How to Outsource Enterprise App Development Without Risk

December 7, 2020

A developer building an enterprise app development project.

At present, they are approximately 9 million apps distributed worldwide through the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. These applications are downloaded by billions of users every day. It may sound cliché, but “there’s an app for everything” is definitely true these days. This is a major reason why more and more companies are focusing on enterprise app development.

Creating an app requires talent. It also needs dedication, time, and money – a lot of money, especially since building an enterprise application covers both Android and iOS. To help get their enterprise app development project on the right track, many businesses hire an outsourcing dev team.

When an enterprise outsources a project, it hires a team outside of the company. In other words, instead of its in-house staff performing the tasks, the outsourced team does almost all the work.

Why Outsource Your Enterprise App Development?

Outsourcing app development projects are a popular practice for several reasons.

  • First, outsourcing enterprise app development and other projects helps businesses save on costs. The only thing that you pay for when hiring a team of developers outside your company is the service they give you – the work that they do. You don’t have to pay for their office rental, insurance, computers, software, furniture, and other similar stuff. Rates are also lower, especially when you outsource to countries with lower costs of living.
  • Second, outsourcing enterprise app development projects help businesses save time. Outsourcing agencies have well-trained, highly-skilled, and experienced teams. They’ve already worked on and created several apps. As such, you don’t have to spend time (and money) on training them. Work is also faster and more efficient, so finishing the project on time or even before schedule is a guarantee.

How to Minimize or Eliminate Risks When Outsourcing Enterprise App Development

Before you decide to outsource your enterprise app development project, take time to follow these steps to lessen risks.

1. Study your options.

The first thing you must do is study your options when choosing the right app development company. You need to find one that understands what your needs are, as well as why you are building an app. Of course, it is also vital to ensure technical expertise.

Ask for a portfolio of projects they’ve done, or find reviews and feedback from clients and businesses they’ve partnered with. Checking out the apps they have completed is also a big help.

Lastly, go through their website and social media page/s. You can tell a lot about a company or team just by looking at their virtual addresses and social media accounts.

2. Have a trial period.

Set an agreement with the outsourcing agency and schedule a trial period for your enterprise app development project. You can choose a test phase of two weeks or one month; it’s up to you. The kind of service the dev team comes up with during this phase will help determine if it is the right one for your project.

3. Establish a clear communication process.

This is particularly important if the team you are hiring is from a different time zone. Be sure to work out a compromise for your communication and collaboration needs. Come up with individual and group solutions that will benefit both parties. For example, instead of working in the morning, the team can move their work hours to late afternoon until late in the evening, so you can catch each other online. This way, you’ll have enough time to regularly communicate, conduct meetings, and carry out consultations.

4. Learn everything that you can about the dev agency’s culture.

If the outsourcing team is from another country, you have to learn how to deal with cultural differences. This means they may have different work practices and company culture. Sometimes, issues like this can lead to misunderstandings and work-related problems. If you’re hiring a team from Asia, for example, the differences can be significant, so before finalizing anything, find some time to learn what you can about their culture.

If this proves to be challenging for you, then outsource only to countries with cultures similar as yours. Just remember, though, that the success of your project does not depend entirely on culture-related matters but on the level of knowledge, skill, and dedication of the team.

5. Use a client account for storing enterprise app source codes.

To ensure that you have control of the source code, store it in a client account. More specifically, choose a source code management tool repository, such as the ones you’ll find on GitLab, Bitbucket, and GitHub.

Come up with a Non-Disclosure Agreement (or NDA) and ask the outsourcing company to sign it.

If you want your enterprise app development project to be in good hands, choose an outsourcing development team that is constantly updated with the latest tech trends. You need to work with a team that understands and knows the technologies, tools, and practices that your business embodies.

Additionally, its team of developers must not only be well-trained and highly-skilled, but also dedicated to the project and your business goals.

7. Be prepared to share sensitive data.

Having an NDA is a legal guarantee that every sensitive data or information you share with the outsourced dev team is safe and won’t be mishandled. Ensure that you deal only with the team and not with other or outside parties. You should be familiar with every member of the development team – or meet them virtually at least once or twice a week.

8. Do not pay in lump sums.

Before agreeing to pay anything, ask the agency for a breakdown of the enterprise app development costs. Every item in the list should be properly accounted for. Do not agree to pay in lump sums, especially when the project has not yet started. The best thing to do is agree on a schedule of payment, like one month into the project or after the first phase is completed.

Outsourcing your enterprise app development need not be challenging. All you need to do is follow the tips above and ensure that all risks are covered before finalizing an agreement with any development company. Don’t rush things; find time to assess your options. The right outsourcing agency should have your company’s best interest in mind. Their goal should be to build the best enterprise app.

About the author: Damien Bonnefoux - COO

Entrepreneur by heart, I'm passionate in helping companies to grow to a next level from aligning their business model, processes, tools and team. I also help startups, entrepreneurs in their digital transformation designing the best customer experience by getting in a deep dive on the most accurate value proposition and find the best balance between tech features and budget control. The goal is a quick go-to-market to achieve rapid revenue growth with their digital product. Pragmatic, agile and a go to action man, I stick on the "keep it simple" philosophy. View on Linkedin

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