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- Harvey Nash -- Far Ahead of the Outsourcing Curve
- Throwing Money & Opportunity across Our Borders
- H-1B Update: Immigration Reform Bill Fails to Pass
- Path to CEO: How IT Cultivates Business Leaders
- H-1B: Immigration Reform Should Not Prevent Brain Gain
- The Media Buzz on Harvey Nash’s Survey
- Even the Snow Was Whiter in My Day
Harvey Nash -- Far Ahead of the Outsourcing Curve
In the world of technology and innovation, being first can make you a legend. Consider the Wright brothers or Steve Jobs, who (despite fields of contemporaries working and succeeding at the same time) became household names because they were “the first.”
My industry, the IT services industry, may not be the staging ground for grandiose legend-making, but we at Harvey Nash continue to innovate far ahead of the industry pack. Take for example offshoring. A decade ago when IT services businesses were flocking to India as a place to deliver lower-cost solutions, Harvey Nash decided to go to Vietnam. Today, we run three world-class development centers in Vietnam that employ more than 2,000 IT specialists.
As Paul Smith, Harvey Nash Global Managing Director-IT Outsourcing, writes in his blog, Harvey Nash was “literally the first offshore software development company to open up” in Vietnam. Now global powerhouses like Intel, IBM and Microsoft are today heading to Vietnam and advisory firm PWC just named Vietnam an offshoring destination of choice over India and China.
But rather than rest on our laurels, we continue to push forward and innovate. In the U.S. marketplace, our latest push forward was last week’s acquisition of Atlanta-based TechDiscovery. With TechDiscovery, we have achieved our vision of becoming a full and comprehensive “Right Shore” IT services provider. The addition of TechDiscovery’s proven onshore development, deployment, integration and maintenance solutions means that Harvey Nash can now deliver the full spectrum of IT services on the shore that makes the best business sense for our clients. It’s what’s called the Right Shore approach to IT services delivery.
Again, we are in very good company as we strengthen our IT professional services capabilities within Atlanta’s technology hub. Leading IT services businesses are expanding in this area of the U.S. Take for example Wipro Technologies’ recent announcement that it will soon open a software development center in Atlanta. Wipro Technologies’ U.S. expansion underscores the importance of being able to deliver services in locations that best suit each customer’s specific timeline, budget and resource and management needs.
From Vietnam to across the U.S. to right inside the IT departments of our clients, Harvey Nash is equipped and resourced to deliver world-class IT application, infrastructure, consulting and staffing services to a global clientele. We have chosen to expand our capabilities onshore because it is our belief that today’s businesses will always need a range of delivery options (onsite, offsite, nearshore and offshore) due to changing business strategies, timelines and budgets as well as the dynamic nature of the global marketplace.
And while this expansion is a milestone for Harvey Nash, we are not slowing down one bit. Stay tuned for more innovations to come…Harvey Nash is always on the move.
Throwing Money & Opportunity across Our Borders
Where will American businesses go when they can no longer bring the skilled global workers they need here to work? This month, Microsoft provided us with one possible answer: Canada.
In early July, Microsoft announced that by the fall of 2007 it will have opened a software development center in Vancouver, Canada, which is less than 150 miles from its global headquarters in Redmond, Washington. It’s close to Microsoft and close to the U.S. But, it is still on the other side of the border, which puts the U.S. on the losing side of this opportunity.
As Deborah Perelman explains in her eWeek article, “Uh-O Canada: The Newest Nearshore Threat?” one of the key reasons for the move was frustrations with the numerous challenges in bringing skilled global talent to work in the U.S. So instead, Microsoft, one of the crown jewels of American innovation and leadership today, is opening a Canadian location designed to be a beacon for the world’s leading technology talent.
It confounds us all in the IT industry that the U.S. government does not see the losses piling up by complicating and impeding the process of bringing skilled, educated foreign workers into the U.S. Let’s not forget the fact that the U.S. is educating thousands upon thousands of foreign professionals every year at colleges and universities nationwide. Nevertheless, we make it next-to-impossible for the majority of them to stay here and use their education to further enrich American businesses and the American economy.
When American businesses are forced to go offshore, whether it’s just a few miles across our borders or thousands of miles away, innovation and tax revenues are walking out the door along with them. By allowing skilled foreign workers to come into the U.S. to help American companies grow and build, we are investing in the U.S. We are making American businesses, and therefore, America, stronger. The more limits we put on how much innovation can enter our borders, the more American innovators will seek friendlier and more sensible shores.