Advancio Nearshore Outsourcing Blog and IT Talent

The Nearshore Outsourcing Blog from Advancio provides insight on today's leading technologies and the innovative solutions in nearshore software development and IT Talent.
06January

Outsourcing Never Looked So Good. By Christian Lopez

Your guide and roadmap for outsourcing success

Outsourcing Never Looked So Good. By Christian Lopez

Software outsourcing has received a bad rap lately, largely because it is always somehow related to third world countries that cause more stress than relief. Some issues like communication barriers caused by heavy accents, lack of cultural exposure, and time zone differences present themselves along the way. It is hard to imagine how the model would succeed in the first place. Fast forward to today, outsourcing has become much more than that. Leading companies and pioneers of this frontier have reestablished a new thought on how it can be built, delivered, and launched on a grand scale

In order to build great systems you need to have a strong atmosphere that promotes collaboration, creativity, and speed. Some countries’ cultures are exactly the opposite of that. Unless the talent acquisition department is aware of that and specifically looks for misfits that want to rebel against the country’s culture, you will be fighting a losing battle.

Outsourcing can also be done via other outlets such as Onshore, Nearshore, and Offshore. Depending on the location of your organization, you can retrofit your needs and choose your outsourcing vendor wisely. When choosing a vendor solely based on price, it can turn out to be a bad idea...because as my mom would say “Sometimes you end up paying more for less.” By choosing a vendor solely based on price, you may steer your business away from the tools that could deploy long term success. Instead, a business should seek out the basic three elements of producing effective workflow: Meet projects on quality, on time, and on budget while maximizing on key features.

Another item that is worthy of mentioning is you should outsource for the right reason, right tasks, and right model. Rapid Growth, Talent Scarcity, and Budgetary Constraint are all good reasons to outsource. Internal system inefficiencies while being a good reason to outsource, require the right model to serve its’ purpose. For example, acquiring the services of an outsourcing company that provides onsite resources and one that would be able to deploy an IT specialist, who would first identify the inefficiencies in an unbiased way, formulate a phase based on strategy, and work hand in hand with your team to implement it. This option serves as a much better approach and can yield higher results than handing that out to a company half way across the world.

It is important to formulate the right strategy of execution and to ensure that it has a tailored approach to the individual needs of the organization. Only with this can you achieve a successful outsourcing strategy that will yield powerful results.

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16February

Plan for growth. Plan for Success. By Christian Lopez

Questions you need to know for creating a Business Growth Strategy

Plan for growth. Plan for Success. By Christian Lopez

If you are running a business, department, team, and doing well at it, odds are you will probably experience growth. Sometimes that growth can kill you. This is an oxymoron, how can growth kill something that is growing and successful? The answer is simple, if you are not proactive at managing that growth you might be in for a ride.

The issue with growth is that usually it’s organic or spontaneous. Even if it is sparked by a well executed marketing campaign, talent recruitment strategy, or expansion effort, the results are still spontaneous and therefore are a reaction of the execution of something else.

This makes them challenging to manage, in parallel with your current obligation to deliver the best product or service, department, or team. Picture those long days when you have spent countless meetings built to improve internal processes and redefine implementations, yet… for some reason, can’t hit that mark. You might find yourself asking:

  • Do I have enough resources?
  • Should I increase my maintenance team?
  • Where can I cut cost without sacrificing quality?
  • Will we deliver on time and on budget?

These are all direct effects of growth and taking charge of your resources, identifying weak points, proactively addressing issues that come with growth before they happen is managing growth. Asking yourself the right questions before the reaction is a reality:

  • If the execution is successful what will happen with this?
  • Do I have the right vendors in place that will provide instant scalability?
  • What can be delegated?
  • What duplicated efforts can be abolished?
  • What will no longer be needed?
  • How can the law of numbers apply?
  • Where can we cut cost?
  • Where can I cut cost without sacrificing quality?
  • Will we deliver on time and on budget?

Great questions deliver great ideas, and the solutions to those questions are executed by great implementation plans. Take charge and manage your growth efforts or it will kill you.

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23March

Team Building for 2015. by Christian Lopez

How to build a team that works with you in mind

Team Building for 2015. by Christian Lopez

Technology has revolutionized the way in which we connect, interact, and ultimately communicate. The challenging aspect about technology is the speed in which it changes and evolves. Consumers, small business, private entities and public companies have had to adjust and reestablish their business objectives according to this rapidly changing panorama.

With new and evolved technology on the rise, a new type of consumer is emerging and quickly becoming the norm. The consumer now has more power, access to more information, and with that, has the tools to actively shop wiser. In the process, business owners have had to adjust to these changes and adapt to their clients’ needs while maintaining a competitive edge.

So it is to no surprise that more than ever companies are looking for talent to close the gap to account for the shift to today’s leading innovations. The information exchange space has pushed software production into the forefront of a company's life cycle and has become an integral piece in how businesses operate. It is through this space that companies are facing challenges both on acquiring the right human capital as well as the right resources to face these barriers for the future.

Some challenges companies are facing is integration with their information technology departments and with their current business model. Software engineers are too many times misconstrued as geeks, nerds, scientist…and those smarts, equate and add value to building great systems. The reality is creativity and resourcefulness is at the heart of any software system. A production engine that builds great systems needs innovation, desire to increase efficiency, and endless amounts of creativity to execute.

It is to no surprising conclusion that businesses are seeking out talent that they can bring onboard to address these changes and stay ahead of the curve. At the same time, the need for these talents has created a vortex of scarcity due to competition.

Silicon Valley, otherwise known as the Mecca of technology has become a benchmark for human capital efficiency and acquisition. Besides its geographical setting, many tech giants (6 of the top 10) have access to venture capital, schools, and pools of talent. So what else makes this region what it is today and why are so many the industry talents seeking out these giants? Well the answer is not so simple and yet alone, tangible.

I had the pleasure of visiting the area and some of the facilities from some of the companies. A simple walk and observation to a local cafe helped me understand this eagerness to understand why and how this region acts to develop technology innovators.

Upon my arrival, I noticed hubs, incubations, hack sessions, as well application workshops all within one area. At first my initial thought was, “Wow, what is the deal here?” For a moment I thought I was caught up in a whirlwind of chaos but immediately after observation, I fell into a trance of creativity, agile development, and an open forum for innovation. Everyone worked together toward a common goal to solve complex problems but by keeping one another’s vital role into consideration. It was then that I thought to myself, “How can companies recreate this atmosphere in their IT departments?”

I then gathered that it all starts with the environment, setting, and culture we create for creative minds alike. Although the goal is to stay ahead with up to date technologies and build a strategic plan that can account for today’s trends, it starts first with the team that can get you there. More than ever, it is vital to invest into talent that works for you, with you, and delivers on the key components that make your business thrive. Without an atmosphere that fosters the key aspects needed to build great systems, we all can lose out on something great...to inspire, motivate, and create great systems.

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