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.
Author: Martin Nordio Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media ISBN: 3642137830 Size: 21.65 MB Format: PDF, ePub, Docs View: 6950
Today s software production is increasingly distributed. Gone are the days of one-company, one-siteprojects;mostindustrialdevelopmentsinvolveteamssplit over locations, countries, and cultures. This distribution poses new challenges, for example, how to develop the software requirements speci?cation, and how to manage the project. These challenges are formidable; many failures have been reportedinoutsourcedanddistributedprojects, oftenduenottolackoftechnical expertise, but to di?culties in management and communication. SEAFOOD 2010, the fourth international conference on Software Engine- ing Advances For Outsourced and O?shore Development, was held in Peterhof (SaintPetersburg), Russia, on17-18June2010.SEAFOOD2010providedan- portunity for participants from academia and industry to confront experiences, ideas and proposals. The submissions received covered a wide range of topics, from country-wide reports from Russia and Argentina to global projectmana- ment. This volume includes 8 papers (4 full papers and 4 short papers) from the conference, selected after review by the Program Committee. The program also included two keynote presentations and the extended abstracts are included in this volume: A Smarter Way: The Software Engineering Method and Theory Initiative (Semat), by Ivar Jacobson, and The Consortium for IT Software Quality, by Richard Mark Soley and Bill Curtis. Many people contributed to SEAFOOD 2010. We thank the Program C- mittee and the external reviewers for their excellent work in reviewing and - lecting the papers. The role of Andrei Voronkov s EasyChair conference system is gratefully acknowledged."
Author: Committee on the Offshoring of Engineering Publisher: National Academies Press ISBN: 9780309114837 Size: 27.41 MB Format: PDF, ePub, Docs View: 7572
The engineering enterprise is a pillar of U.S. national and homeland security, economic vitality, and innovation. But many engineering tasks can now be performed anywhere in the world. The emergence of "offshoring"- the transfer of work from the United States to affiliated and unaffiliated entities abroad - has raised concerns about the impacts of globalization. The Offshoring of Engineering helps to answer many questions about the scope, composition, and motivation for offshoring and considers the implications for the future of U.S. engineering practice, labor markets, education, and research. This book examines trends and impacts from a broad perspective and in six specific industries - software, semiconductors, personal computer manufacturing, construction engineering and services, automobiles, and pharmaceuticals. The Offshoring of Engineering will be of great interest to engineers, engineering professors and deans, and policy makers, as well as people outside the engineering community who are concerned with sustaining and strengthening U.S. engineering capabilities in support of homeland security, economic vitality, and innovation.
Author: Martin Wiener Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media ISBN: 9783835093331 Size: 59.60 MB Format: PDF View: 3502
Martin Wiener develops a model that comprises 29 critical success factors which are classified into four distinct groups: internal suitability, internal management, external suitability, and external management factors. He shows that the external management factors are particularly relevant for the successful implementation of an offshore software development project and that the perception of the individual critical success factors greatly depends on the company perspective.
"This book discusses the considerations and implications surrounding the outsourcing and offshoring of professional services, such as software development computer-aided design, and healthcare, from multiple global perspectives. This book, offers industry professionals, policymakers, students, and educators with a balance between a broad overview and detailed analysis of offshore outsourcing, would make an invaluable addition to any reference library"--Provided by publisher.
Author: Management Association, Information Resources Publisher: IGI Global ISBN: 1466649801 Size: 78.85 MB Format: PDF, Mobi View: 4668
In a globalized society, individuals in business, government, and a variety of other fields must frequently communicate and work with individuals of different cultures and backgrounds. Effectively bridging the culture gap is critical to success in such scenarios. Cross-Cultural Interaction: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications explores contemporary research and historical perspectives on intercultural competencies and transnational organizations. This three-volume compilation will present a compendium of knowledge on cultural diversity and the impact this has on modern interpersonal interactions. Within these pages, a variety of researchers, scholars, professionals, and leaders who interact regularly with the global society will find useful insight and fresh perspectives on the field of cross-cultural interaction.
Maximizing ROI on Software Development explains how to execute best quality software development and testing while maximizing business value. It discusses Applied ROI in the context of methodologies such as Agile and Extreme Programming, and traditional methodologies including Six Sigma, the Capability Maturity Model® (CMM®), Total Cost of Ownership (TCO), and Product Line Models (PLM). The text discusses what is important in global terms and details how best to choose teams and partners, including outsourcers, and how to employ the latest tools and technologies. It provides models, metrics, and detailed case studies to improve current and future development projects, whether in house or outsourced, near shore or off-shore. The book offers perspectives on how quality improvement through software quality assurance (SQA) testing, planning, and execution is a powerful and effective route toward maximizing return on investment. Divided into seven chapters, this friendly and informative guide can be read quickly, then used as a reliable reference by team leaders and members. It begins by reviewing software development, tools, and methodologies, followed by an examination of how development, maintenance, and integration have become more complex and will continue to do so. The book discusses best practices for managing this complexity and explores the business case for maximizing ROI. The text then provides a comprehensive analysis of ROI from several perspectives, covering nomenclature, project success and failure, mathematics, processes, work products, and techniques. It details how to make global teams successful and how to evaluate Applied ROI implementation, and it includes case studies for wireless, enterprise, and CRM systems.
This book draws on the rich experience of the author and examines some of the emerging trends in offshoring, and focuses on how to facilitate and succeed in offshored projects. Significantly, it introduces the Offshoring Management Framework, a vendor-neutral way of approaching offshoring strategies for execution and management. The Framework may be adopted by managers at both ends of the offshoring spectrum: at outsourcing organizations and at service delievery firms, onsite and offshore.
Much attention has focused on the offshoringÓ of services to lower-wage locations abroad. Offshoring generally refers to an org. purchase of goods or services from abroad that were previously produced domestically. Extensive public debate has arisen about both the potential benefits of services offshoring, such as lower consumer prices & higher U.S. productivity, as well as the potential costs, such as increased job displacement for selected U.S. workers. This report: provides an overview of experts' views on the potential impacts of services offshoring; describes the types of policies that have been proposed in response to offshoring; & highlights some key areas where add'l. research might help advance the debate about offshoring. Illus.