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tech4people
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Re: Its interesting to see most Survey Takers outsource IT
tech4people   4/30/2014 6:22:18 AM
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Hailey,

I could'nt agree more!

Too many Organizations simply believe that all it takes to Get Business done is just press a Button(that's the opinion of IT so many Senior Execs I have met have even today);that they get beyond stunned when things don't quite work out as planned.

There are many companies today which are actually bringing IT back in-house simply because they now have the Scale in place and RoI is just not worth it for Outsourcing IT.

Especially as IT starts to become a Key Competitive Differentiator;you want your Team IT to Gel well with the entire Enterprise ;This can't be done by simply outsourcing everything today.

 

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Re: Its interesting to see most Survey Takers outsource IT
Hailey Lynne McKeefry   4/29/2014 4:55:38 PM
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I think that organizations that believe that there's a single panacea for everything (let's outsource it all, let's put it all in the cloud, let's bring it al lin house) are on the road to disaster. Rarely is there a singel answer.

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Re: Its interesting to see most Survey Takers outsource IT
tech4people   4/1/2014 10:20:24 AM

Hailey,

When I read your post;I was reminded about something very closely.

"Have you seen Organizations where Head Does'nt Know what the Tail is upto?"

LOL!

I know this is a slightly funny way of putting things but its true.

If you simply Outsource practically every single function of your Company the chances of Messing a lot of stuff up are much Higher(especially for SMBs).

First,you have to decide what is your core Competency.Then make sure you do that better than anyone else on the market.

If for that you need to outsource everything else-Then No Problem.

Just don't think it will work very smoothly.

I am reminded of One-person Properterships/Entreneurprenuers who just because they don't want to hire extra Folks go all the way and Outsource everything.

End Result? Usually very,very Messy.

 

 

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Re: Its interesting to see most Survey Takers outsource IT
Hailey Lynne McKeefry   3/31/2014 7:58:14 PM
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I would argue that smaller organizations might get advantage out of outsourcing a variety of services. It would allow a smart organization to compete with a much bigger competitor.

tech4people
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Re: Its interesting to see most Survey Takers outsource IT
tech4people   3/31/2014 2:52:18 PM
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Hailey,

It all boils down to whether you see IT as a Cost-Centre or as an Innovation-Centre.

If you want to Deliver cutting-edge services which enable you to constantly stay one step ahead of your Competitors you have to have IT in-house.

the Kind of Folks who are ready and willing to Go the Extra Mile for your team and whose Well-being is directly tied to the Success and Failure of your team only.

With Reverse Logistics my position is more nuanced.

If you deliver something really revolutionary(like Amazon's Drone Idea) then it makes sense to keep it in-house.

Else Outsource ,after all everyone else is operating on hardly any Margins today as it is in the Logistics Business.

 

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Re: Its interesting to see most Survey Takers outsource IT
Hailey Lynne McKeefry   3/24/2014 12:31:54 AM
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@Tech4People, i hear what you are saying...at the same time, I'd argue that there's some merit to putting reverse logistics and IT into the hands of those that deal with it regularly. With IT, you get the benefit of an organization who has hopefully served many other similar businesses. In terms of reverse logistics, it's a tough business..and it's changing rapidly. I'd invite others to weigh in: Would you rate certain  supply chain functions as more strategic than others?

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Its interesting to see most Survey Takers outsource IT
tech4people   3/10/2014 11:22:31 AM

Guys,

After taking the Survey I was quite surprised to observe that most Folks seem to outsource IT here.

I guess,it has all to do with the fact that most Enterprises(and especially CFOs);see IT just as a Cost-Centre and not an Innovation/Profit Centre.

Sad state of affairs really.

The really smart companies will do well to bring all these Critical Functions back in-house[GM & GE seem to be both moving in that direction today].

After all,when every single improvement you make on your Supply Chain makes a massive difference to the Bottomline(and also the fact that we are increasingly living in a Winner Takes All Culture) ;shows you have to do whatever it takes to differentiate yourself thoroughly today.

 



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