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Nearshore Software and Mobile Development in Mexico

In software development since 1989, ScienceSoft offers full-cycle development services in Mexico to help US businesses create high-quality IT solutions quickly and at a lower cost.

Our commitment to strict quality standards is confirmed by ISO 9001 certification and ScienceSoft’s inclusion in the IAOP Global Outsourcing 100 list.

Nearshore Software and Mobile Development in Mexico - ScienceSoft
Nearshore Software and Mobile Development in Mexico - ScienceSoft

Nearshore Development in Mexico: Summary

Nearshore software and mobile development in Mexico is a way to reduce labor costs while working in close geographic proximity with IT talent that shares US business mindset.

Steps to establish nearshore development in Mexico

  1. Define your nearshoring needs and document cooperation requirements.
  2. Shortlist vendors in Mexico.
  3. Send RFPs and pick the vendor offering the most favorable service terms.
  4. Sign a vendor contract.
  5. Plan the cooperation and transfer project knowledge to the vendor.

Sourcing options: full outsourcing, a dedicated team, staff augmentation.

Time to start: Typically, the process takes 1–10 weeks and depends on your preferred sourcing model, the urgency of the project, the skills required, and your experience with nearshore engagements.

A Texas-based IT company with full-scale development centers in Mexico and Europe, ScienceSoft offers nearshore outsourcing of software and mobile app development projects and provides seasoned talents in Mexico for staff augmentation.

Benefits of Nearshore Software Development in Mexico

Attractive rates

Hourly rates for software development in Mexico are 2–4x lower than in the US and are among the most competitive in LATAM. This makes nearshore mobile app development and software engineering in Mexico a cost-effective option.

Broad talent pool

With LATAM’s second-largest IT talent pool represented by 700,000+ specialists, Mexico offers front-end, back-end, and full-stack developers, UX/UI designers, architects, and QA engineers well-versed in the leading web and mobile technologies.

Streamlined collaboration

Overlapping time zones and short travel distances enable real-time Agile collaboration and facilitate live meetings critical for complex development initiatives.

Minimized geopolitical risks

Mexico has close economic ties with the US, so there is a low chance that the development process will be disrupted due to political or economic tensions between the regions.

How Mexico compares to other nearshoring destinations

How Mexico compares to other nearshoring destinations

Sources: Accelerance (2022, 2023), YouTeam, proprietary market research by ScienceSoft.

Setting Up a Nearshore Development Process in Mexico

Below, ScienceSoft’s consultants draw on their 7–20 years of experience to walk you through the nearshore cooperation setup process and highlight the aspects to consider when outsourcing to Mexico.


Requirements engineering

Requirements engineering

First, define your nearshoring needs and set clear expectations regarding the cooperation with developers in Mexico. For this, answer the following questions:

  • What task scope would you like to outsource: the entire development project, particular processes (design, coding, testing, etc.), or specific solution components?
  • If you seek to add talents to your in-house team, which sourcing model would you prefer: a dedicated team or staff augmentation?
  • What development roles and technology competencies do you need?
  • What are the mandatory and good-to-have hard and soft skills you expect to see with the nearshore experts?
  • What are your requirements for the collaboration mode, communication format and pace, success measures, progress control mechanisms, etc.?
  • Do you have any specific security and compliance requirements, e.g., related to sensitive data protection or risk control during software development?
  • What are your business priorities (cost optimization, fast development, minimized cooperation risks, etc.)?

ScienceSoft’s consultants can help you define the in-house skill gaps, determine the nearshoring scope, choose the fitting sourcing model, and compose detailed requirements for easier vendor evaluation. We can also suggest the optimal team performance KPIs and project control mechanisms or check if the nearshore team bears any compliance risks.




Vendor shortlisting

Vendor shortlisting

When shortlisting potential development vendors in Mexico, pay attention to the following aspects:

  • Experience with the software type, industry, development model, and technologies relevant to your case.
  • Physical location, time zone difference, readiness for on-site visits.
  • Development infrastructure (hardware, network, bandwidth, security mechanisms, etc.).
  • Approach to managing quality, data protection, change requests, and risks; relevant certifications proving the maturity of the vendor’s procedures (e.g., ISO 9001, ISO 27001).
  • Adherence to regulatory frameworks (e.g., HIPAA, PCI DSS, GLBA, NYDFS).
  • Collaboration practices (communication models, language skills, knowledge sharing, service transparency, etc.).
  • Estimated time to start the cooperation (critical if you seek an urgent ramp-up).

