Nearshore and offshore outsourcing both have clear advantages. For starters, they both are capable of filling a talent gap for your software development needs. Secondly, they do so at a fraction of the cost. Finally, they have access to a greater talent pool, meaning they can scale more quickly as your business or project grows. Obviously, some companies and cultures are a better fit for your business, so that’s something you’ll want to take into account.

Have you thought about the effects that timezones will have on your project’s success?

It’s likely crossed your mind, but breaking down the project efficiencies, team accessibility, and cultural differences may escape you. In this article, we’ll break down the timezone effects of choosing an offshore or nearshore software development team:

Real-Time Accessibility

With most projects, time is of the essence. Chances are you have a strict deadline and need a development team that can be agile with you. Having the best software developers means nothing if you can’t easily bring them into the fold and have them collaborate in your daily and weekly meetings. You need a team that is available during your working hours. Someone who can respond quickly and easily assimilates into your team’s routine.

Nearshore development teams offer you that flexibility. You’d work either in the same timezone or closely with overlapping schedules. That slight timezone difference is especially useful when managing projects with short timelines and faster feedback cycles. Working with offshore teams means less alignment between parties because they’re working completely opposite schedules. If you need to shift your team’s priorities quickly, that’ll be a challenge working with offshore teams.

 

Easy Travel Considerations

For practical purposes, having a nearshore software development team is no different than working with a US-based company. You work the same hours (or something similar) and have the capacity to meet face-to-face with a short flight.

For example, if you hired a firm in Guadalajara, Mexico, you’d only face between 2 ½ to 5 hour flight times from major US hubs like Dallas, New York City, and Los Angeles:

  • GDL to DFW is 2 ½ hours
  • GDL to JFK is 5 hours
  • GDL to LAX is 3 ½ hours

Working with offshore companies often means having to travel halfway around the world if you want to get to know them personally. That means complicated travel arrangements, longer trips, higher costs, and adjusting to a cultural gap.

As another example, let’s say you hired a firm in New Delhi, India. Here are travel times from those same major US airports:

  • DEL to DFW is 21 hours
  • DEL to JFK is 19 hours
  • DEL to LAX is 20 hours

 

Seamless Culture Fit

Offshore has many pros, but one of the major cons is the cultural gap. Eastern European and Southeast Asian countries, while influenced by the Western world, have distinct cultures and highly contrasting work styles. Nearshore, on the other hand, gives you the benefit of working with countries right next door and likely share many customs and have similar work styles. 

If you’re a US company, for example, then working with Mexican developers will feel like a smooth transition. Over 16 million Mexican citizens speak fluent English, meaning you don’t have to deal with any adjusting to language or cultural differences. You can simply get to work. 

Consider Guadalajara, the Washington Post dubbed it the next “Silicon Valley” after an infusion of $120 million in startup investment from venture capitalists. With close proximity to the US and a large investment into startups, young Mexicans have assimilated to American culture in the way they dress, talk, and, most importantly, work

 

Summary

The offshore vs. nearshore battle has many champions and clear advantages on both sides. However, when it comes to timezone advantages, you have to give the title up to nearshore. If you’re doing business in the West, then chances are you’ve got tight deadlines and need a team that can quickly shift the team’s priorities. Only through real-time collaboration is that possible. Nearshore offers cultural and geographical proximity, which enables seamless communication between your teams.

If you’re an American company looking for nearshore software development, consider us at Scio. With headquarters in Austin, TX, and development centers in Guadalajara and Morelia, we operate in the central time zone and offer you true agility, high-quality talent, and an affordable price. Contact us today to start a conversation.