Outsourcing is the way many industrially developed companies are doing business today. This has created a boom in the offshore web development business running into billions of dollars. Web development has been outsourced to many less developed countries at rates that are far more competitive than could be done in a developed country.
The boom has resulted in a proliferation of IT companies offering a wide range of services in outsourcing web development. Outsourcing has some distinct advantages as is evidenced with the plethora of industries which outsource as a more cost-effective alternative.
What Is Outsourcing Web Development?
Outsourcing web development is a generic term which covers a vast umbrella of activities from developing a simple, single page of static, ordinary text to highly complex web-related internet applications, social network services and electronic business applications. It also embraces e-commerce solutions, corporate websites, CMS and other web-based applications.
Companies across the spectrum of industry resort to outsourcing as a cost-effective business tool. These include IT companies, aircraft manufacturers, medical and pharmaceutical companies, banks and retail companies, to name but a few.
The way outsourcing web development works is by the developing company identifying a client’s needs and designing and developing a solution which fits. For successful development this must necessarily be a collaborative effort blending with mutual understanding in a mature environment. While there are many distinct advantages, outsourcing also has inherent disadvantages. Some of the pros and cons are elaborated below.
– A cost effective alternative
– Possess a significant talent pool
– Generate productive results
– Quick turnaround time
– Familiarity with a wide range of scripting languages and platforms
– Customized to a client’s requirement
– Possible security risk
– Creates unemployment
– Resistance from own employees and clients
– Difficulty in communication
Many overseas companies offer turnkey design and development services relying on well-established in-house research and development centers. Web development services include functions like web content development, web design, client-side/server-side scripting, client liaison, e-commerce development, network security and web server configuration.