. It’s safe to say that it’s virtually impossible to find all the talent your startup needs in a single location and at good value; talent is everywhere, so why should you limit your startup to geographic barriers?
In this blog post, we’ll be unpacking how startup organizations can not only benefit from hiring offshore resources, but thrive by hiring the best available resources no matter where they’re located, giving a competitive edge in terms of support, costs, risk, and skills.
Let’s dig right in!
Aspiring startups know that skilled software engineers are crucial to the success of their product or service, yet it can be really hard to find top-tier software engineers that are available or open to new opportunities.
Outsourcing is the answer for companies looking to tap into the best tech talent budgets can afford, giving them an upper hand to streamline the software development lifecycle with resources that are already very knowledgeable on the subject and that have a variety of projects under their belt.
Without embellishments, offshore software development consists of moving the software development process of your software projects to a country where production costs are lower.
Now, for a little trip down memory lane, let’s take it back to the 1980s where Accenture, formerly known as Andersen, was popular for taking unstructured system requirements from clients and turning them into a working system for millions of dollars. While the term outsourcing wasn’t exactly used for this practice, Andersen was known for training consultants in software development similar to what today is known as the Waterfall methodology.
Fast forward to the mid and late 1900s where India-based firms began to take projects offering programmers, system analysts, and project managers for a fraction of what US firms were charging. While they weren’t taking a bite of the large-sized projects yet, Indian firms began to set a precedent as highly-skilled, highly available resources. As the year 2000 was getting closer, and lots of companies were getting their systems ready for Y2K, offshore resources became the answer for many looking to get better costs.
Twenty-one years later and things have evolved greatly. Now, project-based outsourced software development is more Agile than Waterfall, and India, while still one of the strongest countries to offer offshore software development solutions, is no longer the only country that offers these types of services as many others are beginning to earn a well-deserved reputation for reliable software outsourcing destinations. Eastern European countries like Ukraine, Poland, or Belarus are among the top outsourcing destinations. Latin American countries like Mexico, Brazil, and Chile also house large concentrations of software developers and are increasingly becoming a hot spot for outsourcing. In Asia, China and the Philippines are right behind India as the top countries that offer professional developers.
The decision to turn to offshore solutions for software development mainly stems from wanting to lower costs, as many companies are faced with constantly dealing with budgetary constraints. Building a software project from the ground up can be an expensive endeavor, so offshore resources are often the best path to follow.
Choosing between investing in an in-house team of software developers or outsourcing software development to an offshore company is based on several criteria like budget, complexity of the project, and time to market, to name a few. In-house teams of engineers work in the employer’s facilities, making it a seamless workflow that offers a greater perceived control over project customizations, giving organizations direct control over picking and choosing the required skill levels that engineers must possess for a unique project.
Offshore software development is a no-brainer if you’re looking to hire a wide range of expertise in software development tasks at a fraction of what you’d typically pay if hiring everything in-house. Offshore software development centers offer virtual services and remote employment so clients benefit from uninterrupted support and a streamlined process with their team extensions. Offshore software development allows companies to tap into many different areas of building a software product or service such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, data science, etc., all of which can be hard and expensive to find in a single geographic location.
If your organization chooses to go with the in-house team direction, you need to be prepared to pay for a premium as in-house teams are more expensive to build and maintain. Oftentimes, companies look at in-house teams as a means to have similar language and cultural background, thus speeding up software development but with how interconnected the world is nowadays, this can be virtually achieved anywhere in the world. While offshore software development centers are typically in non-English speaking countries, professionals almost always speak the language fluently to communicate effectively with clients.
Every startup is different, but they’re all in search of the best talent. When weighing the pros and cons of accessing the talent pool of offshore software development, startups have a lot to consider. This process can be easier by doing research, reviewing portfolios, or reading case studies to see what best practices apply to your unique situation. After looking at the hard facts, it won’t be difficult to see the many benefits you’ll gain by engaging with a software development company, mainly in the budget department.
The Covid-19 pandemic is forcing entire industries to reshape the way they do business. Offshoring continues to cement its place as the go-to solution for startup companies looking to hire the best talent across the globe, managing a balancing act between costs, skills, and experience; a feat that can boost the success of your startup to greater heights.
Okay, so you’ve decided that what’s best for your company is to go with an offshore development team...but how do you choose the best one? Worry not! We’ve prepared a handy checklist that you can use as the basis of your selection process to land a quality vendor who will take your project and needs, and make them a priority the way you need them to.
As of late, hiring software developers under a freelance model is gaining popularity. Without the legal ties of a contract to a major outsourcing software developer, startups are tempted to go with the freelancing route but it can easily backfire if not done properly as it’s more complex to confirm the legitimacy and reputation of a freelancer.
While it’s true that software developers of offshore companies can cost a little bit more than freelancers, it’s also true that freelancers can’t guarantee their work in your project or maintenance after project completion. In short, outsourcing software developers give you a significant and tangible upper hand in terms of security.
Freelancers, thanks to their self-employed nature, manage their time based on the number of projects they perceive they can undertake at a given point in time. When choosing to outsource software developers, the vendor has a management team that carefully assigns resources to a project based on their skills, expertise, and availability, so as not to overload them and give the client a satisfying end result.
What’s also worth mentioning is that in an outsourcing model, it’s easier for developers to access numerous resources and technologies, making it easier and more effective to guarantee high-performing software products or services, which is not the case with freelancers. Freelancers rely on their own equipment to get the job done and are best suited for small, specialized tasks rather than a full-fledged project like a startup.
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