01 May 2013

Outsourcing News Alert for March - April, 2013

Crowdsourcing Offers a Tightly Focused Alternative to Outsourcing
Crowdsourcing isn't likely to overtake traditional IT outsourcing in the foreseeable future, but for well-defined, repeatable tasks that can be pulled out of workflows and plugged back in, it's an attractive option for enterprise IT and product development.
Beware the “hidden costs” of internet technology outsourcing, warns a leading expert on the subject.
Fact: A huge percentage of outsourcing relationships fail. CFOs are good at writing contracts, but that contract is only the starting point for a successful engagement.

The principle is called the “5-3- 2 Principle” and refers to the five essential characteristics of cloud computing, the three cloud service delivery methods, and the two deployment models which when put together properly describes what cloud computing is.
Gartner’s been gazing at its crystal ball again, and has forecast that service-led solutions – software as a service (SaaS), infrastructure as a service (IaaS), platform as a service (PaaS) and so forth – will displace more traditional sourcing methods by 2015.
Shorter project lead times, greater customer demands drive change.
Software outsourcing has been a booming business since 1990’s. The reason being reduced cost, access to wide range of labor markets and improved performance.
Performance, security, cost -- here’s what to really expect from the cloud
A feature disguised as a product.
Business and IT leaders are bombarded with cloud computing hype and promotion. Yet very little is said about how the cloud affects the evolution of the IT organization itself. Enterprise cloud adoption is a transformative shift where the greatest implementation challenges are often more about people and process than technology integration.
Companies continue to expand their offshore resources, but the process could stand improvement.
Last year was the worst for the IT services contract market since 2002.
Outsourcing contracts have been coming in thick and fast to software firms since the beginning of the year, promising a bountiful crop for the firms in 2013.
What happens when outsourcing contracts end in this deep and incisive insight.
Europe’s reluctance to send information technology and other business processing work to India might be changing, based on recent financial results from companies that specialize in handling “IT and business process outsourcing” work. It looks like this is a trend that will last more than a quarter.
Companies that are moving select IT capabilities to the cloud are saving money and increasing profits, which they are putting back into the business to increase headcount, boost wages and drive innovation.
The world of technology is doing wonders every now and then since many past decades –a few advancements here and a few there! So what does the year 2013 have in store for the world of technology? What are some Cloud computing changes that can be experienced in 2013?
The IT industry will focus on internet and mobile technology, big data and cloud computing technologies for speedy growth in order to achieve USD 300 billion revenue by 2020, Nasscom today said.
The software industry could reap a bonanza in 2013 as Japan looks for outsourcers beyond China, according to the Vietnam Software Association (Vinasa).
RightScale-sponsored survey shows that problems scaring many IT organizations fade away as they actually deploy
According to the Cisco Global Cloud Index, global cloud computing traffic will increase 12-fold from 130 exabytes to reach a total of 1.6 zettabytes annually by 2015
No, it’s not security, and it’s not privacy. It’s not speed of provisioning...
Whether your organization is jumping full force into cloud computing or hanging back and assessing options carefully before deciding if the cloud can benefit your organization, there's no question that IT shops are being changed by the industry's drive toward cloud delivery.
Cloud computing is set for a number of big shakeups this year. The big story is in the effect these changes will have on smaller businesses.
Is cloud computing really catching on in the enterprise? Well, that depends on who you talk to, recent surveys have found.
The latest stats might suggest all is not well with outsourcing, but the expert view tells a different story.
According to the IDC, CIOs in the EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) region acknowledge the benefits of cloud infrastructure and nearly 47% of CIOs in Africa are already engaged in cloud strategy of some kind. Part of this trend of moving towards cloud computing is the adoption of SaaS- (software as a service) based enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems.
Just having a cloud strategy is not enough for any enterprise software company anymore. Owning the pain prospects and customers go through daily to get work done is all that matters.
New numbers show the cloud reducing IT costs, with traditional software and hardware vendors paying the price.
Among its first priorities, the CSA SMB Working Group will be tasked with creating an SMB version of the CSA Guidance.
Whether you like it or not, you are either crowdsourcing or being sourced. The information we are generating in a big data world is starting to funnel into tightly curated areas of interest to companies and people. And it’s only going to get bigger!
One thing stands out in many of the cloud computing conferences this spring: There's a big disconnect between the idea of cloud that vendors push and what the average enterprise is actually doing.
A detailed look at some of the secrets that one needs to visit while going for a strategic outsourcing deal
In part 2 of our two-part series on IT offshoring lessons, we look at seven more examples of successful IT outsourcing offshoring best practices.
The need to remain competitive has kept offshoring an essential part of nearly every company's sourcing strategy. The questions that remain are what and how to offshore. Offshore pioneers who have navigated the changing IT offshoring terrain have some answers based on a decade's worth of lessons. In part 1 of a two-part series, we look at seven of those lessons.
Why is it always the Americans at the head of the queue when it comes to increasing quarterly profit margins? But, even more intriguingly, why are they also leading the way when it comes to attempting to improve their capabilities when they outsource?
Bangladesh Association of Software and Information Services (BASIS) has awarded 100 software outsourcing heroes for their outstanding contribution to the country's economy.
Skills, best practice and business alignment mean outsourcing is here to stay
The cloud delivery models that present the most software-licensing challenges are infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and platform as a service (PaaS). Software as a service (SaaS) is less likely to cause problems because, as the name suggests, the software is part of the cloud provider's services.
In the final segment of a panel discussion with senior technology executives, Forbes publisher Rich Karlgaard focused again on the increased importance of risk sharing between companies and their IT vendors.
Sourcing departments in businesses must take into account Generation Y to ensure outsourcing continues to deliver value, according to research from Gartner.
Companies that view outsourcing merely as an easy way to offload commodity work are missing important benefits to be gained by working closely with service providers.
The number of IT employees at larger businesses continues to decline, but there is an end in sight to the multi-decade trend.
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What to consider before you send your IT overseas
Cloud computing is an evolutionary transition that forces IT professionals to take a new look at strategies for solving long-standing business needs.
Do your IT outsourcing services deals fail to deliver more than the basics? IT outsourcing customers need to focus on developing and training their outsourcing management staff so that their IT services deals are better than just 'good enough.'
The word outsourcing has become a staple in Russian business language, but it is still not encountered in Russian law. Generally, outsourcing contrasts with the leasing of personnel in that outsourcing involves certain business processes being contracted out to an external service provider.