01 May 2012

Outsourcing News Alert for March - April, 2012

Information Technology - Germany Data protection issues in offshore outsourcing transactions
Data protection is close to the heart of most Europeans and so it is unsurprising that the EU legal framework for data protection and data privacy should be so rigid. This update examines whether German data protection law, which is based on the EU Data Protection Directive (95/46/EC), prevents companies from entering into and conducting offshore outsourcing transactions.
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Most corporate leaders decide to offshore IT services to cut costs, that is as true today as it was at the dawn of the offshoring era. But labor arbitrage fades, according to an ongoing offshore outsourcing study researchers are conducting at Duke University. In fact, it disappears after three years.
Environmentally friendlier outsourcing practices may generate increased profit and positive publicity for IT service providers, but they remain a non-issue for most customers. For those that do value sustainability, we offer 15 tips for discerning real improvements from window dressing.
What on earth is going on in Europe? Countries such as Germany and France who have staunchly resisted sending jobs overseas are suddenly capitulating—at least as far as the IT and software sector is concerned.
IT outsourcing providers and their customers are fighting hard over data security liability limits at the negotiating table, and the issue is going to get more contentious in the cloud.
Four major forces are blowing apart traditional models of managing a firm’s technology and related economics.
Companies that want to create user-friendly, transparent, quickly evolving enterprise apps are often hindered in their ability to do so by their outsourcers. Here's how to figure out when outsourcing agile development is the right move.
While the US has been the largest geography contributing in excess of 50 per cent, Europe has been steadily growing since the last seven years – albeit at a slow pace. However, as the Euro Zone crisis reached fever pitch six months ago, concerns around business from Europe reached a zenith.
From pricing and skills to SLAs and negotiation protocol, businesses can encounter many pitfalls when evaluating proposals for an IT outsourcing project. Here are nine telltale signs that a vendor might not be the right fit for the project.
The Philippine government needs to improve tax and other forms of incentives for business process outsourcing (BPO) firms, or risk losing out to other locations like China and Vietnam that offer lower costs for new investors.
The corporate drive in the U.S. and Europe to move more IT and finance jobs to India and other offshore sites will continue, with another 750,000 such positions being shifter by 2016. But levels of additional offshoring will begin to decline by 2014.
According to strategic advisory and research firm The Hackett Group, Offshoring IT, financial and other service jobs to India, has matured and will reach the end of its lifecycle over the next decade. The firm estimates that this trend will be over within 8 to 10 years.