Intelligent It Outsourcing / Edition 1

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Intelligent IT Outsourcing enables practitioners to focus in on the essential issues that need to be addressed so that the fundamental structure of their sourcing strategy and its implementation is sound. The authors provide insight into the challenges likely to be faced and give detailed advice on how to pre-empt and manage these.

IT and outsourcing continue to be problematic, not least because fundamental learning about this subject fails to be applied systematically, and because IT is inherently difficult to manage. The economics are not obvious and emerging technologies have to be addressed, therefore IT goes to the heart of many enterprises and interfaces with multiple business units and processes, and there are continuous skills shortages.

Unfortunately complexities are not removed in outsourced situations where additional problems come into play, for example the supplier's capabilities, whether the IT is right for an outsourcing solution, and whether the contract is robust but flexible enough to allow for outsourcing to take place. Objectives need to be realistic, and factors such as whether the internal management is mature and capable enough in this field, and the impact of prohibitive switching costs on behaviour once an outsourcing deal has been signed all have to be taken into account.

The authors have built up over two decades of research, advisory and practitioner experience that enables them to distil the fundamental challenges in IT and outsourcing and demonstrate how these can be addressed.

• Focuses on the fundamentals of what should be done and what should be avoided, based on actual experience applied in major IT outsourcing deals
• Research findings and case examples included throughout to support recommended practices
• Written by highly experienced, internationally acknowledged experts in the field

Audience: IT Managers.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780750656511
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 9/1/2003
  • Series: Computer Weekly Professional Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 252
  • Product dimensions: 7.44 (w) x 9.69 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Meet the Author

Sara Cullen, Managing Director of Sara Cullen and Associates, is one of Australia's most experienced outsourcing practitioners and thought leaders. She has consulted to over 70 clients in 90 projects with contract values up to $1 billion per annum covering 45 business functions. She has designed innovative partnering arrangements including franchise-type agreements, shared risk/reward structures and incentive programs in addition to more traditional arrangements. Her clients are in the communications, defence, finance, manufacturing, transport and utility industries as well as local, state and federal governments.

Andersen Professor of Information Management and E-Business at Warwick University Business School, UK. Associate Fellow at Templeton College, Oxford and holds visiting chairs at Erasmus and Melbourne Universities.

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Provides a comprehensive framework for successful outsourcing
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Table of Contents

Computer Weekly Professional Series
About the authors
List of figures
List of tables
Pt. 1 Architect Phase
1 The first building block - discard he myths: gather acumen 3
2 The second building block - get equipped: prepare the strategies 24
3 The third building block - identify the right activities: target the services 51
4 The fourth building block - ensure the results: design the future 67
Pt. 2 Engage Phase
5 The fifth building block - commercial mating: select the supplier(s) 115
6 The sixth building block - the starting gate: make the transition 151
Pt. 3 Govern Phase
7 The seventh building block - get the results: manage the ITO 171
8 The eighth building block - do it again reconsider the options 200
9 Conclusion 216
References and brief further reading 219
Index 221
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