7 Top Offshore App Development Destinations

7 Top Offshore App Development Destinations

For Singaporean companies, app development or software development sourcing is a challenge today for many reasons. The most obvious of these challenges is the cost of local app development talent, but this is only part of the story. The fact is, Singapore, has an acute shortage of skilled app designers. Software and app development professionals in Singapore therefore have a wide choice of employment options and unsurprisingly many choose careers in exciting technology startups. This creates a labor shortage and encourages Singaporean firms to look overseas to fulfill IT and operational needs.

This article examines several overseas destinations, a few of which may seem unconventional at first. However, all are excellent destinations for outsourcing specific roles. We begin by looking at Thailand where there are two clear outsourcing cities for consideration. Bangkok, with a population of over 8m people is an excellent location for positioning a regional HQ, a high-end consulting operation, or a software development team. BKK is not the cheapest destination on this list, but with its booming population, and a significant number of expat residents it is excellent location for higher end services. Chiang Mai, Thailand’s second city is significantly cheaper than the capital for labor and makes for a suitable software or mobile app development hub.

Another excellent location for application development offshoring is mainland China. There are 4 key cities that typically provide good offshore development: Beijing, Shenzhen, Shanghai, Guangzhou. Based on experience we prefer the two latter cities Shanghai and Guangzhou. Shanghai, as the most multicultural city in China has the most aligned culture to the west. English tends to be better, and expatriates can be integrated locally into the offshore team. Guangzhou on the other hand, is cheaper, and is conveniently located close to Hong Kong. The Philippines remains a good, low cost destination for call center services, website development, and graphic design work. With Vietnam also a solid, low cost option for app development services, based on our experience. One outsourcing destination that it is perhaps not so well known is South Africa. Education standards in SA are excellent, English is spoken as standard, and labor costs in South Africa are very low in comparison to Europe, US & Australia. Many excellent opportunities can be found here.

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