has become a solid World manufacturing powerhouse, reaching high quality levels
and competitiveness that have positioned the country at the top levels in a
series of industries. Such is the case of automotive industry and Aeronautic, where
it is easily possible to appreciate the extent of the installed industry in the
country and its impressive exports volume.
But, it has not only been in manufactures that Mexico has reached a leadership
place at world level. During the last years, it has reached an every day more
important role in the growing world industry of information technology (IT).
This complex industry encompasses a wide range of products from software
programming and development, to computer equipment, becoming the relevant variable
of the knowledge society and the main driver of our times’ technological and
In 2001, Mexico’s
IT services exports reached only 50 million dollars. This year, the industry’s
numbers will close at an unprecedented level of 4.2 billion dollars in service
exports. Undoubtedly, Mexico
is the fourth global exporter in software development, and top number on in
Latin America, positioned only behind India,
the Philippines and China.
In terms of competitiveness, ATKearney Consulting revealed in a recent study,
occupies the sixth best place in the world for offshore IT services operations.
This study ponders different factors such as financial advantages, human
factor’s availability and skills, as well as business environment. On the other
hand, in terms of industry quality, it has been acknowledged internationally
and 350 companies operate according to industry standards such as the CMMI,
CMM, and/or the Mexican norm MOPROSOFT, among others with interesting increase
within the industry.
Furthermore, according to available data from specialized firms such as
Gartner and Forrester, Mexico
is also within the five first world places as TI providers with annual exports
with estimated increases of two digits for the next years. Within this, Mexico is
considered by big industry investors as one of the main destinies for
investment, out of a sample of 148 countries.
According to the UN’s report of creative economies, Mexico has also
become a one. This study measures the creative industries’ contribution to GDP
and includes sectors’ activities related to popular knowledge and cultural
legacy, or handcrafts and cultural festivals, to technology, software and
services sectors. In its 2010 study, Mexico
appears as the first creative economy of Latin America
and one of the 20 most important worldwide.
Advances reached in this Mexican industry are the result of an intentional
collaboration between de Mexican government and the industry, mainly through
the creation of a support program called PROSOFT and an initiative to promote
the country as a world class alternative for nearshore in IT solutions (MexicoIT),
that has certainly given as a result a Mexican service offer cost competitive
and with the highest quality.
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