Change is constant in the tech industry. As businesses grow, adapt, and disrupt the IT landscape- it is important to embrace innovation, rather than dismissing new ideas and later being left behind in the dust. To remain relevant, and ultimately surge past the competition, companies must be nimble and flexible when it comes to their IT projects and hiring goals. Offshore teams have been used in the past by US companies to combat the talent shortage; but have failed to effectively reduce costs, cultural differences, and language barriers. One approach has proven to work when assembling resourceful multifaceted teams- what is it? A customized nearshore approach in Guadalajara, and throughout Mexico.
Companies who use staffing organizations like ConsultNet, have access to our recruiting specialists to hire for their teams based in the US, however; they are still running into cost and availability challenges. In a Forbes article, long-time staffing Executive and Contributor, Jack Kelly shared his prediction for the 2019 Job Market indicating companies are shifting their teams to low-cost cities or foreign countries for economic benefits. As labor costs rise and the lack of IT talent remains; businesses are recognizing the value in building entire teams outside of the country to work with their US counterparts- this is where a partner with nearshore capabilities is exactly what companies need to close the gap. And ConsultNet’s, proprietary organization, TechBridge offers expertise in the IT talent in Mexico, along with nearshore capabilities, and TN Visa assistance.
To successfully build an IT team in Mexico, here are some key indicators your company can benefit from a nearshore resource:
1. Your business is ready for expansion but lacks the number of in-house resources needed
Like to many of our current clients, this challenge comes when their business initiatives start gaining traction, but they lack the internal resources (i.e. talent) to meet and exceed those goals. Hiring and retaining top talent should always be front of mind for a successful business, but this dilemma is a key indicator to investigate options aimed at alleviating this specific issue companies are having. When strategizing on how to expand a team, companies can exhaust multiple tactics to get there, including staff augmentation, targeted job postings, networking, and much more without any accomplishments.
With a tight market for IT talent and high demand, companies need help navigating the hiring landscape from the beginning stages of a job order to fully on boarding a new team member as a nearshore team develops. Enlisting experts like ConsultNet, and our sister company TechBridge, gives companies a competitive edge to building those high-tech teams.
2. You’re looking for hands-on control and cultural parallels across teams
Building teams requires planning, skillful execution, and a lot of grit to find the right fit along with time, money, and resources. When partnering with a staffing organization, the weight of all these factors is lifted during the hiring process, giving companies the ability to review candidates with ease. With a nearshore project, company leaders in the US have oversight on the progress teams are making in real-time and can use technologies like Zoom, or GoToMeeting to get that hands-on experience they are seeking.
Within closer proximity to the US, Guadalajara is in a central standard time zone allowing for prompt communication during the business day, compared to those companies who have to wait to communicate with their offshore teams in completely different time zones like India or China. Another difference is the language barrier- in Mexico students learn English and many consultants that we engage have already worked with US-based companies like IBM, Microsoft, etc. People in Mexico are familiar with US businesses and IT professionals seek workplaces that offer innovative projects, and a strong company culture which promotes professional development and ongoing learning opportunities.
3. You’re interested in alleviating cost without sacrificing quality
When there’s a demand, there’s usually a high cost involved, especially when it comes to talent. Labor costs are significantly less in Mexico than the US, making it possible to have multiple talented IT experts dedicated to a company initiative without giving up on qualified talent. Once a customized nearshore plan is in place, TechBridge experts guide companies through the process to work with IT consultants in Mexico at our cutting-edge tech facility. A nearshore strategy offers the cost saving benefit similarly to offshore options, but without the challenges of language barriers, different time zones, and cultural disparities. In the end, the quality of the work isn’t sacrificed, and you have control over the project, unlike those of offshore teams but remain cost-effective.
The flexibility of nearshore resources like TechBridge, allows for company projects to stay on track and on budget, while lessening heavy burdens of hiring and on boarding. It is more effective than using their in-house resources alone, provides an additional source to finding top talent, and ultimately gives companies a chance to be on the forefront of innovative team building. If your team is looking to expand and you’re interested in our facilities with TechBridge, let’s connect to discuss your custom solution.
 Jack Kelly, Job Market Predictions To Watch Out For in 2019: https://www.forbes.com/sites/jackkelly/2019/01/03/frightening-predictions-for-the-job-market-in-2019/#7a43dafe74ad