Nearshoring, that is, outsourcing software development services to neighboring countries, is a trend that has come to stay. If you have not considered it yet, you may be wondering what it is that makes it so attractive to companies such as Google or Microsoft. Do they not have enough room to hire developers in-house? Is it a matter of cutting costs? But, won’t quality be compromised? These are all perfectly reasonable questions, so, here we would like to answer them from our experience.
- Nearshoring allows both companies to work in the same time-zone
This may seem like a minor detail…until you have to carry out daily meetings at midnight just to match your partner’s working hours. Being in the same time zone (with maybe just 1 or 2 hours of difference at most) is a huge advantage. It avoids unnecessary delays when there are corrections or adjustments to be made. At Virtualmind, we like to work inside our partners’ teams, so matching time zones allows us to take part in all team meetings, always staying up-to-date with the latest information.
- Nearshoring means working with people who share a similar cultural background and a common language
Latin America shares many cultural similarities with North America and people are well familiarized with the American work style. All this can certainly make work a lot easier in many ways, avoiding potential misunderstandings. Most Latin American countries put a strong emphasis on the learning of English during school and college years. As a result, most professionals, especially in the technology industry, are practically bilingual. Many companies, such as ours, have moved all their internal communications to English, as a way of unifying the language with both our clients and our collaborators all over the continent.
- Nearshoring allows you to get the best skilled professionals, when you need them
Latin America has some of the most qualified software development professionals in the world. You may not be considering moving your headquarters here, or even opening a branch, but you can profit from our wide expertise and training by hiring a nearshoring company that can provide you with their best talents that will fit your needs at present. You can enlarge your company in an easy and reliable way, delegating us the task of building the best team for them.
We believe that nearshoring brings a solution to a need that has been growing non-stop in the IT world: the outflow of jobs with not enough qualified people to fulfill those positions. Working with a company that shares your culture, understands your language and shares your time-zone can allow you to enlarge your teams with highly trained professionals the moment you need them. If you would like to hear more about our work style and our services, contact us!
If you want to read more about this subject, our parent company, Sofware Mind has some really interesting subjects on Outsourcing, like this one: Agile and Software Development Outsourcing: What makes it a perfect match.