5 Common Risks of Offshoring Software Development
Modern day organizations are clamoring to develop websites and applications that will allow them to claim their share of today’s massive digital marketplace. This trend—which is analogous to the gold rush of the mid-19th century—has led many to unwittingly rush toward outsourcing their software development to offshore companies.
While there are some instances where outsourcing to overseas companies can be beneficial, choosing a local or in-house development team can mitigate a range of long-term issues. For example, ensuring the maximum level of quality requires consistent communication, proper application of technology, diligent planning, and financial transparency. When outsourcing overseas, the risks associated with each of these is increased due to several factors, like geopolitical conflicts, lags in reporting due to geographical location, and variance in regulations across borders. Below you will find an overview of the common complaints many firms have when offshoring their software development projects.
Challenges in Communicating With Offshore Development Teams
It already takes a high level of technical expertise to communicate effectively when working with a domestic development company. Upon transitioning to offshore development, you will quickly notice that cultural dissonance and language barriers make communication even more painstaking. Even if you can find talented professionals, you will still need to be incredibly precise in the instructions you provide to them. If the procedures are not laid out exhaustively upfront, you risk spending countless hours correcting a mistake that occurred due to an unexpected miscommunication. With a domestic team, like Nexrage Studios, you can trust that your expectations will be clearly understood without needing to provide constant oversight and guidance.
Furthermore, even if the specifications are outlined up front for an offshore team, you then run the chance of having a stiff design that was not altered appropriately during the design stages. While having a clear strategy available is helpful, it is even better to work with experts who know how to identify flaws in that plan and reposition themselves to solve them before moving forward. We know that producing your vision is our main objective, so we research and ask questions in order to ensure that your project stays on track to success.
Financial Risks When Offshoring Software Development
When working with offshore development teams, it is difficult to accurately estimate overall costs, therefore some who choose this route end up going over budget on their projects. The upfront cost savings of working with a cheaper offshore development team may seem appealing, but having little to no actual reach can result in catastrophic project failure.
For instance, if the offshore company chooses not to follow through with a contract, you will have great difficulty enforcing a contract outside of your home country. With this in mind, some developers will be looking to take advantage of you by overpromising the level of services they can provide. You may try to circumvent this by only paying fixed price contractors, but if the developer is still unable to complete the project due to technological restraints or poor management, there is little that can be done to recoup the costs.
Geographical Risks That May Compromise Your Project
Offshore teams that offer the most budget prices for their services are often located in regions where infrastructure is not as extensive as within the U.S. For example, when outsourcing work to the Philippines, flooding is a very common occurrence. People can barely leave their homes, let alone reach their workplace. Likewise, natural disasters like tropical storms may cause rolling blackouts that leave your development team unable to work for days, weeks, or even months depending on the severity of the storm. The same applies to geopolitical unrest and socioeconomic issues—if the country you are sourcing your development from falls into a state of unrest, your project will suffer the consequences. With a local team, you can have more confidence that these issues will be far more rare.
Privacy Concerns When Offshoring Software Development
Information security risks are also more prevalent when working with overseas teams. If the offshore company is vulnerable, your software may end up in the hands of an unauthorized party. This compromises your future products and could lead to your firm’s ideas being stolen or repurposed by other organizations. The intellectual property laws in the U.S. ensure that choosing a domestic developer like Nexrage offers the highest level of protection for your ideas and software products.
Offshore Outsourcing Complicates the Development Process
The management and technical debt that is accrued in offshoring is oftentimes not worth it. Because of the communication difficulties that exist due to cultural, linguistic, and technical differences, it will be nearly impossible to coordinate a mid- to large-scale development project without constant oversight from a local team of technical advisors.
Budget development teams often look to cut costs by avoiding risk and not taking significant creative direction. In the worst case, this translates into a development team that cannot visualize the bigger picture of the project and inevitably leads to an end product that is not correctly implemented, nor scalable. A product that doesn’t have the big picture view in mind will struggle in the future when it requires core updates and implementation of new features. This alone can double your long-term development costs.
Domestic firms like Nexrage Studios stay up-to-date with cutting edge advancements in the software industry. Therefore we not only acknowledge the big picture, but also leverage our expertise to help make suggestions you had not considered, in order to preemptively solve issues that may not have been apparent from the start. That’s the power of developing domestically—click the link below to speak to our sales and partnerships team. They will help you determine how Nexrage Studios can help you realize your software project.