In the previous post, we talked about offshore destinations to consider. We zoomed into 3 big regions including Latin America, Eastern Europe, and ASEAN to learn about what sets them apart from the rest of the countries in the world when it comes to deciding the best offshoring destinations.
Next, let’s talk about the useful sources you may want to refer to as a guide when choosing a suitable offshoring destination. Without an in-depth understanding about the offshoring industry, you may find difficulty in deciding where your offshoring destination would be. Below are four world-renowned and reliable sources to access current and accurate information about the offshoring field in general, and specific offshoring destinations that may help you make an informed decision.
This America-based management consulting firm deserves to be the market leader in providing offshoring information. Now in its seventh edition, A.T. Kearney Global Services Location Index (GSLI) has always been the number one reference for any business / investor seeking insights to further understand the global offshoring industry. In this annual, free of charge report, you can easily compare the top twenty offshoring destinations in the world and choose one or more countries that are aligned to your business needs. A.T. Kearney research teams also reveal trending issues challenging the global offshoring landscape, such as automation and business process as a service (BPaaS).
Aligned more towards outsourcing industry, Tholons Top 100 Outsourcing Destinations is an excellent information source that is worth considering before making your offshoring decision. The 17-year-old advisory firm distinguishes itself from competitors by offering micro details and small-scale research to business owners. While other reports focus in on country-level information, Tholons surveys help you gain specific insights into the offshoring and outsourcing landscape in different cities. After paying a reasonable fee, you can get access to information like “Top 15 China Outsourcing Destinations” or “Tier II Locations in the Outsourcing Industry”.
First focusing on IT offshoring services, Connecticut-based Gartner Inc. have widened their research to cover more areas of the offshoring industry in recent years. The Leading Locations for Offshore Services and other relevant reports will provide a clear picture on where and why you should base your offshore teams in a specific country/ region. Moreover, if your plan is to delegate IT-related functions, this is a perfect source to gain knowledge, case studies, recommendations and understanding of possible threats or barriers in your offshoring journey.
As software development and other IT-related functions continue to dominate the global offshoring industry, CIO.com also steps into this list as an important source for your company. From the hidden costs of offshoring to top trends to watch in 2017, this website of IDG Enterprise is where you can collect required information before contacting an offshoring service provider, or if appropriate, building your own captive unit. More importantly, you will have the chance to discuss with other experienced CIOs about a wide range of issues, from long-standing concerns in the offshoring industry to emerging considerations in your local and offshore IT teams.
After researching these four sources, you’ll definitely have a better standing point in deciding where, when, and how your offshore teams operate in the host country. However, if you need more information pertaining the offshoring industry and need expert advice in deciding your ideal offshoring destination, ASW Global will be happy to discuss and guide you through the step-by-step process. Contact an offshoring company today to learn more.