By Robert Thomas Everyone knows about offshore outsourcing services but nearshore is quickly becoming the more popular method. There are a number of reasons why companies are choosing nearshore instead of Asian or India, and we’re going to highlight three main nearshore outsourcing advantages in this article: 1. Proximity Sure, you can send your business offshore but that’s a far ways away in a different timezone. Do you really want to be waking up early or staying late just for meetings? If you’re going the nearshore method, the timezones are often the same, which means everyone works mostly the same hours. 2. Staff Continuity Sure, you can outsource to Asia or Eastern Europe, but the problem with those options is that often times, the companies are reluctant to continually train their employees on the new systems and processes. That’s just one of the reasons why there’s often a lot of turnover with offshore teams. However, nearshore companies focus on minimizing employee turnover by employing multi-faceted software development programs. We commit not only to our employees but training them in emerging technologies. 3. No Cultural/Language Barrier While the language barrier is still a challenge with offshore outsourcing (although it’s a diminishing challenge), cultural is still a big hurdle. Even if you’re speaking in the same language because the person you’re dealing with has been trained properly, there’s still a good chance you’ll have some communication issues because of the cultural differences. That’s because the American and European cultures are based on different philosophies, educations and religions than the Indian and Asian ones. Even if we’re all speaking the same language, the cultural differences can make it feel like we’re not. Outsourcing nearshore to software development Central America companies means you eliminate these cultural barriers. The cultures here are similar, which means you’ll be able to effectively communicate with your team much better.
By Robert Thomas Agile is one of the buzz words in IT these days and there’s a reason why it’s gaining popularity. The Agile method is a method of developing software solutions, which can range from anything like websites, apps and much more. The idea is to deliver an awesome result while maximizing business value while minimizing the overhead. In this article, we’ve highlighted three great features of the Agile development process: 1. Stakeholder Engagement One of the biggest benefits of using the Agile method is that there’s consistent stakeholder engagement. If you use the waterfall method, the stakeholders have their input at the beginning, then everyone goes off and codes to the blueprint, and then weeks or months later we see a finished product. The Agile method allows for constant feedback. By involving the client regularly, they can provide their input and get a finished product that’s closer to what they’re looking for. 2. Transparency Often times, clients feel left out of the development process. However, that’s not the case with the Agile approach as it provides complete transparency right through the get-go. This is important because it allows the clients to jump in at any point and offer their assessment. Obviously, the client will appreciate that they aren’t looking at a finished product but at least they get to see something as it happens. The client gets to see the work in progress instead of being left in the dark until the very end. 3. Improving Quality With the Agile method, the project is broken up into manageable units. That means the project team can focus on producing high-quality development, testing and collaboration. Since it’s broken up into segments, there’s more testing and more reviewing throughout each iteration, which means that quality is improved at every level. By finding and fixing the defects early, any type of identification mismatch can be zeroed in and addressed right away. In the end, the Agile method produces a better end result.
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