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5 Mistakes You Need To Avoid When Offshoring Your Software Development

Kimie Riis Frengler | November 8, 2017

5 Mistakes You Need To Avoid When Offshoring Your Software Development

In the 1980s, when companies like EDS and IBM made their entry in IT outsourcing functions like mainframe data centers, the industry did not know that outsourcing will become the global powerhouse of cost-efficient IT adoption and even job creation. But here we are today, with a global industry worth USD 80 billion 1 !  Read full post ›

8 common misconceptions about offshore software development

Kimie Riis Frengler | October 31, 2017

8 common misconceptions about offshore software development

To say that offshore software development has suffered a credibility crash would be a severe understatement. Decades of cheap code and crashed projects continue to hamper cooperation across borders til this day. But the industry has turned a corner. Offshoring has started afresh on a path of innovation, transparency and impeccable product development, and companies abroad have lots to gain from participating in this new era of software development. Let’s tidy up the misconceptions so we can begin with a clean slate.   Read full post ›

Smartsourcing: The New Blueprint for Successful Offshore Software Development

Kimie Riis Frengler | October 12, 2017

Smartsourcing: The New Blueprint for Successful Offshore Software Development

A while back, we published a blog on offshoring terminology to assist companies through the messy selection process of picking an overseas vendor. In between the pillars of the industry, smartsourcing surfaced as the (not so) new kid on the block. Smartsourcing goes beyond outsourcing by showing companies how to partner with service providers to not only cut costs, but also to boost innovation across the full spectrum of their business. It delivers the agility often lacking in other offshoring frameworks.   Read full post ›

From Cheap Software to Innovative Powerhouse- How Bangalore Became Asia’s Silicon Valley

Kimie Riis Frengler | October 10, 2017

From Cheap Software to Innovative Powerhouse- How Bangalore Became Asia’s Silicon Valley

You don’t have to make it much past 8 am before Bangalore’s notorious traffic jams become too dense to escape. There is a pressing impatience as auto-rickshaws, motorbikes and Uber cabs pile together, and the restless horn honking creates a chaotic sense of urgency. For Bangalore’s 12 million inhabitants, outrunning heavy traffic congestions has become a refined art of navigation. But in between petrol fumes, scooters and the occasional cow, spectacular tech parks, lavish hotels and fancy restaurants testify to the genesis of a truly global and innovative metropolis.   Read full post ›

7 Steps To Select The Right Offshore Development Vendor

Kimie Riis Frengler | October 3, 2017

7 Steps To Select The Right Offshore Development Vendor

In 2009, the EU introduced Europe’s Green Card equivalent, the Blue Card, allowing highly-skilled non-EU citizens to spackle the cracks in the European job market. This decision inadvertently raised the curtain on Europe’s deep technical potholes. And while it has allowed companies to come up for air by attracting foreign talent, scalability remains a riddle.   Read full post ›

5 Indian Startups That Became Unicorns in Bangalore

Kimie Riis Frengler | September 28, 2017

5 Indian Startups That Became Unicorns in Bangalore

In 2013, venture capitalist Aileen Lee coined the term unicorn to capture the extreme rarity of startups valued at $1 billion or above. Normally, the mythical creature is endlessly searched for and never found but in the world of tech, 186 wound up at our service.   Read full post ›

Musk versus Zuckerberg: Who Is Right In The AI Debate?

Kimie Riis Frengler | September 26, 2017

Musk versus Zuckerberg: Who Is Right In The AI Debate?

When Google’s DeepMind AI beat the world AlphaGo champion Lee Sedol in March 2016, a shock wave ran through society as a stark reminder of the rapid and inevitable evolution of AI. It became one of those technological watershed moments that resound for a while and forces us to reconsider the direction of our technological advancement. As more startups and companies adopt AI as an integral part of their product strategy, we need to collectively dive deeper into the debate on its greatest benefits and most dangerous ramifications. Two people who have been particularly vocal already are Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg and Tesla’s Elon Musk. Physicist, Stephen Hawking has watched- and spoken- from the sidelines and several researchers, scientists and professionals have echoed and challenged the arguments since. Musk and Zuckerberg have engaged in some serious mudslinging in this grand debate and as the arguments are not yet settled, it is worth weighing in on the decisions and trends that will impact our society for centuries to come.   Read full post ›

