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Offshoring Jobs 101

As we all know, offshoring seems to be the number one business strategy that firms could think about whenever they want to implement cost-cutting strategies but at the same time still maintain the quality of work that they produce.

In the article entitled Report offers tips to protect your job from offshoring, it talks about the report done by Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) which focuses on the effect of offshoring in terms of employment as well as some tips which could help people from developing countries to be abreast with the growing competition.

Here are some of the results of the study:

    Offshoring statistics

  • offshoring could affect an estimate of 12-14 million jobs in the U.S.
  • offshoring could cause annual losses of 200,000 and 300,000 jobs
  • jobs that are subjected to offshoring could include call centers and business processing ones
  • 61% – rate of UK firms implementing offshoring work
  • 20% – rate of U.S. companies implementing offshoring work
  • 15% – rate of German firms implementing offshoring work
  • 5% – rate of European firms implementing offshoring work
  • 30% – toral rate of the world’s 1,000 largest companies implementing offshoring work

Aside from the statistics mentioned, the report also included tips which could help people in securing their jobs as the offshoring trend continues. These tips include:

  • having a good educational background
  • learning globally used technologies
  • development of teamwork and communication skills
  • honing and training one’s skills

These tips are considered important because high-skilled workers are now transferred and most of it are being relocated to developing countries. In order to take advantage of these opportunities, job applicants and students alike should have the basic knowledge needed to fulfill the said job.

Thoughts and Insights

Offshoring is something that you either hate or love. For people that feels hate towards this word, you need to know that this business strategy would indeed stay in the business world and the best thing that you could do is to cope with it. On the other hand, for those people that feels only love for this business strategy, well, you better do something about this love. Though offshoring offers job in developing countries, one should take note that only quality workers are eligible to apply for this position because they are the only ones worthy of such. Students should be able to study their lessons as well because these things are needed to ensure that you are qualified for the job.

Random Thoughts on Project Management

I recently posted a 5-part special focusing on the different software tools chosen by different IT directors. (read here for more). In line with this, I also stumbled upon a news article expressing another sentiment regarding technological gadgets.

The article entitled Complexity causes 50% of product returns: scientistrevealed that almost half of the supposed malfunctioning products returned by customers are actually in good working condtion. This means that the problem lies on the customer themselves. Most of these people could not easily figure out how these new technological gadgets work thus opting to return these gadgets rather than figure out a way on how it would work.

For the past years, there have been a lot of technological gadgets in the market like mp3s, wireless audio systems, software programs, among others. Instead of making things easier, consumers often feel that operating these things are more complicated. One interesting finding of the study shows that:the average consumer in the United States will struggle for 20 minutes to get a device working before giving up. So much for tenacity huh?

On the other hand, I recently discovered Stephen Seay’s blog which contains relevant and useful information for project management. In his blog, he posted several sayings about project management. Some are humurous while some are indeed true. Here are some of the sayings:
Good estimators aren’t modest: if it’s huge they say so.

The sooner you begin coding the later you finish.A verbal contract isn’t worth the paper it’s written on.

What is not on paper has not been said.

If you don’t know where you’re going, any road will take you there.

If you fail to plan you are planning to fail.

If you don’t attack the risks, the risks will attack you.

A little risk management saves a lot of fan cleaning.

The sooner you get behind schedule, the more time you have to make it up.

Thoughts and Insights

My blog posting for today aims to focus on the funny side of project management. Remember that project management is more than having the specific skills required for the job, it also entails people and communication skills. I think that the article showing ignorance in technological gadgets show how much work firms should focus on informing consumers in the operation of such things. On the other hand, the sayings that I shared with you explains a different side of project management. Though most of the sayings are laced with humor-the thought and message of proper management is carried through and through.