From exotic to socially downtrodden areas, business dealmakers from around the globe compete for a slice of the billions dollar nearshore pie."
- Shift in Delivery Preferences
- Popular Trend
- What defines the nearshore zone
Shift in Delivery Preferences
Nearshoring, often referred as Nearshore Outsourcing took a wild ride during last years. The global political, economical, social and security changes during last years have a substantial impact on outsourcing industry at the international level.
The realities of an unsafe world have fully overrun into outsourcing decisions. The challenging component of outsourcing governance has shifted to mitigating downstream risk by determining the best location choice for their organizational processes.
As the savings gap between India and other world locations sunk to less than ten percent the value proposition is now more tempered more by potential threats. Increased focus on vulnerability management as well as geographical proximity has made for a shift in delivery preferences towards nearshore and sameshore options.
Nearshoring - The Growing Trend
clusters based in North America, Europe and Asia.
However, not only has the number of known nearshore sites have grown significantly over the last years, but the amount of advertising and promotion on behalf of country developers has skyrocketed.
From exotic to socially downtrodden areas, business dealmakers from around the globe compete for a slice of the billions dollar nearshore pie.
While there are some proven nearshoring destinations such as Canada, Central and
Eastern Europe and Latin America that according to analysts represent a viable
alternative to offshore options for US and West European countries there are many
other locations that seems to follow the trend and claim to be nearshore locations as
well. So, what criteria can be used to define location as a nearshore?
What defines the nearshore zone?
Definitions vary as to what qualifies as a nearshore location. Duncan Aitchison
international managing director of TPI, does not get hung up on semantics, but claims that moving across a close country border without crossing an ocean is a good way to define a nearshore contract. But how close?
Tony Virdi, partner at outsourcing advisory firm Atos Consulting puts it at anywhere
within three and a half hours' flying time, meaning Canada, most European and Latin America destinations qualify. However, flight from New York to Mexico takes more than 5 hours, should it still be considered as a Nearshore?
In truth, nearshoring locations should sit along a spectrum of potential outsourcing sites. At one end sit the far offshore locations such as India and China, separated by both cultural and geographic distances while from other side will be onshore locations such as Ireland and some US cities.
Geographical factor however is not only one determining "nearshority" as there are
many other important aspects such as linguistic and cultural ties, common history,
similarity of education, directness of communication and visa relations.
All this factors should be carefully considered in order to determine the best location fit for an organization prior to start a comprehensive assessment of locations infrastructure, intellectual property and business protection, laws, regulations and labor potential.