I have a friend who works for BearingPoint (formerly KPMG Consulting), and she wrote to tell me about her firm’s newest Global Development Center (which are basically off-shore, low cost software development offices). They currently have centers in India and China, and their next destination is…Mississippi. That’s right, a Global Development Center in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.
It turns out Mississippi has a low cost of living (thus low wages) and satisfies the need for clients like the federal government that require work be done in the U.S.
From a financial perspective (though some might call it greed) this seems like a logical trend for some businesses to follow, and similar to one call centers travelled in the 1980s before the internet made “around the world” into “down the block.” But as a fellow developer I’m curious to hear your thoughts on the following questions:
- Is it a good thing that development work is moving to low-cost areas, but staying within the U.S.?
- Is this a savvy business move made to keep a company competitive, or a devious, greedy move made to take advantage of developers and pocket fistfuls of cash?
- Would you be interested in moving to a low cost area of the U.S. (read: the middle of nowhere) and working for less money, but having a better quality of life with no traffic and cheap housing?