At Xcelacore, we are passionate about software development. Completing a technology project for a customer that adds value to their business is what makes us cheer. However, we realize that writing and testing code is not as exciting to most people. This time of year, a lot more people are excited about the start of football season including us. We want to use America’s most popular sport as an analogy as to why your business should consider a third-party development team for your pending software projects.
The right players and developers can get you across the goal line
Like just about anything, the game of football has transformed itself over the years. While the offense still consists of 11 players on the field, multiple players rotate those positions depending on the circumstances of the game. Football team rosters consist of specialized roles today on both sides of the line of scrimmage. Some defensive backs only enter the field on running plays, others for passing situations or third-down situations. The offensive players utilized on one’s own 20-yard line may be different from the ones you bring in when in the red zone. When a team is first and goal on the 4-yard line, the coach sends in a designated running back supported by the right lineman that can together punch the ball across the goal line for the touchdown.
Software development has become specialized too. Your company or business unit has a great idea, but how do you execute on the idea and see it to its competition? Does your development team have the experience and foresight to make the idea a reality? One advantage of using a third-party development team is the wide variety of projects they have worked on. Such projects involve different industries, customer bases, application types, and programming languages. Just as veteran football players with experience serving on multiple teams can make the less experienced players better, the injection of developers with a broad spectrum of experience can bring new insight to your application development project.
Lost opportunities can lose the game or your competitiveness
Scoring a field goal after being first and goal is not a victory. It is a lost opportunity. Any coach knows that constantly settling for field goals will come back to haunt you later in the game. It takes touchdowns to win consistently. Similarly, unexecuted ideas are lost opportunities as well. It may be that your internal developers are already committed to another project. But what if your new idea holds greater potential value than the one already committed to? You have three options:
- Abandon your new idea
- Hire more developers within your company
- Hire a third-party development team
A football team only gets so many opportunities in the game to score. In today’s hyper-competitive market place, the windows of opportunity are brief for value-driven ideas. Outsourcing your developing to accommodate dynamic workloads can bring greater agility and flexibility to your business, allowing it to take advantage of ideas that can generate value or competitive advantages. The addition of third-party developers brings greater capacity when needed.
Football teams and businesses constantly need new talent
Professional football teams spend millions on scouting. College teams spend huge amounts of money on recruiting. That’s because the most talented team on the field usually wins in the long run. The same is true in the age of digital transformation. The company with the best development talent will be better able to serve its customers, thus winning market share and larger revenues. But while both professional and college football teams have the entire offseason to find new talent, companies don’t. That is because there is no offseason in the business world. Hiring takes time. It requires energy and resources that can instead be directed towards executing value-driven ideas. Another irony is that while growing economies create the most opportunities for your business, the same is true for developer talent.
When times are good, they are in demand, which makes traditional hiring challenging. Contracting with a third-party development firm can give you faster access to top talent and give you a competitive edge over your competitors.
The game is won by a few key plays
The teams are so evenly matched in professional football that games are won by a few key plays. Those teams that can execute when the game is on the line usually win. The same is true in software development. All companies have similar applications. Customers choose software based on a few select features that create value for them. Having access to developers bring creativity and experience into play in order to produce innovative features and add-ons can be that extra something that wins the game.
Bringing in unbiased coaches or developers is necessary sometimes
A football team may have the best talent on the field, but if they do not play as a team, they will not go all the way. Sometimes a team needs a new set of coaches to discern its talent or create better game plans that accommodates the roster at hand. Similarly, businesses sometimes need unbiased code reviews or security audits of their applications in production. Once again, acquiring outside talent that has experience in a great variety of projects and situations can better discern what is needed to get the application at hand to the production level.
A winning team
At Xcelacore, we have a team that is highly experienced and competitive. Our team doesn’t score touchdowns. Instead, we help businesses implement technology that drives innovation down the field to score wins for both them and their customers. We specialize in cloud development, web , and mobile application development and quality assurance (QA) testing and automation. All of this may not be as exciting as throwing the winning touchdown pass, but it is the expertise that helps our clients maximize their technology and innovation.