Outsourcing or Nearshore?
Let’s start off by defining these two concepts. Outsourcing software is the general term for seeking software services outside of the United States. The term that comes to most people’s minds when they think about this is offshoring. But here at Avantica, we prefer the term nearshoring.
Nearshoring is when you seek software services from a company that resides in a time zone that is close to, or the same, as yours. It’s in a country that is physically closer to yours and more likely to share aspects of your culture and language.
The Importance of Time Zone
Time zone is one of the most important factors in a successful software partnership. Why? Because communication is the most important quality in a successful relationship. When your partner company is in your time zone, then you will be communicating with them during the same business hours. You can expect prompt response and timely fixes or changes.
Physical face-to-face interaction is also an important part of building up a business relationship, even with outsourcing. Especially with outsourcing! You can gain all of the confidence in the world with your workforce, simply by meeting them in person. Don’t underestimate the power of a handshake.
The Importance of Culture
If you are in a position to be working with a team of people day in and day out, it is important for you to understand each other deeply. Sharing a similar culture is a huge step towards that instinctual understanding. What do we mean by instinctual understanding? Here are some examples:
If you need to request a change or improvement, how will they respond? In a way that makes sense to you?
If you need a software professional to talk to a client or internal executive, what kind of professional language will they use? Will it be appropriate by your culture’s standards?
If you need a team to make suggestions for your company, will they make sense according to your company’s economy and social standards?
When culture is wildly different, you might not feel comfortable answering these questions. But when culture is similar and in-tune, you can predict. And being able to predict is a great way to feel confident with your team’s work.
The Recipe For Outsourcing Success
Being able to communicate effectively, trust your team, and predict how interactions and work will be, then you have a team that is ready for success. An outsourcing partnership is
just like any other partnership and you should look for those factors that will encourage peace, productivity, and growth.
Avantica is a nearshore partner for companies throughout the United States, Canada, and Latin America. We have offices in all major North American time zones and a culture that jives well with those from our fellow citizens of the American continents. We pride ourselves in fitting into our partner companies and providing great software services.
If you are looking for a software partner who will work towards your own business goals and success, then Avantica is your solution. We offer dedicated teams, team augmentation, and individual projects to our clients, and are constantly looking for the best methodologies in order to give you the best results.
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