Items tagged with Outsourcing

Over the past 20 years, special effects houses (typically known as VFX studios) have risen from an occasional tool used in science fiction or fantasy movies to a mainstay of the entire industry. The term "VFX" refers to more than the use of Computer Generated Imagery (CGI) -- it also references live-action shots or green screen uses where actors are overlaid with real scenery or backgrounds that are filmed in different locations. Thus, even a movie that takes place in "real life" can rely heavily on VFX. Given that most Hollywood movies now rely so heavily on VFX, you'd think that VFX studios would... Read more...
Globalization is wonderful, and does no harm anywhere, that's what we've been told. But a new study, titled "H-1B Visas, Offshoring, and the Wages of US Information Technology Workers" by Prasanna B. Tambe of New York University - Stern School of Business and Lorin M. Hitt of University of Pennsylvania - The Wharton School aims to dispel "the myth that globalization generates no losers," the authors state. The study's abstract states (emphasis ours): Our estimates indicate that H-1B admissions at the current levels are associated with a 5-6% drop in wages for computer programmers and systems analysts.... Read more...
How about that?  Microsoft gave Yahoo! a hard deadline, and Yahoo! fires back, outsourcing Search Ads to Google.  Granted, it's a limited trial.The test will last up to two weeks and involve no more than 3% of Yahoo's Web search queries, the Sunnyvale, Calif., Internet company said. It is designed for Google and Yahoo to evaluate the revenue potential of a broader search ad sales outsourcing arrangement, according to people familiar with the matter. They have been discussing such an arrangement as part of Yahoo's pursuit of alternatives to Microsoft's unsolicited acquisition offer. Yahoo... Read more...
India is actually starting to outsource some of their IT functions back the U.S.  One example of this is new trend is Tata's new facility:"Tata Consultancy Services said last week it has opened a development center in a former paper plant outside Cincinnati, with initial plans to employ 1,000 people, which would make it one of the largest U.S. development centers by an India-based IT services company. The 200,000-square-foot facility will include a lab where TCS hopes to show off its experience in such areas as industrial engineering and services. TCS plans to hire Midwest tech talent for the facility."Tata... Read more...
“Advanced Micro Devices Inc., the world's second-biggest maker of computer processors, may announce plans to transfer more production in the next two to three months to reduce costs, a Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. analyst said.”We can't help but wonder if AMD might be outsourcing their future high-end CPUs first in an attempt to reach a rough manufacturing parity with rival Intel.  Considering how much time and effort AMD has poured into their 65nm process, we'd be surprised if it wasn't already an extremely efficient operation on its own and that it would probably be hard for a foundry to... Read more...
We're making this up as we go along, this internet thing. We stumble from one massive data breach to another software patch and back, and try to keep up with all the clever people--all of whom seem to be trying to send us spam. According to ars technica, it's only going to get worse when low cost computer hardware hits the third world. A lot worse. "Earlier this year," writes Charles Arthur, "I spoke with someone who does blog spamming for a living - a very comfortable living, he claimed. But he said that the one thing that did give him... Read more...