"The IT industry is quite mature, but for a mature industry it??s surprising more projects are not fixed price," the paper quotes Simon van Wyk, managing director at HotHouse, which conducted the poll. "Outsourcing can give an organisation some certainty about the commercial outcome."
"It??s not as simple as it used to be. Now you design something here, prototype it elsewhere, redesign it, and it may go to multiple other places to production and then maybe to even other production locations...It goes from Japan to China to Southeast Asia, or from the United States or Europe to all those places and others. It??s every possibility you can think of.&… Read more
For Intel, it's a relative drop in the financial bucket. But it fits with the company's broader build-up of a global manufacturing and research infrastructure. Outgoing CEO Craig Barrett talks about Intel being a global company with global interests and global customers. Also, he's not shy about dismissing calls to rein in offshore outsourcing as ill-informed.
Wanna bet he wasn't … Read more
The PR blurb reads: "Experts from the two publications will debate the thorny issue of outsourcing: what it means and whether it's a sign of a healthy world economy, as The Economist argues, or rather a symptom of global economic malaise, as The Nation team will contend."
Pistols at 20 paces. You can find out the details at http://www.economist.com/events/outsourcing/
Steve Ballmer was in Banglalore, India on Monday to announce deals with Infosys Technologies Ltd. and Wipro Ltd. The two companies are going to buy Microsoft products to build applications for their outsourcing customers. Meanwhile, Microsoft plans to step up its hiring of Indians in coming months. The Microsoft campus in Hyderabad, which employs about 1,500 people, eventually will be home to approximately 3,000 programmers.
That's straightforward enough. But earlier this summer, Microsoft denied it was sending technology or jobs to India. In … Read more
If outsourcing company Symphony Services has its way, what goes where on the shelves at your supermarket could be decided by analysts in India.
Symphony Services is going to announce on Monday a "space planning" service for retailers and manufacturers. Palo Alto, Calif.-based Symphony, which has facilities in India, Texas, Tennessee and Massachusetts, said the service includes "data access, cleansing and integration," analytics and the production of shelf space plans.
"The number of products in any given category on retail shelves can be overwhelming, and retailers must determine what products to carry, how much … Read more
A new kid on the block promises to give offshore outsourcing a run for its money--by routing technology work to rural America.
Rural Sourcing is a start-up founded and largely funded by Kathy White, former chief information officer for health care giant Cardinal Health. White, also Rural Sourcing's president, has set up two facilities in Arkansas, has another center coming on line in New Mexico in January, and is in talks to open yet another facility in North Carolina.
The company can offer services such as application maintenance and Internet development for roughly 40 percent less than what other … Read more
GE was one of the early American companies to tap India's outsourcing potential. But the outsourcing unit limited its service to GE and its customers.
That restriction no longer need apply now that General Atlantic Partners and Oak Hill Capital Partners are paying $500 million for a majority ownership position in GE Capital International Services. Should they choose, the new equity owners can now widen the scope of the business to contract with any … Read more
Both IBM and HP are big foreign outsourcers and have taken their PR lumps accordingly. But methinks Rollins was stretching the truth when he suggested Dell was following a different path. Fact is that the company has long had factories and support centers in other … Read more