SEAFOOD Presentation

Last month I presented at SEAFOOD 2010 a paper we wrote with Carlos Pallotti about Argentina’s Offshore

Last month I presented at SEAFOOD 2010 a paper we wrote with Carlos Pallotti about Argentina’s Offshore Software Industry. It’s great to see how Argentina is, little by little, getting more attention in the offshore landscape. However, we are not alone: many countries around the globe are doing the same and many of them have interesting competitive advantages. Just to mention an example, Russia, the Country that hosted the conference, has a very compatible time zone with Western Europe and a very strong scientific system. I also got the impression that Argentina is somewhat ahead in the adoption of innovative Software Engineering approaches. I hope this will also help us.

I got an interesting question from someone in the audience who asked “Considering Spanish is the most spoken language in the world after Mandarin Chinese, why do you say that Argentina’s good level of English is a competitive advantage”. My answer was the typical “The most attractive markets require English”, but it left me thinking whether Argentina is using this opportunity as much as it should.

We also had quite interesting Keynotes from Ivar Jacobson, about SEMAT, from Bertrand Meyer, about Empirical Software Engineering, and from Richar Soley, about his work at OMG. The SEMAT initiative is very interesting, although it received some powerful critics. I’ll write a post about it soon.

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