Can outsourcing be stopped?
I have been pondering on this for a while now and the Say no to Bangalore slogan by Obama forced me to find the answer a bit sooner. This will be less of an opinion and more of a conversation. I exhort all our readers to chip and drop in your 2 cents about this.
To give a little background, President of the United States for a change has kept his election promise. Which is good for politics in general and I hope our politicians follow him on this just like they followed him on the twitter and social networking arena. The companies which ship jobs overseas will be taxed more than they were used to. Companies which do research in the States will be given incentives.
Fast forward few months back and there was a scandal in India IT which has jolted the industry but the reading on Richter scale was less than 3. Which means, it did not effect India nor the outsourcing in general. That has opened up significant leaks in the outsourcing industry in general.
It is not all plug and play. Companies cannot bring the work back or choose a new vendor as fast as they chose the vendor to start with. There are lot of things which come into picture. Technical competence, Intellectual property retention or the loss of it, lack of documentation and all the good stuff which ails IT industry.
It is ironic that only few vendors left Satyam and many chose to stay back. Not out of love for Raju’s dream company called Satyam but it doesn’t make any business sense to shift vendors. It is not mugs or T-shirts which you are sourcing. It is programming skills which require people thinking and coding.
With that spiel of mine, I will open it up for trak.in’s readers.
Can outsourcing be stopped? Will Obama have his way? Will Indian IT come out as a different sector which ships products along with services?