Master your strengths… and outsource your weaknesses

-Ryan Kahn

Outsourcing is constantly changing and so should your mindset. The latest years are the ones to set up the following question: ‘Why go long distances when you can find the workforce and expertise you need on the shores of your homeland and continent?’ Of course, there is the cost-reduction argument which is, to be fair, pretty strong as long as you are willing to sacrifice quality and efficiency and this seems to be not only the European approach, but lately the Americans have also started to embrace the nearshoring idea, because working across the globe with top-notch engineers from India and Philippines has proven itself inefficient when working in real-time, agile approaches and expecting something else from a long distance outsourcing collaboration would be, of course, rather naïve.

As for nearshoring, some things you should have in your mind beforehand would be:

  1. Quick results: Teams interact more, better and smarter when closer together. Complex modern software engineering requires the agile developing method, of which sweet fruits are to be harvested only when your analysts, architects, designers and testers are working in-house or nearshore.
  2. Instant Changes: If your project is nearshore, you may thus benefit from the time zone overlap by having real-time communication.
  3. Best of both worlds: While maintaining the advantages of a flexible, low-cost work-force, it also keeps up the benefits of the onsite workers. Basically, to blend onshore resources are with the nearshore ones is to lower the business risk, add expertise and lower costs.

So outsourcing nearshore shouldn’t be such a pain as going offshore. As for what to expect from it, we suggest you think really well when choosing the right partner for the job, because most of the jobs fail on this ground; plus, all other possible future problems are rooted deep within your choice. So what to expect? First of all, expect a long period of thorough market research, analytics and reports. Because nothing is more important than taking your time before you get started. This gives you room and intel to make the right choice regarding your future business partner and, for all that matters, your company’s future.