When I interview potential team members I always ask the question: “What is the impact of globalization on our company and on our clients?” This is not an easy question to answer and I’ve seen recent college grads and seasoned leaders alike cringe when they hear this.
The topic of the global economy is familiar to the IT folks. Many practicing architects are leveraging or at least familiar with the outsourcing software development models. But thinking beyond software architecture – what impact does globalization have on the business problem you’re trying to solve? Perhaps the problem you’re trying to solve is now nonexistent, or perhaps the complexity of the problem just increased by a factor of ten.
“What is the impact of globalization on software architecture?” This question I will try to answer in this blog in the near future.
With no clear answers this topic is a zero day problem for pessimists and a vibrant opportunity for optimists.
If you’re looking for a primer on the general topic of globalization I highly recommend reading "The World Is Flat" by Thomas Friedman.