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Bob Burnquist
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Joined: Dec 12, 2005
Posts: 13
Hi guys, im having a good think about where I want to be in the future with roles, and was looking for some advice.

My first question relates to some information a friend gave me. He is working for a huge IT consultancy and says that all their coding is shipped off to foreign countries. He gives me the impression that the future of code will be shipped off to the cheaper labour areas of the world, and that the future for code here (England) will be in technology specialisation. Looking through the names on these boards, this does sort of verify my thoughts.

The areas I am considering my career going are :

1) Project Managment + technical hands on for Web based development
2) J2EE consultant
3) Possibly back to Java development *yawn*

My background since leaving education has been -> 6 months working as a Java developer, and a year of Technical Project Management/Senior Developer in a web company using Java/Servlets/Tag Libraries/JSP/PHP/Web Coding. I have pretty sound knowledge modern Java technologies. I am happy to pick up new languages.

Any ideas as to where I should head for the future?

Cheers.
Sameer Jamal
Ranch Hand

Joined: Feb 16, 2001
Posts: 1870
In my opinion Decision making roles, Project Mangement and System Architect kind of roles will mostly remain with the country which is offshoring the lower end job to cheaper locations.
Bob Burnquist
Greenhorn

Joined: Dec 12, 2005
Posts: 13
Yea thats what I was thinking. I guess to head that way, I just need to get a few more years of management in technical roles under my belt.
Mark Herschberg
Sheriff

Joined: Dec 04, 2000
Posts: 6037
How is it that you thinking Java coding is at risk of being outsourced, but J2EE consulting is not? Presumably a J2EE consultant would work with the developers. As someone who has done project management, I can tell you that is also easier when you're in the same room as the developers and not half a world away.

On the other hand, none of these jobs are currently at any real risk--at least until we get high bandwidth connections to support regular video conferencing.

Outsourcing is overhyped. True, for a simple project I can easily explain I can get someone in India cheaper than in the UK. However, most commercial projects aren't simple and require domain knowledge, and regular interactions with sales, biz dev, product management, etc. The guys in India can't do that as easier as you and the better companies know this.

--Mark
Anand Prabhu
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Joined: Dec 19, 2003
Posts: 299
Originally posted by Mark Herschberg:

Outsourcing is overhyped. True, for a simple project I can easily explain I can get someone in India cheaper than in the UK. However, most commercial projects aren't simple and require domain knowledge, and regular interactions with sales, biz dev, product management, etc. The guys in India can't do that as easier as you and the better companies know this.

--Mark


Bingo. My experience too is that it is overhyped. Though the success statistics between outsourcing projects to local vendors and offshore vendors has been the same in my current company, the difficulties in offshoring because of additional layers, communication gaps, and lack of domain and business knowledge adds to the existing difficulties. And currently, we are seeing a bigger challenge in our offshore vendors, Attrition.
Bob Burnquist
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Joined: Dec 12, 2005
Posts: 13
Cheers guys, i feel reassured
 
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