We once consulted with a company that wanted a QA center in a specific location because it was a short plane ride from their local headquarters.
In our opinion, the targeted location would be unable to support the skill sets and other requirements of the client, but they were insistent that they wanted a “nearshore” team.
We ended up not working with the company, and they established a two-story QA center in their desired location.
A year later, they faced significant collaboration challenges, even though their teams were distributed across just two floors.
Regardless of whether your teams are distributed across a building or the world, what matters are solid processes and tools for distributed collaboration.