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The Truth about Offshoring

What You Can and/or Should Do
Herb Krasner, senior faculty member at the University of Texas at Austin

According to Silicon Graphics CEO Robert Bishop "US software developers are now competing with everyone in the world who has a PC". Offshoring is a hot topic among US software developers today that is often touted in the press as yet another "sliver bullet". In 2004 it was estimated that 100,000 computer related jobs have moved offshore. In 2005 that number is estimated to be 125,000 additional jobs offshored. Cost reduction is the most often cited reason with the differential typically between 2-5X. IT and simple programming tasks have been the focus of attention. However IT workers in India reported double-digit salary growth last year while similar jobs in the US have had stagnant if any growth. There are many issues involved that affect the sucess of offshoring efforts, e.g. real cost/benefit, quality, IP, etc. What is the truth about how is it actually working? Is there anything that a US software professional can/should do about the situation? The software offshoring movement is part of a larger global business trend and according to Harvard Econonmist Jeffrey Sachs, "by 2050, China and maybe India will overtake the US economy in size." We need to understand this future and prepare for the next 25 years of our careers. This talk will lead a discussion to identify a set of possible strategies for action.



About the Speaker

Herb Krasner, is a senior faculty member at the University of Texas at Austin, and the Director of the Software Engineering Industry Affiliates Program. He is also a successful software excellence consultant. His personal mission, spanning several decades, has been to enable the development of superior software, and to stamp out poor quality software, wherever found. He is best known for his leading edge work on modeling the costs of software quality, reporting the ROI data for software process improvement, coaching organizational improvement programs and reporting the results from his empirical studies of professional programmers. He has published over 55 papers, articles and book sections, has spoken at many professional conferences and meetings, and is active in professional organizations and societies.
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Steven Teleki,
Oct 16, 2008, 4:35 PM
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