Why it makes sense to partner with a software development specialist
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By PJ Bishop, Vice President: Services for Sage Africa and Middle East
Today, powerful and mature packaged and cloud software solutions meet nearly every business need imaginable, from general business functions such as accounting and payroll to vertical functionality for industries such as retail, manufacturing and services. professional services. Yet many companies eventually come to a point where they need to custom-build an app or software feature.
For some, they may need to write a custom integration between their new Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system and the old system they use to manage their warehouse. Others may want to develop a mobile app for their clients or custom functionality for their e-commerce website. The best way to achieve this goal is to partner with an expert software development company.
Here are six reasons why outsourcing software development makes sense if it’s not your core business:
Accelerate time to market
Speed to market is critical for an entrepreneurial business. Working with a specialized software vendor can speed up the time it takes to get a product or feature in place, allowing the business to see a faster return on investment. Partnering with a software company eliminates the time it would take to hire and train people to work on the project. Good software companies typically have strong frameworks and methodologies to help keep projects on track for their deadline.
Access to specialized skills
According to the 2021 ICT Skills Survey, there are nearly 10,000 hard-to-fill jobs in the ICT sector, a quarter of them in software development. Building and maintaining an in-house software team is a challenge, given the level of competition for skilled and certified programmers and developers. By partnering with an external company, a company frees itself from the challenge of acquiring and maintaining IT skills.
When working with an external software development company, a company can benefit from the partner’s proven processes and governance structures. A good software development company will have the experience and skills to deliver top quality work within a given time frame. It will also indicate where the risks and pitfalls lie, working with the client to mitigate risk and ensure accountability.
Building a software development team has high overhead. A company must pay market-related salaries for people in high demand, and it must also ensure that they stay up-to-date with the latest technologies. There are also costs like hardware and software to consider. By working with an external vendor, a company can reduce software development costs.
Get more flexibility
The world is changing at a breakneck pace. Technologies that are in vogue today may not be relevant tomorrow. Working with an external software partner gives a business the flexibility to access the skills it needs today without worrying about whether they will still be applicable tomorrow. Plus, the business can tap into software skills when needed, rather than hiring a team that might be idle for weeks or months out of the year.
Choose the right partner
Businesses today have a wider choice than ever of external software developers to choose from, from large local IT companies and offshore companies in countries like India to freelancers and independent contractors. When selecting the right supplier, a business owner or manager should check their references carefully and negotiate a contract that protects both parties. A good fit with organizational culture is almost as important as technical skills in building a partnership that unlocks long-term value.