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Read "Offshoring Offers Opportunities for U.S. IT Troubleshooters" Read "Offshore Outsourcing: Magic Bullet or Dirty Word?" Roger Cox, managing VP at Gartner, has been telling that a quarter of traditional IT jobs in Western countries will move to offshore locations such as India by 2010. The global trend toward "offshoring," in other words, continues to boom in Europe - as elsewhere. According to the latest figures from Gartner, outsourcing as a whole is outstripping the IT services market in Europe, growing by 3.1% in 2004 and predicted to rise to 8% by 2007 - "with the offshore element tipped to grow hugely," adds Cox. Gartner predicts almost a third of leading European businesses will include an offshore element in their IT plans by 2005. According to, Cox said "The alarming nature of that headline '1 in 4' figure masks the true story." ... (more)

Larry Ellison Whistles Past the (Cloud Computing) Graveyard

Larry Ellison recently unleashed a tub-thumping tirade against cloud computing covered by Ben Worthen (with further comments from Daya Baran, Giva Perry and Dan Farber) . Here is a quote from Larry: The interesting thing about cloud computing is that we've redefined cloud computing to include everything that we already do. I can't think of anything that isn't cloud computing... The computer industry is the only industry that is more fashion-driven than women's fashion. Now as usual with big whoppers told by people in fear of their checkbooks, Larry's rant has an element of truth. There is much cloud lipstick being sloshed on many a barnyard animal these days. But behind all the buzzwords, a basic shift is occuring - the wholesale outsourcing of core business applications. Yes, this is a return to timesharing, but this ain't your grandfather's timesharing. It is inter... (more)

Are You Comfortable With Where Your Data Sleeps at Night?

Why is cloud computing relevant today from an economic, business and technology standpoint? What are some potential benefits – and pitfalls – of moving to the cloud? What should you look for in a cloud computing provider to ensure the security of your data and applications? And above all how can you manage the cloud so you – and your data – sleep safe and secure? In an October 8 Live Webcast and Interview from Times Square, Sam Gross, vice president, Global Information Technology Outsourcing Solutions, Unisys Corporation, will answer these questions and more. Gross will be joined in Times Square by SYS-CON.TV Host Jeremy Geelan, who is also Conference Chair of the International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo series. In their interview, Geelan will be asking Gross to share with viewers his take on how the economy is accelerating a tectonic shift in IT - and how it... (more)

i-Government : Trusted Services Cloud infrastructure

Governments moving to Cloud will be such a major stimulant for the market not just because their spending can act as an ‘anchor client’ for helping new local start-up businesses, those creating local “Green Data-centres”, but because they literally have to play an essential role in creating the Cloud itself. To explain this consider the concept of “i-Government”, rather than e-Government, simply to reflect the role Identity technologies will play. Universal adoption of standards like OpenID will enable ‘single sign-on’ across all web applications, including those of government. This will streamline access for users and the Web 2.0 software that uses it and provides web site features will most likely run in the Cloud. Identity-enabled Open Government Barak Obama announced the Whitehouse ‘Open Government‘ initiative to improve transparency throughout American politics... (more)

Western European Private Cloud Infrastructure Growth: IDC

The detractors of cloud computing benefits will state that the typical adoption is still limited at most enterprises -- they're deploying cloud services to a few early-adopters. That being said, some leading markets are confidently moving ahead with mainstream deployments, regardless of the caution. While others, such as western Europe, are apparently in transition. The western European private cloud market will grow at a CAGR of 23.2 percent for the next five years to reach $7.9 billion in 2016, according to the latest market study by International Data Corporation (IDC). IDC has been looking in-depth at the private cloud marketplace -- from a hardware, software, services and networking points of view. "The growth of private cloud is even more impressive in the context of the current economic situation," said Mette Ahorlu, research director, IDC European Services. Acc... (more)

Saturday Essay: Why Outsourcing is a "Tremendous Opportunity" for US Economy

Related Links: Outsourcing "Has Been Going On Forever" - Intel's CEO Offshore Outsourcing: Magic Bullet or Dirty Word? 1 in 4 IT Jobs Going Offshore, Says Gartner; One Major "Offshoring Failure" in 2004 Predicted IT Trends: "Intelligent Computing" is Greater Threat than Outsourcing One hot topic in this year's election is whether (and how) to stop U.S. companies from engaging in offshore outsourcing to India, China, and other countries. Dr. Adam Kolawa, the co-founder and CEO of Parasoft, is not convinced that limiting outsourcing in order to protect the U.S. economy is the answer. "Will regulating outsourcing produce the desired effect? I don't think so," Kolawa says. "Outsourcing actually offers the U.S. a tremendous opportunity, and not taking advantage of this opportunity would come at a significant cost to the U.S. economy," he continues. "It's important to rec... (more)

