Why outsourcing might be better than direct hiring? :)

Increasing importance of the IT industry for business development has initiated a growing trend of outsourcing IT processes. Investing in an in-house team of qualified employees usually becomes unprofitable for companies. Though cost-effectiveness is a considerable advantage of outsourcing over in-house, it’s not the single benefit. Based on our experience on the market, we share with thoughts on the benefits of IT outsourcing.

High quality

The IT industry is so demanding for its specialists, that they must be highly competent and have a constant access to the latest knowledge. Considering IT outsourcing, you may rest assured that software houses employ the best. That is due to the high quality services they provide. Software houses have extensive teams that are run by experienced project leaders. You shouldn’t worry about punctuality as projects are carried out within the prescribed time. In case of an in-house solution, you cannot always be so confident in it.

Saving costs

What is usually associated with the creating process of your own IT in-house team is the need to invest in a qualified employee. Specialist on the market are of high demand, so the cost of hiring a professional worker has recently dramatically increased. In addition, it is necessary to ensure their development. If the purchase of appropriate equipment is to be added, we can see that the value of acquiring a specialist soars quite high. And this is not the end. One employee is usually not enough. As a rule, much larger team is required to implement IT projects.

Comfort

Ordering specific IT projects to an external company is simply a convenient thing to do. You can focus on other tasks and entrust IT cases to the specialists. When you are running your own in-house team, you have to control all processes in person. In case of cooperating with software house all the questions are answered and solved without any problems. It should be remembered that creating your own in-house team requires time commitment of HR departments, which do not always have the appropriate specialist base allowing them to find a really good specialist.

Minimizing the risk

Software houses are made up of experienced developers, which guarantees the effectiveness. They work on many projects on the daily basis and thanks to this the necessary experience is gained. The extensive teams of specialists can also be a guarantee of both knowledge exchange and access to the newest technology. Therefore, IT outsourcing reduces the risk of project failure to a minimum.

Short case study

Differences between IT outsourcing and in-house will be best illustrated by a simple example. If you are running a dynamically growing company, you have a need to develop your product and you will have to start development work in a relatively short time. To achieve the best effect, specialists will help you. That is why the question arises – where to find them?

Of course, you can take on the challenge of quick recruitment of developers. However, you must bear in mind that such an experienced employee is very difficult to find. And that is only the first worrying thing to know. The next is that you do not have the appropriate competence to verify their work and have control over the development of the product. In a situation like that it’s easy to make mistakes and face the risk of failure.

On the other hand, even if you have a team of developers, they are very likely to become inefficient in case you outsource further responsibilities. That’s why you’ll need more hands to work again. Also, you should take into account that IT projects are a piece of a very specific work. Sometimes solving problems requires teamwork and exchange of experiences. As you can see, problems related to the organization of a house team can be really challenging.  So why not consider outsourcing?

In this case, the whole process is much simpler. All you have to do is select a proper software house and set all the details of work. If you make the right choice of your future partner, you will not only be able to count on high quality of services, but also on substantive help. In addition, you will both save time and keep up-to-date with the development of your product.

Basically, there are more advantages to add. The pros mentioned in this article are just a few of the most important ones. Personally, I have no doubt that in the case of IT projects outsourcing is an effective solution that has recently dominated the market.

Web apps in Ruby or PHP? HOW TO SOLVE POPULAR DILEMMA? :)

Customers often have to decide, in which programming language they would like their product to be created. Ruby and PHP are on of the most common dilemma. Inspire of PHP’s former popularity, recently more and more customers are reporting their need to create products using Ruby and its popular Ruby on Rails framework.

In Codest we had the opportunity to cooperate with many clients that require proper arguments, why the programming language offered by the software house will be a good choice for their productQuite often the dilemma concerns Ruby and PHP. We exactly know that PHP is better known for most people. However, the market trend is different. Ruby has many of strengths that customers and developers appreciate. It is not without reason that such services as Twitter, Basecamp or AirBnB have been created in this language.

Ruby is ideally suited for the development of web applications. Its advantage is that it provides many libraries and high quality frameworks that improve the developer’s comfort. The process of building a web application is relatively faster in Ruby than in PHP. The first functionalities of the application can be obtained in a relatively low time. The most commonly used is the Ruby on Rails framework, which has gained great popularity with programmers.

Therefore, if time is a matter of value for a client, Ruby will be a good choice for them due to its time efficiency. At the very same time, there is no fear of any quality lost as the applications created in Ruby on Rails are of high quality and performance. Ruby is appreciated by developers for its brevity and the ease of introducing corrections and upgrades. This helps a lot at the later stages of work.

Obviously, PHP also has its supporters. There are more programmers on the market that have competencies in this area. Ruby creates a bigger barrier for entry for novice developers. The market trend shows, however, that more and more beginners in programming are deciding to learn this language by seeing more possibilities in it. A similar relationship can be shown with the customers, who want to create a web application and turn to the software houses that specialize in Ruby.

