More and more often our clients choose Scala for building the server-side components of their software. It’s one of the most efficient technologies used in many spheres. It’s excellent for developing IoT solutions, games, retail and fintech apps, to name but a few.
Scala is often preferred to its popular competitors for a good reason. It’s truly the most scalable and performant technology perfect for managing big loads of data without the need to extend the infrastructure.
The only downside is that the IT market is short of Scala engineers and Scala development companies and hence, their services are not cheap. This is also the reason why businesses consider Scala development outsourcing and look for nearshore and offshore teams that can provide quality services for reasonable rates. Moreover, this allows them to avoid spending months on recruiting their own team so they can focus on their core competencies.
The needs of your project are a key factor in choosing a cooperation model
Before signing a contract you go through many stages. First, you decide whether outsourcing is an option for you at all, you consider different outsourcing destinations, contact different Scala development providers. Then you go through discovery procedures and discuss cooperation details.
Oftentimes, our clients have a very clear idea of how they want to organize the work of their developers. Yet a lot depends on the type of their business and the requirements of the project. So the final decision is often taken at the discovery phase.
Since hiring Scala developers is difficult, it is easier to find a development team for a complex interesting project. Scala programmers are naturally more interested in building the product and its architecture from the very beginning of solution development.
Outsourcing Scala development vs. other cooperation models
If you’re thinking about hiring an offshore Scala development company, there are basically 2 ways to go. You may outsource the whole project to a third party that will be completely responsible for gathering the right team, managing it, quality control and delivery. Or you could hire dedicated Scala engineers who will work remotely under your supervision. In this model, which is called outstaffing, you will assign tasks to developers and manage their work, so overall they’ll work as your local team.
Why is it difficult to hire Scala developers for ongoing projects?
In the case of outstaffing, developers work as an extension of an in-house team. This kind of cooperation is established when the client lacks resources for scaling the product, building up some new functionality, new components of the existing software. In addition, the technical decisions are taken by specialists on the client’s side. This is the main reason why experienced Scala developers are not interested in working on such projects.
It’s worth mentioning that the market is crazy for Scala programmers right now. It’s hard to hire specialists for new projects, and when it comes to extending the existing Scala development team, it’s even more difficult. That’s why there are very few Scala projects that work according to this model.
The advantages of a dedicated Scala development team
Any software development project goes through the following stages:
- Requirements analysis;
- Use case analysis;
- Architecture design;
A dedicated development team can handle all of these stages so this model has some tangible benefits. The specialists work on your project on a full-time basis, follow your standards and requirements. Scala outsourcing provider is responsible for hiring the professionals that will have all the necessary skills and they may extend the team when needed. This type of cooperation is the most common in offshore Scala development.
Bringing in Scala programmers for dedicated development team projects where they can be involved from the early stages is definitely faster and easier and usually takes up to 3 months. Since Scala is not so common as some other technologies, the teams are normally not very big. Even the companies that specialize exclusively in this programming language employ up to 15 Scala engineers.
As a rule, our clients come with an idea and don’t know which back-end technologies to use. They may hesitate between Java, .Net, C++, Scala, etc. As we have specialists in all of them, the decision comes down to the needs of the project. In addition, we often do business analysis, UX research, offer a solution and design the software architecture.
Most of the clients that opt for a dedicated Scala development team have some technical background but lack on-site experts who could take important technical decisions. So it’s much more convenient to outsource the development of a whole project and hold an outsourcing provider responsible for delivering a quality product. An offshore Scala development company provides all the necessary specialists for it – QAs, PMs, front-end and back-end specialists, UX and UI designers, etc. What’s more, a client doesn’t need to think about Scala hiring difficulties at all.
Another valid point in favour of this type of cooperation is that during negotiations you define project roles and your outsourcing partner commits to fill them. Hence, you don’t hire concrete developers and the team is free for rotations when needed. The provider just has to make sure that all the roles necessary for delivering a product are filled.
For instance, you might have the following team composition on a mobile project with Scala back-end:
- Scrum Master
- iOS Intermediate
- Android Intermediate
- Scala Senior
- Scala Intermediate
- Front End Intermediate
- QA Intermediate
- DevOps Senior
- UI Designer Junior
All in all, working with an offshore Scala development company is a great option when you need to cut costs and the talent pool is low. If working with offshore developers seems too challenging to you, you should consider looking for Scala developers in Eastern Europe, which is geographically and culturally attractive as an outsourcing destination. There are many software development companies that provide quality Scala development and can offer you different forms of cooperation so you may choose the one that meets the needs of your business.