How to decide whether to select a local software development firm or an overseas outsourcing team for your custom software project
When it comes to leveraging external expertise for an investment in a new software based project, it’s important to choose the right partner. Whether your company is looking to offer a new product to customers, or building a complex automated data management system for an internal need, the decision of outsourcing overseas manpower over a local firm might be a little tricky.
The main benefit of a company deciding on an overseas partner is simple, cost. Though going overseas may offer a significant saving in wages, the quality of work may not be guaranteed and recourse for solving deficiencies is not as simple as a phone call. It’s very common to receive a sub-par product that meets the documented requirements.
Typically, software built overseas is developed on spec and lacks the essence of critical thinking that can lead to a higher quality product. For instance, if designed and developed with many environmental variables in mind, the developed software should appropriately scale to increasing customer demand, and include a robust backend that is efficiently capable of mitigating evolving security threats by an internet accessible system.
Typically, software that is developed using overseas outsourcing firms is developed on spec. That means that the developers simply account for the documented features and functions and will not take into account any future or external factors that can affect a particular feature.
With remote workspaces becoming more popular, an overseas partner may seem interchangeable with local talent but this is not the case. Logistical differences could impact work flow simply as a result of the extreme difference between time zones. Time zone differences equate to much more than a difference in when people work, making it difficult to find immediate solutions to new challenges to the project as they arise. Cultural differences may also play a factor in the difference between high-quality software and building on spec. Many overseas outsourcing firms are located in emerging countries with deep rooted societal hardships and immature innovation ecosystems.
In essence, you get what you pay for. What appears to be savings in the short-term may become expenditures down the road. By working with an overseas firm, you may end up spending more on correcting an inferior design that could have been avoided by working with a local partner experienced in high-quality custom software projects.