Going Local vs Going Global when Outsourcing
I did a presentation called “A Cheap Date with Cloud Computing” at the a French Chamber of Commerce event last Thursday .
During the presentation I made an off the cuff comment about staying away from Irish outsourcing companies because they were too expensive. This comment was reported by Chris Horn which elicited some responses online.
Twitter is not a good medium for debate so I thought I would clarify my comments.
- Irish web design/dev shops are more expensive than overseas suppliers and they all seem to get business, so more power to them. This is free market economics at its best.
- Overseas is not just India/China. You can find good, low cost developers much closer to home within two or three timezones of Ireland
- The tech requirements for the audience at The French Chamber of Commerce (primarily SMEs and mostly non tech sector) is limited in scope and doesn’t require high powered (i.e. expensive) design skills or code cutting capability
If you are building genuinely novel software for a new or emerging market using agile techniques then there is some argument for going local because proximity to your development team is a key requirement.
However even in those projects a significant amount of “grunt” work is required (building wordpress themes, connecting payment engines, porting software to different platforms etc.). This work is an ideal candidate for outsourcing and Odesk and Elance do an excellent job of providing a marketplace for lowering the cost of these activities.
As for design work, well I will never ever source startup logos from anywhere other than 99designs.com, end of.