If you want to see the big picture, look beyond the vendor’s website. Client testimonials and third-party reviews are valuable sources of unbiased feedback on the vendor’s approach to nearshore engagements. You can even contact some of the vendor’s clients to verify the feedback. Also, don’t hesitate to request additional information (e.g., examples of reports, sample code fragments, security policies) from the vendor to clarify their practices.

CTO at ScienceSoft


RFP sending and bid analysis

RFP sending and bid analysis

This is the stage where you actually pick your nearshore development partner:

  • Send a request for proposal specifying your development needs and cooperation requirements to the pre-selected vendors in Mexico.
  • Compare the received quotes and decide on the best candidate.

Depending on the chosen sourcing model, this stage may involve interviewing potential talents, negotiating the cooperation terms, and choosing between the software technical design options. ScienceSoft usually offers an introductory call prior to the proposal to understand your needs more deeply and avoid irrelevant pitches. We are ready to sign an NDA before the introductory call to ensure the full safety of your business data.

What should you look for in a quote from a vendor?

At ScienceSoft, we stick to the three main principles:

  • Comprehensiveness. We describe the cooperation terms, scope, deliverables, and our development approach in detail. We also provide CVs with rates for outstaffing, high-level diagrams of the proposed solution architecture, and ballpark estimates for full outsourcing.
  • Personalization. We tailor our offering to the client’s needs and suggest an individual service map, optimal collaboration forms, adequate team arrangements, and acceptance criteria. All these are initial assumptions, but the final nearshoring terms are always subject to negotiation.
  • Transparency. We explain our technical solutions, talent choices, and estimates and always include alternative service options to inform the client’s decisions. Also, we openly discuss project-specific risks and prepare a strategy to mitigate them.

ScienceSoft’s Presales Director


Signing a contract

Signing a contract

A service agreement between your company and a development provider in Mexico legally fixes the cooperation terms, the dispute resolution flow, and the framework to assess vendor performance. In addition to the core contract, ScienceSoft can sign an intellectual property (IP) rights protection agreement to guarantee that you retain legal ownership of the code developed throughout our nearshore engagement.




Cooperation planning and knowledge transfer

Cooperation planning and knowledge transfer

At this stage, it is crucial to set up straightforward collaboration and knowledge exchange so that your nearshore team doesn’t spend an extra few months getting up to speed with the project.

  • Define the persons responsible for knowledge transfer and regular communication on your side.
  • Give the vendor access to your IT infrastructure, software documentation, and existing software assets (wireframes, prototypes, source code, etc.).
  • (for staff augmentation) Transfer the responsibilities from your development team members to the vendor’s talents.
  • Agree on the communication modes, frequency, and channels.
  • Define the project KPI tracking toolkit and reporting schedule.
  • Share any relevant knowledge that may help the outsourced development provider minimize the risks and deliver more efficiently.


ScienceSoft’s Nearshore Development Services in Mexico

Software design

Our experts design optimal functionality, modern architecture, convenient UX and UI, and a cost-effective toolkit for your solution. You also get a detailed implementation plan, and we can deliver a proof of concept to test the software viability early on.

I’m interested

We handle particular development tasks (e.g., coding, integration, testing) or the entire project. Our teams usually deliver an MVP in 1–5 months, depending on the solution's complexity. ScienceSoft’s Agile approach enables a 1.5–2.5x faster project pace.

I’m interested

Software revamp

Our team redesigns the code, architecture, and tech stack of your software and assists with cloud migration. We also upgrade your solution with the required features to boost its value for users. You obtain modern software quickly and at a reduced cost.

