It’s common for companies that outsource as part of their product development strategy to select a single provider to deliver on the project from design to manufacturing. On the surface, a single provider offers benefits such as a single point of contact, single invoicing, and a potentially simpler partnership. The reality is that, particularly in a complex product development project, a single provider will fall short in some area, impacting the project either via missed deadlines or poor quality deliverables. Below are a few reasons why a best-of-breed model should be selected for complex product development projects.
- Expertise in all key areas. In product development, most “one-stop-shops” are contract manufacturers. As a result, the focus of their business model is manufacturing, not development, meaning the engineering resources they have in-house are likely focused on the manufacturing process, not the R&D development process. By contrast, a best-of-breed model brings expertise in all the appropriate areas.
- The right engineering resources at the right time. A development partner that offers a one-stop-shop service may leverage resources from their core business to do product development work. This may be acceptable for a simple, class I device like a boot, but as the device becomes more complex, the resource falls out of their depth. With a best-of-breed model, the right resources are available at the right time in the project. R&D engineers focus on the development while manufacturing engineers focus on manufacturing design.
- One-stop-shops often go best-of-breed. Even though the company claims to be a one-stop-shop, they will often outsource to a product development firm, like Resolution. This adds an extra layer of contact that can overcomplicate the project and lead to delays and add risk over the long-term because, after that individual or boutique leaves the project, their subject matter expertise leaves with them. With a best-of-breed model, you have the option of direct contact with each of the partners, eliminating unneeded layers of communication or loss of subject matter expertise
- Complexity requires specialization: When product development projects are more complex and include hardware, software, network integration, optics, FPGA or other components, the use of a single provider does not deliver the expected benefits, as the single vendor will not have those resources available. By contrast, a best-of-breed model ensures that the right skill sets are brought to the project at the right time, ensuring lower risk, on-time and on-budget results.
A company like Resolution Development Services takes the time to develop a deep understanding of the project, so no subject matter expertise is lost. By leveraging an ecosystem of best in class industrial design and contract manufacturing partners that complement their development expertise, Resolution, in particular, brings the right resource at the right time. As a result, the project delivers the benefits expected with a single vendor; simplicity, efficiency, and cost-effectiveness.
If outsourcing is part of your strategic development strategy, learn more about the value of partnering with Resolution Development Services as part of a best-of-breed development model at www.resolutiondev.com