When Outsourcing Is A Great Idea … And When It Is Not
Written by Vlad 02 January 2016

Some consulting companies will try to tell you that everything should always be outsourced (because it benefits them for you to outsource every task), but at Quantox our goal is to help you succeed so that we can be part of a long-term arrangement that earns you far more than we cost. That’s why we have created this simple checklist to help potential clients determine if a specific task is appropriate for outsourcing:

PROJECT COMPLEXITY

The first factor is the complexity of the project or components you are considering. Small tasks that are not mission-critical are excellent opportunities for outsourcing because they can be cleared off your timeline and accomplished easily by a qualified third-party developer. Often, larger more complex tasks can be segmented into several smaller tasks, and an outsourced team of professionals can also carry out a significant group of those elements. Once you have established a strong degree of trust with a company like Quantox, even the most complex modules can easily be outsourced unless they are a part of your own core competency.

CORE COMPETENCY

Every company and employee of that company has a set of skills and talents that they bring to the table. If you are a terrific database designer, outsourcing database design will only serve to frustrate you because you would be asking someone else to do what you are best at accomplishing. The best use of outsourced labor is in areas where you have some familiarity but do not have a high degree of expertise. Quantox often works in a modular manner to provide what our clients need most while leaving the things they are best at to be done in-house as part of the overall timeline.

MILESTONES MATTER

Almost any large task can be segmented into smaller better-defined milestones. Outsourcing works well when you can monitor progress along the way and offer input at specified intervals. That allows you to steer the project toward your desired goals, maintain maximum efficiency, and the result is almost always a great product completed on time and under budget. The more well defined your timeline is, the more likely outsourcing is the right answer for you.

Getting great results from outsourcing projects to Quantox is as much a matter of setting achievable milestones ahead of time as anything else. That’s why we work diligently with you before any project begins so that we have a clear and concise set of deliverables, dates, and desires in mind right from the start.

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