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Outsourcing 101 - A Primer Part Two: Outsourcing Categories
Outsourcing is a very diverse market, and there are many different outsourcing options and outsourcing service providers to choose from. This part examines the

k part 4  is a very diverse market, and there are many different outsourcing options and outsourcing service providers to choose from. This part examines the four broad outsourcing categories: Application software I.T. infrastructure Business process outsourcing (BPO), and Manufacturing This is Part Two of a three-part note. Part One discussed the history of outsourcing, described outsourcing pros and cons, and introduced offshoring concepts. This part defines and describes common types of outsourcing. Part Three

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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail

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Software Test Tools

Tools exist to support software testing at all stages of a project. Some vendors offer an integrated suite that will support testing and development throughout a project's life, from gathering requirements to supporting the live system. Some vendors concentrate on a single part of that life cycle. The software test tools knowledge base provides functional criteria you might expect from a testing tool, the infrastructure that supports the tool, and an idea of the market position of the vendor.  

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k part 4  on things such as keyboards (an integral part of the system) is greater than desktops, they run the risk of having their life shortened. Adding to reliability issues is the prevalence of Windows 98 (vs. Windows NT). We have found Windows NT 4.0 to be a more robust and reliable OS than Windows 98. Manufacturers are starting to bundle NT (and Windows 2000) into systems more often than before, but they need to increase this practice further. (We are omitting Linux: even though Linux is considered to be a Read More

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k part 4  it, and leverage the knowledge over those 500 companies. This is an important point because costs aren't just getting re-categorized or shuffled around, there is overall new efficiency in the supply chain. Make no mistake about it. Except for two or three very specific examples, the number one reason that companies outsource is to reduce their costs for the same or better service or product. Why Not Do It? Outsourcing is not right for every company. The company may be too small to effectively outsource Read More

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k part 4  Transforms the Way People Work (Part 2)  In part one of this series , we looked at how and why social media capabilities are impacting enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions. We looked at the benefits of social media in ERP, social capabilities and features, and also pointed out that user adoption and corporate governance must be considered when rolling out these tools. This second post provides an in-depth look at the different approaches major ERP vendors have taken to integrate social Read More

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k part 4  increasing the number of knowledge-based workers whose capabilities include gathering and analyzing this information. In brief, employees are also part of the social media networks. Due to the nature of social media sources and its behavior, it is difficult to calculate social media return on investment (ROI). Social media are means by which individuals can interact; they are also segmented channels—therefore, there is no direct ROI nor is there a general consensus on how to obtain it accurately. Some Read More

K/3 ERP


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