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Can Nearshoring bring your project back from the dead?

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Rafael Ríos
ByPor Rafael Ríos

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In the movies 

Hollywood movies of the eighties and nineties produced many blockbusters based on one of the most coveted desires of mankind: to return to life after death. This was an attempt to continue plans and projects, or simply to enjoy the company of loved ones.  

For example, we have the case of the very famous and acclaimed Stephen King story, and the best selling novel: Pet Sematary. In the latter, a girl by the sudden death of her cute pet kitten. Her father thus decides to bury him in an old forgotten cemetery, where those buried will return to life, although with strange or unexpected circumstances.

Although there are other films, much more encouraging in this regard such as Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which through humor introduces an interesting idea: there is someone capable of protecting us with enthusiasm and beauty from the undead and their effects. 

In the business sector, these kinds of stories have a curious correlation: Nearshoring has become a strategy to save software projects from impending death, or, to be the Buffy to your software projects. Nearshoring allows projects that could have unattainable prices in some northern countries to be revived by this strategy while reducing project costs without affecting the final quality. But where do all these ideas come from? Let’s review the history and traditions that remain in the festivities that honor our ancestors on these dates.

Connect and bring the living and the dead closer

Each culture on the globe celebrates in specific ways to their deceased, and the beliefs survive during these dates.  With the autumn equinox and the change of seasons, the dimensions between living and dead beings being close, communication and even an interaction between both kingdoms is possible. In Cambodia, for example, the day of the ancestors, which refers to the opening of the gates of hell, allows the souls of the damned who do not yet reincarnate, to live another year among the undead.

The entrance to autumn in the northern hemisphere implies not only a change of temperature and schedules, but it is also the time of the year in which the cultures celebrate festivities related to the end of the harvest and the new planting cycles: basically life and death. Although some other celebrations such as the Obón in Japan consist of a celebration to honor the deceased with dances, songs and luminous lanterns that are launched into the night sky to announce the transcendence of the spirits to the other kingdom.

It is well known that from the origins of human civilizations, the cessation of life is a transition to another plane. So in Latin American countries like Ecuador, colada morada (a dark purple strained prepared with black corn flour and fruits) and guaguas de pan (a bun shaped like a child or animals) is consumed at this time in memory of those who are no longer among us.

Halloween and Day of the Dead

In Celtic culture, for example, it is called All Hallows’ Eve, (today Halloween). It takes place from mid-afternoon on October 31 of each year and the sunset of the next day. Traditionally it is a period in which the border between the living and the dead disappears and both can live together, through invocations and costumes. Related to the Irish celebration of the Samhain, which commemorated the end of the harvest season and which has been celebrated for about 3000 years. This celebration announced the end of an agricultural cycle and the transition to an era of cold and dark.  

Meanwhile, in Mexico, a holiday is celebrated at the beginning of November that mixes the Christian idea that considers it a special day to honor the deceased faithful and the pre-Hispanic idea of the festivities in honor of the lords of the underworld. In recent times, it has evolved into something different from the traditional because of marketing: the Day of the Dead. For two days, cemeteries are visited to live together with the grave of loved ones, and in houses through altars and visits from the deceased relatives are received. People also paint their faces and disguise themselves as catrinas and catrines (although they ignore the deep meaning of that implication) and look forward to what they have seen in movies like 007 Specter and Coco

Hallo-Web …

As incredible as it may seem, on the internet, there are also ghosts wandering around, although it is something very different. Last year, a popular advertising site unmasked the names of a number of web page companies that scammed advertisers with traffic statistics and exorbitant visits. Traffic existed and visits too. However, they were not human. They were what the digital industry calls ghost traffic. Computers that surf the Internet and mimic human behavior. There are even projects that are not exactly what they seem or are lacking substance. They appear to be there, but they aren’t physically active.

Back to life

The concept of Nearshoring is not something new. For many years, companies have taken advantage of its benefits: time zone alignment, lower costs and ease of collaboration. We have been promoting substantial growth in that sector in the last 15 years. This system helps companies make the transition to digital and provides the basis for creating quality user experiences.

Nearshoring is derived from offshoring, a mechanism by which a company transfers its business or technology processes to third parties located in distant destinations. It started as a way to reduce costs, but it can also be an extension of your company that provides services from countries near the contracting country, generally sharing borders. By outsourcing services with companies in a nearby country, the organization will achieve greater quality control and reduced production time. It will also achieve a better knowledge of the market and demand.

Neighbors and benefits

Some of the great advantages of this strategy are the large volume of technical knowledge that exists in Latin American countries, low labor costs, local workers speak the same “language” as customers, understand cultural nuances and usually live in the same time zone. For large technology companies, moving jobs to nearby countries could avoid operational crises that would occur in destinations such as Asia.

According to Forbes Mexico: “new technologies in developed and emerging countries will generate innovation with greater productivity, which allows them to develop products that were not possible before, redesign existing products or create new products from scratch.”

“Mexico is, together with Canada, the main destination of American companies to perform nearshoring. Therefore, and according to the Reshoring Initiative Report 2017, imports from Mexico to the US carry 40% of components produced in the US, while imports from China only 5%. ” 

From costume software to Custom Software 

Many technology companies promise to make software tailored to customers’ tastes, but they only disguise their intentions and deliver an approximate sketch to try to satisfy a need. If they actually revise existing software, it might not have sufficient scope to meet the requirements. Requirements that authentic custom software offers. And as in Halloween, they dress up and ask for a trick or treat.

So in addition to Nearshoring, WebCreek offers customized software, whose updates and technical support can be included as part of the package and for life. These are specific and unique programs for the company that requests them. Its quality is guaranteed, as the testers will ensure that it works exactly for what your business needs. 

Every time a particular customer has a specific need, WebCreek assigns a project leader who will be responsible, on account of accounts, in understanding exactly what the requirements are, and then will start by precise instructions to the specific developer or team. To achieve what the customer and your company require. WebCreek Custom Software is consistent with the needs of each client, including web products have earned recognition from logistics and oil and gas industry companies.