Outsourcing Solution: Just Pay Programmers Less

By Deane Barker on December 16, 2003

U.S. Programmers at Overseas Salaries: A short and interesting look at a business owner faced with the decision of outsourcing or keeping the work within U.S. borders. He came to a interesting solution that may foreshadow some big changes in the professional lives of American programmers.

As he thought more about his decision, Jon realized he had a valid business reason to hesitate: As the head of a startup that had been going for less than a year, he wasn’t at all certain he should take the risk of having essential work done at a far-off location by people he didn’t know, and with whom he could communicate only via e-mail and phone. Still, there was that matter of nearly $200,000 in annual savings. Each time he hesitated about making his decision, various confidantes reminded him about the big money at stake.



  1. I have no doubt that an Indian can code just as well as an American, and for far less. Two very important points to consider when weighing the benefits of offshore development are communication and security.

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