The Pros and Cons of Outsourcing Software Development

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The Pros and Cons of Outsourcing Software Development

If you are starting a software app project, you definitely consider if you should have an in-house software development team or hire outsourced contractors.

When starting a large-scale software app project, a business faces a dilemma about whether to task an in-house department with the project or outsource it to an external team. Let's take a look at the advantages and disadvantages of outsourcing software development versus hiring full-time employees.

Advantages of outsourced software teams:

1) No hiring hassles. Recruiting, hiring, onboarding, and supplying workspace and hardware to full-time employees can be expensive and time-consuming. With an outsourcing company, however, you only pay for the hours a developer works on your project.

2) Specific skill sets. At different development stages, you may need different types of software expertise. Outsourcing offers you the flexibility to hire for short-term jobs where a specific talent is required.

3) Adaptability. You can grow or reduce your team size as needed with outsourced contractors, helping you adapt quickly to changes in the requirements and scope of your project.

Disadvantages of outsourced software teams:

1) Communication difficulties. Establishing good communication routines can help resolve issues when outsourcing development work to people in different locations.

2) Privacy risks. Exposing intellectual property to an outsourced team working on your project should be addressed early on (i.e., with non-disclosure agreements).