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8 Techniques for Using Subcontractors That Deliver Effectively

by Latoya Morris, PMP

When you work with subcontractors, they become an extension of you to your clients and you want them to deliver quality and continue your good name and good standing. Subcontractors, just like employees, can either be a joy or a nightmare, but you can impact which it will be. This article provides eight techniques that deliver effectively.

Business Transitions: Establishing the Extended Business Center

by P. Radhika Ravi

IT business transitions involve taking over the service delivery responsibility from an IT organization or an IT unit of a corporation and sending it offshore. Establishing an extended business center (EBC) is one of the operating models used in these strategic partnerships. This paper delineates the process of establishing an EBC for a leading European bank.

Challenges When Integrating Nearshore With Offshore Outsourcing

by Human Motamedi

Establishing collaboration between a nearshore development subsidiary and an offshore outsourcing supplier can present challenges even when the client has an established delivery model for outsourcing projects. With nearshore-offshore collaboration on the rise, a better understanding of the challenges involved is beneficial.

Common Pitfalls to Avoid During the Contracting Process

by Vivek Gondi

The success of a project depends on the processes that are followed, the people who execute them and the contractual terms and conditions. This subject is all the more relevant to companies who take up work with little background and experience. Understanding some of the common pitfalls that should be avoided by sellers is essential.

Contracting for Infrastructure Technology (IT) Services – “Software as a Service” Projects

by Janice Blake, PMP

With business competition increasing, organizations have turned to third parties for delivery models that offer new ways of fulfilling their information processing and data needs. Managing an IT service is very different from managing IT products and requires new skills. Contract establishment, vendor management and education of the business staff is needed. This paper addresses some of the key areas to consider when contracting for large-scale IT service contracts.

Devaluing Knowledge

by Andy Jordan

When decisions are taken to outsource project execution elements, there is one consideration that needs to be given more weight. Organizations who outsource often allow valuable knowledge to leave at the end of the outsourcing relationship, hurting their ability to deliver in the future.

Economic Sense: What the State of the Economy Means for Project Professionals

by Kelley Hunsberger

The health of the global economy affects the health of your projects. A grasp on economic trends can help project professionals stand out by proving they can help navigate the chaos and improve the bottom line. Three trends are making waves in the business arena, and forcing project leaders to take action.

How to Avoid Outsourcing Issues

by Andy Jordan

Outsourcing is a fundamental project discipline, but it’s frequently mismanaged--resulting in damaged relationships, failed projects and a considerable amount of finger pointing. Here we look at some ways those problems can be avoided.

How to Guarantee Quality Project Management When Outsourcing Projects

by Peter Liebermann, Amy LaClair

Properly managing the outsourcing of projects is essential to ensuring that organizations achieve the success they seek. There are several key elements to consider when outsourcing a project or portions of a project. This article will help identify the key aspects to consider prior to awarding a contract to a vendor.

In or Out? A Question of Sourcing

by Mike Donoghue

For some organizations, outsourcing has been a costly experiment--one that can drive away existing clients who can feel neglected or ostracized by this change in direction. Is insourcing the answer?

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