Jay Manahan does a Britney on Outsourcing and Offshoring Trends

I've been known to write about outsourcing and offshoring with a pop-music bent (like Sheryl Crow, the band Ivy, or Cypress Hill) or an 80's B-movie twist. You may remember my discography for such cult classics as:

My record label for the past two years for most of these hits has been Outsource magazine, recently acquired by the Sourcing Interest Group (SIG).

For my next single, I'm planning to take up Machine Learning so I can write, “Domo Arigato, Mr. Machine-o Learning-o.”

But what I recently recorded takes the idiomatic cake.

It’s plea to the outsourcing and offshoring industry to break free from the psychological shackles of greed and the short-term profit of FTE-based labor arbitrage.

So that we can move on to new models that adapt to unprecedented automation in HfS Research’s so-called As-a-Service ideals.

(And, in a greater, more profound sense, do our part in transitioning our society to new work, new culture.)

Because my wandering mind wondered: What would it look like if Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith feared technology so much that they reappropriated a 1989 Tears for Fears hit to express their concern about the outsourcing and offshoring industry's apparently complacent inability to cope with Robotics Process Automation (RPA) and As-a-Service business models?

It would probably look like Advice for the (Outsourcing & Offshoring) Young at Heart:

Advice For The (Outsourcing & Offshoring) Young At Heart

'Advice For The Offshoring And Outsourcing Young At Heart' by Fear of Gears[1]
Advice for the outsourcing young at heart
Soon we will be older
How are we going to make it work?[2]
Too many vendors living in a secret world While they play movers and shakers, We play digital in a whirl.[3] How are we going to make it work?[4] I could be happy; I could be quite naïve Just labour arbitrage in my shadow, happy in a make-believe[5] Soon...

Which is exactly what I aim to provide—busted!


“I'm not that innocent.”