Gone are the days when you could run a quick Google search for the best software in your industry and find reasonably-priced, high-quality solutions to fit your specific needs. Today’s cookie-cutter software is generic and lacks the functionality that most growing businesses need in order to be efficient and competitive.
Custom software development is the better option. And while it certainly costs more up front, the long-term benefits far outweigh the size of the initial investment.
The biggest challenge isn’t determining that you need custom software development – it’s determining the type of outsourced partner you want to work with.
This includes onshore, offshore, and nearshore software developers. Do you know which type of developer is right for your next project?
Before diving into the three major types of software development partnerships and the pros and cons of each, let’s begin by making a case for outsourcing in the first place.
While you always have the option of hiring a full-time software development team to work internally with your organization, outsourcing yields numerous benefits – including:
While any outsourced software development partner can provide these benefits, not all outsourced options are created equal. As previously mentioned, there are three major types (onshore, offshore, and nearshore) – and they each come with their own pros and cons. The more you understand each, the more calculated your decision-making will be.
Onshore software development is commonly referred to as “local outsourcing.” As the name suggests, onshore software development involves procuring the services of a native company or professional. The word “local” can be used to describe both developers in the same city/state, as well as developers within the same country. (In other words, a company located in Texas can hire a software developer in New York and it’s still considered an onshore relationship.
The goal of working with an onshore development service is to get high quality output without having to micromanage the process.
Offshore software development involves hiring a partner located in another country. This could be a country nearby, but it also includes foreign nations on the opposite side of the globe. This approach has become a preferred option over the last couple of decades, but it’s not without its challenges.
The third major option is nearshore software development. While technically “offshore,” this model acts a lot more like an onshore option.
Nearshore works like offshore except that your business partners up with a team of developers who operate in a similar time zone and geographic vicinity. This eliminates much of the friction that exists with traditional offshoring.
Outsourcing software development is a no-brainer. Unless you already have a highly skilled and well-trained team of developers on staff, there’s no reason to do it yourself. The question is which of the three models – onshore, offshore, or nearshore – do you go with?
While there’s a case to be made for all three models, people are turning to the onshore option in droves. And it typically comes down to quality.
Businesses understand that onshore software developers deliver higher quality, better accessibility, faster communication, and more efficient workflows. Yes, the price is higher upfront, but it’s a cost-effective investment that generates a superior ROI.
The key to any kind of outsourcing – onshore or otherwise – is to partner with the right development team. Here are some characteristics we recommend looking for:
If you want the cheapest piece of software possible, then you should run a search for offshore or nearshore software developers. But if you want a quality piece of software that generates robust ROI for years to come, onshore is what you need to focus in on.
At Dev.co, we’re a team of experienced software developers who essentially serve as an extension of your team. We’re based out of the United States and we’re here to help you on your next custom software development project.
Please contact us today to learn more about our process!
Ryan is the VP of Operations for DEV.co. He brings over a decade of experience in managing custom website and software development projects for clients small and large, managing internal and external teams on meeting and exceeding client expectations–delivering projects on-time and within budget requirements. Ryan is based in El Paso, Texas.