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March 20, 2007

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Steve

Although bleak from a personal/personnel standpoint, based on the current trends the direction that will ultimately be taken is quite clear - those rolls will be outsourced as the skill sets of the resources currently being used to perform more “menial tasks” are developed to encompass innovation, design, and the like.

I have been reading, "The World is Flat" by Thomas Friedman, and have been a fan of Tom Peters for a while now. Both firmly believe that the natural progression will be from the outsourcing of services to that of knowledge-based work - it's only a matter of time.

Companies will remain competitive through whatever means they choose to utilize as the environment dictates. If faced with an unreliable, incompetent workforce in the US with a highly reliable and motivated workforce in India and China – the decision becomes obvious (from a corporate survival perspective).

The question that both raise; how do we (and our children) remain competitive in a globalized environment?

Outsourcing, to me, makes "global warming" look like just another sunny day in the context of those global issues that are going to most impact our future generations.

Clunk – clunk (that’s me stepping off my soapbox).

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