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COVID Impact: Global Talent Vs. Local Developer

Global Talent Vs. Local Developer

COVID 19 has locked us inside of our houses like a person serving time, which hopefully many of still healthy are enjoying. Family time, face timing, having virtual frienaissance with our mates, ‘quarantinis’ (martinis with friends online), and whatnot.

Looking from an individual level, I think that we’ll survive it, and we might be able to make the best of it by giving ourselves some ‘me’ time. 

However, if we look at it holistically, companies are facing the worst of times, the economy is failing, companies are on the verge of losing their business. It’s a hard time.

COVID 19 is one hell of a roller coaster ride. 

Why did I call it a rollercoaster ride? Well, because there are not only downs. 

For example, the “zoom app,” the application gained massive popularity within two months post lockdown. The daily active user stats jumped from 10 million to 200 million post lockdown. That is phenomenal. Or look at ‘slack’ the best app to hold virtual office meetings. These apps are enjoying their time. 

Not just that, many companies are branching out to bring forth more examples like that, the recent one being “Google Meet”, a platform launched by google to hold virtual conference meetings. 

Quarantine or no quarantine, growth is on the mind of all the app owners.

Whereas businesses like event management are still suffering, But a business owner has to do what he has to do, right? They have to keep working.

To be honest, I, too, have been swaying here and there due to the momentum. But there are surprisingly some people who are standing firm as if they do it every day. As if this is their routine.

And who are they? *drumroll please* our global app developers. 

Why am I specifying on global app developers and not local app developers? Well, I have got a reason. 

Let me give you a scenario, and you make a choice. 

If you were about to start developing your new application, you had a great working space and resources to provide to a local developer. Who could be on-site with you maintaining constant communication, working at your office?

However, now you are also working from home, and so has to, your local developer. Although your local developer might still have the resources and her/his own workspace now, s/he is totally new to this remote working concept. So it is evident, s/he will require more time to get acquainted with it. 

On the other hand, you were in contact with a global developer who has her/his own resources, workspace, and experience. And since s/he has always been working remotely, you can start with your work immediately!

So, who looks like a better catch here?

What has changed?

A significant thing this lockdown changed is, earlier local developers were in-demand, and why won’t they be? 

They work at your workspace; you can contact them whenever required and maintain constant communication, so they work exactly how you want. The on-site presence of local developers made them the top choice of all business owners.  

However, this pandemic has drastically changed the outlook of business owners, I mean, look at it yourself, you, yourself are working from home, how will you hire someone to work at your office

It was earlier believed that with local developers, many factors could be improved, like knowledge transfer was better, controlling the quality of work was comfortable. The efficiency of performing a task was increased. However, since COVID 19, it has been impossible to hire a local developer.

On the other hand, there’s an option to hire a global developer.

A global developer is a professional who has been working remotely since forever. S/he may be miles apart but is efficient at building up your technology from scratch.

Suppose you are from the United States and you hire a developer from India to build your project, now that developer would work on your project from where s/he is at keeping all your ideas and requirements as a priority.

You don’t have to provide her/him your workspace or your resources. All those provisions have been made at her/his end. 

A global developer would be more in-budget than a local developer since the country’s currency value plays a significant role in the payroll of the employees. So a global developer would do the work at a very reasonable price that fits well in your budget. 

A global developer would not be just cost-efficient, but time-efficient too. How? I’ll explain it. 

A global developer is experienced in remote working and doesn’t require anytime to adjust himself to the “new” working environment. S/he can quickly start working on your app, wasting no time at all.

So in a way, nothing has changed for them, they have developed each application by working from home. So I would say when we were living in 2010, they were living in 2020.

The internet has been the best support for developers to execute their tasks still, easily, and efficiently. The service providers are giving them a push by providing high bandwidth for better performance, agile development, and maintaining constant communication. 

So, if we compare, the life of a local developer has changed 180 degrees, whereas a global developer is the live example of the quote, “if nothing changes, nothing changes.”

Since COVID 19, a lot has changed. Companies are finding new ways to continue their functioning. And working from home has been the only solution. 

COVID 19 has brought this revolutionary change to the existing structure of a company’s functioning. It has popped up the bubble we were all living in – the bubble that expected companies to hire local developers for better operation. 

The current times are proof that to ensure better performance among employees, higher profits, excellent knowledge transfer, and better control of the quality of work; you do not have to hire on-site developers. All this can be taken care of by distant working too. 

In fact, I read somewhere that work from home could be the future. Organizations are saving a lot of costs by making their employees work from home— office rent, electricity cost, travel expenses, etc. Many companies have incurred huge profits from this new work from home culture.

For example, Twitter, an American microblogging and social networking service giant, has announced on 13th May 2020, that all its employees can now work from home “forever”. 

And no company would do that if it wasn’t profitable.

COVID 19 has proved that global developers are those smooth sailing ships that sail through the turbulent sea, no matter what. 

However, local developers have a high chance of drowning if the tide turns violent.

The pandemic brought to life the saying “sky’s the limit” because it’s actually true now. 

A company no longer has to restrict itself to one set geographical area to choose the right developer for itself. The whole world is now a collaborative space; you can find your developer from anywhere, anytime.

The lockdown has increased the scope of globalization and made us realize how interconnected we are. We might be miles apart, but we can be easily connected through one single click. 

Now, if the future is actually remote, then we would definitely need all developers to go “GLOCAL”

The way things are folding now, we all might have to create an office desk at our homes soon. More and more developers will start working from home, and many companies would promote their employees to work remotely.
Soon, this article may go out of fashion, since there will be no local developers or global developers to form a comparison, just millions of glocal developers.