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Why Offshoring Software Development Will Fail

Nov 14, 2008, 22:05 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John Miano)

"Of course in the ideal offshoring model, the high-level design work remains in the U.S. Then where do the skills to do high-level design work come from? If all the programming work is moved overseas, there will be no place to learn the software development process and reach the point where one can be a software designer.

"We see the same narrow view on Wall Street where they believe they would be able to be the center of deal making if the U.S. offshores everything but Burger King and lawn services. I know of a management consulting company whose “offshoring practice” produces glowing reports on the benefits of offshoring to the U.S. economy. The same company has produced a report on why America needs to protect Wall Street from being offshored. (Would America be better off with a solid manufacturing base and Wall Street offshore, or offshored manufacturing and a Wall Street in need of bailouts?)"

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