US BPO firm Rural Sourcing Inc – one of the pioneers of onshore outsourcing – has launched a software development center in Mobile, Alabama, promising to generate 100 jobs in the days to come.
Rural Souring Inc’s aim is to open delivery centers in low-cost US cities and thereby avoid shipping jobs overseas. “RSI’s mission is to be the onshore alternative for software development and support that might traditionally be offshored to countries such as India and China,” said the company in a press release.
The Atlanta, Georgia-based outsourcer says onshore centers benefit from common language, culture alignment and time zone compatibility. Rural Sourcing Inc said Mobile’s high quality of life and low cost of living are the biggest draw for investors.
“We recruited them aggressively because they represent the kind of business we want to cultivate – young, smart, innovative and poised for future growth. We are particularly pleased to see them locate downtown, where they will help our ongoing efforts to revitalize downtown Mobile,” said Sandy Stimpson, Mayor of Mobile, AL.
The permanent location of the center is still being determined but the company will temporarily reside at 456 Civic Center Drive in downtown Mobile.
Over the next few years, Rural Sourcing, Inc. intends to create 3,000 new technology jobs in the US by establishing development centers in non-metro cities with a low cost of living across the United States. The outsourcer says it can help clients save 60-70% of costs with delivery centers in the US countryside.
Many Americans are of the belief that IT projects are better suited to US delivery where time-zone proximity facilitates communications during highly iterative and collaborative software development projects.