The world of software development moves at an increasingly rapid pace. Agile development means being responsive to the marketplace with increasing speed and complexity while not sacrificing quality. As the queue of never-ending projects grows, you may find that it strains your development resources.
How can you meet constant demands for new and better products? You could hire more developers, but good developers come with high salary requirements. It can also take months to onboard a new developer with your existing team.
Another option is outsourcing development. As you consider the best way to scale, you’ll want to ensure your existing team can effectively collaborate with your outsourced team. This is where outsourcing to Latin America has several advantages over outsourcing to other locations.
Outsourcing has a number of benefits. You can hire an experienced team of developers to meet that need without a long-term increase in overhead.
Outsourced development has been increasing in popularity over the past few years. Thanks to changes in technology, it has become far easier for developers to work remotely.
More than any other region outside of the United States, Latin America has been rapidly adopting agile software development. And as a global market for outsourced developers, Latin America is growing at the fastest rate. This makes it a strong competitor in the IT outsourcing world.
Latin America has also caught the attention of several big profile companies. Amazon Web Services has operations in Colombia, Brazil, Mexico, Chile, and Argentina. Other big companies that have turned to nearshore development, include Google, Johnson & Johnson, Volkswagen, and IBM .
In addition, according to Stack Overflow, a site for software developers, reputations are higher for top users in Latin American countries than many other popular outsourcing location. For example, even though India has more users, the quality of Latin American users is higher.
Latin American universities have been strongly influenced by U.S. academics. Agile is being pushed as the preferred method for software development and many Latin American countries are graduating a significant number of students with degrees in computer science and engineering.
Additionally, children in Latin American countries learn English at a very early age. Other offshore countries may have equal experience but also have a communication barrier. Latin American developers will have proficiency in English, making it easier to work with your team.
Working with offshore teams in Asia can have challenges when it comes to the teams working together. Latin America’s culture is close to that of the United States. When you are working on a project, you want the developer to be engaged and mindful of the outcome. Passive team members can result in costly mistakes.
Developers in Latin America have the confidence to push back or raise red flags when something isn’t going well. Nothing will delay a project more than plugging along and ignoring issues.
You also want your software development to match what your own developers would produce. The United States and Latin America also share similar views on aesthetics. This means that GUI and UX designs will be familiar and seamless.
Latin America also shares similar business practices and work ethic with the United States. The environment and people skills of nearshore developers will be a good fit.
Lastly, the region has workers that are optimistic and have a can-do attitude. The developers know how to meet deadlines. Open communication, attentiveness, and quality are valued.
Turnover is disruptive to a project. You have to bring in new resources and get them up to speed quickly. This is time-consuming and has increased costs.
Offshore development teams often have very high turnover rates. For example, India has turnover rates of 25-30%. Resources are not loyal or dedicated to finishing the project.
Latin America has an employee churn rate that is about the same as the United States for software developers. Your project will have more stability with a Latin American team. This leads to greater productivity and lower costs.
Whether you are looking to supplement your existing team, become more agile, or develop a new product, a nearshore team can help you get there quickly. You need a team that is familiar with your technologies and can collaborate easily.
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