Fwd: Times News Tracker: Linux in NY Times (1 article)
georgw at galis.org
Wed Nov 13 12:07:12 PST 2002
On Wed, Nov 13, 2002 at 11:30:39AM -0800, Rodney Williams wrote:
>There are a couple fascinating things I saw regarding the programmers in India
>when a programmer friend of mine went through the State Farm move to
>"modernize" their applications (that modernization was Windows based after a
>meeting between the State Farm CEO and Bill Gates). First they hired several
>India based companies to maintain the legacy apps. They ran into trouble when
>they tried to get the India programmers involved with integrating the new
>apps that they developed with they old apps being maintained with
>outsourcing. They ended up recalling retired programmers from way back to get
>the work done. The problem? The State Farm guys all said the programmers from
>India had a unsurpassed technical skills but almost zero imaginative skills
>needed for improving and evolving apps and programming systems.
>Now when I read the story about the money M$ is putting into India I cross
>referenced a couple things. One M$ rarely has an original idea itself and
>Two, contrary to what State Farm claimed was their experience a few years ago
>I seem to see today a growth of original Linux and/or OSS development from
>India. I think that it is a growing development of innovative programming
>based on Linux that prompted M$ to make this move. M$ is engaged in a broad
>rear guard action with Linux as Linux has made large advances for programmers
>around the world on the cost front and the flexibility front. I don't think
>this is much different than some of the more publicized information about the
>M$ dilemma with China except M$ can take a more direct approach in India.
>Not being a programmer I understand these are only my observations and for the
>details of the programming nuts and bolts I defer to the code warriors.
Sounds right on to me.
// (wannabe programmer) George
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