Are You Being Outsourced?

Proactive initiative is only way to avoid becoming vulnerable to an outsourcing threat. There are four things staff can do to retain their position as users’ or clients’ vendors of choice....
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The "Winner's Curse" in IT Outsourcing

So I'm a bit behind in my reading. A couple of years ago Thomas Kern, Leslie Willcocks and Eric van Heck wrote an interesting IT outsourcing case study with lessons on what they've termed the “Winner's...
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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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A Simple Way To Use Core Competency and Financial Impact Analysis in Outsourcing Planning

The phrase “core competency” was introduced by C.K. Prahalad and Gary Hamel in a groundbreaking article in 1990 in Harvard Business Review. They wrote that a core competency is “an area...
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Managing the Dynamics of Change

As anybody involved in a major outsourcing initiative will tell you, change is part of the process. The people directly involved have to adapt to new ways of working and possibly to a new employer (presuming...
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Application Development Made in America

Ciber, a Denver-based service provider, opened up a “made in America” application development center today in Oklahoma City. The company says this is just the first of several it's planning.According...
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New Options Emerge in a Maturing Outsourcing Market

As your existing outsourcing contracts approach their termination dates, you’ll face some fundamental questions: Are you getting value for your investment? Should you renew with the incumbent service...
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Fireman’s Fund’s Pay-Per-Use IT Contract

When Diane Comer, chief technology officer at the Fireman's Fund Insurance Company, based in Novato, CA, decided not to renew her company's previous IT outsourcing agreement in 2004, her decision was based...
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Retirement Plan Administration Most Outsourced HR Function

Most companies that outsource part or all of their human resources (HR) function give the experience high marks, according to Aon Consulting, a human capital consulting firm. Aon Consulting’s survey...
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