Jan 28, 2015

Does the Nearshoring/Offshoring-self-help-kit offer a fighting chance? (part I)

Setting-up an Offshore Development Center

Author: Alexandra Stanculescu

There has been a lot of variety in terms of opinion, trends and related advice in the past 20+ years of outsourcing, especially where a long-term commitment is concerned, as is the case with a build-and-operate type of collaboration. Manage in-house, be in control; Don’t manage in-house, your partner’s project manager knows their team better and can more efficiently assign tasks according to individual skills. Low-fee countries are the best way to go; Low-fee countries are bad, quality-control is next-to-impossible. Cultural differences don’t matter, software is software; Cultural differences are the top reason for project failure.

However, the truth is that if you’re looking for The Universal Truth, you’re wasting precious time and you’re setting yourself up for disappointment. It doesn’t exist. Anyone claiming they know what The Universally Appropriate Offshoring/Nearshoring Solution is, is just trying to influence your decision to their advantage. Every Perfect Solution is unique to a particular set of circumstances. Your outsourcing heaven could be someone else’s hell. So with all the noise, how do you choose what is right for your company? As a professional with no technology-outsourcing hands-on experience, can you self-diagnose and make the right choices for your business, or do you need an expert opinion? Does the Nearshoring/Offshoring-self-help-kit stand a chance to succeed?

The hidden costs of make-do

You’re a dynamic, well-established, highly educated professional. Always up-to-date with business trends and collaboration models, fast-learning, you enjoy a proven history of successful decisions. Therefore, you probably see no reason why you’d invest in technology-outsourcing consulting. A little bit of extra research, and you’ve got everything you need to make the right choice for your business. Right?

Yes – in theory.

In theory, however, unlike in practice, everything goes according to plan. Even delays have their own orderly, dedicated time-frame and are 100% accounted for. However, theoretical knowledge can be exemplary, and still fail the rigorous testing of unpredictable practice.

Knowledge alone can’t predict the unpredictable. The unpredictable needs to have happen a sufficient amount of times, in order to become predictable. You’d need hands-on exposure to various unforeseen issues arising in various circumstances, to know how to prevent them. Knowledge alone can’t do this. Only practical experience can. Experience with Offshoring/Nearshoring projects in your particular industry, with your company size, vision, dynamic and specific needs in mind. Otherwise, with most cases, costs increase, delays span across months, and overall results are under expectations.

If so, what’s the key factor behind all of the offshoring success stories? Is there a solid way of doing things, one that will insure success? Subscribe to our news feed and find out our thoughts on this in my next issue.

Until then, feel free to share your thoughts: Do you believe in The Universal Outsourcing Truth? Tell us about your experiences in the comment section, or join us for a private business-chat via e-mail.


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    1. Alexandra says:

      Thank you, Darron, I’m glad you’ve enjoyed the read. If you stay in touch with us, we’ll do our best to keep-up the good work, and I appreciate any future thoughts and opinions.

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