Domestic Outsourcing

STA’s Domestic Outsourcing (also called Onshore Outsourcing) model emerged as a low-cost, domestic alternative to offshore outsourcing. Our clients, with experience in the setbacks of offshore outsourcing, turned to us for an easy, low-cost outsourcing solution with vastly higher quality.


Offshore resources have their place but, for application development, a higher level of skill and ability to interface with the client is required. Complex requirements, changing needs, integration challenges and aggressive timelines can be better met by an advanced development team that can closely integrate within the client. We offer Domestic Outsourcing.

STA Group recruits and retains the highest-caliber, experienced developers and we leverage the Agile development methodology to provide quality results, on time and on budget. We can provide small to large teams and can locate them at a client location or at our Chicago offices.

Offshore Falls Short

There are many challenges, often without real solutions, to the “offshore” model.  Consider your business context: Can your offshore team understand and synthesize your business’ complex objectives and context? Will they be able to put themselves in the position of your customers to anticipate and infer requirements that are unclear or aren’t explicitly stated? Requirements will never be clear enough that a development team can work in isolation from your business.

Are you agile? Are your onshore teams practicing Scrum? What impact will separating developers from each other—or separating them from your business—by 7-14 time zones have on a software development process whose core tenant is close, constant and “osmotic” communication?

Consider your employees’ Work/Life Balance: The market for talented software engineers is exceedingly competitive—and it’s predicted to stay that way for the foreseeable future. Meetings that start at dawn and don’t end until late in the evening drive your best people to your strongest competitors.

It’s Less Expensive

  • By Reducing Your Headcount: Concentrate the most talented resources in close communication to accomplish more in less time with fewer people. A small team of A-grade developers is more cost-effective than a large team of C-grade resources, even when there’s a substantial difference in pay scale.
  • By Improving Communication: Communication is the key to developer productivity. How quickly can your developers get clarification on a requirement, or request a code change from a geographically distributed development team?
  • By Increasing Your Productivity: A “follow the sun” workforce admittedly has its benefits—especially when supporting 24×7 SLAs—but any time an offshore team requires input or clarification from your domestic staff, a full day is lost in the turnaround. Over the course of a project, these delays substantially impact schedule.
  • By Lowering Your Travel Costs: Sending management half way around the world to oversee a project is not an insignificant cost. Studies show that clients spend, on average, four months a year in India to assure acceptable levels of quality and productivity (even more when a project breaks bad and travel becomes extended).
  • By Reducing Your Analysis Costs: The closer your development teams are to your product owner or business analysts, the more agile your business can be. Offshore teams require your business to spend a substantially higher level of effort on formal documentation and requirements than is needed for onshore teams.
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