An interesting attempt to counter the foreign outsourcing trend is something called “rural” sourcing:
Computer work “is going to go somewhere else cheaper, and it can either go to Bangalore or it can go to Oklahoma City,” says Tim Boehm, the executive in charge of Ciber’s low-cost initiative. The company plans five or six centers in the next two years, all in mid-sized cities.
The idea is that the low cost of living in rural areas of the US can be just as appealing as the low cost of labor in India. An interesting strategy — will it pay off?