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Tough choice: web
development in-house or web development outsourcing? Whether you select this
one or that, it is important to know the pros and cons of both before you take
Let’s first take a look at
the factors you can remember for an in-house web development team:
you are thinking of long term projects, in-house team is always preferred. It
ensures that the team understands the business and the web development
requirements and also understands the budgets.
house is cost effective for short term projects
house developers can understand the target audience better as they are more in
line with the company’s day to day activities
maintenance tasks are not neglected as there is a sense of ownership.
do not have to juggle between clients so individual attention ensures quality
To be able to select a web
development outsourcing agency, you need to understand what you are getting
into and then take a decision. With web development outsourcing, you get some
you decide in favour of web development outsourcing, understand that the cost
involved is less only for short term projects.
agency can bring diverse ideas as they work on a day to day basis with diverse
types of client websites.
external agency will always give you a competitive edge.
attention can be given to your particular project.
Well, the choice is
entirely yours. There are two major factors to look at. Your budget for web
development outsourcing, or your length of project. When it is a budget
constraint, you can look at outsourcing, as you avoid recurring costs in
developing a website. When you are looking at maintenance tasks and regular
daily tasks, it is good to have an in house web development team to get things
fixed quickly. Although maintaining an in house team will be an addition to the
recurring costs per year and you also have to think long term. With an in house
team of developers, however, you will have the advantage of the team members
knowing everything about your business and what works and what does not. There
will be little assistance you would require to provide and little training.
With the agency, you will have the advantage of getting specialized services,
diverse knowledge and a team with an exposure to a diverse types of business
Another approach could be –
a combined effort from in house and outsourced team. You can get the website
development done from a web development outsourcing agency, and then have an in
house team to do the regular updates and maintenance tasks. So, either approach
has its pros and cons. You need to base your decision on the cost savings, or
budget expenditure, or the length of the project or whether the requirements
are for a short period of time or a long term assignment. This will help you
get your work done more efficiently, timely and in a cost effective manner!