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 get a little trickier. Case in point, a number of variables come into play when picking the right vendor; for example, whether to go with a nearshore or offshore option.

Here at AAJ, we provide both outsourcing solutions to meet each customer’s unique needs. That said, it’s important to know the difference between the options and the benefits of each:

  • Nearshore: With nearshore outsourcing, your needs are met by a company located in a nearby country similar in language and culture to the US. In our case, nearshore work is outsourced to our new development center in Argentina, as opposed to our offshore facility in Asia. This type of outsourcing is ideal for projects that require high levels of real-time collaboration on shorter deadlines, since you’ll be sharing a similar time zone.
  • Offshore: Similar to nearshore, offshore outsourcing supports your project needs but from farther away. If you have a project or business function that doesn’t require heavy collaboration, but rather is being outsourced for cost or resource-intensive purposes, offshore is best for you. AAJ combines onshore consultants with offshore development teams to make sure your needs are being met at a high quality and with reduced overhead.

To learn more about nearshore and offshore outsourcing, click here and here, respectively.