David Scott Lewis is an experienced businessperson/techie, now with Startech Global’s Beijing Office in Tsinghua Pioneer Park. In this three part Sourcing Magazine series, Diane Schaffhauser extensively interviews Lewis on China and on technology in China. Part I, “Analyst David Scott Lewis Shares His China Perspective” is here, Part II, “Your China Strategy Development: Advice from an Analyst” is here, and Part III, “The Current State of Services Outsourcing in China” is here.
Schaffhauser describes the Lewis interview as follows:
You can never know what’s going to come out of David Scott Lewis’ mouth next — but you should know whatever he says will be insightful and you’d better pay attention. An ex-METAGroup analyst who — along with many others — lost his job when the company was acquired by Gartner Research, he had never been to China, aside from Hong Kong. But not so many months ago, he moved overseas because little was keeping him in the US and love beckoned from afar (and online). The last time we caught up with him — in July 2005, when he’d returned home for a brief visit to speak at the AlwaysOn conference at Stanford University — he was providing consulting services in China, primarily to US clients trying to locate just the right service providers to work with. In this interview, Mr. Lewis supplies a no-holds-barred rundown on the current state of the outsourcing business in China.
Though the interview is two years old, it is, like all discussions with Mr. Lewis (a frequent CLB commenter) it is truly “no-holds-barred” and, more importantly, quite interesting and quite instructive.
I recommend it to all who are doing business in China, particularly to those in the tech business.