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IBM's Profit May Rise as Shifting Jobs to India Reduces Costs 1790


David Fabian

IBM's Profit May Rise as Shifting Jobs to India Reduces Costs 1791
Robert Kolker Neither statement is very likely true. If you'll The stats provided indicate that, as some suspected...
IBM's Profit May Rise as Shifting Jobs to India Reduces Costs 1792
Robert Kolker Some of it happens to be good work too. If the work happens...

The Great Outsourcing Bubble will burst in due course. I think that in less than five years outsourcin of software jobs will cease. Of course the market position of software labor in this country (USA) will have been largely degraded and software production and maintainance will be just a trade (like washing machine repairing). The illusion of professionalism will have been ended. The warning that software is just a commodity and not the output of professional services has been sounded for at least thirty years and the end to software professionalism started to happen around 1999 because of the Y2K scare. That was the percipitating event that saw a lot of software work shifted to Indian firms.

IBM's Profit May Rise as Shifting Jobs to India Reduces Costs 1793
Kamal R. Prasad That's pretty unlikely. More like $30 an hour for entry level, $50 for experienced ( fulltime employee W2, salary...

Even before that, large firms like DEC (remember DEC?) was hiring a large number of Indian and Pakistani personal. I was contracting to DEC back in 1996 and it was amusing to see Indians and Pakistanis get along like old buddies. In the U.S., almost no distinction was made between Indian and Pakistani personal becasue of nationality so the Indians and Pakistanis found themselves in the same row-boat socially.

Those were the Good Old Days. Software contractors could be earning 50 dollars or more per hour. Database specialists were living the good life (that is how I earned my money). SAP programmers were making almost as much as lawyers for a while (can you believe it?).

I am happily retired now. My retirement coincided with the Great Crump of the the contracting business in the U.S.

By the way, I still get nibbles from contract head shops. Apparently some of the contracting business is coming back to Americans, but at a greatly reduced rate. No more 80 dollar an hour jobs. The days when contract software people would go about the country like itinerant cabinet makers have been better in the past. There are still a few old timers making some money at it, but it is not like it used to be.

Bob Kolker


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