Lower Total Project Cost
When comparing costs, Mexico is similar to or only slightly more expensive than the major outsourcing countries. When all the cost factors are considered – turnover, ease of communication, productivity, travel time, lack of visa quotas and cultural affinity – Mexico offers a lower total project cost, even in cases of lower wage differentials.
Mexico’s proximity to the United States means work occurs in the same time zone as the United States. Working-hour compatibility facilitates communication, enabling the use of Agile and other rapid development processes. Meetings and calls can take place ad hoc, during regular business hours. No more phone calls in the middle of the night or on personal time. Travel is more convenient, affordable and comfortable, with more flights from the United States to Mexico than to any other country.
Mexico also shares more cultural traits with the United States than any other outsourcing hotbed. A common culture contributes to higher productivity and lower cost. The cultural affinity is partially based on the constant exchange of goods and services and the fact that many of Mexico’s IT professionals work for the United States or global companies. As the language of computer science and other technical degrees, English is the norm among IT technical professionals in Mexico.