Offshoring Software Development: Here’s All You Need to Know

A Complete Guide to Understanding Offshore Software Development



What is offshore development?

Offshore development simply is synonymous with outsourcing. It means you’re sending your software development to be done remotely by people who are located in different geography. Though ‘offshoring’ is perceived as risky in ROI, many software companies are considering offshoring software development as it can actually help a lot. Often, the main reason for outsourcing is the lack of human resources required for software development or lack of needed qualification level.

From simple coding to custom development, mobile application development, software support and maintenance, and website design and development, you can outsource tasks to a third-party offshore software development company.

Offshoring development will spare you from the challenge of hiring and training new staff and at the same time ensure you get the best quality software delivered to you in a short time. Offshore application development is used by many of the world’s largest and most famous corporations, so there is no question about its effectiveness.

Read more: Why Software Development Outsourcing is a Smart Move Now 

In 2019, the global IT outsourcing market was valued at USD 333.7 bn which is only expected to grow further in the coming years. The inevitability of digital transformation is motivating organizations worldwide to offshore their software development needs.  Offshore development companies thus become an extremely important part of the global economy.


What is the difference between onshore, nearshore, and offshore?

Onshore: Onshore outsourcing is when you decide to hire software developers within your country. Most companies find this option convenient and approachable.

Nearshore: Nearshore outsourcing is when you decide to outsource to developers from countries with a similar time zone. Typically, customers count on geographic proximity and cultural similarities.

Offshore: Here, the company of the service provider is located in a different country from yours. It can even be in a different continent with a notable time zone difference.


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