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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)

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)

Cloud Computing, iSlate & Social Networking

Firstly, and rather belatedly, a very happy, healthy and prosperous New Year to you - hopefully your festive break was enjoyable and are now suitably refreshed and ready to face the challenges and opportunities that will arise through 2010. It's traditional (and never let it be said that were suffer from originality) at this time of year to dust down the crystal ball, gaze longingly into one's naval and predict what topics will dominate the news over the next 12 months. After much deliberation we are pleased to bring you our totally chartastic top 5. 1.       Cloud Computing It was last year's undoubted buzz word - but cloud computing is here to stay. Server efficiency, speed to market, instant test platforms, less capital expenditure, on demand resource are some of the oft quoted compelling reasons for switching to cloud computing and all of them will deliver quan... (more)

Outsourcing: Magic Bullet or Dirty Word? It All Depends on Your Perspective

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 and complicated undertaking. Each piece of the process needs to be considered with great care and executed with precision. There is little margin for error halfwa... (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)

Google Itching To Play Spoiler on Microsoft's Yahoo! Dinner

It's unlikely, however, that Google, the target of the proposed merger, can do much of anything other than raise dust - like its move over the weekend to raise the specter of Microsoft's possible monopolization of the Internet and its illegal leverage into "new, adjacent markets." As the Journal observes, Google would have a tough time making a bid for Yahoo itself because its owns too much of search and Internet advertising to clear the regulators, and even the alternatives - underwriting another white knight or helping Yahoo stay independent by guaranteeing "revenue in return for a Yahoo advertising outsourcing pact" - would probably meet with regulatory headwinds. Yahoo is understood to have talked to Google lately about outsourcing its search advertising in Europe to Google and splitting the revenues. Reuters reports hearing that Yahoo, which thinks Microsoft's ... (more)

SYS-CON Announces Cloud Computing Conference & Expo Awards

With the advent of Cloud Computing, the cost of computation, application hosting and content storage and delivery is plunging fast by several orders of magnitude. Behind all the buzzwords, a basic shift is occurring - the wholesale outsourcing of core business applications. This is why many analysts and industry-watchers believe that Cloud Computing is changing not just the technology landscape but also the entire nature of the business models that underpin successful software and hardware companies. SYS-CON Events offered all delegates at the 1st International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo 2008 West in San Jose, CA, the opportunity to cast their vote for their favorite cloud computing technology provider in five highly competitive categories. The results have been announced, and they are as follows: Best Overall Cloud Product Winner: VMware Infrastructure ESX - V... (more)

Join My July 30 Webinar

Sam Gross is Vice President of Global IT Outsourcing Solutions at Unisys Corporation, where he leads the vision, strategy, technology development and implementation for Unisys innovative global IT outsourcing solutions. He is a recognized industry expert and thought leader in business and IT alignment, application management, service level management and enterprise systems management. Here's his latest Tweet: Sam_Gross: Join my July 30 Webinar to learn how ‘consumerization of IT’ can drive end-user productivity gains - register at: http://tinyurl.com/no33h3 ... (more)

Are You Comfortable with Where Your Data Sleeps at Night?

How can you manage the cloud so you – and your data – sleep safe and secure? In an Live Webcast and Interview from Times Square today October 8, at 2:00PM EDT, Sam Gross, vice president, Global Information Technology Outsourcing Solutions, Unisys Corporation, will answer these questions and more. SYS-CON.TV viewers will have the opportunity to interact directly with Gross, who will be in the SYS-CON.TV studio with Cloud Computing Expo conference chair Jeremy Geelan. SYS-CON.TV viewers are invited to join Unisys's Gross, ask questions, and learn about the market and business forces that are creating the opportunity for a new cloud computing approach. WHAT: SYS-CON.TV Interview with Interactive Online Q&A WHEN: October 8, 2009 - 2:00 PM Eastern; 1:00 PM Central; 11:00 AM Pacific WHERE: Times Sq. 4th Floor Studio, @SYS-CON.TV You Can Still Register This Morning for this Inte... (more)

Where Is Cloud Computing Dragging IT Operations?

Well, if the inevitable outcome of reduced friction is to increase demand for IT resources, someone is going to have to do the capacity planning. In a sense, the impact of cloud computing will be to shift the tasks for IT operations from tactical resource provisioning to strategic resource planning - with an emphasis on achieving the most efficient, lowest cost infrastructure possible. This is a far cry from the "your mess for less" outsourcing that has previously been the outcome of cost focus - this is about creating an automated, immediate search for the lowest cost, most available, most appropriate computing resources needed to fulfill a provisioning request. via CIO UK Magazine. ... (more)

Why Big Data Applications Adoption is Accelerating

Big Data applications have gained new momentum in the marketplace, as the benefits of working with larger and larger data sets enables analysts to spot key business-related trends. International Data Corporation (IDC) released a worldwide forecast of Big Data opportunities, noting that the market is expected to grow from $3.2 billion in 2010 to $16.9 billion in 2015. This represents a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 40 percent -- or about 7 times that of the overall Information and Communications Technology (ICT) market. "The Big Data market is expanding rapidly as large IT companies and start-ups vie for customers and market share," said Dan Vesset, program vice president, Business Analytics Solutions at IDC. IDC believes that for business technology buyers, opportunities exist to use Big Data solutions to improve operational efficiency and to drive innovation. ... (more)