The impact of H-1B visa fee hike on Indian outsourcing industry
August 23, 2010

The recent US decision to hike H-1B visa fee is blatantly discriminatory and this is some thing on which both the Indian outsourcing industry and government hold the same view. Not only is it seen as a retrograde move likely to have a negative impact on Indian outsourcing industry, but also as one that will do more harm to US interests than good. Also there is a growing feeling in India that every time Obama’s ratings plunge on account of economy issues, or there is an election around the corner the administration turns its guns on the Indian IT industry, blaming it for loss of jobs. This is reminiscent of the way the US used to be blamed by left leaning politicians of India some years back for everything ranging from inflation to drought. Read more

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U.S. Hikes Visa Fees For Overseas Workers; Angers Indian Outsourcers
August 15, 2010

The outsourcing industry, one of India’s flagship industries, responded vehemently to a U.S. law that is designed to toughen the control of the Mexican border. It will also spike visa fees for American work visas. Many Indian IT graduates are employed on the work visa by companies in the U.S. India is among the top outsourcing locations and has dominated the outsourcing landscape for the last decade. Read more

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Why Intel’s Andy Grove is wrong about jobs in America (Part II)
August 2, 2010

We recently pointed out several reasons why Andy Grove, the man who built Intel into what it is today, was both right and wrong in a thought provoking opinion piece he had written for Bloomberg about making jobs again in America where he argued that the USA should levy an extra tax on the use of offshore labor and implement other protectionist type measures. However, the history of Intel, especially that of its presence in the Philippines, is a good case in point that shows why Andy may be right about the symptoms and problems facing America, but also why he is completely wrong with his prescription for a cure. Read more

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Why Intel’s Andy Grove is right (and so completely wrong) about US Jobs
July 19, 2010

Andy Grove, the businessman and entrepreneur who built Intel into what it is today, has written a thought provoking opinion piece for Bloomberg about making (or perhaps re-making) jobs in America where he argued that the USA should levy an extra tax on the use of offshore labor and if this results in a trade war, then America should fight to win it. What makes the article all the more interesting and perplexing (also noted in the Wall Street Journal by James Altucher) was how Andy could be right about so many things and still manage to develop a completely wrong conclusion. Here is what Andy is right about and what he also fails to mention: Read more

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Java & MySQL Thrive Under Oracle
July 17, 2010

According to a recent developer survey finding from Jaspersoft, an open-source business intelligence supplier, there has been little damage done by the acquisition of Sun Microsystems by Oracle. The report reiterates that Java and MySQL appear to be doing well n their abode. Read more

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Outsourcing IT Makes Horse Sense
July 14, 2010

Despite the controversy regarding outsourcing, IT outsourcing is catching on among U.S. firms. There are a few reasons why. Read more

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Outsource yourself to China as a fake white executive
July 14, 2010

CNBC plus the Atlantic Monthly have reported about another odd story involving “fakes” and China, only this time its not fake DVDs or purses but fake white executives. Apparently, white guys from the USA and other Western countries are being hired there as fake executives in order to bring the appearance of the Western world into the Chinese business world.  Read more

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The BP oil spill disaster: How not to outsource
July 8, 2010

Stefan Stern has recently written a thought provoking column for the Financial Times about BP and the trouble with outsourcing. And although Stern is clearly a critic of outsourcing, the whole BP Gulf of Mexico disaster clearly showed how not to outsource and what can happen when the unexpected is not taken into consideration when outsourcing. Read more

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Will the Indian state fix or further strangle its education system?
July 2, 2010

Barun S. Mitra has recently written a thought provoking op-ed in the Wall Street Journal about how the Indian State is trying to regulate innovation out of the educational system by strangulating it. To first put things in perspective, Mitra acknowledges that India’s education system and its engineering schools in particular produce some of the world’s brightest graduates for its increasingly knowledge-intensive economy. However, he also cited some of the following and somewhat shocking facts and statistics about the vast majority of graduates and the workforce that India’s education system currently produces:

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Does US want or need Indian brainpower?
June 17, 2010

In early 2009, a Washington Post article by Vivek Wadhwa about the reverse brain drain in the USA mentioned fed up would-be immigrant Girija Subramaniam – an Indian who earned her master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Virginia in 1998 and then joined Texas Instruments as a test engineer. She had wanted to stay in the USA and had applied for permanent residency in 2002 but had been left in immigration limbo. Even worst, if she had accepted a promotion or left her employer to start her own company, she would loose her place in line. Fed up, Wadhwa noted that she had applied for fast-track Canadian permanent residency and was expecting to move to Canada by the end of the year. Read more

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