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From: Stephane Faroult <>
Date: Wed, 03 Sep 2003 14:29:35 -0800
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Freeman Robert - IL wrote:
> Actually, I've seen the reverse be true. I've seen the work offshore be so
> poor that more folks are brought in locally to correct the problems, yet the
> offshore remain too because of contractual issues. Happened to me on at
> least two different occations. You get what you pay for. There are some
> great Indian DBA's out there (KG for one is awsome), but just as in America,
> for every great one there are probably 5 that should take up some other
> profession. This will come and go like everything else.
> RF

I disagree about the 'you get what you pay for'. I have been reviewing in the past weeks code written both in Bangalore and in Paris, and in both cases I have had to reach for my Prozac box. For what had been written in France, it is the product of a big (US) consulting firm which must have been retrospectively happy to change their name a couple of years ago; note that it is in no way specific of them, I can exhibit dreadful code from multiple sources. I can assure you that it was both bad and expensive.
Concerning what you pay for, I believe that whatever you outsource is far from being as cheap as it looks like; part of the problem is the existence of a contract, part of the problem is indeed the developers, part of the problem is that very few people can write decent specs - because in any creative process, and software engineering is one, you only converge towards the result through several iterations (just look at famous manuscripts or Old Masters X-ray pictures), and that interaction with end-users is essential.

Which means that I agree with the conclusion :-).


Stephane Faroult
Oriole Software
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