Day by day we enjoy to bring value to our clients projects, who are, almost in 90%, located in our development offices abroad. (Costa Rica and Mexico). But, at the first time we talk to our clients they are hesitating if a nearshore company is the solution for their problems and needs or not, is it better to do offshore ? why not having my own IT department ? how can I trust you ?. Those are some examples of questions We answer to our clients and leads in a daily basis.
Starting from the basics I will like to make a difference between Nearshore and Offshore.
It’s to development products but generally overseas, with mostly languages barriers and not compatible time zones. I can think on different countries mostly in Europe and Asia, countries like India, Pakistan, Ukraine and Rusia.
Offshore can represent a considerable reduce on your operational costs, also, considering different tools to find freelance developers in those countries will save you some money. However, there is a gap in time zone, which goes from 6 hrs to 9 hrs difference.
Communication has a key rol on project success, having that time difference can impact badly for your project, by waiting valuable time to get response on some specs, also, you may need to do extra effort creating documentation and adapting Agile methodologies.
You will have your team within a short time zone different (1-2 hrs as much). With that been said, you can start aproaching agile practices, meetings and avoid miscommunications.
You can visit your team really easily, accesible flights and short period of time in an airplane. For example, a flight to India can take 15 hours and it can cost $800 but flying to Costa Rica can take from New York at least 4 hours and it can cost $250.
There’s can be a reduce on cultural and language impact, being at the same continent there are similitudes in cultural aspects, but also, in most of the American continents English has an important roll on education, we can make sure that language won’t be a problem.
We are Nearshore!
Knowing the differences we can see that nearshore teams can be more expensive than having offshore, but you will get more ROI because you will have more control on your team, there is no lacking of hours, waiting emails, responses, the communication becomes agile and understandable.
In 4Geeks we provide different nearshore offices located in Costa Rica and Mexico, providing to our clients competitive pricing and the opportunity to meet our offices and enjoy these countries.
Take a look at this video of Costa Rica. Enjoy !