A glance at offshoring discussions

I’ve been reading through some discussions on LinkedIn, regarding offshoring practices as performed by companies located in the US and, oh boy, this topic does bring out some emotions. I don’t know how volatile these posts are, so instead of linking to them directly, I’ll just quote without mentioning any names. I hope they are easy enough to find given the titles.

Let’s start with this sneaky attempt at suggesting some general racial/national problems to analyze:

Should Gartner do research on the quality of code produced in India?

Would you find value if Gartner were to perform extensive research to provide insight into the question of whether Americans write better code than their Indian counterparts? Does code written in India have more OWASP Top Ten vulnerabilities than code written onshore? The perspectives of IT executives and how they make tradeoffs on quality for cost?

While most of the responses are balanced and in good faith, it’s not unusual to see a retaliatory “answer”:

I think Gartner should research quality of code produced in America, exclusively… and Indians should stop writing code on services projects for america.

Let’s take an another topic:

What european country do you suggest to outsourcing/offshoring software development?

While probably not intended to be so, I found these comments quite amusing:

Try outsourcing to the Midwest. (United states).
You’d be surprised at your cost savings over the life of the project.

Or:

How about outsourcing to USA.
Contact -[email removed for obvious reasons]

Way to go! Obviously, not everyone likes peaceful means of promotion/competition, and replies along these lines happen as well:

I’m sorry, with very few exceptions, any US company that outsources/offshores its software development should be boycotted.

The topic is “hot” right now. Different kinds of arguments related to the state of economy are being brought up and I believe what can be found in these posts is just a tip of the iceberg – the moods are probably much worse than that…

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