5 MNCs That R&D In Bangalore

Kimie Riis Frengler | September 21, 2017

5 MNCs That R&D In Bangalore

Forty years ago, Bangalore turned on a dime. From pensioner’s paradise, the city morphed into a global leader of technological innovation. A virtuous circle of growth followed up by an explosive dynamism and a network of intellectual capital substantiated by ongoing knowledge exchange. In 2016, Bangalore accounted for 35% of the presence of global in-house centres (GIC) in India. The value of R&D work being done in India is estimated to be around $10 billion and is forecast to rise to $45 billion by 2020. What has made Bangalore particularly attractive is the heavy concentration of high-tech talent at a low cost. It has a special appeal to Western companies whose increased market pressure means a need for increased competitiveness without an increase in costs.   Read full post ›

5 Initiatives That Transformed Bangalore's IT Ecosystem

Kimie Riis Frengler | September 18, 2017

5 Initiatives That Transformed Bangalore's IT Ecosystem

Planning out the architectural sketches for an innovation hub is not a job done overnight. A myriad of initiatives, changes and sheer serendipities compile in criss-cross patterns until a system is in place and the natural breeding of ideas can commence. Bangalore is one of those places. The city has fostered the macro forces that in return created opportunities for innovation, entrepreneurship and digitalisation to blossom.   Read full post ›

How Companies Can Help Get More Women In Tech

Kimie Riis Frengler | September 14, 2017

How Companies Can Help Get More Women In Tech

When Tesla engineer AJ Vandermeyden sued the automotive company for disregarding her complaints about pervasive discrimination, she joined hands with the countless women facing a steep battle against the tech industry’s unrelenting sexism. Uber engineer Susan Fowler joined in when she shared a blog post describing how her career had been sabotaged by enduring sexual harassment. These cases echo the problems of an industry which bemoans the paralysing lack of engineers while systematically excluding women from tech positions and depriving them of equal pay and opportunities. The recent lawsuit against SoFi CEO, Mike Cagney, for sexual harassment causing him to step down, and Fowler’s big swing at Uber ousting CEO Travis Kalanick, they were important catalysts in speeding up the fight against Silicon Valley’s toxic bro-culture.   Read full post ›

7 Offshoring Terms You Need To Be Familiar With

Kimie Riis Frengler | September 12, 2017

7 Offshoring Terms You Need To Be Familiar With

With steep increases every year, the world has taken off on an offshore pilgrimage searching for the scripted blueprints for successful relocation of corporate functions. But many companies are still unsure about how to slalom through the jungle of overseas offerings. Different models, geographical locations and blurry track records all intersect in ways that are extremely difficult to untangle. This collection of offshoring terms provides the first tentative step towards pigeonholing vendors and making an informed decision for moving parts of your business somewhere else.   Read full post ›

The State of the Startup: What Talking to a Bunch of Danish Companies Taught Us About Hiring Developers

Kimie Riis Frengler | August 21, 2017

The State of the Startup: What Talking to a Bunch of Danish Companies Taught Us About Hiring Developers

Just a few months ago, Denmark became the first country to appoint a digital diplomat- or tech ambassador- depending on how you prefer to juggle the language. The unconventional spin on the traditionally political role has been a way for the small Nordic nation to take on the world of tech and innovation.   Read full post ›

"We needed to go somewhere we could scale up quickly"

Kimie Riis Frengler | February 13, 2017

"We needed to go somewhere we could scale up quickly"

INTERVIEW: Director of Global Support Services at Stibo Systems A/S, Hans Jørgen Kahr, talks to The Scalers about the company's decision to move its IT operations to Bangalore and why it became such a big success.   Read full post ›

The Scandinavian IT Dilemma

Kimie Riis Frengler | January 9, 2017

The Scandinavian IT Dilemma

While it’s a joint cheer for the thriving startup scene in Scandinavia, these countries are facing a hard time scooping up the right talent for their innovative endeavours. Because solutions are scarce, we are bound to explore subsidiary alternatives to existing models.   Read full post ›

The Ethical Dilemmas Of Offshore Outsourcing

Kimie Riis Frengler | October 19, 2016

The Ethical Dilemmas Of Offshore Outsourcing

The big boom in offshore outsourcing has kicked off a fierce debate surrounding its practical and ethical implications. Ranging from resulting job loss to low-quality output, the industry has been under attack. However, software offshore outsourcing in India tells a different story through its contribution to the country’s thriving IT ecosystem and speedy economic growth.  Read full post ›

5 Reasons Why Indian Software Developers Are Winning At The Offshore Game

Kimie Riis Frengler | October 12, 2016

5 Reasons Why Indian Software Developers Are Winning At The Offshore Game

Countries across the West are facing an increasingly hard time scooping up web developers. As this mismatch between supply and demand have left vacancies unfilled for months, Indian software developers - adept, affordable and abundant- are busy pushing the world’s tech industry eastward.  Read full post ›

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