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Mobile apps: Is offshore development the right move

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Planning to offshore mobile app development to India? Maybe it’s time to rethink the strategy. Trying to save money by offshoring mobile development is one of the biggest reasons cited by most enterprises based in US. Despite the ‘temptingly low prices’ and ‘guaranteed quality’, most Indian companies just don’t cut it. Reason — a lack of talented app developers, communication issues to missed timelines, the 1/3rd cost of the app may cost you deeply in the long run.

Poor technical capability, sub par work, spiraling costs added by screenings and monitoring and communication issues have given rise to onshoring or reshoring, a trend gaining ground in the US.

Picture this: You have just dispatched your requirements to the offshore developer and conducted extensive Skype calls to expedite the process. A few weeks later, you get the first sprint delivered with some key requirements missing or misunderstood that later result in bugs. This sets back your 3 month project by several weeks. One of the crucial factors related to apps is the time to market; with extended deadlines, you run the risk of marketing your app.

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Here are to top 5 reasons why you must consider onshoring:

Technical Capability: Despite repeated assurances of the best quality work, most offshore development companies in India and elsewhere in Asia lack the right resources. Very few offshore developers are qualified and have published a few apps in the app store. Most of the developers are competent either in iOS or Android and do not have even 2+ years development experience.

Published Apps: You know the offshore software development company is reliable if they have any published apps in an app store. If they do, then download the app and see if it works.

Deadlines: Speed-to-market is crucial when it comes to app development. Offshore development companies do not have a fast development cycle and lack flexibility to respond to requirements. A lack of responsiveness in the development process with poor managing capacity leads to missed deadlines.

Data Security: Data security is of utmost importance to enterprises in the West. But most offshore developers have complete access to sensitive information about the project and even Non-Disclosure Agreements don’t hold much weight in Asia.

Remotely Managing the Offshore Team: One of the biggest downsides of offshoring is lack of control over project planning. Lean offshore teams and technical incompetencies leads to irregularities.

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