The time of the company that could handle every aspect of its business in house has long passed. Today only Santa Clause still designs, builds and delivers all of his toys on his own and even his PR department is handled by other companies.
This is where the massive wires connecting the continents in the high speed optical network we call the World Wide Web really come in to play. Now a company is no longer bound by physical proximity to hire the specialists that exist in their own town. In fact there are many aspects about running a business, from creating and maintaining a website to developing an iPhone app or even tackling the job of an entire HR department that can now be outsourced to a another company working from the other side of the globe.
This is particularly true when talking about developing a new website or an iPhone app because these are tasks that only require one initial effort in terms of resources and then everything can be set on auto pilot with just some regular maintenance checks. That means that not only there is no need for an in house iPhone app developer but that it would actually be an excessive waste to hire one. That is just one of the reasons why a company would look at outsourcing iPhone app development and we are going to take a very good look at both the advantages and the drawbacks of doing that.
The Advantages of Using an Offshore iPhone App Development Company
The one thing that needs to be clear from the start is the fact that, whether you decide to go with an offshore iPhone app developer or not, it is imperative that your business needs an iPhone app.
Companies began developing their own websites when they realized that people were spending more and more time surfing the web and learning there about anything that was of interest to them. With the rising popularity of the iPhone people now spend almost as much time browsing the App Store and playing around with the apps they find interesting as they once did surfing the web. The only really significant difference is that now they do this while commuting, while standing in line at the grocery store, by filling up those moments when they really have nothing else to do but wait. And that means that a great app can really draw a lot of attention towards a specific product or company.
The only real challenge is coming up with that extraordinary app and making it look and feel irresistible. In order to do that a business will need to spend some money. Just how much money they will end up spending really depends on the quality of the app they are building and on the team they are using. In order to keep both this factors in check the only real solution is to relay on offshore iPhone app development and here are some of the best reasons why.
An Offshore iPhone App Developer Is Less Expensive
There is a common fallacy in assuming that if a product is cheap it is also of low quality. The fact remains that the costs of leaving a high quality life in the USA is many times more expensive than leaving that same type of life in Eastern European countries like Hungary or Romania. This translates in high quality
programmers that are much more willing to do an excellent job for less money than they would if they were leaving here.
Increased Quality for the Same Price
The fact that the same amount of money means something totally different in another part of the world also means that to outsource iPhone application development means to get the same quality you would receive from a senior iPhone app developer but for the money you would pay a grad student.
Also by outsourcing the development of an app you are setting specific targets that need to be met and you are also stating a clear financial expectation. So no matter what issues might arise during the development process you are not obligated to make any further investment. It is the responsibility of the offshore iPhone application development company to get over whatsoever hurdles may come up and deliver the product that you have paid for.
No Financial Responsibility Outside of the Project
The fact that you are paying for the delivery of a project also means that you are not responsible with the human resource behind that project. Paying salaries, organizing team events, scheduling holidays and paying for them too and basically anything else that dealing with a work force implies is no longer your responsibility.
Broadening Your Company’s Area of Expertise
There is also a particular type of advantage that only businesses that are somehow related to the iPhone market enjoy. Say, for instance, you own an advertising company. Many of your clients will already have an iPhone app or may not be interested in developing one, however you are aware of how important an app really is and it is your duty to point that out. Now you could just give your client the tip and let him find his own developing company but by having a strong connection with an offshore iPhone app developer you can retain full control of your client and provide a more diversified advertising portfolio.
Keeping Only Essential Resources on Constant Payroll
This last example also points to another advantage of working with an iPhone app development company: you can focus your business on the one thing that really drives in cash, maximize the profits and the energy of the company in that direction and then outsource everything else. You may be great at developing and designing an app but there is really no need to keep the programming side of the business within the company if you are not particularly focused on that aspect.
The Drawbacks of Using an Offshore iPhone App Development Company
Of course it is not all fun and games when working with a partner and, besides the normal issues you would expect to come across when approaching another company to help you with a service, working with an offshore iPhone app developer can create its own range of problems.
Limited Direct Contact
The biggest problem when trying to outsource iPhone application development to another country is that you will not have a lot if any direct contact with the developer team. You can stay in close contact through Skype, of course, and they can send you daily updates about the project but most of us really can really get a feeling of understanding another person when we can get to actually see eye to eye.
It really boils down to how many projects you will have with that team because, if you are only working with them for one app, than a combination of Skype, chat and daily updates will be enough. And if you are thinking about expanding your collaboration to several app plus the maintenance you can always take a business holiday, visit with the team and get to taste a bit of their culture too.
This is not about language differences because there really is no point in working with a team that does not speak fluent English. It is more about finding a team that has the same business sense and drive to succeed that you have. Of course even in the US some people are more driven than other but what we may fail to understand is that our entire culture is oriented towards performance and when dealing with offshore iPhone teams you need to make sure that they are on the same page with you on this.
Time Zone Differences
Seeing how you are outsourcing iPhone application development to another team there is really no need for them to work during the same hours as you do. Still there have been people who had a problem with the fact that they could only communicate with their team during few hours window when their working hours over lapped and you need to take that into consideration. The good news is that some offshore iPhone app development companies will either work different hours to match their schedule to yours or will have a representative that will always be available.
Ultimately there are no absolute answers to the issues that may arise when working with an offshore iPhone app development company but there are also plenty of advantages to offset any troubles that may arise. The best thing about going offshore is that you get an outstanding level of quality for far less money than what you would pay here and, if you take the time to chose wisely the team that you will be working with you may be surprised just how many things can get that over the internet these days.