Domestic & International IT Dev Models

There is no obvious answer when it comes to determining how to outsource IT project work. The four key options are to perform the work onsite, offsite, nearshore, or offshore.

Each of these options has positive and negative attributes, and each project should be evaluated individually before choosing a strategy. Some projects are best to keep in-house for development, while others, typically the more routine or highly defined, are perfectly suited for other development approaches.

Projects that are on a tight time schedule and require constant interaction between the client’s developers and the vendor’s developers are best suited for onsite or offsite development.

For other projects, such as large software upgrades, where the processes are well defined and the timeline is far enough out, nearshore or offshore may be the best options.

Following is a brief list of benefits for each of the core IT outsource development strategies.

Onsite and Offsite Benefits


  • Control vs. Influence: Client or Y&L manages onsite resources at client facility
  • Higher quality and more innovative – U.S. workers ask questions and suggest improvements
  • Best for innovative projects or those which are loosely defined or not well documented
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Stronger team collaboration and lower travel costs
  • Seamless fit into your company culture
  • Our team works in continuous interaction with your team
  • Preferred model if there are fluctuating requirements or Agile development methodology
  • Best for highly confidential projects or when access to confidential information is necessary


  • Y&L manages offsite resources at the Y&L facility
  • Y&L determines resourcing level depending on workflow peaks and valleys
  • Communication with client mainly through lead developer and delivery director
  • Development during normal working hours with evening and weekend development optional
  • Smaller, effective team sizes due to cultural, language, and time-zone similarities

Nearshore and Offshore Benefits


  • Nearshore outsourcing is only one hour ahead of America’s Eastern time zone
  • Cultural similarities are strong (cuisine, art, sports, and cultural activities)
  • Flying to a nearshore location only takes 10 to 12 hours from most major cities in the US
  • Our infrastructure will guarantee seamless and virtually uninterrupted communications
  • Nearshore competitive pricing helps reduce development costs from 30% to 60 %
  • Our nearshore facilities will share your business culture.
  • Excellent English communication skills.
  • Our nearshore facilities are located in Costa Rica, Mexico, and Argentina.


  • Y&L determines resourcing level depending on workflow peaks and valleys
  • Work performed during U.S. evening hours
  • Y&L US development lead works directly with Y&L offshore development lead
  • US development lead communicates with client
  • Development cost savings for well-defined projects or routine activities
  • Our offshore facilities are mainly located in India (11 locations)

Our Typical Onshore/Offshore Team Structure

Nearshore/Offshore Development Transition Process