Articles published in Computerworld

Banking on IT in China
By , and  •  March 5, 2007  •  Computerworld •  1,392 words

SHANGHAI — In the first 10 months of 2006, Chinese regulators uncovered 776 banking crimes, including 205 cases involving more than 1 million yuan ($125,000 U.S.). Fraud and other irregularities at Chinese banks added up to $95.9 billion in 2005, an increase of 31% from 2004, according to the China Banking Regulatory Commission. In one […]


Creative Recruiting
By and  •  November 6, 2006  •  Computerworld •  194 words

Four years ago, CEO John Cestar took a novel approach to increasing the skill levels at Freeborders, a small outsourcing provider that operates in China. He took a road trip around the U.S., looking for Chinese engineers working in U.S. companies who were interested in returning to China or would soon be compelled to do […]


Outsourcing in China
By and  •   •  Computerworld •  1,438 words

Most providers target the burgeoning domestic market, but a few offer a hybrid approach that appeals to the West About two years ago, Kevin Miller needed a little help supporting legacy applications and developing new software for large automotive manufacturers. He decided to conduct a Cobol pilot project with Information Technology United Corp., a Beijing-based […]


Bridging the Chinese Skills Gap
By and  •  June 26, 2006  •   •  105 words

Originally published in Computerworld. Hankscraft Inc. has been making industrial motors and mechanized pumps for more than 50 years in Reedsburg, Wis. The company came to China just three years ago but already has twice as many employees here as it has at home. Jonathan Funkhouser, who is general manager of Hankscraft’s China operations and […]


Language Barriers
By and  •   •  Computerworld •  122 words

Among the various sourcing peculiarities and problems specific to China is regionalism, says Pieter Tsiknas, director of SearchBank’s Beijing office. Although all Chinese nationals officially speak Mandarin, in practice, the local dialects can be mutually unintelligible. Shanghainese, for example, is a completely different language from Mandarin, and employees from Shanghai may speak Mandarin with an […]


Saving face in China: Good IT can bridge the cultural gap
By  •  May 1, 2006  •  Computerworld •  1,370 words

Automated reporting can help keep problems from escalating In the West, companies want to put on a good face for customers, even if it means having to admit mistakes. Righting wrongs is a big part of a good public image, and a good internal image as well. In the East, particularly at traditional companies, saving […]