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Offshore IT outsourcing vs. nearshore IT outsourcing (Part 2)

This is the second part of our Offshore IT outsourcing vs. nearshore IT Outsourcing series. You can start with part 1 . In the past, because software development requirements tended to be heavily specified (i.e. written down), it was easier for developers in distant time-zones to know what exactly they needed to do next, despite having little real-...
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Offshore IT outsourcing vs. nearshore IT outsourcing (Part 1)

IT services offshoring, whether it be to a distant continent in a completely different time-zone, or a nearby nation that goes to bed when you do, ultimately seeks gains in efficiency and costs. Think about it. If you could achieve developer rates as competitive as those of Asia by outsourcing your IT services in your home city, would you send your...
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Tips and advice on assessing communications with your offshore IT services provider

On our previous posts we have talked about lack of effective communication as one of the major pitfalls that exist whenever a company is looking for a nearshore or offshore IT Services partner. So what should that company do about this? Here are some simple pointers that should be considered when looking into IT outsourcing :  First word of ad...
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Communication: The single greatest risk to outsourcing abroad

Quite openly, we cannot be a completely neutral party in this post. Full disclosure requires us to state up front that we are an offshore IT services vendor. And we "drink our own Koolaid": we think we do very well what we work so hard to do every day, which is to deliver IT services to our clients under an offshore business model. Now, we learned ...
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Why outsourcing software makes sense (Part 2)

This is part 2 of "Why outsourcing software makes sense". In part 1 , we talked about the different examples and reasons why it is worthwhile to outsource your software development services, from a business standpoint. If you agree with the keypoints showcased before, and your company is not in the business of making software, then it makes sense f...
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Why outsourcing software makes sense (Part 1)

Designing and constructing software is a highly complex undertaking, with many pitfalls and potentially much money wasted if not done right. Contrary to many other human endeavors, resolving the problem of making good software is not as easy as hiring a team of people that individually know how to make software, and putting them together in the sam...
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Time and Materials: It’s Not a Contract; it’s a Way of Life

First of all, why use it? Is it that my software development service provider doesn't believe in himself? Maybe; if your software provider is a tiny one with very little experience, they're probably just trying to put all the risk on your side, because they know they're going to have a hard time building your software. However, why do large compani...
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Top 10 advantages of IT outsourcing to Latin America (Part 2)

​ This is the second part of the Top 10 advantages of IT Outsourcing to Latin America. If you havent read the first part, you can do it here . ​ 6. IT Outsourcing to Latin America, Tip # 6: Superior strength in the Agile world. More than any other region outside of the United States, Latin American IT outsourcing has adopted the agile standard in S...
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