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I need an offshore software development partner. Should I opt for Asia or Latin America?

I need an offshore software development partner.  Should I opt for Asia or Latin America?
For many years, India has been the most popular "outsourcing" or "offshoring" software destination. This has been fundamentally due to price, as well as to the availability of software engineers in this gigantic country (and is partly also motivated by the successful diaspora of Indian talent into the US, which creates networks and connections with...
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Optimizing the Total Cost of Ownership on an outsourcing software development project Part 2

In the first part of this article we reviewed the concept of Total Cost of Ownership (TOC) and outlined five key variables that determine the TCO for software development projects: Process, Quality, Risk, Productivity and Cost. Each of these variables is critical to keep in mind when selecting a nearshoring or offshori...
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Optimizing the Total Cost of Ownership on an outsourcing software development project

Optimizing the Total Cost of Ownership on an outsourcing software development project
​ When outsourcing software development projects , comparing vendors with different price points can be very difficult. We propose variables that should be taken into account when deciding which vendor is most likely to produce the lowest Total Cost of Ownership for an offshoring or nearshoring development project. We also evidence why we beli...
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Should I use a traditional RFI / RFP model to select a nearshore or offshore outsourcing IT vendor?

Should I use a traditional RFI / RFP model to select a nearshore or offshore outsourcing IT vendor?
As a nearshore IT firm , we often get many requests to participate in an RFI / RFP project. At a first glance, and RFI / RFP process looks like a structured, disciplined and fair methodology to choose a vendor, but in the final analysis, in our opinion and experience, it produces terrible results for the client . Here is our take on why this is so:...
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The key attributes for a successful outsourcing software vendor relationship

The key attributes for a successful outsourcing software vendor relationship
​ Your relationship with an outsourcing software vendor might be one of the most important ones when they work on key projects or technologies for your company. Nurturing a good relationship is never a static formula as all projects and relationships vary greatly. However, during our 30 years' experience in the software development industry working...
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Offshore IT outsourcing vs. nearshore IT outsourcing (Part 3)

This is the final part of our Offshore IT outsourcing vs. nearshore IT Outsourcing series. You can start with part 1 . To undergo an effective Agile software development process , it is important that the developer and the client constantly interact, in real time. Interaction does not imply a face to face presence; it can occur via chat, the teleph...
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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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