Beware of the abundant arrogance of ignorance when it comes to offshoring. The booming thunder of drums of doom has been echoing even louder, originating from the inner sanctum of CNN's Lou Dobbs show. The chill of IT layoffs from outsourcing to offshore operations challenges the wisdom of corporate and political leadership. Some might even convince you that control lies in the hands of the CIO, the corporation or even the government, and that they could turn back the tide. This, sadly, could not be more distant from the truth.

In reality, CIOs have no control - in fact, if they don't take aggressive action, they risk peril to themselves. Enterprise leadership and government have demonstrated no concerns. Management consultants and lobbyists have no better recommendation. From their macroeconomic perspective, offshoring promises and delivers economic and competitive benefit, period. If one turns a blind eye to the hardships of outsourcing, as the government seems to have done, financial benefits to the top brass and corporations are substantial.

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