I’m interested

Explore Our Software Development Success Stories

What Makes ScienceSoft a Reliable Nearshore Development Partner in Mexico

  • Since 1989 in software development and since 2005 in mobile development.
  • Around 4,000 successfully implemented projects for 30+ industries, including healthcare, BFSI, manufacturing, and ecommerce.
  • Front-end, back-end, full-stack, and mobile developers with 5+ years of experience.
  • IT consultants and PMs having experience with projects for Fortune 500 companies.
  • Proficiency in advanced techs: cloud, AI/ML, big data, IoT, blockchain, AR, VR.
  • Partnerships with Microsoft, AWS, Oracle, Salesforce, and other tech leaders.
  • Established Lean, Agile, and DevOps cultures.
  • Quality-first approach based on an ISO 9001-certified quality management system.
  • Robust security management supported by an ISO 27001 certification.

Top Concerns About Nearshore Development, Addressed

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Poor quality of nearshore services or the delivered software.

Texas-based PMs and tech leads. Alignment with the US quality standards. Adherence to ISO 9001.

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Language and cultural gaps that may hamper communication.

Fully English-speaking teams. Good grasp of the US cultural background and business ethics.

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Business data disclosure, insufficient security of digital assets.

Signing an NDA before the introductory call. ISO 27001-supported security management and DevSecOps practices.

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Lack of visibility into the nearshore development progress.

Regular KPI-based reporting on the accomplished tasks. Consistent process documentation.

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Non-compliance due to the different regulatory frameworks in the US and Mexico.

Compliance experts with 9+ years of experience to ensure adherence to US-specific regulations.

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Hidden costs may arise during the project.

Transparent cost estimation logic. Clear explanations for each cost item. Early contingency budgeting.

Our Customers Share Their Experience with ScienceSoft

ScienceSoft demonstrated a deep understanding of our requirements, and their developers needed minimal supervision, keeping us updated on progress and potential hurdles along the way.

By working with ScienceSoft, we’ve been able to achieve exactly what we set out to accomplish with our strategy, and we recommend them as a trustworthy partner with skilled technical specialists on board.

I am particularly impressed by the cooperative nature of ScienceSoft’s team. Our project required coordination with multiple companies and individuals. ScienceSoft worked well with everyone.

Sourcing Models for Nearshore Software and Mobile App Development

Techs and Tools Used in Nearshore Software Development Projects

Trust Software Development to a Texas-based Vendor with a Strong Nearshore Team

Headquartered in the US, ScienceSoft applies the same corporate values, Agile best practices, and quality requirements in all our nearshore and offshore development centers. This enables us to deliver high-quality software at rates that would be impossible to achieve domestically.

FAQ about Nearshoring to Mexico

Why is Mexico a better nearshoring hub than other Latin American countries?

In addition to the advantage of competitive costs, Mexico stands out from other popular nearshoring destinations due to its large talent pool, geographic proximity, ease of doing business, and strong government support for the IT sector.

Are Mexico’s IT infrastructures stable? Is there a risk of service discontinuation?

Since the 2010s, Mexico’s government has been investing heavily in modern tech facilities and IT telecoms, which has contributed to Mexico’s popularity as a nearshore destination. Today, development centers in Mexico City, Guadalajara, Monterrey, and Tijuana are fully equipped for uninterrupted nearshore cooperation. IT infrastructures in smaller cities may be less stable, though. A safe option would be partnering with a vendor from a mainstream nearshoring location.

How do Mexico's time zones align with the United States?

Mexico has four standard time zones that align with the time zones in the contiguous United States. Thus, you should expect a zero to 4-hour difference with your nearshore vendor.

Are partial nearshore engagements possible?

At ScienceSoft, you can hire developers for several hours per day or even per week. We offer both full-time and part-time roles (from 0.5 to 150+ FTE) with tailored engagement levels.

How do you price your nearshore development services?

ScienceSoft offers flexible pricing models depending on the required services:

  • Time & Material, Time & Material with a cap – for consulting activities, Agile development with frequently changing requirements, and after-launch software support.
  • Fixed price – for short engagements (e.g., a feasibility study, PoC delivery) or predictable software development projects divided into stages (we fix the price for each stage).
  • Subscription fee – for regular software support activities.
About ScienceSoft

About ScienceSoft

ScienceSoft is a global IT consulting and software development company headquartered in McKinney, Texas. Having a full-scale development center in Mexico, we render nearshore development services to help non-IT enterprises and IT businesses build robust software and mobile apps at a reasonable cost. In our projects, we rely on mature quality and data security management systems backed by ISO 9001 and ISO 27001 certifications.