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Why Outsource Your QA?

by Tanner Cash

Introduction

Software testing teams are extremely important to the success of a company, but can often be difficult to build effectively. Many pain points arise while trying to hire a team of qualified QA engineers. These pain points include an insufficient budget to hire enough engineers, apprehension about the potential time needed to both onboard and manage these new engineers, and the confidence in their ability to complete QA tasks. 

Some companies train internal employees to test, some hire local engineers that come with their own unique set of risks, and some outsource their QA. The purpose of this blog post is to explain 4 reasons why you should outsource your software testing. 

1. Lower Cost

Commonly, offshore engineers will perform the same amount of work or more at a lower cost. For example, our offshore engineers at TestRamp cost approximately 66% less than the median cost of local hires in our headquarter state of Utah. A reduced cost per engineer allows you to better utilize your budget while having more qualified testers working on various projects and ensuring great test coverage.

2. Specialized Elastic Resources

Offshore teams frequently specialize in a specific domain and work hard to become experts in that field. Their expertise and structure allow them to offer elastic resources meaning they can adapt to your fluctuating QA needs. For our team, this includes both manual and automation testing. Offshore teams can easily add or reduce engineers as your needs change and you get closer to your testing goals.

3. Ease of Onboarding

Most employers are reticent about hiring extra QA engineers because they may take longer to onboard or are often more difficult to let go. With offshore teams, however, they are used to working with different clients from various industries giving them the acumen needed to quickly learn solutions, processes, or industry standards. Quick onboarding also allows your team to turn to offshore resources with short notice helping you to stay on track with your sprint/release goals. 

4. Efficient Use of Time

If onboarding your engineers is more efficient, what does managing them look like? Well, it’s common to hire these teams for your manual or sometimes basic tests but don’t always require a lot of surveillance. This means you can leave these low-tech, drag-and-drop tasks that still have to be performed to the capable offshore engineers or an offshore manager. 

If you need assistance with more technical tests, there are also competent senior engineers available for hire, freeing up your time to focus on customer needs. Whether you’re looking to offload more manual or more technical tests to an offshore team, they have the expertise and management necessary to accomplish the extra work you need accomplished.

Conclusion

Many companies overlook offshore QA because they’re nervous about the quality of the tests, the time required to onboard, and the headaches they think they’ll have from managing these engineers on the other side of the world.

Coming from a QA outsourcing company, we have seen teams benefit from reduced costs, elastic resources, efficient onboarding, and more time available for local QA. Don’t outsource everything, but you should outsource your QA!

Any questions about our engineers and prices can be sent to tcash@testramp.com or schedule a meeting.

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