To outsource, or not to outsorce

February 2015 · Andis Cekuls

To outsource, or not to outsource... That is the question. At least for the big companies with the big ideas. Is it possible for people outside of your company to bring a better value than your in-house team?

This 'dilemma' has been in the air a lot lately in my experience. And I am not even talking about outsourcing to overseas cheaper countries to save money. I am talking about value. Real value to your company. And yet my answer is.. wait for it.. it depends.

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New vision, new perspective

The people you want to outsource know nothing about you. It can be good, and it can be bad. You will definitely receive a new look at your company, and that might take you somewhere. Knowing little about an industry may prove to actually be an advantage of a kind. As the people unfamiliar to your daily operations start learning about you, ideas pop up. Again, some of them good, some of them bad. But that is how innovation works. By looking at things in a different way.

Assembled team

The chances are the people you want to outsource have been working together for some time already. They know each other's strengths and weaknesses. Therefore they can predict the issues that might come up during the project. Furthermore, they will have all the necessary resources to take your idea from start to finish. Do you have a UX designer who specifically works on iOS apps? They sure do (at least they should if iOS apps is what they do).

Time schedules

Your IT staff has some daily duties already. Are they ready to take up another project? How long will it take? Will it perform as required? If you need something big done fast it might be difficult to do with your current IT staff unless they are sitting around waiting for this big project to show up on their time schedules.

Some companies claim they can always find new programmers for their IT team. However, it is not that easy. Good programmers are never on the market. It takes a lot of time to recruit someone talented and experienced who also believes in your vision. And, depending on the project of course, don't forget you need a team of talented people, not just a single engineer.

Quality & performance

As I discussed earlier, the company you want to outsource has most likely been working together and they know each other. They have probably developed projects similar to yours (or at least in a similar scope). They have the resources, they have the people, they have the experience, they have the time and they have the strategy to build a great project. Again, it largely depends on your IT team but if something needs to be built fast and still needs to have high quality standards and especially innovative out-of-the-box ideas, it might be easier, more time efficient and cheaper to outsource.

In the end it really comes down to the people you gather for your project. Your goal is to create a great IT application. It may be a website, an app, some hardware - doesn't matter. What matters is the team working on it. It is the team who believes in you, believes in your project, believes in your values, and that is what will bring you the results you desire.