August 9, 2006 E-MAIL PRINT

Trouble in Outsourcing Paradise?

If we're to believe what we've been reading in the press around the world lately, India's Infosys (the company with the latest Dow Jones outsourcing contract) apparently is not the paradise we might have been led to believe. Duh!

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A couple of notes from different vantage points are raising some questions about what's happening over there— and perhaps calling into question the wisdom of shipping anyone's job half way around the world.

Apparently the Indian outsourcing giants can't get enough skilled people.
To try to fill spots, they're hiring people from the US and training them in India. If that's the case, why not just keep the jobs in the U.S. in the first place?

And the "skilled programmers" they do have are being churning out by the thousands with 16-week courses. That raises serious questions about the wisdom of turning over to these companies some the systems that keep Dow Jones running smoothly and efficiently.

First, from AFP Importing American Talent and then, from the Gulf News.

There's been a lot of talk in the hallways and over the cubicle walls about how all this outsourcing is a wave that'll continue no matter what we try to do to stop it, but I don't think that's true. These kind of stories are growing.

We're just seeing the beginnings of "outsourcing failures" and your union isn't about to write-off any job right now.


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