What is Software Outsourcing?

Software outsourcing takes place when companies choose to have software developed by a third-party rather than internally. Outsourcing software development has many advantages including cost reduction, improved efficiency, mitigated risk and enhanced security.

In today’s largely digitized business landscape, companies have the ability to access the world’s top software developers. Both established companies and startups alike are using software outsourcing to develop their products.

As reported by Statista, according to the Information Services Group, the IT outsourcing market is expected to amount to approximately 413.7 billion U.S. Dollars by 2021.

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SOFTWARE OUTSOURCING IN 2020

ONCE YOU KNOW WHERE THE SKILLS GAPS LIE IN YOUR COMPANY, YOU CAN IDENTIFY THE ELEMENTS OF YOUR PROJECT THAT YOU NEED TO OUTSOURCE.

The rapid pace at which technology evolves means that the software development industry is ever-changing. New programming languages are introduced, new methodologies are developed and previous industry-standard practices become obsolete as more innovative approaches take over.

As the fastest growing outsourcing company in Latin America, at BairesDev we see it as our mission to keep up to date with evolution in the industry. As the software development skills gap remains a worldwide issue, the demand for high-quality outsourcing companies looks set to continue long into the future.


Nowadays, companies aren’t as concerned with cost reduction. Rather, they see software outsourcing providers as valuable business partners who take an invested interest in their growth. As technology advances, so comes the demand for specialised development in areas like blockchaincloud computing and the Internet of Things.


With companies like Google entrusting us with automation engineering, Thomson Reuters requesting accounting technologies, and ViacomCBS using our services to evolve MTV’s web apps, BairesDev is at the forefront of the software outsourcing industry.

WHY OUTSOURCE SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT?

There are many benefits to outsourcing software development, including:

Accessing global expertise

At BairesDev, we work with the top 1% IT talent in Latin America. We receive over 750,000 software developer applications per year, and we select and hire less than 1% of the most talented software engineers.

Complementing existing infrastructure

Outsourcing development helps companies achieve their vision by outsourcing skills that are lacking in-house.

Faster turnaround

Outsourcing can speed up the software development process without compromising on quality. Working with experienced developers who understand the principles of your project can accelerate its time to market.

Reducing costs

Outsourcing allows companies to focus on their core business functions and direct their time and resources towards solving capacity issues. This is a great way to increase cost-efficiency.

Flexibility

When you outsource a software project, you only pay for the expertise that you need. It eases pressure on internal staff and frees up company time to focus on the day-to-day running of the business.

Reduced risk

A software outsourcing company can help mitigate the risks of developing your project. An experienced team will be able to foresee potential liabilities and identify errors through robust testing.

Responsibilities are met

An experienced outsourcing team will have robust workflow processes in place to ensure that progress is monitored, milestones are met and projects are completed on time.

At BairesDev, we carry out feasibility studies as part of our outsourcing process to provide technological and budget validation. We provide proof of concept, develop prototypes, and implement quality assurance testing to minimize the risks early in the product development cycle.

SOFTWARE OUTSOURCING MODEL COMPARISONS

There are three principal software outsourcing models that companies can choose from. Each model has its own advantages. The outsourcing model that suits your project will depend on its level of complexity, your budget, timescale, and level of involvement.

The simplest form of software outsourcing is the staff augmentation model, where an outsourced team works alongside your internal team to develop the software. Augmented teams typically have face-to-face contact with existing staff, often working from your offices until the project is complete.

The dedicated team model presents outsourced talent which has more responsibility for overseeing the project. Our Delivery Teams thus provide management structure, allocating specific tasks and monitoring workflow. In this way, you benefit from the expertise of highly-skilled developers who provide a specific service.

With a project-based model, the outsourcing company oversees the entire software development process, from defining the specification, to allocating workflow, setting timescales and quality testing.

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HOW TO OUTSOURCE A SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT PROJECT?

To help ensure that your project flows seamlessly, here are our three steps to outsourcing software development:

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1. Evaluate Your Team’s Skills

Before outsourcing software development, you need to know what expertise you require. Evaluate your team’s skills and identify any gaps in their capabilities. Once you know what skills you need, you can create a project specification, explaining what the product should do and how the work should be executed.

You can then contact the outsourcing companies on your shortlist and decide which one will be a suitable partner. At BairesDev, we consider the project specification in detail. Our workflow is characterized by our unique Design Thinking mindset, which ensures that every project is delivered on time.

We have a five-step approach to software development: empathize, define, ideate, prototype, test. This methodology enables us to execute projects quickly, without compromising on quality.

2. Verify the Quality of Outsourcing Companies

Before you commit to hiring a software development company, check their reputation in the marketplace. Have a look at their website and read through their case studies. You should also check third-party review sites and their social media channels to see how they’re positioned in the industry. Finally, you should contact their previous clients to verify the quality of their work.

At BairesDev, we’ve worked with clients such as Hewlett Packard, IBM and Volkswagen, to name a few.

ONCE YOU KNOW WHERE THE SKILLS GAPS LIE IN YOUR COMPANY, YOU CAN IDENTIFY THE ELEMENTS OF YOUR PROJECT THAT YOU NEED TO OUTSOURCE.

3. Implement Project Management Processes

AT BAIRESDEV, WE PROVIDE HIGHLY-SKILLED SOFTWARE ENGINEERING TEAMS WITH THE TOP 1% IT TALENT. WE PROVIDE DELIVERY OF SOFTWARE PROJECTS TO COMPANIES OF ALL SIZES, FROM STARTUPS TO GLOBAL CORPORATIONS.

Once you’ve chosen your software outsourcing team, project management tools need to be implemented to chart progress. Tools like Basecamp, Trello and Jira enable tasks to be allocated to specific developers. They also enable communication between the client and developers through calendars and messaging threads.

Your outsourcing company should allocate a Project Manager and Team Leaders to ensure that milestones are achieved and responsibilities are met. The key to successfully outsourcing software development is communication. When communication channels are open, projects can progress efficiently and launch on time.

Remember, it can take time to find a software outsourcing company that you want to work with long-term. The impact that outsourcing development can have on your business makes the research worthwhile.

At BairesDev, we provide highly-skilled software engineering teams with the top 1% IT talent. We provide delivery of software projects to companies of all sizes, from startups to global corporations. We’re led by an Agile mentality, powered by technology and driven by talent.

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