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In recent years, task outsourcing has become a norm in most industries, especially the software development industry, where most programming tasks are remote. As the name suggests, the nearshore industry focuses on outsourcing to areas close to shore. These can be locations in the same country or in neighboring countries. However, like any co-working environment, specific skills are needed.
General skills in the nearshore software development industry
When it comes to software development, the last skill most developers focus on are soft skills. It is a source of significant setbacks when it comes to software development in the nearshore industry. The real-time nature means there is a lot of exchange that requires immediate action and response. As a result, software developers on both sides must have soft skills to work together. Soft skills are also needed to overcome multicultural barriers and barriers in the work culture. Without it, it becomes difficult to make the necessary changes to a project due to poor communication.
Emotional intelligence and other soft skills are useful when managing team projects or working under pressure. Soft skills are also essential for other team members who are responsible for connecting groups working on both sides. The responsible person must have leadership skills and emotional empathy to manage multiple personalities. To top it off, soft skills are essential for managing conflicts within the team. Soft skills will also impart emotional intelligence that will help defuse tension before things get out of hand.
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Benefits of US companies working with nearshore software development companies
Outsourcing software development tasks can be of great benefit to a business looking to lower its operating costs. It also comes with quantifiable benefits that will bring real added value to your business.
Hiring software developers from a developing country is cheaper than hiring labor. In addition, teleworkers are paid less than software developers in companies. The rate of pay in neighboring countries may also be cheaper than in the United States.
The nearshore software development industry is known for its exciting talents which tend to cost a lot less. Additionally, the outsourced workforce will not require training to hone their skills. The company also saved money on employee benefits, reducing overall labor costs.
Plus, when you have people working remotely, the cost of operating office facilities and purchasing other items needed by internal employees is significantly lower. This helps reduce overhead costs in the long run. In addition to office expenses, you will also save money that would otherwise be spent on acquiring software licenses, acquiring additional server space, or purchasing specialized computers.
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Access to a deeper skillset and rapid project turnaround time
Outsourcing allows companies to expand their access to untapped skills that can be beneficial. There are hundreds of freelance software developers who have honed their skills by working on many projects.
Because software development companies and outsourced developers share a time zone, they have a faster turnaround time. Due to the geographic proximity, it is much easier, faster and cheaper to have videoconference meetings with the nearshore team.
Meetings are the closest thing to working together in person while making employees feel like there is no distance between them. This makes it easier to discuss project deliverables and issues. In addition, sharing a time zone allows you to work on the project simultaneously, which leads to a faster delivery time.
The key to the development of soft skills
It is easier to train individuals to improve their soft skills than it is to be good at software development. However, it doesn’t hurt to make sure that the nearshore company you are working with has the necessary training to ensure they have the necessary social skills.
One thing is certain; if you form the team on your own, it will be easier for them to deal with all kinds of issues due to cultural barriers. Training your team to anticipate future social issues will go a long way in improving working relationships.
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