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My Interview on Inside Outsourcing

Mix 2008

In the corridors of Mix ’08, Scott Hanselman (PM, Microsoft and Ex-Regional Director) got hold of me & my fellow Regional Director (Delhi) Vinod Unny for an Interview. The topic was on “Outsourcing” and how it affects both sides of the world – we enjoyed talking on this hotly debated topic, hear it out and post your comments below.

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6 Comments

  • Hi Kalpesh, glad to read your views. The audio show was meant to be an open discussion and it is certainly not about any positions or sides. So feel free to post on your thoughts.

  • It was fun listening to all of you.
    Overall, it sounded like difference of culture/country than outsourcing.

    1) Educational differences
    2) Creativity.
    I do not agree with Vinod’s point of view about Indians being less creative. Creativity – how can it be compared?
    If we look at tech stuff, US has an edge because of the 1st mover advantage. Germany has it for engineering. Japan is everywhere in cars/electronics

    So, if US came up with technology – they saw the problems with it & they built solutions. We are just adopting things & not creating it for others to adopt
    for e.g. Cars, Computers, MP3 player, Search Engines etc

    For IT, we came into picture because of our analytical mind/english/cost & the kind of work (which is mostly not rocket science).

    On a side note, I feel – our ancient knowledge is a gold mine (and it is opensource).
    There is no patent on Yog, Ayurved, Scriptures. Our ancestors didn’t feel the need of making money of it (by patenting it) & they did it right.

    3) Consumerism
    Unfortunately, we like following western countries. Producers know this & brand their product with "John blah" or something european & it will sell for sure.
    Thanks to outsourcing, call center, more money available to a teenager than his/her father would have earned.
    so Malls are nothing to be proud of.

    I wish USD will equal INR. The real competition will begin at that time in terms of skill/creativity on a flat ground.
    And then, having a pizza/coffee at mall will look like an effort to do.

    Job loss of people in US is sad. It has happened to them & can happen to us.
    China/Brazil/Russia might take away most of it in times to come.

    I carefully listened to most of the stuff & have put what I felt (while listening) here.
    I do not intend to be critical about anything that was discussed.

    I hope I haven’t offended you in any way. If so, I sincerely apologize.

  • Dear Mr Venkat,

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    Vijay