Automotive Design Offshoring to India

The intense competitive pressures in the automobile industry, especially in the US and Europe, have created a set of enabling factors, or drivers that are forcing OEMs and ancillaries to explore outsourcing...
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Legal Process Outsourcing of First Level Document Review

Over the last several years, the proliferation in electronically stored information (ESI), such as email, instant messages, electronic documents and data on handheld devices, has drastically changed the...
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A Populist Notion

I'll be heading out in a couple of hours to go vote today — my preference always to be to go to the polls rather than fill out an absentee ballot. It's an experience I haven't missed since I turned...
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How Executives Paralyze Their IT Teams

Frequently, companies prefer working with external vendors because internal providers are often understaffed or clients require a new service that is beyond capabilities of present staffing, and they have...
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Best Offshore Providers

I notice that Managing Offshore, the newish high-priced newsletter from CMP, is pulling together an “Offshore 100,” an award program to recognize service providers doing interesting offshore projects....
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When You're Understaffed in a Programming Group

Karen at Speaking of Nonsense offers a quick essay on “Options for the Understaffed Programming Shop.” The three alternatives that she identifies are: Hire like mad and fight the battle to...
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Pay Your Service Provider Out of the Savings It Promises

It's generally a good idea to limit the number of companies you outsource to, just to keep things simple and easy to manage. However, if a new outsourcing vendor approaches you with a spectacular, fabulous...
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Beyond the Template: Writing an RFP That Works

A generally accepted (and obvious) enterprise “best practice” is to procure services via a robust competitive methodology. In general, this is achieved by issuing a comprehensive request for...
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Contracts, Compliance, and IP

I just spent a remarkable hour interviewing Marc Friedman, an IP/IT attorney with Sills Cummis Epstein & Gross (http://www.sillscummis.com), and what Dian said in her “Doing Rigorous Offshore...
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