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Software for Export: Can Small be Beautiful?

Software for Export: Can Small be Beautiful?
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Author(s): Stewart Bishop (University of West Indies, Barbados)
Copyright: 2002
Pages: 4
Source title: Issues & Trends of Information Technology Management in Contemporary Organizations
Source Editor(s): Mehdi Khosrow-Pour, D.B.A. (Information Resources Management Association, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-930708-39-6.ch021
ISBN13: 9781930708396
EISBN13: 9781466641358


The upsurge in global software outsourcing(GSO) by client organizations in the developed countries, chiefly in the US, has provided opportunities for many developing countries (DCs) to follow the example of India and seek to participate as software developers. Jamaica and Barbados have, through partnerships with international software developers, enhanced their software development capabilities to get a slice of the outsourcing pie. The pool of local programmers has been supplemented by information technology(IT) professionals recruited from India. Special initiatives in education and training and in strategic IT planning at the national level have been undertaken as these Caribbean countries attempt to leverage their geographical proximity and cultural affinity with the US. While small DCs will hardly ever make a significant impact on global outsourcing, participation in software for export brings much needed foreign exchange and serves as a stimulus for the domestic IT environment.

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