Balancing the Cost of Application Development Options
In the 1980s and early 90s app development in Australia was perceived in many spheres as a black art with top software development professionals in huge demand at very high price tags. Times have changed significantly since then, with a widespread understanding growing across all industries of the language and concepts that exist within a standard app development company. Additionally, we have been flooded with a wave of low cost, often low-quality offshore app development options, which have steadily introduced a commoditized feel to some aspects of the software development services industry here in Australia. Many companies in Europe, USA, and Australia, excited by the apparent cost of offshoring moved great swathes of their operational IT functions offshore, only to the detriment of service quality. Many of these firms, having been burned by the experience are now bringing operations back onshore having made executive decisions that better service is preferable to cost cuts.
The reality is that offshoring can be very successful, however this is certainly not a given, and in order to drive a successful offshore engagement it takes commitment, time and flexibility. Red Sky Digital Australia has operated its software development business in ANZ & APAC for many years and as a business has driven some very successful offshore engagements.
Our approach is somewhat different to many of our lower-cost competitors that operate in Asia Pacific. We believe that the most effective way to manage outsourcing is to employ a multinational team of app developers, comprising a mix of foreign nationals (expats overseas) and local talent. This ensures that we are able to combine knowledge of foreign cultures and merge those with a more local approach creating what we believe to be a best of both worlds scenario.
We also believe that it is vitally important to create an early bond between remote customer teams and offshore functional teams. For this reason we recommend that our customers utilize extra time, and budget to fly remote teams into local offices as part of an integration and onboarding exercise at the beginning of each significant engagement. This onsite gathering creates a bond between people and allows for the most effective project handover. Taking the time out at the beginning of a project to do this sets the project up for long term success.