As companies continue looking to reduce costs and improve efficiency, offshoring development teams have become increasingly popular. However, Fíonta has decided to keep our resources geographically closer to us, and in this blog post, we will explore why.
The Advantages of Our Approach
There are several advantages to keeping our resources geographically closer to us. Firstly, it allows us to increase efficiency by reducing the overhead of managing offshore teams. Keeping our resources close can minimize the time and effort required to manage teams operating in different time zones and cultural contexts. Doing so helps us to be more responsive to client needs and to deliver high-quality work more quickly and efficiently.
Secondly, as specialists in serving nonprofits and associations, we can leverage our own code snippets and pre-built assets. This means that we can work more efficiently and deliver a better product in less time than if we were to work with an offshore team that is less familiar with our specific domain. It also allows us to focus on delivering the best possible solutions to our clients rather than explaining our domain-specific knowledge to offshore teams.
Thirdly, communication barriers are lessened when working with a team in the same time zone and cultural context. This makes collaborating and sharing ideas easier, leading to better outcomes and a more productive work environment. It also helps build stronger relationships between team members, which is essential for long-term success.
Finally, security is also an important consideration. By keeping our resources closer to us, we can better ensure the security of our data and intellectual property. Offshore teams may have different security protocols or be subject to foreign laws and regulations, creating risks for our organization and clients.
It’s worth noting that our organization, Fionta, is a remote-first company with employees across the United States. We are already well-versed in remote collaboration and have the infrastructure and processes to manage distributed teams effectively. While we recognize the benefits of offshoring, keeping our resources geographically closer to us allows us to leverage our expertise, build stronger relationships, and deliver higher-quality work more efficiently. As a remote-first company, we are committed to finding the best solutions for our clients, whether working with teams in the same city or halfway around the world.
The Disadvantages of Our Approach
The main disadvantage of keeping our resources geographically closer to us is that US-based resources cost more than offshore resources. We may have to pay more for the same expertise and experience. However, the benefits of our approach outweigh the additional costs, and by delivering higher-quality work more efficiently, we can provide more value to our clients in the long run.
Choosing the Right Partner
When deciding between offshoring and keeping resources geographically closer to us, there are several important factors to consider. Firstly, cost savings may be important, but weighing these against the potential risks of lower-quality work is essential. Offshore teams may have different expertise or understanding of your organization’s domain, which can lead to mistakes or inefficiencies.
Secondly, scalability is also an important consideration. Choosing the right partner means finding a team that can provide the best solution for your needs, both now and in the future. It is critical to consider factors such as the size of the team, their level of experience, and their ability to adapt to changing requirements over time.
Thirdly, development architecture is also a crucial factor to consider. Do you want a team of doers or developers who will question the why and think about long-term solutions? A team focused solely on quickly delivering code may not be the best fit for organizations that must balance short-term goals with long-term strategic objectives.
While there are advantages to offshoring development work, keeping our resources geographically closer to us is the best approach for us. We can better serve our clients by leveraging our expertise, building strong relationships, and delivering high-quality work more efficiently. We suggest to you that it’s essential to work with a partner who is aligned with your goals and can provide the right mix of skills, experience, and cultural fit.