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Cloud Computing: Four Legal Pitfalls to Avoid | Article

Outsourcing Center, Samuel Crow, Senior Business Writer

Part of the charm of cloud computing for many corporate leaders is its seemingly simple set up: sign on the dotted line, flip a switch, and the service is up and running. But taking that first step too lightly can lead to complex and costly problems down the road for cloud buyers. “Many customers look …

Outsourcing Center Announces Winners of 16th Annual Outsourcing Excellence Awards | Article

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Outsourcing Center Announces Winners of 16th Annual Outsourcing Excellence Awards Events to be held May 24th in Grapevine, TX DALLAS, April 11, 2012 ─ Outsourcing Center, the leading resource of outsourcing best-practice information, announced winners of the 2012 Outsourcing Excellence Awards: Best Partnership: U.S. Army Information Technology Agency, Defense Continuity Integrated Network (ITA DCIN) and …

Study: U.S. Companies Prefer “Farshore” to Nearshore Outsourcing, Send Higher Value Work Abroad

Outsourcing Center, Samuel Crow, Senior Business Writer

For all the talk of the new allure of nearshore or even stateside outsourcing, most U.S. companies today still prefer to base their service operations half a world away, according to researchers at the Center for International Business Education and Research (CIBER) and the International Offshoring Research Network’s (ORN) Project at Duke University’s Fuqua School …

Unprotected Tooling: High Risk Practices in Chinese Manufacturing Part 2 | Article

Thomas Keenan and Geofrey L. Master, Mayer Brown JSM

In part 2 of this series, we’ll discuss common problems in tooling as well as tooling in the real world and the importance of comprehensive, enforceable tooling arrangements. Part 1 defines tooling as part of the integrated outsourcing process as well as tooling financing and ownership. As a result of globalization and the ability of …

Unprotected Tooling: High Risk Practices in Chinese Manufacturing – Part 1 | Article

Thomas Keenan and Geofrey L. Master, Mayer Brown JSM

As a result of globalization and the ability of consumers to purchase products at the lowest cost, manufacturers in China have become an integral part of the supply chains of many consumer product companies. With the high level of integration of consumer product companies and their overseas manufacturers in China, there is an increasing reliance …

When Should You Begin to Prepare for the End of an Outsourcing Contract? | Article

Robert Joslin, Managing Director, Alsbridge

Hint: 12 Months Out is TOO Late When should you start working on your next outsourcing contract? Many organizations do not address the end of a contract until the last year of its term. The notification period in the contract, typically six t-to12 months, usually triggers this discussion. However I believe this is a mistake. …

The Evolving Product Sourcing Value Chain in China – Part 2 | Article

Thomas Keenan and Geofrey L. Master, Mayer Brown LLP

The entire value chain for consumer products sourced or manufactured in Asia has become increasingly interconnected and mutually reliant—ownership of physical manufacturing assets and intellectual property rights has become more ambiguous and contentious. With ambiguity over ownership and rights to manufacturing assets, customers lose the key leverage of mobility. While brand companies were able to …

Under the Radar: A Look at the Oft-Overshadowed ITO Trends for 2012 | Article

Outsourcing Center, Patti Putnicki, Business Writer

If ITO were a movie, Cloud, analytics and mobility would be the headliners. Although this trendsetting triad is having a dramatic impact on how services are consumed and how companies operate, a number of other significant trends are emerging in the ITO space. This article focuses on those unsung heroes and the impact they’ll have …

The Retail Revolution: Big Changes in Store for 2012

Outsourcing Center, Patti Putnicki, Business Writer

The past few years have not been kind to retailers. Sluggish economies, shrinking margins and a more cost-conscious consumer have taken their proverbial toll. “We’ve seen retail sales increase by 5 percent to 6 percent, yet profits declined from 3.5 percent to 2 percent.  So, even though stores are selling more, they’re making less,” explained …

CyberSecurity Professionals and Compliance Officers at Odds Over Cloud Security | Article

Outsourcing Center, Staff Writer

Enterprise IT and compliance groups agree on one thing for certain: their cloud environments could use some work on the security front. Less than half of the 1,018 IT security practitioners and enterprise compliance officers surveyed by the Ponemon Institute, which conducts independent research on privacy, data protection and information security policy, believe their organizations …

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