Outsourcing "Has Been Going On Forever" - Intel's CEO

Related Links: Saturday Essay: Why Outsourcing is a "Tremendous Opportunity" for US Economy Intel Goes From Hard Core to Dual Core "We've Had Some Fumbles," Says Intel's Otellini Offshore Outsourcing: Magic Bullet or Dirty Word? 1 in 4 IT Jobs Going Offshore, Says Gartner; One Major "Offshoring Failure" in 2004 Predicted IT Trends: "Intelligent Computing" is Greater Threat than Outsourcing "'The world is always ready to receive talent with open arms.' That's really what outsourcing is," said Intel's CEO Craig Barrett recently in an interview with the San Francisco Chronicle. He was quoting a fortune cookie slogan which he feels sums up the whole issue very neatly. Globalization has played its part. "The world's economy in the last 10 years has opened up," said Barrett, "and you've had a seminal event, of half the world's population joining the world's free economic sy... (more)

McKinsey Slams the Cloud

McKinsey & Company says that outsourcing your typical big corporate or government data center to a cloud service would cost double what it costs to keep the thing in-house. The mighty consultant has run up what it figures is a "hype-free" study called "Clearing the Air on Cloud Computing" that recalls the bubble and warns of the dangers of investing in hype. Its conclusion is that "cloud computing has shown great promise for start-ups and pet projects for large corporations. However, cloud computing can divert IT department's attention from technologies that actually deliver sizeable benefits." McKinsey used Amazon's pricing as its point of comparison and determined that the total cost of the data center's functions would be $366 a month per unit of computing output while keeping the work at home only costs $150 a month. And as for the CAPEX-saving come-on of t... (more)

EDS's David Gee on Cloud Computing

Interarbor Solutions Blog HP's purchase last year of EDS came just as talk of cloud computing options ramped up. So how does long-time outsourcing pioneer EDS fit into a new cloud ecology? Is EDS, in fact, a cloud provider? And how will IT departments properly factor their decisions on what to keep on-premises in data centers versus placing assets and workloads on someone else's cloud infrastructure? We pose these and other "fluid sourcing" future questions to David Gee, Vice President of Marketing at EDS, in an interview by me, BriefingsDirect's Dana Gardner. It comes as part of a special BriefingsDirect podcast series from the Hewlett-Packard Software Universe 2009 Conference in Las Vegas this week. ... (more)

Unisys: A Clear Vision for Cloud Computing

Following Unisys’ recent announcement regarding their cloud computing strategy (Unisys Moves to Break Through Barriers to Adoption of Cloud Computing) I had the opportunity to speak with Rich Marcello, president of Unisys Systems & Technology, and Sam Gross, VP of Unisys Global IT Outsourcing Solutions. What struck me was the coherence and clarity of their cloud computing vision as compared to HP or IBM. Unisys’ strategy bridges public, private and hybrid cloud models, and includes well-differentiated infrastructure, platform and software as a service offerings (IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS). Further, they wrap this all in a set of comprehensive service offerings that they can deliver globally. It’s a big vision, and if they can pull it off it should make them one of the more interesting providers out there. One of their key differentiators is Unisys Stealth (described bel... (more)

IBM and JLL Sign a Seven-Year IT Services Agreement

Click Here for a Special, Complimentary Virtual Conference IBM virtual event offers valuable information for lowering IT costs through industry-leading performance, enhanced storage compression and improved automation. IBM and Jones Lang LaSalle , a financial and professional services firms specializing in real estate and investment management, on Tuesday announced a seven-year information technology (IT) services deal. IBM will provide full infrastructure support services for JLL across 19 countries throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). The contract is similar to an existing agreement with JLL in the United States and Asia-Pacific. End-user support will be provided across a number of functions including deskside, server operations, application management, helpdesk, network management, asset management, IT procurement, service management and system s... (more)