A lot of people use freelance outsourcing at RAC, elance and other services, but are they throwing their money away? Since this week we are on a string of “firsts”, such as the first search engine based in Canada that we are about to release, let’s do another first!
The first white paper study of 3rd party outsourced code to 3rd world developing nations. What are people actually buying? What are the qualifications of these people to write software? We will take samples and analyze them along with answers to a questionnaire that should help people shine some light on this dark and dirty issue.
Are BILLIONS of dollars being put to waste each year on 3rd world programmers that can not complete projects to specifications? This is a massive question with no real answer, until now. Sure there are white papers on huge companies like Microsoft which actually set up code factories in India, or Dell which sets up outsourcing phone support in Malaysia. The difference is, they actually spend millions of dollars on hiring and training these people in house. When x,y,z VC and independent entrepreneur needs help and they don’t want to pay for a typical 85K+ US salary, they may use this service, to disasterous ends with no research done to help guide a positive decision.
So I think the goals of this project are pretty clear now and I hope that the data is useful once published. Look for a blog post with the finished white paper in mid December. I will link to it on this blog and a new “white papers” section of the website will be created to host it.
I hired a sample coder from Malaysia, one from India, and another from Eastern Europe represented by Romania to get a broad slice of what is available and to collect data.
DISCLAIMER: We’re doing this research for all of our customers, future and present. We’re going to let you duck so that we take the swing and hit for you, and give you nice, neat and orderly research stats and summarizations. We’ll let you know exactly how much it hurt. We know the cost of doing business, and we want you to know too.
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