RE: This from the NWU

Subject: RE: This from the NWU
From: "Bill Swallow" <wswallow -at- nycap -dot- rr -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 9 Mar 2004 18:32:53 -0500

This shouldn't be a surprise to anyone. Run-of-the-mill tech writing is
easily outsourced, as is most programming, testing, and the like. We're the
factory workers of the 21st century; if you can build a process out of a
series of tasks and enforce standardization, you have yourself the means of
automating much of what you do and can outsource the rest wherever you'd
like. Don't believe me? Look at the dynamic shift in how Tech Writers work
and the tasks they generally perform over the past 50 years. We leapt from
pencil-wielding authors to electron-spinning jack-of-all-trades in that time
span. Change is inevitable, and money talks.

Advice? Sure, expand your skills to marketable areas in the company where
being on-site in the home office is a must (whatever that means for your

Bill Swallow
wswallow "at" nycap "dot" rr "dot" com

::: As you can see TECHNICAL WRITING is in the queue for being offshore
::: outsourced.


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