By definition, scalability describes a company’s ability to grow without being hampered by its structure or available resources when faced with increased production.
In the modern business spectrum, scalability is becoming much more diverse in ways to accomplish.
For example, IT special project outsourcing is significantly on the rise because of the increased availability of companies with expert subject knowledge, ready resources, and agile models. Another variable that’s influencing the rise of outsourcing is Freelance workers. This segment of work is globally growing at a rapid pace and expected to be more than half of the US workforce by 2028. Freelancers allow companies to quickly and affordably fill positional and situational needs. There’s a new era of scaling strategies rising because of outsourcing diversification, but what is the map to navigate?
This blog is not intended to provide the map for a “new era” scaling strategy. Rather, it’s intended to provide thoughtfulness for a very important subject within growing businesses.
Small and medium sized businesses may want to remain where they are at a customer scale perspective, however, the end-user experience, and the internal “A to B” experience will be ever-evolving. With AI and IT being the overwhelmingly best practice for enhancing these experiences, it’s no surprise IT and software development outsourcing is quickly taking the lead as a main outsourcing staple for companies around the world. Businesses of all sizes are outsourcing software development projects related to their specific internal needs and specific customer needs. Large corporations have a clear advantage in developing personalized software because of hefty budgets allowing for creation of internal engineering teams. Large corps can also choose the route of obtaining highly expensive software that’s readily available from tech giants. For small and medium sized businesses, a more strategic route must be taken to scale and personalize.
Small and medium sized businesses seeking enhanced scalability must get creative with outsourcing.
Specifically, software development outsourcing. Freelancers are increasingly available, yes. Are freelancers concerned with long term sustainability of the company they briefly contract with? They certainly may. However, how do they grow with the company? Can they personally help a business scale long-term providing their resources? These are questions that may be low risk for some companies, but fast growing businesses require definitive answers and resources. IT outsourcing companies partner with growing businesses to ensure readily available resources are distinctively inserted. The agile model used by some outsourcing options allows for tailored services that can be implemented immediately if a business relationship is already established.
Outsource companies utilizing agile models are ideal for enhanced scalability, especially considering software capabilities are becoming a prominent measure for business scaling. As companies continue to seek development outsourcing at a rapid pace, priorities of the market may shift. Considering engineering talent is now being globally sourced, emphasis may be placed on how well outsourcers can align long-term goals and paradigms.