Outsourcing development projects are widely considered an excellent way for any company to get access to the skills it needs to deliver high-quality products but without burning a hole in its pockets. However, that's not to say that it doesn't involve even the tiniest bit of gamble -- perhaps that is why many executives find themselves contemplating if they should opt to outsource or just put together an in-house development team. See, outsourcing frees you up to concentrate on more important aspects of the business whereas an in-house team demands not only a master plan but also extensive effort and ample patience to ensure its success.

Therefore before you take a decision, it is essential to evaluate the pros and cons of each.

1. In-house development

Pros:

a. The team serves only your project's requirements and is not distracted by projects from other customers.
b. Since the company is directly involved with the team, it gains the ability to make required changes without endless back quickly and forth between the vendor and the company.
c. Better control and coordination.

Cons:

a. The costs involved in putting together a development team are quite high.
b. The company might not be able to find resources with the skillset necessary for its objectives.

2. Outsourcing

Pros:

a. It is significantly more affordable than hiring on-roll employees.
b. Access to a broader pool of talent.
c. Time to market is much quicker.

Cons:

a. Lack of regular face-to-face interaction can compromise transparency and result in communication as well as trust issues.
b. Security risks since the company may have to share confidential data with parties that are not part of the business.
c. Dependence for maintenance of the product or service.

For a better perspective, we have also compared the two options in the context of factors that are crucial to any development project.

1. Cost: Opting for a software channel partner program means you don't have to spend on hardware or other IT-based requirements. With an in-house team, you will not only be spending a considerable amount of money on hiring relevant resources but also setting up the systems they will need to do their job.

2. Saved time: Outsourcing allows you to hand over the project's responsibility so you can focus on things that are of more importance to the business. However, when you have an in-house team for the job, you need to dedicate time to ensure that the project is on track.

3. Access to talent: Hiring a vendor for your development requirements gives you instant access to an extensive pool of professionals who are well-versed with every aspect of the development world. On the other hand, for an in-house team, you will find yourself spending an exhausting amount of time on finding suitable candidates for the job.

We'll wrap it up with this advice: Before you decide to go for the software channel partner program or build an in-house team, carefully evaluate the project's scope, deadlines, and, most importantly, your budget.

Author's Bio: 

Kaushal Shah manages digital marketing communications for the enterprise technology services provided by Rishabh Software. This article gives an insight on what the businesses should choose between outsourcing and in-house when it comes to software development projects.