Language and cultural similarities (in comparison to offshore outsourcing)
Working with a nearshore company means that you will likely share the same language and cultural similarities, at least for the most part. This leads to fewer communication barriers than we might find in offshore outsourcing.
More smooth communication and higher levels of mutual understanding have a very positive overall impact on your project. It helps things move more quickly and helps ensure everyone is on the same page at all times. Less frustration and confusion, and fewer unmet expectations for everyone.
No or minimal time differences
Again, if we are comparing nearshore software development to offshore software development, we have the advantage of no or minimal time difference between you and your development team. This is a big advantage when it comes to planning meetings and running communication. With big time differences, it can often feel that you and your development team are ships in the night, passing but never meeting.
Working with someone nearby can help minimise the stress of different time zones and mismatched schedules. It is much easier to plan, negotiate and discuss when your days are the same, or at least similar.
Easy to visit and have real-life meetings
Now that travel restrictions have been lifted post-pandemic and we are able to travel freely again, many of us will want to meet with the teams making our software, sites, and apps in real life. It is much more accessible to do so when you are working with nearshore software development.
If you live 10-15 hours away from your software development company, it will feel like an impossible task to meet in person and discuss a project, but an hour’s flight is a different story and keeps the lines of communication firmly open.
Similar laws and regulations
A key aspect of software development that is often overlooked is that of the law and legal regulations. It can be complicated for developers to manage the development of a system that needs to comply with different regulations and standards. It isn’t impossible but it certainly makes things more tricky.
For example, all UK systems will need to comply with GDPR standards. If you are an EU client working with a UK software development company, you will have an easier time.