Why Outsourcing to a Nearshore Software Development Company Might Be the Right Decision

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Conversational mills are still buzzing over the recent global social media blackout that affected Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram. The six-hour downtime, attributed to engineering flaws, cost the company billions of dollars. It was an object lesson that without a highly skilled software development team, businesses large and small face real peril. Companies rely on these engineering teams to bridge the gap between them and customers around the world, as more than 70% of mobile phone users shop online. It therefore follows that anyone starting a business would struggle to create a functioning revenue model without including online marketing, and also makes using the right software a “make or break” proposition.

The good news is that sourcing software development is more accessible than ever. Thanks to the Internet, companies can work with teams from anywhere in the world, eliminating, among other things, the costs and time of installing a workstation and purchasing equipment. Nearshore software development companies (“nearshore” referring to countries that are relatively close) can be contracted to provide services and potentially offer a number of benefits, including:

1. Operation in similar time zones

US cities typically have a time variation of around an hour, but working in vastly different time zones can lead to communication delays, which can lead to frustration and strained relationships, as a team can constantly have a length of time. advance on the other. Nearshore companies minimize time zone differences, which helps to streamline communication and collaboration.

2. Facilitation of in-person communication

Companies often spend considerable funds on travel. Nearshore companies reduce these expenses by shortening flights, which allows for more physical encounters. Less spending on transportation also means it’s easier to set up a permanent location, if needed.

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3. Protection of intellectual property

Offshore software development intellectual property can be difficult to secure legally, as laws vary widely across countries and continents. Companies that rely on a patented idea can often be better served by investing in a nearshore company.

4. Improved code

Nearshore software developers typically have access to the latest technology, data, and coding languages, which improves the chances of getting better code than offshore software developers.

5. Easier interaction

Companies cannot afford information to get lost in translation, so a shared language is vital in software development. Project coordination can go off without a hitch because everyone understands the instructions. And, as mentioned earlier, if the teams work in the same time zone, all communication happens in real time, which simplifies changes, adjustments and overall communication.

6. Better infrastructure

Nearshore developers are governed by strict policies on how to construct and maintain buildings, ensuring that infrastructure (including internet access and IT support systems) is in good condition.

How to choose a nearshore company

Many companies offer remote software engineering services in the United States, but how do you choose the right one? Some considerations to increase your chances:

• Commit time and resources to the interview process. Hard work pays off. The harder you try to find the right match, the better the result. To that end, vet potential candidates carefully before any interview process begins and keep in mind that some companies may prefer to access the structural integrity of the remote location in person.

• Make sure data is stored securely. Businesses need to ensure that all sensitive data can be kept safe by a remote software developer, so be sure to test their firewalls to your satisfaction.

• You are not satisfied with the teams on the market? Make your own! You may have come across some exceptionally talented developers at different companies. Do not hesitate to bring them together to form your own team. Sometimes building the right software can be like putting puzzle pieces together.

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Gordon K. Morehouse