At the InformationWeek Spring Conference last week in Amelia Island, Fla., many speakers and attendees talked about their roles in creating borderless enterprises. Whether establishing facilities around the world or tapping a global talent pool, companies told us about best practices, challenges, and concerns with doing business in China, India, and other regions. As the move toward globalization continues, there's less talk of "cheap labor" and "exporting jobs" and more engaging discussions about IT excellence, importing competitiveness, quality, and an increasingly educated global workforce.
At the same time, talks between the prime ministers of China and India last week were aimed at improving ties between the countries. Leveraging India's strength in software and China's strength in hardware could create what Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao called "the coming of the Asian century of the IT industry." Many Indian software developers support the move. "We're urging all our member companies to adopt a China strategy," said Sunil Mehta, VP of the National Association of Software & Service Companies, a trade group for Indian IT vendors, speaking at InformationWeek's conference.
For U.S. companies, the question becomes how to embrace both markets effectively, how to leverage talent here and around the world, and how to make it part of a broader plan for innovation and competitiveness.
For our part, InformationWeek will continue to bring you coverage of global business-technology issues through news, research, and discussion. In December, InformationWeek China was launched, and we're looking forward to further collaborating with the editorial team in Beijing as well as with our other international partners to give you information you need to optimize your global technology strategies.
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