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Links 1 through 7 of 7 by Simon Phipps tagged Outsourcing

I'll believe it when I see it. The whole point of outsourcing in government contexts (and not just IT - think of military security in Iraq) is to push the dirty business of actually getting things done behind a contractual firewall where they can safely shelter under the cover of "commercially sensitive" and avoid being questioned.

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The British Computer Society is in the process of being transformed into The Chartered Institute of IT. This is the wrong direction - it's becoming a club for the Pointy Haired Boss instead of an association to support Dilbert and Alice. The consequence? It's full of talk of outsourcing real computer jobs abroad and wants to serve the people who are doing it. It failed to take any public leadership position over the Digital Economy Bill and rejects attempts to embrace open source. It has no connection to the interests of actual computer professionals any more. For me (a Fellow, for now) it has come to symbolise all that's worst in British IT.

The last-ditch battle to wrest the BCS away from the budget-and-management appartchiks is coming, because an Emergency General Meeting has been called for July 1st. I just hope there are enough real computer professionals still involved to rescue it; my experience of the current leadership suggests it's too late.

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I sat this week listening to the new President of the BCS responding to several unemployed Members in the audience of the AGM and telling them why the new CITP qualification will help them. It won't, any more than the books on outsourcing she had written and gave to them as prizes will help them. Outsourcing is a local tactic that delivers savings to corporations at the expense of the ecosystem as a whole.and this is a great comparison.

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It used to be said that what's good for IBM is good for America. This article looks at the way more and more of the skilled roles needed by companies like IBM are leaving the country.

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I've been hearing stories of extreme fiscal control at IBM for some time, so I can't say this unwelcome news is a surprise.

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