[REBOL] (off topic) Article Discussing Offshoring
From: brett:codeconscious at: 8-Aug-2003 22:10
> Interesting article discussing the off-shoring of US IT:
Also, Australia - and I'm sure other countries have similar issues - another
effect to categorise under the globalisation phenomenon.
> Amongst other issues, Bob Cringely seems to believe that companies may be
> missing the best value, and that is leveraging the more productive worker.
I think Cringely's article is a good read, but leveraging the productive
worker is not exactly a new sentiment. IT people in particular are fond of
it (e.g me) because one likes to identify with being that productive worker.
He doesn't mention that companies don't necessarily like the "hero". To the
company, the hero is a potential single point of failure in their system.
Companies are systems like software modules. Predictability is what is
required. If it don't work IT people will rewrite their modules or make
changes, whatever at the drop of a hat - companies are "rewritten" or
similarly I believe.
Numbers are compelling and have the appearence of being objective. An
interesting idea is to put yourself in the position that a large company
finds itself in now. Lets assume you have a $60K a year contract to do work
and lets say thats what you need to live on - ie its a salary. Now you have
the opportunity to employ someone at $6K a year who will do the work you
give them. You would have to feel yourself to be very productive, not to
consider employing that person so that you are free to find another $60K
Don't forget commoditisation - an extremely powerful trend. Commoditisation
in IT? Packages. Corporate IT development - dissappearing, in favour of
software houses selling back to corporates. This is the modularisation of
companies, cohesion and coupling again. We didn't really need online
Application Service Providers to do that, though ASP is a natural evolution
once the networks are beefier and MS has gained critical mass with their
Terminal Services on the desktop/personal device. Y2k was a big trigger.
Companies paid bucket loads, paid via their own savings in computing jobs
and were probably very annoyed to get locked into to more firewalled
information and outsourced contracts - but hey - that's best practise. Of
course the software houses and consultants are best placed to do the
offshoring - so it all works out pretty well.
> certainly figured out several years ago what helps speed productivity for
Your own thinking? Do tell... :^)
I've just recently formalised my non-full-time-employed status by starting a
company, which out the outset is providing billable hours (mine) as it first
product - though other streams would be nice in the future. So I don't
believe all is lost. "Niche" is the word. I figure there is always gaps
created between, and as a result of, the big trends and I've heard enough
from my friends in corporates to know there are always jobs to do locally.
I'm still stand stupified when someone says to me
X-huge-multimillion-dollar-global-company needs Excel and a typist to fill a
critical information control gap in their system. This is the 21st century
for goodness sakes!
Some more reads:
A relevant opinion piece.
PDF on the experience of an Australian bank doing development in India - not
too long - worth a look for their insights.