I came across an interesting blog by Sramana –written over a year ago Team-of-Twenty-One cautioning that those companies that are building 1000 people operations in one Indian city are making a mistake. Her advice to US companies then – “Try to find five GMs, each from a different city in India, and a core group of twenty somewhat experienced people with leadership qualities that would like to move back, to go with each GM.”
Well, a year and half later, this is happening!! And what better testimonials than the some of the bigger players-who have been investing in new locations recently –while still expanding their large development centres at the place they first landed!!
Some product development companies have presence in two cities (Microsoft, Google, Adobe, Oracle, Computer Associates,…), some three (Amazon, Motorola, recently nvidia…)- the services companies have more! IBM has ventured across the geography of India to cover six cities !! ( Bangalore, Chennai, Gurgaon,Hyderabad, Kolkota , Pune) !!
It is only a matter of time –when companies would encourage large scale telecommuting as a tool for attracting and retaining talent –rather than the low levels today almost doling it out as an exception!!?