Monday, March 16, 2009

The World Is Flat

I have finished reading Thomas Friedman's "The World Is Flat". It was a nice book.
I have witnessed personally most of the things described in the book (including details as Fractint).
However I discovered how insignificant is Romania on a global scale. Despite being a promising destination for call centers and software outsourcing, the biggest European shoe maker, Romania is never mentioned in the book. The reason is simple - it is too small to matter. Comparing Romania with India for software or China for production of goods we Romania tends to zero. In India there are thousands of readily certified low payed software engineers. In Romania are some, but they are hard to find and more expensive. As for cheap work in other domains the EU admission increased the wages and therefore it is no longer so attractive for foreign outsourcing.
The conclusion I drove from this book is that in a flat world we should build something of our own. It does not really matter what but we have to be perfect in doing it. Otherwise we will melt into a flat sea of nothingness or, as Friedman said, we would finish by selling hamburgers one to the other.

1 comment:

  1. Ca veni vorba de India si ai lor antrepenori (in software development), acum citesc "The white tiger", a lui Adiga Aravind. Fictiune. Ceva de genul "Slum Dog Millionaire" varianta literara. Captivanta. India asa cum e ea, vazuta prin ochii unui indian (sarac). Necenzurat. Se poate gasi cartea/torentul pe