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Location: Silicon Valley Bank, Newton
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Technology Trends Forum: Software Offshoring
Tuesday, April 13, 8:00 - 11:00 AM
Silicon Valley Bank, Wilcox Room - Ground Floor
One Newton Executive Park, 2221 Washington St., Newton
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The charge for this program is $60 for Members and $100 for Non-Members who pre-register; $70 for Members and $110 for Non-Members who register at-the-door.

This year's four Technology Trends programs will focus on technology related topics which are (or should be) of greatest interest to the CTO, and frequently the CEO, at technology companies. Organized and led by 7 CTOs of Massachusetts software companies,each program will typically include presentations by four or five experts in the area with ample time set aside for participant questions and lively discussion.

The first in the series will cover Software Offshoring. Software Offshoring is one of the most critical, controversial, and strategic issues facing Massachusetts software companies today. The ongoing debate paints a complex picture.

On the plus side, the financial arguments for offshoring are compelling. The sector is hot; myriads of system integrators and consultancies claim successes and huge cost savings. Investors and CEOs are pushing technology organizations hard to adopt offshore development strategies.

Yet the downsides of offshoring are equally clear. The loss of IT jobs to foreign companies has become a major political issue. Offsetting the financial advantages are issues including employee morale, management and training overhead, coordination between time zones, cultural issues, increased turnover, industry growing pains, and internal process changes necessary to support offshoring. There are perhaps as many examples of offshoring failures as there are successes.

Panelists will share their experiences and best practices in implementing offshore development, discuss what works and what doesn't, advise on how to avoid pitfalls, and share their visions of how Massachusetts software companies can successfully adapt and compete in an offshoring environment.

Panel to include:

  • Dave Andre, CTO, Upromise (Moderator)
  • Raman Sud, CTO, mValent
  • Amar Gupta, Co-Director, Productivity from Information Technology Program (PROFIT), MIT Sloan School
  • Sandeep Swadia, Head of Marketing, Virtusa
  • Rajeev Agarwal, Senior VP, State Street
  • Bart Higgins, Sr. Account Executive, Auriga

This program will provide important information for CTOs, Engineering VPs, COOs and CEOs in small to medium-sized technology companies, and for entrepreneurs considering offshoring as part of their business plans.

Cost: Members
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