The COVID-19 pandemic may be slowly nearing its end (we hope), but it looks like remote work is here to stay. The worldwide lockdowns caused many businesses to rediscover the benefits of outsourcing, which resulted in a noticeable spike in the demand for dedicated software development teams.
Just consider this:
- In 2020, the global IT outsourcing market reached $318.5 billion. Current estimates predict it to hit $425.19 billion as early as 2026, which would amount to a CAGR of 4.5%.
- At present, application development is the most commonly outsourced IT function by a large margin, with over 60% of tech companies using external developers in 2020–2021.
What these figures seem to indicate is that if you fail to incorporate dedicated development teams into your business model, you may risk falling behind the technology curve (and your competitors).
With this in mind, let us take a look at some situations in which you should consider hiring an outsourced development team and how you can leverage the dedicated team model to lower your costs.
What Is a Dedicated Software Development Team?
Dedicated software development teams — also known as extended development teams or staff augmentation in the U.S. — are remote engineers who work in close collaboration with your in-house team.
Under this model, product development is not fully outsourced. The in-house and remote teams work on the same projects, often in real time, and may have shared tasks, goals, and milestones. In that sense, an extended team functions as a seamless, hassle-free, and cost-effective addition to your in-house developers.
When to Use Dedicated Teams in Your Product Development
The following are just some situations in which you should give the dedicated team model serious thought. For more examples, check out our related blog 5 Specific Cases Where You Need an Extended Development Team.
1. You Are Struggling to Hire In-House Developers Remotely
Few, if any, businesses were prepared for COVID-19, stay-at-home mandates, and the unprecedented shift toward remote work that ensued. Remote recruitment, in particular, can be especially challenging if your company’s human resources processes were not designed with remote hiring in mind.
In addition, hiring remotely comes with the challenge of local laws, taxes and regulations – many businesses do not have the bandwidth to hire and sustain an international team from an operational and HR point of view.
This way, you can have your cake and eat it too. You get to assemble a highly competent custom development team that is a good fit for your project requirements and company culture while benefiting from no-fuss hiring and team set-up.
2. You Are Pressed for Time
Even if you have the capacity to hire a remote team yourself, you simply may not have the time to go through the drudgery of:
sifting through hundreds of applications and LinkedIn profiles, interviewing and vetting candidates, and taking care of all the paperwork.
This process can be even more time-consuming if you are looking to hire developers internationally in a market you are not familiar with. You also likely have time-to-market targets to meet, and your in-house resources may be better spent on other, more essential tasks.
An external team of dedicated engineers can help shorten your product development time and hit the market faster.
3. The Number of Engineers You Will Need May Vary
You may have many software projects on your plate right now, but is that going to be the case six or twelve months from now?
In an unstable post-COVID market, it may be wise to lower your risk as much as possible in case the economy takes a plunge again — even if you have several long-term projects lined up. A dedicated development team can enable you to achieve your business goals at a fraction of the cost of recruiting in-house experts.
How Hiring Dedicated Developers Can Reduce Software Development Costs in 2021
1. You Save Time and Internal Resources
Why suffer through a long-lasting hiring process when an experienced tech partner can do all the heavy lifting for you? By saving time on recruitment, you can make the best use of your limited internal resources.
At Zartis, we take the entire process off your shoulders. We will either assign some of our existing engineers to your project (if the timing and match is right) or carefully peruse a large pool of experts to hand-pick candidates with the exact tech skills and level of experience you are looking for. All you need to do is e-meet our final selection of top performers for one final call.
2. You Can Easily Scale Your Dedicated Software Team As Needed
With time, your business needs are likely to change, and you may need to scale your engineering team up or down. This can be very time- and cost-consuming when you are dealing with a large in-house team. In contrast, you can scale a custom development team with ease.
3. You Get to Cut Back on Onboarding Costs
From shipping equipment internationally to setting up security and IT support, onboarding remote experts can be distracting, costly, and time-consuming. At Zartis, we do all that, freeing you to focus on your business objectives instead.
4. You Can Benefit from Minimal Red Tape
Hiring technical experts in certain jurisdictions may come with significant bureaucratic implications. This is why rather than tackling those challenges directly, you always want to work with an experienced partner with established presence in the locations/markets you’re interested in.
At Zartis, we have an international pool of experts across Spain, Portugal, Poland, the Czech Republic, and beyond. We know the local regulations and can assemble a dedicated developer team for you with minimal red tape.
Want to Learn More About the Dedicated Development Team Model?
Check out these blogs:
- Building an Extended Development Team vs. Hiring In-House Developers: Pros and Cons
- 8 Questions You Should Ask Outsourcing Providers
- Outsourced Product Development vs. Collaborative Outsourcing
Hiring Dedicated Software Development Teams with Zartis
Zartis is a tech partner you can trust. We specialize in building high-performing dedicated software development teams for a wide range of global clients.
Our cost-efficient solutions can provide you with an affordable option and alternative to in-house hiring.
We will pair you with a committed team with the technical expertise and soft skills you need. The best part? You retain in-house-like control over the development process.
Learn more about our dedicated development team services now.