[biztech-discussion] Re: IEEE responds to offshoring "study"

  • From: Ann Thryft <athryft@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: biztech-discussion@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 01 Apr 2004 09:38:30 -0800

It was interesting to find out that the IEEE, also, is doing some
outsourcing/offshoring of its own. But hardly surprising--it's difficult to
find many organizations that don't.

However, the reason I posted the link to their statement is because recently
the media has been turning to the right on this subject, along the lines of
"it's not so bad after all" and "it's really good for you". Someone with deep
pockets and a vested interest has obviously decided to pay bean-counter/MBA
types to do this so-called "study" to manipulate popular opinion even further
and get it mentioned in the press, therefore generating yet more "ink." So
far, the IEEE has been one of the few groups (if not the only one) to
challenge this "study" publicly and point out the arguments' rather large and
serious flaws.

Ann Thryft

Nancy Mulvany wrote:

> Thanks for the link to the IEEE perspective on offshoring. My guess is that
> their main concern is with IT jobs. They seem not to be concerned about
> "back office," pre-press publishing production jobs. The following is from
> the website of SPI Publishing Services, headquartered in the Philippines
> with satellite offices in the US, the UK, and the Netherlands.
> IEEE produces approximately 100,000 finished typeset pages annually for its
> own journals and journal of its member societies. IEEE copyedits and
> composes pages using internal capabilities. However, it relies on several
> vendors to convert author manuscripts, in a wide variety of formats and
> many with heavy equation content, to SGML plus a considerable amount of
> format tagging. SPI processes about 100 manuscripts per week, all on a fast
> turn basis. IEEE sends input (hardcopy and authors' digital files, on the
> original media supplied by the author) to SPI's Virginia office, where
> hardcopy m/s is scanned and files are removed from the author's media.
> Input is then transmitted to Manila for production.
> http://www.spitech.com/PubSvc/CaseStudies.php
> -nancy
> Nancy Mulvany
> >Great response to this "study" authored by MBA-mentality,
> >bean-counters-only-need-apply types:
> >
> >OFFSHORING Study Misses Important Issues Says IEEE-USA
> >U.S. Newswire (press release) - Washington,DC,USA
> >WASHINGTON, March 31 /US Newswire/ -- An offshoring study touting
> >benefits to the United States on outsourcing high-wage jobs to
> >lower-cost countriesfails to ...
> ><http://releases.usnewswire.com/GetRelease.asp?id=160-03302004>

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