Why Outsourcing Software Development Services Is Gaining Traction With Non-Technical Leaders Software development plays a key role in assisting companies in streamlining their operations as technological advancements take charge of corporate tasks.

By Steve Taplin

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Product development is a resource-intensive and laborious process. It is no surprise that tech-savvy companies are quickly leveraging emerging technologies like AI, IoT and robotics, gaining an advantage over their competitors. As a result, software development plays a key role in assisting companies in streamlining their operations as technological advancements take charge of corporate tasks. This is especially true for businesses that struggle to scale efficiently but have infinite growth potential.

Outsourcing software development services offers non-technical leaders immediate access to rapidly evolving technologies, which stirs up productivity and growth. Essentially, outsourcing software development services is when a company hands over its programming and software-related tasks to a third party. In today's digital world, where software has become an integral part of any successful business, the practice is gaining traction, especially among businesses that do not have the required expertise or are short of resources. This is even truer in tech fields, where companies struggle to move fast and offer top-notch solutions. For instance, about 60% of companies in the outsourcing market are from IT fields.

However, the process of outsourcing skilled talent is not smooth sailing. There are a lot of things to consider before arriving at a reliable provider like Sonatafy Technology. When sourcing a service, the idea is to look for providers with consistent and demonstrated investment in the functional area your company wants to augment and get a service that best fits your needs for short-term and long-term success. After all, technology is a vehicle to offer effective solutions to businesses.

Outsourcing tech talent has become an integral ingredient for success in business. Some top managers perceive outsourcing as a cost-saving scheme, while others see it as a ladder to quick upscaling. However, the one thing that businesses should be concerned with when outsourcing talent is the quality of work delivered. If the work delivered meets or surpasses the expected goal achievement limits, outsourcing talent becomes a viable step to upscaling. Some of the reasons why a company may choose to outsource talent are:

Access to high-rank talent

Most businesses outsource software development to allow them to get easy access to the most talented and tech-savvy workforce. Even better, the use of the latest technologies by the provider can help enhance the skill of the in-house team.

Related: Pros and Cons of Outsourcing Your Tech Team

To minimize cost

Outsourcing has been determined to minimize operational costs by an average of 30%. These costs are minimized in the sense that the business will not be expected to carry out training for its recruits, because the outsourced company manages the whole process. Further, outsourcing talent saves companies from spending on specialized technology, tools and infrastructure.

Risk management

Outsourcing can be seen as a way to diversify the business portfolio, whereby an investor does not put all the funds in one place. When a business outsources talent, it spreads out its investments, and in turn, the risks are also spread out. For instance, CFOs are increasingly welcoming the idea of outsourcing skilled talent for middle-office roles, which puts them in a position to compete with established competitors favorably.

Related: Here's How to Know When You Should Outsource

Increased efficiency

There is a need to get an adequate in-house workforce to perform tasks in a business organization, especially when handling real products. Staggering processes can be risky for an organization as they can lead to losses in revenue. Individually hiring adequate manpower may be costly to the business, and outsourcing becomes the best option available.

Enhance the security of data

With outsourced talent, the in-house staff gets more time to focus on the critical aspects of the business, like securing sensitive data. The in-house managers also get enough time to get in contact with the customers and advise the outsourced project manager to develop products in line with the customer expectations.

Related: Seven Business Tasks You Could Be Effectively Outsourcing

The practice of outsourcing software development can help any business access modern technology and drive growth and innovation without putting undue strain on its resources. For instance, Google, a prominent tech company, outsourced the customer support process for AdWords as well as software maintenance and development to other technology vendors. Other well-known companies outsourcing software development services are Skype, Alibaba, Basecamp, etc. Overall, outsourcing software development service is more or less incorporating a strategic partner to help your company leverage emerging technologies.

Steve Taplin

CEO of Sonatafy Technology

Steve Taplin is the CEO of Sonatafy Technology (www.sonatafy.com), a premier nearshore software-development-services firm that provides its clients with expertise in cloud solutions, web and mobile applications, ecommerce, big data, DevOps practices, QA, IoT and machine learning.

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