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When It’s Time to Consider App Development Outsourcing


Published on: 25 Jun 2021

By Vinod Subbaiah

Which area of information technology is the most frequently outsourced in Canada and the United States? 

If you guessed app development, you would be correct.

There is a five-year upward trend in IT budgets being invested in outsourcing. According to Avasant, a leading management consulting firm, companies are looking to outsource mobile app development with greater frequency because the demand is variable. As new projects are started and finished each year, the need for a dedicated team for this function is low. 

Instead, companies are more interested in getting the most out of their existing IT staff, or supplementing their production teams with support roles, such as a product manager or project manager. 

Is your organization considering having an app developed? If so, then there is no better time to consider outsourcing to development agencies than right now. 

Below, you will find answers to some of the most common questions we get about app development outsourcing in the early stages of the process.

We are confident the answers provided will make the answer to your question clear… 

If you are considering an app development project, you should strongly consider outsourcing it.

What Is App Development Outsourcing? 

App development outsourcing is the process of getting a web or mobile application built by a company outside of your own. Often, these companies are not located in the same city and state as your business, but that does not mean they have to be located outside of your home country, or even in a different time zone.

As long as the company or individual that you hire to work on your app is not employed by the same company that would like to have the app built, the project can be considered ‘outsourced.’ 

There are many benefits to outsourcing app development, which we will get into below. Some of the major reasons companies decide to outsource include complex app requirements across platforms, as well as the lead time and financial investment required to hire Android and iOS developers in-house. 

Can You Outsource App Development? 

The simple answer to this is – yes, of course you can outsource app development. In fact, outsourcing app development is more common than you might expect. According to Avasant, app development is the most commonly outsourced IT function. Their annual research on IT outsourcing recently found that over 60% of companies are outsourcing at least a portion of their app development

Businesses of all sizes find themselves outsourcing this function, for a variety of reasons. Even in situations where a company may have internal software development resources, the variable nature of these projects often leads to existing staff playing a supplemental role in the project. 

If your business is interested in deploying an app development project while also saving precious man hours internally, outsourcing is one of the most effective ways to do that. 

How Much Does It Cost To Outsource App Development? 

The cost to outsource app development varies from one project to another. It would be easy to simply state an hourly rate which you could calculate to determine a cost, but the app development process is never that simple. Our app development team has been working in this industry since 2010, and we continue to find each and every project comes with unique needs and requirements. 

Depending on the type of app you are looking to have created, the scope of work can vary in a major way. Because of that, we require a detailed discovery phase to assess the total effort (time, money and resources) required for project completion.

Is It Better To Outsource App Development Than Do It In-house? 

There are a variety of reasons why your business should consider outsourcing your app development as opposed to creating the app in-house. 

Before answering the question of which solution is better for your business, it might be smarter to first determine the long-term maintenance needs of your app. For example, if your app is going to be a one-time build with minimal maintenance post-launch, outsourcing is likely a better option. Alternatively, if the app is something that you are going to want to frequently update on-demand, an outsourcing team may not be the best solution.

Below are six reasons we often find companies decide to outsource their builds to application developers over relying on an internal team to get the job done. 

  1. Outsourcing could be a more cost-effective approach
  2. Outsourcing is a lower risk approach than building an internal team
  3. Outsourcing teams produce with greater efficiency
  4. Outsourcing agencies can build apps using cross platform technologies
  5. Outsourcing teams stay educated on cutting edge tools and industry best practices
  6. Outsourcing teams put the experiences of working on previous clients to work for you 

Our firm, Asahi Technologies, is a top app development company that offers all of these things and more. 
If your business needs to develop an app and you are exploring the option of outsourcing the project, please take a second to check out some samples of our mobile app development work or click the button below to contact us to receive a free consultation.

Vinod Subbaiah