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The Yahoo! Board is supposed to convene today to thrash out whether or not to accept Microsoft's $44.6 billion acquisition offer, try to get Microsoft to sweeten the pot, or resist and hammer out an outsourcing deal with Google, according to TechCrunch. Based on what the blog (http://www.techcrunch.com/) has heard from unidentified sources, Yahoo!'s outside advisors have been telling it to capitulate and take the Microsoft deal. However, it says, a bunch of resistant Yahoo! senior executives backing the Google option will state their case to the board. ... (more)

Four Critical Steps to Datacenter Transformation

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: Reading “Four critical steps to datacenter transformation” http://tinyurl.com/lbdbg9 - how to do double the work on half the infrastructure ... (more)

1 in 4 IT Jobs Going Offshore, Says Gartner; One Major "Offshoring Failure" in 2004 Predicted

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 silicon.com 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 silicon.com, Cox said "The alarming nature of that headline '1 in 4' figure masks the true story." ... (more)

IT Trends: "Intelligent Computing" is Greater Threat than Outsourcing

According to the president of a global research and consulting firm, about ten million manufacturing jobs involving physical labor and repetitive activities worldwide were lost due to machines replacing humans. In other words, the greatest threat to jobs is not IT outsourcing to India, it is rather that increasingly "smart" systems will lead to the replacement of more and more knowledge workers by smart applications. Harvey Cohen, president of Strategy Analytics, believes that higher value-added jobs - involving identification, assessment, conclusions, decisions, and recommendations - will continue to be lost to systems with increasingly intelligent capabilities, creating what he describes as as "a $100 billion opportunity." "In the next wave," of this trend, Cohen continues, "there will be an employment threat involving the substitution of emerging systems with emb... (more)

Russia Poised to Become the Next Global Leader in Outsourcing

MOSCOW, April 4 /PRNewswire/ -- - Russian Minister of Information Technologies and Communications to Speak in London Russia is poised to become the next global leader in outsourcing as dramatic industry growth and a groundbreaking government initiative put the IT industry on an accelerated development track. The initiative will systematically leverage Russia's historical technical superiority to become the main destination for global IT giants. At 25% annual growth and with software exports growing at 40-50% annually, IT is already outpacing every other sector of the Russian economy. With over 250 companies already active in offshore software development, Russia's outsourcing industry is expected to reach US$2 billion in the next two years. The government will add impetus through a comprehensive tax and legal reform as well as through creating free economic zones an... (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)

Midsize Firms to Increase Cloud Computing Usage

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: RT @vaklove: #cloud Midsize firms to increase cloud computing usage http://ow.ly/15H4eH <-Makes sense, they have to explore options to cut $ ... (more)

Welcome Your Thoughts on Podcast

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: Welcome your thoughts on podcast, “The Emerging Model for IT Services Outsourcing”: http://tinyurl.com/m9lbcu ... (more)

NYT Op-Ed About Cloud Computing

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: Reviewing NYT op-ed about cloud computing that a colleague shared: http://tinyurl.com/nqjuup ... (more)

The Business Intelligence A Cloud Paradox

Simultaneously one of the best use-cases for cloud as well as the worst. What’s IT to do? David Linthicum, SOA and cloud pundit and all-around interesting technology guy, recently pointed out a short post on business intelligence (BI) vendors joining forces with the cloud to offer cloud-based BI services. Four open-source and proprietary vendors on Wednesday announced a new partnership resulting in a cloud-based BI (business intelligence) stack. Jaspersoft and Talend will respectively lend their open-source BI and data-integration technologies to the integrated offering, which also employs Vertica's analytic database and RightScale's management software for cloud-based application deployments. Thought #1: That’s a perfect use case for cloud! Business intelligence processing is (a) compute intensive and (b) interval based (periodic processing; BI processing and repor... (more)

Forrester Research Report on Cloud Computing

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: RT @Think_Tech : For cloud computing…question is no longer WHY, but WHY NOT? says Forrester Research - RT @thefreditor http://ping.fm/cueyx ... (more)