Some Things Just Should Not Be Outsourced. EVER

Friday, July 8, 2011 22:21

for those of you who are counting, this is the second post this week… a 2011 record!…. and it all started from the MSNBC article U.S. official says pre-infected computer tech entering country。  Which absolutely floored me.

Oh course, given the fact that there have been other stories where items like Kevlar vests are now almost 100% outsourced abroad, I was not all that surprised.   But what surprised me was that someone felt that outsourcing what should without a doubt be considered critical infrastructure was acceptable… to (what I am going to guess) is to save a bit of money.

It is a story that I feel highlights an important point about outsourcing.

That there are things that simply should not be outsourced by anyone to anywhere no matter how much one is saving.

That, there are objects that should be treated with a premium, and should be taken care of.

During the heydays of China’s outsourcing onslaught, this was certainly something I saw on a regular basis.  Executives would fly over to China, find a foreigner who could “speak” Chinese or a Local who could “speak” English, and unload their entire company’s worth of product to “see” what could be done.

And with little thought to the long term (the short term cost savings were just too tempting), a contract would be signed that would essentially tie the firm to an external party who may or may not have the same interests in mind.  Perhaps they would remain the benevolent ODM that would never think to create its ow brand, perhaps they would learn up and become a competitor, or perhaps (as is suggested in the article) the supplier had other motives altogether.

Some things just shouldn’t be outsourced.

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One Response to “Some Things Just Should Not Be Outsourced. EVER”

  1. Jay says:

    July 20th, 2011 at 4:24 am

    I agree with you. I had several American companies come to me and ask me to save them after they had outsourced to a Chinese company that was now either unable to fulfill their promises or were effectively holding them hostage. The American company’s customers were demanding immediate delivery but the former manufacturer was unable to deliver. In every case it was too late for me to help them. They had laid off all their US workforce, placed all their eggs in a Chinese basket, and were now helpless – and soon out of business.