Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Tech Professionals Head back to India...

sez Washington Post.
"If you want to be in the latest trends, you have to be in India," said Dutt Kalluri, who heads data warehousing and business intelligence at the information-technology division of Larsen & Toubro Ltd., India's largest construction and engineering company. "Technology development happens in India. Technology consumption happens in the U.S.

Now I know, in the '80s we were all worried about Japan taking over, Rising Sun style, and that didn't exactly happen. Is it really different now with India and China, two superpowers, each much bigger in size than the US?
It feels different, but I don't know.


Matt said...

I think there are similarities to the fear of Japan's rise in the 80's. The IT job market might not be what it was in the late 90's, where basically anyone who could spell IT could get a job in the industry.

People are infatuated with India at the moment, but I've seen from experience that the reality of outsourcing to India is a lot more difficult and expensive than people want to believe.

Anonymous said...

How would you know if it "feels" different... weren't you still a child back then?

Anonymous said...

The major difference with regards to India is the fact that the majority of Indians speak English as well as their native language. This gives them a big advantage over China and also helps to highlight why Japan never became the pre-eminent IT country, since so much R+D happens in the US. Indians can speak English, have great training and often come at a fraction of the cost of an equivalent American. I would say that this spells problems for the US job market in lower level IT.