This month, we’re excited to spotlight our El Salvador branch, which has been part of WillDom’s growth since December 2019. The office is run by Mauricio Quevedo, who we were able to catch up with to discuss how he got started with us and the benefits he’s seen so far in the relationship.
I’ve been a strong proponent of helping develop the technical talent in El Salvador so that the country can be seen as a viable option for technical expertise by U.S. companies. In fact, before starting my own business in El Salvador, I received a Fellowship from the U.S. Embassy in El Salvador to spend a year in the United States to network with other tech professionals and U.S. businesses to bring more clients and project opportunities back to my home country.
After finishing this opportunity and ending an internship at GenUI in 2012, I came back to start my own company, where I started exporting software development services for American companies. The backbone of this effort was an International Internship Program in which young talent, Salvadoran Professionals, get trained in the United States over the course of one year.
While at a conference in Buenos Aires in 2019, I met Andres Perea, a WillDom director. The timing was perfect, as I was looking for new opportunities and WillDom was able to offer that – especially based on the deep pipeline of U.S. relationships and clients they maintain. El Salvador has a strong connection with the U.S. specially due to their cultural affinity, close geographical proximity, and low language barrier.
After a few months of back-and-forth, my team in El Salvador and I signed on to become a branch with WillDom. For me, WillDom met two critical areas that I was looking for: providing high quality and high paying jobs that reached beyond our borders, and enhancing the visibility of El Salvador as a thriving tech market.
Numerous Benefits: Talent, Collaboration, and Growth
With the El Salvador branch now onboard, there is a good amount of co-learning happening between the local company and WillDom as a whole. We are experiencing how WillDom can best support us, and the numerous benefits our El Salvador as a branch offers to our ecosystem and clients. For example, our team in El Salvador and our colleagues within WillDom were the first to offer the Agile Teams service to customers, working cohesively and collaboratively within the company, and providing the best service for our clients.
Offering a service with a full team that first seeks to understand the technical and business needs and then works towards that goal is an evolutionary approach that transforms the client relationship, and we are proud to have helped kick that off.
After joining WillDom, we not only became engrained in the culture but were able to gain access to the company’s proprietary WAVE platform, which seamlessly helps manage everything from day-to-day activities to client deliverables. My team and I saw additional benefits, including:
- The overall client portfolio has increased by more than 40%.
- Additional services are offered due to our access to WillDom’s growing technical talent pool.
- Headcount increased 50% after joining WillDom projects and clients.
- No dropped opportunities due to the resources provided by WillDom.
- Continuous access to U.S.-based customers and projects.
- Our location allows us to attend clients from PST to EST time zones.
- El Salvador has excellent language skills, so there is not a barrier in communicating with clients, which also helps in the talent recruitment process.
Furthermore, I mentioned that the WillDom business model works perfectly for us – it provides autonomy, but it is a structure that is designed for companies to thrive based on their own expectations and actions. I am thrilled to be part of WillDom and am excited about the future of the company, as well as what we will be able to offer our community and tech professionals in El Salvador.
If you are a company looking to enhance your service offerings, scale effortlessly to take on more clients, and have an established brand behind you to provide the resources you need, we invite you to learn more about how to grow with us and becoming a WillDom branch by visiting our Branches page or follow us on Linkedin to stay updated on company news and trends.