Software Development in México

Software Development In Mexico Part 1 – A Brief History 

By Cesar Contreras

Software Development in Mexico began with shaky grounds and a lot of hope. Back in 2002, the Mexican economy was recovering from a series of unfortunate events and bad decisions that came from the top.

The government and universities took action to balance the scale.

Because of the high levels of competence from Ireland, India, the United States, Canada, and China. Mexican authorities ran different study plans and public funding strategies to form the first group of Mexican developers. Software development in Mexico was born.

Mexico used the North American Free Trade Treaty to drive investment into the country. This created an easy entry to the tech market, with lower costs than the US and labor compared to India.

It was time to begin thinking about the private sector.

By 2013 the economic growth was steady, and new development company standard for Mexico came to be as it is. You can find companies of all sizes and complexities.

The perfect examples for this are Advancio as a medium size company with lots of agility, fresh talent, and innovative ideas and Softtek, much grander in scale and with multi-layers of complexity.

The next steps.

Those were the first steps towards the change of focus of the country. Once the turmoil settled, an unspoken agreement came to be: Software development in Mexico was specialized in outsourced software development.

These turn of events were in line with all the things that happened over the last 10 years. The heaviest competitors in this category were in India. Mexico developers had a goal, a true competitor, and now an identity. It was the perfect time to get hands-on with business and begin growing.

How did it go?

It turns out that the time zones aligned with all major Western markets.  This allowed for software development in Mexico and Mexican companies to create a new term for their outsourced services. Nearshore or offshore software development came to be, and it was essentially outsourcing to your neighbor. And it worked. Mexico joined the global tech industry on its own accord and will.

Software development in Mexico has two main lines of development:

  1. Outsourced Software Development: Includes Nearshore Outsourcing, Offshore, Business Process Outsourcing, and Staff Augmentation.
  2. Patented Software Development: Focuses on anything that can help the Mexican industry and individuals have an easier time with efficiency or productivity.

The Outcome

Mexico came from no tech industry to building an identity, a strong base of professionals, and numerous global alliances.

Now software development in Mexico is strong in areas like:

  • Mobile app development
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Custom Software Development

There are numerous technology hubs all over the country in areas like Mexico City, Guadalajara, Baja California, and Queretaro. These hubs are a sign of the excellence of software development in Mexico.

There were many steps that Mexico as a country took to get into the tech industry and become a reliable source of software development. The main focus Mexico took was training and funding to jumpstart the industry. However, you might be asking. What were the skills acquired to get to this point? Stay tuned for the second part of Software Development in Mexico as we dive deeper into this multifaceted topic.


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