Investigating Outsourcing:

March, 2014


March 26, 2014  3:05 PM

OFT’s thinly veiled report to Tories that capitalism doesn’t work

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Milton Friedman will be turning in his grave as a report published this week seems to imply that his laissez-faire economic stance doesn't work.

The OFT's report into government procurement of IT says little more than the plethora of similar reports published in the last couple of...

March 25, 2014  1:11 PM

Could Switzerland’s IT services sector banish its Cuckoo Clock Image?

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As Orson Welles in the Third Man said: "In Switzerland they had brotherly love - they had 500 years of democracy and peace, and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock."

Continuing the film theme, this time Monty Python, we could ask the question what have the Swiss every done for us?...


March 21, 2014  10:51 AM

Freedom of Information laws to extend to IT outsourcers

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It looks like the government will soon extend the Freedom of Information Act to private companies including IT suppliers to government.

A recent Public Accounts Committee (PAC)...

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March 10, 2014  12:39 PM

Ukrainian IT industry calls on new government to invest time and money in it, despite troubles

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With all that is happening in the Ukraine it is easy to forget that the country has international businesses that need some of the government's attention.

A contact of mine, Sam Kingston, is heading out to Kiev to become COO at IT services firm Ciklum.

He told me that Ciklum...


March 8, 2014  2:29 PM

Why do large IT projects fail? Question inspires writer

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A couple of years ago I did a series of blog posts featuring the views of experts on why large IT projects fail. I had 27 experts ranging from academics to IT services experts.

I enjoyed the series as did readers. Well it seems some were inspired.

Here are links to the series...


March 5, 2014  4:09 PM

Preferred Supplier Lists (PSLs) are archaic and hold businesses back

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I met up with tier-two Indian IT services firm ITC Infotech for a catch-up on its progress in Europe. Back in June Hardeep Garewal, who is the head of Europe, told me


March 4, 2014  10:25 AM

Every IT services firm wants to be Amazon’s friend

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When the name Amazon comes up in a conversation with an IT services firm there is never a bad word said about the company. Amazon has become the go to company for raw cloud computing resources.

Most suppliers will have a dig at a competitor when you mention them but Amazon is not seen...


March 3, 2014  12:05 PM

Don’t let restrictive policies hold back your BYOD plan

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With BYOD promising so much I don't think any companies I have spoken to in the last year don't have a BYOD plan. The concept of BYOD and its benefits is easy to grasp, but putting it in place and making it work for the business and the employee is not so simple.


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