Thursday, August 31, 2006

China, India and Bangalore - the new order, in that order?

My comment on the Infosys blog:

More interestingly, Richa Govil quotes Silicon Valley and Bangalore as examples of friendly ecosystems to Tech Entrepreneurship and IT professional hiring. (respectively) I'm not sure this has anything to do with an IT outsourcing ecosystem - the only plus for bangalore, and in fact, India, is it's cheaper and skilled engineer force which has been numbed by years of retrograde teaching techniques .(learning by rote, low practical exposure etc.)

You need all three. You need skill, that's what makes you deliver. You need mind-numbness because such work involves long boring processes which aren't fun for the technically passionate individual. And you need cheap, or there will be too many questions.

China has all three, in perhaps as much abundance as India. They only need to get their act together; English skills is their only drawback. In fourteen years, they can bridge that gap, and they already have years of mind-numbness from communism. How can India match their infrastructure?

As for Bangalore within India - ask around in the city about the new commercial "software parks" and whether they're able to get tenants? The answer, my friend, is blowing in the wind.

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