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1. Editor's Note: Next Step For Outsourcing
Outsourcing: You either love it or you hate it. Next to Hilary Clinton, it's one of the most polarizing topics around. You never hear anyone take a middle-of-the-road approach. Executives who have embraced this model are wedded to it, and those who are opposed are, well, divorced from it.
The main reason for friction between these two camps is money. The outsourcers are spending money on employees offshore, when there are many viable employees in this country, opponents say. True, proponents counter, but U.S. employees are far more expensive than Indian ones. Those savings can then be passed along to customers. However, recent studies show that there is evidence of salary inflation in those popular offshore locations.
For example, in India, labor costs are much cheaper than in the United States. But rapid growth in that country is pushing labor rates higher, as Paul McDougall mentions in his blog posting, "Beyond Bangalore: India's Next Outsourcing Hot Spots," McDougall discusses companies moving from Bangalore to other Indian cities, such as Ahmedabad. Thinking even further ahead, eventually those areas will also be hit with labor increases. As it becomes less economically attractive to outsource to India, companies will ask, "Where will the next India be?" Some say Latin America, others Eastern Europe. Pakistan is even in the mix.
Because of cultural, language, and time differences, some challenges to developing projects offshore exist. In fact, it's amazing that so many relationships are fruitful. The success rate of these relationships is much greater when they deal with standard rather than cutting-edge technology. Where the business environment is unknown, there may not be available people who have the niche skill set to successfully develop the project, resulting in a higher project failure rate.
Buy-in from the client managers is also important. Do they have a collaborative team environment to manage an offshore project? If so, then there is a greater chance of success. The client must have collaborative team support for project success. If not, then the company has just bought itself a load of aggravation at the expense of a U.S. citizen's job.
Inside Apple's Leopard Server OS
Our Mac expert gives you the inside technical scoop on what we know so far about Apple's new Mac OS X Server 10.5, which will be showcased at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference in June.
Google's Arms-Length Embrace Of Windows Vista
Windows Vista and Google's Web-based applications will coexist on millions of computers as more people make the move to Microsoft's new operating system. That software combo had incendiary potential, but so far no alarms are sounding.
Shimmin On Software: SOA Gets Real, Virtually
Enter SOA virtualization. Well, almost. The notion of tricking a server into running various operating systems or databases within separate virtual machines may be old hat, but it's just now beginning make its way up the stack.
Cingular Launches Mobile Banking
AT&T said Tuesday it has taken a step toward the long-promised notion of phones replacing credit cards, checks, and cash by signing agreements with Wachovia and several other banks.
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