"Futurizing your organization," write the authors of The Offshore Nation, "is all about being prepared, not only on an individual level but also at an organizational level." And what sort of future should organizations prepare for? One that requires diversification (of revenue streams, suppliers, etc.) and vigilant cost control.
Brothers Atul and Avinash Vashistha have years of experience in global sourcing; both are executives at neoIT, a management consulting firm in San Ramon, Calif. They argue that, like manufacturing, services will be farmed out globally, so those organizations that can best take advantage of the trend will be the most competitive. In addition, organizations need to be hyper-flexible because the global economy is increasingly volatile. The book showcases the authors' collective experience; it's filled with case studies, country comparisons and practical advice, such as how to select the best business model for globalizing IT. While offshoring is a complex topic, the book provides a roadmap for getting started. (McGraw-Hill, 256 pages, $39.95)
This was first published in October 2005