Will China's Outsourcers Soon Rival India's?

International Data Corp. analyst Conrad Chang thinks so, based mainly on the mainland's solid investment in skills and infrastructure

Some may doubt China's ability to match India as an outsourcing destination for services, but Conrad Chang is not one of them. The Sydney-based research manager in business process outsourcing for International Data Corp. recently finished a report comparing the top cities in Asia for outsourcing information technology services. His conclusions: While Indian cities are tops now, by 2011 they'll be matched or even bested by cities in China. Chang recently spoke with BusinessWeek's Bruce Einhorn about the IDC study and how it differs from that of John McCarthy, a vice-president at Forrester Research (FORR), who earlier this year wrote a report criticizing China's slow progress as an offshoring destination.

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