How to make outsourcing work
Outsourcing IT projects has gained popularity over the past years. Generally, IT outsourcing is considered as handing over your IT projects to an external team, to get back a finished product and that is it. That is how it is not supposed to be. Supported nearshore outsourcing is the way to go. Here’s 5 reasons why.
Local presence: guaranteed quality of support
Besides financial reasons, lack of resources in the area is often a motivation to set up a nearshore team. But these teams need qualitative support. That means local presence is key. Guidance throughout the set-up, the project and follow-up is necessary to guarantee the performance of the team.
Support in HR & recruitment
Finding the right talent abroad is hard. You need to know the market, the educational institutions and be aware of the conditions when it comes to contracts and hiring. And that’s not all.
After hiring comes HR:
Teams need managing and follow-up, evaluation and communication with your employees. That management is part of your nearshoring project and cannot be your first concern when you are deciding to start a nearshore outsourcing project. A well-prepared nearshoring partner handles your team and connects the local and nearshore team.
A supported nearshore team is part of your team
So, if you have the local presence and support in HR and recruitment, you are ready to make your nearshore team a real part of your team. For a team to perform well, they need to know the company, understand the assignment and be guided where necessary. Only by making them a real part of your team, you can be successful.
Insecurities in outsourcing are mostly related to quality concerns. Is the job going to be done well? Supported nearshoring teams guarantee good quality. Why? Because the support is what differentiates them.
You need a partner that brings together your team and the nearshoring team, someone that speaks — metaphorically speaking — the same language.
Quality control is part of a supported nearshore team. Performance levels are measured locally as well, so why not in teams that are not exactly in the same building, or the same country?
EU data regulations
Data management comes with regulations. It is not just about storage, but also about legal organization. Keeping your teams within the EU makes that a lot easier, because of streamlined regulations throughout the European Union. Besides this knowledge, you also have a better knowledge of these economic systems and financial legislations. If you do consider to nearshore outside the EU, you will need a partner who knows the legal systems outside Europe. Specialists who can handle the differences and are aware of the pitfalls and regulations you have to keep in mind. A reliable nearshoring partner has this knowledge and will be able to guide you through the process.
So, if a nearshore team is literally just a part of your team that gives you a financial advantage, without legal issues and a great support, why not consider it?