Is Outsourcing Safe?

We’ve all talked about outsourcing jobs overseas and how it impacts those people losing jobs because of it. However, there is another consideration to be made. How safe is it to have your programming work completed elsewhere? There is a thought-provoking article written by Marcus J. Ranum (see article). In the article, Marcus makes several good points.

  • Chief Technology Officers (CTO) frequently ship mission-critical programming work to places like India because the labor is cheaper.
  • India and Pakistan have had nuclear missiles fueled and crews standing by the launch buttons
  • Many of the most unstable parts of the world are where much of the “cheap” work is located.

With much detail, Marcus asks the tough question: Is it really a good idea to trust important work to countries amid such instability? Read the article and let me know below what you think about it.

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