Outsourcing Deals Need Prenups
Regardless of who is right or wrong in Sears' courtroom battle with Computer Sciences Corp., the case shows why a solid prenuptial agreement is necessary when crafting an outsourcing deal.
IBMers To Protest Cuts With 'Moment Of Silence'
If you need to reach tech support at IBM this coming Monday, you might not get through if you call between 1 and 1:10 p.m. Eastern. That's when an employee group, upset over IBM's plan to lay off up to 13,000 workers, is asking colleagues to observe a companywide "moment of silence."
H-1B Admission Rose 2.3% In 2004
The number of existing and new H-1B visa holders entering the United States rose by 26,325 to 386,821, with an estimated one-third employed in IT-related jobs.
Offshoring's Ebb Tide
The authors of a new book argue that IT outsourcing will come full circle and that U.S. workers will ultimately benefit from the practice. Douglas Brown and Scott Wilson, in The Black Book of Outsourcing, note that rising costs in countries like India and China, combined with the management headaches presented by offshoring, will combine to limit the number of U.S. jobs that ultimately end up offshore.
What's Strategic About Outsourcing?
The answer to that question could be: maybe not enough. Many companies remain fixed on focusing on the cost question, and perhaps not enough on the opportunity's value.
European IT: What Angst?
One wonders what is going on Over There. On the one hand, Europe has long been ahead of the United States in technology areas as diverse as mobile computing, open systems, and standards in general.
One research firm is suggesting that mobile-phone usage is going to surpass 100% in Europe very soon.
India Outsources Aircraft Manufacturing To U.S.
U.S. workers at Boeing who log some overtime over the next year helping to fulfill the company's $7 billion aircraft order from Air India might have offshore IT outsourcing to thank for their fatter paychecks-indirectly, at least.
Middle America And H-1Bs
With high-tech executives predicting a domestic IT labor shortage and workers' groups adamantly opposing the use of offshore workers and H-1B immigrants, middle America is emerging as, well, middle ground in the debate.
Onshore Outsourcing: Made In America
Startup Rural Sourcing has an alternative to offshoring: outsource IT work to smaller U.S. cities. The pitch? It's still cheap and helps American workers.
Outsourcing, Caps, And A Ship Of Fools
There has been much kvetching lately about the need to find more qualified IT workers, led by none other than Microsoft CEO Bill Gates and his homeboys. Also in the news, at least two efforts to address the issue: on the one hand we have Congress approving what amounts to an additional 20,000 H1B visas,
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Outsourcing The Lunatic Fringe
Any serious debate-on religion, politics, sports, the outcome of American Idol-inevitably breeds extreme positions and behavior. It's hardly surprising, therefore, that this holds true for offshore outsourcing.
On one side, representing the "My Job Went to India" camp, is Steve Relles. A family man from Delmar, NY, Relles is now known as the Delmar Dog Butler. He told Reuters over the weekend that his programming job was offshored and that stooping for dog poop is now the best he can do. He ma