In a recent post, Dan Farber talks about a relatively new twist on the outsourcing trend -- "homeshoring." Rather than looking overseas, IT work is farmed out to rural communities. That's a positive trend, and a smart use of talent right in our own backyard.
There's no getting away from the fact that we're using resources from across the globe, be it 12 time zones away or in our own backyards. There's a lot of opportunity with a global reach.
Now, here's another outsourcing trend I'd like to see. Ten years from now or so, work going to Iraq. Yes, imagine bemoaning the loss of IT work to low-cost development shops not in India or Russia, but in Iraq.
Not likely? Remember, economic renaissances have blossomed in what not too long ago seemed the most unlikely of places. A couple of decades back no one could have dreamed that East European, Russian, and Chinese developers would be doing a lot of our IT work. It wasn't that long ago these were militant, calcified communist societies. India was a struggling country, wracked by seemingly hopeless poverty.
The Iraqis are a veryindustrious people, and if the extremists can be put out of the picture,we could see an entrepreneurial-tech renaissance in the region. Times change, and if we end up shipping IT work to Iraq, it will be a welcome outsourcing trend.