Collaborative Teamwork in Outsourcing Scenarios

By nature, outsourcing is highly imitative, with organizations attempting to duplicate the imperfectly observed successes of others. Indeed, the myths and simplistic beliefs revolving around outsourcing—along with the usual technological, organizational, and cultural barriers—seriously impediment the effectiveness of collaborative models. The key to successful collaborative teamwork in offshore outsourcing lies in understanding and leveraging project management best practices.

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Helping Midsize Businesses Turn Data into Insights

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The data storm is growing with each business day—with cloud, mobile, and social. How do you move from chaos to collaborative decision making? With integrated business analytics. IBM Business Analytics for midsize businesses is purpose built for your midsize business. It’s simple, complete, and affordable. It’s a nimble, powerful solution that quickly turns data into insights and insights into business growth. Read More

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