Thursday, April 08, 2010

Marrying e-governance intiatives and IT bench-warmers

A report on Orissa government's e-governance initiative, in the form of a developing portal for applying driving licences online set me thinking (Yeah, not many things happening around me "set me thinking")

The top 6 Indian software services companies - SWITCH - Satyam, Wipro, Infosys, TCS, CTS, HCL (no pun intended with the acronym) - have around 10-20% of their workforce warming up benches at any point in time. What if these companies pool together their "benched" resources and offered them to the government free of cost to code the e-governance initiatives? The government can set up a company to manage these resources and pay just the project managers (or even they can be loaned from these companies if they happen to be on bench).

It's an easy win-win. This would drastically reduce the bill that the government has to foot to develop their software and manage it. From the companies' standpoint, this reduces the bickering by the benched employees, not to mention the satisfaction they get working "for their countrymen" towards a larger cause.

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