Sap Staffing Firm Addresses Anti-offshoring Sentiment With Obama Administrations Blessings-nlite

Outsourcing Over the past several years, while many IT companies have looked to hire cheap foreign programmers to help fatten their bottom line, one IT staffing firm has gone the other way instead choosing to nurture top domestic college grads and developing them into much-needed resources for US companies. Now, with new policies being implemented by the Obama administration, where the focus is on educating Americans versus hiring offshore workers, Enterprise Resources International (ERI), an SAP staffing and consulting firm (, may soon emerge as an industry leader. But CEO John R. Miles insists his companys modus operandi is no fashion statement. We have followed this business strategy from the outset Ive always felt that its important to invest in making America the strongest and most productive nation it can be and the results of failing to do that on a national scale can clearly be seen in the state of our economy today. Over the past five to ten years many workers from India, Pakistan and China and elsewhere have made the leap from minimum-wage level earnings and are now garnering incomes in the US in the range of $150k to $300k per year. This has naturally created some resentment among US graduates and even senior-level IT personnel who have lost contracts to the cheaper labor. But Miles questions whether hiring cheap foreign labor was ever really as cost-effective as some companies believed. This is not about anti-offshoring sentiment its simply about not disenfranchising your country piecemeal for the sake of saving a buck, points out Miles. When you create a long-term, sustainable training ground to grow your own resources as we have, you tend to have far fewer communications issues, zero visa hassles, and key personnel wont suddenly jet back home to their country during a critical project. He adds, You just cant put a price on loyalty and peace of mind. In any event, its likely going to become more and more difficult to hire overseas personnel for the foreseeable future. The new, tougher restrictions on foreign nationals obtaining work permits will undoubtedly affect all industries in one way or another, but it could spell a staffing nightmare for the IT industry. One example of that industry that will see a gradual erosion of quality, well-trained personnel are those firms that use Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) applications such as SAP, which are integrated packages of many different modules covering billing, payroll, Human Resources and so on all working together on a centralized database. Companies that implement or upgrade these ERP packages typically have a large portion (as much as 70% to 80%) of foreign SAP programmers on their projects. And, since the restrictions to receiving working visas are rapidly getting tougher, some projects may soon become all but impossible to recruit SAP consultants using overseas workers. Given the nature of the different ERP modules, usual staffing plans require one SAP professional to work on each module who knows that particular module and its configuration and implementation inside and out. That has led to a general industry rule that each person needs at least 2 full lifecycles (from design to conversion) if they are even to be considered for a project. But how a worker gets from zero to two lifecycles has been a conundrum for US graduates looking to break in to the SAP industry, as well as for IT employers looking to hire only experienced workers. ERI has addressed this chicken and egg scenario by placing pre-qualified college graduates (those coming from certain majors, run through a battery of proprietary testing methods, and trained in some basics regarding the ERP package and consulting skills) on jobs as consultant-trainees. These SAP specialists are very inexpensive to the client, satisfying the cost-effective labor criterion. They get to learn while performing multiple tasks such as documentation, test scripts, training guides, user interviews etc. – all tasks the client needs to have done anyway. Then, after several implementations, the client will have an SAP consultant who is trained not only on the particular ERP module they have been working on, but on the clients specific industry as well. By survey, this is the most valued training to Systems Integrators and Project Managers when hiring for IT positions on-the-job experience. But why invest in another companys staff? Miles has a ready answer. Well, what if the projects dry up? Aside from having to endure the hiring and firing headaches, just the benefits management alone for most companies is costly in both time and personnel. ERI offsets these factors and offers its clients first right-of-refusal to those SAP staff for any project the client is currently working on. But if the client doesnt have any immediate projects, those same staff can be put onto other projects and continue their professional development. Its a win-win situation. About the Author: Wayne J. Porter has been a freelance writer for over 20 years and owns a newsletter-writing business, Two Cups Connect ( He has written about numerous subjects, including real estate investing, health care, finance, software, the US constitution gardening, adoption, and restoring old homes. Article Published On: 相关的主题文章: