QA Offshoring vs Onshoring

The word ‘outsource’ has gained some bad PR in recent years as many people associate it with “offshoring.” At tap|QA, we are firm believers that, when done correctly, outsourcing can be an absolute game changer for IT organizations.

Why outsource software testing and QA?

Top notch quality assurance organizations don’t grow overnight. QA professionals are in higher demand than ever before. Sometimes you can’t find the right level of local talent for current needs, which can negatively impact development projects by causing missed deadlines, or worse, releasing a product that is filled with bugs.

When the demand for quality software testing increases, outsourcing means hiring a consultant or team (either onsite or maybe somewhere near you) to consult with you, help develop a strategy, and ultimately perform the testing of your software so issues can be detected and fixed by the experts.

So, what is the difference between outsourcing and offshoring?

Outsourcing doesn’t always mean sending your valuable QA work overseas. Since 2010, tap|QA has pioneered our tap|LAKESHORE onshore model. Our tap|LAKESHORE allows us to implement a team locally in Minneapolis, MN to handle any QA need – be it QA process and strategy, test automation, or manual software testing. Our teams utilize various forms of communication technologies to ensure seamless integration with companies remotely, allowing Agile teams to continue to function effectively.

What are the benefits of onshoring vs offshoring?

Many view offshoring as synonymous with cost-savings due to cheaper labor overseas. Often times, the “hidden costs” of offshoring are neglected. One major issue with offshore providers is a complicated long distance relationship.

Other drawbacks to offshoring include:

  • Language barriers
  • Dramatic time zone differences causing difficulties around consistent meetings in an Agile environment
  • Increased team sizes cause confusion and inefficiencies
  • Rampant turnover of team members
  • Differences in work culture and business norms
  • Difficulty transferring larger and complex projects between teams

All of which can lead to compromised quality in testing – the exact opposite of what tap|QA stands for!

With a onshoring solution like our tap|LAKESHORE solution, we are able to blend teams of high-performing individuals with varying experiences to ensure your QA work is done effectively, while still keeping an eye on the bottom line.

Our Minnesota-based talent pool is vast – Minnesota is one of the highest educated states in the country – allowing us to recruit and grow high-performing QA professionals.  In a case study of our tap|LAKESHORE solution, costs were cut up to 45%, and productivity was tripled – all by onshoring.

To read more about the benefits of onshore outsourcing, or to ask about our tap|LAKESHORE solution, head on over to our solution page or contact us today!

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