When preparing a business case, an estimate is made of the revenues and costs associated with the relevant proposition. The focus is on developing the software that is needed to bring the proposition to the market. Usually, a budget is also reserved for maintenance.
During the development of custom software, knowledge is built up within the development team. Knowledge of the product, but also knowledge about your market and your company. As the team stays together longer and works on your software, this knowledge increases and with it the effectiveness and efficiency. There is also a dependence on the team that has gathered all this knowledge.
As soon as the software is ‘ready’ and the product goes to the market and then, if the product is well received, the phase in which the investments are earned back begins. In this phase, users gain experiences and new wishes arise. Experience shows that with a successful project, the further development entails more costs than previously estimated.
The decision to develop (or have developed) its own software is strategic. The question “do it yourself or outsource” is usually that too. In the case of software development, it is certainly advisable to think carefully about the sourcing question. If you see this as a one-off project, it makes sense to outsource that. But if you see software development as a strategic process that also continues after the introduction of the first product, it might be better to tie your own development team to your company.
Team4Code facilitates its customers by providing its own development teams. Although these developers do not work physically in our clients’ offices, they are exclusively connected to our clients. This puts the customer in control. Team4Code guides the team on all aspects of the collaboration with the aim of offering the customer quality, continuity and flexibility.