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Indy as IT outsource center

February 26, 2009
Information technology companies would do well to outsource business processes to Indianapolis, a new KPMG report says.

The accounting and consulting firm included only one other U.S. city, Boise, Idaho, on an international list of 31 places where companies are likely to get the best combination of talent and low costâ??and are largely undiscovered as potential hot spots.

Interestingly, the report says the Indianapolis area had 64,000 â??underemployedâ?? workers in 2007, nearly a fourth of them with IT skills.

Indianapolis can take advantage of its close proximity to Indiana and Purdue universities as well as Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Ivy Tech Community College and the University of Illinois, it says.

Indianapolis is centrally located and has Internet II, one of only eight major fiber optic cable spines in the nation. The area also boasts low taxes, good roads, plenty of power and no congestion to speak of, despite a noted lack of mass transit.

Quality of life is good but the crime rate is â??quite high.â?? Another downer: â??The city has a history of disruptions on account of flood and tornadoes.â??

Where to locate these kinds of jobs? Purdue has a new research park near the airport, the report suggests.

KPMG has spoken. What are your thoughts?
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