Monster.com Survey: U.S. Employees Uneasy Over Outsourcing
November 22, 2010

According to published reports, the White House and job placement site, Monster.com have come together to raise some questions about job seekers on Facebook. It is unique in that the social networking tool allows for an open discussion for issues related to the government’s policy issues on unemployment and providing jobs. Read more

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Has Obama overcome his aversion to outsourcing to India?
November 13, 2010

Now that President Obama has had a super successful Indian trip with business deals worth $ 10 billion under the belt that will create 50,000 jobs back home in America, will he stop flogging the outsourcing threat? No less a personage than the Prime Minister of India has publicly asserted that India is not in the business of stealing American jobs. If anything outsourcing to India has increased the competitiveness of American firms. And Bangalore is the name of an India city and not a process by which American get laid off-never mind the bad pun. Read more

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Pres. Obama Addresses Outsourcing to India With US-Indian Business Leaders
November 9, 2010

President Barack Obama met with members of the U.S. India Business Council to tackle trade issues concerning India and the U.S. According to news reports, he has taken the bull by the horn in addressing concerns about outsourcing to India. Read more

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The US midterm elections: India, China and outsourcing become attack ad topics
November 9, 2010

The mid-term elections in the USA are just around the corner and as with other recent elections, the heated topic of outsourcing has come up – especially since many of the GOP challengers have business and private sector backgrounds. For example: Read more

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How to outsource research and development (R&D) and innovation
November 8, 2010

In today’s economy, everything is considered outsourceable – including research and development (R&D) and innovation itself. However, the outsourcing of R&D or innovation itself is not actually a new idea or trend. Businessweek noted back in a lengthy 2005 article that businesses were already farming out R&D to cut costs and that companies like Cellon, Flextronics, HTC, Quanta Computer, Premier Imaging, Compal Electronics and Wipro Technologies, while not household names, were fast emerging as leading R&D innovators and designers producing products that end up on retail shelves under the brand names of well known companies. In fact, Businessweek pointed out that during that year’s 3GSM World Congress in Cannes where Motorola, Royal Philips Electronics, palmOne and Samsung all had banners prominently fluttering from the masts of yachts in the harbor along with huge display booths in the convention center itself, Flextronics and Cellon International choose to discreetly display their latest advanced gadgets behind closed doors – to steady streams of executives and visitors from brand name companies. Read more

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India’s IT and outsourcing industry: Becoming more than just body shops
November 4, 2010

The USA and financial services-led downturn has clearly taught Indian IT and BPO firms along with their non-India headquartered MNC competitors some cruel lessons. For starters, companies of all sizes have begun to review IT spending and they are forcing their vendors, most of whom have a substantial presence in India, to become more flexible when they sign contracts. Hence and instead of substantial and upfront capital spending, new payment models now incorporate spending in the form of operating expenditures and more payment for on-demand usage – forcing Indian IT and BPO firms to find new business models in order to move away from their body-shop roots. Read more

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Government regulations & H1-B visas: Is the USA facing a looming hi-tech crisis?
October 28, 2010

Fast Company and CNET have both noted a recent speech by Intel’s Paul Otellini at the Technology Policy Institute’s Aspen Forum where he had dire warnings about the state of the hi-tech industry in the USA. In the speech, he pointed out that at one time, American research centers were without peer and no other country in the world was more attractive for start-up venture capital. Moreover, the USA was at least a generation ahead of the world in IT. However, he believes now that this is no longer the case. Read more

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IBM To Provide Software Developers New Job Opportunities in Gold Coast
October 25, 2010

The Gold Coast in Australia is paving the way for 34 new IBM offices in its Gold Coast operation. This comes as a response to an incentive provided by the city’s Economic Development and Tourism fund. The fund has added long term security to 13 more software development activities.

The director at the Development Lab, IBM, Glenn Wightwick commented that the incentives offered were confidential. However, a spokesman for the Gold Coast council commented that the financial incentives were only for a part of the program, which amounted to a total of $2.5 million in a year.

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Why you can’t stop outsourcing?
October 18, 2010

In most of my blogs I mention somewhere that outsourcing to India from the US and other countries will continue till the time it makes economic sense for businesses to outsource. Proposed legislation against it would not work for the simple reason that businesses are not run on election time contingencies, but are based on the cold facts of efficiency and cost effectiveness. The recent non passage of President Obama’s protectionist legislation may or may not have been foreseen by perceptive analysts, but outsourcing would have continued unabated even if it had been passed. Read more

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IBM Tech Trends Survey: Traditional Developers Do Not Have Skills To Create Apps For Iphone
October 17, 2010

IBM recently did a tech survey , to assess feedback from software developers. The interesting part of this Tech Trends Survey for this year was that when a developer was polled about developing apps for mobile devices like the iPhone or Android, he/she said they were not sufficiently trained to by an iphone developer. Read more

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