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India And The IT Career Ladder

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1. Editor's Note: India And The IT Career Ladder
2. Today's Top Story: Security
    - Massive Botnet Pillaging Bank Accounts
    -'s First Report Targets Kazaa
3. Breaking News
    - Google's Privacy Win Could Be Pyrrhic Victory
    - Vista Setback Time Line
    - Microsoft Takes New Action On EU Sanctions
    - Sun Releases Open Source Processor
    - Yahoo Launches Instant Message Phone In U.S.
    - Microsoft Office Exec To Take Over Windows
    - Adware Pioneer To Exit Market; Sale Could Lead To Consolidation
    - Eclipse Expands, Urges Shift Away From Windows User Interface
    - IBM Debuts SOA Governance Help
    - Dell: China Shipments Up Over 40% In 1Q
4. Grab Bag: Babies And Words; An E-Mail-Less FBI
5. In Depth: IT Careers
6. Voice Of Authority: Missing Data, Pointing Fingers
7. White Papers: E-Mail Management
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1. Editor's Note: India And The IT Career Ladder

The word "outsourcing" has long caused many technology professionals to shudder. But 10 or 15 years ago, outsourcing still mostly meant moving your IT job from the payroll of one U.S. company to another American firm, like when Dupont in 1997 signed a megadeal to outsource 2,600 jobs to Computer Sciences Corp.

And for those people who transferred to IT outsourcing firms, the move frequently--although not always--provided a career boost. Often, the tech services firms not only invested more in training and professional development than the old employer, but the move sometimes led to promotions, interesting new gigs working for other clients, fatter paychecks, and nice perks.

But now, in the minds of many U.S. tech workers, the words "outsourcing" and "offshoring" mean the same thing: more reason to worry. Of course, even today, not all IT outsourcing arrangements have jobs going overseas, but many do. And at the same time, some big U.S. technology companies, including IBM, Dell, and Capgemini, are planning to add tens of thousands of new jobs in places like India over the next few years.

So, if relocating from Cincinnati to Dallas 10 years ago could've enhanced your IT career, do you think moving from Bangor, Maine, to a stint in Bangalore, India, could provide a similar professional boost? Would you transfer from New York to New Delhi to manage a company's new team of programmers?

How far would you be willing to go--literally--to advance your career or save your job? Please weigh in by responding to my blog entry. And for the latest in IT career news and issues, see our In Depth report below.

Marianna Kolbasuk McGee
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2. Today's Top Story: Security

Massive Botnet Pillaging Bank Accounts
A stealthy bot Trojan has been infecting machines via drive-by-downloads for months and may have infected a million PCs. It aims to pillage personal bank accounts.

Related Story:'s First Report Targets Kazaa
The anti-spyware watchdog group has fired the first shots in its battle against malware. The group dings file-sharing program Kazaa and three other Web apps, and recommends that consumers avoid them.

3. Breaking News

Google's Privacy Win Could Be Pyrrhic Victory
Google won what will likely be just the first battle in a continuing war over requests for its search information.

Vista Setback Time Line
The recently announced delay of Windows Vista to January is the latest in a series of setbacks. Here's a look back at some of Vista's stumbles and scrapes.

Microsoft Takes New Action On EU Sanctions
In a bid to avoid the threatened daily fines, Microsoft said on Wednesday it will provide free, unlimited technical support to companies that license its protocols for workgroup servers.

Sun Releases Open Source Processor
The OpenSparc T1--formerly called Niagara--is a 64-bit, 32-thread processor design for which Sun will provide both hardware and software specs.

Yahoo Launches Instant Message Phone In U.S.
Customers can make calls from their computer to regular phones in 180 countries, for varying rates.

Microsoft Office Exec To Take Over Windows
Steve Sinofsky has led the Office charge for the past few years. He has been characterized as a manager who makes the trains run on time.

Adware Pioneer To Exit Market; Sale Could Lead To Consolidation
Claria's announcement that it will sell its adware business raises the possibility of rivals 180solutions and WhenU making a bid.

Eclipse Expands, Urges Shift Away From Windows User Interface
Eclipse Rich Client Platform offers developers a way to build user interfaces that run across Windows, Mac, and Linux desktops.

IBM Debuts SOA Governance Help
Customers can choose from about 40 IBM products to help invoke, manage, and reuse Web services and set overall policies for service-oriented architectures.

Dell: China Shipments Up Over 40% In 1Q
The country is now he third largest market in the world for the PC vendor, company chairman Michael Dell said during a visit to the region this week.

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5. In Depth: IT Careers

Careers: Using IT To Improve Medicine Here And Abroad
Young CIO uses technology to improve health care in his new job and in poor rural communities of Ghana, West Africa.

EDS Latest Tech Giant To Increase Offshore Hiring
The Dallas provider of IT and BPO services plans to double its staff in Hungary, where it currently employs about 1,100 workers.

IEEE Head Questions Expanding H-1B Program
The president of the IEEE-USA is wondering why Congress is considering increasing the H-1B visa cap from 65,000 to 115,000 when he says there's no real need to do so.

Now Hiring In India: Dell To Add 10,000 Workers, Capgemini To More Than Double
With heavy demand for its workers, will India be able to maintain its sizeable cost advantage over the United States in coming years?

PODCAST: Kana CEO: 'Backshoring' Makes Financial Sense
Why did Michael Fields, CEO of Kana Software, decide to bring technology development back in-house, instead of continuing the outsourcing arrangements established before he joined the company? Listen to this podcast of Stephanie Stahl's conversation with Fields to find out.

6. Voice Of Authority: Missing Data, Pointing Fingers

Larry Greenemeier's Blog: Finger-Pointing Abounds As Customers Are Fleeced
In June, Frank Robertson could be sentenced to spend the next 15 years in a New Jersey state prison as punishment for his role in one of the biggest payment-card frauds pulled off to date. Robertson and 13 other men were arrested in December in connection with a heist that stretches across the United States and into Eastern Europe, with more than $3 million in goods stolen along the way, mostly high-end electronics. The repercussions of this crime will ripple throughout the financial services, retail, and IT industries long after Robertson is put away.

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