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An Interview with HCL Technologies
by James Tate, Sourcing Focus
Sourcing Focus was awarded the chance to sit down and chat with Executive Vice President & Head of EMEA for HCL Technologies, Ashish Gupta. He gave us his opinions on the achievements of HCL, the digital economy, Brexit and how to succeed in the industry.
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Nearshoring – almost like at home
by Anna Nowicka, International Business Development Manager, JCommerce
Due to the increasing demand for IT professionals in virtually all sectors of the economy, and also to the deficiencies in local labour markets, the outsourcing of IT services through the nearshore model is growing in popularity. However, companies often hesitate before deciding to utilize outsourcing in the scope of body and team leasing with foreign companies, fearing the associated risks. The way to overcome these fears is to find a business partner who is experienced in the implementation of outsourcing projects to jointly develop an effective model for project management. Also important when it comes to cooperation is to ensure an effective onboarding process for incoming employees at the client’s company.
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Nearshoring – the good and the bad
by Bartosz Zaleski, JCommerce
The development of information technology is one of the strongest drivers in the acceleration of the globalized world economy. For business, borders are disappearing; gaps in the local labour market can be made up by specialists available in other parts of the world. For professionals it’s much the same – huge demand for specialist knowledge and skills opens up broad possibilities for cooperation with employers from all over the world. Besides the obvious benefits and advantages resulting from this state of affairs, there are also areas of risk, and consequently, more or less justified fears. Does hiring specialists from outside the company, even working remotely from a completely different country, lead to a loss of control of the teams and processes within the company?
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Are your sourcing arrangements actually saving you money?
by Nigel Hughes, Partner, ISG
Today, companies can accomplish more with ten employees than they would have been able to with a thousand workers fifty year¬s ago. Underpinning this shift is the increasing focus on strategic sourcing of essential IT services.
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Outsourcing in the Ukraine: Hit or Miss?
by Tomas Turkovic, Head of Outsourcing, Soitron
As part of his look at all Central and Eastern European outsourcing destinations, this month Tomas Turkovic, Head of Outsourcing at Soitron examines the pros and cons of outsourcing in the Ukraine.
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Understanding Indian Culture for Effective Business in 2015/16
by Chris Halward, Director of Professional Development, National Outsourcing Association
Over the past 20 years, India has developed into one of the world’s most dynamic economies, making working with the people of India an everyday occurrence for professionals globally. Here the NOA's director of professional development shares some key tips on how to conduct successful business in India.
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Seven unrealistic expectations for startups to avoid when outsourcing product development
by Sameer Jain, CEO, Net Solutions
Outsourcing your digital product development needs is a complex and intricate process, regardless of your industry or marketplace – there’s no point in denying this reality. Because of this, it’s more important than ever before for the expectations of executives and managers behind startups to be fluid and adjustable...
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Spotlight on Czech Republic as an Outsourcing Destination
by Tomas Turkovic, Head of Outsourcing, Soitron
Soitron is a leading CEE IT outsourcing group covering Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Romania and Turkey. In the fourth of a five-part series studying these locations, Soitron's Head of Outsourcing observes the advantages and disadvantages of outsourcing to the Czech Republic.
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Managing the Outsourcing Security Risks
by Csaba Krasznay, Product Manager of Shell Control Box, Balabit
In a global environment, IT responsibilities are increasingly being outsourced and proving to be a popular tool for organisations seeking to reduce costs effectively. The number of third party personnel given long term access to organisations’ critical systems and sensitive information is growing rapidly and these third parties are becoming increasingly essential to many businesses and IT operations.
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Software Audits: a Real but Manageable Threat
by Jeff Seabloom, Managing Director, Alsbridge
Business enterprises today are increasingly susceptible to vendor audits of their software portfolios – audits that can expose significant violations of licensing terms and result in millions of pounds in fines and penalties.
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Spotlight on Romania as an outsourcing destination
by Tomas Turkovic, Head of Outsourcing, Soitron
Soitron is a leading CEE IT outsourcing group covering Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Romania and Turkey. In the third of a five-part series studying these locations, Soitron's Head of Outsourcing observes the advantages and disadvantages of outsourcing to Romania.
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Bulgaria: The Next CEE Nearshoring Contender?
by Tomas Turkovic, Head of Outsourcing, Soitron
Soitron is a leading CEE IT outsourcing group covering Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Romania and Turkey. In the second of a five-part series studying these locations, Soitron's Head of Outsourcing sheds light on why Bulgaria could be the next big CEE nearshoring contender.
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Spotlight on Slovakia as an outsourcing destination
by Tomas Turkovic, Head of Outsourcing, Soitron
Soitron is a leading CEE IT outsourcing group covering Slovakia, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Romania and Turkey. In the first of a five-part series studying these locations, Soitron's Head of Outsourcing sheds light on why Slovakia is a prime destination for nearshoring and outsourcing.
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Why Saudi Arabia could be the Next Big ITO Market
by Jeremy Coward
Hani Bagedo, founder of e-commerce and software solutions company Bagedo IB, is adamant that Saudi Arabia is a unique and extremely viable location for companies looking to outsource their IT capabilities. Sourcingfocus interviewed Bagedo to find out if Saudi Arabia could be the next big ITO market.
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How to Strategically Outsource Your SME’s IT Processes
by Matt Kingswood, Head of Managed Services, ITS
Matt Kingswood has over 20 years of experience in the information technology industry. Here he offers SMEs a comprehensive guide to choosing their IT outsourcing provider.
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