IsThmus in Costa Rica Achieves Accelerance “Preferred” Software Outsourcing Partner Status

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IsThmus is close to North America in location, time zone and culture which enables extremely successful outsourcing using Agile and Scrum development methodologies. IsThmus uses only senior and intermediate programmers creating a stellar track record with clients which helped it achieve Preferred membership in Accelerance’s network of highly qualified and hand-selected software development companies.

Accelerance announced today that IsThmus in Costa Rica is the newest global partner to achieve the new Preferred level of membership in the Accelerance Global Partner Network of pre-qualified outsourced software development firms around the world. Preferred partners are deeply assessed and evaluated in ten key areas of excellence to ensure high standards of performance and quality of software development for their clients. Accelerance visits preferred partner’s facilities as part of the new partner assessment process.

“IsThmus is one of our best partners that clients can collaborate with to develop software applications using the Agile and Scrum software development methods,” said Steve Mezak, CEO of Accelerance. “Many clients are looking nearshore to Latin America for effective outsourced agile software development and also discover that IsThmus’ location in Costa Rica is a beautiful place to visit,” he said.

IsThmus was founded in 2003 and has become a leading technology nearshore provider of software development and testing services. IsThmus has completed over 350 successful projects and client engagements in more than 10 industry verticals, including Security, Banking, Mobile, Healthcare, Real Estate, Logistics and Ecommerce. IsThmus’ clients include small and middle-sized companies and a several Fortune 500 and multinational corporations.

IsThmus achieved the preferred partner level though technical excellence in traditional technologies such as Java, Microsoft .NET and software testing & QA, and also newer technical capabilities in mobile application development platforms, including the Apple iPhone. Highly collaborative Agile and Scrum software development is facilitated by Costa Rica being in the Eastern Time Zone for convenient overlap with the U.S. and Canadian workday.

“IsThmus has a 'client-centric' approach with direct interaction in English throughout all levels of the company. So when clients speak with our project managers, architects software engineers and members of the executive management team, no translators or on-site facilitators are ever needed,” said Eduardo Alfaro, CEO of IsThmus. “Also a difference in cultures affects your ability to communicate with your outsourcing partner. But culture is a major advantage at IsThmus where our Costa Rican engineers communicate in a respectful but straightforward way. It is what we call the 'Tico Touch' and it represents the effective and natural way of doing business with IsThmus,” he added.

All Accelerance partners are hand-selected and undergo a qualification process that documents their strengths and seeks to uncover weaknesses that impact the quality of outsourced software application development. Only those offshore providers who possess the operations and track record to successfully deliver reliable software development to clients are selected to become an Accelerance Global Partner.

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Accelerance is a Silicon Valley-based expert outsourcing services firm working with businesses that are grappling with the issues of outsourcing software development. The Accelerance Global Partner Network is the only online directory of highly qualified and hand-selected global software development companies from around the world with successful track records in developing software for clients. Accelerance also offers consulting services for the rapid ramp-up and management of offshore programmers. Accelerance was founded in 2001 by Steve Mezak, a veteran of numerous software development companies and projects both onshore and offshore and is the author of the book Software Without Borders: A Step-By-Step Guide to Outsourcing Your Software Development, available on Amazon and the Accelerance website. For more information, visit:


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