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Onsite, Offsite, Nearshore, Offshore IT Development


There is no obvious answer when it comes to determining how to outsource IT project work. The four key options are to perform the work onsite, offsite, nearshore and offshore.

Each of these options contain positive and negative attributes. Also, each project should be evaluated individually before choosing a strategy. Some projects are best to keep in-house for development, while others, which are more routine or highly defined are perfectly suited for other development approaches.

Projects that are on a tight time schedule and require constant interaction between the client’s developers and the vendor’s developers are best suited for onsite or offsite development.

For other projects, such as large software upgrades, where the processes are well defined and the timeline is far enough out, nearshore or offshore may be the best options.

Following is a brief list of benefits for each of the core IT outsource development strategies.

Onsite and Offsite Benefits

  • Control vs. Influence: Client or Y&L manages onsite resources at client facility
  • Higher quality and more innovative – U.S. workers question and suggest improvements
  • Best for innovative projects or those which are loosely defined or not well documented
  • Communication skills excellent
  • Stronger team collaboration/lower travel costs
  • Seamless fit into your company culture
  • Our team works in continuous interaction with your team
  • Preferred model if there are fluctuating requirements or Agile development methodology
  • Best for highly confidential projects or when access to confidential information is necessary
  • Y&L manages offsite resources at Y&L facility
  • Y&L determines resourcing level depending on workflow peaks and valleys
  • Communication with client mainly through lead developer and delivery director
  • Development during normal working hours with evening and weekend development optional
  • Smaller, effective team sizes due to cultural, language and time-zone similarities

Nearshore and Offshore Benefits

  • Nearshore outsourcing is only one hour ahead of America’s Eastern time zone that you will almost entirely share your business hours.
  • Cultural similarities are overwhelming (cuisine, art, sports and cultural activities).
  • Flying to a nearshore location will take 10 to 12 hours from most major cities in the US.
  • Our infrastructure will guarantee seamless and virtually uninterrupted communications.
  • Nearshore competitive pricing will help you reduce development costs from 30 to 60 %.
  • Our nearshore facilities will share your business culture.
  • Excellent “English” communication skills.
  • Our nearshore facilities are located in Costa Rica, Mexico and Argentina.
  • Y&L determines resourcing level depending on workflow peaks and valleys
  • Work performed during U.S. evening hours
  • Y&L US development lead works directly with Y&L offshore development lead
  • US development lead communicates with client
  • Development cost savings for well-defined projects or routine activities
  • Our offshore facilities are mainly located in India (11 locations)

Our Typical Onshore/Offshore Team Structure


Nearshore/Offshore Development Transition Process