While many are used to the idea of outsourcing software development working with third-party QA outsourcing companies is still a relatively new concept. Some businesses neglect the importance of quality assurance completely, some hope that a sequence of simple in-house tests will be enough, some plan to hire an in-house QA engineer “eventually”.
We’ve worked with enough clients who made a mistake of QA nihilism previously to know how important and convenient offshore QA services are.
Here’s a list of the main reasons you need to outsource QA for your software development projects:
Actually improve the product
So many businesses try to skip the quality assurance process because they want to launch faster. Yet that is a pretty costly mistake that sooner or later emerges as a problem. Before we move to anything else, first things first: you need QA to create a quality product.
Even if you are working on an internal application that only your reps will use – do not the skip software testing stage.
Receive objective evaluation
It’s always better to have separate teams develop and test software products. If your QA team has taken part in the product development – they are already biased, and that’s extremely hard to avoid when your in-house team runs the testing.
Use the latest QA techniques and methods.
As software development progresses and becomes more complicated, QA evolves as well. There are testing methods, techniques, and frameworks your in-house team will be simply unaware of in 90% of the cases.
That is why having an actual QA professional come in and set up automated testing, cross-platform testing, and other testing methods is invaluable. You are paying not just for the time of your QA engineer, but for their expertise as well. Proper expertise always comes at a cost.
It takes time to hire and vet employees.
If you’ve never had an in-house QA engineer – hiring one will take way more time and resources than just using an offshore testing company. Ask your HR manager – every new type of employee to be hired requires research, interview preparations, and a lot more. Skip that part and use the professionals that someone has already hired, tried, and tested (pun intended).
Get clear estimates on QA costs and timeline
Large offshore software testing contractors have streamlined their processes and know the software testing life cycle in and out. Once you get the price quote for their QA services – they are very likely to stick to it, both the pricing and the timeline.
With a serious QA partner you can be sure you will meet all the deadlines – and that is worth paying for.
Outsourcing is actually cheaper
Hiring, firing, and paying taxes for an employee is never fun. If you have enough work to keep a good QA engineer occupied year round – great! But what if you just need quality software testing done for a one-time project? Outsourcing quality assurance is practical and cost-effective if you do not have new software products in constant production.
Additional resources and scalability when necessary
Imagine you’ve hired an in-house engineer to test your product. One thing leads to the other and your management reports that there will be a LOT more QA work for the next 2-3 months. Your options are to either shift the delivery date or hire yet another QA engineer with an unclear future.
If you are using third-party testing services you won’t be facing such problems. Offshore QA agencies have enough resources to scale or expedite your work when necessary.
Aside from their technical expertise, offshore QA agencies will bring their business expertise to the table. We’ve noticed that working with our clients – after seeing so many businesses grow our reps always come up with specific, actionable and non-obvious suggestions that increase revenue.
Hiring third-party software testers is yet another chance to validate your business processes and ideas with a team of seasoned professionals.
Protect Your Source Code
Intellectual property is a serious issue – and yet another reason to work with professionals. While you work with QA agencies you sign a proper contract protecting your intellectual property.
Moreover, most third-party testing services work with your end-products from the users’ perspective – that is, they don’t see or touch the source code at all. That brings about objectivity – but also the security of your inventions.
Need to release a reliable, enduring, and scalable app? Reach out to us and let’s talk about your quality assurance needs!