Why Outsourcing to a Nearshore Software Development Company Might Be the Right Decision
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Conversation mills are still buzzing about the recent global social media blackout that has 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. Businesses rely on these engineering teams to bridge the gap between themselves and customers around the world, as more than 70% of cell phone users shop online. So it follows that anyone starting a business would have a hard time creating a working revenue model without including online marketing, and also making 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, businesses can work with teams from anywhere in the world, eliminating the cost and time of setting up a workstation and purchasing equipment, among other things. Nearshore software development companies (“nearshore” referring to relatively nearby countries) can be hired to provide services and potentially offer a number of benefits, including:
1. Operation in similar time zones
Cities in the United States typically have a time variation of around an hour, but working in very different time zones can lead to communication delays, which can lead to frustration and strained relationships as a team can constantly pull together. feel one step ahead of the other. Nearshore companies minimize time zone differences, ensuring smooth communication and collaboration.
2. Facilitating in-person communication
Companies often spend considerable funds on travel. Nearshore companies are reducing these expenses by shortening flights, which means more face-to-face meetings are possible. Spending less on transportation also means it’s easier to set up a permanent location, when needed.
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3. Protection of intellectual property
Offshore Software Development Intellectual property can be difficult to legally secure, as laws vary widely across countries and continents. Businesses that are built on a patented idea can often be better served by investing in a nearshore business.
4. Improved code
Nearshore software developers generally 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
Businesses cannot afford to lose information in translation, so a shared language is vital in software development. Project coordination can go off without a hitch, as everyone understands the instructions. And, as mentioned earlier, if the teams are working in the same time zone, all communication is done in real time, which simplifies changes, adjustments and overall communication.
6. Better infrastructure
Coastal developers are governed by strict policies on how to construct and maintain buildings, ensuring that the infrastructure (including internet access and IT support systems) is in good condition.
How to choose a nearshore company
There are many companies offering remote software engineering services in the United States, but how do you pick the right one? Some considerations to increase your chances:
• Devote time and resources to the interview process. Hard work pays off. The more effort you put into finding the right match, the better the result. To this end, carefully screen potential candidates before beginning any interview process and keep in mind that some companies may prefer to access the structural integrity of the remote location in person.
• Make sure the data is protected. Businesses need to ensure that all sensitive data can be secured by a remote software developer, so feel free to test their firewalls to your satisfaction.
• Are you not satisfied with the market teams? Make your own! You may have met some exceptionally talented developers at different companies. Do not hesitate to bring them together to form your own team. Sometimes creating the right software can be like putting puzzle pieces together.
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