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Overview

This case study conclusion has been drawn from our experiences with real client issues.

When looking for software development you may be tempted to go offshore, in this short article, we will explore the drawbacks faced when going offshore, what has to suffer to get cost in your budget and why it’s not the best option.

The key considerations to keep in mind are:

  1. Quality should not suffer
  2. Why do people look offshore in the first place
  3. Can offshore work in the age of agile

The challenges of offshoring

First, let’s look at why companies consider moving development offshore. At face value it seems like a no-brainer, cheaper labour you’d be a fool to pass that up, right? Something has to give when you make compromises and the reduction in cost comes with a caveat, the main area to suffer is the quality of workmanship, not to mention support, we have heard time and time again about how a “finished” product has been dumped in the laps of our clients only to have the proverbial door slammed when bugs in the code have been found.

Secondly, we need to mention the language barrier, whether you choose an Asian country or a European the issue remains, English is not their first language and will serve as a barrier.

Why offshore cant work in an agile world.

In Agile development, developers must work in collaboration with multi-talent teams and work with client feedback to deliver ever-evolving code that can be tested in real-time with “sprints” running every one or two weeks. This approach serves to accelerate the rate at which a company can deliver solutions to the client without wasted time and effort. This is where the real problems start, when you outsource you lose that real-time development due to time zones how can we collaborate if we only have a few hours a day of overlap?

Can on-shore offer a real solution?

If you want the short answer, yes it can, but if it’s going to be a viable alternative we need to consider location, location, location. The UK has established a number of areas that can offer the overheads of offshore with the service of an onshore company, one of these areas are Cardiff, luckily for us and our clients that it’s our local area and one of the main factors in choosing this area.

Conclusion

Although off-shoring is going to remain an option for a lot of companies the fact remains that the UK offers alternatives, with little to none of the risks associated with offshore.

Key conclusions

  1. The UK is a viable option for your needs
  2. Don’t sacrifice quality for costs
  3. Consider looking outside of big cities for development agencies

 

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