Many offshore countries lack the network bandwidth for fast communication and
many experience intermittent electrical outages.
Not all foreign countries have the high-level concern or the laws, such as those
for privacy or intellectual property, to protect your company's assets.
We have encountered poor or unacceptable quality of work in test automation,
regardless of the CMM level touted.
Is your offshore partner performing your development and your testing? Will they
keep your best interests at heart (and provide adherence to functional,
performance, reliability and usability testing standards) when it conflicts with
meeting their deliverable date?
While recent events have proven that the US is not immune to terrorism, Asia and
other underdeveloped areas experience instability caused by unstable government,
political unrest, terrorism, etc.
Cultures are different. It is possible to insult offshore partners inadvertently
or simply to miscommunicate. Business conduct, greetings, forms of address,
gestures, value systems and punctuality vary widely around the globe.
Unquestionably many offshore resources provide communication
challenges, especially over a forum that does not allow you the ability to view
facial expressions - and e-mail can be worse.
Time Zone Clash
Many of the firms in Asia have as much as a 10-hour time difference. The
outsourcing firms try to spin this as a "good thing" for you. Is it good to not
be able to have your team discuss issues with their team as they arise?
Difficulty Visiting Their Site
Because of the cost and length of travel (as much as 20 hours each way),
visiting your partners with any frequency becomes much more unrealistic. Also,
foreign ground transportation is not like that in the US.
Difficulty Bringing Resources Here
There are possible Visa issues and heavy expenses with bringing your partners to
where you do business.
Increasing Price Trends
Many offshore providers that have been successful are increasing their prices
due to fact that competition for local human resources is pushing up the cost of
There is a groundswell of backlash against the current trend toward
exporting jobs outside the US. This backlash may cause negative publicity for