Author: Jorge Agnese

Advantages of nearshore vs. offshore outsourcing

In this blog, I will discuss the advantages of nearshore vs. offshore outsourcing and when it makes sense to use nearshore. Before I begin, I want to emphasize the positive role that offshore can play in reducing costs and increasing output. There will be times when offshore is the right option. Offshore operations offer access to large numbers of qualified workers that can efficiently handle straightforward business processes and software development tasks. Businesses small and large have repeatedly realized sustained cost reductions by outsourcing various mundane and repeatable tasks. By outsourcing these tasks they can both save money and...

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Why You Should Consider Outsourcing Product Lifecycle Management

The greatest priority among product or software providers concerning product lifecycle management (PLM)—the process of managing a product from inception to design to testing to disposal—is operational efficiency. These providers are concerned with such things as reducing product quality issues and accelerating time to market, all of which reduce costs and increase profit in the long-run. To achieve these PLM goals, providers need advanced, integrated tools and analytics that enable them to gain deeper insight into their product lifecycles, more clearly understand how their systems work, and make more informed and profitable business decisions and improvements. In fact, 65...

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Beyond IT Outsourcing: Why You Should Consider Co-sourcing and Multi-sourcing

“Outsourcing” is a well-known term in the average business leader’s vernacular. After all, as we recently covered on our blog, IT outsourcing hit an all-time high during the first nine months of 2014; during the third quarter alone, annual contract values for outsourcing deals rose nearly 20 percent. But that doesn’t mean misconceptions still don’t exist.   While it’s true that outsourcing involves handing off the development, maintenance and management of IT systems and infrastructure to a third-party vendor, it doesn’t have to be an “all-in” model. What business leaders tend to forget is that they can co-source any...

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It’s Time Stop Viewing ‘IT Outsourcing’ as a Dirty Word

Why is “outsourcing” still considered a forbidden word in the IT industry? Surely not all companies have apprehensions when it comes to the term, but there are certainly some that have trepidations. As we look to a new year in a few weeks, it’s time to enforce the importance of looking at IT outsourcing through a new set of lenses. Here are just a few reasons IT outsourcing (or co-sourcing) has quickly gone from taboo to ‘To Do’: The market has shown vast growth: In 2013, the global IT outsourcing market was expected to reach $288 billion. As companies’...

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Working Through the Holidays? How to Keep Team Morale Up

‘Tis the season to be jolly, but the question is: Will your employees feel the same way if they have to work through the holidays? One team that certainly has its work cut out for it during the holiday season is the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Let’s back track… Last week, Dr. David Bray, newly appointed CIO of the FCC, announced that the commission will be working on a 24-month legacy modernization project, which Bray and his team will kick start this month. Specifically, each of the FCC’s 207 individual legacy systems will be transitioned to a cloud-based common...

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2015 Slated to be Another Year of Strong IT Outsourcing

IT in 2014 has been defined by one mega-trend: outsourcing. A new report by Information Services Group (ISG) shows that U.S. IT outsourcing hit an all-time high during the first nine months of 2014. Case in point, during the third quarter alone, annual contract values for IT outsourcing deals in the U.S. rose nearly 20 percent. So, what can we anticipate for 2015 outsourcing? The outlook is positive based on the report’s findings above, as well as the following three statistics: Business process outsourcing (BPO) contracts rose nearly 17 percent during 3Q14. Market growth stands 13 percent ahead of...

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