Offshore getting a little closer

May 3, 2005

There’s a new start-up on the horizon (literally) called Seacode that promises to change the outsourcing game. If you’ve accepted the issues involved with outsourcing, then you’ll probably agree that this is one heck of an idea. From my days consulting for Vendor Management & Outsourcing at Experian.

For all of you refusing to talk about outsourcing, here are the problems you get with cheap labor half-way around the world:

  • You have to wake up at 3 am to talk to the team
  • You dictate over a speakerphone but never discuss
  • You never keep the same team for more than 3 weeks
  • So now you’ve got a ship sitting in the same time zone of your office, that you can get to in a couple hours, and they’re committed to be there for 4 months! To top it off, I can only imagine how happy some computer programmers are going to be working where many people vacation.

    You know Google loves this idea because of the effort they set forth to keep people at the Googleplex. They spend millions trying to keep smart people at work. Now they can put them on a boat in the middle of the ocean with a computer and a buffet dinner.

    With all that hype, I don’t think it will work. The 3 guys trying to pull it off aren’t smart enough. At best they’ve got a business plan – no money, no boat, no contracts, no protection. How can you have a great business idea and give it away like this? You’ve setup zero barriers to entry, and it’s only a matter of time before someone like Google or Microsoft eats your lunch.


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