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An interesting article in Forbes:

Indian cities like Bangalore and Mumbai could be eclipsed as outsourcing centers by Chinese competition by 2011, according to a new study.

“Chinese cities are on the rise and nipping at India’s heels,” IDC said. “IDC forecasts that Chinese cities will overtake Indian cities by 2011 due to massive investments made which are favorable towards offshoring.”

India increasingly appears to be a victim of its success. Rates of attrition and wages are rising as companies fight for talent. In the fiscal year through March, wages grew at an average of 12% to 15%, and wages are expected to rise another 20% in the present fiscal year. The Gartner report said India was witnessing a shortage of skilled resources at “all levels” of the tech personnel chain.

China is also on stronger ground when it comes to infrastructure and the relative ease in setting up operations in the country. India’s government has promised to spend $350 billion to improve infrastructure, but companies are often plagued by problems like erratic power supply and congested roads and airports that make travelling from one city to another — or even within cities — a tough task.

Indian companies themselves are setting up bases in China, both at the request of Western clients as well as for the potential to win outsourcing work from local companies. In recent months, Infosys, Tata Consultancy and Wipro have announced plans to ramp up China operations.

Read the complete article here.


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Microsoft announced that they would be opening a new development center in Canada. The center would be in Vancouver, British Columbia which borders the US state of Washington where Microsoft has its headquarters. Whether this decision has been caused by the recent failure of the Immigration Bill, which sought increase in H1-B limits, is under speculation. There were times when Microsoft was unable to hire Canadians due to the strict Immigration rules in US.

Good news for Canadian developers.

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Quotes from an article on Information Week:

Google executives on Wednesday called on the U.S. government to raise the number of foreign worker visas — or H-1B status — by illustrating the plight of one of its founders.

In congressional testimony, Google VP of people operations Laszlo Bock cited the emigration of the parents of company co-founder Sergey Brin from the Soviet Union to the United States in 1979 as evidence that admitting foreign workers into the country benefits the U.S. economy.

Bock said that Google is not the only Silicon Valley company to benefit from immigration. “Intel, eBay, Yahoo, Sun Microsystems, and many other companies were all founded by immigrants who were welcomed by America,” said Bock.

According to Bock, some 8% of Google’s U.S. employees are in this country on a six-year H-1B visa…

The current annual cap of 65,000 H-1B visas isn’t enough, according to Bock, who urged Congress to increase the cap.

Over the last year alone, the artificially low cap on H-1B visas has prevented more than 70 Google candidates from receiving H-1B visas.

The full article can be read here.

There is a related post on the Official Google Blog  – What U.S. immigration policies mean to Google.

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From The Register :

As a hobby, Cansdale developed an add-on for Microsoft Visual Studio. TestDriven.NET allows unit test suites to be run directly from within the Microsoft IDE. Cansdale gave away this gadget on his website, and initially received the praises of Microsoft.

In fact, Microsoft was so pleased with him, it gave him a Most Valuable Professionals (MVP) award, which it says it gives to “exceptional technical community leaders from around the world who voluntarily share their high quality, real world expertise with others”.

However, his cherished status did not last. In December 2005, he started getting emails from a Microsoft executive called Jason Weber. The problem was that TestDriven.NET supported the Express edition of Visual Studio. Express is the cut-down version that anyone can download for free from the Microsoft website. It is limited in various ways, and is intended only for hobbyists and students. Everyone else is supposed to shell out for the paid-for versions.

and in the last few days has hit Cansdale with a flurry of lawyers’ letters, also available on his website [see here and here]. Cansdale now has until 4pm Wednesday 6 June to disable the Visual Studio Express features of his product.

We await the deadline with bated breath.

Read the full story here.


This story was SlashDot-ed. It is fun to read the comments.


Another issue which rubbed the tech community in the wrong way was the licensing of the Ribbon UI which comes with MS Office 2007. Microsoft is not providing you any components to help you create the UI, but if you decide to create your own UI component which looks like the Office Ribbon UI (which is nothing more than buttons, drop down boxes and menu items on a tabbed container), then you need Microsoft’s permission. Funny old Bill ! Don’t forget to read the comments on this blog.

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I feel we are going back in time.

From The Economic Times :

WHEN Infosys employees accept their annual hike letters this year, they will sign on more than just their annual salary rise. Alongside the hike letter, Infosys has also asked its employees to sign a non-compete agreement letter saying they will not join any customer or competitor for a period of six months after their job termination at Infosys.

The competition has been specified – Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), Accenture, IBM Global Services, Cognizant Technology Solutions and Wipro. The letter also adds that the employees cannot accept a job offer from its clients (which they have serviced in the last 12 months) for a period of six months.

Despite the rising popularity of non-compete clauses, its execution and legal enforcement remains a grey area.


Under Section 27 Indian Contract Act, an employer cannot deny you the right to work for competitor. In high-profile lawsuits like Pepsi-Coca-Cola in the past, employers who sued have lost the case in favour of employees. But at large “these non-compete clauses certainly work as a big deterrent factor,” says Som Mandal, partner, Fox Mandal.

Read the complete article here.

P.S. I got the link to this article from a comment to this post. Thanks Suresh.

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From InternetNews,

The U.S. Senate voted Thursday to increase H1-B visa fees for employers to $5,000 per application, $3,500 more than the current fee. Proceeds from the fee hike would be used to fund scholarships for Americans seeking degrees in math, technology and health-related fields.

The 59-35 vote came on an amendment to the current immigration bill being debated in the Senate. The new fee would be imposed on new applications and renewals.

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Interesting article on Information Week.

Excerpt :

A bipartisan group of U.S. senators next week is expected to introduce to the immigration reform bill an amendment that proposes to retain a pool of 140,000 employer-sponsored green cards for foreign workers seeking permanent residency in the United States.


The revised legislation also proposes the United States establish no limit on H-1B visas for foreign professionals with master’s or doctoral degrees in science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM fields.

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