Monday, August 09, 2004

Indians use Aussie skills

Simon Hayes
Australian IT - AUGUST 03, 2004

INDIAN IT companies are hoping to cash in on skilled mid-level Australian IT workers, plugging gaps in their capability and opening up opportunities to export local knowhow, experts say.

Gartner analysts said Indian services companies were developing long-term strategies that included taking Australian expertise overseas.

Research vice-president Partha Iyengar said Australia had a "huge talent pool" of trained personnel that Indian companies were planning to use.

"Australia has talent in the mid-market that India doesn't have," he said, citing Infosys's January acquisition of Melbourne software developer Expert Information Systems as an example.

"The long-term strategic intent is to use Australian resources for their global requirements."

Mr Iyengar said low-level coding work would remain in Australia to some extent, particularly with smaller firms, for which offshoring was not an option.

This would give Australian programmers initial experience, before they moved up the chain. Automated coding tools threaten low-level jobs the world over.

"The whole notion of what is entry-level is going to change," he said. "Entry-level will no longer be someone who can code in Java, but someone with broader business experience."

Ed - This is why you should try to be as active as possible while at uni and participate in activities other than just study. Your marks won't mean anything to a future employer a few years after you graduate. All you'll have is a piece of paper and B Sci (Comp Sci) on your resume.

A future employer will value your co-curricular activities and work experience much more than your marks, but that's not to say don't try to do well with study. The key is to balance study with other activities and to prioritise those things that will be more beneficial to you and your career in the long run.

Take the initiatitive now and invest in your future!

Join Mac IT Society if you haven't yet, and participate in activities, volunteer to run on our Executive or help at our events, join industry groups (like APESMA and Engineers Australia), don't only study. You'll have more fun while at uni :)

Agencies promoting Australia overseas agree offshoring offers opportunities and threats.

Invest Australia chief executive Gary Draffin said Australia would be a "net beneficiary" of the push to offshore, provided it played to its strengths, rather than trying to compete on costs.

"We are a net beneficiary in terms of jobs transfers," he said.

"We'll never beat India on cost of labour, and we'll make sure we don't compete in that field.

"In financial services we have attracted not only jobs but also skill sets."