This software testing article is excerpted from Chapter 10 of Rex Black's upcoming book Managing the Testing Process, 3e. Over the last twenty years, outsource development of one or more key components in the system has come to dominate software and hardware systems engineering. The trend started in hardware in the 1990s. RBCS clients like Dell, Hitachi, Hewlett Packard, and other computer systems vendors took advantage of cheap yet educated labor overseas to compete effectively in an increasingly commoditized market. By the end of 2002, three years into a spectacular IT downturn that saw computer science enrollments in the United States fall to less than half of their 1999 levels, price had become the primary determinant in most IT project decisions. Mass outsourcing of software projects took hold, and it continues unabated to this day... Read this article to get a picture of the effects of outsourcing software testing.
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