Monday, January 29, 2007

Outsource to India or Die! - myth or reality?

The brutal truth revealed in the article "Outsource to India or Die" in the Economic Times has created yet another controversy. It is no myth that outsourcing to India is redefining survival strategies for most companies across the globe - read on to know why.

Microsoft, Intel, IBM, Cisco, Yahoo, Amazon, Google, GE, Reuters, HP, Dell Oracle and many more Fortune 500 companies find outsourcing to India works! Here are seven powerful reasons why you cannot ignore outsourcing to India.

Why Outsource to India?

Outsource to India for technological agility, quality, flexibility, cost control, time-to-market and competitive advantage.

1. India is a talent-rich country:
Outsource IT talent

2. India exports software to 95 countries around the world: Outsource expertise in global methodologies

3. India enjoys the confidence of global corporations: Outsource high quality brain-power

* 82% of the US companies ranked India as their first choice for software outsourcing
* Bill Clinton applauds India's brainpower: says Indian-Americans run more than 750 companies in America's Silicon Valley."You liberated your markets and now you have one of the 10 fastest growing economies in the world," said President Clinton.
* Bill Gates says India is an IT superpower: strikes strategic alliances with Wipro and Infosys to develop applications on the .Net platform
* Jack Welch opens $130 million Technology Center in Bangalore, GE's largest R&D center outside the US: celebrates 10 years of GE Medical Systems in India

4. India Offers Multiple Advantages:

* Outsource to stay competitive. Leading companies worldwide realize that to maintain stay ahead, they need to reduce costs, provide the best quality, use the latest high-tech skills, and be reliable and innovative
* Outsource to a mature industry with world-class systems, systems and quality
* Of the 23 software companies in the world that have achieved the prestigious SEI-CMM Level 5, 15 of them are Indian. India will soon have the highest number of ISO-9000 software companies in the world, according to Nasscom.

5. India has state-of-the-art technologies for total solutions: Outsource turnkey projects

Offshore assignments have moved up the value chain - from data entry to large and complex turnkey projects of 200 to 300 person years.

Applications include:

* E-Commerce
* Business Process Re-engineering
* System Migration
* Maintaining Legacy Systems
* System Integration
* CBI Application

"India, US sign deals worth US $6 billion"

"India bid to boost to bilateral economic ties, with Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee in the US, India and the US have signed five commercial deals worth US $6 billion for projects in power, e-commerce and banking sectors."

6. IT is a major thrust area for the Government of India:

* IT is one of the Government of India's top five priorities.
* The National IT Task Force submitted its 108 point Action Plan to promote IT in the country. The Government of India has approved the plan and is in the process of implementing it.
* A separate Ministry of Information Technology was set up to expedite swift approval and implementation of IT projects and to streamline the regulatory process.
* Information Technology Act 2000: The Information Technology Bill that was passed in the Indian Parliament in May 2000, has now been notified as the IT Act 2000.

The IT Bill brings E-commerce within the purview of law and accords stringent punishments to "cyber criminals". With this, India joins a select band of 12 nations that have cyber laws.

Software Technology Parks of India offer world-class infrastructure and various incentives and concessions to encourage foreign investment and promote software development in India eg 100% Foreign equity is permitted and approved under the Automatic Route delegated powers to The Director STPI, tax holiday until 2010, etc.

7. India has a stable government and is one of the world's 10 fastest-growing economies:

* Fifty years of democracy
* Indian service sector contributes a massive 51 per cent to India's GDP. Within this category, the most promising is computer software export, which grew at an amazing rate of 40-50 per cent every year during the 1990s.
* Excellent investment potential: India ranked third in Asia, just after Japan and China, in terms of investment potential for the next 10-year period in a study by the Export-Import bank of Japan.
* Privatization of the infrastructure sector
* A convergent network is being created by the intertwining of the ISP, Telecom, VSAT, Cellular and networking sectors. India's large business houses and Public Sector Units are working towards creating greater bandwidth availability.

Now that you have seven powerful reasons why outsource to India to survive, why not take the first step and make the decision?

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