The Palo Alto of India


Fast Company recently carried a story about a computer science graduate of the University of California, Davis, and her first employer, InfoSys of India. An excerpt from the company’s website follows:

Infosys Technologies Ltd. (NASDAQ: INFY) provides consulting and IT services to clients globally – as partners to conceptualize and realize technology driven business transformation initiatives. With over 66,000 employees worldwide, we use a low-risk Global Delivery Model (GDM) to accelerate schedules with a high degree of time and cost predictability.

As one of the pioneers in strategic offshore outsourcing of software services, Infosys has leveraged the global trend of offshore outsourcing. Even as many software outsourcing companies were blamed for diverting global jobs to cheaper offshore outsourcing destinations like India and China, Infosys was recently applauded by Wired magazine for its unique offshore outsourcing strategy — it singled out Infosys for turning the outsourcing myth around and bringing jobs back to the US.

Nicole Dunn was one of more than 1,000 US students who applied for 126 jobs at Infosys, which plans to add another 25,000 jobs next year alone! She will make an annual salary of $55,000, live in the beautiful city of Mysore, receive the best technology training in the world, work on global projects with some of the best minds in the world and become an invaluable asset to a whole cadre of international companies. Cant beat such a deal when you are young 22 years old!

US companies are no longer competing with just their US counterpart for exceptional talent; they must now compete globally to hire the shrinking pool of technology talent. International companies like Infosys are sophisticated, nimble, agile, and entrepreneurial. They scout the world for talent and bring them home to India. They embrace multi culturalism in the true sense of the word. If you walk into the Infosys facility in India you will see a global enterprise at work. For example, during lunch time you will see people from all over the world enjoying food from all over the world. In fact, once inside the facility a visitor will be hard pressed to say whether they are in India or in the US!

About Dr. Gupta

Dr. Uma G. Gupta is the Founder and President of STEM.SMART, a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing the pipeline of U.S students interested in STEM careers. In addition, she is the CEO of PlanetGPA, an international student recruitment services that serves as an extension to the recruitment offices of U.S. universities.

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