Every new industry trend that challenges the norm has had its bad times, and outsourcing is not an exception. There was a day when outsourcing was limited for low-end jobs, but now things have changed drastically. From big enterprises to small and medium-scale companies and startups, a lot of companies are outsourcing extremely important, mission-critical projects to product development companies in India.
Developing any product requires a set of expensive equipment and advanced technology along with a skilled workforce that may not always be available on the go. Further, it takes a product development company a great deal to employ the right people, train and empower them, and provide them with the necessary equipment to develop software and other products while ensuring faster time to market. It’s way easier to outsource the task to the right professionals, who work on such projects regularly.
However, there are still a few myths that revolve around outsourced product development, thus discouraging business owners from taking the necessary step, even when they feel the need for it.
Hence, it’s time to stop believing in these rumors and bust these myths to help everyone make the most of outsourcing and develop their products without much hassle.
#Myth 1: In-house developers create the best products
Well, to be frank, the quality of a product doesn’t depend on where the developers are situated but their skills and experience. While you select your in-house team of developers after running a thorough analysis of their credibility and skills, the outsourcing partner companies also are not chosen at random. You should evaluate their product quality and experience before partnering with them. Skilled developers can be anywhere, be it in your team or an outsourcing one across the world. You just have to find the right team of professionals for the task.
#Myth 2: You don’t have any control over the outsourcing team
False! You don’t even have any over your in-house team for that matter because it’s not about control but proper monitoring that ensures timely delivery of high-quality products. Control is something more aggressive and doesn’t work in a professional scenario. You can monitor the work of the outsourcing company by keeping in touch with them and asking for regular updates on the project, just like you do for your in-house team.
#Myth 3: The outsourcing developers can’t produce quality
Again, developers are what they are – developers. They can either be skilled or unskilled and not anything else. If you opt for an experienced outsourcing company with a great team of skilled developers, a lot of your work will be skillfully taken care of by them. You can work with specialist outsourced product development companies that have experience and expertise in your domain. So this statement is simply a myth that you shouldn’t believe in.
#Myth 4: It can be difficult communicating with the developers
In the age of globalization, offshore communication is anything but difficult. It just takes you a simple email or a Skype call to get updates on your product from the outsourcing team. And if they provide you with the updates regularly, you don’t even have to do that. If you are worried about the differences in time zones, you should remember that many outsourcing companies provide round-the-clock support by working on different shifts.
#Myth 5: Outsourcing is only possible for big enterprises
Many small business owners are of the notion that only the big companies with multi-billion dollar revenue can afford to outsource their product development projects to an offshore company. However, they aren’t aware that anybody can afford to outsource, and it benefits everyone. There isn’t any rule about it. You can always find an affordable outsourcing team without exceeding your budget and without compromising the quality of the finished product.
#Myth 6: Your IPR can be compromised
This is one of the most common myths about outsourcing product development. Many business owners fear that they may lose their Intellectual Property Rights to the outsourcing team. However, there’s no guarantee that your IPR won’t ever be compromised if you don’t outsource. A vicious mind that aims to do the same may do it from within the walls of your office building too. So, outsourcing doesn’t matter here. What matters is choosing a reliable brand that values its reputation in the market, thus ensuring 100% protection of your assets.
#Myth 7: Cultural differences may affect professional relationships
No, it doesn’t. The world and its people are upgrading themselves every single day, and cultural differences are not even a hot topic for discussion in the cafeteria these days, let alone hamper work relationships. If you think that you have found the right team to outsource your product development, go with your hunch. There’s no point believing in these baseless rumors.
Wrapping it up
Neither distance nor cultural diversity can affect the quality of the product that an outsourcing company will develop for you. The only thing that will affect it is the skills and experience of the developers who work on it. Hence, you should take your time to evaluate their credibility before you hand the project over to them. Ask questions, review their previous works, and make sure you fill them in on the details of the product to prevent miscommunication of any kind. If you can get these things right, you are sure to reap the benefits of outsourcing on a large-scale. Contact us today to speak with our experts!
After successful 5 years stint in a corporate role, Nitin is back to what he enjoys most – conceptualizing new software solutions to solve business problems. Nitin is postgraduate from IIT, Mumbai, India and in his 19 years of career, has played key roles in building a desktop as well as enterprise solutions right from idealization to launch which are adopted by many Fortune 500 companies. As a Founder member of Pratiti Technologies, he is committed to applying his management learning as well as the passion for building new solutions to realize your innovation with certainty.