New IT Jobs Being Created in South Florida and in Rosario, Argentina. Blended Outsourcing Model Combines Onshore and Nearshore Resources to Deliver a Lower Total Cost of Ownership for Agile Projects.
AAJ Technologies (AAJ), a premier systems integration and application development firm headquartered in South Florida, and with offices in British Columbia and Asia, announced today the availability of a fully operational nearshore development center in the city of Rosario, Argentina. The new center draws on the benefits of an established technology outsourcing market in the region and circumvents the traditional challenges of real-time collaboration in Agile development projects, an inherent deficit of offshore engagements. While the new Agile-friendly development center offers US organizations a cost-efficient development option, it is AAJ’s flexible blended engagement model that delivers peak performance by combining senior onshore consultants and nearshore development resources to provide an optimum Total Cost of Ownership.
The AAJ development center in Rosario is expected to employ over 100 consultants in 2015 across a wide range of specialties. The local South Florida market will also see a boost with about a dozen new positions becoming available over the next few months.
“Our development center in Argentina will allow our US customers to realize all the cost benefits associated with traditional offshore development, but with the nearshore advantages of real-time collaboration and communication, regardless of the scope of the outsourced initiative,” says AAJ CEO, Amjad Shamim. “Our unique blended engagement model allows us to provide long term or on-demand resources and quickly adapt to project requirements. The addition of our Argentina center not only expands our breadth of technical expertise, but also presents a highly attractive outsourcing alternative in a time when offshoring faces capacity, security, and performance challenges. We look forward to providing our customers with access to the top talent and latest technologies and methodologies, and giving them increased control of their operational expenses.”
“After thoroughly researching nearshore outsourcing options, AAJ selected Argentina as the center of our nearshore operations for a number of compelling reasons,” notes Jorge Agnese, VP of the Latin American Division at AAJ. “In addition to meeting standard criteria, such as a large pool of skilled IT resources, a robust educational system, modern technology infrastructure, accessibility for international travel, and high degrees of commitment and focus on quality assurance, Argentina stands out because it is the second largest nearshore outsourcing hub in Latin America, behind Brazil, but boasts higher
English fluency rates, one of the highest in the world, in fact, and a higher ratio of certified IT professionals by population size. Moreover, the proximity in time zones with the US, relatively low cost of resources, and high degree of cultural affinity make Argentina a particularly attractive outsourcing option for US companies.”
“AAJ can now provide expanded services to our Agile and LATAM-focused clients,” says Tommy Simon, VP of Sales & Marketing. “Our development center provides extended capabilities across our core technology practices and several of our clients are already taking advantage of it. Whether allocating a small portion of internal resources to actively manage and control a project, or in a completely hands-off scenario where AAJ drives a project from concept through delivery, our nearly two decades of
experience and unique delivery methodologies help mitigate the inherent risk associated with complex or time consuming outsourced initiatives.”
AAJ offers a flexible outsourcing and project team model to suit clients’ unique project requirements:
1. Our People, Your Team: Resources managed locally, project managed by the Client.
2. Your Project, Our Team: Resources and Project managed locally by AAJ.
3. Your Product, Our Team: Resources and Product Management performed by AAJ.
4. Talent Cloud: We can provide resources from our Talent Cloud. This enables flexibility with cross team assignments, where AAJ allocates resources to the current project team, as the need arises, in the broad areas of Mobility, Application Development, Portals & Collaboration, Quality Assurance, Business Intelligence, and Systems Integration.
“The main advantage of choosing AAJ for nearshore outsourcing projects is the company’s approach to providing a team,” says Tommy Simon. “AAJ does not simply recruit individuals to form a team on an ad hoc basis. An AAJ team consists of consultants who are long-term AAJ employees with an average tenure of over 10 years for senior engineers, and who have previously worked together on complex projects. They have been carefully selected to work for AAJ because they complement each other’s strengths, something that contributes to enhanced team output. Contrary to many outsourcing agencies, the AAJ team members do not learn how to collaborate as part of a project. They are able to hit the ground running on day one.”
The IT outsourcing industry in Argentina includes a skilled IT workforce of over 85,000 professionals across 500 companies. Most IT professionals in the country, and everyone who works at AAJ, have built up their experience and knowledge working for some of the largest US corporations in Argentina. Argentina also has over 860+ higher education institutions and a robust educational system. The country boasts the largest proportion of university graduates in Latin America. There are 17,000+ IT graduates annually that contribute to a replenishing pool of talent.
The AAJ development center in the city of Rosario features US Managers onsite year round. The AAJ management team has strong ties with local government and education institutions. The building where the Rosario center is housed is a secure “Class A” facility built for high tech and engineering firms and enjoys a high-bandwidth fiber-optic network with power generators and a UPS grid. The center is situated in a cosmopolitan area of the city near world class restaurants, museums, art exhibits. The city of Rosario is a 2.5 hour drive from the capital, Buenos Aires.
Organizations seeking to discuss their nearshore outsourcing options should contact AAJ Technologies by filling out the short online form, or calling (800) 443-5210.