Date: Wed, 4 May 2005 02:01:54 -0700
Reply-To: RolandRB <rolandberry@HOTMAIL.COM>
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From: RolandRB <rolandberry@HOTMAIL.COM>
Subject: Re: Offshoring
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In the clinical field, writing macros for automating reporting is a
highly skilled task and this level of skill does not currently exist in
India to my knowledge (although they seem to be working slowly up to
that level based on the emails I get about my web site). Once the
system of macros has been written then the amount of work to maintain
them and add new ones as required should lessen (depending on how good
a job was done) and the level of skill required will still remain high.
Because the resources are hopefully reduced then there would be no
great saving in outsourcing the work and what saving might be made is
outweighed by the risk of disrupting the current reporting system
through low-skilled maintenance. But you might usefully outsource the
*using* of the reporting system instead.
That's my current thoughts on the subject of outsourcing but tomorrow
is another day.