re: General Motors' Big Bet On U.S. Tech Talent
GM's insourcing plans are well timed -- considering several years of North American companies' outsourcing of IT jobs combined with a 4-year bad economy -- both of which followed post-Y2K job reductions in IT and the dot-com crash. GM and other employers can now shop for top IT talent from the best schools, plus semi-experienced IT pros whose incomes have been reduced due to the factors I stated. The outsourcing of mainframe, legacy programming work has thrown lots of competent, highly knowledgeable IT pros out into the snow and left them there. Innumerable, mission-critical applications written in COBOL will continue to be maintained and enhanced in India. If the work done by supposedly brilliant foreigners who deliver superior results (clean, understandable, efficient, working code) is on time and cost-effective, then that's the new standard for U.S. workers to match. However, swapping out mediocre productivity by U.S. workers for equal or inferior work is unacceptable.