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Two news items have caught the attention this week, and both brought the John Lennon and Paul McCartney penned Beatles classic “The Fool on the Hill” to mind (more specifically the line “Well on his way, his head in a cloud”). One piece compares data centers with rock stars and the second, globally reported, contained President Obama’s $3.8 trillion 2011 budget blueprint designed to pull the US economy’s deficit out of the danger zone. Although the headlines might appear unrelated, the actual content of both pieces reveal two sides of the same coin. The coin being Cloud computing. On one side we have the private sector investing heavily in the ‘sexy’ future of computing by plowing millions into new data centers (Microsoft, Facebook, Google, Amazon etc) and on the other we have the public sector seeking to cut costs and balance the books by reducing its dependence on ... (more)

Appirio to Bring the Internet of Things to Life

Appirio announced that Brivo Labs, an Internet of Things company leading the way in the emerging social access management market, is utilizing topcoder's 600,000+ member development and design crowdsourcing community to accelerate the creation of innovative applications. The Internet of Things industry is growing at a rapid pace, however many companies in the emerging space have not actually had products go to market yet. Working with the topcoder community, Brivo Labs is outpacing its competition by way of crowdsourcing, spending a fraction of the cost of hiring developers internally. In six months, the crowdsourcing model has enabled the company to successfully launch four products, using five different skill areas -- mobile/device integration, Web APIs, JavaScript, Salesforce and single sign on (SSO) -- that connect virtual communities with physical spaces and d... (more)

delaPlex to Exhibit at @ThingsExpo New York | @delaPlexSoftwar #IoT #M2M

SYS-CON Events announced today that delaPlex will exhibit at SYS-CON's @ThingsExpo, which will take place on June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. delaPlex pioneered Software Development as a Service (SDaaS), which provides scalable resources to build, test, and deploy software. It's a fast and more reliable way to develop a new product or expand your in-house team. Since 2008, delaPlex has built a solid reputation developing and managing cloud, mobile, and commercial application software for "software-centric" companies that depend on continuous software development to drive revenue and growth. Their clients range from small startups to global enterprises. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia with ISO 9001:2008 certified and HiPAA compliant facilities in Nagpur, India, delaPlex provides a globally blended, service-based approach to innovative softw... (more)

How to Deal with IT Outsourcing? Fulfill Society's Unmet Needs

The whole point of my recent series of editorials has been to get people thinking about what has happened to the job market for IT developers and administrators - and where it is going next. Over the past two months I have written about what I have witnessed at countless dot coms and development companies around the country and where I see the IT work market going. I've made some people angry. Some of them have even called me names or said I am out of touch, but others have agreed with me. I know that some of my examples went to the extreme, but that was the whole point; the current situation with offshore outsourcing has gone to the extreme. The entire market is now swinging to a new extreme of sending work outside of the country. This is not a good thing. The reality of human behavior is that people tend to move in very distinct patterns, with large, seemly disass... (more)

Offshore Outsourcing: Magic Bullet or Dirty Word?

Read JDJ's 2004 Predictions by i-Technology Leaders Feature Story Read The End of Middleware by Jonathan Schwartz Read From the Founding Editor by Steve Benfield In the world of IT, outsourcing is either the dirtiest word you can utter or a brilliant one; it's all about who says it to whom and where it is said. No matter who uses it, it is a word most often said in private. When corporate managers use the word, it is always mentioned in a most confidential fashion as a potential cost-cutting tactic, a magic bullet to increase margins. When technical people use the word in public it is always with a hushed tone, as if speaking it aloud would give management the idea. In private it is discussed as if it were the greatest evil ever to befall the world, a faceless monster from far away. The reality falls somewhere in the middle. Outsourcing can be an extremely complex a... (more)

Seven Strategies for Surviving Outsourcing

One of the most enduring of American legends is that of John Henry, the "steel drivin' man," who pitted his strength against a machine - and won. Unlike many legends, John Henry was a real person - a former slave who was hired by the C&O Railroad to cut holes in rock into which explosives were placed in order to create tunnels. It was slow, difficult, dangerous work and John Henry did it better than anyone. One day, a salesman came to John Henry's camp and boasted that his steam-powered drill could outwork any man, and the now-famous contest was on. John Henry won the race, drilling fourteen feet to the machine's nine, but his victory was short-lived as he died a few hours later from the stress of the competition. It's ironic, but the best thing for John Henry's reputation was his death after that victory. Had he lived, he would have seen his value as a worker dimi... (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)

Engineering + Reuse = Savings

Why are contract outsourcing and offshore development failing to deliver the expected benefit of lower costs and increased end-user satisfaction to enterprise software development users? It seems that lower rates per hour and better management of human resources are not enough to overcome the problems associated with the central issue of lack of engineering discipline. In most other industries, real cost savings matched with increased productivity that translate into fundamentally lower production costs have been the result of process and manufacturing reengineering, not simply of lowering labor input costs. The cost of building a car has actually declined in real dollars over the last 20 years, even as average hourly pay has increased. By and large, this has not been the case in software. Without looking at the way software is developed with an eye toward reducing ... (more)

What CIOs Should Know About Outsourcing Enterprise Java

Your manager Frank started the meeting by saying that the budget for the new project had been approved, but half of the project will be outsourced to a great team from overseas. Can you imagine, their rates for Java programmers can go as low as $15 an hour! No, we're not losing anyone from our team, and you should take it as an opportunity to work as team leaders, helping our new partners to hit the ground running. No, this wasn't my decision; it came from above. Three Months Later Mary. I've asked them to add two fields to a JTable on the Invoice screen. The data are being retrieved from our database so they'd need to modify an SQL query as well. I've sent them this e-mail yesterday, but it was night time over there, so they've responded today asking me to send them the modified SQL and write the name of the Java class and method where this new code should reside. ... (more)

Exigen Services and StarSoft Merge to Create Next Generation Application Outsourcing Provider in Central and Eastern Europe

SAN FRANCISCO and BOSTON, Feb. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Exigen Services, one of the largest application outsourcing firms in Central and Eastern Europe, and StarSoft Development Labs, a leading provider of software development outsourcing services in Russia and Ukraine, today announced their merger. The combination of Exigen Services' EU operating base, expertise in technology- driven application outsourcing and solution delivery services for large enterprises, and StarSoft's access to Russian talent pool as well as world- class expertise in Agile software development, forms a next generation outsourcing partner with a comprehensive portfolio of offerings for Global 2000 clients across Europe and North America. "Merging with StarSoft, the innovative outsourcing provider recently recognized by neoIT on the "Global Services 100" list, enhances Exigen's delivery capabilitie... (more)

INPUT Predicts Federal IT Outsourcing Market Will Reach $18 Billion by FY 2011

RESTON, Va., Feb. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- The federal IT outsourcing market is expected to increase at a compound annual growth rate of 5.9 percent, from $13.3 billion in FY 2006 to $17.7 billion by FY 2011, according to a report released today by INPUT, the authority on government business. The report emphasizes a continued shift within the federal market away from a government- owned, government-operated model toward a contractor-owned, contractor- operated approach. This shift is fueled by the impending federal IT workforce shortage, war in Iraq, and federal contract spending slowdown, already in motion before the passage of recent Continuing Resolutions. "Increasingly, as agencies outsource more core activities, they may not necessarily want to compete business as an A-76 competition when they can multi-source to procure needed services at a much faster rate," said Dr... (more)