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Posted 21st October 2022

In-house App Development Isn’t Always the Most Cost-effective Strategy

For small to medium-sized companies, outsourcing elements of business operations is now common practice as a way to streamline processes, tap into expertise and save money. Today’s customers expect more from software applications than ever before. Piecemeal solutions that provide only a few noteworthy features are quickly being overtaken by more comprehensive platforms that deliver an end-to-end experience for users.

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In-house App Development Isn’t Always the Most Cost-effective Strategy

By Lindsay Lucas, CEO, Software Solved

Tapping into the expertise of third-party data and software consultancies can offer better ROI – especially for SMEs

For small to medium-sized companies, outsourcing elements of business operations is now common practice as a way to streamline processes, tap into expertise and save money. Today’s customers expect more from software applications than ever before. Piecemeal solutions that provide only a few noteworthy features are quickly being overtaken by more comprehensive platforms that deliver an end-to-end experience for users. This has prompted developers to incorporate more capabilities, while also building innovative features that set their solutions apart from the competition. Thanks to third-party software integrations, they’re able to meet both demands.

From a user experience standpoint, third-party software providers can build more cohesive software solutions that provide all the essential features a customer may require.

Key Third-Party Data and Software Provider Benefits

There are a number of important benefits organisations can gain from using third-party software providers, which includes reducing development costs. When evaluating whether it makes sense to build functionality for an application in-house or use a third-party software provider, cost is frequently one of the key considerations. There is often a tendency to think that it would be more cost-effective to have in-house developers already working on the project simply build the capabilities they need on their own.

In practice, however, this approach usually ends up being more expensive in the long run. That’s because in-house developers working on the project often lack the experience needed to build those capabilities quickly. This means quite a lot of time is spent on development work and on-the-job learning to get the new capabilities up and running and thoroughly tested.

When these internal development costs are taken into account, it’s almost always more cost-effective to outsource to an experienced third-party data software provider.

Getting to Market Faster

With new technology hitting the market faster than ever, there’s tremendous pressure to keep development timelines on track and avoid missing important deadlines. Third-party providers can ensure projects stay within their expected budgets, preventing potential competitors from getting to market faster. Any steps that can be taken to accelerate development and potentially shorten the timeline to releasing a product, could mean the difference between becoming an industry innovator or not.

Third-party software providers seamlessly integrate essential capabilities into applications without compromising project timelines. By keeping projects on or ahead of schedule, they can focus on delivering a better, more robust product that exceeds customer expectations.

Expanding Application Features & Functionality

Third-party software development teams typically possess the experience and expertise needed to build the core architecture and innovative features of a new applications. In many cases, they’re designing something unique that will provide a point of differentiation in the market. The more time they can spend on refining and expanding those capabilities, the more likely the application is to make an impact and win over customers.

What in-house developers often lack are the skills needed to implement a variety of other features that will enhance the application’s functionality. By integrating third-party software developers, an organisation can leverage proven, feature-rich technology to expand  their capabilities.

Why switch to a third-party provider?

One of the key factors why firms switch to third-party support is cost-benefits, especially if you take into account factors such as the maintenance and upkeep of legacy systems. Systems receive the individual attention of experts combined with the leverage of availing tailored solutions that are tuned to shifting business needs.

Businesses are not vulnerable to the enterprise decisions of withdrawing support for older and phased-out systems. Third-party specialists can integrate these effectively. Third-party data and software solutions providers offer a wide range of expert services that are scalable, hence why the cost savings can be channelled into fresh initiatives.

The best integration providers will work with organisations to customise their solutions to meet specific application needs, which helps create even smoother user experiences and enhances reliability.

Categories: Business Advice, News, Technology


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