I’d heard Buenos Aires described as “The Paris of South America” and was looking forward to my first trip to Argentina, visiting a large software development company that’s been part of the Accelerance network for more than a decade.
The seriousness of the COVID-19 pandemic was just becoming apparent, and we were impressed by the efficiency of security precautions at the airport when we flew into Buenos Aires. We quickly realised it wasn’t a time to be travelling internationally and cut short our trip, but that didn’t stop us making the most of our 24 hours on the ground.
The Argentinian capital really is a beautiful city, with wide boulevards, a great public transport system and a sophisticated European feel. It’s also modernizing at a rapid rate; one major infrastructure project has diverted a four-mile highway connection underground to improve traffic flow, developing parks and plazas on the reclaimed land.
Argentina is only one or two hours ahead of US Eastern Time, and English is widely spoken in the business and software development communities – part of the picture that makes outsourcing so attractive here.
The company we’d come to visit in downtown Buenos Aires is one of Acclerance’s largest global partners, serving several clients across the US, and has more than 1000 highly skilled staff. We reviewed recent projects and talked through some ideas for the year ahead, then headed out for an excellent steak by the canal at Rio Dique.
The tech industry is thriving in Argentina and while Buenos Aires is an ideal base, hourly rates and staff turnover tend to be higher in large, competitive cities. Accelerance regularly visits partner companies in Cordoba, a Spanish-influenced central city in the Punilla Valley, and Mendoza, known for its malbec vineyards – both less than a two-hour flight from Buenos Aires.
Argentina has both an advanced economy and a very talented pool of tech-savvy and well-educated programmers. The country’s cultural similarities with the West makes Argentineans easy to work with. Their can-do attitude and knack for discovering innovative solutions is a direct result of their desire to make things work with the tools and materials at their disposal. In fact, they have a saying, “Lo atamos con alambre”, which translates literally as “tying it with wire”. In other words, “Just make it work!”
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Accelerance travels the world to simplify your search for the best offshore companies – and we’re impressed with what Argentina has to offer. If you’re interested in outsourcing your software development, contact Accelerance to find out more.
For the latest analysis on outsourcing opportunities throughout Latin America, check out our 2020 regional guide.