2nd June, 2004
Media Release: Local company fights IT offshoring by
signing a treaty
"In times of change, it is the learners who will inherit
the earth while the learned will find themselves
beautifully equipped for a world that no longer exists."
This age old truism is the heart of a new model in
outsourcing pioneered by Providence; a new Brisbane
“We set out to design a
business model that would allow us to capitalize on the
current trend to offshore software development while securing local jobs and long-term
prosperity.”, Said Chris Saad, Director of Projects.
Providence has done just that. By designing a business
model whereby new local jobs are created as work inevitably went offshore.
"We observed that the real power of offshoring was not
about reducing costs, but rather about increasing
quality, consistency, and scalability" Said Mr. Saad,
"we felt that this was best achieved by developing a
hybrid of offshore and onshore outsourcing - a model
called xShoring (pronounced Cross Shoring)."
xShoring is all about a holistic interplay between a
quality, local consultancy and architecture team and an
offshore development powerhouse working together as one
tightly integrated business entity.
With Providence and the xShoring model, the company offers local businesses a way of ‘offshoring’
their projects to a trusted, local provider. This ensures they
have local representation, project management,
quality. However the benefits
don’t stop there.
Because of reduced offshore costs, Providence also employs
a proportional number of local architects, consultants
and project managers.
"By separating architecture and
programming across an ocean, we are able to, almost by
necessity, employ strict process and project management
controls. This improves our capacity for quality and
consistency." Said Mr. Saad.
Providence is offering these services exclusively to
local web developers in a wholesale/retail arrangement.
This means that firms who have traditionally struggled
to create a consistent development process (including
proper architecture, documentation and testing) are now
able to improve their quality controls by working with
Providence. Those who have already managed to employ
these processes in their development environments are
able to maintain the consistency while reducing costs.
with Providence is to learn the lessons of the
manufacturing industry. Providence believes that
traditional software development jobs will
inevitability move offshore - therefore the local
industry must adapt.
"With this model, we are changing the role of the local
industry from one of development to one of innovation,
consultation, differentiation and growth." Said Mr.
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