It is not easy to find low-cost overseas knowledge workers, since most
outsourcing firms specialize in software solutions and in basic services
such as call centers and data entry. Nonetheless, I have succeeded in
identifying four companies that I believe are equipped to meet your
needs. I list them below in order from least promising to most promising.
Of these four, only the first specifies a rate up front, and even this
is highly unusual. A serious provider of data mining and other knowledge
work will generally have to consider your knowledge domain and processing
requirements in order to design and price a custom solution. Based on my
research into current standards in business process outsourcing (BPO),
I estimate that it will cost you somewhere between $500 and $1500 per
employee per month to have a quality Indian firm carry out a data mining
task such as yours.
I mention G. D. Technologies largely because it quotes an hourly fee,
and despite the fact that its web presence fails to impress. The fee is
$4 an hour for a minimum contract of 1000 hours a month. A staff of six
full-time employees should just meet that threshold.
G. D. Technologies: Concept
G. D. Technologies: Contact
Thuriam is an outsourcing firm that does various kinds of knowledge work,
including data mining and data analysis. Write to firstname.lastname@example.org to
request an estimate.
Thuriam: Data Collection & Extraction
Thuriam: Data Harvesting
Thuriam: Secondary Research
If you're willing to pay top dollar for top-shelf service, you should
consider Wipro, a full-spectrum BPO provider and one of India's Big
Three in outsourcing, along with Tata and Infosys.
Wipro: Knowledge Services
Wipro: Request proposal for services
Probably the best fit for your needs is Outsource2India, which makes a
convincing case for its expertise in knowledge work. I believe you will
be impressed by the amount of detail they offer about how they go about
handling this kind of work. It is easy to see why they cannot provide
up-front pricing for such a highly customized process.
Outsource2India: Web Data Extraction and Data Mining Services
Outsource2India: Desk & Web Research Services
Outsource2India: Knowledge Services Enquiry