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Tuesday, August 05, 2003


Glenn Reynolds has been doing an interesting series on outsourcing. From my experience in the industrial world, it seems that outsourcing is a good idea for menial programming tasks, but not for mission-critical ones. No business in the world can afford to have programmers writing code without understanding the business domain in which they are working, and Russian and Indian workers detached by thousands of miles cannot provide that. In fact, in my field (aerospace), the trend is towards insourcing. In fact, we will not even hire telecommuters because the managers want people within the company that understand the business. It is apparent to me that this trend is cyclical, and we have hit the trough in job losses due to outsourcing, although other factors (namely consolidated job functions and elimination of waste) may contribute to further job attrition.


.: posted by Dave 8:33 AM

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