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10 Soaking It All In
12 Panama Team Digs In
14 Contagion Control
UNTIL JUST A FEW MONTHS
AGO, Egypt was being hyped as
a major up-and-comer in IT outsourcing. With a tech-savvy work
force backed by a strong IT infrastructure and stable economy, the
North African country had cracked
A. T. Kearney’s list of top offshoring locations. Especially appealing
to companies in similar time zones,
Egypt also was named the European Outsourcing Association’s top
destination of 2010.
Then came the revolution.
In late January, riots in the streets
prompted government curfews and
shutdowns of all Internet and mobile
phone service. Egyptian IT companies scrambled to communicate
with foreign clients and work around
reduced office hours as companies
questioned the security and viability
of their projects.
Though the Internet was restored
and long-standing dictator Hosni
Mubarak resigned, the experience
left many companies uncertain
about the future of outsourcing
projects to Egypt.
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