IT Industry
Diversity of Thought: What Mexico’s IT Boom Means for U.S Companies
by coderslink   |   June 2, 2017   |     4 min read

The demand for talented developers in the U.S is leading companies to discover the untapped talent south of the border—a  blossoming body of young tech-oriented minds eager and driven towards innovation. As more and more U.S companies venture into outsourcing developers they have found that integrating a diverse workforce, not only solves their problem of finding specialized talent, but it also leads their teams to improve performance and creativity.

Mexico’s Silicon Valley

In the Western Pacific area of Mexico is the state of Jalisco, known for its mariachi music, tequila, cuisine, and vibrant nightlife. The capital, Guadalajara, has a population of nearly 1.5 million people. Every year 85,000 tech graduates emerge out of Jalisco’s 12 universities including the prestigious Tecnológico de Monterrey. According to The Hill, in recent years an estimated $120 million have been invested there in more than 300 companies.

Because of the benefits of hiring remote workers—like cost reduction and increased productivity—companies are looking more and more to outsource talent for an assortment of highly skilled jobs. The Washington Post reports, outsourcing in Mexico is thriving and is a $12 billion dollar a year industry.  For places like Guadalajara, Mexico City, and other tech centers, this has created a burgeoning market that has driven hundreds of young developers into a competitive and innovative IT culture.

In 2017, Guadalajara a.k.a Mexico’s Silicon Valley—which has become a tech hub of engineers, developers, and business entrepreneurs— had attracted 15 large corporations and 600 small and medium-sized companies, many of them start-ups.

Diversity of Thought and Ideas

For tech companies in the United States all of this opens up doors of opportunity to not only reach out to young and eager workers, but to add another intangible but valuable element to their companies: diversity. The word is often tainted and riddled with political connotations; however, it’s not about race or gender, but about variance of thought and experience.  

As Stanford Business writes, diversity of thought among employees—particularly when it comes to out-of-the-ordinary creative tasks such as product development— has demonstrated an enhancement in performance and innovation. Having people of various training and educational backgrounds fuses together distinct approaches to problem solving and creation and sparking constructive debate about how to approach a task at hand. Bringing people with different creative approaches and histories also forges values and combines cultural traits that complement each other when working towards a common goal.

Of course, outsourcing and a diverse workforce requires its own set of creative approaches, management tactics, and organizational methods in order to effectively communicate company missions and goals, but the potential to harness distinct elements and produce new ideas is ripe breeding ground for advancement and productivity.

Commonly Outsourced Industries

With the advent of technology, a variety of industries are taking advantage of the benefits of outsourcing. IT Services makes up about 43% of outsourced jobs. The most common services include software development and maintenance. According to one online poll, when asked what position they most often outsourced companies responded (from most to least popular):

  • Software application development
  • Software application maintenance
  • Data center
  • IT infrastructure
  • Networks

Talent South of the Border

To find the best talent in the technology industry, companies need not look further than our southernmost neighbor. Young Mexican developers have rigorous language training and a broader education that contributes to their unique abilities and work ethic.  Students in Mexico find themselves confronted with the prospect of a stagnant economy in their own country, so fresh graduates emerge from schools as fierce competitors, resourceful workers, and eager to demonstrate their skills and knowledge.

The Missing Link

So how do companies access the robust tech talent? Whether it’s establishing satellite offices across the border or hiring a few intelligent remote code developers, an outsourcing partner specializes in making these connections. More importantly, they facilitate the process of quality assurance, security questions, legal issues, and other aspects of remote hiring. Companies like Coderslink have established connections in Mexico’s vibrant tech communities with a thorough vetting process that promotes only the brightest and most creative candidates.

Interested in finding out more about Mexico’s growing tech communities? Contact Coderslink for more information and  connect with talented developers beyond our borders.

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