Mexico has become a great example of a developing nation that is embracing technological innovation.
With its high wireless adoption rates and a boom in internet access, the country has been one of Latin America’s pioneers of the “leap-frog” effect, as business and consumer cultures transform to embrace the future and the digital world.
In collaboration with Mexico IT, Nearshore Americas has produced a new white paper that delves into the extent of the digital opportunities in Mexico, and asks whether the country is ready to fully embrace the digital age.
For more information and to download the white paper, click here.
Key Insights and Discoveries
Entitled “Making the Most of Mexico’s Digital Opportunity”, the report explains how Mexico is tackling the challenge of penetrating a continuously evolving technology industry.
Some of the report’s key findings include the specifics of Mexico’s approach to digital innovation, and the role that the private and public sectors are playing in that approach.
Alongside exclusive interviews and comments from key stakeholders in Mexico’s digital economy, the white paper details available programs for rapid skills acquisition, which have provided many benefits over the standard 4-5 year university programs.
Furthermore, the report breaks down Mexico’s biggest challenges and opportunities in digital, with actionable advice on how to approach them, before deep-diving into digital transformation statistics and future forecasts.
The Education Factor
Thanks to its numerous universities and technical colleges, it is clear that Mexico has all the necessary components to develop a large technology workforce, but it still requires a fresh, progressive approach to education to supply enough talent for the digital age.
“The challenge with the approach of a traditional university is that their classes often don’t match theory with practical application,” says Jorge Rivera, board member of Mexico-based University of Advanced Technologies (UNIAT), which has four campuses in Mexico, including two in Guadalajara – one of which includes a high end manufacturing training lab.
Mexico Developing the Required Skills
Global technology research for International Data Corporation (IDC) predicts that in 2019 the demand for digital-related services will account for over 70% of all external services growth, and 40% of total worldwide services spending. This represents a huge chance for Mexico to develop the right skills to service that demand.
In Mexico, where it is common even for large tech firms to hire people based on raw skills and aptitude, skill training is vital to the success of any technology firm. “There are IT companies looking for people, but it can be hard to understand their needs,” says Jorge Villalobos, CEO of 3DMX, Inc., a technology company headquartered in Silicon Valley.
In only a few years’ time, it is expected that most growing enterprises, no matter the industry, will become “digital native” with regard to how executives and employees think and operate, so as Mexico aligns with that impending reality, it stands to gain a true reputation as a powerhouse in the digital world.
To download the free white paper and for more information, click here.