Factcheck: 4 myths on project outsourcing debunked
In a constantly evolving market that grows more complex by the day, it is perfectly normal that you don’t have the capacity to conduct all your services in-house anymore. That’s not a problem, though, because we have the perfect solution: outsourcing.
You partner up with an outsourcing company. They unburden you and make sure you reach your business goals. Too good to be true?
You’ve heard people say that outsourcing means poor quality. And maybe it will endanger the privacy of your company? Moreover, outsourcing a project will take way longer than doing it in-house…
And finally: if you do it yourself, it will be done better. You should keep the control of your projects within your company.
Think again! In this article we will debunk some of the most persistent myths about outsourcing. After reading it, you will be able to make an informed decision about whether or not you want to outsource some of your processes.
Myth 1: Outsourcing means losing control over your project
What you do yourself, you do best. That’s true most of the time. But not if doing everything in-house means you can no longer focus on your core business.
Moreover, outsourcing does not mean giving up control. A good outsourcing partner will include you in the project as much or as little as you want. You want to keep making 100% of the decisions? That’s fine! You want to be entirely unburdened? No problem either!
Thanks to a good outsourcing partner, you can focus on the daily working of your organization.
Myth 2: Outsourcing = poor quality
A very persistent myth: project outsourcing will get you a lesser quality project than if you had done it in-house. The biggest reason for this myth? Nearshoring and offshoring are very cheap. And low price = low quality, right?
Wrong! Companies providing near- and offshoring can offer their services at a low price because they are situated in areas where the cost of living, and by consequence the wages, are low (for example in Asia or Eastern Europe). This does not, however, affect the quality of their work.
In the end, the result of the project is determined by the skills of the developers and engineers. If your outsourcing partner has experienced, highly educated developers and engineers, your project will be of the highest possible quality.
What’s more, outsourcing companies often have to fight against prejudices to get a good reputation and a spot on the market. So they will do whatever it takes to debunk this myth themselves.
Myth 3: Outsourcing endangers the privacy and security of your company
Another myth: outsourcing companies would not respect the privacy and security of your organization. You would even risk your outsourcing partner stealing your code or data and giving it to a third party, or them not giving you access to all the IP rights.
But again: outsourcing companies reel in business thanks to their good reputation. If a business does not treat their client’s data securely and violates their intellectual property, it will get a bad reputation on the market.
Still not entirely convinced of the security of outsourcing? Make sure to keep the following points in mind when closing a contract with an outsourcing company:
- Make sure the outsourcing team always follows the correct safety procedures to detect potential threats.
- Align your internal safety standard and policy with that of your outsourcing partner.
- Get all the members of the outsourcing team to sign a non-disclosure agreement.
- Verify how your data will be exchanged. Will the outsourcing team work in your engineering environment or will the data be shared? Will they use your hardware or their own?
Myth 4: Outsourcing a project takes longer than doing it in-house
The last myth we would like to debunk: doing a project in-house would be quicker and easier than trusting a project to an outsourcing company.
Outsourcing service providers are experts in their domain. They are quick and efficient.
An example: an outsourcing company specializing in mobile applications has a team of experienced application developers immediately at their disposal. They understand what the client wants, can start the project right away and deliver the product quickly and efficiently.
A company without any experience that wants to develop a mobile application in-house, will have to invest time and money in hiring developers even before they can start their project. That’s why a development process will always be done more quickly when it’s outsourced.
Outsourcing: something you would like to try?
Have we been able to convince you of the power of outsourcing? Are you curious to know how we deal with outsourcing projects? Mathias or Frederik would love to give you some more information.