Today, outsourcing is no longer a strange or obscure tactic used by a handful of companies, it has become a regular strategy employed to utilize resources effectively and obtain more with less.
Technology teams are a must in today’s world, as we’ve mentioned before every company is now a tech company – dependent on technology applications or delivering a solution or product through technology. So everyone is looking to build a great tech team that can enable them to do that, with a big part of them opting for outsourcing.
Companies choosing to outsource are faced with a decision: should I outsource to South Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America, or elsewhere?
All else equals, the difference between these destinations are the time zone implications they have. But are they advantages or disadvantages?
Outsourcing locations that share a similar time zone with the US include Latin American countries like; Mexico, Costa Rica, Colombia, and some parts of Brasil. With the majority of the overlap happening in the Central and Eastern time zones. Note that Mexico is the only Latin American country that shares Pacific, Mountain, Central, and Eastern time zones with the US.
Outsourcing locations with one shift time zone difference to the US include European countries like; Ukraine, Romania, and Poland. The difference in time zone range from five hours ahead all the way to ten hours ahead of the US depending on the location. The most common time difference is being 7 hours ahead.
Outsourcing locations with two shift time zone difference to the US include South and Southeast Asian countries like; India, the Philippines, and Vietnam. The difference in time zone ranges from ten hours ahead all the way to fifteen hours ahead of the US depending on the location. The most common time difference being 14 hours ahead.
IT support is critical for small as well as multinational businesses. By outsourcing a proficient IT team from various countries, organizations can benefit from flexible timings, budget-friendly costs, and adept workers. On the flip side, time zones may lead to delays in communication and, ultimately, failure to complete a project on time.
Thus, to ensure an effective and reliable IT team, businesses need to choose wisely by setting precise requirements, visualizing overlap hours, setting up effective communication methods, and fixing appropriate meeting times.