How outsourcing microservices helps to scale tech products

So, you’ve got your first MVP to the market. The product is pretty well designed. It kind of, sort of works, but it’s still not perfect. That being said, it was well-received by the market and brings clients and investors on board. There is a great potential in it but needs to be more polished, so further development is needed to scale it up. Since the live product already might have a considerable user base it’s a good idea that any changes that need to be implemented into the system could be done seamlessly, without the need to put down the entire thing. So, the entirely new architecture needs to be designed in such a way to allow adding new functionalities on the fly and with room for potential further development.  


That’s where microservices come in


Microservice-based architecture brings a lot to the table when it comes to application scalability. It’s highly versatile and flexible which makes it perfect for developing products that require quick changes and adding new functionalities on the fly. Moreover, it gives the freedom to develop particular services as well as deploy them independently from each other and without changing the entire system. This means that different parts of the code can be developed using different technologies. That kind of design approach results in a system that is more resilient to failures – if one unit goes down it doesn’t take the entire system along with it. 


Since microservices are highly scalable and extremally fault-tolerant In a natural way they increase business agility. They allow to focus more on business needs and develop products rather than projects, as they can be thought of as a depiction of business functionalities. This kind of approach is crucial when it comes to future-proofing your product. Since in today’s world business needs can change drastically very quickly it is important to invest in an architecture that can meet these expectations. This comes for both technological needs and market demands. Microservices can very often deliver on that by allowing to easily reshape parts of the system as needed. 


Scaling up an existing system, especially moving it to the second version, might be quite a challenge. That is why picking the right architecture for this job is one of the key steps to pursue. For many companies, microservices seem to check all the right boxes when it comes to system scaling. And it shouldn’t be a surprise, since they allow for rapid scalability with ease thanks to unit-based autonomy, making the development relatively fast and hustle free thanks to technology independence.


To outsource or not to outsource?


Since microservice-based architecture can be developed by independent teams working on different functionalities, it’s a perfect solution for outsourcing in its nature. Outsourcing this kind of development comes with many benefits. For many companies lowering project costs is one of the major things that makes them consider this kind of approach. Cutting expenses through working with an eternal vendor comes in many forms. It’s not only staff costs. So finding a more affordable workforce, often from outside of the local talent pool, is something worth considering when talking to different vendors. Granted, cheaper should not mean poor quality. But many companies can deliver high-quality performance at a considerably lower price. This is thanks to high specialization and related to it process optimization leading to lower costs and higher efficiency. By using an outsourcing-based model you don’t have to invest in other assets, like additional office space, hardware and so on, making costs even more optimized. 


Outsourcing can provide a much higher value than just cost-cutting. So, when trying to chase the lowest cost don’t forget about keeping the project as efficient as possible. Find a partner that brings efficiency to the table along with a reasonable price. In general outsourcing microservice architecture development lets you improve your in-house team performance since the non-core activities don’t come in their way. This means that your team can focus on the key tasks. Not to mention that when working with the right partner with vast experience relevant to your needs you’ve subcontracting the building of your microservice architecture to a team that did similar things dozens of times. And probably has a lot of case studies to show for. So the development might be much quicker and agile, since you don’t have to go through all the trial and error guesswork yourself and you don’t have to reinvent the wheel. Outsourcing part of the work (or all of it) to an external vendor that can provide high-quality specialists with extensive experience in their respective fields is a fairly easy way to bring on board additional know-how to your company by.


There are often times when finding the right specialists in the local or even regional pool of talents is kind of a hustle. Either due to a lack of specialists in a certain area or high average market rates, this might be a limiting factor when it comes to company development and product scaling. If that’s the case, working with a partner that’s able to support you with an additional source of highly qualified talents might be a good way to get out of the impasse situation. Many companies decided to offshore their microservice development and did it with considerable success. You can read some of their success stories here. However, the bottom line is that sourcing your developers from a global talent pool and not limiting yourself to only the local job market will give you the cutting edge for your product scaling. 


In today’s fast-moving world having a flexible business model, that can overcome market fluctuations, might be one of the main indicators of a company’s potential scalability. Being able to freely use more resources when needed and reduce at other times is a highly desirable feature of any company. That’s why outsourcing has become a highly popular form of organizational development in recent years. Being able to reduce or up-scale your development team as you go, depending on project peaks gives you an additional benefit of being able to react rapidly for any emerging demands.


…but there’s always a downside


Sure, it’s not all sunshine and rainbows. Bringing on board an unreliable partner might cause more harm than good. That’s why it is extremely important to do a background check before you start the cooperation, here is a step by step guide on how to do it the right way. Remember also that aside from getting new know-how from the external vendor, (sometimes) you will have to give away a part of your own. That’s where a well designed NDA comes in handy to protect both parties’ best interests. 


Keep in mind that when outsourcing your microservice architecture you might have less control over the project, in particular over some functionalities and part of the product. To minimize the risk ensure that proper product management is in place. Especially that the technical documentation is being written and delivered so that the in-house team can take over if needed. Building up a microservice-based architecture might get complex and somewhat overwhelming at times. Choose a partner with a ton of experience in the area, with a proven track record, who has been on the market for a while.


To sum it all up


There is no one golden key that opens all locks and there is no one solution perfect for every scenario. What makes the most sense for your company in terms of scaling your products is very subjective and unique to your situation. That being said, developing a microservice-based architecture through outsourcing seems to be the right way to go for a lot of companies that want to bring their tech products to the next level. It’s a highly cost-efficient solution on so many levels. Allowing to manage your cash flow as you go, both on the operational and strategic levels, by adding new services as you go, without the need to redesign the entire monolith over and over again and by freely managing the development headcount depending on project peaks. It’s a very flexible solution allowing you to adjust your system to be inline with your company’s strategy and market demand, even when it changes often.


Granted, this approach doesn’t come without its shortcomings. Microservices might be sometimes hard to build and implement into the pre-existing architecture. Also working with external partners is not always as straightforward as it should be. It’s not always easy to coordinate all the aspects of such a solution, but most of the potential risks can be minimized by finding a reliable partner. That’s why it’s important to work with a company (or companies) that has vast experience in a similar area and can help you scale up your business nearly seamlessly. 

If you are interested in moving forward with your microservice architecture here you can find more information on how to proceed and what your next steps should be.