Smartphones and mobile apps, in particular, can easily be classified as the single biggest innovation in the last decade. It has changed how we live and transact in our daily lives. Mobile apps have propelled the notion of a digital life. The digitization race among businesses to capture market share has lead to the birth of the app development industry.
Businesses of all sizes are looking to develop apps for various uses. But where do they start? Do business owners learn app development, recruit a team internally or outsource their Android or iPhone app development projects? Let’s focus on some options and what each one has to offer:
Hire an in-house team:
This option involves recruiting your own set of app developers, designers, testers, technical leads and project managers. It gives you complete control of where you spend your money and resources. The single biggest challenge with this option is to recruit technical employees. If you’re coming from a non-technical background, it’s increasingly difficult to evaluate employees based on their technical skills.
This option could make sense in the long term since you’ll have your own team who understands your business processes and devotes time exclusively to your project. However, it’s expensive to start off with as it requires the company to invest in infrastructure set up, training and licensing of software needed for app development.
Outsource your app project:
To outsource in simple words is to sub-contract work to a third party because you don’t have the time or the technical resources to complete it yourself.
Outsourcing is a widely accepted business model across the globe. It’s successful and has substantial cost benefits when done right. Outsourcing has various flavors. You can select a freelancer if your project scope is not too complex or you can work with a consulting firm or an IT company that has multiple developers at their disposal. You can get an MVP developed by a freelancer and then select a firm to develop the whole project. Let’s take a look at some benefits you avail when you outsource iPhone app development:
Instant start-up of work – Outsourcing companies can get started on your project as soon as the contract is signed. They will have developers ready to work on your app and give you quick results.
The savings can be significant – Working with an offshore outsourcing company from India is cost effective and there’s no compromise in quality.
Your project will be managed by a dedicated project manager, so you don’t need to micromanage. The project manager can be your single point of contact (SPOC).
Spend more time on the things you know the best. Like optimizing business processes or increasing sales.
You can understand the pros and cons of using different technologies for your app because an outsourcing company has developers skilled in various technologies.
Last but not the least, you get to learn a lot about different cultures, lifestyles, and processes of another country.
In-House Development vs Outsourcing:
Start-up costs are high and the process is slow. Requires training, hiring and infrastructure set-up.
Get started quickly as soon as the contractual formalities are completed.
Complete control over your team. They devote time only for your project because they are your employees.
A dedicated project manager is your single point of contact (SPOC). Communicate any changes in the project with the PM and get regular reports.
You’re stuck with the technologies that your in-house team knows.
You get access to world-class developers proficient in different technologies.
There’s no one size fits all approach when it comes to mobile app development. Choose the one that best fits your business requirements. Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.