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InfoWorld: Leveraging a Global Advantage

Apr 21, 2003, 22:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jon Udell)

"As the globalization of software development unfolds all around us, it's clear that dollars-per-line-of-code is but one of the equation's variables. Other factors influencing this view include time to market, the speed with which project teams and resources can be assembled, and the rate at which tools and techniques can be transferred between offshore outfits and U.S and European companies. The Hollywood industry provides a clue about the framework needed to support global software development. In its 1995 story 'Why every business will be like show business,' Inc. stated that the film industry--which assembles on-demand teams that work to achieve predictable results under time and budget pressure--defines an organization model that will be co-opted by other industries in the future.

"But another model exists that is more directly relevant to software development: the open-source movement.

"'It's no accident that all significant open-source projects are global,' says Andy Singleton, founder of Needham, Mass.-based Assembla. 'That thought should be stuck in the mind of anyone who wants to produce world-class software...'"

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