Is Berlin becoming a new Europe’s Silicon Valley for tech startups? :)

Everything indicates that we are witnessing a revolution on the startup market in Europe. The dynamically growing market in Berlin is becoming a leader among tech startups. Until now, this title was awarded to London, but currently the capital of Germany is increasingly recognised as the new Europe’s Silicon Valley.

Brexit effects

When the British decided to leave the European Union, the attractiveness of the startup market in London began to lose value. Of course, this is still a place where you can find many innovative companies, but my recent experience confirms that Berlin is considered to be a European leader now. I want to emphasise that this is not an isolated opinion. Having been observing the startup market for over 10 years, I’ve managed to keep in touch with entrepreneurs of various directions and I’ve received clear signals that Berlin is currently the best place in Europe for the development of tech startups.

Comfortable development conditions

There are three main reasons, why Berlin strikes as a very attractive market. It is about the relatively low costs associated with running a business in this city, access to qualified specialists and contacts with other European Union countries. It all adds up to a very attractive ecosystem that favours the development of tech startups.

Being completely honest, I must say that I am impressed by the work standards that prevail among startups in Berlin. Recently, I’ve been quite often in this city, when together with the developers of Codest, we were working on creating software for few of our clients. I was delighted with the quality of work, efficiency in communication and their professionalism.

Returning to the ecosystem for the development of startups in Berlin, I would like to draw your attention to another important fact. I mean the low barrier to start a business. You might be surprised, but takes less than 7 days to launch a startup. In addition, there are many incentives available for entrepreneurs who can benefit, for example, from the support of numerous incubators or accelerators. A big plus is even low prices for an office space rent. It all adds to the progress of this market.

New Europe’s Silicon Valley

Considering what has been mentioned above, I am convinced that Berlin is currently the most attractive market for tech startups. This is a new Europe’s Silicon Valley. Of course, it is difficult to compete with the American one, but Berlin is a great example of how you can develop the tech company in Europe. The best confirmation of this is the fact that currently there are over 2,500 startups in the German capital. Quite an impressive result.

Top 10 German tech events in Q1 2019 :)

Have you ever heard the statement that Berlin is considered to be a new European Silicon Valley? German market with its capital at the forefront is developing very dynamically. It is an attractive place to operate companies and corporations as well as to invest into.

In Germany you can find a lot of interesting tech events that will let you stay up to date with all the latest news in the industry. A few of them promise to be really interesting. Below is a list of the most important events in 2019 (only Q1).

#1 WeAreDevelopers World Congress 2019 – Berlin, January 6-7

IT leaders and specialists from around the world take part in it. The topics discussed include languages and frameworks, distributed systems, fronted and UX engineering, blockchain and issues related to IT project management.

#2 Sillicon Allee Events – Berlin, January 8, February 5, March 5

In the first quarter there are three meetups, organized periodically each month. The community connected with the tech startups in Berlin is taking part, which means that experience exchange, sharing knowledge and gaining valuable contacts are guaranteed.

#3 Handelsblatt Annual Conference Strategic IT Management – Munich, January 21-23

Digital transformation is the main topic of the conference. It’s a good place to acquire new knowledge in IT Management. The event is organized by EUROFORUM.

#4 LZ Open – Berlin, January 23-24

Like the conference in Munich, LZ Open in Berlin is all about digital transformation. In addition, you can gain useful knowledge of current technological trends and learn about effective business models that have revolutionized the market.

#5 Lean Startup Summit – Berlin, February 11-12

This event gathers experts, founders and intrapreneurs and C-level leaders in one place to exchange the latest innovation and transformation methods, share best practices and learn from each other in interactive formats like keynotes, workshops, roundtable discussions and mentoring sessions.

#6 International Conference on Science, Engineering&Technology – Munich, February 3-4

The purpose of this conference is to help exchange information and knowledge between various social groups, such as entrepreneurs, engineers, university lecturers and students. The most current technological trends are the high priority of the conference.

#7 Disruptive Technologies & Innovation Minds – Berlin, February 24-26

Here you will meet over 200 managers responsible in their companies for Research and Development (R&D). You will have an opportunity to take part in a discussion about technological innovations and challenges related to the IT industry.

#8 JavaScript Days – Munich, March 18-21

The event is conducted by experts in the field of JavaScript and HTML5. They will provide their views on how to plan JavaScript and HTML5 applications in the most optimal way and present the strengths and weaknesses of both technologies.

#9 IT&Information Management – Berlin, March 25-26

Strategies and processes, business realities in digital ecosystems, business models of the future, digital realignment and roadmaps – these are just a few examples of the topics that will be discussed during the conference in Berlin. You will have a unique opportunity to meet experienced managers related to the IT market.

#10 Mobile tech Conference – Munich,  March 26-27

This event is addressed to the leaders in mobile technology industry from German-speaking countries. It focuses on topics related to the development of iOS and Android, mobile web and UX experience.