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Outsourcing This Week: News Breakdown and Analysis (28th Feb - 6th March 2015)

by Jeremy Coward

Outsourcing news breakdown and analysis for the last seven days.

The UK Government’s Relationship with Outsourcing Remains Unpredictable

Even after embracing the EU’s new procurement laws to support SMEs, the UK government’s relationship with public-private outsourcing remains fraught in places.

A feud arose between IT trade association TechUK and the Government Digital Service (GDS) over the government’s lack of clarity regarding outsourcing contracts – GDS deputy director Alex Holmes criticised ‘tower model’ outsourcing in a blog post, despite the previous favour shown towards the model by the public sector.

Meanwhile, outside of the UK, Europe further embraced IT outsourcing by awarding its largest ever outsourcing contract to a consortium of European IT firms.

IT Industry Clashes with UK Government over Public Contracts

Over 1/4 of the Government’s Procurement Budget Spent with SMEs

European Commission Awards Largest Ever Outsourcing Contract

Indian Suppliers Continue to Strive for World Dominance

Infosys signed a five-year outsourcing deal with Dutch courier business TNT, while Tech Mahindra expanded further into South-East Asia by opening an offshore base in Vietnam.

However, the success could be short-lived for some, with Infosys and Wipro both scrambling to retain expiring contracts with some of their biggest buyers.

Infosys and Wipro Scramble to Retain Expiring Outsourcing Contracts

Infosys Commits to 5 Year Outsourcing Deal with TNT

Tech Mahindra Opens Vietnam Base

The Future’s Bright - The Future’s Africa

After agreeing on a huge European contract with Swedish phone company Ericsson, Orange’s technical strategy director announced at the Mobile World Congress that Orange plans to outsource further into the continent of Africa.

Orange Considers Africa Outsourcing after Big Deal with Ericsson

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