China’s "Next" Top Ten Cities For IT Outsourcing

Alsbridge Consulting, a Dallas, Texas, based consulting company that describes itself as an “award winning outsourcing, offshoring and shared services advisory firm, just came out with its list of “China’s Next Top Ten Cities for IT Outsourcing.” Alsbridge’s press release regarding this list says these ten Chinese cities were selected “based on accessibility, population, education, resources and economic stability.

These attributes complement the notion that China offers a wealth of outsourcing promise and that the larger cities such as Dalian, Hong Kong and Shanghai are not the country’s only outsourcing hubs.” To see the full report, click here [link no longer exists]

In alphabetical order, these ten “next” cities are, as follows:

  • Chengdu
  • Dalian
  • Guangzhou
  • Hangzhou
  • Jinan
  • Nanjing
  • Shenzhen
  • Tianjin
  • Wuhan
  • Xi’an

If you ask me, this list is quite strange in that it is missing both Shanghai and, most importantly, Beijing. I guess we are to assume both cities are in today’s top ten cities for IT outsourcing and this list is just the “next ten.” But if that is the case, why is Dalian on the list when Alsbridge specifically says this list is meant to go beyond cities like “Dalian”? I cannot even imagine what other eight cities round out the present top ten (beyond Shanghai and Beijing), especially if Dalian is not on this list.

Can anyone help me out here?

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