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D4: Challenges and Opportunities in Software Outsourcing to China


Duration: 9:45am - 12:15pm
Dr. Stanley Chum, Bitek Communications Inc.
Dr. Jason Cheng, Beijing ZGC Software Association

In the past decade, a significant portion of software development work had been outsourced from American companies to other countries such as India and Ireland, taking the advantages of the low labor cost of local software engineers. In 2004, about 0.6 billion dollars software projects were outsourced to China (or 1.5% of the total outsourced volume). Recently, China governments, software institutions and enterprises are working together to formulate strategies and plans in an effort to attract a larger share of this software outsourcing market. While there are opportunities, attraction and advantages to outsource projects to China, there also exist obstacles and challenges for the American companies to successfully outsource their critical development projects to China. This seminar will re-visit recent experiences of selected outsourced projects to China, and will discuss the related critical success factors. Some successful cases will also be illustrated. This seminar will also highlight China government strategies and sponsoring programs which help making the China software outsourcing industry more competitive.

Dr. Stanley Chum
Dr. Stanley Chum received his PhD degree in Computer and Communications Engineering from the University of Birmingham. Currently Dr. Chum is the Chief Technology Officer for Bitek Communications Inc., responsible for outsourced software projects to China. Dr. Chum has over 25 years’ experiences in the telecommunications and computer industry in USA. Formerly, he served as Director/Senior Manager for GTE, Pacific Bell, Sprint, Clarent Communications, and Wyse Technology.

Dr. Jason Cheng
Dr. Jason Cheng is currently the chairman of Software and Services Outsourcing Committee, Beijing ZGC Software Association. Previously for more than 10 years, Dr. Cheng had been working as software engineering manager, project manager and director, and vice president of Asian business development, for Sprint, teleSys Software, StarVox Networks, Logical Exchange, and Wyse Technology. He also had many years working experiences in software product development, and in software standards and strategy setting for China Central Government. Leveraging on this experience, in the recent past 5 years, Dr. Cheng devotes his career to strategic planning and project and product management for China software outsourcing projects, and is responsible for the profit center of a number of successful business cases.

Norival Figueira (Hammerhead Systems) norival@ieee.org
Dilip Krishnaswamy (Intel) dilip@ieee.org



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