How to save on your IT project budget with an offshore team

IT Projects Budget

By establishing an offshore development centre in countries like India, companies in North America, Australia, and Western Europe gain access to a massive talent pool that they can leverage to scale quickly. However, offshoring has also become increasingly popular because of one factor — cost.

The fact that you can hire talent at a significantly cheaper payroll is attractive to a lot of companies who are looking at a tight IT project budget. In such a scenario, can you go offshore and reduce operational costs enough to increase your profits? What are the actual financial benefits of investing in an offshore software team? In this post, we explore these questions and more.

A new landscape of increased budgets

As businesses from banks to fashion brands, retail companies to food manufacturers are transforming and becoming software-centric businesses, company funds allocated to technology and IT are increasing. However, the same problems that always existed still remain — and as a result, a company’s IT project budget is still under threat of being overrun.

Businesses expect their IT budgets to grow

Companies are really struggling to find the right skills, often spending money on developers and only later discovering that there’s a deficit in certain areas. But it’s not just about the engineers, there’s other reasons why an IT project budget can go over the initial expectation. 

The big question: Why are IT project budget overruns so common?

Research conducted by McKinsey and Co showed that 66% of all IT projects overshoot their budget — that’s 2 out of every 3 software projects in the world! And it doesn’t stop there. Another study conducted by PMI stated that 14% of all IT projects fail, often in spite of overshooting their budget. So, why does it happen?

  • An unrealistic estimate of the budget
  • A communication breakdown between the people involved in the project, which can lead to a very expensive mistake
  • Changes in the scope of the project
  • A shaky foundation which is a result of poor planning
  • A lack of leadership and coordination between the team members
66% of software projects go over their initial budget

These are just some of the many different reasons why IT project budget overruns are becoming increasingly common. However, At The Scalers, we’re more interested in the ‘hows’ rather than the ‘whys’, which brings us to the next important question:

How can offshore teams become financial game-changers?

For instance, say you have a 20-person in-house team in Paris — one of the most expensive cities in the world. Now, if you partner with an offshore development company and hire the same team in Bangalore, also known as the Silicon Valley Of Asia — the salary difference alone is quite substantial. And we’re not talking about ‘cheap labour’. We’re talking about value for money — the same ranks, quality, and experience.

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Why is there such a big difference?

The salary of an average developer in India is at least 3-4 times cheaper than in the West. Owing to this lower cost living, this means more disposable income for your employees. And that’s not all. To add to this, the total cost of doing business, including premises, admin, legalities, insurance, and other employee-centric benefits, is no more than 50% of the cost of your in-house developers’ salaries.


What does this mean for your business?

By reducing the payroll costs by at least 50% without compromising on the output quality, you’re left with a significant amount of money that can be put to great use. This ensures that you’re not overshooting your IT project budget and you’re gaining access to a talented pool of engineers. It’s a win-win!

Software projects fail even after going overbudget

Why should you build a dedicated offshore development team?

If you have a temporary increase in workload that your in-house engineers are struggling to handle, then outsourcing some of your projects can be an option. The problem with this is, the new team isn’t really yours. You don’t source or hire, there’s no alignment operationally or with your company culture, and they might be working for multiple other clients simultaneously. 

With a dedicated team, the engineering team is made of your own employees. They’re proper colleagues and not third-party, external support. 

With transformation drives being hampered by massive talent shortages across leading markets, many CTOs and CIOs are seeing integrated offshore teams as a strategic advantage over their competition. 

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What can a dedicated offshore development team do for your business?

First things first, the offshore team you build will be yours, in every sense of the word. This means that you get to work with like-minded individuals who live and breathe the vision and goals of your business. They aren’t external support like you get with traditional outsourcing, they deeply care about the products they work on — they’re invested in your success.

Offshoring also allows you to sustainably scale your team at a pace that is comfortable for you. So if you ever take on more clients than you can handle, you always have your offshore team to back you up. This means better planning and a strong foundation, reducing the chances of budget overruns.

In conclusion: offshore teams and IT project budgets

These are just some of the different financial benefits of going offshore. If you want to know more about the offshoring model, you can check out our resources section that’s packed with ebooks and whitepapers that give you all you need to know about leveraging global talent.

If you want to know how you can build an offshore development team and save on your IT project budget, feel free to reach out to us by filling out the contact form below. One of our senior executives will be more than happy to answer all your questions.