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The Data Center Debate

by Michael Wood

Keeping the data center in house is becoming an increasingly expensive and risk-laden endeavor. Outsourcing the data center can ignite all sorts of fear, uncertainty and doubt. So which is better? Specifically, which is better for your organization? Perhaps reflecting on the tradeoff between each can help you choose a path that is prudent and wise.

The Key to Optimum Outsourcing

by Jiju (Jay) Nair, PMP

Some studies have indicated that the real benefits of offshore outsourcing can be diminished by issues in communication, skill sets and accountability. But if managed properly, offshore IT projects can reap substantial rewards.

The Outsourced PMO

by Andy Jordan

An organization running a fully outsourced PMO?! Crazy talk, right? Not so fast. Read on for a case study of an unusual PMO model--and what all PMOs can learn from it.

The Outsourcing Option: Some Things to Consider

by Michael Wood

Like all complicated issues, outsourcing has valid pros and cons. There is no universal right answer or way, only tradeoffs that must be weighed and balanced in context to an organization’s own needs and circumstances.

There is no IT Outsourcing without a Transition: An Introduction to ITO Transitions

by Stéphane Chalvin

An ITO transition is the complex first phase of the IT outsourcing contract that has strategic importance for the success of the contract. This paper provides an understanding of the transition phase along with the specific attributes that make an ITO transition different from many IT projects; and the key success factors to successfully achieving an ITO transition implementation.

Three Career Opportunities Created By Outsourcing

by Bruce Harpham

For many corporations, outsourcing has become business as usual, a key way to reduce costs and increase flexibility. While many debate regulation and controls, outsourcing presents an opportunity for project managers primed to seize it.

Top Reasons to Outsource

by Kenneth Darter, PMP

There are many reasons and benefits from outsourcing work. Here are some of the top reasons for looking outside of your organization for expertise and assistance in executing projects.

Topic Teasers Vol. 3: Agile Nearshoring

by Barbee Davis, MA, PHR, PMP, PMI-ACP, PMI-PBA

Question: My organization outsources to save money, but it creates communication issues and other problems for my agile team. Can offshoring (outsourcing) work effectively for non-collocated agile groups?

A. Yes, but success may depend on how far away from your collocated team the outsourced resources are located.
B. No. Agile practices stress collocated teams. If you are not based together, there is no way for an agile approach to be effective.
C. Yes, but only if the teams switch the locations where they live every six months so that each group learns the language and culture of the other.
D. No. Agile was created in the United States, and therefore it is only intended to work for American teams.

Topic Teasers Vol. 85: Figuring COST, Not Cost

by Barbee Davis, MA, PHR, PMP, PMI-ACP, PMI-PBA

Question: We are in financial trouble. Even though my team carefully researches costs for new hardware and software with multiple vendors, somehow as time goes on the expenditures on each implementation always costs up to three or four times what we budgeted. Is it us?
A. You are being “taken” by sales people from your hardware vendors who are behaving like used car salesmen. They quote you a low price to get your management’s approval, but when it comes time to actually install you have to add on many necessary extras you really need that they never revealed.
B. It is probably you and your team if you are only figuring initial hardware costs in your project budget. The total cost of any new installation should be calculated both in immediate costs and in long-term costs over the life of the equipment, including non-tangible expenses. Only then can vendor offerings be fairly compared and evaluated.
C. Management should not expect project teams to be pricing hardware. This should be done exclusively by someone from the purchasing department. Your only role is to install whatever arrives on the dock. In this way, if the costs go up you and your team escape the blame.
D. Since recent costs for information technology (IT) items have quadrupled over the life of the equipment, you should multiply any future vendor contract pricing by four and alert accounting how much cash to have on hand in the immediate future. Always pick the lowest bid, as in today’s market all hardware is basically the same.
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