Let's talk about Nearshore software development; a strategy that finds advantages in geographical distance and with the vision that cultural diversification is the key to adding value to software development, regardless of the sector for which it is intended.
Lately, physical distance is no longer an obstacle to achieving goals and carrying out work, and most companies understand this trend to the point of making it part of their business strategy.
Everyday more and more business areas are joining the remote modality and making it part of their business approach. Such is the case of Human Resources, which hires remotely and makes teleworking a fundamental axis in its work schemes because the pandemic showed that productivity is not affected by this work modality.
It is a fact, distance is no longer an impediment, and companies with a more disruptive vision seek to take it further to continue making the most of its advantages, such as:
In addition to these benefits and the lessons learned from the restrictions caused by the pandemic, companies have found even more benefits from work from people who may or may not be geographically close: nearshore.
We have addressed this innovative strategy in recent blog posts, which emphasize the advantages of increasing the value of the business proposition by collaborating with other countries that have knowledge and sophisticated technological skills of interest and related to the line of business and operations of the company.
But taking this model one step further raises the question and premise: what would happen if it were taken beyond just the exchange of empirical knowledge and skills?
Nearshore Software Development changes everything
If a company operates in several countries or if it needs to optimize costs for the development of a technological platform with added value, it finds in Nearshore Software Development the ideal solution to its requirements.
In simple terms, the nearshore software development model proposes contracting external services from countries strategically located geographically to carry out the project.
Companies that decide to acquire this type of service generally choose countries that represent an additional benefit for them.
For example, the United States chooses countries located in Latin America, considering that the cost of technological services is more affordable and the working hours match theirs, which does not hinder work meetings.
It is a totally disruptive vision, since geographical borders, the difference in the time zone or the language are not impediments to developing software. On the contrary, in these differences lies the virtue of creating successful platforms for any sector.
Likewise, by contracting this type of service, companies acquire talent and skills for a certain period of time without putting their adjacent operations at risk, which represents a greater chance of doubling their value, productivity and profitability in a short time.
Nearshore software development principles: One step at a time
If you have come this far, you probably deduce that this scheme is not for everyone. It takes more than the desire to develop custom software at low cost.
It is a delicate process, yet simple. The principles on which it is based are very clear:
To remove geographical barriers you must first remove internal obstacles.
What are the workforce skills that makes up your work team? Are you ready to take on a challenge of such magnitude? Assessing the capabilities and current situation of your internal team is essential to estimate possible impediments or additional requirements that may arise at the beginning of the project and in the middle of it.
Cultural and labor differences are likely to be an impediment to harmonizing areas and synchronizing tasks among staff. The best thing is not to risk the workflow and to have an agile methodology based on intelligent management, which reduces the margin of error and does not put continuity and labor relations at risk.
Now that you have all the knowledge, experience and skills in the palm of your hand, how are you going to get the most out of it?
Permanent monitoring and optimization tasks are your best allies to achieve the ideal product.
You must make sure to eliminate the barriers of time, communication and distance between teams through follow-up and results meetings.
Behind a nearshore software development project is the concern of choosing the best provider in the market.
It is not easy, it is about delegating part of the internal work and a platform that responds to the needs of the company. When choosing your provider, make sure to check out their knowledge and delve deeper into their work with other clients.
Look no further, at Icalia Labs you will find everything and more to take your company beyond borders.
With more than 8 years of experience providing nearshore software development services, our experts have created solutions tailored to each client and adapted to their needs and that respond to current market challenges.
Throughout our history we have proven the efficiency of our service, which translates into a competitive advantage for companies globally.
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