U.S. software services firm Svitla Systems has set up a delivery center in Guadalajara in an apparent bid to capitalize on the growing pool of tech talent in Mexico.
The Guadalajara office will serve as its nearshore sales and project management center, according to the company, which is headquartered in San Francisco.
Svitla Systems has not disclosed precisely how many people it would hire in Mexico, but it did say it would take on board “a whole new pool of talent”.
“Mexico’s strong population of IT professionals in the workforce as well as new IT graduates entering the workforce every year will enable us to find the best talent for our clients,” said the company’s executive vice president Jorge Valadez, who will take charge of the Mexican operation.
The company counts Monster.com, BMC Software, Ancestry, Affymetrix, Ingenico, Logitech, and Stanford University among its customers.
Founded in 2003, Svitla Systems is known for its team extension model, under which its professionals work as a natural extension of the client’s team. “They work hand-in-hand with your team and utilize the platform, where you can easily communicate, contribute, and supervise throughout the programming process,” Svitla Systems stated on its website.
Time zone alignment and Mexico’s growing technology talent appear to be the major reasons behind the company’s expansion.
“Because Guadalajara is in the Central Time Zone, our North American clients can get in touch with us easily during normal business hours. Also, there are many direct flights from several major U.S. cities, making it easier for our clients to visit us,” Valadez added.
With the United States facing a widely acknowledged talent gap in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields, the huge difference in wages in neighboring Mexico makes it an ideal location to recruit. This is evident in the growing expansion of American firms into Mexico.
“Guadalajara offers endless opportunities to provide a talented pool of candidates and to deliver efficient software solutions seamlessly through our new nearshore location,” says Svitla Systems’ CEO Nataliya Anon.