Are Companies Suffering from Offshore Overload?

Ann All

There are at least two certainties associated with offshoring: Most folks have strong opinions about it, and companies have a rapidly growing number of possible offshore destinations from which to choose.


While both opinions and choice are generally a great thing -- especially when it comes to the vendor selection process -- we wonder if some folks aren't experiencing "offshore overload."


Chile recently sent a delegation of economic development officials to promote their country in Silicon Valley, reports A consultant quoted in the article says countries like Chile must stress the strengths that differentiate them from offshoring heavyweights India and China, such as time zones and business cultures similar to those of North America.


That's a tough task because of "the sheer number of folks competing," says an IDC analyst.


In a recent blog post, deal architect Vinnie Mirchandani mentions the increasingly long lists of offshore candidates that his clients submit for consideration.

If you are a CIO looking for IT infrastructure services, if you are a CFO looking for F&A BPO services, if you are a ISV CTO looking for product engineering services in India, or in E. Europe - each vertical, geography, service line has so many large and boutique providers.

While he titles his post "Take advantage of the bounty," he also notes that companies can suffer from "analysis paralysis."

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Jun 28, 2007 1:37 AM vinnie mirchandani vinnie mirchandani  says:
clarification - in the infrastructure deal above no offshore firm was considered. In the offshore product development area only 1 large western firm qualified etc. Depending on market/service line finding the right firm is not easy, but worth the effort. I find many clients are willing to cast a wide net - like the one I quoted which looked at 30 US, European India, S. American, Chinese etc firms. Reply

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