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Before Delegating App Development to a Third-party, Seven Aspects Should be considered by Startups

Published on 22 November 18
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To get through your teething stage and face a crowd for recognition, every startup needs its own unique system of business operations. Activities such as training, hiring and contracting a third party for application development are as important as brand promotion, customer values and reputation for a company. Outsourcing is one of the common practices that many start-ups opt for in order to yield higher productivity at minimal costs. A recent study showed that sixty percent of spending could be saved by companies if they had outsourced their app development requirements.

Delegating such development chores completely depends on the nature of your business and goals. A startup with less funding, limited workforce and specific incompetency can outsource any aspect of their business. Thus, when considering the vitality of the development needs of your start-up, you need to keep in mind the following five things -

  • The right third party – One of the most imperative steps is deciding who handles your development, includingapp development and more. You need to hire the right service provider once you have done thorough research. Seek recommendations or and research online to help you find the one that will handle your needs.
  • Consider technology standards – When considering outsourcing, you want to keep in mind technology standards. Over the years, a 58% growth rate has been experienced by the surpassing mobile usage over desktops. You should be careful when hiring professionals to develop a website for your startup because, if they do not understand responsive design, the website wouldn’t attract much of your target audience. Particularly, you need to keep your project upgraded by making sure that your website and applications are mobile-friendly, and by featuring up-to-date technologies in your development.
  • Include personalized communication – In addition to the above, you also need to have personalized communication between you and your hired professionals regularly. You will require the attention of your experts concerning certain technical issues periodically. In addition, uninterrupted communications can help provide smart solutions when outsourcing your development requirements.
  • Keep in mind the intellectual property considerations – It is extremely important to secure your intellectual property against any misuse or theft during outsourcing. It is estimated that in many Asian countries, about 61% of the software used is pirated. While a bit lower in India at 58%, it becomes your responsibility to create required limitations by drafting binding contracts and non-disclosure agreements with your hired agency or a freelancer.
  • Updates on the progress of your tasks – Though outsourcing is important, you need to get regular updates in order to keep abreast of any behind-the-scenes process conducted by the third party. You should not relinquish complete control to a third party. You need to look beyond the end results, enabling yourself to learn more from the process than just from outcome. By neglecting software malfunction or the basics of app development, you may end up with costly mistakes and inappropriate decisions.

Conclusion -

If your firm is not software oriented and you need some work done in relation to software or websites, consider outsourcing rather than hiring a team of software developers.

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