Indian IT Firms Connect With Chinese Counterparts

They seek to build a position in China's information technology sector, avert competitive threats, and jointly do IT outsourcing

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Five years ago, when New Delhi-based NIIT Ltd. decided to establish itself in China, the idea was to set up a ground-floor presence in what it expected to be a booming Chinese outsourcing business in information technology (IT). But NIIT soon had to moderate its ambitions, recognizing that the local human capital needed was not yet mature--a problem it confronted head-on by organizing a wide array of local training programs.

Meanwhile, however, its essential thinking has been borne out, as more than a dozen other Indian companies have followed its lead and set up Chinese operations to provide IT services. These include top technology names like Tata Consultancy Services in Mumbai, with 24 000 professional employees; Satyam Computer Services Ltd. in Secunderabad; and Infosys Technologies Ltd. in Bangalore.

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It’s hard to learn, but your code will produce fewer nasty surprises

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A plate of spaghetti made from code
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