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  • Blog Post: BRICin it

    I am engrossed in The White Tiger at the moment. Awesome read. The BRIC countries are so vast and so diverse, still growing at quite a pace: India forecasting around 5.5% growth. In London last Wednesday the theme was India: the opportunity for UK companies in India and Indian innovation that can...
  • Blog Post: Congrats to Paul Smith and team

    Harvey Nash software division's route to world domination gets a boost this week with their news of the acquisition of Silk Road in Vietnam. Paul's write up of the recent trip to Hanoi is also worth a read. At least Paul has figured out how to upload pics on to his blog...
  • Blog Post: Greetings from Danang

    Hello from the coast of central Vietnam - what a fab place ! Being a bit of a beach bum, this means I am in heaven. I've spent my bank holiday weekend lying on the sunbed, swimming in the South China Sea, and eating the most incredible (healthy) Asian cuisine. OK enough, enough..... I hear it's raining...
  • Blog Post: Greetings from Hanoi

    PRESS RELEASE Microsoft Initiative Helping Facilitate Greater Alliances Between UK and Vietnam Software Economies Highlighted by the participation of Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, a delegation of UK companies hears about Microsoft Corporation’s commitment to facilitating high-value cross...
  • Blog Post: Sign up for the Trade Mission to SE Asia

    Helping ISV’s access Microsoft Skills Overseas Following on from successful events in October and January to highlight the opportunity around off-shore development to SE Asia, UK Trade & Investment (DTI) in association with Microsoft are taking a trade delegation of UK companies to Vietnam...
  • Blog Post: China's lack of talent

    A recent McKinsey report highlights some of the challenges faced in China around the quality of their graduates, pointing out that their dominance around manufacturing and IT oustourcing won't necessarily mean leadership in the service industries. Poor english language skills are thought to be a factor...
  • Blog Post: Innovation in action...

    This past few weeks, I've met some great smaller consultancies delivering great thought leadership around Web 2.0 and next generation partnerships. Friday I met with the guys at The Rights Marketing Company who go about "unlocking innovation" and last week spent time with the CEO at Kaizo who have done...
  • Blog Post: Vietnam and the Philippines

    The extract below is from Ralph Schonenbach's speech at eServices in Manila. The Philippines and Vietnam has started to appear on the agenda more and more and we're pleased to see support coming from UK Trade & Industry to help Microsoft facilitate cross-border partnerships in this region. We're...
  • Blog Post: Trestle Foundation and Group CEO honoured again

    Schonenbach Receives Government Award During the eServices Philippines: 7th Global Sourcing Conference and Exhibition EDSA Shangri-la Manila Hotel, Manila, Philippines – 15 February 2007 Trestle Group CEO and Trestle Group Foundation Board Member Ralph Schonenbach today delivered a non-traditional...
  • Blog Post: Offshoring is about Tapping Global Talent

    Thanks to Nicola (our resident ebullient South African and newsletter editor) for highlighting this article where I also found a piece called called Outsourcing's own Long Tail . It is about "selling more of less" of course...but how does this phenomenon impact outsourcing? Globalisation means services...
  • Blog Post: Open Borders

    Outsourcing in general is an emotive subject - we're used to seeing newspaper headlines with the words "redundancies....call centre......Bangalore" and widespread perception is that offshore software development is bad for UK plc. However, it seems it may be inevitable and a phenomenon that is here to...
  • Blog Post: Offshoring: Friend or Foe?

    Microsoft in the UK are hosting an evening event in association with Harvey Nash on the 24th January in London aimed at introducing general concepts and raising awareness of potential issues. For more information and details of how to register, look here . According to a recent survey from the Software...
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