I wouldn’t mind if it meant I can do my telephone banking with someone who understands my accent.
[lo – see the chaos theory in action, a boat anchors in a slightly different place than normal in Asia somewhere, now my bank is unobtainable, my favourite weather site is down, and work enquires have shot up]
I don’t generally worry about off-shoring, Excel/VBA/Finance does not seem to be a key target technology for most providers.
I did once have a client fire us off in preference for some cheap offshore developers, but they came back once they had a quick lesson in basic maths:
Total cost = Time taken x cost per time unit
Halfing the cost per day is a bit pointless if the time taken quadruples. Especially if you are in a hurry. Anyone ever done a non-urgent Excel/VBA project?
I’m sure there are some valid uses for off-shoring and maybe once upon a time it made sense. But in most software development/maintenance I see it as a sign of low class/ignorant management.
Anyone out there feeling the pinch from cheap off-shore labour?