Our world is shrinking. Companies send IT jobs abroad but the tech industry also imports. I work with several companies abroad or in other states. I work with almost no local companies. I have to admit that it is a cool feeling to quote projects in foreign currencies. I only hope the US dollar doesn’t change too much between the beginning and end of the project!
Working remotely with so many different people has really shown me that there is a future in getting people away from corporate offices. I think in the next 10-15 years we will see a great trend in encouraging people to create home offices and work from their houses (at least part of the week). Customer service personnel, financial people, IT people, programmers and many other types of jobs could be done with short centralize meetings or even via video conferencing and desktop sharing. Office costs in furniture, heating/cooling, electricity, leasing and other infrastructure costs could be severely reduced. Transportation costs could be greatly reduced. Imagine if 50% of the work force suddenly quit driving 30-40 minutes each direction to work! I see it! I can imagine government tax cuts to encourage such a future!