Author: Jorge Agnese

AAJ to bring new ideas to NASA during International Space App Challenge

AAJ to bring new ideas to NASA during International Space App Challenge The AAJ team will join other innovators from around the world for NASA’s International Space Apps Challenge, one of the largest hackathons in the universe. The international hackathon will be empowered by open data, where attendees will collaborate with one another to solve perplexing worldly challenges in new and unexpected ways. Taking place from April 22-24, engineers, coders, makers, artists and storytellers will come together from various locations to connect over mission-related challenges. The growing Space Apps community represents the core of NASA’s Open Innovation Initiative. Since...

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Argentina Is the New Nearshore Hotspot for Software Development

Argentina is a country known for many things: Soccer, famed revolutionary Che Guevara, beautiful landscapes … and now IT. Yes, you read that correctly. According to a recent white paper, released by Nearshore Americas, Argentina has experienced a massive boom in its IT industry. Aspects of the country’s education system, culture, and location on the globe make Argentina the new nearshore hotspot for U.S. enterprises looking to outsource their software development. The recent explosion of Argentina’s IT industry can best be explained in the context of the country’s focus on higher education. Presently, there are 93 universities (46 public,...

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The No. 1 Question to Ask Before Outsourcing

Outsourcing, especially in the field of IT, is tricky because IT departments often handle their enterprises’ most sensitive information. To feel more secure in your IT outsourcing decisions, decision makers should begin handling outsourcing decisions similarly to how they handle employee turnover.  When an IT professional resigns his or her job, even on the best of terms, the individual is asked to depart immediately, not after the standard a two week notification period. This is for security purposes, as various passwords and security apparatus known to the departing employee will require updating to cut off outside access into corporate...

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Why IT Outsourcing is Necessary for Growing Enterprises

At the core of every accomplished business is an equally accomplished—and extremely adroit—IT department. If you were to compare your IT department to healthcare professionals, you would quickly see how your IT department is not unlike your doctor, nutritionist and physical trainer all in one. After all, they are tasked with maintaining the “health” of your enterprise by making sure your organization has the right technology to succeed, operates efficiently and grows leaner and stronger. As enterprises begin to rely more on IT resources for their success, CIOs who head these departments are finding it harder and harder to...

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What’s the Difference: Nearshore vs. Offshore IT Outsourcing

While your IT department employees may be the unsung heroes of your enterprise (as we’ve discussed in previous posts), they may not always have the resources they need to handle large-scale projects and initiatives. A common solution in these instances is to outsource the extra workload to a trusted third-party vendor. This gives  your IT department time to tend to day-to-day operations while the vendor completes a project or even handles it from start to finish. When choosing to outsource this work, the easiest part for most businesses is identifying the need for extra help. After that, the choices...

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Why AAJ Chose Argentina to Build our Development Center

I have discussed the advantages of nearshoring when compared to the traditional offshore model in a related blog. In this blog I will discuss why AAJ choose Argentina to build our dedicated development center. We need to first look at the factors we evaluated to determine the location. We assessed 20 different factors and graded each location to come up with our top three locations. The 20 factors for evaluating each location, were: Population GNP growth rate Economic stability Growth and maturity of technology sector Creativity and Critical Thinking K12 education system University systems Robust infrastructure Unemployment and Turnover...

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