Some small to medium sized software providers in Latin America seek specialization in business verticals and languages while others do not. Experience can create value, but is method or know-how the principle ingredient. NSAM talked to four Nearshore software development experts to understand how providers find their niches and how important those niches really are.
Capturing the systemic and noteworthy advancements in Mexico economics, IT and political leadership over recent months, Nearshore Americas today announces a special series of white papers that will be published in our pages over the next several months reporting on these newly arising market conditions.
Last spring, Stephanie Moore was busy working as a Forrester Research analyst on Sourcing and Vendor Management, advising companies on outsourcing and offshoring strategies. Today, from the opposite vantage point, the former pundit is now President of Ameritas Technologies, a fledgling startup that delivers outsourced services from domestic centers, bucking the offshore trend that she so heavily engaged in just a few years ago.
By Ann All
Application development is one of the most outsourced activities, according to recent surveys from Harvey Nash, Bluewolf and Computer Economics.
Is your company ready to establish an offshore operation? This move might be the right step at precisely the right time, or it could mean acting beyond your current capabilities. There are five stages of maturity, and knowing your company’s current stage is crucial to successfully engaging with an offshore software development company.
By Dan Berthiaume
Agile development is an increasingly popular methodology (among nearshore providers and others) of delivering software to clients that divides work into numerous small projects which are executed simultaneously, rather than the traditional “waterfall” approach that has a large team develop software in a series of sequential steps. While agile development can provide benefits to both software companies and their clients, such as faster time to market and lower costs, it is not always easy to pull off, especially for smaller software developers and service providers.
By Clayton Browne
Chief Information Officer Ken Shulman of data services provider Broadview Networks doesn’t pull any punches in his analysis of outsourcing. He argues that outsourcing is overrated and that hidden costs are far too often overlooked. Nearshore Americas sat with Shulman recently to get a better grip on how he’s arrived at this conclusion.
By Patrick Haller
Argentina may be the “King of Cloning,” but it is not the only Latin American nation with a propensity to copycat successful technological ideas. Parts of the Brazil programmer community are following this practice, and some have found local success given the size of the domestic market. Where does pure copying stop and innovation begin? Picasso once famously said, “Smart people plagiarize, but geniuses plunder and steal.”
BY STAFF REPORT
Consulting and outsourcing firm Neoris has announced that it had restructured its operation in Latin America by bringing all its units in the region, except Mexico, under the supervision of Martin Mendez, company’s senior executive.
As part of restructuring, Neoris has created a new business unit for South American region and has named Martin Mendez as its president.
“The streamlined South America Region will integrate the existing Latin American Cluster (LAC) and Brazil operations under the leadership of Martin,” the company stated in a press release.
Martin has held different roles in the company since 2000 –– first as Leader for Neoris’ operations in Argentina and later as president of the Southern Cone Region. Prior to this latest appointment, he served as president of the Latin America Cluster that includes Neoris’ operations in all Latin American countries except Mexico. As part of the restructuring, Méndez will now also …
BY STAFF REPORT
Argentinean software company Globant has expanded into Brazil by acquiring São Paulo-based technology firm TerraForum.
Globant has not disclosed the financial details of the deal, but said the acquisition is an attempt to tap into the Brazil’s growing IT market.
Analyst say TerraForum will help Globant get quick access to Brazil’s expertise in innovation and clients throughout the country.
Founded in 2002 by José Claudio Terra, a specialist in IT innovation, TerraForum has a wide range of clients in Brazil, including companies like HSBC, Petrobras, Unilever, Vale and Pernod-Ricard.
TerraForum’s offerings include consulting and knowledge management, digital marketing and social media, and software development.
Following the acquisition, TerraForum´s employees will join Globant´s team, working from TerraForum’s development centers in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Curitiba and Belo Horizonte.
Martin Migoya, Globant’s CEO & Co-founder said the acquisition ‘opens the door to a huge market’ that was previously unexplored by his company.