Offshore Job Competition to Increase
U.S.-based IT professionals can expect to encounter increasing competition this year for jobs and project assignments from providers of offshore IT services, according to a recent report from Gartner.U.S.-based IT professionals can expect to encounter increasing competition this year for jobs and project assignments from providers of offshore IT services, according to a recently-released report from San Jose, Calif.-based Dataquest Inc., a unit of Gartner, Inc. The Dataquest survey indicated that while only about 5 percent of the 917 U.S.-based companies surveyed are currently using offshore resources for IT projects, the use of offshore outsourcing will grow at a double-digit rate, well above the growth rate for the U.S. IT services market overall. Just as significantly, the Dataquest study indicated that enterprises are increasingly willing to use offshore outsourcing for more complex projects such as infrastructure management, packaged application implementation and enterprise application integration.
Application design and development continues to be the IT activity for which offshore resources are most commonly used. Just over 60 percent of organizations currently using offshore outsourcing said theyre employing offshore resources for application design and development. Twenty-one percent said theyre using it for infrastructure management. And about 13 percent said theyre using it for packaged application implementation. Almost 40 percent said theyre either using offshore resources now for packaged application implementation or will do so within the next 12 months.