i agree with you. i think outsourcing still has more positives than negatives. outsourcing may tend to decrease a companys loyalty and strastegic alignment but it still keeps companies focus on their business mission and it increase production rate aswell. Overall i think outsourcing has been a major positive force in growth and production for most companies.
i want to direct this question to supply chain managers. What do they think about the outsourcing? Is it a headache to keep track of cheaper way(s) to manufacture a product or a boon as they can tap unlimited resources?
The impact of outsourcing is a mixture of results. Due to several impediments such as geographical locations, miscommunication, different timezones, a number of companies ran into problems as a result of outsourcing. The final products turn out to be not as expected and in some cases quality is worse than promised.
I think the question of whether outsourcing has been good for the high-tech sector is quite relevant considering its impact on regions that have outsourced and the ones that are recipients of contracts related to the process. Certainly, the industry could not have transformed into what it is today without outsourcing but the mere fact it happened does not mean it has been totally positive for everyone.
We are all able to buy cheaper products today and more parts of the world have benefitted from high-tech due to outsourcing. We've also all been impacted in some not so positive ways. I believe that the poll results have indicated that overall most people think outsourcing has been good for the market. I concur.
... I think a more interesting question to consider is if the tech industry would be what it is today WITHOUT outsourcing.
High-tech outsourcing has been and will continue to be essential to the industry's success. Without outsourcing, we simply would not be able to enjoy all the products and services we currently enjoy today. Unless we were exceedingly wealthy.
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Peter Drucker famously said "Trying to predict the future is like trying to drive down a country road at night with no lights while looking out the back window." Yet in the razor's-edge world of electronics—with a lean supply chain and just-in-time demands—the need to know the future is vital.
You've heard the saying "the No. 1 supply chain risk is your people." That hasn't always been the case. But today's complex global supply chain requires a new type of multitalented employee. It's one who understands, finance, marketing, economics, is savvy with technology, graceful with relationships and can think analytically.
Where are these people? Are universities properly preparing the next generation supply chain professionals? How do train your existing workforce for these new, demanding positions?
Brian Fuller, editor-in-chief of EBN, will lead a 60-minute Avnet Velocity panel discussion that will ask and answer these and other questions swirling around today's supply-chain talent challenges.