Keane sees opportunity for a domestic IT services industry, in part, because of the changing nature of development. Increasing reliance on development methodologies such as agile has created a need for real-time decision-making and close collaboration. But that also means increasing the supply of domestic IT workers by encouraging college enrollments and training, he said.
Keane said U.S. policy on visas should be changed in a way that encourages students to study software, "as opposed to going down a path, in essence, of suggesting that the only way to solve our problem is to raise the cap and ship more work offshore."
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