It is an apt characterization that may be applied to the steep dilemmas that currently snag the efforts of the US federal government to increasingly implement competitive sourcing and privatization of public sector activities..
International outsourcing involves complexity and risks not found in typical domestic outsourcing. These risks are cultural, political, financial, technological, managerial and legal. Ultimately, these multiple international risks show up in the process of drafting, negotiating and enforcing the contract. Freedom of contract varies according to the governing laws and attacking the legal issues requires initiatives from the beginning.
Although information technology did not occupy the place it deserved in party platforms during Australia’s September 1998 election, IT was brought to the public forefront by industry bodies. Australia is currently at a critical juncture of its multi-billion-dollar outsourcing industry, and the general concensus is that reform is needed.
Grading the performance levels, strategies, and success of government services outsourcing suppliers, MAXIMUS is out front with straight A’s. The company was selected by Forbes Magazine as one of the ten Best Small Companies in America for 1999..
As the outsourcing industry heads into the final year of the century, growth will be driven by a blending of the traditional and newer segments of the industry, according to Donna Crane, vice president, marketing, Systems and Computer Technology Corp. (SCT).
On January 1, 1999, eleven member countries of the European Union (EU) will adopt the Euro as their common currency. This move has complex implications for outsourcing in Europe. It will affect existing and new contracts and, more fundamentally, have an impact on the market structure.