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The decision to source software development to an overseas firm (offshoring) is looked at frequently in simple economic terms - it's cheaper, and skilled labor is easier to find. In practice, however, offshoring is fraught with difficulties. As well as the considerable challenge of controlling projects at a distance, there are differences in culture, language, business methods, politics, and many other issues to contend with. Nevertheless, as many firms have discovered, the benefits of getting it right are too great to ignore. This book explains everything you need to know to put offshoring into practice, avoid the pitfalls, and develop effective working relationships. It covers a comprehensive range of the important offshoring issues: from ROI to strategy, from SLA to culture, from country comparisons to provider marketing. Written for CTOs, CIOs, consultants, and other IT executives, this book is also an excellent introduction to sourcing for business students.
Preface; Part I. The Fundamentals: 1. The offshore landscape; 2. Offshore economics and offshore risks; 3. Beginning the offshore journey; 4. The offshore country menu; Part II. Managerial Competency: 5. Offshore strategy; 6. Offshore legal issues; 7. Managing the offshore transition; 8. Overcoming distance and time; 9. Dealing with cross-cultural issues; Part III. Other Stakeholders: 10. Building software industries in developing nations; 11. Marketing of offshore services - the provider perspective; 12. Offshore politics; Biographies; References; Index.
Posted August 3, 2005
This is a rather comprehensive look of why software development gets offshored and of how to do it right should you decide to try it yourself. The authors are an academic and a consultant, making the book an appealing blend of evidence-based theory and practical advice. The focus is primarily on software development, with some attention paid to such IT-enabled services as call centers. The two most appealing things about the book are its maintenance of a practical tone and its comprehensiveness in identifying the many things you need to get right to get offshoring to work right. For example, international projects tend to get into serious difficulty if the customer is unwilling or unable to provide sufficiently detailed specifications to bring task ambiguity down to the level that can survive the communications problems caused by distance and cultural differences. The authors put a lot of effort into explaining why some countries have been successful at growing an offshoring business and others not. This insight is valuable for companies into offshoring for the long haul, as you need to understand how wage rates and technology depth wax and wane over time. The book also has a number of chapters written by specialists in such important ancillary areas as international contacts and managing cultural differences. All in all, a very useful book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 5, 2008
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