Companies looking for savings but worried about the risks and cultural barriers involved in offshore outsourcing, whose business processes have a strong customer focus or regulations-driven reporting element, could benefit from nearshoring. Nearshoring involves outsourcing work to companies with the economic benefits of an offshore location, but a closer cultural, linguistic, and geographic fit with the user organisation.
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offers nearshoring from its Linux Centre in the Western Isles of Scotland. Managing director Malcolm McSween says he originally chose the location for lifestyle purposes. It was a case of looking at where you could go for software development, and the answer was anywhere, but the lifestyle was excellent up here, he says. Generally, people migrate to the islands for lifestyle reasons, meaning that residents tend to stay there longer. He argues that this reduces his employee turnover, helping to pass