Why outsource your software development?

Author:   A.C. Cristiaan|


Why outsource IT software development & maintenance?


The question should be … why wouldn’t you?  Outsourcing especially makes sense when embedding IT development and maintenance to an elite few trusted IT strategic partners. The rate in which technology advances is outpacing all preconceived expectations — it’s truly a revolution — when the demand for added software domain expertise in development, testing and maintenance continues to grow exponentially.


How should one think about transitioning to fewer vendors while maintaining a sense of sanity?  The answer is, evaluate the myriad number of silo software products currently being deployed — all of which are supported by a staggering number of vendors.  Many more are made up of internal IT created standalone silo software. When I’m asked what are the solutions I recommend, my response is, stop and ask yourself the following:

  • How many vendors are currently deployed to serve our company?

  • How many API’s have been deployed in support of how many products?

  • How many of our employees are involved in supporting all of these third party products and what’s the cost of  their support?

What’s the price tag to maintain all of these silo software products?If we have an alternative, shouldn’t we explore using fewer vendors? As a corporate leader with fiduciary responsibilities to the company, you should ask yourself why do we have so many products supported by so many vendors?  Then as the realization hits, you find yourself thinking that we need to change our culture.  I understand that right sizing needs against competing internal corporate forces can be frustrating, and may make these changes slower to occur.  The following short list will arm you with the points needed to win over the naysayers and have them become allies to your cause.  By staying focused and knowing that you’re in fact on the right track, it will make a lasting positive impact on both innovation as well as the bottom line.


Benefits:

  • Managing a multitude of vendors is costly and tends to decentralize the software life-cycle.

  • Fewer silo product vendors leads exponentially to fewer issues with integrity and security of data in transit.

  • Fewer vendors, fewer need for vendor compliance auditing management — huge savings as a corporate line item.

  • Less vendors, less “agita.”

  • External IT members should be looked at as full-time resources — appreciated by any HR department (and CFO).

  • Supervised remote IT workforce operates best with fewer interruptions and helps maintain focus.

  • Adding engineers becomes an easy request and helps you scale.

  • 2 of the most critical derived benefits: 1. Time — as in … money, and  2. Technical domain expertise— as in … it cannot be duplicated internally — the diversity of a global solution provider is priceless.

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