Your company has decided to develop a mobile app but you aren’t sure whether to build it in-house or outsource the project to an app development company. You want to make an informed decision as you’ll be investing lots of time and money. This decision is critical because the quality of the app will determine how much value it brings to your workforce, clients, brand, and company. As the old saying goes… “If you don’t have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?” You want to nail the development of your app the first time around and not cause your employees or customers any headaches with bugs, glitches, or backend issues.
You, along with many other companies, are faced with two choices:
There are pros and cons to each of these paths. At the end of the day, what matters most is what works best for your enterprise. We have developed a list of pros for both choices so that you can make an informed decision that best benefits your business.
Putting the creation of your company’s mobile app in the hands of professionals may be the easiest and most risk-free path to take. Outsourcing app development saves time, money, and headache on your end of the bargain. With this option, you can sit back, relax, and have your perfect app created for you.
Many who are developing their company’s mobile app in-house do so because they believe it is the most cost-effective and easiest way to keep control over the process. However, it may not be as easy as you’d think. Although the parent company oversees the in-house team, they don’t always have full control over the development operations. Keeping app development operations in-house can be a great option, but only if a long-term strategy, the right technical resources are available, and budget are in place.
Many companies’ final decisions depend on the current market, the cost factor, and their willingness to take risks. When you compare hiring an app development team vs. building the app in-house, it is clear to see how different options will work for different companies. What works best for your company may not be a good fit for others. Outsourcing your company’s mobile app development is typically a more cost-effective, time-saving, and risk-free approach Outsourcing is an especially smart choice for companies who don’t have much time and money to invest in developing an app with an in-house team.
Luckily for the indecisive out there, you are not required to pick one or the other when it comes to launching your mobile app. The decision does not have to be black and white (100% in-house vs. 100% outsource). There are hybrid approaches, where companies can leverage existing SDKs and open platforms. A software development kit (SDK) is typically a set of software development tools that allows the creation of applications for a certain software package. In the transportation world, companies that want to create a driver app can start with a fully functional and bulletproof SDK that collects location, driving behavior and even includes workflow and task management. You can focus on the User Interface (UI) and integrating the App with other departments such as HR for Payroll, scheduling, etc.
Alternatively, you can start to pick a software development company that offers an open platform. These development teams offer a white-label app that displays, your colors, look, and feel. This way your app is ready to get on the market fast. If you work with a development company that offers a marketplace, you can develop unique models of your app.