Will India's language advantage in software outsourcing survive?

Harold F. Schiffman haroldfs at ccat.sas.upenn.edu
Tue Dec 12 14:46:05 UTC 2006

These days, India does IT, but will China catch up? Some people think that
the India's advantage regarding the language may be source to keep the
competitive distance with china but this is not necessarily true. PanAsian
Biz, the business blog on issues related to Asian market, reported 11 key
trends in chinese software market based on some consultancy research by
RNCOS. Some of them are really interesting:

- China's software industry has continued to grow rapidly in the last few

- The growth trend is still continuing as more and more companies are
looking forward to enter the country.

- The exports are mainly driven by the software business given by Japan.

- Over 60% of Chinese exports are taken up by Japan.

- There are a good number of Chinese who are capable in the Japanese
language and can develop software accordingly.

While american companies are offshoring IT services to India, the chinese
market is fueled by japanese outsourcing policy. Do you think this will
change the equation?



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