While I've made it clear that I think both sides on the outsourcing debate have taken their arguments too far, I don't deny that the decision comes down to a money question. The companies that are rapidly pushing towards offshoring are convinced that it will save them a ton of money. What many are finding out, of course, is that it's much more costly, for a variety of reasons (from cultural differences to communication problems halfway around the world). However, now some analysts are saying, beyond the money issue there are other good reasons for offshoring. They even believe that offshoring will help rejuvenate the US software industry by allowing developers here to focus on innovative products, rather than mundane projects that can be outsourced. While I highly doubt that any company is taking that into account in coming up with their outsourcing plans, it is a reasonable response to those who continue to favor protectionist policies that will only make the economic situation worse for the American software industry by making us less competitive.
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