Insourcing call of President Obama

Insourcing-or-Outsourcing
Today’s newspapers flashed the already existing anti outsourcing sentiment of President Obama in a better way by calling it “Insourcing”.
Although the article mentioned more on manufacturing side, it certainly does not leave the IT sector from its generic definition. If I would have been in place of Obama, probably I would also have acted this way and probably even earlier. It is not possible for a country like US to continue to prosper and help other countries prosper unless the local population is taken care of.


“ Americans have to start reworking on their definition of “want vs need”. “


It is not possible for a retail chain store to generate customers to buy products from their stores when all the products they sell is from Asia and all the backend work is done in countries like India.
The local population cannot be just consumers, they also have to earn by working somewhere and there is a balanced ecosystem supported by local companies and helped by government must exist. It certainly does not mean that outsourcing days are numbered in US, but rather far from that. America has to learn to be more frugal and conserve resources which can be used judiciously.
Lots of money and wealth has resulted in everyone consuming more than what they can contribute. All of this has resulted in higher cost of living and finally higher salaries and compensation that are many times higher than any other Asian country.
The only way America can turn the outsourcing tide back is by reducing waste and bringing down the cost of living for its population. American car industry should produce cars better than Japan, have judicious decision on utilization of technology labors instead of using headcounts as they come cheap from India, don’t buy or produce things which are not needed and focus back on higher value generation.
Americans have to start reworking on their definition of “want vs. need”. This is not going to be easy, certainly not in near future, but may be a starting point which will shape up another change in America.

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Alok Kumar

Alok Kumar is Managing Partner of SRKay Consulting group, a private equity company, nurturing innovative ventures. Alok also serves on the board of ICCL (Indian Clearing Corporation Limited - A subsidiary of BSE- Bombay Stock Exchange) as an external advisor for technology and information security. Prior to this, Alok had been Managing Director of Sears IT & Management Services India Private Limited (SHI) since its inception in December 2009 and served in the same position till very recently. Having been in senior IT management positions in Fortune 500 companies, Alok has won several national and international awards. Alok is instrumental in planning and setting up SHI and thereafter growing it to a multi-locational thousand-plus people organization. Over the last five years, with his strategic vision, Alok helped SHI grow roots in India, develop and support technology applications and infrastructure across core mainframe, cutting edge e-Commerce and big data technologies. With his unique people-oriented transformational leadership style, Alok turned SHI into one of the most valued investments of Sears, garnering great ROIs, and creating value much beyond cost arbitrage. Under his tutelage, SHI has filed two patents and is recognized widely for its best practices in various areas, the latter, currently featured in Indian Institute of Management (IIM) case studies. SHI also became a CMMI Level 3, PCMM Level 3, and ISO 20000 certified organization. Alok is a widely acclaimed corporate leader in India today. He regularly participates and leads various forums as a keynote speaker and is an author of several books in different genres. Alok has several awards to his credit. He is particularly known in the industry for his people management skills and innovative ideas in improving the productivity of employees through unique people practices. He has been credited with the following industry awards: ¬ Emerging Leader of the Year award 2013 by IndiasGreatest.com ¬ Game Changer CEO of the Year 2013 (SHRM) ¬ CIO 100 - The Bold CIOs - 2008 (Reliance Infosolutions) ¬ CIO - Ones to Watch Award 2008 (Reliance Industries) ¬ Extended Manager Award - CIOL 2004 (Tata Teleservices) As an able leader of SHI, Alok got SHI recognized widely in the industry with the following several awards: ¬ CII Award for HR Best Practices in 2014 ¬ Global Excellence in Outsourcing Award - AIOP (Phoenix 2013) ¬ IT Innovation Award (Design & Engineering) - Computer Society of India 2012 ¬ Golden Company of the Year - Economic Times 2011-12 ¬ 7th Employer Branding Awards - World HRD Congress (Mumbai, India) 2013: • ‘Asia’s Best Employer’ Award • ‘Best HR Strategy’ in line with business • HR Leadership Award • Talent Management Award by Bloomberg TV India ¬ Employer Branding Awards - World HRD Congress (Singapore, Asia) 2013: • 7th rank in ‘Asia’s Best Employer’ award • Award for ‘Best HR Strategy’ in line with the business • HR Leadership Award Other recognitions: Alok had served on the distinguished panel of NASSCOM's GIC (Global In-house Centers) National Council members. The council members play a key role in major initiatives of the industry and include the torch bearers of IT industry as panel members. Books and Papers: Alok is an established author, with three books to his credit. Alok’s third and latest book, a novel, “The Spy from Unaula” is a 2015 publication. A handwriting analysis enthusiast, Alok collaborated with his wife Nandani on the book, “Handwriting Speaks” in 2006. “Value Sourcing – Future of IT Outsourcing” was co-authored with Keith Sherwell (currently CIO, Altice USA) and was released in 2013. Alok also researched and published two whitepapers: a. “Creating next generation captives” talks about the best practices that are helping generate higher value from the IT company captives.

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