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Is IT Offshoring an Overhyped Myth?

Dec 01, 2008, 20:34 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by James Maguire)

"More and more, he says - in a view strongly correlated by tech hiring agents - IT department want workers who are well rounded. They want business and interpersonal skills.

"If you look at the skills that companies are looking for, for entry level positions as well as mid level positions, technical skills aren't high on the list." It's as if technical skills are a given, and now, according to the SIM survey, employers want strong written and oral communication, critical thinking, creativity and innovation, project leadership, and good collaborative skills.

"But this list of skills muddies the core argument about offshoring. The US customers who buy IT services from overseas aren't looking for creative problem solving or good oral communication. They're looking for the lowest possible price for competent work. Inarguably, US buyers are willing to put up with weak communication skills and cultural cluelessness to shave 25 percent off the price of a development job."

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