Developing a new digital product starts with many decisions, out of which one is the most important. Can we do it all in-house or should we find a partner that specializes in creating Node.js apps? 2021 market conditions often verify assumptions that it’s easier to rely on an existing and already employed development team and just hire new engineers as needed. And it’s not about the resources you have, it’s about what you actually need.
Estimate first, decide later
But what exactly are these market conditions? 2021 is a strange year for software development. The demand for talented coders and designers is higher than ever, while the quality standards are skyrocketing too. As an effect, creating a new app from scratch is becoming more and more difficult. It’s simply difficult to hire people for new projects, as all experts are already taken and very few companies already have a stable and established team capable of covering the whole software development process from end to end. How about your organisation? Are you 100% certain that you won’t need to outsource parts of the work? If so, good for you. However a lot is at stake here and delays caused by unexpected staff shortages are always costly and can ruin the project. Especially in the case of Node.js based applications, since this particular technology is one of the leading solutions for building cross-compatible and high performing software, while there is a shortage of senior developers who specialize in it.
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Pains of in-house development
The difference between these two approaches determines how the project is run and what happens after the app launches. Consider this: your company is right now mainly focused on maintaining existing applications. It means that your team is already busy and to start building a new one, you’ll have to shift the workloads and most probably hire new people for tasks that are not often needed by your company (design, planning, work in a new technology stack, e.g. Node.js.) To even start a project, you’ll have to actually build a new team out of resources you have and supplement it with talents that you need. But hey, it’s 2021, best software engineers already work somewhere and are happy with that. They won’t come to a company that cannot guarantee them that they won’t be made redundant after they do what they were hired for.
This is where partnering up with a dedicated Node.js web development company, with all its benefits, comes into play. And they are major:
Easy access to the best developers
As said earlier, creating a new in-house team for a new project is right now extremely difficult. However, by joining forces with a company whose sole purpose is realising projects for its clients, you just skip the whole team building problem.
Security of the process
What do you think is easier: building a house on your own, even if you’ve done it once before, or hiring a team that does it all the time? Consider that technology evolves all the time, materials and standards are different than when you did it in the past and you have plenty of other things to do anyway. Obviously outsourcing wins in terms of practicality, but you also need to consider the security factor. Even if you manage to build the house on your own, you risk committing many mistakes, while experts are always up-to-date with the market. The same applies to Node.js development. A new version of this run time environment gets released every few months and only developers who work with it daily can keep up and make sure that products they build are error-free and secure.
After some parts of the job are done, you won’t need the people who finished them anymore. On the other hand, the project might grow in scale and you may need to urgently make your team bigger. The problem of flexible team scaling is similar to the team building issue, but it hits companies at later stages. Again, however, you don’t need to worry about it at all if you decide to leave the process in the hands of a partner whose sole purpose is to get the job done and who has resources to run many similar projects at the same time. They simply have enough manpower to freely scale particular teams assigned to different projects up or down as needed.
Avoiding problems means saving money
The best part comes from the combination of all features of outsourcing. It’s responsible risk management. Obviously, some say that if you take risks, you can gain more. But creating a successful product is not like the stock market at all, the same rules don’t apply here at all. While one may suppose that doing stuff on their own is usually cheaper than relying on experts, the level of expertise needed to build a Node.js based application, without hitting the wall at some point, overcomes most of the startups and many medium-sized companies. The fluency of the process is key in this case and while potential savings may be tempting, usually the decision to leave a part of the job or it all to specialists results in minimizing risks that could impact the organisation.
So is outsourcing Node.js development always the best choice?
There is no universal answer to such a general question, as each situation is different. But, in general, hiring a Node.js development company is right now the safest and most cost-effective option for every company that cannot simply start developing a new project without having to recruit a large part of staff to form a complete team. In other words, it’s a solution for most startups and mid sized organisations that don’t focus on software development and just need a working app. Will the situation change in the future? It’s hard to tell, however the trend here is similar to the one we observe on the other end of the software market – software as a service (SaaS). It’s often more clever to pay for what you actually use, than to waste resources through high, and risky investments.