With more than 10 years of experience in building a strong software development team on a turnkey basis. I help CxOs of technology companies worldwide to get access to the most talented software engineers building software solutions for large enterprises, new ventures, and NGOs in the most risk-proof and cost-effective way possible.
To begin with, you need to decide on the development method. Basically, there are 3 methods: Native, Cross-Platform, and Hybrid.
The native method means that you develop an app for a specific platform (iOS, or Android). For instance, If you want an iOS app and for 100% sure that you won’t have a need run it on Android - this method is for you. For such apps could be used Objective-C, Swift for iOS case and Java, C++, Kotlin, C# for Android.
Next, Cross-Platform seems to be the most popular solution in mobile app development. That’s because your code is universal and your app can be run on different operating systems without any corrections. So, this kind of development offers faster coding and minimizes the budget needed for implementation and support. To develop a Cross-Platform app, you have to be familiar with Flutter/Xamarin/React Native.
My company has a wide experience with mobile app development, and dozens of clients for who we built apps for so we wrote an article about the specificities of this process. I’m sure you’ll find it useful: https://kitrum.com/blog/the-best-tech-stack-for-mobile-app-development/.
It totally depends. First of all, you should realize that the outsourcing team is almost equal in terms of skills and tasks to your in-house team. The only difference here that outsourcing software developers don’t sit in your office and don’t chew the cookies. My advice: before hiring someone you should be clear whatever you have the ability, skills, and time to manage the team, to teach them and handle all the HR stuff. If so - feel free to hire in-house employees. If you want to do your own job and have room for strategic tasks, and you don’t want to handle the software dev team - you can hire an outsourcing company and they will do it for you.
In case if you have a project that requires more resources, and you know, that after the project is done, you won’t have a need for these additional resources - it’s definitely better to outsource.
I have a number of colleagues entrepreneurs, who totally prefer outsourcing and they are satisfied with it.
BTW, Experts predict that near 70% of companies will increase their use of outsourcing in the coming years. The reasons: fierce competition for talents, budget cuts, shrinking of the time frames required to bring a new product or update to the market, the need to focus on core business expertise, and much more.
Recently we posted an article about Hiring Remote Teams on our website. I’m sure you’ll find it useful. https://kitrum.com/blog/hiring-remote-teams/
This is a pretty up-to-date question, and I heard this question from almost every second client. The lack of tech talent locally or unreasonably costly for you to hire in-house engineers - the most common reasons they start to search.
First of all, you have to determinate what kind of developers you need. For example, if you have a really tiny project or just need to make a small upgrade of existing software - you can hire a freelancer (it's a cheap and easy way). But if you have a project for creating an application for both IOS and Android - in my opinion, you have to search for a software development agency.
Also if you are the non-technical person you need to let's say guidelines along this way - so better choose the company, who has a solid experience in such things you're going to build.
Recently I wrote the article ( https://kitrum.com/blog/where-to-find-software-developers-with-reasonable-rates-for-a-startup-business/ ) and fully described the ways and methods of hiring software developers. I believe it'll be useful to you.
My personal tips: don't rely on the first-pages results from Google search. While software development companies pay for great SEO and PPC campaigns doesn't mean that they top-notch professionals in building applications or software. And, yep, Clutch is one of the most reliable and trustworthy platforms for finding developers even through they verify each and every review. From my own experience: they called our client to understand is it the truth that he satisfied with our cooperation. So this listing pretty truthful.