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Outsource: To seek resources outside of an organizational structure, usually to save money and/or exploit the skills of another entity. Typically used in terms of the business world, outsourcing often entails an enterprise using another company, such as a consultancy or application service provider, to provide a service that the enterprise can provide for itself, yet it is cheaper to utilize a third-party resources. For example, an enterprise might outsource its IT management because it is cheaper to contract a third-party to do so than it would be to build its own in-house IT management team. (Source: Webopedia)

Winning Outsourcing Strategies

Section: Research
Outsourcing is a strategy increasingly being used by organisations to reduce costs and increase value. Outsourcing, however, has its risks. As organisations look to push out more of their custom software application development needs to outsourcing partners, careful planning is required in terms of building stringent software security requirements into contracts and creating a process and metrics to ensure that those requirements are met. This report examines outsourcing practic ...   read more

11 Points to Prepare for Cloud Adoption

Section: Articles
With cloud adoption rapidly accelerating, today’s IT leaders must learn to execute dramatic shifts in IT technology, processes and staffing, or else suffer the consequences of poor cloud integration. What steps should decision makers take to ensure their departments and organisations thrive inside the cloud? The following are eleven essential points to prepare for cloud adoption in today’s IT environment.   Prepare for the shift. It can be te ...   read more

Birmingham NHS trust adopts cloud computing

Section: News
Birmingham's NHS trust has adopted a new cloud computing solution that will streamline its finance and procurement processes. The move will change the way the authority interacts with its thousands of suppliers. Placeholder0The decision to outsource invoice management to Tradeshift was taken by the Birmingham Primary Care Shared Service Agency and the e-invoicing solution is expected to affect 6,000 suppliers and digitise some 140,000 invoices. In-built validation means invoicing ...   read more

Cloud security 'the most pressing issue'

Section: News
Cloud security should be seen by businesses and governments as the most pressing issue when it comes to IT infrastructure and applications   read more

Cyber security breaches could cost firms 5% of turnover

Section: News
New legislation could ensure businesses take cloud security more seriously as European ministers plan to fine firms five per cent of their turnover for data breaches, according to new documents published by the Financial Times.The European Commission is intent on tackling the data security problems that have plagued businesses of late, however, the rules about how much to fine firms an ...   read more

Five Reality Checks: Before You Outsource Your Help Desk: InfoTech

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Help Desk outsourcing works best as a way to improve organizations that are already efficient. If your operation runs poorly, outsourcing can actually increase cost and complexity while worsening the customer experience.  read more

Gartner predicts rise in low-cost cloud computing

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IT analyst Gartner has predicted that low-cost cloud computing is set grow in popularity over the next three-to-five years. The firm believes that the transition will reset businesses' perceptions of pricing and value in the marketplace.Gartner believes that IT infrastructure outsourcing revenues will be dramatically affected as a result. "The projected $1 trillion (£640 bill ...   read more

IBM will need to 'drastically alter cloud outsourcing model'

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IBM's new chief executive officer Virginia Rometty has a huge task ahead of her overhauling the company's IT outsourcing model as it shifts towards a pay-as-you-go cloud computing model. Speaking at the Best of Breed conference in California at the start of this week, vice president of outsourcing and offshore services ...   read more

IT Skills Gap Could Harm UK Economy

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A report from UK technology job site Technojobs has revealed that whilst jobs in the technology sector continue to rise, there are not enough graduates to fill vacant positions. This, they say, is in danger of leaving the UK economy exposed as future generations fail to show enough interest in the subject. According to Technojobs, IT has l ...   read more

IT Skills Gap Still a Problem in UK

Section: News
A report from the BBC today has said that major technology firms such as Facebook and Google are still struggling to find suitable candidates for IT roles in the UK. This is no surprise as the skills gap has been present for a couple of years now, but tech firms say that positions that become available in the UK are often having to be filled by people from abroad, as they otherwise won’t be. In May, a read more

Managed Hosting – Is it Right for Your Business?

Section: Articles
Many small and medium businesses (SMBs) have adopted a do-it-yourself approach to managing IT, only to find themselves woefully unprepared in developing and managing a truly robust, secure, and viable web infrastructure. Professional managed hosting seeks to fill this gulf by offering SMBs an enterprise-class web infrastructure designed to integrate seamlessly into in-house IT departments.  But is managed hosting right for your business?   C ...   read more

Raspberry Pi: Made in UK

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Tiny computer, the Raspberry Pi, is to be manufactured in the UK following months of negotiations with Sony’s Welsh manufacturing and distributing factory. The makers of the Pi say the decision has been made in the wake of the learning device’s success. When they first began looking for manufacturers, it seems that because nobody in the UK had heard of the device, they were unable to find a manufacturer in the UK who was prepared to take the risk on producing the device. ...   read more

Server Room Savings: Outsource to Reduce Cost

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Many organisations are assessing the business case for outsourcing their data centres. This videocast by InfoTech explores the various drivers including building costs, outsourcing costs, and strategic implications.   read more

The Cloud's the Limit for Sales and Marketing Teams

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Companies looking at ways to improve their sales and marketing departments by boosting efficiency and productivity, and enabling mobile employees to collaborate effectively with others within the business may find that cloud computing technology offers a wealth of different solutions to help them achieve this.   Recent figures from IDC   read more

To Insource or Outsource Data Centre Services?

Section: Articles
Questions of whether to outsource or in-source data centre services are today heavily influenced by the allure of cloud computing, which has transformed the way businesses now think about outsourcing. In light of today’s complex, hybrid, and multifaceted data centre services landscape, how should organisations approach the critical decision of whether to outsource or insource data centre services?   All good data centre infrastructure evolves from careful anal ...   read more