Is IT Offshoring an Overhyped Myth?
Dec 01, 2008, 20:34 (6 Talkback[s])
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"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."