The software development landscape worldwide is segmented (into the following regions):
- Brazil, Russia, India
- China (BRIC)
- Pacific nations
- Latin America
Australia and Pacific nations are involved in mainly advancing their economies because of their size so they have enough to self-sustain. Latin America is similar to some extent to Australia & Pacific nation as there is a reliance on North America & Europe to provide opportunities for innovation. Caribbean is mainly for tourism but nothing else, it is an untapped resource.
Key factors in successful outsourcing operations:
- Technical Ability & Aptitude – Can they do what’s required now and do they have the ability to learn
- Cultural Alignment – Do they understand your company’s values and are able to adapt sufficiently
- Infrastructure – Sound technology (high speed internet and reliable) good roads, banks and security.
- Language - Are they able to communicate effectively with your clients and/or your team?
- Time zone – Can the teams collaborate in real-time with your team (to resolve issues or plan)?
- Travel Time – How difficult is it for your team to get to the team delivering the solution if the need arose?
- Cost – How much does it cost for an ideal developer to deliver the solutions?
- Human Resources – Are there enough trained or trainable graduates passing out of tertiary level institutions to support the growth of the industry?
Below is a matrix showcasing the strengths and weaknesses of the regions, with 5 being most ideal & 1 being least.