Organizations need a mobility strategy in place to prioritize their use of resources, identify areas of the enterprise that need to be mobilized, provide consistency and branding for mobile applications and to re-use the platform, framework and assets that get built. An outside mobility partner can help accelerate the development of mobility strategy, thereby lowering total cost of ownership (TCO) for such programs down the line.
There is an intense debate in the industry and the marketplace about the pros and cons of outsourcing mobility projects versus keeping them in-house. Some of the factors that drive this debate include:
Is the mobility project related to the company’s core business?
Is it a revenue generation model (profit center) or a non-core IT asset (cost center)?
What is the availability of human resources for the project?
What is the agility and flexibility of current employees to learn and master new paradigms and new technologies?
What is the ability to provide post production support?
What would the cost of failure be?
Despite these questions, outsourcing mobility projects does provide some clear-cut advantages. Here are the top 10 reasons outsourcing mobility projects is better than keeping them in-house, as identified by Rauf Adil, director of technology at Virtusa Corporation.