Reshoring IT: Coffee Consumption and Onshore Outsourcing

My coffee intake tends to mirror a large corporation’s various vendors: spanning from cheap, low-quality standbys to pricier, higher-end options.  As I’m wholly dependent upon both, what can this tell us about how corporations view reshoring in IT?

It’s widely assumed that all onshore outsourcing providers are expensive, but services like our very own Rural Software Testing have proven that companies can get a whole lot better testing for not much more than they’re paying for offshore.

I drink a lot of coffee.  No, seriously—I drink a lot of coffee.  To the tune of sixty ounces a day—and that’s a light day.  For the sheer volume of it that I’ve consumed, I tend to think of myself as a relative connoisseur.  From the good to the bad, the cheapest to the stuff that runs $50 a pound, I’ve drunk it all and developed quite an affinity for a quality cup o’ joe.

But, do you know what I find most interesting?  I hardly ever drink truly great coffee.  And while I definitely prefer it to the cheap swill I normally consume, I simply can’t justify spending $20 a pound when I can happily get by on the stuff that costs $5.  And it’s not just a means to an end, either; I generally enjoy drinking cheap coffee—it serves its purpose exceptionally well.

So how does all of this relate to offshore outsourcing and reshoring?  It’s quite simple, really: the disparity betwixt what you want, what you need, and what you can afford.

Like the coffee I drink, different outsourcers serve different purposes for different prices—the better ones are more expensive while the cheaper ones tend to perform at a lessened clip—and the consumption of their services depend entirely upon what’s economical for the job.

So let’s take a reshoring company like us, for example, how might a company view us if looking through a caffeinated lens? 

While traditional thought dictated that all onshore outsourcing providers would be quite the expensive cup, services like our very own Rural Software Testing have proven that a whole lot better cup of coffee can be had for not much more than the low-end stuff they’re getting offshore—and sometimes for less!  After all, I’d drink the best cup my money could buy; why shouldn’t a corporation do the same?

Remember, the right cup is merely the one that provides what you need when you need it.  And now, if you’ll excuse me, I need a refill.


Mike Hodge
Lighthouse Technologies, Inc
Software Testing | Quality Assurance Consulting | Oracle EBS Consulting

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