South Africa as a great offshoring option
November 11, 2020  

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Offshore software development partners are useful and necessary extensions to your onshore IT capability, but they can also introduce a number of obstacles such as differing time zones, cultural and language barriers, and remote communication obstructions.

 

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Offshore software development partners are useful and necessary extensions to your onshore IT capability, but they can also introduce a number of obstacles such as differing time zones, cultural and language barriers, and remote communication obstructions.

 

These challenges shouldn’t be underestimated in their ability to derail or impede delivery, but when addressed intentionally in the ways we describe, they can be overcome and you can leverage the full potential of an offshore IT delivery partner.

 

Take a few lessons from our experience as inspiration to get more from your existing offshore engagements, and learn more about South Africa as a remarkable destination for IT offshoring.

 

Why South Africa

With a strong affinity to western culture, the South African software engineering workforce places a focus on being intuitive, critical and collaborative. Cost is important on any project, and although South Africa's software development costs are lower than most developed markets, the cost saving does not result in a poorer quality of service or output quality.

 

No compromise on quality and capability

  • South Africa has a unique offshoring value proposition - high quality software development at a competitive price point.
  • We match onshore capabilities in problem-solving, engagement and quality, but at a lower cost.
  • Our capabilities are broader, and we can manage complex, large deliveries, as well as provide a higher level of quality delivery compared to traditional offshoring destinations in eastern Europe and South-East Asia.
  • A favourable exchange rate further creates price advantage.

 

Business-friendly environment

  • South Africa has a growing talent pool with an increasing number of people going through software development training at grassroots and tertiary levels, at globally accredited institutions.
  • Modernised information and communications technology infrastructure and the growing adoption of next-gen technology have resulted in South Africa’s commendable ascent on the Ease-of-Doing-Business index.
  • The country also has a solid legal system that respects privacy and intellectual property rights, creating a safe and business-friendly environment for international investors.

 

Cultural match

  • South Africa has a highly collaborative, results-oriented workforce with a strong cultural affinity with markets like Europe, Australia and the US.
  • South Africans are resourceful and entrepreneurial, and the country’s IT professionals thrive on solving business problems.
  • The country has a native English-speaking workforce with a strong education system.
  • Countries with strong educational systems, particularly in the sciences and at tertiary levels tend to produce a consistent supply of IT talent. South Africa has a strong university education system with international alignment and accreditations.
  • South Africa has a central time zone (GMT+2) and therefore has some part of the workday overlapping with all foreign countries.

 

Accolades

  • GSA Awards named South Africa the Global Offshoring Destination of the Year twice in the last five years.
  • South Africa has jumped 7 positions in the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Index during the 2018-19 period, indicative of its position as a highly preferred business destination.
  • South Africa has a world-leading financial services sector, with technology being a major focus and enabler for banking, insurance and wealth management. South African technology companies are at the forefront of this.
  • These factors have already attracted major global brands like Accenture, IBM, Amazon and Capital One, and won the nation numerous industry awards.

 


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