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Speed--Or Lack Of It--Kills

As the global economy becomes stronger, the competitive edge will be data. The company that can collect and analyze market, product, and service data faster and better will have a competitive edge over those that can't. The data will enable companies to deliver products and services to the market fast at a price that the global consumer can afford. --Randal Raymaker

In a previous life, I ran the IT department at a small insurance company. I had similar problems starting back at the advent of the PC, where the actuary and accounting "cowboys" would develop their own systems. Nine times out of 10, their system had such limited functionality or scalability that we in IT redeveloped it. But then we ended up with the same design constraints rather than designing it the right way. It all comes down to IT resources, priorities, and senior management. I, as a VP, wasn't able to curtail these end-user fiascoes because our president enjoyed interdepartmental conflicts.

It's funny that your source is also an insurance company. It must be something during the education of semitech-nical insurance people that makes them want to design systems rather than do their own work. Perhaps colleges should force IT systems design rather than Fortran 101 on actuary and accounting majors? --Dale Van Beveren

Wanting to go faster and actually going faster are two different things. Going faster means having a staff capable of going faster and management willing to get out of their way and make decisions. Quicker decisions and embracing open source's "release early and release often" methodology can build mobility and responsiveness in your IT department that will impress your users. Our motto? You're never waiting for IT. --Tomas Gagne


Outsourcing Is No Threat To Tech Jobs, Survey Says

Maybe you should be talking to the tech professionals, instead of CIOs whose jobs depend on cost-cutting. Oh, their jobs aren't going to India, are they? The manure sure is getting deep. --Dave in Raleigh

If your company has let you go because they moved the work overseas, it isn't minuscule to you. Our company isn't hiring here and only ramping up overseas. So, minuscule or not, U.S. jobs were lost. --Brian

Even if the numbers you quote are close to correct, the rest of their budgets are going to H-1B visa holders. It's all about the money, honey, not the "unavailability of qualified American computer pros." --Greeny

What about companies that outsource to American companies like IBM that then offshore those computer jobs to people in India? Are these indirect offshored jobs counted in these figures? --Robert

I see global outsourcing ratios increasing at my company and my former company. I don't believe the CIO numbers. I believe what I see. --John

Big companies get to offshore and add more H-1B employees because they lobby Congress. If all of us get together and unite, we can influence the political process by putting pressure on Congress to stop this and thus beat them at their own game. We need leaders among our ranks to initiate this movement. --Markv

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