Why Dedicated Software Development Teams Are Imperative in 2021

Why Dedicated Software Development Teams Are Imperative in 2021

By: Erik Birkfeld

March 14, 2021

A common meme floating around at the moment consists of an advert from the late ’80s showing a VCR, a dictaphone, an early cellphone, a camera, a computer and various other electronics, usually with the caption “all of this is now in your pocket.” And it’s true. Most of what you need to run a successful business lies in the palm of your hand. That said, you still need teams to do the core work of your business, and outsourcing certain aspects is a vital part of that, especially with software development teams.

Software Development Teams

Most businesses do not have the time nor knowledge to create a dedicated software development team of their own. This is simply because it’s not part of their main focus — they generally need to focus on the core aspects of the business.

In addition, it’s not always immediately apparent what sort of team they might need to hire — what hard skills do you need your developers to have? Can you accurately gauge whether your development environment would benefit from programming in Python, JavaScript, or Java (the top three programming languages by job count)? Do you know what good looks like when it comes to development and code?

These questions usually mean you have to hire someone who has the skills to make those judgments, and you could end up with a department that has 10 full-time developers who do not have enough work to really justify their full-time status.

Software Development Teams

Flexibility is one of the biggest advantages of having your own outsourced dedicated software development teams. It’s easy to ramp up rapidly, as you do not have to worry about hiring decisions or training, and large companies that deal with outsourced development have the skills in place to cover most scenarios.

Similarly, outsourcing your development helps to reduce red tape that may be caused by the processes within the company. Rather than getting sign-off for numerous individual items, you simply need sign-off for the project. While that comes with its own set of restrictions and so on, it’s usually easier to get approval for a big project with an overarching view than lots of smaller projects.

You can also start small, if you choose. Risk mitigation is a crucial aspect of any business, so you can create a basic barebones application to see whether it is likely to succeed and then choose to develop it further. However, if you hire a full in-house team, you end up paying salaries during the testing and use stage, which may not be desirable for smaller and medium enterprises.

Unique Viewpoints

One of the big problems with larger businesses is that vision is sometimes constrained by the realities of that business as they were in the past, and new ideas may not always rise to the top. Collaborating with an outsourced dedicated development team helps ensures that ideas remain fresh and you get what you need. This is one of the key advantages of an outsourced self-managed dedicated development team.

This is where nearshoring really helps. Traditional outsourcing involves using companies from around the world, but this can result in a lack of fit culturally. Nearshoring uses companies from the region that have a much better understanding of local fit and local norms, which means that your business application is likely to be more intuitive to your clients. And you wouldn’t be alone. Around 300,000 positions are outsourced every year in the United States.

Easy Communication

Ultimately, communication is where all projects either succeed or fail. Good communication is essential, and a solid dedicated development team is used to communicating with clients. Again, nearshoring is extremely useful in this regard, as you will likely be in the same time zone or close enough. Speaking the same language is also vital, as it helps to reduce communication inefficiencies, and it also builds trust as you can be sure that you’ve been understood.

Ultimately, dedicated software development teams helps you easily get the expertise you need and get started straight away while ensuring a high level of control over the project. If you want to talk to us about getting a dedicated developer team for your business, contact us today.

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