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Came across this article on offshoring

 
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Very interesting
 
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The most interesting aspect of reports like these is they only talk about budgets allocated to outsourcing projects -whether they be offshoring or not-, but rarely or never about delivering ROI (which would include costs for additional/more complicated communication, changes in productivity, changes in adherence to schedules, changes in quality etc.) I wonder why that is.
 
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Originally posted by Ulf Dittmer:
The most interesting aspect of reports like these is they only talk about budgets allocated to outsourcing projects -whether they be offshoring or not-, but rarely or never about delivering ROI (which would include costs for additional/more complicated communication, changes in productivity, changes in adherence to schedules, changes in quality etc.) I wonder why that is.



What is ROI?
 
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It is not rate of interest but return on investment.
 
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I try and read this sort of drivel objectively. However, from my point of view, a better metric is the market.

If IT talent were REALLY that scarce and offshoring really that inconsequential, domestic salaries would be rocketing up dot-com style. I'm seeing remuneration stagnant and sometimes even going down. I can't blame that on post dot-com reality adjustments at this late date.

I'm seeing people worked ragged just to maintain their present jobs where I should be seeing people demanding extra help. I know of no one in the field who actually feels totally secure enough in their position to make such demands.

We had a period between the 2001 recession and the current one where the economy rebounded. People I know weren't feeling any more secure then than now.

I'm not seeing lots of ads for IT positions, indicative of a desperate need to acquire staff even if they have to train them. I am seeing ads with the typical insane laundry lists of "must-have" skills, though not to the degree I did on 2002 (so far).

The one thing I might agree on is that there aren't enough truly skilled people. However, as I've complained for years now, that hasn't stopped employers from hiring mediocre talent at the lowest wage possible and accepting blatantly defective applications as the norm.
 
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