Onshore vs. Offshore Software Development Recap


At last Thursday’s small program, “Onshore vs. Offshore Software Development: Making an Informed Decision”, we heard the pros and cons of using onshore and offshore software/IT companies from two industry experts. Onshore outsourcing refers to when a company receives some of its business operations from smaller companies within one’s own country. On the other hand, offshore outsourcing refers to when a company finds solutions to some of the aspects of its business through cheap and talented manpower outside one’s own country.

A few key takeaways from our speakers Rahul Asanikar, co-founder and Head Operations at Benchmark IT Solutions, and Kevin Jones, Founder and President of Ectobox:

  • Regardless of onshore or offshore, all custom software vendors should create a road map for your project, follow software industry guidelines, and communicate regularly and give periodic reviews
  • When deciding between onshore or offshore IT solutions, it is critical to define what you need in terms of both product and project
  • If you can overcome some of the challenges (time zone, language, culture) of offshore outsourcing, you could improve your bottom line by cutting costs up to 70%

Have you had experience with onshore or offshore IT solutions? Share you story in the comments section.


Katie Robison

Membership Manager


  1. Arpita Singh

    Software outsourcing is a topic that we spend a lot of time. Onshore is a great model in that it gives you the ability to work closely with a geographically close team who work in your timezone and who can communicate smoothly and easily with you. Offshore tends to be hampered by management difficulties based primarily on communication issues, but a secondary concern that is often overlooked is the potential for risk when offshoring.

  2. Reseau

    In my perception, offshore can be the good decision if starting with less capital but in-house development is the best way to understand the whole process of development life cycle. Because eventually, you have to do it at your end.

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