India, China & Malaysia Top AT Kearney Poll

October 8th 2014 - Wednesday

India remains the top offshoring destination for information technology (IT) companies, followed by China and Malaysia, said a study by A.T. Kearney in September.

The study, Global Services Location Index, assessed 51 countries based on metrics under three categories including financial attractiveness, people skills and availability, and business environment. “Despite expectations regarding #2 ranked China, India maintains and even increases its lead over China,” the study said.

“The country (India) is unrivaled in both scale and people skills. Leading IT services firms are expanding their traditional offerings (in India) to include R&D, product development, and other niche services,” it said. “The line between IT and BPO is blurring as players offer bundles and specialised services to their clients and develop skills in niche domains.”

Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines were ranked fifth, sixth and seventh in the list; Thailand and the Philippines improving their rank from last year.

The A.T. Kearney study is aimed at helping companies make location decisions, especially back-office functions, such as information technology and business-process outsourcing, it said.

Mexico came in at No. 4, Brazil was No. 8 and Egypt came in at No. 10. Bangladesh debuted on the list at No. 26.