Nearshore Software Development in Puerto Rico: Distance Advantage

May 01, 2014

This is the first of a series of posts about the advantages of nearshoring your software development to Puerto Rico. As we mentioned in a previous post, there’s a variety of reasons why nearshoring to Puerto Rico can bring huge benefit for your company. In summary, our advantages are simple: distance, price, quality and language.

In this post, we are going to specifically talk about the benefits of having a partner at a close distance and why it is one of the biggest advantages of near shoring versus traditional offshore software development.

Often, companies worry that offshoring their software development projects may not be suitable for them because of the risks and cultural barriers involved in this practice. They give special importance to the location; they tend to weigh whether the location is near versus far away. Given that the success of your project is at stakes, choosing the right partner, a geographically close partner, makes sense.

Same Time Zone

Puerto Rico does not observe Daylight Saving Time and is in the Atlantic Standard Time Zone all year around (AST) (EST +1; GMT-4). This means that Puerto Rico is usually at the same time as the East Coast US. Working with a partner in Puerto Rico will not affect communications between developers and stakeholders, a clear advantage of Puerto Rico over other standard offshore locations like India. For example, let’s say you decide to work with a company in India, the time zones are completely different, which means somebody is going to be off regular business hours in order to discuss the project status. Can you imagine waking up in the middle of the night to have a conference call to discuss your very important project details?

If you work with a nearshore software development company in Puerto Rico, you will always be working with a partner that works during your business hours. One of the advantages of nearshoring to Puerto Rico, is that you will not have to deal with tired software developers or middle of the night status calls. Best of all you will see changes and support requests immediately, no more waiting until the next day for results.

Onsite in Hours

Because of Puerto Rico’s proximity to the United States, your nearshore software development team can be at your location in hours. For example, the flight time from Puerto Rico to Miami is 2.5 hours, to Washington, DC is 3.5 hours, to New York 3 hours, to Boston 4 hours. Proximity and similar time zone facilitates constant communication during the same business hours and with the added peace of mind that your offsite nearshore software development team can be in your location at a moments notice.

Since Puerto Rico is part of the US there is no need for a passport to travel to the Island. We are home to over a dozen airlines, some of the most known are: American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue Airways, Spirit Airlines, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines and US Airways, which give direct flight access to all major US cities.

Nearshore Software Development Distance Benefit

Based in San Juan, Wovenware provides nearshore software development to various clients in Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, US Virgin Islands, Alberta (Canada), and London. As a US based company, we follow the same best practices, standards, and procedures as other US companies, but with a cost reduction because of our unique location and cost of living. Whether it’s because of our high quality software developers, IP protection laws, price reduction, warm culture or distance proximity, hiring Wovenware developers for your next software development project could be a smart decision.

Click here to view our infographic on the benefits of nearshoring your software development to Puerto Rico with Wovenware.

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