IN-HOUSE TEAM vs. REMOTE TEAM – Pro’s and Con’s

We should face it: if you can afford a large and highly qualified in-house team – do that! Sure that having professional skilled employees onsite is a rosy dream for the most entrepreneurs. BUT the reality often dictates other rules, so let’s think what drives companies to outsource.

It’s not about the costs

First let’s have a deal: I am not going to beat around the bush trying to persuade you to outsource. No. My aim is to share my ideas based on our customers’ experience to help you make the right decision. That’s it.

Very often I hear outsourcing in the context of costs’ cutting. But here I won’t put this reason as foremost. Why?

Our market became global and in terms of cheap software development it has divided into 2 main criteria: outsourcing for costs’ cutting, and outsourcing for talent.

I will definitely cover the topic of outsourcing for costs’ cutting, possible pitfalls in choosing offer with low rates and what it leads to …BUT let’s leave it for my next article and get back on track.

This article is about those who look for talent and eager to create outstanding products with their remote teams involved.

Of course the difference between the salary of a developer from San Francisco (the USA) and Minsk (Belarus) vary, but this factor should not come first since real professionals worth their wages.

So let’s discuss some other factors that make remote teams so much in demand.

Access to latest technologies

Have you ever tried to hire a Senior Java developer in the USA within a month? Or let’s say you need a Xamarin developer that is of high demand now? I can go on with the list.

Belarus had 313 000-university students in 2017, with as many as 75 000, or 24%, specialized in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) disciplines including some 70 IT specializations, which are the most in demand among IT companies. These people will develop the IT industry of the future (according to EY Report, The IT Industry in Belarus:2017 and beyond)

This number is greater than in Bulgaria and Romania altogether (57 300), greater than Poland (around 30 000), Belgium (28 300) and quarters the USA number of grads (237 826).

So chances to hire skilled professional in short terms are high and real. That’s a good option also for agencies from the USA or Europe when they have strict deadlines for their clients and projects.

Flexibility

Well, this point may refer to the idea above, but I want to point out one thing. When you have a remote team, it becomes very easy to grow it. All you need to do is to request your current provider with such a great news! You can bring new specialists with no charges for search, evaluation and interviewing, since your provider will take care of all that stuff for you.

Depending on the specific needs customers are welcome to choose any of the business models providers offer: Time & Material, Fixed Price or Dedicated team, so you can get all the necessary resources without hiring a specialist (QA, design etc.) for a single use on your project.

We don’t tell any fairy-tales about saved costs, but clear factors that any company can benefit from Expert Soft.

Risk comes from not knowing what you’re doing. (Warren Buffet)

Well, I can’t argue, can you? The important thing you should remember is that you should clearly realize what functions you need to have outsourced. The reasons why to do so and a vision what kind of team and specialists to look for.

From my experience, customers often don’t know the exact requirements perfectly and ask for Senior Engineer or even Architect but really don’t need them. We do efficient business and check the requirements and project details thoroughly so our customers do not overpay for superstar developers if there’s no need and honestly tell them there’ll be enough to hire a skilled Middle for a reasonable rate.

But here I’d like to discuss some other kind of Con’s.

Mismanagement

When you have an in-house team it’s sometimes a challenge to bring new team players tracelessly. You already have a clear working process, be it Scrum or any other management tool. So while choosing a provider make sure the company will do its best to smoothly integrate your remote team into the existing.

“Long distance relationship” is not for everyone

Yes, process is affected by distance since many remote teams are located several time zones away and not every business process can easily be adapted to such schedule.

In such case any tracking and task management tool (Jira, Git) will help to make the process structured and clear for all team members.

Another claim is that a dedicated employee would never perform the same effective as an in-house who is under full control. But such troubles appear when there’s a hole in IT staff management. We for example provide a skilled Project Manager who handles all communication and performance control issues.

The gamble is worth taking!

Well, I told probably all main negative aspects of remote team. And while we have already discussed some positive aspects, there are some more benefits that go far beyond money.

· Increase efficiency of your in-house employees

By delegating some tasks to your remote team, you will have a chance to expect better delivery of your in-house team and use their time for primary business tasks.

· Constant interaction

Due to different time zones, (although this gap isn’t so big) the work under your project can be held nearly 24 hours a day (in-house+remote teams in tight collaboration)

· Knowledge transfer

More often your remote team is not only a nice supplement to existing one, but they can share valuable knowledge and bring unexpected value to your in-house developers.

· Reduce business overheads

In most countries, offering outsourcing services the cost of living is lower than in countries with developed economies. So you won’t have to compensate healthcare insurance for example since your provider will care of all that.

And finally the most obvious but definitely reasonable point is that outsourced software engineers are great enthusiasts and bring a lot of new ideas to their customers projects. By hiring developers especially from Eastern European countries you’ll get not just coding staff, but a team of real geeks.

Though outsourcing has its pros and cons, the reasons to hire a remote team definitely outweigh. As you see, the main pitfalls can be easily avoided once you choose an appropriate outsourcing provider.

Expert Soft has numerous positive feedbacks from customers working with its team from Belarus. Our guys have strong engineering background that all our customers highly appreciate. All our end clients that came to us once are still with us. Don’t doubt to ask for references me or our CEO Max. Learn more about ExpertSoft on www.expert-soft.com

Do outsourcing smartly 😉

P.S. What is your outsourcing experience? Do you have anything to add or something you can’t agree?

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As a Sales Manager responsible for driving market leadership, global awareness, demand generation and strategic communications. Highly motivated to succeed both individually and as part of a team with a passion for people development, excellent communication skills and an experience in Business Development.