Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Stellant, Chinese Business: Offshoring

Stellant/Oracle Content Management

The product formerly known as Stellant is now Oracle Content Management (aren't you glad we didn't change the product name to a symbol like Prince? Otherwise we'd have to call it 'The Product Formerly Known as Stellant').

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April 13–17
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Business News: Offshoring the Offshoring

Nothing to do with Oracle, but interesting news on the Managing the Dragon blog. China, home of many of the 'off-shored' business that are the favored fodder of American politicians of all flavors, is now off-shoring. Chinese labor and energy prices are way up from what they were even a few years ago, and they are now moving some production outside of China. As the world market continues to flatten out, we may be evolving a very flexible system for producing goods, with production becoming a combination of season, labor force availability and several other factors. Perhaps this will even help manufacturers get around the Chinese Spring Festival hole. Every year, at the Lunar New Year, millions of workers take vacation and go home for several weeks. The resulting hole in production makes for a major scramble to keep the supply lines running. But if there was a reserve labor force that took up some of the load during such slack periods the supply line could be much more efficient.

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