The Dead Sea Effect - IT and IT Services
I saw a great analogy used to describe the effect of continued outsourcing, offshoring and staff reductions on IT organizations. It's call the Dead Sea Effect.
This phenomena occurs when all of the best and brightest evaporate (along with a lot of others who are forcibly displaced/jettisoned) and all that remains is a residue that is unable to support life. In the Dead Sea, so much water has evaporated over the millenia that the brackish water that remains is too salty to support hardly any sort of aquatic life.
This metaphor is a powerful descriptor and one that management teams need to consider whenever they are planning significant offshoring or outsourcing initiatives or forced layoffs.