As a business owner, you have several options open to you when it comes to how you handle your software development. You can hire an in-house team, which will have familiarity with your work but cost quite a lot to maintain. You can also commission software development companies on a per project basis. This saves money but can lead to delays, especially if you use a different team for each project and need to allow time for each team to understand your business.
There is a third option. Many businesses now hire dedicated development teams. These combine the best of both worlds. A dedicated team is a third party software developer with which you create an arrangement to work on your projects for as long as you need them to. They will dedicate a set amount of time each week to your work in return for a previously agreed fee. This solution offers several benefits to businesses.
With a dedicated development team, your business has the flexibility to work on whatever software it needs. You don’t have to worry about finding a new team for each job, as the dedicated team understands the business’ needs and can work towards them.
This is ideal for companies that go through cycles of busy development followed by periods of little or no development. You can arrange the dedicated contract so that you pay for fewer hours during the slow periods, thus saving money that would have been spent on an in-house team that isn’t working.
Another disadvantage of having an in-house team is that you need to pay for the infrastructure it uses to create software. Hardware, software, and development kits all fall into these costs. As such, you have to consider much more than the team’s wages.
This is another area where a dedicated team will shine. You gain all of the expertise and familiarity of an in-house team with none of the infrastructural costs. The team should already have everything in place to provide the service, which saves your business even more money.
Another issue with in-house teams is the fact that working solely on your business’ projects means that team members don’t get to spread their wings and experience other types of projects.
A dedicated team still does work for other businesses or will have done so in the past. This offers the team a greater breadth of experience, which it can apply to the work it does for you. This can result in quicker project workflows that save both time and money.
Dedicated development teams offer advantages over typical outsourcing too. A dedicated team understands your business and the software it needs. This familiarity means you don’t have to worry about whether or not the team will be able to provide what you need.
This is particularly useful for businesses offering subscription software to users. Such software typically employs the Agile development methodology, which means the development team must work on making constant improvements and updates to the software in return for the subscription fee. Having a dedicated team that already understands the software and knows what needs to be delivered offers the business great peace of mind when compared to using an outside team that needs to educate itself on the software every time an update is needed.