July 14, 2005

An idea whose time has come

Outsourcing overseas? How about over only 3 miles of seas? Excerpt:

What San Diego-based start-up SeaCode Inc. plans to do is nothing if not novel: anchor a cruise ship three miles off the coast of Los Angeles, fill it with up to 600 programmers from around the world, eliminate visa restrictions and make it easy for customers to visit the site via water taxi. The two men behind the venture -- Roger Green, who describes himself as an IT and outsourcing veteran, and IT consultant David Cook, whose job history includes a stint as a ship captain -- recently discussed their plan in an interview with Computerworld.

What is the business model? Green: The promise of the benefits of outsourcing in distant lands doesn't come free. Most of the gotchas are related to the geography and to the cultural difference.

What are some of those gotchas? Green: Communicating requirements, doing knowledge transfer [and] managing the project are very difficult to do even when you are in the same building, [let alone] when it's across the world.

That's the same argument made by nearshore providers in Canada. Cook: But we offer the price of India with the proximity of the United States -- that's the differentiator.

Look to see a bill in Congress outlawing this in the near future.

Posted by Physics Geek at July 14, 2005 11:52 AM | TrackBack StumbleUpon Toolbar Stumble It!

International waters.

Congress has no jurisdiction.

Posted by: Harvey at July 14, 2005 05:05 PM

Somehow, I don't believe that they'll see that as an impediment.

Posted by: physics geek at July 14, 2005 05:42 PM