No-shoring today could be tomorrow’s outsourcing

Have you ever heard of the term “no-shoring?” Neither have I – until very recently. The premise behind it is a reality that will only grow over time.

No-shoring refers to the sourcing of technical talent without the need to be local. It’s a trend that’s sure to be pick up steam with companies facing significant shortage in software developers, software engineers, project managers, designers, and many other professions.

Technologies at our fingertips easily enable productivity and communication between team members from afar, in a different state or halfway around the world. Technical skills and capabilities have emerged everywhere and are easily accessible to anyone curious and willing to learn. It’s far from uncommon these days to hire and manage a full team of web or app developers five or more time zones away from you.

You can easily video conference with others through Skype and chat via Slack. Not to mention the ability to share your screen and even have someone take over it if necessary. There’s little that can’t be done these days, and probably with even better efficiency than working with local team members.

Today, no-shoring can satisfy the challenge of not finding suitable talent locally, or having to offer exorbitant compensation to lure someone onboard.

Tomorrow, no-shoring could actually become what IT outsourcing was over a decade ago, except the on-boarding would be at least an order of magnitude simpler without the need for H-1B visas and procedural red tape.

Because no-shoring can also result in substantial cost savings without losing productivity, it also could be the new definition of job restructuring in the next economic downturn.

It’s here, and a very real thing. It’s only going to grow from here, and in a really big way.