In large organizations, many different lines of businesses come up with their own set of UX and visual designs for mobile apps. Some of these applications also end up in public app stores. Each of these may have a different look and feel, UI and visual design, causing inconsistency and confusion among the app users. To solve inconsistency issues, an outsourced partner will help to build solutions using consistent UI and UX design guidelines, policies and governance.
Backend services are also re-engineered or a layer is built on top of them for mobile enablement. This is good, but many different LOB’s and departments have no visibility on what others in the organization are working on or have already built, resulting in duplication of effort and fragmentation of the service layer. A partner will help organize and consolidate services into a single unified web service gateway and manage the backend APIs by using API management tools.
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.
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