Global product development and global delivery are increasingly becoming more collaborative. The on-shore consultant collaborates the resource-heavy bulk of the work and provides high value especially element to the client and also maintains client relationship. This model helps small and medium-sized businesses and even for start-ups.
Small and mid-size companies with ever tighter technology budgets have limited choices. On one end are the high cost Big consulting companies and on another end pure-play offshore providers (similar to utility companies, with no direct connection to customer needs and business problems) with cost only advantage.