An interesting and stimulating brown Bag Lunch was held on the 9th October at our Hall.
Hugh Christey, Sales Director Telesens Ltd, gave a talk entitled Offshore, Nearshore, Onshore or Unsure - Where is Software Development Going. His classifications covered definitions of Outsourcing, Off/Near Shoring, Offshoring and Onshoring, Inshoring and Backshoring.
The history of outsourcing was also covered, including the recent trend for bringing some activities back onshore and in-house. The European context was explained and it was interesting to note that UK companies are 50% more likely than their European equivalents to outsource their entire software development function.
The scale of demand and the limited supply within the UK highlighted the continuing need to outsource and offshore and the urgent need to produce more UK IT graduates. It was sobering to find that the UK produces 8k per annum and India 870k – as percentage of population that is UK 1.29% India 7.19%. There was animated debate on whether it was even worth trying to move to a tenfold increase as this would still be a small number. The agreed outcome, however, was that we must do all we can to improve the UK numbers. The topic of risk was debated and a number of the old positions seem to be changed with the Russians being seen as less of a security risk than in the past. The growth of the Ukraine and the Philippines was noted and the concept of different Countries being suitable for different types of development was discussed (the Philippines being particularly good at customer facing applications)
These are just a few highlights from this stimulating session. Hugh concluded with an offshore dynamic enforcement model and the conclusion that “Right-sourcing” is the way forward – Onshore for security and vital apps, Offshore for scale and Nearshore for specialization and cultural fit.
Telesens Ltd is an international company headquartered in London, with a development centre in the Ukraine and a highly qualified staff of more than 100. Hugh Christey is a Freeman of WCIT - he is contactable on firstname.lastname@example.org and (m) 07711 625135.