In the United States, where the expenses of an IT business in metropolitan areas are among the highest in the world, outsourcing development has long been an effective solution to cut down development costs.
While the word “outsourcing” is most often associated with offshore programmers, the concept of onshore outsourcing – or rural sourcing – is gaining attention and interest. Rural outsourcing means setting up a dedicated team – or hiring a contractor team – in lower-cost regions of the country, where the pricing is more attractive. Rural sourcing is mostly targeted at university areas in regions like Alabama, Iowa, Kentucky, Minnesota, Nebraska, Ohio, Wisconsin, and others.
Both homeland staffing and offshore development have their benefits and challenges. Let’s analyze these and compare the two attractive outsourcing options US businesses have.