I am experiencing increased activity from offshore software development and support businesses pursuing outsourcing deals. Their telemarkers are clever at getting past our barriers for such calls getting to me. One even got a few minutes of my time before their intent became clear.

As an Australian small business serving Australian small businesses I, as the owner of the business, feel it is appropriate that we maintain these vital functions in-house and on shore. Our commitment to social responsibility guides us through our position on this.

The pitch earlier this week was the most professional so far. It caught my attention and while I didn’t consider following up, their approach was educational – particularly in terms of comparing their costs with Australian costs.

I appreciate that these offshore development companies have shareholders and employees to serve and it’s not that reason that I am not making a personal attack on them here. They’re doing their job just as my company is pursuing sales opportunities overseas.