Profile of Paul McDougallEditor At Large, InformationWeek
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Paul McDougall is a former editor for InformationWeek.
Articles by Paul McDougall
posted in June 2005
The joint venture, the latest step in Microsoft's expansion into China, will offer software-development services to Chinese and Western companies.
IBM's Dollar General relationship and its disclosure of plans for expensing stock options in the first quarter are under scrutiny.
Opponents of offshore outsourcing are quick to seize on events that show the practice in a risky light. Their most recent exhibit A: a British tabloid reporter arranged to illegally purchase sensitive customer data from an Indian business-process-outsourcing worker for about $5.00 per name. Yet here in the United States, we don't need to go to such lengths to obtain the raw material for identity theft--we can just wait for it to Post a Comment
Eliminating jobs through outsourcing and offshoring can be a difficult decision for any business executive, so the temptation to downplay such moves is understandable. Who wants to end up on Lou Dobbs as an "Exporter of America?"
But the fact is, outsourcing is taking a bum rap in part because executives won't talk about it--not even its upsides.
Plan will eliminate up to 525 jobs and move some IT and finance work to IBM facilities in the United States, Canada, and India.
Convergys will acquire Deloitte's finance and accounting outsourcing unit for an undisclosed sum.
The software, used by more than 200 companies, will be added to IBM's Tivoli product line.
CSC will help adapt SAP's ERP software for utility Anglian Water.
Business process outsourcing is about more than just saving money. Sure, a good services agreement from a reputable provider should yield cost savings around billing, HR administration, accounting or whichever process your company has handed off to a third party. But most buyers of BPO services are getting much more than that, a new survey shows.
BEA's new middleware targets companies using the standards to link applications.
New service-oriented architecture platform will help businesses integrate applications internally and link those systems with business partners.
New release of Tivoli Identity Manager aids network managers when updating network security policies.
If American IT workers are having a tough time competing against their Indian counterparts, what's going to happen when emerging, even-lower-wage countries like Vietnam get into the offshoring game? The answer, in fact, bodes well for U.S. technologists.
IT professionals are scarce in Vietnam, a report says, while India continues to meet growing demands for competent IT labor.