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Security's Zero-Sum Salary Game
News  |  10/27/2006  | 
Does it seem you can't get a raise, no matter what you do? Well, you're not crazy
Australian Company Fined
News  |  10/27/2006  | 
Sophos has welcomed news that an Australian company and its director have been fined a total of 5.5 million Australian (AU) dollars
Nearly 1.5 Million Back-Office U.S. Jobs Seen Moving Abroad
News  |  10/26/2006  | 
The Fortune 500 could save $58 billion annually if it shifts about half of its general and administrative workforce abroad over the next decade, a Hackett Group research study finds.
Security, Cafeteria-Style
News  |  10/26/2006  | 
This application of biometrics keeps you from losing your lunch
Physical Security, Networks To Converge And Move Offshore
News  |  10/25/2006  | 
This is a longer-term proposition, experts said at a conference this week, and cost savings will likely take at least three years to realize in most companies.
Maltreated H-1B Visa Holders: Fact Or Fiction?
Commentary  |  10/25/2006  | 
A few IT body shops seem to be coercing their H-1B visa-holding employees from quitting with the threat of legal action.
U.S. Tech Workers Share Their Outsourcing Pain
Commentary  |  10/24/2006  | 
Last week, I invited readers of this blog to e-mail me with accounts of how they've personally been affected by outsourcing. I received many responses (several of them of unprintable). Below are excerpts from a few, with names withheld. Regardless of where you stand on the outsourcing issue, it's undeniably causing pain on an individual level.
IT Jobs In Jeopardy To Enemy Within
Commentary  |  10/19/2006  | 
If you've got a well-paying IT job in one of the traditional centers of technology like Boston, New York, or San Francisco, you and your coworkers have had to withstand the increasing outsourcing of jobs to emerging nations in recent years. But it may be more likely you'll be losing your job to someone in Omaha, Neb.
The Unemployable Majority: India's Talent Shortage
Commentary  |  10/17/2006  | 
The New York Times has a piece on the looming tech labor shortage in India, and it includes a stunning conclusion from a report from the IT services industry trade group Nasscom: Only one in four engineering grads in India is employable, based on tech skills, English fluency, and teamwork and presentation skills.
IBM's Global Ambition Draws Fire From U.S. Workers
Commentary  |  10/17/2006  | 
One of the tech industry's true heavyweights, IBM is the very definition of a multinational corporation. Its operations span the globe, and it's committed to building out its workforce in emerging countries like India and China. But there's growing evidence that the company's U.S. workers are feeling left behind, and that can't be good for IBM or its customers.
Data Suggests The U.S. Programmer Job Decline Has Leveled Off
News  |  10/13/2006  | 
But there's no sign of growth in the profession.
Infosys CEO: Data Security In India As Strong As In U.S.
Commentary  |  10/11/2006  | 
Infosys CEO Nandan Nilekani takes exception to media reports that India's outsourcing industry is rife with data thieves and hackers. During a conversation I had with Nilekani Wednesday morning, the chief of India's second largest outsourcer insisted that information security in his country is at least as strong as it is in the United States, and that hacking and identity theft are global problems.
India Weighs Tougher Cybersecurity Laws After TV Expose
News  |  10/6/2006  | 
Following a U.K. documentary claiming India's outsourcing industry is infested with hackers and identity thieves, Indian authorities are feeling the heat to push through proposals that would toughen security.
Bangalore Strike Shows India's Outsourcing Industry Has Come Of Age
Commentary  |  10/4/2006  | 
Operations at many of India's major outsourcing companies ground to a halt Wednesday after public-sector workers in the tech hub of Bangalore went out on strike. But contrary to some predictions, the sky didn't fall. Most of the affected vendors simply shifted work to parts of the country that were untouched by the labor action, proving that India's outsourcers are maturing to a level on par with major multinationals like IBM and EDS.
Strike Halts Work At India's Outsourcing Tech Hub
News  |  10/4/2006  | 
Software companies and outsourcers implemented business continuity plans as the city ground to a halt amid a general strike called by government employees.

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