The inference in your story "Small-Scale Offshoring" is that Patni Computer Systems' capabilities in the area of data migration are poor and our Oracle skills suspect (July 25). Neither is correct.
Patni has deep expertise in Oracle technologies and has worked in this area for many years both on a primary and subcontracted basis for Oracle.
Patni was a subcontractor for this engagement. However, we were brought on well after the project plans and scope were under way. Moreover, had we been allowed to place a team member on-site, we would have been able to manage the client's expectations in real time, while facilitating communications with the offshore team. As it was, we handled the data conversions of specific objects based on respective data mappings and functional specifications provided to us.
If anything, this anecdote is an example of the need for governance and communication among all parties in an outsourcing engagement.
Tony Viola Director of Marketing, North America
Patni Computer Systems
Due Diligence Required
Although I agree that many vendors are too quick to close the deal, it's ultimately the client's responsibility to understand enough about the complexity of the product or project they're outsourcing to determine if the vendor's proposal is feasible ("See You In Court," July 25).
Tom Watt Project Manager
The Vanguard Group
Thank you for one of the best articles in a long time in InformationWeek ("Sun Opens Up," June 27). It made me remember why I've used Java less and lessand Perl more and more for the last three years.
5 Top Federal Initiatives For 2015As InformationWeek Government readers were busy firming up their fiscal year 2015 budgets, we asked them to rate more than 30 IT initiatives in terms of importance and current leadership focus. No surprise, among more than 30 options, security is No. 1. After that, things get less predictable.