Offshoring is moving up the food chain reports Kevin G. Hall of Knight Ridder Newspapers in More complex jobs moving offshore.
public relations, architecture, and high-end research are all examples
of functions where companies are seeking help in India and elsewhere
offshore according to the article. Robert Reich, President Clintons
labor secretary, is quoted: Any professional service that can be
boiled down to predictable steps, even if they are complicated steps,
is now exportable to South Asia.
Law firms – and clients –
should take note that cost is not the only reason to send work
overseas. The article reports on a survey by the American Institute of
Architects. It found that among architecture firms that sent work
offshore, a quarter cited lower costs, another quarter cited faster
production and 50 percent said offshoring helped them cover peak
demand, allowing round-the-clock work on projects.
The article also discusses the legal market, quoting me about the recent AmLaw survey that found 6% of AmLaw 200 firms have sent work offshore and citing Mindcrest for the document drafting and legal research services it provides.
predictable but complex steps may well describe large scale discovery
document review. Lets hope that firms deploying 10s or 100s of
contract lawyers have routinized the review process through
documentation and quality control. If not, they have an inherent
problem. If so, can anyone say software and/or India?
[Strategic Legal Technology]