The Offshore Outsourcing Trend
Perhaps no single issue has roiled IT pros as has the trend to offshore outsourcing, which can become charged with national animosities and class resentments. We believe that, as attractive as erecting a fence around Americas IT personnel resource might seem, its illogical and would be impossible to implement. IT pros must learn skills that are in demand, and they must also learn to manage offshore work. Business leaders, however, must realize that the savings of offshoring can be illusory and that securing data on a global scale is inherently difficult. A more serious issue for Americans is our educational system, which must turn out a higher-skilled tech work force. Parents, teachers unions, school boards, and state and federal agencies must stop finger-pointing and act. At risk is the loss of tech leadership, which, once lost, will not be easily regained.We welcome your comments. Send them to eWEEK@ziffdavis.com.
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