Outsourcing Our Future

Today I want to touch on a subject that may raise some eyebrows.  Maybe you’ll consider me a fanatic.  I’m talking about the issue of outsourcing.  The truth is that I am not fanatical at all, I am passionate. Passionate about being an American, passionate about living in the greatest country in the world, and passionate about taking pride in what we can accomplish as a state and a nation.

I have watched over the last 2 decades as our economy has continued an almost total shift away from things made here.  I’ve watched the labels on merchandise continue to change rapidly from “Made in America” to “Made in China” or any one of a few dozen other countries, to the point that you would be hard pressed to find anything made here in our country, without going to a custom niche store. I’ve watched as factories close, and people find themselves on the unemployment line. It saddens me as an American, and leaves that looming question: Why?

The answer is simple: Money. Companies can get their goods produced cheaper elsewhere, thus increasing their bottom line. Now I know that will raise all types of debates like: ‘we still export goods to have the products manufactured’, and ‘it is about building a global marketplace’, and ‘there is more to the story’. Try explaining that to the factory worker that has to go home to his family and tell them he is out of work, and they might lose their home.

We have altered not only our future; we have also altered the future of our children, and their children to come. We have created a precarious balance that impacts our economy, and with how hard we were hit recently, widens that recovery time, and leaves the rest of the world holding their breath, since over 20% of their economy is dependent on us.

Outsourcing goes well beyond manufacturing; it has also had a significant impact on the technology industry.

In the nearly 16 years I have been building solutions, leading development teams, and being a design architect for many projects across numerous Fortune 500 companies, I have been on the front line and watched this shift happen. The bulk of the work has shifted from local US based development companies to India. It became a reality, and one that showed me the final writing on the wall when I was doing work at Citi Group. I was a sub-contractor for IBM at the time, and happened to be the only US staff member on the team. The rest of my 26 person team was on-shored (the term they use when they bring in employees from other countries) from India. We also had another team stationed at Citi’s facility in India.

Let me set the record straight and say that I am not opposed to working with programmers and systems people from other countries. In fact, I have worked with people from all over the world, and many of them have been some of the brightest and most intelligent technology people I have met. What I am opposed to is the mentality that I have heard time and time again with regards to sending work over to India: “They work cheap, and we can get 2 or 3 programmers for the price of one here.” I have had first-hand experience with managing this “cheap labor”, and have the battle scars from the headaches and nightmares that ensued, that are proof of the saying: “You get what you pay for.”

The other thing I have seen occur in the technology industry is formation of shell companies. These are companies that set up base here in the US, register as a business, and start plugging for work and contracts. While this is great, and they build the illusion that you are now dealing and working with a local US company, the truth of the matter is that it is all a front. Except for 1 or 2 employees here to manage the business, all of the work goes overseas, and in most cases to India.

There is a company right here in Delaware that is a prime example of this. In an open discussion, the owner of the company stated point blank, that he sends all of the work over to India. They have worked on numerous projects for multiple State agencies, and I am willing to bet very few of the Department heads know who is really doing the work. The illusion that has been presented is that this is a local Delaware company that is doing the work, and that they are putting Delawareans to work. Sadly, this is not the case at all.

At Delaware 302, all of our products are produced, and all of our work and services are done, right here in the U.S. and more importantly, right here in the First State.  We believe that the future of our economy relies on making “Made in America” mean what it used to: Taking pride in our hard work, attention to detail, and working together as a team.

Contact us today to learn how we can put “Delaware pride” to work for and use our solutions to help your business grow.

Let’s build the future together.

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Delaware 302 is more than an online clothing store. It's about giving Delawareans a way to express their pride about being from, or even just living in, the First State. Whether you're wearing it or displaying it on your vehicle - let the world see you are Delaware proud. But you don't have to be born here to "represent" the 302.

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