- How long has Cleverti been in business?
Cleverti was founded in 2010 and we have walked side-by-side with many clients ever since. Over the years, companies from 10 countries and more than 15 industries have developed and maintained their applications with Cleverti, taking advantage of the increased responsiveness to software projects we provided them. Having recurrent clients for 7+ years makes us proud and encourages us to keep improving: our 100% success rate is no more than a reflection of their own successes.
- Which countries do you work with?
Our clients come from a dozen different countries: Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the UK. Because they are based in Europe, our clients capitalize on a set of nearshore outsourcing benefits, including low time-zone, currency and communication impacts, smooth project follow-up, and high cultural affinity.
- Are you focused on a specific industry?
We work with different business areas and industries. Our project and client range is extensive and diversified, including banking, business consulting, communication, education, energy, healthcare, industry, information technologies, insurance, public administration, retail, sports, and tourism, to name a few. More than a common trade, our clients have a common goal: develop top-quality software applications with faster time-to-market and lower investment. That is what we help them to do.
- How many people are there in your team?
Our team comprises around 30 people, including developers, testers, and engineers. We have a great company culture and captivating technology projects, besides excellent working conditions and benefits. This allows us to attract and retain the best talent. Our people work at Cleverti for 3+ years on average. We seek to grow our team continuously and, while ambitious, our goal is to double this number in 2018.
- Are all your engineers/developers based in Portugal?
Yes, we have a single delivery centre in Lisbon, Portugal. Our office is located in the Miraflores Premium Building within a 20 minutes distance from downtown Lisbon and the airport, with an easy access by private and public transportation. Our facilities cover approximately 500m2, comprising workspaces, meeting rooms and leisure areas for the convenience of our employees and visitors. If you travel to Lisbon, feel free to drop by anytime. We will be pleased to offer you some coffee and a Pastel de Nata!
- How do you handle language issues?
Working alongside with clients from 10 different countries makes it hard to have fluent people in as many languages. That’s why we have made English the common ground: Cleverti’s official language is English and all our employees are required to have at least a B2 level under the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Still, in specific cases, we have had native/fluent speakers within project teams and our Clients in French-speaking are supported by a Business Development Manager who is fluent in French.
- What is nearshore outsourcing?
Nearshore outsourcing is a practise that consists in handing over tasks or projects to a specialized company (software development in our case) based in a nearby country, with little or no time-zone differences. The driver behind it is finding the best talent to enhance your in-house skills while saving costs. Proximity between client’s and supplier’s locations, allows a good interaction and wider control over the project, profiting from affinity dynamics such as language, time-zone, currency, culture, and socioeconomics.
- What is the difference between nearshore and offshore?
The main difference between nearshore and offshore is distance. While a nearshore company is located in a nearby country, an offshore company may be located on the other side of the globe. An offshore development team should allow you to have quality applications with lower investment and development time. Of course, a nearshore team is also expected to do that; but since on-site and nearshore crews have closer schedules, interaction is easier avoiding bottlenecks. Language, time-zone, currency, culture, and socioeconomic affinity are additional benefits.
- Why should I nearshore to Portugal?
In the past few years, Portugal has become a tech trend by itself. Hosting events like Web Summit is proof of this. Often recognized as one of the best places in the world to live, work and do business, Portugal has a vibrant tech life, highly skilled people, and great infrastructures. This is especially true in Lisbon, our capital, where a big share of talent is based. As salaries and living costs are lower than in other European cities, nearshoring to Portugal also gives you a competitive edge. Besides, Portugal is a very secure country with stunning beaches, great food, amazing monuments, and an average of 220 sunny days a year. So, the real question you should be asking is: why shouldn’t I nearshore to Portugal?