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While intercontinental tag teaming brings with it a round-the-clock advantage, it has its challenges. Internet and satellites may offer a gateway for colleagues to communicate across the globe, but its hinges are still a little rusty. Even though Novell has outfitted its offices with state of the art communications technology, connection breaks and frequency noise often disrupt Jim and Prasad's "team meetings." Ultimately, screen to screen congratulations takes away from the personal satisfaction of hi-fiving a job well done over a beer.

Working with a colleague on the other side of the world also poses challenges that existed way before the digital age. As project partners, Jim and Prasad have to work through cultural barriers everyday. Differences can stem from something as small as a gesture. In Indian culture, shaking one's head side to side is a sign of agreement - something that confuses Jim in his conferences with Prasad. Sometimes it's a question of lifestyle. Prasad says he is surprised by the lack of balance between work and family life he sees in the US half of his team.

When it comes to coding, however, they are all on the same page, literally, and that's what the global workforce in the Internet age is all about. If they can't meet face to face, at least they can have a meeting of the minds.

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