The opinion is clearly stated from page one - outsource or your company may not survive. And, when you do, choose China. In Source Code China: The New Global Hub of IT Outsourcing, Cyril Eltschinger drives the message that China has all the factors for information technology outsourcing success, making the distinction between the subject of this book and business process outsourcing, largely made up of call centres. His gung ho style of promoting what China has to offer the IT outsourcing market draws you in. If your company is not outsourcing already, Eltschinger makes a convincing argument for why you should. He whittles it down to simple economics that '...by not engaging in it, you are losing out because others are getting into it'. It is also common sense, because outsourcing lets you concentrate on the company's core business. China's unique position means it has unparalleled benefits for IT outsourcing. These are spelled out with frequent comparisons with top competitor India.'China is clearly a better choice, but it is still a very novel concept...' Eltschinger writes. The mainland's advantages include the largest pool of annual computer sciences and software graduate talent; sustained economic growth and a stable outlook; world-class infrastructure and networks; expanding English and foreign-language capability; government commitment to the hi-tech industry; and stringent enforcement of intellectual property rights protection and data security. Eltschinger levels his enthusiasm with a fair look at the challenges facing this expansion. He advises clients in mitigating and framing those risks and reassures those considering IT outsourcing in China that it is the best current option and the way of the future. Chief among the challenges are legal issues and staffing. His advice for avoiding legal debacles over intellectual property is to, from the outset, make this type of protection a part of your due diligence and to be prepared to apply greater management control, as you would in any emerging market. Putting China in context, he devotes another substantial portion of the text to an overview of the global outsourcing landscape. Then, within China, he reviews the top 10 cities for outsourcing - Beijing, Shanghai, Dalian, Chengdu, Xian, Jinan, Hangzhou, Guangzhou, Nanjing and Shenzhen. Those unfamiliar with outsourcing will appreciate the review of the four main models. Eltschinger supplies a decision-making matrix with the advantages and risks of each model as well as a more in-depth examination. This guide will appeal to chief executives and chief investment officers swamped with heavy-handed marketing calls advising them where to set up an IT outsourcing facility. It is likely to provide reassurance the decision to enter China is a competitive and cost-effective consideration. Elizabeth Horscroft is a Hong Kong-based journalist.